Opinion: Australia Was Right to Deny Djokovic 

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Djokovic with the 2011 Australian open trophy. (Photo: CC BY-SA 2.0 https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Novak_%C4%90okovi%C4%87#/media/File:Novak_Djokovic_AO_win_2011.jpg

On January 9th, my home country and city started hosting the infamous Australian Open, the prestigious tournament that dates to 1905. Despite the optimistic Melbournians (City Where the tournament is hosted) who are enthusiastic about finally being out of a year of harsh lockdown, there has been major controversy over the reigning champion Novak Djokovic’s visa application. 

Djokovic, the Serbian tennis star currently ranked number one in the world, had his entry visa denied by the Australian government. He appealed, won the appeal and was allowed to enter but authorities then revoked his visa again and he was prohibited from entering the country and winning the tournament for a tenth time.  

A few of my mates from home who are of Serbian descent have posted photos on social media protesting Djokovic’s absence. I spoke to some of them, and they all seemed agitated about the decisions. I asked my friend Luka Jevtic what his thoughts were on the decision. “Extremely frustrated and unfair, we were going to go watch him play,” Jevtic said. I sympathized for my mates back home because this is such an important event for my city and not having the world’s best player here is a huge loss. He is such a huge role model to the people in Australia and it is devastating for many young athletes, like my little cousin who idolized Djokovic. I feel bad for tennis fans back home. 

After speaking to some people back home, I wasn’t sure whether my country was doing the right thing. As an Australian, I have concluded that my country did the right thing. Djokovic shouldn’t be at this year’s tournament because he is anti-vaccination and broke several covid rules during a critical time. He was spotted in public shortly after testing positive, which is extremely unethical and infuriating.  

Many people are saying, “he was recently positive, which makes him immune for the next three months. He should be allowed to play.” I understand their argument, but in this scenario it’s not about him being immune or not. It is about his attitude towards the virus and his behaviour. His past decisions were appalling, which makes the visa decision fair: he shouldn’t be playing in this tournament.  

Hopefully, Djokovic will learn his lesson and develop as a human and come back next year. On the bright side, Australia’s fan favourite Nick Kyrgios has more chance of winning now that Djokovic isn’t here.  

C’mon Australia!! 

Hockey Tournament Is On, Despite COVID 

A scene from the 2019 Northwood Invitational (Photo: Mr. Michael Aldridge).

The COVID-19 pandemic has altered Northwood’s Winter Weekend somewhat, but the annual tournament is still on. The Northwood Invitational Tournament and Winter Weekend are important events for the staff and students to relax from work and enjoy activities. It is also an opportunity for parents and alumni to return to Lake Placid. All non-tournament activities are canceled.  

According to athletic director Mr. Trevor Gilligan, this year marks the 43rd annual Northwood hockey tournament. Athletes compete from Saturday through to Monday to try win the prestigious trophies.  

Traditionally, Northwood uses this weekend as a “Winter Weekend” where parents and alumni come and visit the school and Lake Placid to enjoy the tournament, pond hockey, receptions and other activities, but non-tournament activities have been canceled out of concern for the health and safety of the participants.  

Gilligan faced extreme difficulties organising the tournament due to Covid-19. Three teams from Quebec have cancelled their plans on playing in the tournament due to Covid-19. As Covid-19 cases rise locally there is a worry this homecoming weekend could potentially spread the virus severely, but Northwood are testing students and staff with symptoms regularly and are optimistic about this year’s Homecoming weekend. Several students have travelled back home for the weekend due to Covid-19, but many are still excited about the Hockey tournament. Mr Gilligan said, “Our hockey team is in pretty good shape for this weekend.” He also said “Covid has had an impact regarding scheduling and travelling but for the most part the Winter Weekend will be great.” 

