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State Champion Spotlight: Grace Cowles

Our next state champion spotlight is senior Grace Cowles of Yarmouth who won the 2017 Class B Freestyle state meet.   We caught up with her and asked her about her state meet preparations, her future plans, and her thoughts on race day.

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

The week before the state meet I tried to get as much sleep as I could and drank a lot of water. As for skiing, I did a couple of long level three intervals and short pick ups. The night before the first state meet I spent time with my teammates. We had a “ski prom” where we danced and got excited for the race.

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

It was definitely difficult for me to deal with the pressure of competing at a state meet. Listening to music on the bus rides to the race site was very helpful. It helped me focus and channeled my nerves into energy. Also spending time with my team helped me to relax and focus on doing my best for the team.

3) What was going through your mind at the starting line knowing that the conditions were soft and warm?

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State Champion Spotlight: Laura Parent

We now spotlight Laura Parent of Maranacook who was the 2017 Class B Classical State Champion.   She helped her team win the Class B State title.  We asked her about the successes, the preparations, and her goals.

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

I had a pretty solid base going into the season, built up by a successful cross country season and training that began in the spring with roller skiing and strength training. Leading up to the state meet, I prepared a lot mentally, maintaining a positive attitude and pumping myself up to go fast.

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

A method of coping with pressure and getting into the right mental state before an important meet that I use is reminding myself that all I need to do is my best, and that is all I can ever do, and I try to maintain a constant positive mindset and build my own confidence. But at states I was less nervous and more excited about racing and being with my team.

3) What was going through your mind at the starting line knowing that the conditions were soft and warm?

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State Champion Spotlight: Olivia Skillings

We now spotlight Olivia Skillings of Maine Coast Waldorf.  She cruised through the warmth and soft snow at Quarry Road and won both the Class C Classical and Freestyle races.  We asked her about the conditions, her reaction to winning, and her preparations.

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

The week before the state meet I trained with my team and we did some shorter intervals to help get us ready. I also tried to sleep as much as possible and stay hydrated in the week leading up to the races. 

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

I am always a little nervous before a race, but the states races are about the team, and I knew that I was surrounded by a bunch of great coaches and teammates who were going to try their hardest to win. I just tried to stay calm and trust all the training I had done throughout the season. 
 
3) What was going through your mind at the starting line knowing that the conditions were soft and warm?

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State Champion Spotlight: Zach Holman

We now turn to the Nordic state champions.  Zach Holman of Maranacook, was the 2017 Class B Classical state champion.  His team also won the state championships.  We asked him about his individual and team wins, his season progression, and his best memories.

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

I had been training hard since the start of the summer and all throughout the season, so in the weeks leading up to the state meet I prioritized being rested and healthy. I wanted to feel snappy and rested when I got to the line.

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

I’ve definitely gotten better at dealing with the pressure of racing, but even still I was pretty stressed and nervous in the days leading up to the meet, especially since I knew the entire team would be counting on me. The morning and night before the meet I just made sure I stuck to the routine that I always have before my races, and that

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State Champion Spotlight: Nathan Delmar

We now spotlight Nathan Delamar of Maranacook who won the 2017 Class B Slalom state title.  We asked him about his best ski memories, his season goals, and his thoughts at the starting gate.

1) What were your preparations leading up to the state meet?
This year I choose to take a step back from skiing. Instead of taking as many runs at night at Kent's Hill and on the weekends, I choose to have fun and enjoy my time on the hill. As for the state meet I took the same approach, seeing as it was my last year I wanted to enjoy every second of it. Getting overly concerned about my times or place wasn't an option, I just wanted to have fun.
 
2) How did you deal with the pressure and emotions that come along with competing in a state meet?
Again, I took a lot of pressure off of myself this year and as a result the state meet was less stressful. 
 
3) What was going through your mind at the starting gate knowing that the conditions were soft and warm?

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State Champion Spotlight: Axel Lindsay

We now spotlight Axel Lindsay of Greely who was the 2017 Class A Slalom state champion.  We asked him about his first run tie, his favorite thing about skiing and his future plans.

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

I worked hard all season to get to the state meet but my plan just before the race was pretty simple - just relax and ski the way I knew how to do. 

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

I just tried to be as relaxed as I could be. The less tense I am, the better I ski.

 3) What was going through your mind at the starting gate knowing that the conditions were soft and warm?

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State Champion Spotlight: Devon Lathrop

We now profile state champion Devon Lathrop of Cape Elizabeth.  He was the 2017 Class A Giant Slalom state champion.  He also won the WMC Alpine Championships slalom and giant slalom.  We asked him about all of his successes, his best memories, and his state meet.

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

My preparations were pretty simple and basic leading up to States. Basically consisted of training hard on the snow and even harder in the gym. 
 
2) How did you deal with the pressure and emotions that come along with competing in a state meet?
 
Honestly I wasn't too stressed, except when I was tied with Axel on the first run of slalom at states. My way of dealing with that stress was to drink a lot of chocolate milk and eat my "sendwitch" from "sendy's" and prepare to shred.
 
3) What was going through your mind at the starting gate knowing that the conditions were soft and warm?

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