MARQUETTE, Mich. - He might be a freshman on the team, but George Cartwright brings a ton of energy to the Northern Michigan University men’s Nordic ski team. He was the top placing Wildcat on the Central Collegiate Ski Association (CCSA) men’s point list entering the NCAA Skiing Championships which will be held in Steamboat Springs, Colo. March 10-13.
But how did this member of the NMU men’s Nordic ski team find his way to the trails. “I started downhill skiing when I was two. My sister’s friend dad was the coach of the Nordic ski team and he started our family through that,” said Cartwright. The native of Lander, Wyo. was a member of the 2009 U.S. World Junior Team, but declined a spot on this year’s squad. According to Cartwright he got the experience last year, but this year he is getting the experience by competing on the collegiate circuit on such a high quality team.
One thing which Sten Fjeldheim, the head men’s and women’s Nordic ski coach at NMU, states about Cartwright is that he has the passion and is fun to have on the team. Cartwright keeps the team laughing and loose.
“George is very unique. He has a good attitude towards his teammates, but also towards racing,” said Fjeldheim. “He knows how to race. George is very good when it comes to big races, big events. He is not a selfish athlete and George is very open and honest.”
The freshman recently won the NCAA Central Regional Championships 15K freestyle race with a time of 39:42.8, which was 15 seconds faster than the second-place competitor. Cartwright was named to the All-CCSA team as a first team selection, joining teammate Kevin Cutts.
Cartwright enjoys the sport because of the hard working people and it is a lifetime activity. “I always liked being on skis. Ever since I was little, I would be in my backyard making tracks,” said Cartwright. “There is always another level of competition another level to train to focus on in this sport. “
He enjoys cross country skiing and Cartwright wants to continue to enjoy the sport. He is not one to lose sight of what is important and the things he wants to accomplish with cross country skiing. Cartwright is very serious about his training and competitions. “It is huge to keep enjoying it and do it for the right reasons,” said Cartwright. “It is easy to lose sight of what you are doing. I like focusing on the day-to-day stuff. I want to make everyday count.”
Cartwright is poised to take the NMU men’s Nordic ski team to the next level. He has the right attitude to carry this team even though he is only a freshman. He has the ability to make the people around him better as he is willing to learn from the veterans of the team.
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