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State Champion Spotlight-Carter McPhedran

We now spotlight state champion Carter McPhedran of Maranacook.  Carter was the 2020 Class B Freestyle, Classical and Pursuit state champion.  Hecarter also was the KVAC Nordic skier of the year and won the 2020 Sassi.  We asked him about the success and his favorite moment from the season.

1) What were your preparations leading up to the state meet?
Coming into state meet, I focused on eating well, sleeping a lot, and training just enough so that I felt energetic and snappy but still got a good workout in. After a season of hard training and intense racing, I wanted to make sure I was at my peak for the state meet. I stayed positive, visualized what I wanted at the meet, and did everything in my power to do that. 
2) How did you deal with the pressure and emotions that come along with competing in a state meet?
I have always had a knack for dealing with pressure in racing. To do this I focus on a few important things about skiing and about my life in general. First of all, I know that I have the power to control my actions and that if I want to have a good race on a given day, I can make that happen. In addition, I remember that the people who support me do not care how fast I ski or how I place; they will support me no matter how I do in the race. 
3) What was going through your mind at the starting gate?
I had so much energy going into the state meet. This was it, my last high school race. I had so much passion and energy surrounding the meet and I had to take some deep breaths before going to the start line. Once I was there, I focused all of my energy into what was in front of me: good skis, good snow, and a great course filled with phenomenal skiers. 
4)  What do you contribute your success to?
I think the biggest factor that I can attribute my success to is the Maranacook Nordic team. I have four amazing coaches and an even larger web of helpers who are fully invested in the Nordic endeavor. My dad has coached me since I first hopped on boards in my backyard when I was three. All of these people along with every member of Mcook Nordies since I was a freshman have helped me become the skier I am today. 
5)  What are your goals/plans for next year?
I don’t really have a plan yet but I know that I’m gonna use all that I’ve learned from Nordic and really get sendy out there. 
6) What surprised you the most about this season?
The most surprising thing for me was the lack of consistent snow at my school. It proved to be a formidable obstacle but it led to some enjoyable log runs with the team as well as boisterous bus rides to Titcomb or Quarry Roads to get some real skiing in. 
7) What moment/event will you remember the most from the season?
My favorite moment from this season came after the Eastern High School/U16 qualifier at Quarry Roads in Waterville. With a plethora of Maine boys wandering around after the race, I sprinted around inquiring if they would join me for a cool down ski. Five minutes later, an army of boys of all different sizes from Yarmouth, Falmouth, Fort Kent, Freeport, Madawaska and more skied a lap all together. It was so easy to just be with those guys for that lap, and I will never forget that moment. 
8) What do you like most about Nordic Skiing?
I like everything about Nordic except waxing with graphite. I like wax hut dance party’s and Country Roads sing-alongs to end a long bus ride. I like warming up and cooling down. I like when the awards turn into a two hour kerfuffle in the freezing cold. I like the thrill of racing. I like the camaraderie that comes with collectively suffering on the trails. I like good wax days. . .and I like bad wax days too(just because I’m skiing). I like steep uphills and screaming downhill corners. Most importantly, I love the people who have invested themselves in this sport. Thank you all for getting out there and ripping the trails. 

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