First Years Take Unexpected Leadership Role on Nordic Ski Team

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Bryant UngLINE UP: First-year skiers organize themselves for a team photo.
Since the majority of upper-class skiers are dispersed across the world and distanced from Bowdoin’s campus, first-year skiers have filled the void this semester with unexpected leadership roles.
“[The first years] have had a lot of ownership and autonomy in planning what the team does,” Head Coach Nathan Alsobrook said. “The campus and the team ended up being all their own, so they were able to build the team and community that they wanted right away.”
The first-year skiers’ self-leadership has allowed the newcomers to heavily contribute to their own team culture and environment.
“We’re making a whole new team, all at once,” captain Gabby Vandendries ’21 said in a Zoom interview with the Orient.
The model of self-leadership has provided athletic and social benefits to the first-year skiers, who have been training together all semester.
“The level of skiing is much higher here, and I’m always being encouraged to push myself,” Silas Brown ’24 said. “Having the team—a group of people that I know—has really helped me build relationships. There’s a really great skiing community on campus this year.”
Alsobrook has been facilitating virtual …

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