At six-years old Dylan Flack is shy, bashful and humble. He doesn’t seem to understand why there is so much fuss about his list of five to six-year-old male skiers. To him it’s just another sport abet his favorite one.
“I like going fast, it’s not scary,” Dylan said.
While Dylan says he is looking forward to next ski season it can wait for now. That’s because Dylan’s not just a skier but also an all-around athlete who also loves basketball, sailing, baseball and tennis. And he wants to try water skiing this year.
The first grader began skiing at the age of two and while skiing isn’t scary to him it can be for those who watch him.
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“When he’s flying down the mountain, it’s so foreign to watch your six-year-old be so much better than you at something you’ve done for years,” said Dylan’s father Brandon Flack.
Dylan’s parents and his older sister ski, and the family spend much of their time in the winter in Vermont. When Dylan was two he began learning to ski from a family friend in Noank, Conn., who wanted to get kids skiing at an early age.
Dylan said he doesn’t remember his first race because it was a long time ago but that maybe he was little scared during that first race.
“You have to keep your weight forward and turn when you’re going really fast,” Dylan said.
It was last year that the family decided to hook Dylan up with ski-coach.
“I was afraid to do the trails he wanted to do,” Brandon said.
Colin Giblin a member of the professional ski instructors of America began coaching Dylan this past winter in Vermont. Gilbin said one of the most impressive things about Dylan’s ranking is that he is one of only two kids in the top ten from the East Coast.
And even though Stonington didn’t get much snow this year and there isn’t any skiing in the area Dylan likes calling this small town home.
“It’s still a pretty cool place,” Dylan said.
When he’s not being ultra-athletic Dylan likes to read, and quickly picked up a few books from the Stonington Free Library after our meeting there.