 

NORTHWOOD GAME SCHEDULE 

Saturday       
1932 Rink  8:45 AM  Northwood School Girls  Shadyside 
USA Rink  8:45 AM  Northwood School HS  Nichols 16’s 
1932 Rink  10:30 AM  Northwood School Prep  Gilmour 18’s 
1932 Rink  2:00 PM  Northwood Varsity  Gilmour 16’s 
1932 Rink  3:45 PM  Northwood School Girls  Gilmour Academy 
1932 Rink  5:30 PM  Northwood School Prep  Ridley 
       
Sunday       
1932 Rink  7:00 AM  Northwood School HS  South Kent 15’s 
1932 Rink  8:45 AM  Northwood Varsity  Nichols 16’s 
1932 Rink  10:30 AM  Northwood School Girls  A-21 
1932 Rink  12:15 PM  Northwood School Prep  Bridgton 
USA Rink  2:00 PM  Northwood School HS  Gilmour 16’s 
1932 Rink  3:45 PM  Northwood Varsity  South Kent 15’s 

 

Monday  

Monday’s games TBD: Check the Northwood Community Team or social media channels for times 

12:15 PM Championship (1932 Rink) (Girls Division)
12:15 PM Championship (USA Rink) (HS/Varsity Division)
2:00 PM Championship (1932 Rink) (Prep Division) 

 

Soccer Team Has Strong Showing at Home Showcase

Northwood soccer opened competition on its new field with the first Northwood Boys soccer showcase. The showcase started November 11th with the boys U19 team defeating Immaculate Heart 1-0 in the 50 minute match. This was the first clean sheet of many for the older Husky boys who wouldn’t concede a single goal the whole showcase. 

The following morning the U19 boys kept their momentum against St. Andrews College, a prep school from Toronto, securing a impressive 6-0 win. The younger Huskies joined the action first playing Burlington FC to a 1-1 draw with the lone goal from Sachiel Ming ’24.  

Saturday concluded with a rival matchup between the U19s and High Mowing School, another Black Rock FC Academy.  The match was decided when senior Berhanu Stevens headed in the winning  goal that came from a sequence of quick passing. The Huskies kept their composure for the rest of the game, possessing the ball and not giving High Mowing many chances to tie the match. 

The last day of competitions started with a quick turnaround for the U19s as they played NY Elite at 9:00 am and managed a 2-0 win.  Northwoods U18 team continued their weekend coming against Burlington FC that morning. The score ended 1-1 with the singular goal coming from sophomore Ming.  The older Huskies finished out their weekend playing RMPUS from near Montreal. The final match was scrappy and ended with the U19s winning 2-0. This ended a very solid weekend for the U19s as they kept 5 clean sheets and tallied a total of 12 goals against their opponents. 

(Photo: Mr. Michael Aldridge)

Turf Field Opens in Time for Showcase 

Photos from the last stages of construction of the new artificial turf field at Northwood School (Photos: Mr. Michael Aldridge).

The new artificial turf field at Northwood School is getting its finishing touches as the debut for the venue is nearing. This weekend, Northwood will be hosting a soccer showcase that will bring eight football clubs from the Northeast to campus to compete in front of coaches at some of the nation’s best collegiate soccer programs. 

Both the U18 and U19 teams will participate in the showcase, and each team will play 3 games over the course of the weekend. The first match on the new turf will take place on Friday, November 12 at 2:00 p.m. when the U19 teams plays IHC Academy from Watertown, NY. 

Saturday will be packed full of soccer action with eight matches throughout the day. At 10:00 a.m. the U19 boys will play St. Andrews School then the U18 boys will play at 1:00 p.m. against Burlington FC. The final match for Northwood on Saturday is against rivals High Mowing at 2:00, a highly-anticipated matchup. 

Games continue on Sunday as the Northwood U19s play NY Elite AlleyCats FC at 10:00 and RMPUS at 1:00. The U18s will close out the showcase playing North Country Select at noon.

The Northwood soccer team hears an inspirational message from their coach, Mr. Jon Moodey, at their first practice on the new artificial turf field, November 9, 2021 (Photo: Mr. Andy Donatello).

