Athlete of the Week: Rice’s Emily Bloom

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Rice Memorial sophomore distance runner Emily Bloom found her passion for running at a relatively young age, and sort of by accident.

“I was originally going to play soccer in fourth grade, but they wouldn’t let me on the team because I was too young,” Bloom explained. “But they let me on the cross country team, so that was when I really started getting into it and I realized I really liked it.”

Ever since, Bloom has been an avid runner and is now in her sophomore year at Rice Memorial High School. According to her coaches, Bloom is equally as hard-working as she is a great leader.

“She’s on a forward trajectory to be faster this year, so she’s definitely progressed in her times,” Rice assistant track coach Oliver Wood said. “Outside of that, just being a teammate, she’s a great leader on the team. The kids all know her as the hard-worker that will always be here every day even if there’s six inches of snow outside, whatever it is. She’ll be here doing the workout asking what more she can do at the end of practice.”

Emily also detailed the fact that competing in long distance races teaches her valuable lessons she can apply to other aspects of life.

“I think it’s helped me a lot in having determination. I think without running, I don’t think I’d be the same person at all because it’s taught me a lot. It’s taught me to work hard, it’s taught me to not give up, that things don’t come easy.”

To nominate an athlete for Local 22’s High School Athlete of the Week, please email aotw@mychamplainvalley.com with the athlete’s name, school, grade, and sport.

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