Skiing may not be one of the mainstream winter high school sports, but the skiing community certainly has some fantastic student athletes.
Wausau Nordic senior Hailey Scandin got her start in the sport at a young age, and continues to dedicate herself to improving her skills any way she can.
Scandin has been skiing competitively since middle school.
"I did Wausau Nordic Night Gliders," says Scandin. "My friends starting joining and it just stuck as our sport."
"She was a really promising skier coming up and she's been a varsity skier her entire time," says Wausau Nordic head coach, Ben Koenig. "As a freshman she came in with a lot of potential. We knew she was really gonna do some great things."
Scandin also swims and plays soccer for Wausau West, although she spends most of her time in skis. But that changed last year when she suffered a stress fracture in her back, forcing her to take on a different role with her ski team.
"Being a captain helped," Scandin recalls. "I was able to stay with the team and cheer them on and tell them my knowledge about the sport."
"Last year when she was injured she would work a lot with the team as a leader," says Koenig. "She stepped up a lot and took on more of a captain role."
"I've struggled with the injury through all my sports so it's been tough," says Scandin. "It teaches you a lot of lessons and strength to carry through it."
Now that Scandin is back in action, she has some goals for her senior year. One of which her injury kept her from acheiving last season.
"I would really like to place top 15 at state this year since I wasn't able to compete last year, and that's my final goal."
But skiing is more than just a competitive sport for Scandin.
"The community is definitely what keeps me going and I just wanna always do my best whether I'm successful or not. My dad will probably take me out skiing on Christmas."
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