Hometown: New Prague, MN
Occupation: Production Manager
Season Bib: 28
Runner Ups: 0
3rd Places: 1
Top Ten Positions: 2
Mens World Ranking 2016/2017: 29th
Mens World Championship 2016/2017: 28th
Competing Since: Saint Paul 2012
When did you learn to skate?
-My earliest memories of skating are when I was 5 years old going to open skate and outdoor rinks near Mankato when my Dad lived there.
Did you play hockey growing up?
-Yes, I went out for hockey in 1st grade and made the highest level Mite team after just learning to skate.
What other sports did you play growing up?
-Growing up I played flag football, football, baseball, and golf. I also did a lot of skateboarding when I was younger.
If you could do anything non-athletic in your spare time, what is it?
-I like playing Xbox online with my brother and friends, specifically the NHL series, Forza Motorsport, and Halo. I’ve competed in tournaments for Halo and NHL. I also am a big car enthusiast so attending car meets and watching car related Youtube channels.
Are there any other good hobbies that you have?
-Wakeboarding and Wakesurfing in the summertime, I’ve also competed in competitions for both.
Describe going down an icecross downhill track for the first time:
-My first time going down a track was in St. Paul January of 2012. It was absolutely freezing for our first practice. It was very intimidating but once you practiced each section little by little you get more comfortable with how the transitions feel and where your center of balance needs to be. It’s a lot like going to a skate park and going down a ramp for the first time. It takes commitment and being a little fearless. Going down the track is pure adrenaline and fun which is why I love the sport of Icecross Downhill.
What are your guilty pleasures? Why do you wake up in the morning?
-Oreos, double stuffed of course.
How long have you been competing in ice cross downhill?
-I’ve been competing in ice cross downhill since St. Paul 2012.
What first got you interested in the sport?
-A video in college that my roommate showed me is when I first learned about it. I thought it would be something fun to try and I’d be good at and found out weeks later that a try out was happening in my college town.
If there is one piece of advice that you could offer new riders, what would it be?
-To try and get out to some skate parks or pump tracks and practice going down ramps to get the feel for going down a track. It requires a similar mindset and set of skills to do that if you haven’t done something like ice cross downhill before.
What is your best result or favourite memory at a Red Bull Crashed Ice?
-My best individual finish at a Crashed Ice race was at Ottawa in 2017 finishing 8th place. My best Rider cup finish was 3rd at Mond du Lac.
Who is your favorite sports athlete?