Fresh off a national title at 2014 U.S. Cross Country Championships, Erik Bjornsen flew to Europe, did a couple World Cup races in Poland and was officially named to the 2014 Olympic team shortly after. In his first Olympics, Bjornsen, 22, will be the second-youngest U.S. nordic skier in Sochi after teammate Jessie Diggins — and he’s headed there with his sister, Sadie, also on the team. But first, he and Diggins are racing at U23 World Championships, which start tomorrow in Val di Fiemme, Italy.
Athlete: Erik Bjornsen
Team: U.S. Ski Team; Alaska Pacific University (first Olympics)
Hometown: Winthrop, Wash.
- Favorite city to have a layover: Seattle
- Favorite drink: Hot chocolate
- Most exciting games: Foosball and Sequence
- Best role models: Mom and Dad
- Least-favorite road in Anchorage: Tudor
- Favorite very affordable truck: 1994 Ford Ranger
- My favorite place: Methow Valley, Washington
- Go-to mantra or motto: Life goes on, everything happens for a reason.
- What do you miss most while on the road (besides family and friends)? My apartment on Alaska Pacific University campus.
- Best part about being a pro athlete: Making friends all around the world.
- 3 travel essentials: 1. French to English Translator, 2. My neck pillow, 3. Stac It Up gloves
- Go-to travel meal or food: PowerBars
- Song you could listen to non-stop: “Same Love” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
- Song you wouldn’t mind never hearing again: Drake’s new album