Hometown: Webster, New York
Mens World Ranking 2019/2020: 12th
Mens World Championship 2019/2020: 7th
Competing Since: Quebec 2014
When did you learn to skate?
-When I was 5. My parents signed me up for a hockey camp with no prior experience. I cried the first time I stepped on the ice, but never looked back after that.
Did you play hockey growing up?
-Yes. Youth Hockey = Webster Cyclones AA (NYS State Champs 2010). High School Hockey = Webster Thomas Titans (NYS State Champs 2008). College ACHA = St. Bonaventure University
What other sports did you play growing up?
If you could do anything non-athletic in your spare time, what is it?
-Travel to as many tropical/beach locations as possible. Nothing better than hanging on the beach.
Describe going down an IceCross track for the first time:
-My first time was in Quebec City 2014. I thought I would be ok since I had a skating background, but I was completely thrown off. There was so much more to it. The jumps, pumps, transitions, everything. The nerves were the craziest I’ve ever felt and I got hooked. I knew how I could improve and get better, which has motivated me to this day.
What first got you interested in the sport?
-My College coach showed me a flier for a qualifier in Buffalo for Niagara Falls in 2013. It was too late to make it, so I watched for the 2014 season and jumped on in a qualifier in London, Ontario.
If there is one piece of advice that you could offer new riders, what would it be?
-Enjoy the experience. Your first time will be rough. We all have been there. You can only get better!
But seriously, take it all in. The atmosphere, the track, the other riders, the spectators. It is something special!
Who is your favorite sports athlete?
-Growing up, I always liked Martin St. Louis when he was in Tampa Bay. He was a speedy underdog and a great teammate. Outside of hockey, Derek Carr is a stud of a QB, the comeback kid and a class act.