Lets go Panthers!
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"] 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.[caption id="attachment_4549" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Training SL on Allen[/caption]
Save The Date:
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
WHERE: Two Brothers Tavern (lounge downstairs)
The reception will include light food and beverages.
We hope to see you there.
Stever Bartlett – Alpine Ski Team
Andrew Johnson- Nordic Ski Team
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!
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
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
$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. email@example.com (802) 282- 2880
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[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_4468" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Senior Women and Abby[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_4469" align="aligncenter" width="300"] VICTORY[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_4470" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Chris, Ghassan, Elle, and Christoph[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4472" align="aligncenter" width="300"] 2015 Alpine Team[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4473" align="aligncenter" width="300"] 2015 Women’s Team[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4475" align="aligncenter" width="273"] 2015 Men’s Team[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4471" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Thanksgiving 2015[/caption]
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)
Stever and I are both extremely jealous. Hat’s off to Lisa for hooking into these BEASTS![caption id="attachment_4454" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Sandy Creek[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4455" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Sandy Creek HOG[/caption]
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.
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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