Hometown: Plymouth, MN
Occupation: Sign and Paint Specialist
Runner Ups: 0
3rd Places: 0
Top Ten Positions: 2
Mens World Ranking 2016/2017: 45th
Mens World Championship 2016/2017:
Competing Since: Mont Du Lac 2015
When did you learn to skate?
-I learned to skate when I was 4 years old.
Did you play hockey growing up?
-Yes, I played all the way through college.
What other sports did you play growing up?
-Soccer, softball, and track and field.
If you could do anything non-athletic in your spare time, what is it?
Are there any other good hobbies that you have?
-Snowboarding and fishing
Describe going down an icecross downhill track for the first time:
-The first track I ever went down was the 2015 Mont Du Lac course in Duluth. The weather was very warm which made the course a little more challenging in some ways. I remember standing at the starting gate before my first course inspection and I was so nervous that my hands were shaking, and it was not from being cold. I watched the first few groups take off from the starting gate and make their way down the hill and I remember thinking “Oh yeah this will be easy.” Well it was not as easy as the experienced skaters made it look. I learned very quickly that it’s one thing to skate on a smooth flat rink, and a whole different story skating on a Redbull Crashed Ice course. My first run down the course was a little rough, I remembering falling about a half a dozen times within a minute. By the time I got to the bottom of the hill my gloves and my jersey were wet from all the snow that had collected on them from my falls. But despite my falls I couldn't wait to go again!
How long have you been competing in ice cross downhill?
-This will be my third season.
What first got you interested in the sport?
-I attended the event almost every year it was in town and I thought it was the coolest thing. The idea of being on skates, going at intense speeds, and being able to go off jumps was like a dream come true. Then once I graduated from college, one of my old teammates told me to try out. So I went to the next local race and decided to give it a shot.
If there is one piece of advice that you could offer new riders, what would it be?
-It’s a downhill course so it’s easy to go fast; the real challenge is learning to control your speed.
What is your best result or favourite memory at a Red Bull Crashed Ice?
-I love the environment of the Redbull Crashed Ice events, it is so fun and you get to travel and meet people from all over the world.
Who is your favorite sports athlete?
-Chris Stewart of the Minnesota Wild