A cafeteria full of kids was transformed into a blur of tiny American flags and enthusiastic cheers Monday afternoon as U.S. Ski Team members Erik Fisher, Andrew Weibrecht, Steven Nyman, Marco Sullivan, and Travis Ganong made their entrance for a rescheduled visit to Stone Creek Charter School in Avon. Originally scheduled for last Tuesday, the school visit was postponed when FIS officials added a Downhill training run to the front end of the Audi Birds of Prey race program.
The athletes signed posters, gave an inside perspective to ski racing, and even danced for approximately 170 second through eighth graders (scroll down for a video recap of Marco Sullivan's "snow dance"). The students prepared questions for the five athletes, some of which were serious, while others were just down-right silly. Leave it to a group of 7-11 year olds to ask...
"Do you jump off of cliffs?"
"What do you do with your nerves before the race?"
and the best...
"Does drinking chocolate milk make you fast?"
In case you are curious, Marco answered that it does contain a good balance of protein and carbohydrates, which is ideal for a post-race recovery. The athletes also spoke of their love for Beaver Creek and having the opportunity to race on their "home turf," especially with the kids cheering for them at the bottom.
After answering questions, the boys signed posters, talked to the kids one-on-one, and handed out U.S. Ski Team and 2015 Vail/Beaver Creek World Championships stickers.