The soccer teams took the field for the first time this morning for training. It’s the first time the squad has trained on campus this school year. Until now, they have trained on a field on the outskirts of town. 

“Don’t Let Up:” Biesemeyer Encourages at School Meeting Talk 

Director of Alpine Skiing Tommy Biesemeyer (Photo: World Cup Dreams Foundation)

There may be no person who better understands our school’s 2021-22 theme of Resilience than Tommy Biesemeyer, Director of Alpine Skiing. Biesemeyer shared the adversity he faced how he persevered at school meeting on Monday, November 1.

“Don’t let up,” shared the 12-year veteran of the U.S. Ski team, who came back from numerous “career-ending” injuries. Biesemeyer’s list of injuries include, 3 broken hands, a broken jaw, herniated disc, torn lateral and medial meniscus, ACL and MCL (in his left knee), torn ACL and medial meniscus as well as a patella tendon rupture (in his right knee), Achilles’ tendon rupture, post-surgical Achilles’ tendon staph infection, and a broken shoulder. 

Some of his injuries had the worst possible timing. His Achilles’ tendon rupture occurred during the downhill training run, just days before he was supposed to compete in the Olympics. His motto of “don’t let up” helped him persevere through these setbacks.

Biesemeyer announced his retirement from the World Cup during the fall of 2020. Retirement doesn’t mean he’s lost his competitiveness, though. Several months after announcing his retirement Biesemeyer competed in US Nationals, and won his first U.S. National Downhill title. “Don’t take life too seriously,” he said in an Instagram post after his win. 

“As time goes on, it’s easier to reflect on my ski career because it is my own story, and I think kids deserve to know the importance that there’s no one way to be successful.” 

Huskies Sweep Hitmen in “Pink Out” Series

Kate Broderick ’22 (foreground) at the Pink the Rink game in October 2021 (Photo: Northwood School/Facebook).

Northwood hosted the annual fundraiser ‘Pink the Rink’ recently to raise money for cancer research. The CARE Community Service club did a ‘Pink Out’ on Saturday, September 23, where spectators dressed in pink to support the fight against Breast Cancer. To promote this cause, the school’s Varsity and Prep teams used pink accessories or taped their sticks with pink. The hockey games attracted many spectators to support the club’s worthy cause. In addition to raising over $500 in donations at the games, both hockey teams wrapped up the weekend with two wins apiece.

We raised just under $600 within the community and had a great turn out of students in pink!” said Kate Broderick ’22, the event organizer and co-leader of CARE. Broderick said the funds raised will be split and donated to the Susan G. Komen fund and American Cancer Society. “I wanted to do this as something fun students could dress up for and I chose breast cancer as our charity because of the many relatives and friends I know who beat breast cancer,” Broderick added.

Fans at the Pink the Rink charity game in October 2021. From left to right: Kate Broderick ’22, MJ Prince ’22, and Hillary Larsen ’22. (Photo: Northwood School/Facebook)

The boys hockey teams had a rare, four home game series at the Lake Placid Olympic Center. To kick start the weekend, the Varsity team went head to head with the New Jersey Hitmen 16Us  Saturday and won 5-2. Nicholas Bennett ‘22 completed a hat trick in scoring the team’s first three goals. Teammates Roman Winicki ’22 and Landon Cole ’23 each scored one. Goaltender Ben Norton ‘22 had 17 saves in net. 

The following morning, Varsity continued their streak with a win 3-2 against NJ Hitmen 16U. Bennett dominated the game by scoring another hat trick to lead his team to victory. Goaltender Jacob Jaslow ’23 made an impressive 32 saves in the win. 

The prep team had a successful game on Saturday as well, winning  4-1 against the NJ Hitmen’s 18U team. Olivier Beaulieu ‘23 scored a hat trick and his teammate Bill Zonnon ‘24 scored as well. Goalie Johann Tremblay-Kau ‘22 made five saves.

