All-Eagle Alpine skiing: Boys MVP Connor gains speed
Whether he skied fast or slow, Taconic's Eamon Connor always stayed on his feet.
"He's like an elastic band sometimes," said coach Marc Latimer. "You watch him in a slalom course. It's amazing how he bounces around through the course and is able to stay on two skis. It's nice to be young, I guess."
Connor was pretty fast, too, winning every race he started at Bousquet Ski Area during the regular season before finishing sixth in the slalom at that state championships in February. That made him the clear choice for All-Eagle MVP for the second straight year.
"It definitely felt good," Connor said. "Sixth place is a good performance. I'm pretty happy with the way I skied throughout the whole entire year."
Latimer said his pupil gained speed and improved this season. Connor was far and away the class of Berkshire County, where no one was able to touch him. Save for one race he didn't start this year, Connor hasn't lost a high school race at Bousquet since the second race of 2012.
The coach said Connor was even more focused this year as he looks toward racing in college.
"He did what he could do," Latimer said. "I think he pushes himself each time. I don't think he backs off. I think he gives 100 percent when he goes into that course. He's not just going to ski the course. He's going to race the course."
Connor is hoping to go to either UMass or Colorado next year. UMass skis at Berkshire East Ski Area in Charlemont. It's a hill Connor is comfortable with after skiing there in this year's state championships.
Connor's been focusing on his form this year to reach that next level.
"Trying to keep my upper body quiet, not letting my arms flail everywhere," he said. "I feel like every good ski racer, professionals, all have a distinct form. I tried to work on that so I didn't look like a fool going down the hill."
When the senior did get into trouble, he usually found a way to get out. Connor said a lot of that comes down to instinct and just staying strong on his skis.
Like the other aspects of the sport, Connor is just good at it after years of practice.
"Now it's instinct," he said. "It's not even something I have to think of. If I get in trouble, I know how to get out of it."
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