Perkins ends season as Junior Olympian |

Perkins ends season as Junior Olympian

SUMMIT COUNTY – Brittany Perkins thinks the reason not many 14 year olds are into Nordic skiing is because they haven’t tried it.

Perkins got on her first pair of Nordic skis nine years ago, when she was 5, and now, at 14, she’s the fourth-best high school classic Nordic skier in Colorado.

Perkins was one on many of the Rocky Mountain Division Nordic team to qualify and compete in the 2003 Junior Olympics, which wrapped up earlier this month in Fairbanks, Alaska.

“It was pretty cold, but it was a lot of fun,” Perkins said of the JOs, in which her team finished fifth.

The event wrapped up Perkins’ second year of racing, and her first competing for Summit High School, where she is a freshman.

“Brittany was the high scorer on the team this year of the girls,” said SHS Nordic team assistant coach Gene Dayton. “We have tremendous expectations for her in the coming years because she always pushes herself. There was a time in training when the guys were doing four intervals and the girls were doing three, and she said, “I think I’ll do one more with the guys.’ And the intervals were difficult. She was very determined to do whatever the big boys were doing. She always puts in the extra effort, and it showed this season.”

As some say about Perkins, though, she’s not one to brag.

“I only did that once,” Perkins said of skiing more practice intervals with the boys. “The (interval) I did before, I didn’t feel very good about it. I wanted to do it again and have a better one.”

Perkins will ski Sunday at the first annual Breckebeiner 60-kilometer pledge event at the Breckenridge Nordic Center. The event is a fund-raiser for the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center and a celebration of Dayton’s 60th birthday. Perkins will ski with her parents and little sister, Briana, who was one of the top skiers on the Summit Middle School Nordic team this season.

Earlier this season, Perkins skied 50 kilometers for a ski-a-thon fund-raiser, and said she plans to ski until there’s no more snow this season. Next season, she said she will at least match this year’s success.

“I was pretty surprised about it,” she said of this season’s results. “I hope to make JOs next year and do as well as I did this year in state. I had a lot of fun this year.”

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