Nordic Interviews

Nordic Interviews


Name Introduction Video Link Podbean Podcast
Kaitlynn Miller Interview Kaitlynn Miller is member of the 2018 US Olympic team. She has 33 World Cup starts, 5 US National Championship podiums, and one US National Championships win in the 2016 Classic Sprint. She retired in the spring of 2020 and is now working as the Youth and Introductory Program Direction for NENSA. Kaitlynn is 29. Kaitlynn talks about skiing for Craftsbury as a kid and then again as an elite skier, her job with NENSA, and the importance of not focusing on results but rather on all of the aspects of skiing and ski racing that are so attractive and enjoyable. Youtube Video Podbean Podcast
Kyle Bratrud Interview Kyle Bratrud had 17 starts between World Cups and World Championships. His best finish was 25th place at the Cogne, Italy World Cup. Kyle skied 3 World Championship relays for US and was the 3rd best American on distance points for much of the time. Kyle has 7 US Nationals podiums including 4 wins. Kyle skied for Stratton T2 Elite. He retired after 2020 season. Kyle talks about starting skiing relatively late, what he learned skiing for NMU, race mentality on the World Cup, and a lot of other aspects to elite ski racing. Youtube Video Podbean Podcast
Ben Lustgarten Interview Ben Lustgarten has represented the US 34 times in World Cup and World Championship events. He won the 2017 US National Championship in the 30k Classic Mass Start. He has 10 podiums and 4 wins on the Supertour. He retired from full time training and racing in the spring of 2020. Ben talks about the Tour de Ski, race experiences, strength training, and the need to move on after bad races. Youtube Video Podbean Podcast
Sverre Caldwell Interview Sverre Caldwell coached the Stratton Junior Nordic Team from 1980 until he retired after the 2019 season. Sverre has been honored as USSA Coach of the Year 3 times, was a 1988 Olympic team coach, a World Junior Team coach 3 times, and was a US Ski Team coach. That said, Sverre is a legend not because of his results but because of his personality, love of coaching and of those that he coaches, and the profound positive effect that he has had on so many skiers including me. Youtube Video Podbean Podcast
David Norris Interview David Norris has 51 WC and WM starts including 10 top 30 finishes. 20th place 2019 WM 50k F MST and 24th Holmenkollen 50k C MST. 7 US National Podiums including a win in the 30k F MST 2019. 2016 American Birkebeiner Champion. Skis for APU in Alaska. Avid mountain runner and hunter. David is currently the top ranked US male distance skier. David talks candidly about specifically what he is working on to try to improve and his Alaska outdoor lifestyle. Youtube Video Podbean Podcast
Caitlin Patterson Interview Caitlin has 72 World Cup, World Championship, and Olympic starts. She has 19 podiums at the US Nationals and has won the US National Championships 7 times. Caitlin has 12 individual World Cup top 30 results and was 4th in Pyeonchang at the preolympic WC as well as 26th in Pyeonchang at the OWG. Caitlin talks about the Green Racing Project and many aspects of her training. Youtube Video Podbean Podcast
Antje Harvey Interview Antje Harvey grew up in East Germany. At 17 years old she finished 11th in the 1985 World Championships and won relay bronze. After the season, East German officials confronted her about her unwillingness to take performance enhancing drugs. They blackballed her even going to the point of physically stopping her from winning a World Loppet race in the Czech Republic. She retired. Around when the wall fell she returned and won 1 individual gold and 3 silvers in the Olympics. I am very grateful to call this amazing woman my wife. Youtube Video Podbean Podcast
Akeo Maifeld Carucci Interview Akeo Maifeld-Carucci is the 2019 American Birkebeiner Champion. He has been on the podium in multiple SuperTour races. Akeo studied at and skied for Harvard University. He currently skis for the Green Racing Project where he can put his degree to work improving the efficiency of the heating systems on the Craftsbury campus. This interview discusses the mission of the Green Racing Project and Craftsbury Outdoor Center, his Birkebeiner exploits, as well as his emphasis in being well rounded as a person. Youtube Video Podbean Podcast
Bill Koch Interview Bill Koch is the overall Nordic Ski World Cup Champion from 1982. He won the Olympic silver medal in 1976. He also won the Bronze World Championship medal in 1982. He was 3rd overall in the 1983 World Cup. The Bill Koch Youth Ski League was named after him. He was the flagbearer for the US Olympic team in 1992. Bill is a legendary pioneer and icon for US Nordic ski racing. The quality is poor due to Bill using a phone due to a poor internet connection. This interview is such a treasure though I wanted to run it anyway with video. Enjoy! Youtube Video Podbean Podcast
