Concord boys’ Nordic skiing
The junior won both the classical and freestyle races to lead the Crimson Tide to its fifth straight Division I title.
Q: Did you think you could win both the classic race and freestyle race at the D-I meet?
A: Blaine Ayotte and I both knew that we each had a good chance of winning one of the races, but we were not sure which one of us would finish first. Winning both of the races was unexpected, but exciting.
Q: You beat your teammate, Blaine Ayotte, by just two seconds in the classic race. What was that finish like?
A: I started two waves (two minutes) behind Blaine so I was unaware I won when I crossed the finish line. Both of us raced hard and I felt lucky to come out on top.
Q: You won the freestyle race by almost a minute. Are you that much faster in freestyle or is the field that much slower?
A: After the classic race, Blaine was feeling under the weather. Without this the race would have been much closer.
Q: Who was the unsung hero of the Concord team?
A: Tobias Eckers. He is an exchange student from Germany and this was his first year ever seeing snow accumulation, let alone skiing. He had a great attitude and was fun to have on the team.
Q: What’s the toughest part about Nordic skiing?
A: The constant changing snow conditions, especially in the East, make waxing a challenge. This is the most difficult with classic kick wax because their temperature ranges are very slim and the quality of your race is completely dependent on it.
Q: Where’s your favorite place to ski in New Hampshire?
A: Waterville Valley
Q: How would you improve Nordic high school skiing in New Hampshire?
A: Publicize it and get more students involved. It’s a great sport, and I’d love to see it promoted at the grade-school level. Rick Bragg has a great seed program at Rundlett Middle School, and involvement at the younger grades might also help to get more kids excited about Nordic.
Q: Do you downhill ski, telemark, snowboard, none of the above?
A: I learned how to downhill ski way before Nordic skiing. It’s always nice to take a few days off from Nordic training to do downhill, especially on powder days.
Q: If you weren’t skiing in the winter, what would you be doing?
A: I would probably be playing basketball. I made a choice in high school to stick to endurance sports instead of continuing with basketball and lacrosse.
Q: What other sport do you wish you were good at?
A: I have always had admiration for pro golfers. It would be cool to be a highly competitive golfer.
Q: If you could go to any sporting event, what would it be?
A: World Championships for Nordic skiing and the U.S. Open for golf would be fun to go to.
Q: What’s your favorite subject in school?
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Q: What do you like to do on a typical weekend night?
A: I usually spend time with friends.
Q: What was the last movie you saw in theaters?
A: It was SkyFall and I liked it a lot. I am a huge James Bond fan.
Q: Do you have a favorite piece of clothing?
A: Hats are probably my favorite piece of clothing.
Q: What’s your most visited website?
A: No particular website, but I do enjoy looking at sports news in general.
Q: If you were a superhero, what would your powers be?
A: I wish I could fly.
Q: What’s your most played song right now?
A: I’ve been listening to a lot of older music lately. Paul Simon and Sting would probably be on the top of the list.
Q: If you could change one thing about the city of Concord, what would it be?
A: I would find a solution for the many homeless families of Concord.
Q: If you could trade places with anyone in the world for a week, who would it be and what would you do?
A: I wish I could go back in time for a week and trade places with Abraham Lincoln. I have always had tremendous respect for his honesty and integrity.
Q: If you won $25 million in the lottery, what would you do with the money?
A: I would support myself and family sufficiently; however, I would love to donate excess money to Third World countries.