Ski team heating up for winter

It is very rare to see a coach actually practice and train with his team, but with this commitment comes success and that is exactly what coach Christopher Eder and his skiers have enjoyed over the past season.The men’s and women’s ski teams have been extremely successful in the past and look to build on last season’s United States Collegiate Ski & Snowboard Association National Championship contending team.

“We are very excited to get the season underway,” said Eder via email. “Physically and mentally, I feel we are going into the season stronger than ever before.”

This is a scary thing for the rest of the Eastern Collegiate Ski Conference since Castleton will be returning not one but two national champion skiers.

Michelle Podnecky and Kristen Leggett both were first place finishers in their respective events in last year’s national races in Sunday River, Maine and look to continue and add to their success.

The women’s team will be returning eight skiers from a team that finished tenth in the nation last year.

The men’s team will be returning nine skiers from last year and look poised not to be outdone by the women. Junior Bobby Jones, last year’s ECSC Skier of the Year, and Steve Zotter look to improve on their strong 2010 campaigns and push the men to a national championship of their own.

With these returning skiers and many new faces committed to winning, Eder feels confident in his chances.

“I feel we will have another great year and will be very competitive in the ECSC,” Eder said.

The season is still a month away, but the tough training now will be paying off soon. The ski team looks to open the season with some podium finishers on Jan. 8 and 9 as they return to Sunday River, Maine where its national champions were crowned to finish last year.

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