In an effort to showcase the North Americans who competed at last week’s International Ski Federation (FIS) 2018 Nordic Junior/U23 World Championships in Goms, Switzerland, we asked those qualifying athletes several questions about themselves — actually, we had them fill in the blanks. Here we have 22-year-old Andrew Egger, of Colby College, who represented the U.S. at his first U23 Worlds.
Last week in Goms, Egger placed 47th in the freestyle sprint.
“My full name is Andrew James Egger, but you can call me Egg.
I was born and raised in Edina, Minnesota, and I learned to ski up north at the cabin after playing some pond hockey dontcha know?
I spent the time between U.S. nationals and Junior/U23 Worlds mostly training, racing, and searching for planets for my physics research.
The worst workout I did in the last training year to prepare for this was 800 meters of burpees around a track with my high-school soccer teammate Taras Tataryn and Davis Melin.
This is my first time in Switzerland and first time racing internationally, and so far it’s been straight fire.
One difference I’ve noticed between Switzerland and the U.S. is they don’t settle for Hershey’s.
Skiing and racing in the Alps is absolutely beautiful. Usually racing at altitude is good for me because I want to be at the top. There are zero mountains around where I live.
8One of the things I’m most excited about for Junior/U23 Worlds in Goms is meeting other athletes.
One race I’m especially targeting there is the freestyle sprint.
I really hope I can chat/make friends with a girl from Norway and marry her.
My favorite thing at the breakfast where we are staying is listening to Zak Ketterson’s laugh.
Fondue is like binge watching Netflix. You know it’s bad for you, but you always end up coming back to it. The cheese here is cheesy. And the chocolate is in my stomach.
If I had a totally free day here and didn’t have to worry about race fitness or training, I’d spend it shepherding goats.