Lily Horne-State Champion Spotlight


Mostly it was just nice that my start time was easy to remember. Eliza, Maddie, and Allison are all super strong skiers, so I knew that winning the skate title would be hard. At the start line, as always, I was talking with the girls starting around me. It was my last race with many of them, so I was just soaking that in and enjoying their company. 

 4) You won the classical, what makes you so good and what do you attribute your success to?

There was a time when I liked classic and skate equally but that time is now a distant memory: classic is my favorite thing ever. As for my success in classic, I attribute that to a lot of time spent double poling. The other obvious factor is that classic is much closer to running than skate is, and I do quite a bit of running. 

5) As a senior, what are your goals for next year?

I’m still waiting to hear back from colleges, so I don’t know where I’ll be going, but I do know that running and skiing will always be a part of my life! 

6) What surprised you the most about this season?

I started out with very high hopes for the season. This was derailed in early January when I had a bunch of bad races and some illness. I felt pretty discouraged and began to doubt that things would get better. Thanks to my teammates’ contagious happiness and the unwavering support of my coaches and parents, I improved my attitude and my performances improved as a result. The biggest surprise this season was the progression from a rocky start to such an exciting finish. 

7) What moment/event will you remember the most from this season? 

I will never forget the feeling of standing on the podium at states with Allison: my ski buddy, training partner, and co-captain. It was so fun to end our nordic careers together like that. 

8) Is there anything else that you would like to add?

I would like to thank Joel and Elysha for everything they have done for us. I am incredibly lucky to have learned so much about skiing and about life from them. They’re both going to Greenland in a couple of weeks to ski the Arctic Circle Race: 50km per day for 3 days with an average of 4500 ft of climbing each day. Very inspiring! 

9) What do you like most about Nordic skiing? 

My favorite part about nordic is the community. I will always treasure the friendships I have made with kids from all over the state, and I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has been a part of my nordic experience! You all have pushed me to be my best and given me so much joy.