Sara Godek – Profile

Hometown: Gilford, NH

Home Ski Hill/Resort:  Gunstock Mountain
Birthplace:  Fairfax, VA

Birthdate:  1988
Education:   Bachelors of Science and Art in Biochemistry and Studio Art from Bates College, 2011, Gilford High School, 2007

USTSA Sponsors:    Karbon, Global Rescue, Saucer Wax, Minus 33, Telemarkdown, 22 Designs

Follow me on Instagram: @segrrrl

My Skiing History:

I learned to ski at Gunstock when my family moved to NH when I was five years old. Alpine was my main form of skiing while I was younger but occasionally skied around our farm on my fish-scales. In middle school I switched my focus to Nordic Racing and trained with 3 –time gold medalist Nina Gavrilyuk along with other great Russian coaches. I took a few years off from ski racing in college to compete in throwing events for Bates Track and Field and eventually competed at the NCAA championship my senior year. After graduating I got back into ski racing and combined my backgrounds of Alpine and Nordic racing to get Telemark!

My Goals and Motivation:

My goals for this year would be to be the best teammate that I can be. I want to continue to spread the sport of telemark and find more people to give the sport a try. I also want to continue to get better at Telemark racing especially in the jump; I am striving to be penalty free in the jump.

What I love about Telemark Racing: 

During the winter of 2004 I tried telemark skiing for the first time and tried off and on to get the hang of it, I had an incredibly difficult time making the transition, in fact, my first ever telemark race I did on nordic skis! It was not until the winter of 2012 where I truly felt comfortable on my telemark skis. Now I love telemark racing because it gives me a feeling of warmth; it definitely keeps me warm lunging down the hill and I always look forward to the skate section! The best part about telemark racing is that it challenges you as a well-rounded skier. I am so thankful that Telemark Nationals were held at Gunstock which introduced me to this wonderful team and the supportive community of telemark racing in the US.

Interesting Facts About Myself:

I am obsessed with avocados, unicorns, and sprinkles on donuts. I have hiked 800 miles on the Appalachian Trail and am working on completing all 4000 fts in New England. I love to mountain bike, hike, and run and try to spend as much time as I can in the woods with my family, friends, and golden retrievers, Chloe and Eva. I currently hold my boater’s and motorcycle licenses. I work in clinical research and travel all over the world to hold the trials. Traveling is one of my favorite things to do and have spent time skiing in Austria and Italy. I have also traveled to India to participate in a medical shadowing program learning about medicine in a developing country. In the near future I would like to go to get my Master’s degree relating to clinical research.

Competition Results:

2019 Highlights
Gore Mountain
2nd Sprint #1 
2nd Sprint #2

Gunstock Mountain
2nd Sprint

Eldora US Nationals
4th Classic #1
4th Classic #2
3rd Sprint
2nd Parallel

World Championships Rjukan
23rd Classic
5th USA Team Parallel
21st Sprint
17th Parallel
2018 Highlights
US Nationals
3rd overall women
3rd 2x sprint classics
3rd parallel
World Cup – Suicide Six
8th parallel
9th 2x sprint classics
World Cup – Sugarbush
8th classic #1
9th sprint
2017 Highlights
US Nationals
3rd Sprint Classic

2016 Highlights
2nd – West Mountain
3rd – Cannon

2015 Highlights
Kare Anderson Race – 3rd Expert Woman
2014 Highlights
US Nationals
4th Overall
3rd in both Classic races
World Cup – Steamboat Springs
8th Classic, 9th Sprint, 10th Parallel Sprint
Kare Andersen Race – 1st Expert Woman
2013 Highlights
US Nationals
6th overall in expert women
4th in the parallel sprint
Gunstock 2013 –      3rd in expert women
2012 Highlights
3rd overall in expert women
4th GS
3rd Sprint
3rd Classic