In an effort to showcase the North Americans competing at next 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 Julien Lamoureux, of the Centre National d’Entraînement Pierre-Harvey (CNEPH), a.k.a. the Pierre-Harvey National Training Centre, who’s representing Canada at his first U23 Worlds.
“My full name is Julien but you can call me Julbo.
I was born and raised in Sainte-Julie, and one thing you should know about my hometown is it won the happiest city in Quebec award few years in a row.
I started cross-country skiing when I was three, thanks to my parents. I currently train in Mont Sainte-Anne with CNEPH.
If I’m not skiing, you might find me in my room or baking cookies. If I had to pick a favorite book, it would be ‘Les Montcorbier’.
One of the things I’m most excited about for U23/Junior Worlds at Soldier Hollow is getting international experience. One race I’m especially targeting there is the skiathlon.
The best advice anyone ever gave me about skiing or racing was to keep going no matter what. One of the best race memories I have is doing the last kilometer of the final race at trials in Park City knowing It was almost certain I made the team.
If I could meet one World Cup skier, it would be Petter Northug.
If I don’t end up being a professional skier, I’ll probably be something I don’t know yet.
I’m missing 19 days of school to be here, and my professors are probably thinking, ‘Where the hell is he? He’s never in class.‘