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State Champion Spotlight-Leif Harvey

Our next Nordic state champion spotlight is Leif Harvey of Greely.  Leif was the 2020 Class A Freestyle State Champion.  We asked him about his plans DW5D7900 2for next year and his thoughts at the startling line. 

1) What were your preparations leading up to the state meet?  My preparations for the state meet really began in the summer, where I rollerskied or ran almost everyday. Then I traveled to Titcomb a couple weeks before states to preview the course. During the last week before states, I prepared by doing proper training, resting up, and thinking about strategy.
2) How did you deal with the pressure and emotions that come along with competing in a state meet?  Nerves can get in the way of performing to your highest potential, and the way I deal with it is to just to focus on myself and make sure that I'm ready for the race mentally and physically. This allows me to take my nerves and convert into positive momentum for the race.
3) What was going through your mind at the starting gate?   At the starting gate of the skate race, I watched as William Jordan, the competitor ahead of me, leave the stadium. I was thinking about how I need to pace myself during the first kilometer to make sure I could power up the hills. I didn't want to end up super tired on the hills and die, so it was crucial to make sure I went out at a sustainable tempo.
4) You won the freestyle, what do you contribute your success to?  Besides my training and amazing coaches (thank you Coach Dancause!), which were a large part of my success, I contribute my win in the skate race to how I executed the race plan - I paced myself out of the start well, focusing on technique and form, pushed myself up the hills, and finally, maximized the downhills. Every second was crucial.
5) What are your goals/plans for next year?   My goals for next year is to compete at Eastern High School Championships, since they were canceled this year.  For states, I hope to repeat a win!... maybe win both classic and skate! To make that happen, I plan on training well and building our team.
6)  What surprised you the most about this season?   The most surprising thing about the season was the EHSC cancellation. We all in the Maine Team did the training and preparation... It's very disappointing to not able to compete in the races that I was peaking for. 
7)  What moment/event will you remember the most from the season?  The best moment of the season was at conferences. After winning both races, I skied up to George's jump with my Greely team and most of the team sent off of it. It was great fun. Coach Dancause even did some runs over the jump, getting air.
8) What do you like most about Nordic Skiing?  Nordic Skiing is so fun for a few reasons. First of all, the community is awesome; everyone is friendly. Often times, teams will practice together because everyone knows each other. Teams might still be competitive with each other, but mostly everyone is rooting for each other to do their best. Secondly, Nordic skiing is great because because you are literally gliding over snow. Downhills and turns are just thrilling and jumps are awesome. Also, the racing/competitive aspect of skiing is GREAT!

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