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CHELSEA HOLMES BREAKTHROUGH YEAR by Jeff Schloss

Chelsea Holmes has been a good ski racer for a number of years. She was atop ten finisher at JO’s in 2005 and she was an NCAA All-American while at UNR in 2009. But by all accounts this year has been a breakthrough year for her. Chelsea started the year strong with some top ten Super Tour finishes at West Yellowstone in November and then just kept getting better. Some of the highlights of this awesome season include a  7th place at US Nationals,second place in the Aspen Super Tour, winning the Tahoe Rim Tour and the Great Ski Race, winning both skate races at Canadian Nationals, and a third place in the hill climb finale of the Super Tour finals. I feel Chelsea is one of the top six women Nordic racers in the United States right now and has a good shot at making the US Ski team World Cup team next year.
Chelsea worked as an assistant coach with the Sugar Bowl Academy this year and she was an incredible roll model for the SBA athletes. She has a super strong work ethic and really helped motivate the kids to push themselves much harder than they thought they could. Additionally Chelsea’s bubbly, fun personality made every workout more fun for everyone. Chelsea is truly an awesome athlete and coach and having her here in the Far West is a real blessing.
Chelsea is a great example of the value of sticking with the sport. She could have easily quit skiing after a mediocre 2009-2010 season, but instead, she set some high goals for herself and focused on her training to a new degree for 2010-2011. Her huge jump up in the results for this year are directly related to this new focus and this can be an inspiration to all Far West racers. You may have some bad seasons in your career but if you set some powerful goals and really focus on doing what you need to achieve those goals then you too can have a breakthrough season-just like Chelsea.