In an effort to showcase the North Americans competing at this week’s International Ski Federation (FIS) 2017 USANA Nordic Junior World Championships and U23 Cross Country World Championships at Soldier Hollow in Midway, Utah, we asked those qualifying athletes several questions about themselves — actually, we had them fill in the blanks. Here we have 22-year-old Dahria Beatty, of the Alberta World Cup Academy (AWCA) and Canadian U25 Team, who’s representing Canada at her second U23 Worlds.
“My full name is Dahria Beatty, but you can call me Dahria or Dar. I was born in Whitehorse, Yukon, raised in Whitehorse, and one thing you should know about my hometown is our ski trails are 5 minutes from downtown!
I started cross-country skiing when I was three, thanks to parents and the Jackrabbits program. I currently train in Canmore with the Alberta World Cup Academy.
If I’m not skiing, you might find me in the kitchen or on top of a mountain. If I had to pick a favorite book, it would be ‘The Night Circus‘.
One race I’m especially targeting at U23 Worlds is the classic sprint.
The best advice anyone ever gave me about skiing or racing was, ‘There’s always another race.’ One of the best race memories I have is racing the first leg of the relay at my first World Juniors in Germany in 2010.
If I could meet one World Cup skier, it would be… I’ve met most of them racing on the World Cup before Christmas. Meeting Marit [Bjørgen] was pretty cool.
If I don’t end up being a professional skier, I’ll probably be… I’m going to be a professional skier 🙂
I’m missing zero days of school to be here, and my professors are probably thinking, ‘Good thing my courses are self-taught.’