copyright the Chronicle January 29, 2014
by Natalie Hormilla
On the week of her twenty-sixth birthday, Ida Sargent of Barton got some very big news — that she had officially been named to the U.S. Olympic women’s cross-country ski team.
“I think when I found out I couldn’t stop smiling,” Ms. Sargent said in a telephone interview Friday from Toblach, Italy, where she will compete in two World Cup races this weekend.
The weekend’s events are the last for Ms. Sargent before she heads to her first Olympic games, in Sochi, Russia.
“Then on Sunday, we’ll drive to Munich, then Monday we do all the processing — fill out the forms, get the visas figured out, and get our uniforms. Then on Tuesday, we fly to Sochi.”
Even with the Olympics around the corner, Ms. Sargent is still focused on the tasks at hand.
“Right now, I’m still kind of focusing on these next World Cup races and trying to just take each moment in stride,” she said.
Her birthday plans included hard training sessions in the morning, followed by fun with a couple of friends who just happen to be in Italy, too.
“Hannah Dreissigacker and Susan Dunklee are training about 30 minutes from here, which is really unique, because we usually don’t cross paths,” she said. “That’ll be a really special way to celebrate my birthday.”
Ms. Dunklee and Ms. Dreissigacker are newly named Olympians themselves, having been nominated to the U.S. women’s biathlon team.
The three women have known each other most of their lives, through skiing together at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center, first as kids in the Bill Koch League, then as young women in the Craftsbury Green Racing Project.