Anne Kakela, 43
Q. When were you in the club, and what discipline?
A. I was in the club off and on in the 1970s and then again from 1984 to 1988. I raced Alpine.
Q. Who were your friends in the club?
A. Tracy DelliQuadri, Kelly Clapsaddle and Christy Borden, to name a few.
Q. What is your favorite club memory?
A. I have many, but I vividly remember my first time practicing on one ski and having to ride the poma and then ski The Face. It was daunting at first, but after a few runs, I had it down. It was easy after that. That first time, though, was one of those memorable lessons in putting your mind to something, facing your fears, overcoming them and mastering them. It was a small victory at the time, but that lesson has taken me a long way in life!
Q. What are you doing now?
A. I started rowing at Dartmouth College to get fit for the ski team. I got hooked, and it eventually took me to the 1996 Olympic Games. Rowing kept me away from Steamboat for a long time. I have been coaching the U.S. Rowing Team for the past five years, including World Championships and the London Olympics in 2012. This fall, my husband and I finally moved back to Steamboat permanently so we can raise our kids here. I am taking some time to get settled and to figure out my next steps in life.
Q. What impact did the club have on you?
A. SSWSC pushed me as an athlete, a skier and a student. I learned important skills required to balance everything through high school, and that set me up to be successful in college and beyond … even though it was not on snow. I credit SSWSC for teaching me skills like focus, discipline and commitment that contributed to my athletic and professional accomplishments. Additionally, SSWSC and Steamboat Springs provided a supportive community that gave me the confidence to go out and try very new experiences and always offered a welcoming place to come home to.