This year he joined the Crested Butte Nordic Developmental Team. In fifth grade and age ten, he’s technically still too young to be on the team, but his infectious excitement and determination landed him a spot. He trains four days a week with races on the weekends, which doesn’t leave much time for anything else, but he doesn’t care. He smiles when he goes to practice, he smiles through his exhaustion after practice, and he smiles while he races. It’s awesome.
Here’s a collection of images from his first Junior National Qualifier.