MONT SAINTE ANNE QUEBEC, CANADA – After putting in the hours all Spring, Summer and Autumn, Winter has finally arrived and the Williams College Nordic Ski team is ready to bring the fire. While roller skiing in neon, high-visibility vests and running through the mountains are great, once the team set their eyes on snow during their Thanksgiving training camp at Craftsbury, VT, a newfound happy energy has erupted. That energy will be put to good use during the first week of races at the Harvard Carnival over the weekend of January 17-18.
We have a few new additions to the team who are proving to be very promising. Our solo freshman male, Jacob Jampel has taken a gap year between graduating high school and joining the team in Williamstown. He comes from Newton, MA and is the younger brother of graduated senior, Sonya Jampel, class of 2019. As for women, we have gained two speedy youngsters. Lily Bates hails from Dublin, NH and Hadassah Lurbur was born and raised in Wenatchee, WA. All three of the new members are stoked to race and are happy to have found a new home within the Williams Nordic Ski team.
Getting their first dose of snow at Prospect Mountain, the team got a few sessions on snow in before their Thanksgiving camp at Craftsbury, VT. During this training camp, the team had access to a few kilometers of nicely groomed trails where they re-trained their balance, coordination and technique. Most of the team members have been on skis since before they could walk so the grace and technique of skiing comes back pretty quickly, with help from head coach Jason Lemieux and his creative drills.
The team is currently home for Winter break, enjoying wholesome family time and resting up before heading to Mont Sainte Anne, Quebec for a training camp to kick off the winter race season. During this seven day camp, the team trains twice a day no matter the weather. In the past, temperatures have been consistently below 0 degrees F and the team still gets out there twice a day. This year, the weather is looking a little more bearable, between 12-35 degrees F.
Women’s senior captain, Ingrid Thyr comments, "The team is looking really strong. Hype level is high and we're looking forward to seeing what we can do this season. We are especially excited for the chance to have a couple of races at home in mid-February. Roll cow."
Eph head coach, Jason Lemieux offers a few comments on the season. “The team has had a great fall and is looking very strong. I’ve been impressed with the positive and supportive dynamic and the commitment to high quality training. I’m anxious to have the team recover from finals and to see their efforts pay off on the race course as the racing season gets underway”.
As for the women’s team, senior captain Ingrid Thyr is returning and looking stronger than ever. Alongside Thyr, junior Magdalen York and senior Carmen Bango will return to the race course, York from studying abroad in the Fall and Bango from an injury.
The men’s team is returning senior captain Jack Consenstein, sophomore Isaac Freitas-Eagan and junior Henry McGrew. These top 6 men and women from last season look forward to lifting their team members up and to ski faster than ever.