By Peyton Jobe
When fifteen-year-old Hannah Halvorsen filled out the “Nutrition” section of her Goal Setting Worksheet at the beginning of her sophomore year at Sugar Bowl Academy, she pledged to herself that she would do the following:
“Leave room on my plate during lunch for the salad bar” and “eat salad every day.”
Under “Conditioning Goals,” Halvorsen’s short-term performance goals were “to push myself above and beyond.” Finally, under “Dream Athletic Goal,” she listed “To travel the world skiing.”
She will soon be doing just that.
After impressive results in early season Nordic ski racing against the best competition in the country, Halvorsen has been named to the U.S. Scandanavian Cup Nordic Ski Team, and will travel with her five teammates to Finland for a series of races later this month.
“I had been working hard towards this goal for a long time,” said Halvorsen, “I look at this as an incredible opportunity and as another step in the right direction towards future goals to come.”
For her coach and Sugar Bowl Academy school advisor, Caitlin Curran, it is Halvorsen’s focus and work ethic that has helped her succeed at the highest levels of competition in the Nordic ski-racing world.
“I am very proud of Hannah, not only for earning a spot on this year’s U18 trip to Europe, but mainly for all the focused work that she put in throughout the year to meet this goal,” said Curran, who accompanied Halvorsen last week to race at U.S. Nationals in Soldier Hollow, Utah.
Halvorsen’s results under adverse health conditions in Soldier Hollow – combined with her results in other early-season races – were strong enough to qualify her to represent her country in Finland.