Player Profile: Sam Werkema


Name: Sam Werkema

Grade: 12th

Sport: Varsity Ski

Three fun facts:

  • Unlike some people, he believes that 7up does NOT belong in milk
  • He is a definite dog person
  • He doesn’t know if he can call himself a night person, but he is definitely not a morning person either.

What is your favorite part about skiing?

“My favorite part of skiing is, well this sounds dumb, but skiing. Having the opportunity to fly down the hill every day with a great group of guys is fantastic.”

When did you first start to ski?

“I was on skis by the time I was  2. I didn’t start racing on the team until my sophomore year. “

What is your favorite part about the Ranger Ski program?

“My favorite part of our specific program is the coach. I won’t name any names, but seeing the other coaches in our conference interact with their athletes really makes you appreciate the dynamic we have.”

Does anyone inspire you? If so, who and why?

“I’ve never really thought about any inspirations before, but if I had to pick it would definitely be my mom. She is the one who taught me to ski, and the one who introduced me to the whole idea of racing in general.”