Ari Woods: (Biathlon)

  • What is your Instagram handle? 
  • @ari_on_safari
  • What is your hometown? 
  • I grew up in the quaint town of McCall, Idaho.
  • What is your favorite race venue? 
  • My favorite race venue is the radical one in Lenzerheide Switzerland that I got to race at last winter at biathlon world junior championships.
  • What is your go-to pre-race song/soundtrack?  
  • "Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor
  • What other hobbies and/or side gigs do you have going on?  
  • I am an avid foodie, water skier, climber, mountain biker, paddle boarder, kayak cleaner, watercolorist, dancer (mostly in the gym with @lukemoose) and ripsticker. 
  • What would an ideal day look like for you? 
  • An ideal day would start with me waking up at or after 9am and laying in bed stretching for a solid period of time, then I would meander out of bed and eat waffles with caramelized apples and a healthy dose of whipped cream, next I would go do some sort of exhilarating, heart pumping sport with my pals and afterwards I’d eat lunch and paint in a hammock with my dog. The evening would include either climbing or waterskiing followed by a sunset stroll with my friends as we talk about the intricacies of spiderwebs. Stargazing on a mosquito free granite island in the middle of a turquoise lake would be the final splendid event of the day.
  • Sponsor Shoutouts:
  • My sponsors include all my amazing friends who have supported my trips to Europe these past few years as well as Yates Climbing gear and Rossignol. My most important sponsors have been and always will be my parents, Stef and Chris Woods.

Christian Gostout: (Nordic)

  • What is your Instagram handle? 
  • @the_rad_chilla 
  • What is your hometown? 
  • Rochester, MN
  • What is your favorite race venue? 
  • Jackson, NH
  • What is your go-to pre-race song/soundtrack? 
  • Changes every year to some unsuspecting EDM banger. Most recently it was "Rave Teacher" by Scooter.
  • What other hobbies and/or side gigs do you have going on? 
  • I work at Explore Rentals in Bozeman and also for an online tech company. In between training work and recovery, I generally am building something, trying to get out and climb some rocks, or swimming/fishing in all of our beautiful rivers and streams!
  • What would an ideal day look like for you? 
  • Waking up to 10 feet of stable, well bonded powder. You can probably fill in all the rest, but there also has to be a sauna and a hole in a frozen lake involved at some point.
  • Any sponsor shoutouts? 
  • Haven't bonked since I started bringing Untapped maple snacks to my workouts, and of course I can't wait to get back on my rippin' Fischer skis this winter. 

Felicia Gesior: (Nordic)

  • What is your Instagram handle?  
  • @fel.gesior 
  • What is your hometown? 
  • Waukesha, WI (Southeastern WI). 
  • What is your favorite race venue? 
  • Michigan Tech Trails in Houghton, MI 
  • What other hobbies and/or side gigs do you have going on? 
  • Teaching English to Chinese students online, substitute teaching at the local elementary schools, and reading all sorts of books in my free time. 
  • What would an ideal day look like for you? 
  • Long trail run adventure in the mountains followed by lots of sweets and jumping in a lake. 
  • Any sponsor shoutouts? 
  • Bliz

Hannah Cole: (Nordic)

  • What is your Instagram handle?
  • @hanncole
  • What is your hometown?
  • Honeoye Falls, NY (Bonus points to anyone who can pronounce "Honeoye" correctly without coaching.)
  • What is your favorite race venue?
  • Sovereign Lake Nordic Center up in B.C. for its big climbs, snow-laden pines, and high energy racing atmosphere.
  • What is your go-to pre-race song/soundtrack?
  • I'm all for anything that calms me down. During college, it was "Hero" by Family of the Year.
  • What other hobbies and/or side gigs do you have going on?
  • I'm coming up on three years at Cafe M. Shoutout to the owner, Tom, my co-workers, and the regulars who have provided me with ample coffee, conversation, and community. Pre-COVID-19, I helped cover DIII cross country and track and field, but that's taken a pause. Currently, my free time is mostly spent studying for the MCAT, contesting the NYT daily crossword, and hanging out on the "Basecamp" porch.
  • What would an ideal day look like for you?
  • An early alarm to give plenty of time to drink a good cup of coffee before heading out for a long run in the mountains. Preferably the route is a loop and somewhere I've never been before. Something in the Spanish Peaks or the Beaten Path tops my list right now. After some downtime in the afternoon, it'd be dinner on the porch and a bike down to the local ice cream shop before catching the sunset from the top of Story Mill. 
  • Any sponsor shoutouts?
  • Yes, a big thanks to Madshus for top of the line skis, boots, poles, and service, Toko for their gloves, and Enjoy Winter for their Bliz glasses and Swenor rollerski product support.