Opinion

New School, New Ski Team, New Pandemic

By Garrett Butts

As a newcomer to any team or group, you are not sure how things will unfold. Luckily for me, the APU Elite Ski Team has been nothing but joy to be a part of. As for most athletes at this current time, we are all experiencing a break from our normally scheduled race season due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but despite having the remainder of the 2019-2020 racing season come to an end, we have had numerous grand adventures and experiences, non the less. When I arrived in September, our training year was well advanced and we were fast approaching the race season. Having trained by myself for the vast majority of my career, so far, it didn’t take long before the environment that the team created was something that I looked forward to on a day to day basis. Even though cross country skiing is largely an individual sport, there is no replacement for a good TEAM, because Together Everyone Achieves More. This is true across the board, from everyday training to the most important races of your life. Having a team around you is like having a family, whether it be to share the load of a massive interval set, relish in the success of individually accomplished goals, or to give support when those goals are not met. The APU Elite Team is certainly one family that I am proud to be a part of, and look forward to sharing a long lasting career with.

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