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2018 State Champion Spotlight-Niko Naranja

Our next state champion spotlight is Niko Naranja of Fort Kent.  Niko won the Class C Freestyle and helped his team win the Class C Nordic title.  We asked him about his team winning and his thoughts at the start line.

1. What were your preparations leading up to the state meet ? 

We were very fortunate to have states at home this years, so preparing for the race was very easy. It was the same course that we had raced all year, and many years before that, so I knew the course as easily as I knew my own name.

2. How did you deal with the pressure and emotions that come along with competing in a state meet?

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2018 State Champion Spotlight-Max Bartley

We now spotlight state champion Max Bartley of Presque Isle.  He won the Class B Classical and was also the Aroostook classical and freestyle champion.  We asked him about his preparations and his success.

1.What were your preparations leading up to the state meet ? There was obviously a lot of training involved. This included a lot of running over the summer as well as roller skiing. I run cross country during the fall, this gives me a good cardio base as well as build some speed. I am very fortunate to live in a place that has some of the best skiing in the state, with a world class facility in my backyard so a lot of time on snow helped. Going into the week of the state meet we tapered training down, allowing my body to recover. I was well rested going into the week and was confident in the training I had put in. 
 
2. How did you deal with the pressure and emotions that come along with competing in a state meet? 

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2018 State Champion Spotlight-Nick Neveu

Our next state champion spotlight is Nick Neveu of Maine Coast.  Nick won the Class B Freestyle.  He also won the WMC classical and freestyle races.  We asked him about his plans for next year and his favorite memories.

1) What were your preparations leading up to the state meet ?  I did quite a bit of technique training for the state meet.  I did most of the interval and weight training earlier in the season and then focused exclusively on skiing "smart" races as the season came to a close. 
2) How did you deal with the pressure and emotions that come along with competing in a state meet?

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2018 State Champion Spotlight-Ethan Livingood

We now spotlight Ethan Livingood of Falmouth who won the Class A Freestyle.  We asked him about his thoughts at the starting line and his reaction when he found out that he won.

 1) What were your preparations leading up to the state meet?

 
In the days leading up to the races I focused on how to mentally prepare. Physically I knew that I could certainly do stuff to prepare but nothing to make a significant difference. I worked with my coaches to get a plan on how to approach each race and I just stuck with it.  
 
2) How did you deal with the pressure and emotions that come along with competing in a state meet?

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2018 State Champion Spotlight-Jen Wilbraham

Our next state champion spotlight is Jen Wilbraham of Morse.  Jen won the Class A Classical, the Class A Pursuit, and also won several races during the season.  We asked her about her state meet preparations and her reaction to winning states.

1) What were your preparations leading up to the state meet ?
I was just coming off of a minor, lower-back problem that occurred recently at the end of the regular season, so I wasn't fully able to prepare the way I usually do. I missed out on a volume and an intensity week for my training, and was very focused on recovering and relaxing my back, while still keeping up with endurance and speed. Mentally, I knew I had to be super on top of things at school, and spent as much time talking to my friends and teammates as possible. I got every single hour of sleep that I could, and ate lots of pasta, vegetables, and fruits that I could get my hands on. (Shoutout to @ournordicdiet on Instagram.)
 
2) How did you deal with the pressure and emotions that come along with competing in a state meet?

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2018 State Champion Spotlight-Roy Varney

We next spotlight Roy Varney of Leavitt who won the Class A Classical.  Roy was also the KVAC Classical and Pursuit Champion.  We asked him about his best memory and his success. 

1.)What were your preparations leading up to the state meet ?  My preparations for the state meet started with getting plenty of sleep the night before; at least nine hours of sleep. The next on the list was a large breakfast consisting of carbs and protein. Throughout the day leading up to the race, I will constantly take small sips of water to stay hydrated. And the final thing is I always eat half a protein bar before the race so I don't get hungry while on the course.

 
2.How did you deal with the pressure and emotions that come along with competing in a state meet?

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2018 State Champion Spotlight-Isabelle Jandreau

We now turn to the Nordic state champions for our state champion spotlights.  Isabelle Jandreau of Madawaska won the Class C classical and freestyle.  She was also the Aroostook classical and freestyle champion.  We asked her about racing close to home and her favorite season memories. 

1) What were your preparations leading up to the state meet ?

My main focus was to stay healthy and avoid the bug!  Getting outside on skis, drinking plenty of water, getting lots of sleep, and eating loads of pasta with the team was all part of my preparation for states!  
 
2) How did you deal with the pressure and emotions that come along with competing in a state meet?

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