Born March 20, 2000, Brinn was brought up in Delaware, Ohio with her parents, Bruce and Laura Clutter and her grandparents, Dennis and Bette Shelton, who resided next door. Brinn started skiing in December 2002 at Nub’s Nob in Harbor Springs, Michigan and immediately fell in love with it! She started racing at the weekend NASTAR (NAtional STAndard Race) events in 2006-2007 for fun with her friends; and in 2007-2009, she qualified for Nationals.
Five years ago (2009-2010) when Brinn decided to make racing a little more serious and participated in Nub’s Nob CUSSA (Central United States Ski Association) race training program, she finished the qualifying season for NASTAR Nationals 1st in the nation for her division and age. She raced at Nationals in Winter Park, Colorado and came in 6thplace with less than 0.70 sec. separating the top 7 girls ages 9 to 10. Consequently four seasons ago (2010-2011), she increased her commitment again by becoming a member of Nub’s Nob Race team and racing CUSSA Region III. As a result, Brinn finished the season 1st in both Girl’s J5 (9-10 yr. old) GS (Giant Slalom) and Slalom for Region III as well as 1st overall for several local race series. Moving up an age bracket during the (2011-2012) season, Brinn was 1st in the Girl's 11-12 for Slalom. Two seasons (2012-2013) ago Brinn began speed training, attended her first Thanksgiving Camp at Copper Mountain, CO and trained with Nub's Nob racing as well as Harbor Springs High School. Last year, Brinn accomplished one of her dreams as she became a member of the Junior Olympic Team. You can read more about this exciting adventure on the Announcements page. Brinn knows that this would not have been possible without God, her family, coaches, trainers, friends, and teachers!
During the 2014-2015 season, Brinn plans to train again with Nub’s Nob Race Team as well as race on the CUSSA Region III circuit as she advances in to the U16 category. In addition, she will again hone her skills even further by attending a pre-season Thanksgiving race camp in Colorado and a couple of speed camps. Also, she would love to make the Junior Olympic Team again this year. In order to accomplish this, she is spending time this summer cross training and getting ready for the upcoming season.
In order to train and race, Brinn, her mother, and grandmother used to spend about four months in Northern Michigan during the winter. However, in November 2014, Brinn and her family moved to Northern Michigan and made Harbor Springs their permanent home. Fortunately, she has able to do all of this since she has been enrolled in an online charter school, OHDELA, in Ohio and now MICA in Michigan. In fact since Brinn has been a virtual student the last six years, she has been able not only to travel for skiing and not miss school; but also she has been part of OHDELA’s Gifted Program, completed 8 grade levels in 6 years, is a Junior in high school this year, maintains a 4.0 gpa, served as the National Junior Honor Society President, is a member of Student Council, was an Algebra, Geometry, and Biology teaching assistant, volunteered as a ski race coach for Petoskey Middle School, and is in the process of publishing her first book, Just Ask the Questions, along with a corresponding website and video series.
Also, Brinn has danced on the Competitive Dance Team at Generations Performing Arts Center in Westerville, OH which provided her with a variety of opportunities to give back to the community as well as working as a junior assistant at the studio and serving as a small group team captain.
In addition, Brinn enjoys attending church with her family and is excited about her involvement in High School Youth Group. Likewise, she looks forward each Sunday to singing in the church worship team.
As for the future, Brinn would love to get a college scholarship for skiing and even be a part of the USA Olympic ski team!
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