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 19-year-old Kam Husain, of the Stratton Mountain School, who’s representing the U.S. at his first Junior Worlds.
“My full name is Kamran Husain, but you can call me Kam. I was born in Leonardtown, Md., raised in Fort Kent, Maine, and one thing you should know about my hometown is we grow lots of potatoes.
I started cross-country skiing when I was six, thanks to MWSC [Maine Winter Sports Center]. I currently train in Stratton, Vt., with SMS [Stratton Mountain School].
If I’m not skiing, you might find me rewatching ‘Game of Thrones’. If I had to pick a favorite book, it would be ‘Outliers‘.
One of the things I’m most excited about for Junior Worlds at Soldier Hollow is racing a skiathlon. One race I’m especially targeting there is the classic sprint.
The best advice anyone ever gave me about skiing or racing was to pace myself. One of the best race memories I have is winning the NENSA J2 Fest.
If I could meet one World Cup skier, it would be Katharine Ogden.
If I don’t end up being a professional skier, I’ll probably be somewhere a little warmer.
I’m missing zero days of school to be here; I’m taking a gap year.
You can follow me on Instagram @kaman_husain.”