by Jillian Keller
The end of ski season is drawing near, and we're not happy about it. We, the athletes and coaches of the Camphill Soltane ski team, have only just begun. In early February, we joined Pennsylvania's Special Olympics athletes for three days of winter games. Five Soltane athletes competed in Alpine skiing at levels ranging from advanced to novice. We all felt it was over far too soon.
Everyone enjoyed the fireworks and excitement of opening ceremonies, and I could see pride as they repeated the athlete motto: "Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." Some athletes succeeded by beating their previous times, and others were happy just to make it across the finish line! Everyone brought home a bit of gold.
All season long the athletes have shown courage and determination in the face of poor skiing conditions. Indeed, this ski season was wrought with low snow fall, resulting in sometimes icy, and other times slushy, slopes. However, we have made it through this challenging season with zero injuries and an overwhelming sense of pride.
We've got a couple more weeks left to enjoy the slopes, but you can be sure that next year we will welcome the snow all over again.