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August 14, 2013

Local teen is top skier, student

MORRISONVILLE — Maile Sapp’s goals for the future are both ambitious and many. 

The 18-year-old Morrisonville resident hopes to one day become fluent in French, offer medical assistance in third-world countries and attend graduate school. 

She also dreams of being an Olympic skier. 

“I’m a very competitive person,” said Sapp, who competes in cross-county skiing with the New York Ski Educational Foundation out of Lake Placid and was recently named to the New England Nordic Ski Association Development Team. 

This past winter, she competed in the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association Junior National Championships in Fairbanks, Alaska, and placed in the top 10 in her age group five times at Eastern Cup races. 

SKIED SINCE AGE 2

Currently ranked seventh in the East in her age group, Sapp was introduced to the sport at 2 years old by her parents, Andree and Randy Sapp, who also grew up skiing. 

“It’s been a family activity ever since,” Maile said.

Her 14-year-old brother, Everett, she added, is also an accomplished skier and will enter junior racing this year. 

As a member of the Development Team, Maile was invited to attend the Eastern Regional Elite Group Training Camp in Stratton, Vt., for a week in June, where she got to train with members of the U.S. Ski Team. 

“It’s just kind of an honor to be on the (Development) Team,” she said. “They do offer a little bit of financial support.”

That, however, isn’t the only elite ski group Maile belongs to.

On Aug. 20, she will begin her higher education at Harvard College, where she has been recruited as a member of the school’s ski team. 

“I’m still kind of in shock, said Maile, who has spent much of her summer training at ski camps, as well as on her own. 

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