The Nyquist Memorial Slalom is hosted each year by the Gunstock Ski Club in memory of Cliff Nyquist.
Clifford Rich Nyquist, born March 9, 1989, died November 7, 2004 in a swimming accident. A straight A student and varsity athlete, he excelled in everything he did. He attended New Boston Central School, Mountain View Middle School in Goffstown and was a sophomore at St. Paul’s School in Concord. He was a ski racer for the Gunstock Ski Club and St. Paul’s. He began what proved to be his best ski racing season by winning the Dan Cardillo Memorial at Waterville. He went on to place 8th in the Eastern elite series Giant Slalom at Whiteface and 6th in the Super G at the Eastern series at Sugarbush and finished second in the J3 Junior Olympic qualifier at Sunapee. Cliff was the number three qualifier from New Hampshire to the Eastern Junior Olympics. Cliff won the Gus Pitou Memorial Giant Slalom at Gunstock, and was second-ranked on his high school ski team as a freshman.
In addition to his academic and athletic accomplishments, Cliff was kind and caring. He loved his family, friends and animals. As a community service activity, he was responsible for recruiting, volunteers to spend time with patients at the Birches, a home emphasizing care for Alzheimer’s patients. He had an unusual rapport with the patients, and presence there is missed.
Cliff’s family, which includes his parents Lee Nyquist and Leslie Nixon-Nyquist, and sisters Christina and Carla Nyquist, have established a charitable trust in his name, for the purpose of funding scholarships and awards to young people who exemplify Cliff’s dedication to athletics, academics, and generosity of spirit.
If I can do some good today, If I can serve along life's way,
If I can something helpful say, Lord, show me how.
If I can right a human wrong, If I can help to make one strong,
If I can cheer with smile or song, Lord, show me how.
If I can make a burden less, If I can aid one in distress,
If I can spread more happiness, Lord, show me how.
If I can do a kindly deed, If I can sow a fruitful seed,
If I can help someone in need, Lord, show me how.
If I can feed a hungry heart, If I can give a better start,
If I can fill a nobler part, Lord, show me how.
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