Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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February 14, 2013

Christopher leads red hot girls ski team

Christopher leads surging girls ski team toward state title

Kerry Christopher remembers the sheer will and determination it took to take home her first top-10 skiing medal.

And that was just convincing her mother to let her stick around for the ceremony.

“When I was 7-years-old I took my first top-10, a second-place finish and I freaked out,” she said. “But I was really, really sick that day. I remember sitting in the lodge and my mom was trying to get me to go home because I felt so bad. But I wanted to wait for my medal.”

That medal may have been the first in Christopher’s collection, but it certainly wasn’t the last for the prolific skier.

Now, after leading Andover High to an undefeated regular season, Christopher and her squad are looking to take home their biggest trophy yet, setting their eyes on a state title after finishing just two points short a season ago.

“We are definitely out to get that this year,” said Nicole Ericson. “When we heard we missed out on first last year by two points, we just thought, ‘Oh my God, that’s like 100ths of a second. We are SO ready for states and we have so many girls going. We have had an awesome year, and I feel like we have a good chance.”

No one is more focused on the prize than senior Christopher, Andover’s top performer and the third of three sisters to star for the Golden Warriors, who hopes to finish off her career in style.

“It’s been really exciting to have an undefeated season because this is an amazing group,” she said. “All year long we have been working for the big meets, and it would be awesome to finish off my ski career with a title.”

Christopher first took on her family sport when she was 3-years-old, and at just age 4 she was racing at the Bradford Ski Area — Andover’s home course — where she was coached by Golden Warriors head coach Tom Busta who she described as a “second father.”

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