Finally, on Sunday the Prep team dominated with a convincing 9-0 win against the New Jersey Hitmen’s 18U team. Carson Hall ‘22 led all goal scorers with four. James Schneid ‘23 (2), Billy Batten ‘23 (1) , Michael Urgo ‘22 (1) and Connor Santay ‘22 (1) rounded out the scoring. Jan Korec ’22, the goalie, backstopped the team with 8 saves. 

Soccer Team Fares Well in Ohio

Boys soccer teams traveled to Ohio in October (October 22-24) to compete against other top prep schools in the Northeast. 

On Thursday, October 21st both the U18 and U19 teams loaded onto a charter bus and set out for Ohio. The team made one stop on the way to their games taking a scenic route to Niagra Falls.  For many of the players, this was a first visit to the falls, and were astonished to hear stories of daredevils who went off the falls. 

Junior Happi ’23 in action against Phillips Exeter Academy in the fall of 2021 (Photo: Mr. Michael Aldridge)

Upon arrival in Ohio on Friday, the Huskies watched an exciting matchup between two D1 programs Akron and Bowling Green. The match ended in a 5-1 win for Akron and gave many of the players a better understanding of soccer at the next level. Calem Tommy ’22 saw this as a great opportunity saying, “It’s important to see the next level in our football careers. It gave us motivation to make that next step.” 

The prep showcase was hosted by Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, Ohio. Games started with the U19 boys playing Kiski School on Saturday morning and winning 3-1. Goals came from Kyumin Shin ’22, Junior Happi ’23 and Liam Doyle ’22. Sebastian Green’22 said the match was “a great response from the team after a prior winless weekend.”  The younger U18 team faced Lake Forest Academy Saturday evening, and that game ended in hard fought 2-4 defeat with goals from Saquiel Ming ’24 and Gonzales Munoz ’25. 

The weekend continued with the U19s playing Western Reserve Academy on their home turf. The match ended with a 3-1 win for the Huskies. Two vital goals came from Happi and  one from Shin.  This marked a solid weekend for Junior Happi with 3 goals in two games. 

New Equipment a Major Upgrade for Ski Team

The Wintersteiger Jupiter is a fully automated tuning and service system for skis and snowboards (Photo: Wintersteiger Company)

The Northwood Ski team will soon get a massive upgrade: a Wintersteiger Jupiter, a fully automated tuning and service system for skis and snowboards.

“The Wintersteiger will grind the base of the ski, put a pattern on creating a fresh layer, take side and base edges down, and will allow taper beveling,” U19 Head Alpine Men’s FIS Coach Mr. Thomas Vonn ’94 said. 

“We will no longer have to outsource to other ski shops who aren’t as high tech as we’re looking for,” Vonn added. “Having the Wintersteiger will show up in the team’s results. Everyone’s skis will feel more consistent, so athletes will be able to push more. It’s like having a car that you know you trust and know you can push to the limit. ”

This is good news to Kieran Delay ’23 is a ski racer known for extreme attention to his equipment. “I’m super excited that we now have the opportunity to keep everything in-house and not have to outsource,” Delay said. “This makes the turn around almost instant.”

Mr. Tommy Bisesmeyer, Director of Alpine Skiing thinks the new equipment will be a competitive advantage for Northwood’s ski program. “In the current state of ski academies, there’s an arms race to see who has the best equipment. The Wintersteiger Jupiter puts us in the lead,” Biesemeyer said.  

Neil Lande, Northwood’s new Ski Technician. (Photo provided)

Mr. Neil Lande, Northwood’s Ski Technician, will be responsible for operating the new equipment. Lande is excited to be running the Wintersteiger. “With the addition of the Wintersteiger Jupiter, we will be able to precisely discuss plans in every variable of our athlete’s skis, allowing them to take their skiing to the next level,” Lande said.

The Wintersteiger will be located in the former girls’ hockey storage building, and is set to arrive early November. The Girls’ Hockey team is now using the former art studio the basement of Bergamini to store their equipment.

More Dispatches from the Hintertux Glacier [with Playlist]

Be sure to check out Leah’s other dispatch from Hintertux.

