Allison Eaton, Tauttuit
and Lisa Cullihall
Lisa Cullihall and Allison Eaton were excited when they were
asked to try out for the Newfoundland Freestyle Skiing Team at
Marble Mountain. When the two sixteen-year- olds succeeded in
making the Canada
Winter Games freestyle team, they were ecstatic.
These two girls who will be representing Newfoundland and
Labrador are natives of Pasadena which is located on the West
coast of the island.
Cullihall and Eaton have been skiing for several years on
the beautiful slopes of Marble Mountain. This is a new sport
for Marble and the girls are relatively new to their sport, but
this hasn't stopped them from training hard and preparing for
the chance of a lifetime.
Since September, the girls have been training along with many
guys ages 12 - 19 for this competition. Before the snow came,
they were doing "dryland" which included weight training,
cross-country running, and indoor treadmill along with rockwall
climbing and lateral jumps.
Once the snow arrived, the pair spent a great deal of time
down at "The Hill" preparing. The moguls and aerials
are all ready for the Newfoundland team and, of course, the members
of other teams from across Canada.
Cullihall and Eaton are extremely excited and understandably
nervous considering that the Canada Winter Games will be their
first competition. The girls think that they're as ready as they're
going to be, but as Eaton says, "You can always use more
Lisa Cullihall, Tauttuit
and Allison Eaton
They are also experiencing the pressure of being the only
two females on their team. Generally, the teams that will be
competing will consist of 10 members: 4 females, 4 males, and
2 alternates. One would think that the girls would feel intimidated
by the other five male members, but this is not the case. The
guys have been nothing but encouraging, supportive, and full
"If I find myself chickening out, they come along and
give me an extra push," says Eaton, who considers the guys
to be friendly and easy to get along with.
The girls believe that having only two females is not really
a big thing but, rather, an advantage.
"There could only be two other girls anyway. With only
the two of us, instead of comparing ourselves to two other girls,
we now try to meet the standards set for the guys and this in
turn will make us better skiers," adds Cullihall.
The approach of the games has caused mixed emotions within
the girls. They are experiencing pressure but a pressure which
gives them motivation. The anticipation has certainly heightened
since their training has begun. While the pressure is "nerve-
wracking" at times, it adds to the atmosphere of the games.
And, of course, as all athletes do, they are experiencing a tremendous
amount of excitement.
After the games conclude, the girls hope to gain a number
"I think it will be a great experience." says Cullihall.
"This will be my first competition and I don't think there's
any better way to start than competing with the best from across
Along with many other competitors, Cullihall and Eaton have
a goal for the games: "We just want to make it down the
mountain in one piece!"
Overall, the girls have thoroughly enjoyed preparing for the
games. They have discovered a passion for the sport, and now
believe "there is nothing better than the feeling of having
your legs ready to fall off at the end of a mogul run and the
sensation of being high enough in the air that your heart nearly