High school Athlete of the Season for boys’ Nordic skiing
School: Concord High
Honors: Senior won the classic and freestyle races in the Division I championships to lead Concord to wins in both and the state title.
3 favorites: mango, the ocean, shaved legs
How does it feel to be a champion in two events? Just dandy.
How did being an individual champ compare to winning a title as a team? Winning individually is always less meaningful than winning as a team. You make memories and relish in the accomplishment when you win with others. When you win individually, the celebration is short lived … but to be honest it’s best to do both.
What were your expectations heading into the championships? I knew both the girls’ and the boys’ team had a very good shot at winning, but I had complete faith in the girls. They were the fastest team in the entire state this year. WOOP WOOP!
Which race (classical or freestyle) do you consider your strong suit? They are both equal.
What are your favorite conditions to ski in? Hard packed and icy … some people would probably prefer to lace up ice skates in this stuff. I’m still too fat to ski really well when it’s soft.
Do you have any pre-race rituals? I have a set pre-race routine that depends on the length of the race. The shorter the race the longer the warm-up. The longer the race the shorter the warm-up.
What’s the most important thing to becoming a successful Nordic skier? The right mentality and drive. It’s a sport that requires a lot of dedication and self-motivation. If you don’t train with a big club, which there aren’t any down here in southern New Hampshire, you’re going to be spending a lot of your training hours alone.
Do you have a role model? Yea, but they’re all pretty cliché. A new guy named Sam Evans-Brown, a former ski racer from Bates and radio extraordinaire, came to help out our team this year and I have come to admire him a lot. He’s been a great addition … and he’s still faster than me … I’ll get you, Sam!
If you could have dinner with any three people, past or present, who would they be? Oh gosh, I have way too many. Lincoln, FDR, Malcolm X, Mandela and Ben Hogan (a former professional golfer – for my dad’s sake) would all be on the list.
What sport would you play if you didn’t ski? Lacrosse. That was my big thing before I jumped into skiing.
Who would play you in a movie? Either Burt Reynolds or Snooki.
If you could be any animal, which would it be? A peregrine falcon or a cheetah. Actually, change my mind, just a peregrine falcon.
What’s the funniest movie you’ve seen? I’ve always been a big fan of “Dodgeball” and “Bad Boys 2.”
What’s a job you could never imagine doing? I don’t know if I could do a full blown desk job … I struggle to sit still.
What will you miss most about high school skiing? The camaraderie. We have always been a tight-knit and supportive team. And, of course, I’ll miss my coach Stu Kremzner.
What are your plans for next year? Do they involve skiing? I’m going to ski for Bowdoin College eventually but I’m taking a gap year next year. I’m going to Argentina for a few months and then spending the winter training and racing for a club in Maine.