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Skiing/Snowboarding 101: Going for the Gold

Skiing is an Olympic sport that's simply beautiful to watch. However, it's far from simple to pick up.
Skiing is an Olympic sport that's simply beautiful to watch.

However, it's far from simple to pick up.

"You remember how to get up, right?" Paoli Peaks ski instructor Daniel Rojahn asked NBC 2's Kyle Inskeep.

Kyle quickly learned even getting up can be tough.

Slowly, he learned the basics.

First he mastered sliding on the skis.

"You can slide backwards, you can turn around. It's fine," Rojahn said. 

Next he learned to stop.

And most important, how to look good while getting on and off the ski lift.

After just an hour, Kyle was ready to hit the slopes by himself. 

"Here we go, final exam 2014," Kyle said.

His first-ever run on the slopes turned out quite nice.

"You did great, you were a great student, you listened," Rojahn said. 

After a better than expected ski lesson, Kyle was walking with new-found confidence to meet his snowboard instructor.

"Pick up on your toes, bend your knees and lean forward," Paoli Peaks snowboard instructor Rachel Bowling said. 

That confidence quickly faded when both Kyle's feet hit the board.

"Good job, not too fast. Your board was starting to do it. Don't pick up your edge too quick," Bowling said. 

Kyle wasn't getting up too quick, he struggled to do that at all.

Eventually he got the hang of getting up, and getting down the slopes.

"Good job!"Bowling said.

But don't be confused, he still spent a good amount of time on the ground.

Overall though his performance on the board wasn't too shabby.

"You did perfect on your turning, positive attitude helps a lot!" Bowling said. 

If you're interested in learning to ski be sure to check out Paoli Peaks. 
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