Farmington Alpine Athlete and Guide Return Home with a Podium Under their Belts

Farmington Alpine Athlete and Guide Return Home with a Podium Under their Belts

MacKenzie MacDonald and guide Brianna Marquis attended Ski Spectacular this past week. The event was hosted by Disabled Sports and Breckenridge Ski Resort. Mackenzie and Brianna took first place overall in the panel SL, leading her team for the event to a second-place finish.

While in attendance they had the opportunity to meet Katie Zinn '06 who is the Executive Director of Access Unbound.

"Over the last two years, I have attended Ski Spec. Both years it has turned out to be the most amazing week of my whole year. I never knew how much one week could actually affect my life. Meeting people with very similar and very different stories than my own always gives me hope for my future. It is truly inspiring to get to know and become friends with people who also have attended this training camp. Last year I didn't podium at this race and this year Brie and I came in first overall for women. We weren't expecting first place at all, When we heard who had won third and second place I was just like oh dang we didn't place, but I was okay with it because I was happy for my friends. When they said we had won Brie and I, also known as Mac and Cheese, looked at each other in shock. We both had no idea. It was a great start to our season and I couldn't have a better guide by my side for this season and many more to come. 
The race is a big deal but it's not what matters the most to me about this week. I got some really good instruction from some awesome coaches out there, and feel very confident about our season. I also made some life long friends who are pretty awesome and inspiring people. I never knew how much I could improve in just a week. This camp truly changes so many lives and has definitely helped me set some goals of my own, not just for my season but possibly for my career as a skier" said MacDonald. 
 
"This week at Ski Spectacular Race Camp, Mackenzie and I (better known as Mac and Cheese), made significant strides in our skiing. We received coaching from some amazing people. With their help, we were able to dial in our "synchronized skiing" to a whole new level! The race at the end of the camp was probably the least important part but might have been the most fun. We were asked to put together a five-person team, each team member having different disabilities. Lucky for us, this described our friend group perfectly. This course was a little easier than we are used to, but we took advantage of that to work on the skills we had developed throughout the week. We knew we had one of the best runs we have ever had together, but we never thought we had a winning run. When they called our names, we both did a double-take! As a team, we got a second place by less than a second! Overall it was an extreme honor for me to be able to accompany Mac to this camp and be accepted into this amazing community once again" said Marquis.