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All of our work culminates

I’m sitting in study hall the day before we depart for Junior Nationals in Soldier Hollow. I am surrounded by my friends, both alpine and nordic. The signs of impending national racing is obvious. In the corner, a pair of freshly hotboxed classic skis awaits packing; there are several bags of gear belonging to alpine racers, trying to cram in a last training session before they leave for their own races. All of us have worked extremely hard. Not just on snow this winter (rollerskiing for nordics!), not just in conditioning sessions in the fall, but in many winters previous as well. All of our hundreds, possibly thousands of hours of training have paid off in the past and helped to show the correct road to where we want to get to. We have all prevailed in the past and we have all come up short at some times, but each and every experience has helped us to move forward. The reason we can do what we can do is because we can build off of our experiences and continue onward to be better than we were in the beginning. We all possess and powerful drive to be the best that we can be and we always strive to be better than we are now. For some of us, this will be their first Junior Nationals. For others, it will be their last Junior Nationals. As a team, we will prevail and show the other divisions that we are a powerful, motivated, and united team of elite racers. All that is left to say is this:

Just Do It