Ben Saxton Interview Ben Saxton has finished on the podium 6 times at the US National Nordic Ski Championships including a win in 2019 in the US National Skate Sprint. He has 8 World Cup starts and 1 World Championship start. Ben skis for the Stratton Mountain T2 team. Ben is thoughtful and has a perspective beyond his years. Youtube Video Podbean Podcast
Muffy Ritz Interview Muffy was on the US Ski Team 1981-1984, has won the American Birkebeiner twice, holds the second fastest Race Across America time in history, has particpated in adventure racing at the highest level including the Eco-Challenge, has won 20 individual World Nordic Ski Masters medals over the past 10 years including 2 golds, and has completed adventures that most people only dream about. Muffy is a uniquely inspiring person that anybody with a love for living actively and competing should love to hear from. Youtube Video Podbean Podcast
Barry Makarewicz Interview Barry is a 59 year old 4 time individual World Masters Nordic Ski Champion. He has also won many big marathon events overall such as the Yellowstone Rendezvous and Snow Mountain Stampede. He has been on the Toko Tech Team for the past 20 years. This is a great opportunity to learn from Barry about how to ski fast and be fit and healthy later in life. At this he is pretty much the best in the world. Youtube Video Podbean Podcast
Erik Flora Interview Erik has been the director and head coach of the APU team since 2006. He has coached 13 recent Olympians and coaches 8 members of the current US Nordic Ski Team. The discussion ranges from catering to athletes' individual needs, avoiding and managing injuries, and body maintenance and care. Youtube Video Podbean Podcast
John Bauer Interview John Bauer is a 12x US National Nordic Ski Champion and finished as high as 5th individually in World Championships. Amazingly as a 50 year old he finished 12th in the American Birkebeiner. Learn how he trains and approaches life, work, and family with such success. Youtube Video Podbean Podcast
Andy Newell Interview 2 Andy Newell is one of the couple most successful Nordic ski racers in the history of the US. He has 247 WC/WM/OWG starts and was ranked 1st in the World for over a year. Additionally he finished 4th and 5th in the Overall Sprint World Cup. Andy is now a coach and has a unique understanding for the sport. If you want to learn about Nordic ski racing and training, watch this video. Part 2 Youtube Video Podbean Podcast
Andy Newell Interview 1 Andy Newell is one of the couple most successful Nordic ski racers in the history of the US. He has 247 WC/WM/OWG starts and was ranked 1st in the World for over a year. Additionally he finished 4th and 5th in the Overall Sprint World Cup. Andy is now a coach and has a unique understanding for the sport. If you want to learn about Nordic ski racing and training, watch this video Part 1 Youtube Video Podbean Podcast
Rosie Frankowski Interview Learn about Rosie's non traditional route to 21st place in the 2018 Olympic games. There is more than one way to go from start to excellence. Rosie is a great example of that and continues to find her own way. Youtube Video Podbean Podcast
Team Gregg Interview Interview with the amazing husband and wife Olympic duo of Team Gregg. Learn about how they alternate prioritizing each other and how they devote so much time energy and talent helping others. Also contains much information about training and strength. Youtube Video Podbean Podcast
Erika Flowers Interview Erika is a successful Nordic ski racer who transitioned from full time athlete to working and competing yet is doing extremely well including top US Nationals finishes and a Birkie podium. Learn about how she has adapted her training and even more importantly about her mindset. Youtube Video Podbean Podcast
Jessica Yeaton Interview Learn how defending American Birkebeiner champion adapted her training for school and living in Albuquerque, NM and still won the American Birkebeiner in 2020. Youtube Video Podbean Podcast
Gus Schumacher Interview 3 Fall 2020 Gus Schumacher is the defending individual Nordic Ski World Junior Champion and anchored both of the last two World Junior Championship US relay teams to gold. He is also the defending senior US National Champion in the skate sprint which he won as a junior! Get to know Gus part 3 of 3. Youtube Video Podbean Podcast
Gus Schumacher Interview 2 Fall 2020 Gus Schumacher is the defending individual Nordic Ski World Junior Champion and anchored both of the last two World Junior Championship US relay teams to gold. He is also the defending senior US National Champion in the skate sprint which he won as a junior! Get to know Gus. Part 2 Youtube Video Podbean Podcast
Gus Schumacher Interview 1 Fall 2020 Gus Schumacher is the defending individual Nordic Ski World Junior Champion and anchored both of the last two World Junior Championship US relay teams to gold. He is also the defending senior US National Champion in the skate sprint which he won as a junior! Get to know Gus better by watching this short interview. Youtube Video Podbean Podcast