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 18-year-old Hannah Halvorsen, of the Sugar Bowl Academy and U.S. Ski Team D-team, who’s representing the U.S. at her first Junior Worlds after competing at last year’s Youth Olympic Winter Games.
“My full name is Hannah but you can call me hannaH (it’s a palindrome). I was born and raised in Truckee, Calif., and one thing you should know about my hometown is there is no surfing.
I started cross-country skiing when I was 18 months old thanks to Mom and Dad. I currently train in Truckee with Sugar Bowl Academy (team mascot is the Fighting Marmots).
If I’m not training for skiing, I might be cutting someone’s hair with my personal haircutting kit (with no training). If I had to pick a favorite book, it would be ‘Seinfeld’ (is there a book version?).
One of the things I’m most excited about for Junior Worlds at Soldier Hollow is that it will help make America great again. One race I’m especially targeting there is making the relay team.
The best advice anyone ever gave me about skiing or racing was that it should be really fun. One of the best race memories I have is beating a Norwegian.
If I could meet one World Cup skier, it would be Marit Bjorgen.
If I don’t end up being a professional skier, I’ll probably be a coach.
You can follow me on Instagram @hannah.g.halvorsen.”