Star athlete, student does it all
November 26, 2008
Steamboat Springs — Steamboat Springs High School senior Hanna Berglund’s schedule is booked solid for the next several months.
Luckily, she just finished playing club soccer for a premier team in Denver. Otherwise, there might not be enough hours in the day for everything Berglund wants to accomplish. The senior is playing basketball, skiing for the high school’s Alpine ski team and maintaining a 3.9 grade point average.
Come the first week in February, Berglund will add soccer – her sport of choice – to the list.
“I feel responsible to be at all the sports,” Berglund said. “I’m committed to both teams. I would feel really guilty skipping a basketball game for a ski meet or a ski meet for a basketball game.”
For the record, Berglund goes to school until 2 p.m. every day. She studies from 2 to 3:30 p.m. before going to basketball at 4 p.m. Basketball ends at about 6 p.m., after which Berglund, twice a week, goes to ski practice until 8:30 p.m.
“It’s a lot of driving around like a crazy person,” she said. “Sometimes I’ll go from a ski race to a basketball game in a day. My mom will come with me, and we’ll drive and make it just in time for a game.”
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One day last year, for example, Berglund finished 15th in a ski race at Snowmass before making the trip to Delta for a basketball game.
Making Berglund’s accomplishments even more eye-popping is that she’s pretty darn good at everything she does.
As a junior, she finished fifth at the state slalom championships. She’ll most likely earn a scholarship to play soccer in college. She also picked up basketball again last year, for the first time since she was in middle school. Despite such a short time back on the basketball courts, Sailors coach John Ameen said he expects Berglund to be an integral part of his rotation this season.
“I said this at the beginning of the year, but she made the most progress of any player,” Ameen said. “She had a lot to improve on, but she made the most out of every practice. She’s a phenomenal athlete with a great work ethic.”
Berglund said she hopes to play soccer in college while studying business and Spanish. Although she’s not sure where that college will be, it’s OK to give her a break.
She’s about as busy as it gets.
“At times I get tired, but you get used to it,” she said. “I’m used to pushing myself.”