Team Alaska’s Kami Cabana skis to Gold Ulusevery day

Posted: Saturday, March 11, 2006

 

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  Photo By Kelly Springer

Photo By Kelly Springer

Kami Cabana didn’t set out to be an international skiing champion; it was something that came naturally to her, just like her ability to shred the slopes.

Growing up in Girdwood, Alaska, home of the world famous Alyeska Resort, Cabana never showed the desire to ski. But her younger brother did, according to her mother, Bari Cabana.

So she enrolled both in the Alyeska “Mighty Mites” program for children, and that’s all it took. The younger Cabana now skis four and five days a week in the winter and it shows. The teen has placed sixth in the state championships for the giant slalom this year, and third in the slalom.

Those were just practice sessions for Cabana, as she won the Gold Ulu each day in each event she competed in at the 2006 Games: the slalom, giant slalom and the dual slalom.

Her drive to do her personal best has carried her through injuries like a recent torn ligament in her thumb at the beginning of the season. Her mother says she was in a brace for six weeks and missed out on the first three races of the season, like the Coca-Cola Classic.

 

Photo By Kelly Springer

When Cabana is on the skiing slopes, it is easy to forget she is only fifteen. Off the course, however, her shy grin and short answers to questions say that she is still not used to interviews.

She had better practice that along with her skiing, because as it has been proven before, Girdwood is the breeding ground of Olympic champions like Tommy Moe and Rosey Fletcher.

Kami Cabana just might be the next athlete’s name added to the list.

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