Hometown: Austin, TX
Occupation: Digital Nomad
Season Bib: 42
Runner Ups: 0
3rd Places: 0
Top Ten Positions: 1
Mens World Ranking 2016/2017: 46th
Mens World Championship 2016/2017: 42th
Competing Since: Saint Paul 2014
When did you learn to skate?
-I wasn’t even 2 years old before they strapped those “double blade” ice skates on me.
Did you play hockey growing up?
-I played hockey my entire life and through college for Rutgers University D1 club team. I really miss playing competitively!
What other sports did you play growing up?
-Hockey, Lacrosse, Tennis, Surfing, Boxing
If you could do anything non-athletic in your spare time, what is it?
-I really enjoy cooking. I always stay in AirBnBs when I race because it allows me to have a kitchen to cook in.
Are there any other good hobbies that you have?
-Traveling and fitness are my favorite hobbies. I am happy to be a part of Crashed Ice because it combines these two.
Describe going down an icecross downhill track for the first time:
-I thought it was going to be easier than it was. When I was staring down that 4 story drop in St. Paul, I was scared. I couldn't get down the track the first year without falling on my ass!
What are your guilty pleasures?
-Food! I will never turn it down, and I have yet to meet anyone that can eat as much as me. A common question by waitresses after ordering is a confused, “Are you expecting another person to join you?”.
Why do you wake up in the morning?
-I get up in the morning because I feel that we have a responsibility to develop and use the gifts that we were given. I see every day as an opportunity to do this.
How long have you been competing in ice cross downhill?
What first got you interested in the sport?
-I saw it on TV and immediately said, “I have to do this.” When I stopped playing competitive hockey, I had to find something to fill my need to compete.
If there is one piece of advice that you could offer new riders, what would it be?
-When I was struggling my first couple of seasons, Reed Whiting told me to “go train at the skateparks, everyday, no matter how big or small they are”. This has been the most valuable tool for my improvement.
What is your best result or favourite memory at a Red Bull Crashed Ice?
-Ottawa 2017 was the final race in a career best season for me, my mom and my sister surprised me in attendance, an American (Cam Naasz) won the first back to back world championship, and the track was gnarly! It was a special weekend.
Who is your favorite sports athlete?
-I think fighting is the rawest and ultimate form of sports competition. I always looked up to UFC fighter, Chuck Liddell, because he never shied away from a fight. He fought anyone, anywhere, no matter if he was favored or not, or how it would affect his record. And he always went for the knockout! I think these are really admirable traits in a competitor.