Summit County student-athlete of the week: Anne Parker
Skiing has been a part of Anne Parker’s life since she was just 3 years old. She competed in her first race at 6 and has been at it ever since. Now she’s a senior at Summit High School and getting ready to participate in the upcoming ski season as part of the high school team as well as local Team Summit.
How did you get involved with skiing and what do you like about it?
“My mom used to run the club, so I kind of grew up in the Team Summit clubhouse. … What’s great about ski racing is it teaches you how to be fundamentally strong so no matter where I go on a ski hill, I know I can ski whatever. So if I wanted to go heli-skiing in Alaska, I know I could do it.”
How do you balance sports and schoolwork?
“Mostly it’s a lot of communication with the teachers. I’ll get back from the hill after a race and have to sit down and do some homework. Mostly it’s been all right. Up to now, I’ve been able to either work with my teachers so that I can get one extra day or something, but (it takes) a lot of communication, a lot of time management, and sometimes it’s really hard to sit down and focus when you’re at Telluride at a ski race.”
What other activities are you involved with?
“I’m in Spanish Honor Society, which is fun. I’m in the Summit Health Leaders, which is a student-led health organization that organizes info about health concerns around school. … Outside of school I play the piano — I’ve taken piano lessons for eight years — and outside of that there’s always homework”
What are your future goals?
“I’m going to take a year off to ski race, and then I’ve applied to University of Denver, University of Utah, and then I will apply to Westminster College, which is also in Salt Lake, and also CU (Boulder). They’ve all got division 1 ski teams and NCAA. What is ideal (is) if I could get a position on that team and by my senior year help the team to win a NCAA championship or win one myself, that would be so cool.”
What are some memorable moments of your skiing career so far?
“I go to Mt. Hood every summer with Team Summit for a couple weeks and those trips out there are always so much fun. This year, I think, was probably the best trip I ever took, just (because of) the people that we went with and the activities. We ski in the morning and we do things in the afternoon, but I remember one day after skiing we came down and it was raining so hard, so we played ultimate Frisbee in the rain and jumped in this freezing cold river afterward, because we were covered in mud. … We just had a great trip out there this summer, just positive energy all the time, everyone was so excited to be out there, that was cool.
“This last year that I skied with the high school team, we won the high school championship, boys and girls. I remember sitting there at the award ceremony … just the entire summit ski team, both Nordic and alpine together, we were so excited. It was a really cool team achievement.”
What are your goals for this season?
“I’m trying to make it to a U18 nationals, so that’s 17- and 18-year-olds from all across the country competing in one big championship race. That would be really cool to make it there and be able to race there. And also trying to collect a state championship for myself, that would be really cool with the high school team.”
What professional skiers do you admire?
“Mikaela Shiffrin right now is the big one for me. I find her so inspiring, just because I think she’s a year and a half older than me and yet she’s out there winning world cups and just to see her work ethic, she makes a goal for herself and she gets it. It’s cool to see (also) just how star struck she is still. It’s really encouraging for us younger athletes that are just trying to make it to where she is. She just seems really down to earth and just to see her succeed is really exciting. And Ted Ligety of course, too, because he’s just dominating.”
What three words would you use to describe yourself?
“I’d say positive, driven and, I guess, … lighthearted, that’s a good one.”
Wild Card Question: If you could choose any superpower, what would it be?
“I think if I could read minds, that would be really cool, to see what other people were thinking.”
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