Rachel Keisling – Profile
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I have been skiing since I was two years old at Waterville Valley, NH. I skied with their Junior Seasonal program since I was four and have stuck with it since then. I had tried snowboarding for several years, when I was about 9, to try to give myself another challenge on the mountain. I got the hang of it and was doing a mix of both skiing and snowboarding for a little while. About three years ago I saw people at Junior Seasonal begin telemark skiing, and since the mountain had become easy for me, I decided it was maybe something I should try. I did some of the beginner lessons later in the season, but was only able to get in a few lessons. I competed in the telemark race that was held at Waterville Valley late in the 2017 season. That next full season I started to put more time on the Tele skis and realized that this is something that I was passionate about and really wanted to pursue and work hard on for years to come.
My goals are to be able to get faster at skating as well as to work towards pushing myself more so I am able to improve overall as a racer.
I would also like to be able to place in the top three in all races I compete in, including Nationals.
Being able to ski in way that not many people know about, and being able to experience the uniqueness of the sport.
As well as how fun it is to have learned a completely new way of skiing, and being able to use it to race competitively.
I am part of a travel softball team and we play tournaments during the summer on weekends, and I am the catcher for our team.
I am in AFJROTC (Air Force Junior Reserved Officer’s Training Corps) for my school and plan to be in it through my senior year.
2nd – Women’s – Waterville Valley Sprint Classic
1st – Women’s Junior – Bromley Mountain Sprint Classic
3rd – Women’s – Crotched Mtn Nationals – Classic #1
3rd – Women’s – Crotched Mtn Nationals – Classic #2
4th – Women’s – Crotched Mtn Nationals – Sprint Classic
5th – Women’s – Crotched Mtn Nationals – Parallel Sprint
3rd – Women’s – Crotched Mtn Nationals – Overall Results
3rd – Women’s – Gore Mountain Sprint Classic – day 1
3rd – Women’s – Gore Mountain Sprint Classic – day 2
6th – Women’s – Gunstock Mtn Sprint Classic
1st – Women’s Junior – Bromley Mtn Sprint Classic
1st – Women’s Junior – Waterville Valley Sprint Classic – day 1
1st – Women’s Junior – Waterville Valley Sprint Classic – day 2
2nd – Women’s Junior – Karbon Telemark Nationals – Sprint Classic
1st – Women’s Junior – Waterville Valley Sprint Classic