Meet the Phoenix: Carolyn Freeman
Editor's Note: Throughout the 2010-11 school year, junior women's tennis player Morgan Weuve will introduce Phoenix fans to some of her peers and fellow student-athletes. The Green Bay native will conduct interviews with various student-athletes and share her findings with feature stories on GreenBayPhoenix.com.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - Senior women's Nordic skier Carolyn Freeman (Ely, Minn.) is competing in her final season as a Green Bay student-athlete.
"It's exciting and sad at the same time because even though the team has changed over the years, they are like my family," said Freeman. "I am looking forward to seeing what the season brings for myself and the team as a whole."
During Freeman's time at Green Bay she has found success both athletically and academically.
Freeman won her first collegiate race by placing first in the 5K skate race at Michigan Tech's Husky Challenge Dec. 4, and finished fifth in the 5K classic race on Dec. 5. Freeman was a NCAA participant in both 2009 and 2010 where she placed 17th in the skate race in 2010. She was also named to the 2010 All-CCSA first team and 2009 All-CCSA second team.
"My experience here has been very rewarding," said Freeman. "I never thought I would have what it takes to be a college athlete until I met Coach Reimer, who believed in me from the very beginning. He helped me set goals and achieve them and to this day I am still working to achieve the goals we set together."
In addition to Freeman's athletic accomplishments, she has also excelled academically throughout her years as a Phoenix. She has been on the academic honor roll numerous semesters and has received All-Academic recognition by the CCSA. Freeman has maintained a GPA of 3.62 while pursuing a major in organizational communication and a minor in arts management.
"I will graduate in the spring and hopefully join the CXC Central Region Development team," said Freeman. "This team trains athletes to potentially go on to be world cup or Olympic athletes. If I make this program I hope to take my skiing to the next level."
Getting to know Carolyn Freeman...
On the trails:
I first started Nordic skiing when I was...in seventh grade.
My favorite races are...a 90K in Steamboat Springs, Colorado and the Seeley Hills Classic.
If I had to choose between a skate or classic race, I would choose...classic. I love it but I like to race both. I just love racing all together!
My goal for myself this season is...to make it to the NCAA meet in Stowe, Vermont and make the top ten All-American team.
My goal for the women's team this season is...to consistently place second or third at all of out meets and for our team as a whole to stay positive and race for Coach Reimer.
Off the trails:
The music that I listen to the most is...Christmas or motivational music.
The No. 1 played song on my iPod is...Tonight's Gonna to be a Good Night by the Black Eyed Peas.
If I could learn to do anything, it would be...to ski jump. When you combine ski jumping and cross-country skiing it is called Nordic combined.
When I have free time, I pass the time...catching up with friends and family.
I have visited... Italy, Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
One food that I will not eat is...hot dogs.
One thing that makes me laugh the hardest is...my roommate Steph LaFrance.
For fun I...like to go on adventures.
My favorite sport to do besides skiing is...running.
My favorite TV shows are...none. I actually don't like TV.
My favorite movie is... It's a Wonderful Life.
On my perfect day I...would ski several times with delicious meals and a nap in between. I would end the day having good conversations with friends and family while drinking apple cider and hot chocolate and then skiing under the stars.
The people I most admire are...Santi Ocariz, Butch Reimer, Hannah Jo Simone and John Kuehlman.
To learn more about Freeman, watch her video bio.