It Takes a Community to Raise an Athlete

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By Beth Ann Chamberlain September 15, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments

It takes a community to raise a child. This is something I remember my mom telling me long ago. If this is true for your average Joe or Jane, then what would you say for an Olympic driven athlete? It takes a state? A country? Or perhaps a county…The County some might say.

Over the past four years my husband David and I have been living, working and training in Caribou. We each had a goal of making the 2010 Olympic team. The amount of hours each of us put into this goal is unimaginable. Our lives revolved around this goal. The way we ate, slept, worked and of course trained, was all molded to help us reach our Olympic goal. As committed as we have been through this entire process, we were never alone. Maine Winter Sports Center has played a major role in allowing us to pursue our Olympic dreams. This organization has provided us with unmatched resources to help us pursue our goals in Nordic sports. MWSC is only the tip of the iceberg ofsupport. Aroostook County is one place that knows this well. The generosity and open arms this community has held out to all of the Nordic athletes that have spent time in the area, is absolutely astounding. Whether it is fi nding a place to live, fi xing a part on your rifl e or looking for part time work that has very fl exible hours, the people of “The County” are there to find a solution for you.

The County is a special place because of its people, but they too are not alone.I would like to think that there is a little “County” in all the Nordic folks throughout the U.S. All the travelinginvolved in this sport has brought me into many homes of friend’s of the sports. Opening homes, countless plates of food, rides to airports, ski venues and grocery stores are just a few examples of the generosity the people, I like to call Friends of Nordic/Biathlon give on a regular basis. These are the people that make our athletic careers possible. They also make it even more enjoyable.

And last but not least, I could not have made it as far as I have in biathlon without the support of my family. They have supported me through 100% ofmy biathlon career and I am so very thankful for that. I am sure this is also true to many other biathletes and Nordic skiers out there.

While we athletes put so much into our sports, we couldn’t do it without the help of all these people. I am forever grateful to all of you. And I look forward to carrying on this generosity in years to come, helping a new generation of skiers and biathletes pursue their own goals.

In addition to all the support BethAnn and David have received from the friends of Nordic and Biathlon, they are also supported by:

About the Author:
BethAnn is a Maine Winter Sports Center biathlete living and training in Caribou, ME. She also works at County Physical Therapy in Caribou as a Licensed Massage Therapist. In addition to MWSC, she is also supported by: Cary Medical Center, The Pressure Positive Co., Grandy Oats Granola and Icebreaker. Many thanks to each of these establishments. Their support help make BethAnn’s biathlon career possible. You can reach BethAnn at the following email address. bac@mainewsc.org

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