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Bozeman athlete is Ivy League bound, with skis packed

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What's more impressive: Getting accepted to an Ivy League school or playing a division one sport?

Just because Sofia Shomento is headed to college doesn't mean her skis will be collecting dust, as she’ll be packing them up and taking them with her to Dartmouth College to compete on the cross country ski team.

"I've been skiing pretty much since I could walk,” Shomento said. "I certainly wasn't ready to give up the sport because it's been such a fundamental part of my life,"

Despite missing between 30 and 50 school days each year, she graduated Bozeman High with a 4.0 GPA.

"When I went to Norway this year I missed like two weeks of school," Shomento said.

However, Shomento won’t take all the credit for her exceptional academic career, giving credit to her parents for their constant support.

"And also my teachers really, really, really helped me, they would come in before school, after school, during lunch, to make sure I understood the material," Shomento said.

She crossed the pond to compete on the Under-18 US National Team in the Scandinavian Cup.

"I got to go there and represent the US Ski team and wear the US Ski team outfit," Shomento said.

She's skied with Bridger Ski Foundation since the fourth grade and she says she is nervous about the cross country move.

"But I'm really confident in the new team and the new family that I'm going to have there," Shomento said.

She plans to study pre-med, and possibly minor in Spanish.

"I'm a real science and math nerd," Shomento said.

In high school, she was also involved with the Spanish Club and an intersectional feminist club.

Maybe one day we'll see her on the US Olympic team but for now, she's focused on the next four years.

"Dartmouth has just been my dream forever, and so to see it come true now is really amazing,” Shomento said.

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