The Cheap Seats with Annika Martell ’20

As the Nordic ski season is kicking off, the Echo sat down with Annika Martell ’20 to discuss John Denver, sports, and cereal for this edition of the Cheap Seats.

Annika Martell(A): My favorite sports memory was travelling with the Colby ski team to Lake Placid. I love race weekends with the team in general.

E: How long have you been skiing?

A: I have been skiing since eighth grade. So eight years? 

I started out skiing to cross train for other sports, then fell in love with it.

E: Are there any professional skiers you model yourself after?

A: I try to model myself after the US women’s ski team. Also, Johannes Høsflot Klæbo, a Norwegian. He’s been winning world cup races and is around our age. I also look up to Petter Northug, AKA Peff.

E: What is your greatest strength?

A: My greatest strength is my ability to work hard, have a good attitude, and a willingness to do the things that need to get done.

E: Are you a Batman or a Robin?

A: Robin. I think my dad would be my Batman.

E: If you were a box of cereal, what would you be and why?

A: Raisin Bran. Because it’s the best one, and sometimes it might seem gross, but it tastes really good.

E: What’s the gift you’re most excited to give this year?

A: I’m most excited to give my teammate his secret Santa gift. It’s a nice cat T shirt.

E: What song do you sing in the shower?

A: “Country Roads” by John Denver. Such a catchy song. It’s also easy to belt, even if you’re not a great singer.

E: What do you think about garden gnomes?

A: They’re cute. They probably scurry off at night and come back during the day.