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Greetings from Middlebury! As I write this the weather-folks are calling for snow showers up around Breadloaf tonight and the team is working hard to get ready for the coming winter. While our student-athletes spent their summers across the US and in Scandinavia training with various clubs and teams, training has intensified lately as we start to sense the urgency of the coming winter. It’s an exciting time for Middlebury nordic and a good opportunity to reflect a bit on last year as well as where we hope to head this winter.

Last season was the most successful campaign for our squad since at least 2006. We qualified 7 individuals for the NCAA Championships in Steamboat Springs, CO, which allowed us to race the maximum number of 3 men and 3 women. Our men’s team won the team score on multiple carnival days and a highlight included a 1-2 punch at the Williams Carnival with Sam Wood (’19) taking the top honors and Lewis Nottonson (’19) finishing second. Both return this season with big plans for the NCAA Championships this season, which will be hosted by UVM at the Trapp Family Lodge, in Stowe, VT. Also returning this season is Peter Wolter (’21) – last year’s EISA Rookie of the Year – who will be looking to build upon his very successful freshmen season. Last season the women’s team finished 3rd or better in every carnival race-day of the season, a feat of quality and consistency that underscores their hard work and commitment to improving over the previous seasons. Alex Lawson (’21) raced at NCAA Championships last season as a first-year and will lead a highly motivated squad this season – including Annika Landis (’20) who missed NCAA qualifiying last season on a tie-breaker – who are looking to leave their mark on the EISA scene this winter.

All of these successes would not be possible without your help, and I ask you to again consider a donation to our team. Resources generated through our fundraising efforts allow us to offer a greater selection of programming to our team than we would otherwise, including offering more racing opportunities, more days of training on snow, better equipment for our team, and greater financial resources to reduce a student-athlete’s contribution per season. Providing quality training, a long season of racing opportunities, and reducing the cost of being a ski racer for each of our athletes are 3 primary goals of our program, and your support goes directly towards funding each of them. A gift to the Middlebury nordic team allows us an 8-day on-snow camp over Thanksgiving break in Quebec, racing trips to US senior nationals in early January and Spring Series in late March, and allows us to purchase a limited amount of equipment for those athletes on our team who may not be able to afford the right tools to get the job done.

For an even more tangible sense for how your support is being used, we always have projects or purchases for which we are seeking funding. If you’d like to know exactly how your gift is being used, be in touch with me at the contact info below and we’ll find a good match for your gift.

Your participation in helping us achieve our goals makes you an invaluable member of the team. With your help, we plan to build on last season’s successes and continue to inch our way towards the top of the EISA Carnival circuit. Get on board, and join us for the ride!

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Dollars Raised: 57%

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Deadline: Jun 30, 2019
Total needed: $20,000

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