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Wednesday, October 6th, 2021. Yet another weather day. Major bummer, but we made the best of it. After study hall, I did an “Insanity Workout” with Hillary, Norah, and some of the FIS boys. We’re all big Shaun T fans. Then I went to an indoor climbing gym about 20 minutes down the road with Coach Patrick Purcell, Cara Dempsey ‘25, and Bodhi Boeschen ‘24. It was cool to see how different climbing is compared to the US. When you go indoor climbing in the US, there’s mats everywhere on the floor, someone is putting you on the auto-belay, and there’s typically an age limit. In Austria, there are no mats, you put yourself on the auto-belay, and there are six-year-olds going up the same climbing wall as you. It was a fun change of pace climbing. Shoutout Northwood Outing Club. 

Song of the day: “My Tears Ricochet,” by Taylor Swift 

 

Thursday, October 7th, 2021. I would count today as half a weather day. We headed up the glacier, took one look around, saw nothing but white, and left. It was one of the weirdest conditions I’ve ever skied. When it’s snowing in the US, there are trees, so there is never a complete whiteout. But this was just white. Nothing but snow and fog. I had clear lenses on, and the white was so bright that it was burning my eyes, so I closed them on the t-bar. We got back from the mountain around 2:30 pm. The FIS girls went to a pool 30 minutes from our hotel and hit the water slides and whirlpool. The FIS boys did yet another Insanity workout. I haven’t had to tune my skis since Monday, I definitely miss that part of my day. 

Song of the day: “pride . is . the . devil,” by J. Cole & Lil Baby (been on repeat all day) 

 

Friday, October 8th, 2021. Finally, we got to go skiing again today. The weather was perfect, it was sunny and just the right amount of cold. The snow was a bit soft, but that’s good for us because we typically ski on hard snow. We got around six runs in on the course and hit the free ski lane for some soul shredding. There were literally dead birds just in the middle of the trail and along the T-bar. Just straight up dead birds. Deceased. No longer living. To the birds: “You clearly haven’t adapted to living at this elevation if there are this many of you dying all at once, so why are you up here? Just go down lower.” On our way back, we made a quick stop at the grocery store. Grocery stores in Europe are so much smaller than grocery stores in the US. They still have the variety that the US has, but the shelves are higher so more items can fit. There also seems to be no store brand products (Great Value, Walmart Wegmans, etc.). I got to tune my skis today, I missed the sound of my machine tuner. 

Song of the day: “Lord I Know,” by Kid Cudi 

 

Saturday, October 9th, 2021. We went back to slap some plastic today. It was sunny and hot. I got around six runs in on the course, and around 7 free ski runs. The free skiing was really good; the snow was perfect. We headed back to the hotel, ate dinner and tuned our skis. Overall, a pretty mellow day. But “Praise God” and “Off the Grid,” by Kanye West made my day. (To be completely honest I write my diary entries the day after so I can reflect better, and I hit my head on Sunday, so I didn’t go to study hall, and I forgot a bit of my day.) 

Song of the day: “Praise God” and “Off the Grid,” by Kanye West 

 

Sunday, October 10th, 2021. Today started out strong. We had team photos on the overlook of the glacier. Then we set a slalom course and started training. I got in two runs, but on my second run I fell and hit my head, so my day consisted of sitting at the bottom of the course figuring out if I hit my head hard enough to call it a day. I did, so I headed back down to the van and chilled. Coach Worm told some stories on the van ride back, and once we got back it was sitting in a dark room for me. I took a nap, woke up and wasn’t sure where I was. But I eventually figured it out. Coach Jeremy “Worm” Transure said I had a minor concussion. Then I talked to my coaches, and we decided that I would be off snow for the rest of the camp. 

Song of the day: “everything i wanted,” by Billie Eilish (pre-fall) 

 

Monday October 11th, 2021. No skiing for me today, just whiplash and naps. When I fell yesterday, I hit the back of my head on the snow, then flung it forward. Let’s go live laugh love whiplash. I just have a tension headache and some pain in the front of my next. Maris VanSlyke ‘15 also got a concussion a couple days before me, so we both walked into town for lunch and a grocery store run. That’s really all that happened today. 

