No one would have guessed when I was born that I would fall in love with winter much less a winter sport.  Growing up in a military family stationed off the coast of Japan I didn’t know what snow was until I was almost 6 years old.  But by the the end of our winter in Vermont I had fallen in love with the white fluffy stuff.  After a short stint in Bennington my family moved across the country to the place I now consider my hometown, Hayward, Wisconsin.

Growing up in the land of cheese curds, musky fishing, and the home of the American Birkebeiner I dabbled in a dozen different sports, and to be honest…  I was not terribly good at any of them.  I was your average youth soccer player, enjoyed softball, a very brief attempt at basketball, lacked the grace needed for figure skating, and spent summer days at the lumberjack bowl logrolling for hours.  After much coaxing I joined the high school running team and was hooked.  I loved racing…however, running loved me back in an unforgiving way and by the end of the season my hip was so bad I couldn’t walk.  The trainers suggested I give skiing a shot to reduce the impact on my joints.  and guess what… I hated it.  I struggled, I fought it, I was miserable all winter and I made sure my coaches knew how much I didn’t enjoy practice day in and day out.  Looking back on that season I’m not sure if anyone could have predicted how much would change in the coming years.

I went and lived abroad in Latvia.  There I had my first informal introduction to biathlon and fell head over heels in love with skiing, running, but above all… adventuring.  I was hooked.  I arrived back in the states excited to train and even more excited to race that upcoming winter.  That fall I would undergo knee surgery, and that winter I would be the state champion and qualify for my first Junior National ski team.

Before biathlon came charging back into my life I moved West to attend Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana.  While in Montana I competed for both the cross country running and ski team.  I was part of a strong bobcat team that stormed NCAAs qualifying, and brought home 8 more All-American Junior National titles. I took my finals, effectively dropped out of school and moved back across the country to the lure of biathlon….

I joined the Maine Winter Sports Center’s biathlon team.  There I qualified for my first and last World Junior Championships, earned a podium finish at European Championships, was the overall USA Junior Champion, and that spring got named to the Senior National Team.

I moved to the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, NY, and got fast tracked by my older team mates.  Unfortunately it was easy to forget how much younger I was, the coaches forgot, I forgot, and eventually it took it’s toll on my health.  I was part of a select group that the 2014 Olympic team would be chosen from, but I was ultimately too sick to compete.

Instead I returned to Bozeman, Montana and returned to school.  After three semesters and a winter spent trying new things I graduated in the spring of 2015 with a degree in Health and Human Performance.

While I wait to start up at grad school I can be found helping coordinate and coach the Bridger Biathlon Club and playing in the mountains in and around SouthWest Montana.

7 thoughts on “Me.

  1. M @readeatwriterun says:

    Just discovered you through David Roche….look forward to following your ultra career. Your background is very similar to Nikki Kimball’s (maybe you know each other, from time in Montana or biathlon community) – that bodes really well for your future in the sport! Maybe I’ll try the “Corinne’s Hills” workout sometime. Congratulations on all your results and efforts so far, seems like you’re enjoying the journey, which is the most important thing. My best to you.

    • cmalcolm says:

      Thanks! David is a wonderful coach and friend, and you’re spot on about Nikki Kimball! I lived in Bozeman Montana off and on for the last 9 years and Nikki is a friend and mentor. Happy trails!

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