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Locals 2012: Emily Hannah

Luke Graham

Emily Hannah

When her acceptance letter didn't arrive like all her friends' letters did, Emily Hannah wondered what she had done. Should she have applied to other schools? Should she have applied to more schools?

Then one day, it was there. She had been accepted to Harvard.

"Disbelief," Emily says. "It took awhile to realize I was actually going there."

Emily will make the trudge in the fall to Harvard, a choice that wasn't as easy.

Understand that Emily is lights-out smart. She also is one of the brightest cross-country skiers in the country. Emily had to debate whether to put school off for a year and try to make the U.S. Ski Team. With her ability, she likely would have.

"I think Emily could ski and win World Cups," says Brian Tate, the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's cross-country director. "She could make the Olympics, if she wanted."

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Emily still has interest in skiing and will ski competitively for Harvard. But her passion doesn't sit with two skis.

She's more interested in the brain and how it works. "It's an exploding field," she says. "I want to use what we know about the brain and couple that with super computers. I want to artificially create a part of the brain with a computer."

Skiing and school, however, have gone hand in hand for Emily. She trained 475 hours last year, with schooling receiving even more attention. Although she isn't quite sure what she wants to do, she knows she wants to continue her education and eventually get a Ph.D. Chemical and physical biology interest her. She also may want to be a high school or college teacher.

Whatever the next four years and beyond hold is unclear. The only certainty is that Emily will be working hard and achieving great things — just like she has in Steamboat. "Whenever I'm busy, it makes me more productive," she says.

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