On a beautiful day at Sugar Bush's Mt. Ellen, Burke Mountain Academy alum and two-time Olympic skier Nolan Kasper is smiling from ear to ear.
"It's great to be back," Kasper said. "After a long season in Europe, you miss a lot of things like the food and your family and friends."
It was a trying year, that started with two hip surgeries and a torn knee ligament but ended with a healthy career-best 13th place finish in the slalom at the Sochi Winter Games.
"It was a tough year but I battled through and came back with my best finish," Kasper said. "It was nice to be there to support my U.S. teammates too. It was special."
After a bit of training, Kasper spends most of the day enjoying the well deserved lime light, giving instruction and signing autographs for some of his smallest fans.
"It was really fun and exciting," skier Ari Diamond said.
"It makes me think back to when I was young and why I loved it," Kasper said. "It's another element to adding to my passion for the sport."
With the ski season coming to an end, Kasper says it's time re-open the books. However, it won't get any easier as an economics major at Dartmouth.
"I like to slowly chip away at the degree." Kasper said. "It'll be a nice thing to fall back on when my career is over and I have to enter the real world."
As for his future plans on the competitive circuit, at just 25 years-old, his renewed confidence has him aiming high and skiing low.
"I'm hoping to get a lot of my consistency back," Kasper said. "I'd like to find myself on the podium again this year. Hopefully, when it's time for the next Olympics, I'll get my speed back and build on that."
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