The Incredibly Humble Beginnings of a Few Professional Skiers

6.Feb.2014 by Jake Barton

Everyone knows how glamorous and luxurious the life of a professional skier is, but what people don’t realize is that we were not always this amazing and inspirational. Most of us had very simple and rather embarrassing beginnings to our ski careers. Some started as toddlers, barely able to walk, forced onto their skis to train until their lungs started to bleed. Some had the genes of Olympians, born and raised for a single purpose. Others had to fight their way to the pinnacle of Nordic Skiing and rival these other titans of the sport.

Without further rambling, here are some pictures to prove how everything that I just said is completely inaccurate.

Titans of the Bill Koch Festival

Titans of the Bill Koch Festival

Pete Fro Chill

Pete Fro Chill

 

OLYMPIAN

OLYMPIAN

 

Flawless Technique and Style

Flawless Technique and Style

 

....and Equipment

….and Equipment

 

First day of Olympic Training for Ida

First day of Olympic Training for Ida

 

Andrew is now a little more capable on skis....just a bit

Andrew is now a little more capable on skis….just a bit

 

Schulz swagger

Schulz swagger

 

Powerful legs are key to becoming a good skier....

Powerful legs are key to becoming a good skier….

 

VT Legends once again reunited as teammates

VT Legends once again reunited as teammates

 

The few surviving smallboys

The few surviving smallboys

GRP rowing team....i believe that is world class rower Steve Whelpley on the left

GRP rowing team….i believe that is world class rower Steve Whelpley on the left

 

OLYMPIAN

OLYMPIAN

Still fierce competitors

Still fierce competitors

Hopefully, we can all continue to grow and improve on our ski careers. Whether it be here at Craftsbury for the Super Tour weekend, off in Europe for Biathlon races or at the Olympics. GO Susan, Ida and Hannah!