February 4, 2009

Happy Wednesday!

Monday was Groundhog Day, and I must mention my personal excitment of the prospect of 6 (or more) weeks of winter left for all to enjoy.
On Sunday several members of the Gould community took part in NENSA’s Womens’ ski day- an event celebrating the spirit of winter fun and nordic skiing. We spent the day learning from some of the most dominant and experienced women skiers in New England. There were many smiling faces and skiers of all levels eager to improve. It was great to see so many women interested in the sport. At the end of the day there was a fun 1k relay race.
Mrs. Wilkerson and Mrs. Barstow skiing in the relay (pic from NENSA)
Sam S. and Molly S. 2nd in friend-friend category of relay
My mom and I, proud victors of the mother-daughter category
On Saturday we faced a slightly more serious side of nordic skiing. The team arose early for a day of racing at Black Mountain. The race was the Sassi Memorial, which is the qualifer race for J2 Festival- a weekend where the 20 fastest J2 kids from each New England state meet for a slew of races and competiton. With fantastic wax and super fast skis (thanks to our several dedicated coaches) we attacked the course along with every high school skier in the state of Maine. Everyone on the team had a superb race and Sam Southam, Molly Seigel, and Jeb Clarke and I all qualified for J2 Fest!
The Maine girls J2 team (pic from Anne Marie Mahar)
Jeb Clarke racing
Today a few members of the team will be racing again at Black Mountain in a Supertour, and on Friday several of us will be headed to Stowe, Vt for an Eastern Cup/Supertour.
See you next week,
Alice H
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