Athlete Spotlight: Mount Greylock's Brandi Gill
With the Nordic ski season taking a week off due to the warm weather, Mount Greylock sophomore Brandi Gill stopped in to discuss the start of the year. Gill has won the varsity girls race in the first two races of the season.
Berkshire Eagle: It's kind of an impromptu weekend off. When you get time off like this because the weather isn't good, what do you do to keep yourself ready to go?
Brandi Gill: Often we'll do running, we'll do workouts inside using skiergs and rowergs, just doing whatever we can to train for skiing when we don't have snow.
BE: What's your favorite course to race on in the area?
BG: I really like Greylock. It's a lot of fields and flat grounds, which that's my strength. A lot of other girls in the league are very good cross-country runners and have very good cardio, so are better on the hills, whereas my strength is the flats.
BE: In skiing, prep work is really important to get yourself ready. What's the most important prep work you do before a race to make sure either you or your equipment is ready to go?
BG: Definitely waxing the skis, because you need different waxes for different temperatures and different snow. So, getting your wax right is absolutely necessary if you want to do well in your race.
BE: When did you first learn to ski?
BG: I think it was eight years ago. I was in the Bill Koch program up at Prospect Mountain in Vermont. We kind of got into it kind of as a family, it just became our thing that we did together. So we'd drive up every Tuesday and Thursday and go ski.
BE: Speaking of the family aspect, your younger sister Lainey is on the team with you; what's it like having a sister on the team and a little bit of a sibling rivalry?
BG: I love it, it's been really fun to watch her grow and figure out what she's capable of, but it's also been really cool to experience this with her because I've been doing it for a couple of years on the team without her. It's been fun to be able to do workouts and hangout at practice together.
BE: Shifting away from skiing and to general life, what's your favorite thing to do outside of sports and outside of skiing?
BG: I love reading and I love hanging out and playing games with my family, hanging out with friends, the usual stuff.
BE: It's family dinner night, you get to choose where you're going. Where are you taking the family, and what are you getting to eat?
BG: Am I allowed to say ice cream? I love ice cream, so I'd probably go out to some place to get ice cream.
BE: Finally, it's the start of the new year, we are early on in January, what are you most looking forward to in 2018?
BG: Hmm, I don't know. I guess just the same things as I am every year, sports and camp in the summer and hanging out with my friends.
[Interview stops, moments later Brandi asks to add an answer]
BE: Alright, so what do you get to do in 2018?
BG: I got my permit the other day, and I get to drive this year which is really exciting [laughs].
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