We’re not playing favorites here (each region has its perks, of course), but Midwest ski racers have some distinct advantages based on their geography and culture. Here are 5 Things Midwest Ski Racers Do Better:
1. You can handle the cold.
Sure, the east coast gets its share of cold, icy weather. But nothing like the Midwest gets consistently. Seriously, northern Minnesota is a frozen tundra most months of the year, and the rest of the Midwest isn’t much better. To think that southern schools close sometimes because of cold weather makes you smile, because you have fond memories of walking to class through a foot of snow and negative weather. This resilience comes in handy on race day.
2. You’re polite.
Okay, we’re not quite Canadians, but we are just as polite. It’s one of those stereotypes that is both good and true: Midwesterners are a friendly bunch. You may take it for granted now, but not every state is like that. Be friendly, be proud, and keep it up, Midwesterners.
3. You make friends.
On the same token, Midwestern ski racers are totally fine making friends with both teammates and the competition. At the end of the day, we’re here to have fun. What’s a little friendly competition to get in the way of that?
4. You can handle long road trips.
This is a product of necessity, since the hills in the Midwest are so few and far between. It’s not uncommon to travel 4-8 hours every weekend for race days. This breeds both patience and a sense of travel and adventure.
5. You are winners.
We’ve obviously got our history of winners in the Midwest, most recently with Lindsey Vonn’s famous accent from small town Minnesota. The combination of the Midwestern work ethic, positive attitudes, and resilience to cold and bitter conditions makes us natural contenders for gold medals and trophies.