2014 Collegiate Competitor Bio
|Birthday:||July 20, 1989|
|College/University:||University of New Hampshire|
|Year in School:||Graduate Student|
|Expected graduation date:||Summer 2014|
What are your plans after graduation?
Currently not sure. Possibly work towards a Ph.D.
How will you prepare/train for the Collegiate Championship in June? Who will you train with?
I'll continue training with my collegiate coaches; doing event training 3-5 times a week with some strength and weight training mixed in. I plan on attending a few contests between now and then to keep myself racing sharp with a trip to Webster Springs already planned.
When did you first start participating in lumberjack sports? How did you get involved in lumberjack sports?
I started participating in lumberjack sports as a sophomore at the University of New Hampshire during my undergraduate studies. I remember watching contests at local fairs when I was younger and joined in the fall, when I realized we had a team.
Are you related to any current or former STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series competitors?
Do you have any advice for other collegiate competitors?
Take any and all advice you can get and watch a lot of videos both of yourself and others (especially pros). Just remember not everything works for everyone. I really like watching the videos from the 90's that you can find on YouTube.
Which STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series pro would you most like to train with?
I think it would have been amazing to have the opportunity to train with the late David Bolstad; highlights of him cutting the standing block are some of my favorites. With that said, I would be grateful to train with any pro, as I think all of them possess knowledge that would be beneficial to a young competitor.
Best/strongest STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series discipline:
I'd have to say the standing block chop. My underhand chop may be more polished and complete, but I really enjoy cutting the standing block. Realistically, the goal is to be strong in all the events.
Soccer, Nordic skiing and Boston Bruins hockey
Proudest moment in your life so far:
My standing block chop from the Northeast Collegiate Qualifier. I finally proved to myself I can get out of second gear in the event.