May 3, 2016 2:45 PM
PLYMOUTH - Nora Healey is a 17-year-old high school student, and a snowboarder from Plymouth. Last month her family shared an exciting moment.
"We couldn't believe it when the gentleman called," said Nora's mother, Karen. "We were freaking out."
Nora was one of six selected to join the U.S. Olympic rookie team and train at a prestigious facility in Park City, Utah.
She's been competing around the world in slope-style snowboarding. This past winter she had multiple World Cup starts and two first-place finishes on the Revolution Tour.
"It's definitely really good when you're walking down after a run and you just landed it, completely bolts," said Nora. "You just know that you've done what you've been working for this whole entire time."
Training with the most elite snowboarders will help Nora reach her dream of competing in the 2018 Olympics and winning gold. Nora and her sister Colleen - who has also competed internationally - have relied a lot on the support of their family and the N.H. community.
"[We've been] scraping for years; it's a big commitment," Karen explained. "[There are] lots of extra jobs, that kind of thing, scholarships, and foundation grant."
Nora has been going to school while training hours every day during the winter at Waterville Valley Academy. She travels to new places like China for competitions, admitting the lifestyle is unique.
"I was like 'I have to be able to do my school work by myself when I'm out at competitions,' and I grew up really fast," Nora said. "It helped me grow as a person, though."
Nora and her mother feel this experience will only help her transition to the next chapter of her career in Utah, where she will be attending Westminster College as she trains.
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