Hopkinton girls’ Nordic skiing
The freshman was runner-up in the classical race and third in the freestyle race at the Meet of Champions after taking runner-up in the freestyle race and third in the classical in helping lead the Hawks to the Division IV title.
Q: What was more satisfying, winning at the D-IV race or winning at the Meet of Champions?
A: I think that when I placed second and third at Meet of Champions it was more satisfying. I think this because at the state meet there was only a small portion of NH Nordic skiers. At Meet of Champions I got to compete against all the top skiers that qualified from their state meets. Both were equally as hard, but I felt that I had better races at Meet of Champions than the state meet.
Q: Do you prefer racing classical or freestyle?
A: I prefer classic races because I feel that I can go faster and I am more confident racing classic than skate.
Q: What was it like having your dad as a coach and your sister as a teammate?
A: Most people don’t have their family as part of their team. My dad has been teaching me how to ski ever since I was little; this year I have loved having him as my coach because he always knows how to make me a better skier. My sister was a huge motivation to me this season. Throughout the season we would usually end up doing workouts together and we helped push each other to become better skiers. Although most of the season during our high school races she was my competition, we never treated each other badly and had fun with each race.
Q: What’s your favorite place to ski in New Hampshire?
A: Jackson Ski Touring in Jackson.
Q: How would you improve Nordic high school skiing in New Hampshire?
A: I would want more NH schools to have Nordic ski teams. This would get more kids involved in Nordic skiing. Growing the number of Bill Koch ski programs for younger kids would help the development of a higher level of competition at the high school level.
Q: Do you downhill ski, telemark, snowboard, none of the above?
A: None of the above.
Q: If you weren’t skiing in the winter, what would you be doing?
A: Girls’ ice hockey
Q: What other sport do you wish you were good at?
Q: If you could go to any sporting event, what would it be?
A: Professional hockey game
Q: What’s your favorite subject in school?
Q: What’s your favorite place to eat and what do you like to get there?
A: Any Italian restaurant to get pasta.
Q: What’s your most visited website?
Q: What’s your most played song right now?
A: “Sweet Dreams” by Beyoncé
Q: Preferred social media: Facebook, Twitter, other (and what is it), or none?
Q: What’s your favorite book?
A: My Sister’s Keeper
Q: What was the last movie you saw in theaters?
Q: If you could be any animal, what would you be?
Q: If you could trade places with anyone in the world for a week, who would it be and what would you do?
A: Kikkan Randall, because then I could meet all of the U.S. Nordic Olympic team members and travel around the world to ski.
Q: If you won $25 million in the lottery, what would you spend the money on?
A: A trip to the next Winter Olympics and a new local Nordic center for all central NH teams to train at.