The athletes on Crosscut's Elite Team have been making great strides in the off season as they work diligently on their shooting technique and skiing stamina. Each athlete on our team has a unique story and contributes something meaningful to the team dynamic and our Crosscut community. Get to know them as we periodically publish their interviews throughout the next month. Check out the Elite Team page here to see the full roster.

Amanda Kautzer: (Nordic and Biathlon)

  • What is your Instagram handle? 
  • @mandy_rose_kautzer
  • What is your hometown? 
  •  Plymouth, MN
  • What is your favorite race venue? 
  •  MTU Trails, Houghton, MI
  • What is your go-to pre-race song/soundtrack?
  • "Mandy Gets Psyched to Run Fast" - a custom playlist one of my best friends made me. 
  • Songs: Aldrig Mer, Dream of Something Sweet, Spirals, Fade, Far Away, Spectre
  • What other hobbies and/or side gigs do you have going on?
  • Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering, research with the Kinesiology department at MTU, internship at Plexus, continued professional development, waterskiing, climbing
  • What would an ideal day look like for you?
  • Wake up around 5:30 after a full 8 hours of sleep.  Sip on a coffee while chatting with a friend/teammate/family member sitting on a porch overlooking water and/or mountains.  Eat a tasty breakfast. Go for a trail run. Lunch. Adventure workout: climbing, kayaking, swimming. Dinner with friends/family.  Sunset+reading a book. 
  • Any sponsor shoutouts?
  • I hope more soon!!! For now just Rossignol. 

 

 

 


Anna French: (Nordic/Biathlon)


  • What is your Instagram handle? 
  • @anna.french
  • What is your hometown? 
  •  Plymouth, MN
  • What is your favorite race venue? 
  •  Crosscut Mountain Sports Center, MT
  • What is your go-to pre-race song/soundtrack?
  • “No Hell” by Cloud Cult
  • What other hobbies and/or side gigs do you have going on?
  • Doing graduate school and research in the Boyd lab at MSU! This summer I have been studying microbes to understand how they meet their metabolic needs using metal sulfide clusters. My graduate research will be focused on the influence of seismic activity on microbes deep in the subsurface of Yellowstone National Park. Both these projects aim to address questions relating to the origins of life.
  • What would an ideal day look like for you?
  • My ideal day would be waking up in a tent, going for a long run adventure in the mountains with my teammates and friends, climbing in the afternoon, enjoying tacos for dinner, and watching the stars by a campfire at night. Or it would involve achieving my lifelong goal of becoming a true Minnesotan by jumping in all 11,842 Minnesota lakes. But really, any day outside is a good day.
  • Any sponsor shoutouts?
  • Department of Microbiology at MSU :) 

 








Anna Sellers: (Biathlon)

  • What is your Instagram handle? 
  • @anna4036
  • What is your hometown? 
  • Canmore, Alberta, Canada
  • What is your favorite race venue? 
  • Sjusjeon ,Norway
  • What is your go-to pre-race song/soundtrack? 
  • Arcade Fire 🔥 🔥🔥
  • What other hobbies and/or side gigs do you have going on? 
  • I work as a professional photographer and at Sauce Active wear. I am also taking online classes through UBCO for environmental science!
  • What would an ideal day look like for you? 
  • Either going for an epic crust ski or watching the sunset from the top of a mountain. Both options would include yummy snacks, some good tunes and awesome friends!!
  • Any sponsor shoutouts? 
  • Rundle sport roller skis, Auclair gloves, Brubeck Bodyguard, Buff Canada, Woodpecker European timber framing, Fischer skis, Swix poles, Julbo eyewear




Aaron Pike: (Biathlon)

  • What is your Instagram handle? 
  • @aaronlevipike
  • What is your hometown? 
  • Champaign, IL 
  • What is your favorite race venue? 
  • Ostersund, Sweden 
  • What is your go-to pre-race song/soundtrack?  
  • “Good as Hell” by Lizzo
  • What other hobbies and/or side gigs do you have going on?  
  • US Track and Field, compete in world marathon majors, fish when I get the chance.
  • What would an ideal day look like for you? 
  • Wake up workout somewhere on the open road in the racing chair or on the mountain XC skiing with a group of friends and then have a BBQ and fire to cap off the day.