A friend of mine told the story recently of reading Newsweek magazine while traveling, when she turned the page and saw the easily recognizable grin of Billy Demong, a local Adirondack skier and member of the United States Ski Team. It reminded me, some of us so distracted by the eye candy, take a lot of other aspects about living in the Adirondacks for granted. Such things, for example, as the fine kids who grow here. Billy is one of six young Adirondackers who are currently on US Ski Teams. Billy finished third in the overall Nordic Combined (cross-country racing and ski jumping) World Cup series last year, a best ever finish for an American skier. He is indeed a great athlete, but he is also a very articulate and nice young man. Andrew Weibrecht of Lake Placid is another young ski racer who has made it to the top. Andrew is on the United States alpine racing team and learned how to ski so fast at our very own Whiteface Mountain. We also have Lowell Bailey, Tim Burke, Annelies Cook, and Haley Johnson on the U.S. Biathlon Team. I’ve always felt athletic competition teaches kids some very useful life skills and the Adirondacks are a great place to compete. The fact that we have a plethora of top-notch, very fit athletes hanging around the region makes it a big plus to live or vacation here. I think seeing people who are fit and focused sets a good example for all of us, especially the kids. My son had a chance to try every sport one could imagine and was able to take his competition as far as he wanted. The Adirondacks are a great place to raise children. It was certainly great for me to be able to send a high-energy, twelve-year old boy to Whiteface Mountain for the day and have him return home happy and quite exhausted! I can’t say enough about the positive effect of focus, training, and pride in achievement that gives these kids a lifetime of skills and produces some fine Adirondack products!
My name is Joann
I love outdoor adventures, the natural world, and the lifestyle and culture in the Adirondack Mountains. Welcome to the Adirondack Lifestyle.
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