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Isabelle Jandreau-State Champion Spotlight

We next spotlight senior Isabelle Jandreau of Madawaska.  She was the 2019 Class C classical and freestyle state champion as well as the Aroostook Isabelle 1League champion.  We asked her about the state meet and her favorite memory.

1) What were your preparations leading up to the state meet? I prepared just like any other competition. I continued to take good care of my body and made sure I was well rested!

2) How did you deal with the pressure and emotions that come along with competing in a state meet? I try to forget about results and just focus on how hard I can/will push myself. It was my last state meet so spending time with the team and keeping things light helped me to put things into perspective and not feel so much pressure.

3) What was going through your mind at the starting gate in the pursuit knowing that you could win?

I forgot about my head start and remembered that my time still mattered. I really wanted to compete with Class B, so I skied for my best time.

4) You won both the classical and freestyle, what makes you so good and what do you contribute your success to? I try to have a positive attitude going into every race. Believing you can do well gives you a much better result than if you go in with a negative attitude. Our facility we practice at is extremely supportive as well as the school system. We’ve gotten loads of snow this year and even after huge storms the trails were groomed and ready to ski. My team and coach have made the season so much fun. I believe success and fun have a strong correlation!

5) As a senior, what are your goals for next year? I’m planning on attending the University of Maine in Orono so I won’t be skiing competitively, but I definitely will not stop skiing in my free time.

6) What surprised you the most about this season? I was surprised that we did not have one dry land practice this year. We started on skis right away and still have snow to carry us well into late April.

7) What moment/event will you remember the most from this season? Our boys’ team won the state championship, and we got escorted into town by the safety vehicles. It was super exciting for the boys and really nice to see the community come together for nordic skiing!

8) What do you like most about Nordic skiing? I love the community feel. It is a competitive atmosphere, but competitors can still be some of your best friends. I really enjoy that aspect as well as being outside for so much of the winter and really enjoying all it has to offer.

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