To say that Monument Mountain Alpine skier Emily Martin had a good year would be an understatement.

It would also be an understatement to say that the senior expected the kind of year that made her the All-Eagle girls Alpine skiing Most Valuable Player.

"I knew there was definitely a lot of tough competition coming into the year," she said. "[Being No. 1] was definitely up there among the goals I wanted to accomplish."

The All-Eagle team is selected based strictly on how the top alpine racers perform in the six-race regular season on the race hill at the Bosuquet Ski Area in Pittsfield. The first half of the season consists of the giant slalom schedule and the final three races are slalom. For Martin, it was a good season that got much better.

The season, for Martin, actually started a little too slowly for her liking. She had two top-five finishes in the opening giant slalom. Things got better from there.

"After the first couple of GS races, I didn't win," Martin said. "I knew I had my work cut out for myself. I had to finish strong in the third GS, which I did.

"From there, I felt pretty good because slalom is my stronger event."

There's no room for much anger on the mountain, so Martin took those two opening races as part of the building process.

"The first one definitely wasn't my best race. The second race, I was only five one-hundreths of a second [.05] behind, which is so small," she said.


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That loss came to teammate Michaela Bartlett, who had finished first in each of the first two giant slalom races.

The two Monument skiers swapped spots in the in the third GS race, and that marked the beginning of Martin's domination.

As a senior, Martin was a leader of the Monument ski team. As a younger racer, she often looked up to the juniors and seniors on her team.

"Seeing the older girls and their success, I always wanted to one day be like them too," Martin said.

Martin is a three-sport athlete at Monument, playing soccer in the fall and tennis in the spring. She said the three different sports all help make her who she is athletically.

"I guess it gives me more patience with the other sports," she said. "I know if you make a mistake in the other sports, you can make up for it. It's a lot harder in skiing.

"I guess I don't see small mistakes as that huge of a deal in tennis and soccer."

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