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I am also happy to represent an awesome Vermont company. I will be an athlete ambassador for Vermont Peanut Butter Company. If you have not tried the maple walnut flavor you are missing out!
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Saturday, July 20, 2013
Season ending injuries have plagued Chelsea Marshall for the past three years. Unfortunately, as the old saying goes, the third time was the charm for Marshall. After a solid decade of competing as a member of the U.S. Ski Team, she’s decided to hang up her downhill suit for good.
“This season at U.S. nationals, I ended up fracturing my tibial plateau so that was kind of the end. I’d had enough, and I just want to be healthy and start the next chapter,” Marshall explained.
On her challenging decision to retire, she continued, “I struggled with it a little bit because, it’s not all I’ve done for the last 10 years, but, it’s been such a huge part of my life, so it was intimidating and its definitely going to be a huge change for me… when it came down to it, I knew my heart wasn’t completely in it so I knew it was time to move on from the athlete side of things.”
Marshall’s next chapter in life looks sweet, indeed. Off snow, she’s become a sought after baker along with her former teammate Megan McJames, and the two spent most of their free time in the kitchen together. Now, Marshall plans to fully dedicate her time to this venture. She originally gained a knack for preparing cookies and cakes as a young ski racer who went over to friends’ houses after long days on the slopes to bake for fun.
“Well, my mom is a terrible cook, she can’t cook anything,” Marshall confessed, so she stepped up to fill the roll of cook and baker. This was no easy task in a family of hungry U.S. Ski Teamers, including her older brothers Jesse and Cody. She developed a passion for baking while on the road with the ski team, splurging for the occasional boulangerie confection that sparked her interest in sweet treats. Sharing her fresh, homemade baked goods became a way for her to give something back to supportive teammates, coaches and family.
“It’s a way for me to show my love for them,” noted Marshall who is currently coaching in Mt. Hood, Ore. at Keely’s Ski Camps for Girls.
Recovery from her final season ending injury after the 2013 U.S. national championships at Squaw Valley has been fairly reasonable for Marshall. It took only six weeks to heal after fracturing her tibial plateau, and she feels 100 percent healthy to ski on Mt. Hood’s Palmer Glacier, molding the next generation of young female rippers. She won’t compete at the top level of international ski racing anymore, instead giving her body a break both physically and mentally to recover from 10 years of pushing herself to the limits for the sport.
Marshall’s career highlights include an 8th place finish in the 2008 Sestriere World Cup downhill, a top 30 finish in the 2009 FIS Alpine World Championships in Val d’Isere, and being named to the U.S. Olympic Team for the 2010 Vancouver Games.
“This season I had a lot of fun traveling with the younger girls on the Europa Cup circuit but never really found my desire or love for speed again. I never had that fearless desire to go fast again,” she admitted.
While recovering in Vermont, Marshall didn’t slow down too much, keeping busy baking for the recent nuptials of fellow U.S. Ski Team alumna Jess Kelley. Marshall and her business partner, Megan McJames, whipped up chocolate cupcakes and a tiered wedding cake with maple butter cream frosting, in true Vermont style.
“My favorite cookies to bake are toffee chip,” she said, and her signature cupcakes are chocolate with maple butter cream, because “a Vermont girl needs her maple fix.”
Although baking may consume Chelsea’s focus for the time being, she hasn’t planned to leave the sport of ski racing altogether.
“I still want to stay involved in the sport as much as I can and help inspire younger athletes. I have a big passion for the sport and a lot of experience, so I want to give back in any way that I can,” she remarked.
Marshall plans on finishing out the summer wedding season strong along with her coaching duties at Keely’s Ski Camp for Girls. After that, settling back in to Vermont life couldn’t be sweeter. She admits there’s no definite plan for her next move, as she’s just taking things day by day. A brief respite is only natural after finishing something you’ve done for a decade, yet Marshall hasn’t skipped a beat and will no doubt continue to churn out tasty delights well into the future.