North Salem Athlete Spotlight: Christian Kappes

Christian Kappes, a North Salem senior, competes for the North Salem/John Jay ski team at sectionals. Credits: Vic McGee

North Salem senior Christian Kappes was a team captain for the North Salem/John Jay ski team. He also was on the North Salem cross-country squad and competes in spring track and field.

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

I started skiing when I was about 3 years old. My dad has skied for a long time, so he brought me and my siblings skiing at a young age. I started out at Mohawk Mountain and instantly loved it, so I signed up for a pre-race team program and eventually found my way to the race team.

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What is your favorite part about being a part of the ski team at North Salem?

My favorite part is definitely the team aspect of high school racing. I also ski race on the weekends but that’s completely individual so you’re kind of competing against your friends. Here we’re able to actually compete as a team which makes it a more friendly, enjoyable environment.

How did you see your role on the team, and how much did you value being a team leader in an individualized sport?

I see my role on the team as very similar to the other guys that I’ll be going to states with. We’re all at very similar levels and we all have a great knowledge of the sport, so we try to share that with others on the team when possible. I value the fact that I’m considered a team leader greatly as it shows people respect me on the team and I respect them. I just try to help out our younger athletes, so the team is left in good hands in future years.

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