CMC Eagles Skier Blog
Mary Kate Hackworthy – Sophomore – Steamboat Springs, CO
Eating properly is extremely important for success as an athlete. Personally, I find it hard for me to eat when I am racing. This year, I have tried several different foods to fuel myself on race day, and have finally found some that are actually appetizing while competing. In the morning, I typically have a small coffee and plain yogurt topped with granola, fruit, and maple syrup. This usually holds me over until after our first run. When we have four runs for two races, we do not have much downtime and, for some reason, I don’t have an appetite. Maybe it is because of the high intensity and mental focus we have to keep all day, I am not really sure. However, when I do not eat anything, I get really tired. Finding foods I want to eat when my appetite is low is extremely important.
One snack I like to always have in my bag is Honey Stinger Energy Chews. They are sweet and chewy and give you the perfect boost of energy. They are perfect if you don’t want to eat anything, but need fuel to get through a run. Another snack I like to have in my bag is some sort of nuts. My personal favorites are almonds and cashews. They are great if you are craving something salty, and they can last forever in your ski bag. Fruit is another great thing to have between runs to give you a boost of energy.
This could be literally any fruit, orange juice, or a smoothie works, as well. Hard boiled eggs are also a great way to get protein and a boost of energy in a small package.
Finding what kind of fuel works for you is extremely important. It helps you perform better and feel better throughout the day!
Great Conditions and Challenge Close to Campus
– Louis Nguyen – Sophomore, Chanhassen, Minnesota
What I love most about skiing in Steamboat is that we have access to two of the best venues in all of Colorado. On Mount Werner (Steamboat Ski Resort), we have the opportunity to train on All Out with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. For the past three years, that I’ve been here in Steamboat, the conditions have been incredible. It’s really tough to beat it.
When we’re not training at Werner, we’re able to go into town and ski at the infamous Howelsen Hill. It’s always a pleasure to be there as the terrain adds a great challenge to each practice. Plus, it’s difficult to find a place that can give you such a short turnaround between runs, while at the same time, being so steep.
As I grew up in Minnesota, I was accustomed to riding the rope tow at Buck Hill every night. So it reminds me a bit of what is was like to train as a junior. Steamboat Springs is truly a great place to be as an alpine skier.
What it Means to Ski as a Team
– Lucinda Dillworth, Sophomore, Athens, Greece
Growing up in the ski racing culture, I was always surrounded by a team, yet we were constantly competing against one another. Few cared for my success, as they only thought of their own. I believed this was the sport of alpine ski racing, constantly around people with similar passions and aspirations, but never impressed with second best.
I came to Colorado Mountain College as an individual, yet now I am not an individual. I am a wing to the eagle, another is the beak, or a leg, and together we are all a team. Skiing in a college team and competing in the NCAA circuit allows the great sport of ski racing to incorporate the beauty and teamwork of football and baseball. They work hard to improve their individual performance, but when the day of competition comes, each and every individual is there to better themselves, but as one.
Together at Colorado Mountain College, we are building a team. We may have all our individual routines, methods, superstitions in preparation for a race, but when it comes down to race day, the Eagles will have to work together to better the team, ourselves, and the future generations of Eagles.
– Sergi Pugiullem, Sophomore, Barcelona, Spain/Minnetonka, Minnesota
Although ski racing is fun, it is a very tough sport, physically and mentally. It consists of long days in the cold, taking run after run, failure after failure, all to reach our goals as athletes, and as people.
The challenges and obstacles we encounter on a daily basis are a lot to overcome by one person alone. But being part of a team like CMC ski team helps you push through those with more ease and confidence. Having teammates that push you to become a better skier and knowing that you are doing the same for them is what being a part of a team like those is all about.
– Will Cashmore, Sophomore, Auckland, New Zealand
At a glance, ski racing is a very individualistic sport – an environment considered to lack teamwork and be self-centered. This assumption could not be further from the truth. The social brilliance of the sport allows racers to have close friends in all corners of the world.
