WILLISTON, Vermont (WCAX) — Shelburne native and Olympic medalist Megan Nick is back in Vermont for the first time since the Winter Games. Since leaving Beijing, she has continued to compete in other places around the country.
The CVU graduate picked up a bronze medal in freestyle aerial skiing last month, but it wasn’t always her sport of choice. She trained as a gymnast at the Green Mountain Training Center in Williston until her senior year of high school.
During a rally at the center, Nick answered questions and signed autographs. She says her former coaches and gym mates have been nothing but supportive. “Those coaches, the whole family and those teammates really shaped the person and the athlete that I am today, so they definitely helped me get to this point,” she said. But ultimately, his success was also the result of hard work. “A lot of pressure. I understand it’s a privilege to have that pressure and to feel that kind of pressure, but yeah, I was definitely the most stressed out of my life. But I’m so glad I got to. ask when it mattered.
Nick also made a stop Wednesday at the Shelburne Fieldhouse, where she was escorted by first responders to the festivities, which included music and maple snow cones from Palmer.
“I’m so grateful that they’re hosting this parade for me today,” Nick said. “It’s insane to think that and I’m so grateful to the whole community for supporting and helping me over the last eight years of the sport.”
Nick said that now that it was over, she was going to take a break from aerial skiing to find new goals. In the meantime, she is completing her master’s degree in environmental policy and management.
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