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Fast Start to Carnival Season

Phew, glad the first one is under our belts.

There’s so much anticipation entering the first carnival weekend that sometimes you feel like you really can’t enjoy the skiing that’s going on.  Whelp, I definitely enjoyed this carnival weekend’s skiing – that’s for SURE! 3rd place overall on the weekend is definitely something to be happy with considering the competition! 3rd place also  reminds me that we didn’t hit our FULL potential. AKA – Middlebury Skiing can be EVEN FASTER than 3rd on the weekend! Truth.

Regardless, a HUGE congrats to Rob Cone for his GS win and to Chris McKenna on being Mr. Consistent with a 3rd place finish in the GS. Those guys really know how to put it down the hill. And the cool thing is that our other carnival guys are right with them AND beating them in training! TEAM STACKED.

[caption id="attachment_4548" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Rob Cone Cone racing back in 2011 Won this weekend’s GS at Bates Carnival[/caption]

With solid performances on our women’s side as well, we really did start the season off on the right foot.

Congrats to Nordic Teammate,  Heather Moon-Dawg Mooney, on her insane DOUBLE VICTORY this weekend. This chick scored some massive points and I’m dubbing her the “Middlebury Skier of the Week.”

We just finished up an awesome high-volume session at the bowl pictured below, and can’t wait to get out there tomorrow and continue the push towards the weekend.

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Save the Date. Winter Carnival Reception February 14th, 6 pm

Save The Date:

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Middlebury Ski Team Alumni, Parents and Friends of Skiing

Winter Carnival Reception

 

You are cordially invited to join current Middlebury Ski Team members, as well as the coaching staff, in celebration of the Middlebury Winter Carnival.

 

WHEN:    Saturday, February 14th, 2015

6:00 p.m.

WHERE:  Two Brothers Tavern (lounge downstairs)

Middlebury, Vermont

 

The reception will include light food and beverages.

 

We hope to see you there.

 

Sincerely,

Stever Bartlett – Alpine Ski Team

Andrew Johnson- Nordic Ski Team

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Bagels and Buddies…and Donuts :)

Always the favorite day of the year for both our Middlebury College team and the Middlebury Ski Club! Thanks for a great day on the hill, Buddies! Best of luck to everyone this racing season! Get out there and have FUN!

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Men’s Team at Sugarloaf FIS Races

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Masters Training Day Fundraiser

The Middlebury College Ski Team is offering a one day slalom training day tailored to the needs of masters ski racers. Train at the Middlebury College Snow Bowl on The Cameron and The Lange which are two outstanding training trails. Benefit from training with NCAA Division I athletes and from coaching by Middlebury College Ski Team coaches Stever Bartlett and Abby Copeland. For more information visit www.middleburyskiing.org  or check out our facebook page. Keywords Masters training Middlebury.

Thanks for your interest in the training day.  We are still running the training session, but our aspirations to train GS in the morning won’t be possible.  We will adjust the schedule and run the day as we have in the last few years, training slalom in the morning and slalom again in the afternoon after the break.  My apologies for not being able to pull off the gs element.  It is more of a fencing and preparation issue.  The snow is adequate and will be great for the day of slalom.

The schedule is below.
CAMP Tuesday December 23rd – Morning and Afternoon

 

SCHEDULE:

 

8:15 – 8:45 Registration, Bagels, juice, fruit, coffee and welcome words
9:00 – 11:30 sl drill courses and sl training
11:30 – 12:30 Lunch and Sprongo/computer video Review
12:30 – 2:30 Slalom Warm up course and Full Length Timed Training
2:30 – 2:45 Cool Down and review

 

Cost:
$120 per athlete. Includes lift ticket. All proceeds go to the Middlebury College Alpine Ski Team.

 

Cash or check is preferred on the day, however Credit Card can be used at the ticket window at the snow bowl.
Register: Limited to first 20 athletes. To reserve a spot

Contact Stever Bartlett. shbartle@middlebury.edu  (802) 282- 2880

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Colorado-Camp Debrief

Colorado camp this November was AMAZING. The group of athletes we have this season are dedicated, excited, supportive, and just plain fun. We were able to run through our drill progression and get tons of GS training in at Loveland and Vail. Couldn’t be more excited to start the season off this weekend at Sunday River with some FIS Slalom races.  Good Luck, Panthers!

[caption id="attachment_4467" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Women's Team at Vail Women’s Team at Vail[/caption]

 

[caption id="attachment_4468" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Senior Women and Abby Senior Women and Abby[/caption]

 

[caption id="attachment_4469" align="aligncenter" width="300"]VICTORY VICTORY[/caption]

 

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Lisa Schroer CRUSHES

Lisa Schroer CRUSHES. I don’t think I need to say much more about this girl. Check out these fish she caught in Sandy Creek (near Rochester, NY)

W.O.W.

