WINTER SPORTS PREVIEW: Nordic team sets lofty, realistic goals
The 2000-2001 Tahoe-Truckee High School Nordic Ski Team has two goals in mind for this season: have fun, and reclaim both the boys and girls’ championship. With over 35 team members thus far and plenty of talent, both of these goals are well within the grasp of the Wolverines.
“The team is looking awesome this year,” head coach Nancy Gordon said, as the season begins Dec. 13 at Royal Gorge Cross Counry Ski Area. This year’s team has seven seniors, seven juniors, six sophomore, and a surprising turnout of fifteen freshman. With a group this diverse and large, having fun will not be a difficult task as many team members are simply out to have a good time with their friends.
The team consists of skiers from different abilities and levels of experience.
Sharing members with the Far West Nordic Division, Gordon’s team boasts some of the best skiers in the area along with five novices, who will be strapping on skis for the first time. Each team member will compete in both the classic and skate competitions in every meet, providing plenty of snow time for each skier.
This winter’s early snow has been a blessing for the Nordic team, which was able to begin practice on snow immediately, rather than beginning with dry-land training as has been the case in past years.
Gordon hopes this will give her team an advantage over some competitors who have yet to begin snow training. The Wolverines have been practicing for the last two weeks to prepare for what promises to be a challenging season, and will be looking to beat a traditionally strong North Tahoe team.
The flexibility in size and the capability to accept and teach new skiers sets the Nordic team apart from most other high school sports. Gordon is thrilled with the prospect of introducing new skiers to the sport and laughingly admits “the only problem is that some of our skis are older than the students.”
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