Skiing: Fun the whole year round
MAIA-CHRISTINA BECKER LEE, STAFF WRITER
Ever wish you could go skiing all year round? The Bowdoin
Nordic Ski Team does just that.
You've probably seen them skating around on their roller
skis in early September, when the only snow at Bowdoin is piled up awkwardly
outside Dayton Arena.
It's all part of a year-long training program, instituted
by the team's new coach, Marty Hall.
"We will encourage all skiers to train on a year round
basis," he said.
"With a training program and support that will provide
the necessary development to allow each skier to realize their potential."
Hall joined Bowdoin's Nordic Ski Team last year, replacing
Mike Yeo as the head coach. Hardly a newcomer to coaching, Hall has had
an impressive career.
He coached the Canadian national women's ski team as
well as the American national team. Now he plans to make champions out
of the eleven skiers on the Polar Bear team.
Actually, Hall came to Bowdoin very much by chance.
He used to run skiing camps in Silver Star, British
Columbia, where Cecily Upton '03, had trained in past years.
Knowing that Bowdoin was looking for a new coach, she
called Marty to ask if he knew of anyone who could fill the position.
Much to her delight, he told her that he was interested.
"I was so exited to have Marty as a coach," said Upton.
"Since coming to Bowdoin, he's been great. He's really
good at mixing up training so he makes everyone excited to go to practice.
I've already noticed so much improvement since last year, just in terms
of our strength and technique."
Most practices for the Nordic Ski team include a combination
of strength training and distance exercises. The team often does slow
runs or skis that last up to two hours; this training continues throughout
the academic year.
Bowdoin's competitive season begins in December. Traveling
to various winter carnivals, Bowdoin's nordic skiers compete against most
other small liberal arts colleges as well as facing off against Dartmouth
There are six carnivals every year, in which 12 schools
compete. Lasting two days, the carnivals consist of several different
events including relays, short 5K races, and long 15K or 20K races.
Along with Squash and Alpine Skiing, Bowdoin's Nordic
Ski team is one of three Division I teams at Bowdoin.
"It's pretty competitive," said Upton. "This year we
hope to qualify for the NCAA finals to compete against schools in the
Western Conference like the University of Colorado and the University
Katie Matthews '01 and Wade Kavanaugh '01 are both hopefuls
for this year's finals.
Though the team has not started competing yet this year,
they finished the '99-'00 season on a good note.
Their last competition was at the EISA championships,
held at the Middlebury winter carnival.
Bowdoin finished 10th out of 19 schools with many noteworthy
Diann Wood '03 finished 39th out of 63 in the women's
5K race. In addition, Wade Kavanaugh finished 31st out of 70 in the men's
Even though the Nordic Ski team has already begun training,
they'll embark on an intense three weeks of hard work over winter vacation.
Returning to Bowdoin in early January, the team will
travel to a ski camp in Mount Saint Anne in Quebec and continue their
training at Sugar Loaf and Lake Placid.
As the competitive season fast approaches, they are
definitely looking to bury the competition under a big pile of snow.
Marty Hall certainly looks forward to this, saying,
"Our competitive season will begin in December and carry through to the
end of March in our pursuit of excellence and success for each skier and
You can check out more facts about the team on the Bowdoin
sports web page.
Also be sure to catch the team as well as individual
bios that will appear on the web page some time soon. Use your computer,
or come over and use mine.