Steamboat Springs’ Natalie Bohlmann, left, battles Glenwoood Springs’ Carol Stepniewski in April.

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Steamboat Springs’ Natalie Bohlmann, left, battles Glenwoood Springs’ Carol Stepniewski in April.

Steamboat female athlete of the year: Natalie Bohlmann thrives in team, individual settings

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Natalie Bohlmann enjoys her two sports for very different reasons.

The Sailors sophomore thrives on the individualism of Nordic skiing. She used self-motivation to push herself along cross-country courses to the best season of any Steamboat girl this year.

And on the soccer field — her favorite sport, Bohlmann said — team camaraderie resonates deeply with the two-year letter winner.

Regardless of the differences between Nordic skiing and soccer, Bohlmann knows her way around each, notching one of the top years a Steamboat Springs High School girl had in 2013-14, making her shine as the Sailors’ female athlete of the year.

In the winter, Bohlmann skied her way to 10th overall at the state championship classic skiing race. She followed up that performance with a fourth-place finish in the state skate ski finals.

The sophomore capped off the year by leading the Sailors in goals scored on the soccer field, helping Steamboat finish 9-6.

But again, the young leader is quick to deflect attention in a team-sport atmosphere. She said next year isn’t about scoring the most goals or being the top athlete, it’s about getting the Sailors back to the playoffs in soccer after missing out on postseason play for the first time in a decade.

“I think it would be cool to build off of what we did this season and work even harder to accomplish more,” she said. “I’d like to lead that.”

Halfway through her high school career, she’s already racking up the accolades, including a Class 4A Western Slope first-team all-league selection this year.

“I don’t think about (accolades) while they’re happening,” she said. “But someday, I’ll look back and see it’s really cool what I’ve accomplished.”

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