One of the top skiers in the country, Swedish-born Kristina Strandberg took the overall victory in last season's FIS North America Marathon series. She was also an NCAA champion in 2000.
This year she looks set for another strong year on the marathon circuit, while simulatneously working on a PhD. We asked her a few questions here at West Yellowstone, where she is training with the rest of the factory team.
Ok first things first: What is your favorite band?
– I listen to a lot of different music and I don’t think I have a favorite band. Driving between the races last spring we played a lot of Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and of course Johny Cash.
How are you able to make things work financially as an elite ski racer? Do your sponsors take care of you completely or do you have to mix in some other work with the training?
– I work as a Research Assistant at the University of New Mexico to fund my graduate studies. The Subaru Factory Team is what makes it possible for me to keep skiing. We are fortunate to work with some of the best companies in the outdoor industry and they are taking very good care of us.
Did you ever have a childhood ski hero that inspired you?
– Growing up Tomas Wassberg was my big hero. He had a great attitude towards training and racing and he was tough as nails.
How did you feel about your summer/fall training this year? Did you focus on anything differently than in the past?
– Training has been working well from late summer and throughout the fall. I do have a lot of school work so I am a little pressed for time but I try to train well and use my time efficiently. I have been doing more intensity training than in the past and I hope that will pay off.