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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Ski Sprites

By: Jenn Chapman Email
By: Jenn Chapman Email

"It’s fun, it’s energetic. this year is all about being Wisconsin proud, learning different things about Wisconsin," says Katie McCaughey, who's been a Ski Sprite for 10 years.

The Ski Sprites perform every Wednesday and Sunday night at Lake Altoona from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend but their practices begin in January. It's a great amount of preparation for a show unlike any other.

“You get to see all sorts of fun stuff like human pyramids, ballet, jump. You just get to see a whole bunch of different things you don’t get to see on TV or anything in everyday life,” says 4 year member, Ben Walker.

The group encourages athletes of all ages as experienced Sprites take on the role of mentor in what becomes a positive learning experience for all.

“Myself and my sister we take the developmental kids down to the river and it’s just really fun to see them progress or come up to you with a new idea and be like 'Oh, I want to do this' and it’s like, ‘great, let’s go and do it.' And all the older kids too have the same energy so it’s fun to see the different ages combined together to make an outstanding show,” McCaughey says.

“Being a team player, I think it’s important to not think about yourself as much but think of the team as a whole. No matter what your ability we try to make you better no matter how you're doing," Walker adds.

“Not give up and try your best to do something that you haven’t done yet,” says Ski Sprite of two years, Danielle Farmer.

“It’s very fun and you might realize you want to join the team,” smallest team member, Abby Lfave says.

The team says the crowds favorite part is the grand finale that’s about Wisconsin’s favorite team…but you’ll have to see it for yourself.


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