Winter Olympics: Cheering On Two Who Trained in Weston
Okay, so this is going to be a little bit like saying that George Washington passed by Weston on the Boston Post Road. In the case of the Winter Olympics, we are also going to get our claim to fame by someone just passing through — in this case, two cross-country (Nordic) skiers who trained at the Leo J. Martin Ski Track, also known as the Weston Ski Track.
First up is Julia Kern who is a 2015 graduate of Waltham High School. She finished her first Olympic race (Women’s 7.5 km +7.5 km Skiathlon) this morning at 2:45 am Weston time (what? There’s Greenwich Mean Time and then there’s Weston Kind Time). Anyone want a spoiler? No, you don’t. You can see the recorded race at 2 pm today on NBC. Julia trained at the Leo J. as we call it, with the former Cambridge Sports Union club team, now Eastern Mass. Cross Country Juniors. The Boston Globe had a fantastic article on Julia a couple of weeks ago, and I’m not even going to try to compete, though it seems obvious I would come away with at least a silver medal. Congratulations, Julia, and go Hawks! (this will be the only time I will ever say that).
Second is Clare Egan who is a Wellesley College alum (2010), with a more tenuous grip on being a local. But here is where it works: Clare started the Wellesley Nordic Ski Team which trains….where? Leo J. Martin! Yes, and although she now lives in Lake Placid, she has frequently been found back for a visit, but you’d probably have to be wearing a Wellesley shirt for her to greet you. Ask me how I know. Clare competes in my favorite crazy event which is the biathlon, also known as the “ski and shoot”, in this case, the 4×6 Mixed Relay. That race is also over and again, I won’t wreck the anticipation. This is Clare’s second Olympics.
As far as the Owl knows, these are the only two athletes with a Weston link in this Winter Olympics. Let me know if you’ve got a top-secret one.
Even if you are not planning on becoming an Olympic athlete, the Leo J Martin/Weston Ski Track is a wonderful place to learn and train. Check it out here.