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Name: Alice Merryweather
Hometown: Hingham, Massachusetts
Sport: Alpine skiing
Years in the sport: 13
How did you get started in skiing?
I loved skiing NASTAR courses when I was little, so my parents signed me up for the Attitash Race Team (my local club) when I was 8.
Goals for this year?
I would like to make the US Olympic team and finish consistently in the top 30 in World Cup speed events.
The best advice that you have been given?
It is a quote by TS Eliot, given to me by my high school ski coach. “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”
If you were not an athlete, what would you be doing?
I think I would be studying marine biology if I weren’t an athlete.
I love to play the piano and sing (although I’m not very good), as well as play tennis.
My favourite band is The Lumineers, my favourite song of theirs is “Slow it Down”.
Pride and Prejudice
What does a typical day of training look like?
In the winter, I typically have on snow training for 3-4 hours in the morning, and then either another, shorter on snow session or some form of conditioning in the afternoon. In the offseason, I am usually at the gym for five hours and hike or play tennis in the afternoon.
Anything people be surprised to learn about you?
What is the funniest thing has happened to you/others while training?
Any pre-competition rituals?
I always warm up listening to music, but try to keep my routine the same as any training day.
Best movie and tv series?
Movie: The Lion King
Favourite food while training?
Results you’re most proud of?
1st place at the 2017 World Junior Championships downhill
What inspires you?
My teammates. It’s so powerful to be surrounded by people that are always pushing your limits and encouraging you to succeed, while you can do the same for them. I consider many of my teammates to be my best friends.
What do you enjoy most about racing?
It’s so fun!!! And there is no feeling quite like speeding down a mountain at 80mph.
Advise that you have for someone starting out ski racing?
Enjoy every minute of it, and remember that every sport comes with ups and downs.
Anyone you would like to thank?
I’d like to thank my family: Mom, Pop, and my brother Simon. I wouldn’t be ski racing today if it weren’t for them!