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!
The 2015-2016 season is the beginning of a new chapter in Brinn’s ski racing adventure. She came to a personal crossroads; and after much prayer, research, and consultation with family and mentors, she decided that it was necessary to make a change in order to pursue her dream. She will take the next step in pursuing her goals by skiing in Region II with the Great Lakes Ski Academy in Marquette, Michigan, as this change will permit her to train seven days a week.
Brinn plans to race on the CUSSA circuit as she finishes her last year in the U16 category. In addition, she will again hone her skills even further by attending a pre-season Thanksgiving race camp at Copper Mountain Colorado (an extended camp this year with additional focus and training on speed) and a couple of speed camps. Also, she would love to make the Junior Olympic Team again this year. As always, in order to accomplish this, she has been spending time dryland training and getting ready for the upcoming season.
In order to train and race, Brinn, her mother, and grandmother will be spending the winter in Marquette. Fortunately, since it is only about a 3 ½ hour drive north of their permanent residence in Harbor Springs, They will be able to return home and family and friends will be able to come north visits. 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 seven 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 9 grade levels in 7 years, is a Senior 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, is excited about her involvement in High School Youth Group, Young Life, and enjoys being a part of the Personnel Committee as the student representative. 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 U.S. Olympic ski team!
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