Stever and I are both extremely jealous. Hat’s off to Lisa for hooking into these BEASTS!

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Our Team. What it Means to Another

The Pain Cave

By Murphy Roberts

 

Grouped in a circle, the sun glistening as it slowly sets on the horizon; we stare at each other’s blank, sweat ridden faces. There is an almost cacophonous melody of our rapid heartbeats reverberating around the field. Here we wait for the captain, James, to yell out that it is time to go again. Although it goes unspoken, each of us ponders why we do this during the middle of all this, sensing the pain that is to come. The field is soaked in our sweat as each one of us braces each other for more squat jumps and burpees. James yells go, and for a brief moment time stops and everything slips away as you enter the pain cave.

Why do I do this? It’s a thought that has entered the mind of every ski racer as they ride up the lift alone just wearing their speed suit as the howling wind penetrates through your skin and you feel the shock of pure cold crawl up your spine. It is a question one asks themselves as they enter that final set in the squat rack and stare down their sweaty, tired frame in the mirror. It is moments like this that define our character. Where the notion giving up is so attractive, yet the thought of failure is all too difficult to bear. This is the pain cave and the Middlebury Ski Team not only embraces it, but we strive for it.

Everyone on this team has had a different background. Some come from far away and others live half an hour away. Everybody enters with different perspectives, yet all leave with one value that has been driven into them. That value is dedication. We share in each others successes and our failures. We share race tactics, ideas we have developed from our various classes, and we share our pursuit of the pain cave. I don’t do the things that I do solely for me. I do them for my teammates. This team is my family and I am willing to do whatever it takes to make it better.

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This sport is brutal. It can tear one apart in an instant. You freeski, drill, and train throughout the winter for one run. You tune your skis for thousands of hours a season for one run. Yet, you make one miscalculation and it’s over. Your day is finished. The ski team here is the safety net to all these things. We transcend the negatives and thrive in our competitiveness with one another. We ski race because we love it. At Middlebury, the team’s combined love for the sport provides a foundation for hard work and development that is contagious. We enter the pain cave together with smiles on our face.

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Our Team. What it Means to One.

By Izzy Kannegieser

Being a member of the ski team here at Midd has been one of my best experiences in college so far, and it means so much to me beyond just alpine skiing. The team has been my family at Middlebury since day one, and I can say honestly I’ve never been a part of a closer, more tightly knit group of people. I still remember meeting some of the kids on the team during our summer training camp last year in Mt. Hood. I was an incoming freshman and really nervous to be meeting the team for the first time, and so of course I was expecting it to be really awkward. I was so surprised when people on the team I had never even met before were giving me big hugs and welcoming me to Middlebury, like we were great friends and they’d known me for years. Pretty early on I realized that being apart of this team meant way more than just skiing fast, it also meant being supportive of and committed to my teammates.

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Training on the hill is intense but fun. The guys and girls almost always train together, and we’ll usually take one or two warm-up runs before taking five or six runs in the course. We’re all very hardworking and motivated, which really ups the intensity during training and keeps everyone focused and pushing hard to make every run count. We’re also super supportive of one another and aren’t afraid to give each other advice on the hill or during a video session. The level of commitment from our coaches Stever and Abby is pretty unreal- they’re out there with us everyday: setting our courses, fixing gates, taking video, giving us feedback both on the hill and in video sessions.  The doors to their offices are always open, and sometimes I’ll just go in to hang out or talk about something completely non-skiing related, or if I’m stressed about something they’ll listen and help me out. They’re great on the hill as coaches but honestly I think they’re just as awesome off the hill as people I can trust with anything.

As a team we do so much more than just train at the Snow Bowl. Besides working out weekday afternoons in the offseason together, we also eat lots of meals together, dominate the intermural soccer and hockey circuits on campus, partake in some pretty intense paintball games, play a little too much volleyball, have sweet bonfires and cookouts, and occasionally struggle through the late-night study sesh in the library together. My teammates are also some of my closest friends at Middlebury; they are people that I can count on and I know will have my back when I need them, and I feel lucky every day that I get to be apart of something so special.

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Mentoring the Next Generation

Yesterday the Middlebury Alpine Ski Team members joined the Middlebury Snow Bowl Ski Club junior athletes for a fun partner based dryland session.  Athletes partnered up and engaged in age appropriate body weight, balance, agility and flexibility exercises.  The partners will remain what  we call “buddies”, and will keep in touch throughout the fall and winter with the college athlete providing mentorship and friendship to the junior skier.  Our next mentoring event will be on December 30th when we do our on snow Bagels and Buddies program.   This event is at the Snow Bowl and the “buddies” (and coaches) enjoy bagels, doughnuts, fruit and juice followed by some freeskiing and heated duals in a panelled slalom on the Cameron.

Thanks everyone for a great session.  Here are some pictures from yesterday.

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