Between Obscurity and Oblivion"?
It's a name I came up with a few years ago, after I graduated
from college. I no longer had the support of a team and I was
racing against the "Big Boys." In most races, it seemed
that I was not fast enough to hang with the leaders, but I was
too fast for the second pack. Thus, I was all by myself - skiing
in oblivion is what I called it - in such an obscure sport. So
that explains the clever title. But since that time, I have continued
to improve. I am no longer skiing in oblivion. Instead, I am fighting
for a spot on the U.S. Ski Team. And thanks to this website, I'm
no longer in complete obscurity. But I've kept the title "Somewhere
Between Obscurity and Oblivion" because in the grand scheme
of things, that's where our entire sport is.
In case you arrived here by accident, allow me to introduce myself.
My name is Cory Smith. This page is
primarily devoted to my life as a cross country ski racer. I grew
up in Littleton, New Hampshire, in the heart of the
White Mountains where, thanks to my parents, I developed a
love for skiing and the outdoors. I graduated from Dartmouth
College in 1996, after earning an enginnering degree and All-American
honors in skiing. I went back during the off season in the years
following and earned a graduate degree at Dartmouth's
Thayer School of Engineering. Since then, I have been ski
racing full-time as a member of Team Nordic
Equipment,Inc.. As you might imagine, this venture is not
very profitable. I receive equipment from my sponsors, but paying
for travel, training, and all other expenses is all up to me.
I pay some of the bills with a job at Infopia
in Salt Lake City, UT where I am a software engineer. In the off
season I work 35-40 hours a week (In addition to training full
time) and during the winter I work whenever I can fit it in around
racing. It's a job that allows me to work even while I am on the
road training and racing.
As far as skiing goes, I ski for
The Utah Nordic Alliance
club and I travel the country going to races all winter. I am
currently ranked somewhere between 10th and 15th in the country.
Ultimately I would like to make the U.S. Ski Team and the 2002
Olympics in Salt Lake City. These goals are achievable, but only
with years of training, financial support, and a little luck.
I would like to thank all of the people and businesses that have
contributed to my training fund. This would not be possible without
your help. Over the past few years, my race results have been
in direct correlation with the amount of donations I receive.
When I don't have to worry about going thousands of dollars in
debt, I'm free to worry about skiing fast. If
you would like to contribute, check out the SPONSORS
page for more information.
Anyway, thanks for stopping by
and there is plenty more to come so stop back soon.