Athlete of the Week: Experienced Nordic Skier Sam Gallaudet ’23 Aspires to Make Junior Nationals

Sam Gallaudet ’23 had his season best against Proctor where he placed fifth.

Bringing four years of Nordic Skiing experience to Andover Nordic this year, Sam Gallaudet ’23 has already established himself as a top skier and reliable teammate on Andover’s Nordic team this season, according to Sam Capobianco ’21.

Capobianco said, “Sam’s a really good teammate. He’s always talking to all of us and making sure that we know what we’re doing and what the plan is for the race, and he’s always a very determined person who goes out there and leaves it all on the course. Sam has gotten progressively better throughout the season… He’s becoming a better skier. He’s very proud of his performances.”

Gallaudet’s hard work and determination have earned him the title of The Phillipian’s Athlete of the Week.

How were you introduced to Nordic?

My dad did it, and so we found this place that made their own snow near our house four years ago. That’s when I started Nordic.’

What’s your favorite memory from your Nordic skiing career?

In the past, I was on this club team, and we [went] to Bretton Woods, and we stayed in a team house. It was really fun.

Do you have any pre-race rituals?

I have a mantra that I say to myself before each race, and that’s really all.

What is your favorite part about Nordic?

I really like after the race, after your finish. That’s my favorite part.

Is there a professional Nordic skier that you look up to?

[Johannes Høsflot] Klæbo, he’s Norwegian. He’s insanely fast, so I wish I could be as fast as he is.

Who is your role model on the team?

[Co-Captain] Eli Newell [’20] is a good role model for me.

What are your goals for your career in Nordic skiing?

I would like to eventually go to Junior Nationals for Nordic Skiing.

Do you have any pets?

Yes, I have one dog named Rosie.