Christy Salonen Provost
You could say she was a natural. Growing up on the slopes of Ski Brule, Christy (Salonen) Provost was picked out by a local ski instructor for free private lessons. That early training helped her develop into the greatest champion in Michigan high school skiing. Skiing for West Iron County High School, Provost won the State Championship in Giant Slalom all four years, the slalom her senior year, and she qualified for the U.S. Nationals in her junior and senior years. Provost was a member of the Central Division (USSA) Junior Olympic Ski team from 1992-96 (she also continued to be a member through her first three years of college at NMU).
Provost knew that the community followed high school sports closely, and this made her more nervous for her high school state competitions than the U.S. Nationals. After she became a state champion as a freshman, Provost felt the need to win again for the community. Her second year, she was tied after the first run, but ended up winning in the second run. She remembers the third year being the most difficult. Provost was trailing behind one of her biggest rivals during the first run and was unable to catch her. She was able to pull ahead of her in the second run. In Provost's senior year, the state changed the set-up for the state competition. All classes did not race together—Class A raced in one competition and Class BCD raced in another. That year she ended up winning both the slalom and the Giant Slalom to put a cap on her high school racing career.
Provost continued her skiing success at NMU. She qualified for the U.S. Nationals her first three years of college. She was named NMU Skier of the Year her freshman, sophomore and senior years. She was the USCSA Lake Superior Division Giant Slalom Champion her freshman, sophomore and senior years, and was also the Slalom Champion her sophomore and senior years. Provost received the honors of All-American First Team with the USCSA and Academic All-American her freshman year.
Provost was the boys' and girls' ski coach at Marquette Senior High School. Going in to the 2009-2010 year, the community had high hopes for the MSHS ski team. It delivered and she was selected the Division I Ski Coach of the Year in 2010.