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State Champion Spotlight: Zach Holman

We now turn to the Nordic state champions.  Zach Holman of Maranacook, was the 2017 Class B Classical state champion.  His team also won the state championships.  We asked him about his individual and team wins, his season progression, and his best memories.

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

I had been training hard since the start of the summer and all throughout the season, so in the weeks leading up to the state meet I prioritized being rested and healthy. I wanted to feel snappy and rested when I got to the line.

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

I’ve definitely gotten better at dealing with the pressure of racing, but even still I was pretty stressed and nervous in the days leading up to the meet, especially since I knew the entire team would be counting on me. The morning and night before the meet I just made sure I stuck to the routine that I always have before my races, and that

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State Champion Spotlight: Nathan Delmar

We now spotlight Nathan Delamar of Maranacook who won the 2017 Class B Slalom state title.  We asked him about his best ski memories, his season goals, and his thoughts at the starting gate.

1) What were your preparations leading up to the state meet?
This year I choose to take a step back from skiing. Instead of taking as many runs at night at Kent's Hill and on the weekends, I choose to have fun and enjoy my time on the hill. As for the state meet I took the same approach, seeing as it was my last year I wanted to enjoy every second of it. Getting overly concerned about my times or place wasn't an option, I just wanted to have fun.
 
2) How did you deal with the pressure and emotions that come along with competing in a state meet?
Again, I took a lot of pressure off of myself this year and as a result the state meet was less stressful. 
 
3) What was going through your mind at the starting gate knowing that the conditions were soft and warm?

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State Champion Spotlight: Axel Lindsay

We now spotlight Axel Lindsay of Greely who was the 2017 Class A Slalom state champion.  We asked him about his first run tie, his favorite thing about skiing and his future plans.

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

I worked hard all season to get to the state meet but my plan just before the race was pretty simple - just relax and ski the way I knew how to do. 

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

I just tried to be as relaxed as I could be. The less tense I am, the better I ski.

 3) What was going through your mind at the starting gate knowing that the conditions were soft and warm?

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State Champion Spotlight: Devon Lathrop

We now profile state champion Devon Lathrop of Cape Elizabeth.  He was the 2017 Class A Giant Slalom state champion.  He also won the WMC Alpine Championships slalom and giant slalom.  We asked him about all of his successes, his best memories, and his state meet.

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

My preparations were pretty simple and basic leading up to States. Basically consisted of training hard on the snow and even harder in the gym. 
 
2) How did you deal with the pressure and emotions that come along with competing in a state meet?
 
Honestly I wasn't too stressed, except when I was tied with Axel on the first run of slalom at states. My way of dealing with that stress was to drink a lot of chocolate milk and eat my "sendwitch" from "sendy's" and prepare to shred.
 
3) What was going through your mind at the starting gate knowing that the conditions were soft and warm?

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State Champion Spotlight: Shelby Cowin

Our next state champion spotlight is Shelby Cowin of Greenville.  She was the 2017 Class B Giant Slalom state champion.  She also won the GS in 2016.  We asked her about her state meet and her plans for next year.

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

 To mentally prepare for the race I tend to stay pretty relaxed and keep my head in the game instead of away focusing on other things coming after the race. I always ski better when I stay calm and don't overthink the outcome. To physically prepare I train hard for the week before and take a day or two of rest before race day.  Also, the night before every race I eat pasta.   

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

 I am pretty relaxed most of the time but when I start to get nervous I just focus and warm up, or make small conversation with my coach and teammates.  I ski much better if I stay calm and don't overthink the course, or have a mental plan of just attacking the course the whole way down.

3) What was going through your mind at the starting gate knowing that the conditions were soft and warm?

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State Champion Spotlight: Allison Acritelli

We next profile Allison Acritelli of Spruce Mtn. who was the 2017 Class B Slalom state champion.  She helped her team have a big day 2 and came back to win the state championships.  We asked her about her team's big second day, her season goals, and her state meet preparations.

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

My preparations leading up to the state meet was to train a lot. I participate at a race camp program at Black Mountain. We train every day during Christmas break then every Saturday and Sunday until the second or third week in March. I also train at Kents Hill with my school team Mondays and Thursdays.                           

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

I feel as though the pressure was pretty low. My emotions with my team was everywhere on the other hand. We were excited just to be racing but also tired from waking up early. We function as a family, not just a team. 

3) What was going through your mind at the starting gate knowing that the conditions were soft and warm?

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State Champion Spotlight: Annesley Black

We continue our state champion spotlight with Annesley Black of Cheverus.  She was the 2017 Class A Slalom and Giant Slalom state champion.  We caught up with her and asked her about her season, her successes, and her favorite memories.

1) What were your preparations leading up to the state meet? I followed the same training and preparation routine that I followed all season. Even though states was a big race, I tried to prepare as if it were any other race. 

 
2) How did you deal with the pressure and emotions that come along with competing in a state meet? I treated it like a regular race, keeping my emotions under control and trying not to make too much of a big deal out of it. Ski racing can be an extremely mental sport, but I try and focus on going fast and having fun.
 
3) What was going through your mind at the starting gate knowing that the conditions were soft and warm?

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