Interview: Molly Siegel at Dartmouth
Molly Siegel ’12 is home from Dartmouth and we got a chance to catch up with her.
What’s it like having a teammate make the World cup?
I can’t tell you how amazing it was to see one one of my teammates racing in the World Cup this weekend. I think it was an incredible experience to everyone who went, but seeing so many Dartmouth alumni plus Corey racing just made it that much better. Even from day to day, I can appreciate being on the same team as skiers of this level, because I get to watch them and observe the things that they do that can help make me a better skier.
You’re home for a few weeks at least – where are you in your training/school year?
We just finished a 2 week long training camp split between Hanover, Craftsbury, and the World Cup in Quebec. It was a long time to just spend with the team and focus on skiing, and I think it was really beneficial. It really got me in the spirit of the ski season and ready to race. We spent a lot of time at Craftsbury skiing around their loop, which was great skiing but very repetitive I’m really hoping for some snow now so I can get some good quality skiing in before we go back to school in January. Right now I’m just relaxing and enjoying vacation before the racing season kicks into full gear.
Fav. class at Gould, Fav. Class at Dartmouth?
Favorite Gould class: DC’s (Dr. Brad Clarke – our nordic faculty assistant) AP Gov. I’m glad I was exposed to some of the different government and political systems around the world, because it made me pay more attention to what was happening around me. Now I feel I can understand current events better than I could before. At Dartmouth, my favorite class so far has been my freshman writing class, called The Snow Leopard. We only read one book, The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen (I highly recommend it!), and spent a lot of time discussing and writing about it. We also did some meditating and mindfulness exercises and studied a lot of Buddhist thought. It was all new to me, but I found it really fascinating!
Powerball was at $587 million last week. What would you do with the money?
Well, first I would pay for college because that’s the main challenge I’m facing at the moment. Skiing adds a whole other dimension to the idea of paying for college. After that, I would love to have money to donate to a worthy cause, enough to really get some projects going. Maybe some projects for education in developing countries. That’s the sort of thing I’m interested in.
Advice for aspiring student athletes?
Aspiring student athletes: First, of course, work hard in school! Being a good student will not only help you to get into college, it will ensure a much easier time when you get to college and have to balance athletics with academics. Something that a lot of people don’t realize is that athletes actually have a lot less time on our hands than most college students because we have intense practice and competition schedules along with school work. Non-athletes don’t have that extra time commitment, so they have more time to get their work done. At Gould, that difference is not something we’re used to, because everyone has athletics/activities planned into the day.
Another thing I would say to Nordic skiers especially, is learn to be independent with regards to wax and equipment, etc. Not all teams are this way, but on our team we do most of our own waxing and are required to have all of our own wax supplies. When you’re used to having a lot of this stuff done by your coaches or parents, it can seem like ski prep adds a new dimension of competition to the sport.