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An Opportunity for Girls to Learn From World-Class Female Athletes this Weekend 

Published March 17, 2016 at 2:21 p.m. | Updated April 4, 2022 at 8:03 p.m.

click to enlarge Members of the Women's U.S. Ski Team - COURTESY OF CRAFTSBURY OUTDOOR CENTER
  • Courtesy of Craftsbury Outdoor Center
  • Members of the Women's U.S. Ski Team

Vermont girls have a special opportunity this weekend to meet, play and dance with world-class athletes. On Saturday, March 19, 20 members of the U.S. Nordic Ski Team host a “Champ Chat” at Craftsbury Outdoor Center in Craftsbury Common. The event is part of Fast and Female, a program started by Chandra Crawford, a cross-country skiing Olympic gold medalist from Canada, to encourage young girls to be physically active and engaged in sports.

Girls ages 8-18 will ski on a Nordic obstacle course, participate in relay races and play games on the snow. Craftsbury Outdoor Center has maintained a 4-kilometer trail full of snow for the event. Participants will be divided into teams based on age, and a champion athlete will lead each team through activities designed to foster camaraderie, cooperation and fun. Parents will also learn about resources and get tips for raising fit, active girls.

The roster of athlete volunteers includes Vermonters and Sochi Olympians Ida Sargent, Liz Stephen and Sophie Caldwell, along with fellow U.S. Ski Team members Sadie Bjornsen, Caitlin Gregg and Rosie Brennan, and members of the Canadian, Finnish and Italian ski teams. A Zumba dance session, led by 2016 top-10 World Cup cross-country skier Jessie Diggins, will cap off the day.

This article was originally published in Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT.

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