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The Eliteam Camp Staff of Vermont

About Natasha Gilbert

The sports I have competed in over the years have taught me many important lessons. The most important lesson to me is that it takes more than one person to succeed. A good coach and raw talent alone will not foster success. It takes dedication and hard work; it takes getting up when you have fallen 20 times already. Effort is the key to reaching one’s full potential both as an athlete and as a person.

Nickname: Tasha

Years at ELITEAM: 4 years as camper and 1 as a Counselor. 2015 will be my first year as a Coach!

Competitive Sports Background: I started skiing when I was five years old; racing at age 11. I raced for Deep Creek Wisp and attended Waterville Valley for two years. I am continuing to race through college. My high school sports included soccer, tennis, track and field (pole-vault, long jump, high jump, javelin), and Rifle Team.

What other sport/activities do you like: I love to read anything from fantasy to murder mysteries. Also, whenever I have a chunk of free time I make it a point to do a craft from my Pinterest!

Coaching experience: I have been coaching ski racing for two years at Deep Creek Wisp, where I coach racers ages 5-9.

Personal Fitness goals for 2015: To utilize the awesome facilities at my college by working out five days a week.

When I'm not coaching at ELITEAM, I'm… Outside hiking, playing pickup soccer games with my friends, and working at Ken Grill Pool as a lifeguard.

Unusual Talents- I can sew my own clothing, and over half my wardrobe is clothing I have made.

What you love most about ELITEAM: What I love most about Eliteam is that it allowed me to be pushed out of my comfort zone. All the ropes courses and mountain bike rides at Eliteam have given me the opportunity to have new experiences and to expand my outlook every time I push my limits. I would have never pushed through my comfort zone had it not been for Eliteam.

Favorite Eliteam Dance Move: Meat Grinder

Favorite Energy boost Fuel: Strawberry granola smoothies

Most memorable ELITEAM moment: My most memorable moment was my first flawless (so I thought) run around the Bergundtal. My first year at Eliteam I lacked the confidence to practice in front of all the other campers. Once I found the courage to practice I was able to hone my skiing skills and it became natural.

Advice to young athletes: My advice to young athletes is not to let fears run your life. I find that when I let my fear take over, my performance is hindered, both in skiing and in life. Face your fears and look past them to the rewards that lie ahead.

Motto in Life: The taller the mountain, The harder the climb, The better the view, From the finish line.