Skiing Runs in the Family for Mahopac Senior Captain

Mahopac’s Carleigh Ashnault competes in the Section 1 skiing championships last season.

Mahopac senior Carleigh Ashnault is a captain on the ski team. She also plays defense on the varsity soccer team.

How old were you when you started skiing and how did you get started?

I started skiing as soon as I could walk. I started racing when I was around 7 at Thunder Ridge. At 13 I started racing in Vermont on the weekends. I started skiing because of my dad—he raced when he was younger.

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How would you describe the season so far? Did you set any goals for yourself this season?

The season so far has been pretty slow. We haven’t had any races due to weather. We have a lot of new members who are definitely eager to learn more about the sport. Personally, I want to make it to sectionals and do well there.

Which team do you most enjoy competing against?

The race I look forward to the most is when we race Byram Hills and Pawling at the same time. I have some really good friends on both of these teams so it’s nice to race and hang out with them.

As a senior captain, how do you see your role on the team, and how much did you value being a team leader?

My main role as a senior captain and leader is to encourage everyone to try their hardest and keep people positive. I really enjoyed being a team captain the past few years because people weren’t afraid to speak out to me to ask for help. 

What is your favorite team activity, pre-meet or post-meet ritual that you share with your teammates?

We haven’t had any races yet but we play games on the way home from practice on the bus to pass time. 

Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?

A large inspiration to me was this girl I grew up skiing with, Lexi Jordan. She is legally blind but it never really stood in her way and that’s just incredibly inspiring to me.

Tell us one thing about yourself that not a lot of people know?

My little sister Lani and I are religious Bob’s Burgers watchers. I’ve been recording all the episodes while she’s away at boarding school so we can have a marathon when she gets back.

Do you plan on continuing to ski competitively in college? If yes, where are you going and why did you select that school?

I don’t plan on skiing competitively in college. However, I really would like to go somewhere that would allow me to ski in my free time. Right now my number one is University of Utah. They have some really rad places to ski like Park City that would be super cool. 

Do you know what you want to study in college? If yes, what and why?

In college I would like to study a type of physical science such as biology, biochemistry or biophysical chemistry. These types of topics have always struck interest in me and I have always excelled in science-based classes. 

Who is your favorite professional athlete and pro or college sports team?

My favorite college athlete would have to be my sister Dannica. She skis Division 1 at Boston College. She’s always been a huge inspiration as she always goes after what she wants and never lets anything stand in her way. 

What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a meet?

While usually I am not a rap person, it really gets my mind in the right place before a big race.

If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?

It definitely would be cool to have the power to heal people. 

If you could pick one place to visit on vacation that you’ve never been to, where would you go and why?

I would really like to road trip through a bunch of states out West. I’ve never been out there, but it seems like a really cool place. I would really love to ski in Colorado, Utah and Oregon because I have heard such great things about those places.

 What is your favorite food to eat before or after a game?

Before a race is pizza and after it’s curly fries from Thunder Ridge.

 Best place to eat in Mahopac and why?

Home—nothing beats a home cooked meal from my dad.

Facebook, Twitter or Instagram? Why?

I am definitely most active on Instagram. I like to take a lot of pictures so it gives me a place to  post them for other people to see. 

For a young athlete growing up in Mahopac, what would you tell them about the experience of being part of the ski program and why should they go out for the team?

I would tell them that it’s definitely a fun program for all skiers, regardless of their ability. The Cauthers have been great coaches and are willing to work with anyone. 

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