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High school boys’ Alpine skiing Player of the Season

Anders Hanson

Bow boys’ Alpine skiing

The senior skied to second in slalom and sixth in GS to lead Bow to the Division III championship. He also won the slalom at the Meet of Champions and won the giant slalom at the Eastern High School Championships.

Q: What was your goal going into the Eastern Championships?

A: I headed into the E.H.S.C. with the mindset that I needed to ski strong in my last high school race, and finish at least two runs in order to lead Team NH to victory.

Q: What was your reaction when your were named top skier?

A: Very excited, I felt right at home being in this race at Cannon.

Q: Who was the unsung hero of the Bow team?

A: David Chern. He was a good team captain who was very supportive and gave me a little encouragement before each race.

Q: How does the team aspect of high school racing affect your skiing?

A: The one thing to keep in mind is that you have teammates who depend on you as much as you do them. Not every run has to be your best executed, but as long as you finish, your team is still in the race.

Q: Where’s your favorite place to ski in New Hampshire?

A: Cannon Mountain

Q: Do you have any racing superstitions?

A: Yeah, being well rested. I may be the last one out of the lodge in the morning, but not without tuning into my headphones and catching some Zzz’s, so by the time I’m on the hill I am relaxed and ready to tear it up.

Q: How would you improve high school skiing in the state?

A: If I could change anything about high school skiing in NH it would be to add a new event: skier cross.

Q: How long have you been ski racing?

A: I think I was 6 years old when I started; my Dad threw me out on the hill as soon as I could walk.

Q: What are your plans next year, and do they include skiing?

A: I hope to become an Army Ranger. I will race again after I serve, you can count on it.

Q: If you weren’t skiing in the winter, what would you be doing?

A: It’s hard to imagine, but I did just pick up pond hockey this winter.

Q: What other sport do you wish you were good at?

A: Football. I played my heart out for three years of varsity football, but our team’s size and numbers just weren’t cut out to be champions (in other words, I wish soccer didn’t exist).

Q: If you could see any sporting event, what would it be?

A: Super Bowl

Q: If you could drop one class, but had to replace it with another, would you and what would they be?

A: I would have dropped my business class last semester, most of the criteria was something I had as common knowledge and caused me to be less motivated to work in class.

Q: What do you like to do on a typical weekend night?

A: Invite some friends over and have a fire out back.

Q: What’s your favorite place to eat and what do you get there?

A: Beefside – super giant roast beef sandwich with bacon and cheese.

Q: What’s your most visited website?

A: Facebook, even though I don’t accomplish anything on that website.

Q: What was the last movie you saw in theaters?

A: SkyFall

Q: What do you like to search for on YouTube?

A: Extreme sports, science media, anything trending.

Q: If someone made a movie of the Bow ski season, who would you want to play you?

A: Who else could appropriately play the part but Bode?

Q: Who would play Coach Cummings?

A: Robin Williams would have to brighten up an otherwise dull movie plot.

Q: If you could trade places with anyone in the world for a week, who would it be and what would you do?

A: Barack Obama. I would focus on turning away from monopolies in the corporate world and do my best to outlaw companies like Monsanto. Something doesn’t seem right about pesticide companies owning the majority of the food we eat. I would tell Americans to BUY LOCAL! I would also advocate against drug abuse.

Q: If you won $25 million in the lottery, what would you spend the money on?

A: I’d give each one of my friends a thousand dollars. Then I would buy some land to start a vineyard and orchard. And then chill.

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