In an effort to showcase the North Americans who competed at last week’s International Ski Federation (FIS) 2018 Nordic Junior/U23 World Championships in Goms, Switzerland, we asked those qualifying athletes several questions about themselves — actually, we had them fill in the blanks. Here we have 18-year-old Canyon Tobin, of Alaska Pacific University (APU), who represented the U.S. at his first Junior Worlds.
Last week, Tobin raced to 37th in the 10 k classic and 41st in the freestyle sprint.
“My full name is Canyon Tobin, but you can call me Tyler Kornfield.
I was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, and I learned to ski at Junior Nordic.
I spent the time between U.S. nationals and Junior/U23 Worlds skiing 😊.
The bestest workout I did in the last training year to prepare for this was bicep supersets with my comrade in training, Luke Jager.
This is my second time in Switzerland and second time racing internationally, and so far it’s been just really, really great, man.
One difference I’ve noticed between Switzerland and the U.S. is a much weaker Gross Domestic Product here.
Skiing and racing in the Alps is honestly really hard. Usually racing at altitude is honestly really hard for me because I’m a man of the sea. There are Alaskan mountains around where I live.
One of the things I’m most excited about for Junior/U23 Worlds in Goms is the JNs dance.
One race I’m especially targeting there is the 10 k individual classic race.
I really hope I can chat/make friends with someone from Brazil and ask them how it be.
My favorite thing at the breakfast where we are staying is the orange-mango juice…it’s to die for.
Fondue is cheese. The cheese here is smelly. And the chocolate is not as good as Hershey’s®.
If I had a totally free day here and didn’t have to worry about race fitness or training, I’d spend it Swiss cow tipping.
The best way to follow me on social media is on Instagram @cktobs.”
One of these things is not like the others . . . Although I personally didn’t have the week I hoped to I still was super stoked to see the boys laying down some historic results, and showing the rest of the world that the U.S. has the potential to be #1 in things besides cheeseburgers and Super Bowl wins.