BiathlonGeneralInterviewsJuniors20-for-20 with Thomas Hulsman

FasterSkier FasterSkierFebruary 27, 2017
Thomas Hulsman (Foothills Nordic Ski Club) racing at the Calforex Cup #4 in January 2016. (Courtesy photo)

In another 20-something-question, fill-in-the-blanks series, we checked in with the world-class U.S. and Canadian biathletes that competed at 2017 International Biathlon Union (IBU) Youth & Junior World Championships Feb. 22-28 in Osrblie (also known as Brezno-Osrblie), Slovakia.

Here’s 17-year-old Thomas Hulsman, of the Foothills Nordic Ski Club, who represented Canada at his first Youth Worlds. He finished 57th in the youth men’s 12.5 k individual, 87th in the 7.5 k sprint, and on Monday, 15th with his team in the men’s 3 x 7.5 k relay.

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“My full name is Thomas Hulsman, but you can call me Tommy.  I was born in Calgary, Alberta, raised in Airdrie, Alberta, and one thing you should know about my hometown is it’s the best City in Canada.

Thomas Hulsman (Foothills Nordic Ski Club) racing at an Alberta Cup. (Courtesy photo)

I started cross-country skiing when I was 11 and started biathlon when I was 12, thanks to watching the 2010 Olympics. I currently train in Canmore, Alberta, with Foothills Nordic Ski Club.

If I’m not skiing, you might find me coaching, trail running and biking.

If I had to pick a favorite book, it would be none!…….no time to read, too busy training, probably military history.

One of the things I’m most excited about for Youth/Junior World Championships in Brezno-Osrblie is the experience.

This will be my first Youth/Junior World Championships, and this year, I’m competing as a youth. One race I’m especially targeting there is the individual.

The best advice anyone ever gave me about skiing or racing was just shoot, don’t think during a race.

One of the best race memories I have is my first nationals medal.

If I could meet one World Cup skier, it would be Martin Fourcade.

If I don’t end up being a professional skier, I’ll probably be in the Canadian Forces.

I’m missing 15 days of school to be here, and my teachers/professors are probably thinking, ‘How is Tommy doing?

You can follow me on Instagram @Tommygun31.”

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