For instance, the Colorado Mountain College Ski Team is a selection of athletes gathered from thousands of miles apart. I have had the pleasure of living, sweating, laughing, bleeding, learning, and growing with this group of strangers for well over a year. Now this group contains my closest friends and motivators, supporting each other to be the best versions of ourselves.
Recently, I stumbled over a picture from five years ago. The picture contained seven skiers in the finish area of a race. I remember we had been chatting about the conditions and each other’s backgrounds before snapping a photo and heading our separate ways. Cheyenne Brown (white helmet, far right) and I (blue helmet, center) are yet to meet four years later, for what was believed to be the first time, while joining the CMC ski team. This coincidence is a testament to the sport’s social environment, turning an individual sport into a worldwide community. I love the sport for many reasons, yet this is the cherry on the decadent dessert of ski racing.
The trials and errors of ski racing seem to never end. Once you feel as if you’re on top of the world, and unstoppable rock bottom is certainly right around the corner. Handling these ups and downs has been a huge learning process as an athlete, and by far one of the biggest challenges of this sport. One thing that has helped me over the years to handle all of the hard times is remembering why I love this sport so much. Ski racing gives me the chance to wake up and do something different, challenge myself, meet new people and find my limits every day.
The second part that has made ski racing stay possible is having an amazing support system behind me to pick me up once I have fallen down. Of course, my family has always been there and supported me in my endeavors, but once I started racing in college I found a new support system that has changed skiing forever.
My freshman year at CMC I lived in the dorms and I met my now two best friends, who don’t even ski race, that have dug me out of the lowest of low rock bottoms of skiing. I met my ski team full of driven athletes who, like me, want to work hard to better themselves and become champions. I met teachers who not only helped me when I was struggling with my math homework, but always supported me when I would explain my crazy goals. Finally, I met coaches who want the best for every athlete and put everything they can into our ski racing to help us reach our goals. I have met my best friends that will stick with me forever, and always push me to be better, especially when I feel like I can’t do it anymore.
For that I am thankful. Ski racing is a love hate relationship but I am forever stoked on the beautiful places I have been and the wonderful people I have met along the way.
Cheers to many more epic memories!
The CMC Eagles Alpine Ski Team is hitting its stride, scoring podium finishes in Steamboat and Jackson in January
Will Cashmore, a sophomore who hails from Auckland, New Zealand, took his first FIS win in the men’s giant slalom at home in Steamboat. Cashmore (Cash), speaking of the win, said, “it was so awesome to race the home hill! Makes a huge difference sleeping in your bed before a race day! I’m still buzzing from the result, and looking forward to taking the skiing over to Utah for the close of the college season!” The races at Steamboat were livestreamed, so Will’s family was able to watch his first-ever FIS race win all the way from New Zealand.
Cheyenne Brown, also a sophomore from Donner Summit, CA, took second place in the Steamboat women’s GS. “Racing on home snow is very surreal to me. Waking up in your own bed, making breakfast, and driving yourself to the hill is such a weird experience to me. It feels like another day of training. I tend to put a little more pressure on myself to perform on the home hill, which obviously doesn’t work, and it showed in my nervous skiing. But once I realized – hey, this is your stomping grounds, relax – I was able to calm down and ski into 5th and 2nd place. I am hungry for more speed and I am excited to take this momentum into my next races,” Brown related following the race.
Sergi Piguillem, a sophomore from Barcelona, Spain, was also on the podium with a third-place GS finish. For Sergi, “racing at home was very fun, especially when the conditions are as good as they were. Although I had some mistakes, I was able to ski pretty solid and end up in 3rd place. It was great seeing my teammates throwing it in there as well.”
All of this follows a stellar performance by Henry Hakoshima, who brought back three wins (two in GS and one in Slalom) from his home town of Jackson, Wyoming earlier this season. “I enjoyed coming back to Snow King where I learned how to ski race. Over the years, I have trained and raced at Snow King. I’ve always admired the mountain, which is why it makes me very happy to race there and come away with three victories,” sophomore Hakoshima said.
The team, under head coach Scott Tanner, is enjoying the rewards of success and looks forward to more top finishes through the remainder of the season.
Follow the team on this site, or on Instagram (Skigles).