3G Athlete, Alissa Johnson, just wrapped up her Junior season at Minnetonka High School and is the first skier to be featured in our new series of Athlete Profiles. Alissa started skiing regularly in middle school, started racing her freshman year, and last summer made it her main goal to compete in the 2012 state meet.
To help work towards this goal, she bought her first set of rollerskis and joined 3G’s full-time summer program, training with us 3 days a week. Last fall, she learned to row and competed with Twin Cities Youth Rowing during the week and also rollerskied with 3G on Sunday afternoons. Her hard work paid off, and after placing 31st in the 2011 Section Meet, she placed 15th in 2012 and qualified for state! When asked about her summer training, Alissa said, “3G was probably one of the best experiences of my summer – every day was a different adventure! The coaching staff was friendly and approachable and I felt challenged, both physically and mentally.”
When not diligently training, Alissa does some coaching herself! She is a volunteer for Nellie Stone Johnson Community School in Minneapolis, helping pass her skiing knowledge on to their enthusiastic kids. What a lucky team!
We’re excited to have Alissa back with us next summer as she sets her goals higher for her senior year and continues to work hard.