Mardi Haskell (Holderness, N.H.), alpine skiing
In skiing, there are 13 NCAA Division I schools on the East Coast, which narrows down the selection. I was seriously considering Dartmouth and the University of Vermont because they tend to produce the top racers. My best friend and current teammate, Michael Boardman, was being recruited to Colby and asked if I wanted to visit with him. I agreed to come along for the ride, and by the time I returned home after our visit, I began thinking that Colby may be the place for me. It all came down to the people and the team culture. They were the most tight-knit team I had encountered, and they proved to me that I could excel at Colby as well. Though I love the institution itself, the people are what make this place truly amazing.
3. You have had a nagging injury this season. What is the injury and how has it affected your skiing this year?
I wish I had an answer for this one, but I think I just started to understand how to gain and maintain my speed better in GS throughout the years. My coach, Danny Noyes, has helped me work on my technique and we’ve become a good team. I haven’t trained much this season, but I think being confident in my ability to perform is the key. I watch a ton of video, and do a lot of mental imagery. College prepares you to perform no matter what the circumstance may be. It teaches you to dive head first into something even if you’re not as prepared as you would have hoped.