Jenae Rasmussen


Junior at the Winter Sports School

Park City Utah

Junior Nationals: 3

Interview by Amy Cheney-Seymour


Jenae, this is your first time in Lake Placid. What did you hear about the Olympic Region and skiing in the east?

 JR: I didn’t really know what to expect. I thought it would be like Park City, but it is smaller and cuter. We mostly talked about how the oxygen level was different and how we would move differently here on skis.

How did you initially get involved in Nordic skiing?

JR: Our family was not really a ski family, but we found out about the Utah Nordic Alliance, and my parents forced me to go to the Wee Ski program on Sunday afternoons. I hated it. I am not sure when I stopped hating it, but I did.

What do you hope to accomplish at Junior Nationals in Lake Placid?

JR: I am hoping to make All American in something, but this year it is a lot of classis skiing and this year classic has been a little rough for me. I like classic skiing but I have just had some rough races this year.

You attend the Winter Sports School, do you think it is a benefit to have an alternative academic schedule?

JR: I think it is a benefit, but I also think you can make it work with a traditional school schedule. It is easier though.

Are you considering ski racing in college, and if so what schools are you looking at?

JR: Actually, I have a bunch of schools I am looking at in the east. I am spending another week visiting colleges with my Mom. I don’t really know what I want to study yet.

When you look back at your ski career thus far, when did you realize that you really wanted to go after it with some intensity?

JR: Well, I think it was when I was waking up at 5:30 before school so I could go to the gym. I remember thinking ‘Oh, I must really like this. Normal people wouldn’t find this fun, but I do.’      

At the end of the week, what is your take away?

JR: I hope that I will have a good experience racing, make some more friends here and not getting injured. The course is very hilly, it is a little sketchy.

What advice would you give a young girl wavering about becoming a nordic skier? What part of Nordic sport do you like the most the physical challenge or the social scene?

JR: Nordic is a life-long sport, no matter where you are, it is a lifestyle that sticks with you. It doesn’t matter what level you are competing at, it is just a great thing to do. Nordic skiing is a great group of people, and it is great to see what you have in yourself. It is fun always getting stronger and improving

Good Luck Jenae!