School is out but, four members of the Green Mountain Gymnastics team were getting a crash course education in aerial skiing at the Olympic training center in Lake Placid last week. Thanks to some audition tapes uploaded to the U.S. Ski team website, Vermonter High School Students Tyra Izor, Megan Nick, Kira Tanghe and Sarah Haggerty were invited to learn from the best at the U.S. Elite Air Tryout Camp.
"At first I was nervous but after a while I really started to enjoy it," CVU incoming Senior Megan Nick said. "This is something that I could possible continue to do."
"It's kind of similar but also kind of different," Rice Memorial incoming Junior Kira Tanghe said. "It's definitely a challenge."
Among those showing them the ropes, 1998 Olympic gold medalist turned coach, Eric Bergoust. His job is to find potential talent for the U.S. Ski team's Elite Aerial Development Program.
This week is about them getting to know the sport and us getting to know them," Bergoust said. "Then we can see if they like it. We've seen them hop turn and ski down the ramp, next we have to teach them to ski better."
Now the question becomes, will they stick with gymnastics or give this new sport a try.
"I'm going to stick with gymnastics," Burlington High incoming Senior Sarah Haggerty said. "But if I get selected I'll have a decision to make. I hope I get picked, that would be exciting."
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