Nationals loom ahead for Gilbertson

NAME: Nora Gilbertson

SPORT: Nordic skiing

HOMETOWN: Lake Elmo, Minn.

HIGH SCHOOL: Stillwater Area High School

MAJOR:Math and biology

NORDIC BACKGROUND:I began skiing in 7th grade for my high school team.

WHY I CAME TO ST. OLAF:The combination of great academics and the chance to race competitively

PRE-MEET RITUAL: Dancing all around on the start line

PUMP-UP SONG: “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis and “Could Have Been Me” by The Struts

FAVORITE MOVIE: “Pirates of the Caribbean”

FAVORITE BOOK: “The Three Musketeers”

FAVORITE PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE: Liz Stephen

FAVORITE FOOD: Blackberries

FAVORITE SPORT OTHER THAN NORDIC: Mountain biking

RANDOM FACT: My family has bees, and we harvest 25-60 gallons of honey each year.

PLANS AFTER ST. OLAF: Graduate school for applied mathematics and mathematical biology

MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT AS AN OLE ATHLETE:The team sprint last year at USCSA Nationals, where my relay team opted to go on different skis from everyone else. We ended up winning the sprint and team national title.

BEST ADVICE YOU HAVE RECIEVED: “Race where you belong, not where your head says you should go.”

GOALS FOR REST OF THE SEASON: Help my team win USCSA Nationals!

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