Song of the day: I didn’t really listen to music today. 

 

Tuesday October 12th, 2021. Let’s go another day of pretty much nothing. The other girls are skiing on a Europa Cup lane this morning. If you don’t know what a Europa Cup lane is, it’s just a really good lane. I’m just chilling in study hall. My neck still hurts, but not as bad as it did yesterday. I’ve been having trouble falling asleep before 1:30 am but it’s fine because I don’t really have anywhere to be. Today everyone’s packing up their skis and duffels. We hit the road tomorrow at 4:00 am. 

Song of the day: “High Today (feat, Logic),” by Wiz Khalifa 

 

Wednesday, October 13th, 2021. I woke up at 3:30 am and was on the road by 4:00 am. We made it to Munich, checked our bags and boarded our flight to Newark. When we landed in Newark, one of our international students got stuck in customs, but he made it through. When I was going through customs, I had around 40 pounds of bindings in a little duffle, my school bag, and my ski boots. Obviously, I look like I’m struggling, but trust me, I got it. This man that was behind me just insisted upon carrying my boots, but I kept telling him “No thank you I got it.”  

Eventually he took the boots out of my hand and in my head, I was like “Dude, lay off. I got this.”  

I get to the customs agent and this man literally comes up to the agent with me and hands the agent his passport as I’m handing the agent mine. The agent asks, “What’s the relation?”  

I say, “I don’t know this guy.”  

The agent is obviously suspicious and tells the man to go back behind the yellow line.  

I answer the typical questions and then the border agent asks me, “Are you ok?”  

“Yes,” I say. 

“Are you sure you’re ok? You can tell me if you’re not ok.”  

I say “Oh, that guy was just really insistent on helping me carry my boots.”  

In conclusion, if a random man offers to carry your ski boots in the customs line, be more assertive about your answer: no.  

All our ski bags made it to Newark, and we started our drive back to Lake Placid. It was really cool to see the foliage.  

Song of the day: “Fine Whine (feat. Joe Fox x Future x M.I.A)” 

 

Here is the playlist of Songs of the Day from both of Leah’s dispatches:

Dispatches from the Hintertux Glacier [With Slideshow]

Leah DeFilippo ‘22 (Photo: Mr. Michael Aldridge)

Be sure to check out Leah’s other dispatch from Hintertux.

Staff writer Leah DeFilippo ‘22 is an alpine ski racer who is currently at a training camp in Hintertux, Austria organized by NYSEF. Each day she logs a diary entry that she shares occasionally with the readers of The Mirror. 

Monday, September 27th, 2021. It is currently 11:56 pm EST. time, I am currently flying over the Atlantic Ocean. It’s been a long day, but a good travel day. We efficiently loaded our ski bags, boots bags, and duffels into two Northwood buses and two NYSEF vans. Obviously Ikuo Toishi’s van took the dub [win], Jimbo Johnson’s van in second, Tommy Biesemeyer’s bus in third, and Thomas Vonn’s bus in dead last on the NYSEF/Northwood race to the Newark airport. I personally hit a record low for baggage fees, and everyone else did fairly well too. I had around 40 pounds of bindings in my carryon bag, and the TSA agent was suspicious of them to say the least. Let’s pray all of our ski bags made it to Munich, Germany. 

Song of the day: HIGHEST IN THE ROM by Travis Scott 

 

Tuesday, September 28th, 2021. I’m tired today because I didn’t sleep at all on the plane. But all our baggage arrived on time and in one piece which was a win. We drove from Munich, Germany to Finkenburg, Austria after our flight. Then we unpacked our gear, and I took a trip to the grocery store with Liz Creigton ‘24, Hillary Larsen ‘22, Dominick Deguardia ‘24, Norah Dempsey ‘21, and Joey Galperin. Fun fact: gummy bears are better in Europe. They’re simply built differently. 

