Back in the spring of 2013, NCAA champion Joanne Reid was at the proverbial fork in the road: pursue academics after graduating with an Applied Mathematics degree from the University of Colorado-Boulder (CU) or compete as an elite-level nordic skier? Reid was coming off a collegiate season where she won the 15-kilometer freestyle and helped the CU Buffs win outright at NCAA Skiing Championships.
It turns out, Reid, who turns 25 on Wednesday, is near completion for a master’s in engineering. And as it turns out, she also pursued skiing as a biathlete at the highest level.
Last season was Reid’s first shot at a full World Cup biathlon schedule. And on the first World Cup weekend, she placed 29th in the individual 15 k individual in Östersund, Sweden, helping her earn an US Biathlon A-team nomination for this season.
In this episode, we’ll hear Reid explain why she chose biathlon over straight-up cross-country skiing (one hint: there’s no kick wax), and why she’s willing to forgo the doctorate for the time being. Reid appears to be a mover and shaker: when not based at the Lake Placid Olympic Training Center, this desert lover doesn’t shy away from high temps, cacti or sweeping sandstone vistas. For the time being, Reid, who grew up in Houghton, Mich., and Palo Alto, Calif., lives and trains in western Colorado’s mesa country. From the sound of it, she says the desert is set up quite nicely for target practice.
And a heads up for those listening on headphones, due to a small technical error the audio sounds best on a speaker.
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