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Lance Holsbeke during the MHSAA Boys Ski State Finals in Harbor Springs. Photo by David McClaughry (click for larger version)
March 07, 2012 - After celebrating the win for the MHSAA Division 1 Boys Ski State Championship, Lance Holsbeke took to the snow again.

He skied at the Dave C Memorial Race at Mount Holly over the weekend. He finished with five Platinum medals and three Gold medals after four rounds and eight races.

Holsbeke, a junior at Clarkston High School, can still remember when he started his first ski lessons when he was two-years-old.

"My dad taught me how to ski," he said. "It was on little plastic skis in our backyard when we lived in Troy."

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Having years of experience helped, especially this year as Holsbeke and his teammates hit the slopes during an odd, unpredictable winter.

"We had to do a lot of things differently," he said. "You changed the way you skiied or change your wax a lot. Pine Knob is my home hill. It is fun to go out there and have a different race every week and not know what to expect."

He said this season was incredible after returning from last year's finish as runner up for the state.

"It has been exciting and very scary," Holsbeked added as the boys worked during the season for the championship.

Holsbeke is currently look at a few colleges to study business and is considering continuing skiing with a club team.

"Skiing is an incredible sport," he added. "The people you meet are the best people you will evern meet. It is a lot of fun."

Holsbeke does have outside interests including fishing and playing baseball but said nothing compares to skiing.

"Every race I get an adrenaline rush," he added. "Every race is different and you don't know what is going to happen."

The excitement starts as the trip on the lift up the slope begins and as he prepares at the top for his trip back down.

For younger athletes looking to continue bringing more state titles to Clarkston, he said to keep practicing.

"They say practice makes perfect and it is true," Holsbeke added. "They say practice makes perfect and it is true. It takes a lot to do it especially dry land training."

Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007.
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