Podium at Jr Nationals has Cameron Wolfe examining his options
Local Nordic skier has been accepted to Dartmouth but also dreams of US Cross Country Team
Cameron Wolfe is well aware that in Nordic skiing, men often reach their prime later than other sports.
So the 18-year-old Eagle County resident is keeping his options open as he prepares for his first year of college next fall, where he plans to compete for Dartmouth and study engineering.
After putting together a competitive career in Nordic skiing while in high school, Wolfe was comfortable in the top 10, but not often a podium finisher.
Then he showed up for his final U.S. Cross-Country Junior National Championships as a high school student last week and landed on the podium in the 15k classic mass start on Friday.
“Everything went well for me,” Wolfe said. “My skis were really fast, I was well rested and I had a good mindset.”
Wolfe also finished just off the podium with a fourth-place finish in the 10k skate on March 11.
With his top finish previously a seventh place effort at junior nationals last year, when he was competing in the U18 division, Wolfe may be turning a new corner in his career, said coach Eric Pepper.
“He’s been working hard so it’s great to see the results following,” Pepper said. “He’s a U20 still in high school, which is rare, but also gives him confidence since he’s still in the first year of the division.”
Wolfe said he plans to take a couple months off to play baseball for the Battle Mountain High School team which also recruits players from Vail Mountain School, where Wolfe is a senior.
He’ll then start training for cross country again, where his goal for next season will be to make the Junior World Championship team in December.
“That’s the next step in the pipeline towards joining the U.S. Ski Team,” Wolfe said. “If I get a shot to make the team, I’m definitely going to go for it and give it all I can.”