FOR TEENS

STRENGTH ON THE NORDIC SKI TRACK

I'M an avid Nordic skier. I've been skiing for seven years, and for me it's pure joy. There's a quote from the movie Chariots of Fire that refers to praising God and goes like this: "... when I run, I feel His pleasure." This perfectly mirrors how I feel on the ski track: When I ski, I feel God's pleasure. When I compete in Nordic, life feels boundless. I've always found that Christian Science helps me in Nordic—I always turn to God before races to remind myself of my spiritual perfection. I visualize the upcoming race, and replace any doubts by affirming that I express spiritual ideas, such as strength and grace.

I first got involved in Nordic when I was nine years old. Several of my friends got involved, and I was curious about the sport. Nordic has a strong program in Durango, Colorado, where I live, and there are lots of reputable coaches in the area, so I decided to jump on board. Nordic skiing is not an easy sport. It involves cross-country, ski jumping, and other events, and is often very taxing. With uphill and downhill courses, it demands a high level of strength and agility. To be successful, I've had to learn to overcome physical and mental weakness.

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