Ski team’s Babic to address new SHS graduates
FARMER’S KORNER ” U.S. National Freestyle Ski Team member David Babic will be giving the commencement address during Saturday’s graduation ceremonies at Summit High School for the Class of 2005.
Babic is a former Team Summit member who currently skis from his base at Salt Lake City and for Sugarbush Ski Resort in Warren, Vt.
He has competed for the U.S. Freestyle Team for the past four years.
The native Vermonter and Champlain College graduate, who attends the University of Utah, finished seventh on the 2003 FIS World Cup.
Babic has almost a dozen top-10 World Cup finishes, including a podium-topping win in Switzerland in 2004.
Babic, who is sponsored by Dynastar, Look, Lange, Bolle and Scott USA Poles, shifted from basketball to moguls when he saw the 1994 Olympics on TV.
“You can get a medal for doing that? I was blown away,” Babic said.
He soon enrolled in Nick Preston’s program at Waterville Valley, N.H., and then moved to Summit County to ski with Brian McNamara, coach of the former Team Breck.
During the summer of 2001, he and a friend camped out near Oregon’s Mount Hood to spend the summer on snow in hopes of improving their skiing.
In 2002, he won a NorAm title and made the U.S. Ski Team. In 2003, he grabbed his first World Cup podium, and the 2004 season followed with a flurry of top-five World Cup finishes, including his first World Cup win at Airolo, Switzerland.
Skiing since the age of 8, Babic has continued to improve on the World Cup tour and has created his own niche on the powerful American squad.
He earned solid results and gained momentum throughout the season, but an injury incurred with a few events left slowed his progress.
“Injuries are part of the game, and staying healthy is always a big goal each year,” Babic said.
Babic continues to push his own abilities by making technical changes in his skiing and performing the first ever off-axis, 1080-degree spin in World Cup competition.
“Making improvements is a process; you don’t always see the results as quickly as you’d like, but you’ve got to believe in the idea and work it until it’s unconscious,” Babic said.
“This is truly a great honor,” Babic said of his speaking engagement. “I hope that my words can invoke inspiration, excitement and opportunity for the Class of 2005.”
Ceremonies begin at 10 a.m. in the Summit High School Gymnasium. For more information on Babic, visit his website at http://www.davidbabic.com.
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