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Devon Lathrop-State Champion Spotlight

We now spotlight senior Devon Lathrop of Cape Elizabeth. He was the 2019 Class B Giant Slalom state champion and his team won the Class B devon lathrop cape class b gs champAlpine title.  We asked him about his season and what it is like having two brothers on the team.

  1. What were your preparations leading up to the state meet?

Honestly, my preparations for states was to learn how to ski again and get my confidence back. I was out last season with a torn ACL, I had to work hard to get back up to speed. It was frustrating and took a lot longer then I anticipated.

  1. How did you deal with the pressure and emotions that come along with competing in a state meet?

There wasn’t a ton of pressure at the state meet. I had no expectations of winning, my goal was to get top 3 and have fun. The pressure came when I was in first place after the first run in giant slalom and knew I needed to send it in order to keep my gold medal.

  1. What was going through your mind at the starting gate in the pursuit knowing that you could win?

I kept telling my self in the start that I was a beast, the alpha male, and the best skier on this hill. In the back of my mind, I knew I could win because I’ve never lost a Giant slalom states race in my high school racing career.

  1. You won the gs and other races this season, what makes you so good and what do you contribute your success to?  

I contribute my most of my success to my parents for first of all putting me on this earth, and second, driving me up to Sugarloaf every weekend, driving early mornings to races and postseason events for 15 years straight.

As a senior, what are your goals for next year?

Haven't decided on where I'm going to school yet. I do plan on attending college because knowledge is power. I will try my best to ski when I can but my dad jokes,  I’ll be a broke college student and won’t be able to afford skiing. so we’ll see how that goes.

6) What surprised you the most about this season?

Winning giant slalom in the state meet was definitely a surprise, had no expectations for that race. I was beyond stoked when I came down after the first run and saw that I was in the first place. I only got first place in one race this season and it was in states.

7) What moment/event will you remember the most from this season?

Unfortunately, I had a lot of negative memorable moments out of frustration with the Shawnee Peak race department. But my favorite positive memory was sending tuck runs down Attitash mountain with the entire Maine team, trying to show off to the Connecticut girls.

8) Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Shoutout to my grandparents for showing up to every race this season and fueling me up with their delicious cookies on race day.

9) What do you like most about Alpine skiing?

The adrenaline rush, the friends, the competitiveness, and winning. It’s been a blast, I certainly will miss the sport. One thing I won't miss is wearing a thin skin suit in below zero temperatures.

10) What is it like having your brothers on the team with you?

It was awesome. A lot of memories, trash talking, friendly competition, and occasional wrestling. It was super fun having all three of us battling for first, second, and third place.

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