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Annesley Black-State Champion Spotlight

We begin our state champion spotlights where we highlight each state champion for each discipline.  We first highlight senior Annesley Black of annesleyCheverus.  She was the Class A Giant Slalom and Slalom state champion and had tremendous success during her high school career.

1) What were your preparations leading up to the state meet? The key to preparing for any big race for me is just acting like it is any other race. I followed my normal routine and tried to have fun with it. I knew I had to trust myself to perform.
2) How did you deal with the pressure and emotions that come along with competing in a state meet, especially as a defending state champion? There is definitely a lot of excitement and nerves involved in competing at states, but I tried not to let any of that deter my focus. When I got to the top of the course, I listened to music and tried to block everything besides the race run in front of me out of my mind. 
3) What was going through your mind at the starting gate knowing about the conditions and that you could win? I definitely knew there was no guarantee that I would win considering the great racers I compete against. I just tried to focus on executing my run which is the only thing I could control.
4) You had had a lot of success in high school racing, what makes you so good and what do you contribute your success to? A lot of my success comes from hard work. I knew I had to keep training hard despite my success, and I feel like that constant push to get better got me to where I am today. Another aspect is that I try to race smart and not take unnecessary risks. I was able to know when to go full send and when hold back a little to stay on my feet, and I think that contributed a lot to my success in states this year.
5) As a senior, what are your plans for next year? I am going to West Point next year and plan to study environmental engineering.
6) What surprised you the most about this season? The intensity of the nerves I felt coming into states was a real surprise. I have never really gotten that nervous for a race before, and it was a challenge to overcome that and still compete hard.
7) What moment/event will you remember the most from this season? I will always remember tying with Brooke Juneau for the top seed at shootouts. We have grown up racing together and have always been really close, so it was super cool to close out our high school racing careers tying like that.  We both raced really well that day.
8) Is there anything else that you would like to add? High school skiing is such a great opportunity and I am so glad I got the chance to experience it. Thank you to all the people that make this sport possible at the high school level.

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