Hi all! My name is Erik Earl Sparkowski, I’m 19 years old, and I race ski cross. What is ski cross, you may ask? Well, it’s essentially an alpine ski race, except there are jumps, bank turns, and other technical features on course. Not to mention, you are also accompanied on course by three fellow racers! Races start with individual time trials, and the first 32 finishers are then broken into heats of four. Two advance from each heat until the final, in which each racer dukes it out for a spot on the podium. This year is my second year competing on the North American Cup Tour, which is a feeder series to the World Cup. At this point in my season, I’m checking in with you from Canmore, Alberta, following my first two races of the season. I started with a 23rd place finish that I was less than happy with, but very quickly rebounded into the next day with a career best 12th place finish. I’m looking forward to keeping the ball rolling with my next three races that will be taking place at Nakiska (Home of the 1988 Olympic alpine events) immediately following the World Cup event that is in town for the week!
As this is my second year racing ski cross, I have had quite a few people approaching me saying that it would be a good idea for me to start a blog so they can follow my season and keep up with all that I’m up to, so I plan on doing my best at showing you all what life is like on the road this winter whilst hunting down competition!
I would like to give special thanks to Diversified Individual Brokerage for supporting me this season. Since we don’t have a formal national or development level team for ski cross in the United States, athletes must either partner with a privateer team or run their own program. Working over the warmer months can only get you so far, so having the support of DIB is huge for me this winter. Since I run my own program, I have to find my own coaching, plan my own travel, and attend coaches meetings to represent myself before every major event in addition to many other time consuming activities. While on the road traveling, there are thousands of things that need to constantly be monitored, which can make focusing on racing a little more difficult than it should. Every bit of support counts, so having a great support network and the help of DIB to help me achieve my goals this winter are setting me up for nothing but success!