School: North Country Union
Parents: Chris and Meredith
Siblings: Jack, 15
Highlight reel: The Jay native swept the Vermont Division I nordic titles, winning the 5K freestyle title on her home course of Craftsbury and the 5K classic crown at Rikert. The senior sweep gave Young a total of seven Vermont state nordic championships in high school (three in freestyle, two in classic and two team). Young also had huge success off the high school circuit, competing in elite events this winter in Alaska (U.S. Nationals), Utah (U-20 Nationals), Finland (representing Team USA in the Scandinavian Cup) and Maine (Eastern H.S. Championships). Among the many notable results, Young earned relay gold in the U-20 category at Solider Hollow, Utah and also took fifth in the freestyle sprint, giving her All-American status. At the Eastern H.S. Championships, Young brought home gold (relay), silver (5K freestyle), bronze (7.5K classic) and took fourth in the freestyle sprint to help her to a third-place overall finish. Young has also claimed The Record’s Nordic Skier of the Year award three times in four years.
Favorite run or moment: Winning the 3x3K relay at the U-20 Nationals in Solder Hollow as part of Team New England. It was a beautiful day, Rena [Schwartz] made up a ton of time. I made up a lot of time on my anchor leg. It came down to the final half-kilometer. It was a tight battle and we pulled it off. It was such an exciting race.
Favorite course: Craftsbury, I love racing at home.
Favorite event: The skate sprint. I like the short races, and the head-to-head competition gets me fired up.
Looking ahead: Young will be attending Dartmouth College in the fall. She’ll compete for the Big Green cross-country ski team and plans to major in biology.
Lucky charms: Well, it’s something started by Olympic cross-country skiing gold medalist Jessie Diggins: We put glitter on our faces before races and it’s a fun thing we do. The glitter is supposed to make you fast.
Little-known talent: Play clarinet in the school band.
Biggest influence in skiing: Ida Sargent. She’s been a big influence coming from Craftsbury, and seeing her compete on the World Cup really motivates me.
How much effort goes into improving your craft? A lot. I trained 450 hours this year and that’s just the aerobic training part. I also try to focus on the little things: sleep, nutrition and recovery.
Any advice for young nordic skiers: Definitely just have fun. I did not keep track of my training hours until I was a freshman. Just being outside and being with friends and finding the people you like to do things with is most important. It doesn’t have to just be cross-country skiing, but go biking, hiking and alpine skiing. Just be outdoors and have fun.
The Record’s Nordic Skiers of the Year
2017-18: North Country Union’s Callie Young
2016-17: St. J Academy Alex Lawson
2015-16: North Country Union’s Callie Young
2014-15: North Country Union’s Callie Young
VERMONT H.S. NORDIC COACHES’ ALL-STATE PICKS
Division I Girls
North Country Union’s Callie Young
Division I Boys
North Country Union’s Jack Young
St. J Academy’s Peter Mulcahy
St. J Academy’s Asher Solnit
N.H. Granite State All-Conference Picks
Boys Nordic Skiing
Profile’s Tom Oliver Jr.