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Rowmark Alumna Remembers
Rowmark Alumna Remembers
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Kristi Terzian '85, former member of the U.S. Ski Team and a two time national ski racing champion, today considers herself "the oldest living undergrad" at the University of Utah, having one semester left before completing her B.A. in business administration. She owned three locations of a coffee cafe for seven years in Park City before becoming a mom. Kristi and her husband John Cumming are the parents of four (and a half)-year-old son, Shane and nine-month-old twin girls Quinn and Carina. She still finds time to ski at least once a week and loves following the ski racing circuit on TV.


Reprinted From Spring 2005 Review

Kristi Terzian, former member of the U.S. Ski Team and a two time national ski racing champion, today considers herself "the oldest living undergrad" at the University of Utah, having one semester left before completing her B.A. in business administration. She owned three locations of a coffee cafe for seven years in Park City before becoming a mom. Kristi and her husband John Cumming are the parents of four (and a half)-year-old son, Shane and nine-month-old twin girls Quinn and Carina. She still finds time to ski at least once a week and loves following the ski racing circuit on TV.

How does a 16-year-old farm girl from Central California end up in Salt Lake City, Utah? The answer is the promise of an exceptional education and the greatest snow on earth. That is how I found myself at Rowland Hall-St. Marks and Rowmark Ski Academy in 1982. Prior to moving, I remember looking al the Rowland Hall-St. Marks brochure every night, envisioning what it would feel like lo walk on that beautiful campus. I was also strangely intrigued with the concept of a dress code, thinking it sounded very romantic. I must admit however, my first few weeks were not the happiest. I was far from my hrime and family and living in a place that felt like Mars, but before I knew it, Mars felt right at home.

My first year at Rowmark, we were coached by Olle Larsson and Scott Sanchez, two very capable, knowledgeable,and caring individuals. Olle was the innovator, who always had creative and wacky solutions for improving ski technique and equipment. Scott was grounded and practical with his approach but equally talented. We were a small team that first year but we all formed a quick bond with each other and our coaches. Who could not be captivated by Olle's incredible laugh or his positive attitude towards life? His favorite phrase was, "every day is a gift," and we pretty much heard that every day! As an innovator, l thought his ideas were ridiculous, but l acquiesced and eventually became a believer. We had "nose pickers" (tip deflectors), "tires" (for a wider stance), and some arm contraption which I somehow avoided by graduating. As you can imagine, none of these looked very cool for a teenager and ski racer whose main goal was to be cool, but none of this mattered to Olle who was this incredible independent thinker.

The best part of being a "Rowmarker" (the term for those of us in the Rowmark Ski Program) was that, unlike traditional ski academies, we were also part of a normal high school experience at Rowland Hall-St. Marks. l think this was the one aspect of the program that I most appreciated. It was so refreshing to spend time with students who had different perspectives and attitudes and who didn't eat, breathe, and sleep ski racing, because the routine could get mundane. There was school in the morning, physical training or ski training in the afternoon, and homework at night. Weekends were dedicated to traveling to ski races or training in preparation for races. None of us complained very much though because we had a lot of fun as a team and were dedicated to improving in ski racing.

I recently received a phone call from our class agent Tim Brown reminding me that our 20 year reunion was imminent. How could this be, I thought? It does not seem possible that all that time had passed so quickly. Tim and I are planning our reunion for the class of '85 and I am really looking forward to catching up with old friends from Rowland Hall St. Marks.