Middlebury

Joy Erdman
Graduation Year: 2008
Previous School: Holderness (N.H.)
Hometown: Williston, Vt.
Major: Enviro. Studies/Soc. & Anthro.
Describe your initial reaction upon seeing the campus and athletic facilities for the first time:

I first skied at Breadloaf in a Bill Koch League race when I was seven or eight years old. I remember the trails were exciting because there were a lot of places for people to watch you race. I raced in the swimming pool after the new facility was first built in a Vermont State meet. It was the first Olympic-size swimming pool I had ever been in so I thought it was a pretty big deal to swim in such a nice facility. Both of my parents attended Middlebury and played sports while they were here so my family came down to watch hockey games growing up. I do not remember the old hockey facility as much as the energy the Middlebury student section had. The students yelled the entire game and it seemed like they were having an amazing time.

What I the one thing that makes Middlebury College a special place for you?

The people definitely make Middlebury an amazing place. The friends I have made on and off the ski team have made my Middlebury experience an incredible one and I know I will live near some of them after I graduate and will have these friendships for the rest of my life.

What is your best memory as a player at Middlebury College?

The UVM Carnival in Stowe last year. We had the final climb to the finish lined with Middlebury fans and cheered our teammates up to the finish. It was the same energy that I remembered from the hockey games when I was younger. Not everybody got to race in the carnival but everyone found a way to get to Stowe to support the team. Our first women’s team went on to win the relay race- it was a sweet victory for those three ladies and for our coach’s first season and an inspiration for the whole team.

What have you learned from your sport that you will use in your everyday life?

I have learned how to lead a healthy and balanced lifestyle. I have learned how essential it is to get out everyday and do something active in order to better manage the other parts of my life. I have also learned how important a positive attitude is- bad days happen but if you can look back and learn from what went wrong you will probably see it was not as bad or as big of a deal as you thought it was!

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