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Reid Wilkins: Newfound Male Athlete of the Season

  • Reid Wilkins: Newfound Male Athlete of the Season


Friday, April 20, 2018

What was the biggest challenge you or your team faced this season and how did you overcome it?

The biggest challenge I faced was my own mind. I would get into my head before and during races and psych myself out. As I performed better, it just kind of went away.

Who was the unsung hero of your team?

Our team was really close-knit, so nobody’s accomplishments really went unsung. Though, our foreign exchange student on the team, Jason Liang, was quite the underdog. He started the season not knowing how to ski at all, but by the end he was a very solid skier.

If you could improve high school skiing in New Hampshire, what would you do?

I would reintroduce ski jumping to schools.

Do you have any sports superstitions? If so, what are they?

I don’t really have any sports superstitions.

What are some of the unwritten rules of your sport?

At Newfound at least, it’s a bit of an unwritten rule that we ski until the day is over.

If life were a video game, what would some of the cheat codes be?

I don’t think there would be any cheat codes. It’s just all about dedication, really. I don’t think there’s any way to skip that.

What is something that is really popular now, but in five years everyone will look back on and be embarrassed by?

I think certain dance moves will probably go out of style pretty quickly and people will look back and think they looked embarrassing and silly.

Where do you get your news?

I get a lot of my news from word of mouth, but also I listen to NHPR when I’m in the car most of the time.

What are the best and worst purchases you’ve ever made?

Best purchase was my current Volkl slalom skis. Worst purchase was my old phone; it was super slow and buggy.

What’s the most ridiculous fact you know?

Emperor penguins bow before mating.

What’s invisible but you wish people could see?

I think it would be really cool to see infrared rays naturally without goggles.

If you could go to school in a foreign country, which country would you pick and why?

I would pick China because it would force me to learn Chinese finally, and I hear that they have very challenging academics and I love a good challenge.

If animals could talk, which would be the rudest?

My guess would be cats.

What questions would you like to ask a time traveler from 200 years in the future?

How did we survive climate change? And what mode of production is currently (in the future) in use?

If you were hired to show tourists what life is really like where you live, what would you show them/have them do?

I would show them my school and how close everyone is. I would also have them eat some Pat’s Pizza.

What is the craziest thing one of your teachers has done?

I’ve seen teachers throw markers and erasers at kids but nothing much crazier. Except maybe seeing my 5-foot-6 econ teacher deadlift over 400 pounds.

What’s the best thing about being a teen? What’s the worst?

The best thing is that you’re still pretty free and you don’t yet have a whole lot of responsibility. The worst part is the pressure to fit in, I guess.