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State Champion Spotlight-Emma Pelletier

Our next Nordic state champion spotlight is Emma Pelletier of Madawaska.  Emma was the 2020 Class C Freestyle state champion.  She also won the EmmaAroostook title.   We asked her about her preparations and her favorite thing about Nordic skiing.

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

I focused more on preparing mentally for the meet. I knew that it would not only take my physical strength but take my mental strength to help me reach my goal. In my mind, I would go through the turns and hills, parts of the trails that I knew I would need the most motivation for. I definitely try to prepare physically by eating the right foods, hydrating and getting the appropriate amount of sleep so that I can be ready for races.

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

I try to block out the pressure and emotions because there can be so many variables that can affect the race. I really try to just focus on what I need to do to keep my attention on what's important. I also try to keep my focus on the goal. It is important to keep my focus on the race and limit distractions. I focus on skiing my own race.

3) What was going through your mind at the starting gate?


I'm typically thinking about how I've prepared myself to give myself confidence before the race. Sometimes I will re-run the course again in my head so I have confidence in what I'm doing. I'll memorize turns and where I think I should use different techniques in different parts of the trails. I try to think positive thoughts before I leave the start gate so it doesn’t leave room for doubtful thoughts that might affect my ability that I've worked for. 

4) What do you contribute your success to?

I contribute my success to my teammates and coaches. They are always there to support me whether we are on or off the trail. It's really an extra push for me when I hear them cheering to work harder. Even though I'm tired I'll push through it because they're there cheering me on. They motivate me to do better in races and encourage me to always be positive. They push me to always do my best in practice to prepare for races which is a huge factor to my success.

5) What are your goals for next year?

Next year my goal is to work even harder. I definitely want to work on my classic technique to try to improve my time on classic races. Overall I want to focus on having fun with the people I ski with and always try to do the best I can to better myself as a skier. 

6) What surprised you the most about this season?

This season I was really surprised about how I have improved in freestyle and my overall technique. I think sometimes I definitely surprised myself with the new potential that I didn't know I had. However, I know I still have a lot to learn. 

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

This season there were definitely many memorable events. Practice is usually pretty eventful with my team so it is definitely moments with my team that will be the most memorable.

8) What do you like most about Nordic Skiing?

Skiing is a way of relaxing for me. When I'm skiing it's definitely a distraction from my life that helps me to relieve my stress and get rid of all the things that I worry about throughout the day. It's a way of getting away from everything and breathing fresh air to clear my mind, so I can just do what I love doing.




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