GB Snowsport Alpine racer Reece Bell tells us in her latest Ski Club blog how she recovered from her ACL injury and her recent College experiences
After a long nine months, I have finally started skiing again! In the last blog I wrote, I had talked about beginning my undergraduate degree at Denver University (DU) in Environmental Science.
I recently finished my first quarter of three per year. College has been an amazing experience for me so far, in terms of school, skiing and meeting new people. I am currently living in one of the freshman dorms with athletes from two different teams- women’s golf and tennis.
A lot of people at DU come from places outside of Colorado so it has been really interesting to see how much people from outside Colorado enjoy Denver and the mountains. I have been taking credits that directly relate to my major in Environmental Science, and although the classes are much harder than high school, they have also been very rewarding.
I had about a month and a half of strength training at DU with the team of athletic trainers before I actually got back on snow. While I have been doing a variety of workouts, the most memorable (and challenging) one is the Magness arena stair-run, where we run up and down every flight of stairs in the hockey stadium. Many students go to the ice hockey games as they are a large part of the DU school culture. Denver University is a Division 1 school in the National Collegiate Athletic Association, NCAA.org, which governs national university/college sports. There are three divisions in the NCAA.
The NCAA has very strict guidelines regarding sponsorship and social media. For instance, if I make a podium, I am allowed to take my gear (ski, poles, etc) on the podium with me for a photograph. However, I am not allowed to tag the sponsors on social media nor can they tag me or use my photo. At first, I was nervous to tell my UK sponsors as they have been very generous in the past, but as it turns out they are familiar with NCAA rules.