SENIOR (2017)Named to USCSCA National Collegiate All-Academic Ski Team ... more to come ...
Q and A with Robert
The three main reasons I decided to join the Dartmouth community include their engineering program, their history as a successful NCAA division 1 skiing program, and the flexibility of the D-plan. These priorities helped make an objective decision but I think that my love for the north east kept me in New England and made the decision that much easier.
How long have you been skiing and what got you interested in skiing?
I have been skiing for seventeen years and have been racing for thirteen of those years. My family has always been a skiing family, my dad raced growing up and in College in Canada and my Grandfather was one of the first ski instructors in the country, so not much thought went into whether we’d grow up as skiers. Racing started off as a fun activity on the weekends but grew more competitive as I got older.
Tell me something interesting about you that might come as a surprise to your teammates.
When I was three-years-old I snuck away from my parents on the bunny hill and made my way down to the regular chairlift to take a run on the “big boy trail" on my own. When my dad found me I made sure to let him know that I had been "a responsible three-year-old" and had made sure to get on the lift with a grownup.
What are your future plans, if any?
My future plans are to ski as fast as I can while here at Dartmouth with as few injuries as possible. I think that an NCAA title is not too lofty of a goal for either this or the next two seasons. Beyond that, I would like to work as an engineer in the athletic equipment field or find a way to keep my ties to athletics in what work I find.
What extracurricular activities are you involved in on campus?
I volunteer for Athletes United, a student-athlete run organization that provides elementary/middle school kids with an active after school program five days a week, and I am also trying to get more involved in the Dartmouth Formula Racing program at Thayer. I hope to put more time into the project during off-season terms and as I continue to learn from my Engineering courses.