Maine Olympic skier Julie Parisien headlines race against hearing loss

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BRIDGTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Julie Parisien is one of the greatest skiers to ever come out of Maine, and she set the tone for the 11th annual Break the Sound Barrier ski race at Shawnee Peak.

Event proceeds go to Hear ME Now, Maine's leading auditory oral education center for children and adults with hearing loss.

"It's been a totally normal ski racing feel. There's shop talk going on, the kids are thinking they're going to beat me... I'm thinking that they're going to beat me," says Parisien.

Like Greely High School Freshman, Sarah Novick. "I'm going to try and beat the Olympic skier and we've set a bet that if I beat her, she had to dress in a costume next year."

17 teams of four are competing for various awards such as the Fastest, Top Fundraising, Most Leisurely Pace, even Best Wipeout.

Novick is competing with the Hear ME Now team.
"I was born profoundly deaf. And it wasn't awhile before my parents found out. I got my first surgery at 18 months, and I have two."
Two cochlear implants, the latest technology in hearing advancements. Paired with Hear Me Now facilitators in the home and in the classroom, Novick can hear so well that she's attended mainstream schools her whole life and never needed to learn sign language.

"She's really just part of the crowd," says her mother Tina Novick. "The Audiologist once said, Sarah's biggest challenge will be convincing people that she's deaf."

Because Parisien was the Celebrity Pace Setter for the event, her race time was not included in the competition.

Sarah Novick was the fastest female on the mountain.



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