Athletes prepare for winter season individually and virtually

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While teams are unable to meet in person for practices or workouts, many student athletes have continued to train either by themselves or virtually with teammates.

Nearly two weeks ago, Governor Tim Walz announced new restrictions to help curve COVID-19, including a four week pause on sports. While teams are unable to meet in person for practices or workouts, many student athletes have continued to train either by themselves or virtually with teammates.

Senior captain of the Girls Varsity Basketball team Rashmi Raveendran is not backing down from the challenge of virtual practices. “We’re planning on hosting workouts/practices over Google Meets and also offering ideas for workouts people can do on their own time to get in shape for the season,” Raveendran said. In addition to creating plans for home-workouts, Raveendran is planning for the return to in-person practices and meetings. “We’re also prepping COVID-19 plans for when we go back in person, such as practices with masks, gloves, and temperature checks, etc. The team wants to do the most [they] can to limit the spread [of COVID-19],” Raveendran said.

The team wants to do the most [they] can to limit the spread [of COVID-19]”

— Rashmi Raveendran

Sophomore member of the Alpine Skiing Team, Rio Cox, is also taking matters into his own hands. “I have gone to Buckhill to work with a coach on my skiing and over Thanksgiving I went up north to Lutsen mountains to ski,” Cox said. In terms of his own training, Cox sees little difference. “Training has not really changed as a result of the four week pause, other than now that I’m doing school from home I can go to the ski hill after school for a while,” Cox said.

Even though student athletes are barred from seeing each other in person for the next few weeks, they have plans in place to prepare for their upcoming seasons.