Song of the day: Horizon by Malz Monday 

 

Wednesday, September 29th, 2021. Today was our first day on snow! It was raining down by our hotel, but on the glacier it was snowing lightly. There was a bit of discontent with the conditions, but I thought it was fine. Any skiing (that is not flat out dangerous) is better than no skiing. A lot of people’s ski boots were causing them foot pain, so shells were taken off on the glacier. We are all currently grinding our homework at study hall. 

Song of the day: Life Goes On by Lil Baby (feat. Gunna & Lil Uzi Vert) 

 

Thursday, September 30th, 2021. We had a flip day today. There was study hall from 8 am-10 am, and we skied from 11:30 am to 4:30 pm. Today I hit a rock on my skis and got a gauge right along the edge. Rest In Peace to the 773 SL skis. They were on their last legs anyway, but they were my favorite pair of skis. Besides that, it was a good day. It was sunny and bluebird skies on the glacier today. I am excited for the weekend so that I can catch up on my schoolwork. Peace. 

Song of the day: Moonwalking in Calabasas (feat. Blueface) [Remix] 

 

Friday, October 1st, 2021. On our way to the glacier this morning, we had to stop because there were cows that needed to get across the road. It was the FIS girls’ first day on GS skis today and we spent the day free skiing. The FIS boys slapped some plastic and ripped some slalom turns. I went on a run after skiing and met some friendly goats and sheep, I did not touch them because you must declare that when you go through customs. There is a dog at the hotel we are staying at, but it does not like people. I put my hand out so that it could smell and it snapped at me. It also snapped at Dominick, and Lincoln, so it’s just not a “people person”. 

Song of the day: People Watching by Conan Gray 

 

Saturday, October 2nd, 2021. Today was a long day. I got around 10-13 runs in our GS course, and 6 free runs. Coach Jeremy “Worm” Transue’s van got stuck in some mud and had to get pulled out by an Austrian homie. My van stopped at a ski shop and got back to the hotel around 5:20 pm. After dinner I hit the tuning room and waxed some skis. 

Song of the day: Hurricane by Kanye West 

 

Sunday, October 3rd, 2021. Today is our fifth consecutive day skiing (day five in the trenches), which isn’t a lot back home, but at the elevation we’re at it’s a lot. I am definitely feeling it this morning. The FIS boys took today off, but the U16s and FIS girls chose to go the extra day because we’re supposed to get three feet of snow tomorrow. I know what someone ready this maybe be thinking, “Three feet of snow? That sounds awesome!” Wrong. When it snows three feet, trams, gondolas, and lifts do not run. But our training day was pretty good! Clouds would go in and out making it hard to see, but still a productive day. Because of the fog, I got a bit lost with Jeremy “Worm” Transue coming down to the gondola. Pro tip: if you’re ever by a bunch of parked snow cats on a mountain, you’re lost. Go back the way you came. 

Song of the day: DNA by Kendrick Lamar 

 

Monday, October 4th, 2021. Day one out the trenches, today is a rest day. We started our day off with a productive two-hour study hall. We headed into the “Main Street” of Finkenberg and had lunch. After that, we made a quick run to the grocery store to stock up on some snacks for the week. Overall an uneventful day but fun and relaxing.  

Song of the day: Kings Dead from the Black Panther Sound Track 

 

Tuesday, October 5th, 2021. I’m currently in study hall, and I’m having Wi-Fi issues. I can’t even load my assignments on Teams let alone do my assignments. I’m typing this in the notes app because I can’t even load Microsoft Word. Looking at the web cam of the glacier, it’s just gray. I can’t see anything. According to Mrs. Fagan, “It’s like water skiing up there.” So we will not be skiing. This will be the boys third rest day and the girls second. We went into Innsbruck and walked around the city. It was cool to see the architecture. It was hard to tell the difference between residential buildings and stores. 

Song of the day: NDA by Billie Eilish  

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