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      One of handful of U.S. national team athletes from Vermont's Stratton Mountain School, Nick Krause has international experience already in the bag and a smattering of FIS race podiums. Now he’s climbing the U.S. Ski Team rungs with his eyes set on the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

      Krause had an excellent season going with solid top 10 consistency at the NorAm level, then steamed right into the Junior World Championships and slammed a top 25 in super G. His confidence was high during the downhill, but he crashed and was knocked out of competition for the remainder of the 2014 season–the second-straight season an injury prematurely ended his winter.

      Halfway down the downhill in at Junior Worlds I took off a little jump, which I landed fine. I then began to pressure my ski to make a left foot turn across the hill. Unfortunately, I started the turn a little early and was heading straight at the gate. I then had to let off the ski a bit and then pressure hard again under the gate, where I hit a bump. That is when I felt my knee go from under me and started tomahawking down the hill. I had excruciating pain in my left knee and was pretty positive I messed something up down there. I was taken down in a sled and taken to the hospital in a sketchy ambulance.

      I later found out I tore my ACL. It’s unfortunate to end a season on an injury two years in a row, but I was pushing as hard as I could. Though it would be nice to be healthy, I know I would have been just as bummed out if I made it to the bottom safely and saw a 20th place rank next to my name. This kind of thing happens when you push your limits, but that’s what makes ski racing so damn fun.

      “My ski career began at age three with my mom, dad and sister, Laura. We’d ski at areas around the East and I quickly became enthralled with skiing the NASTAR gates. I moved on to the Wachusett Race Team where I began training four days a week–that shaped the person and skier I am now. Spending time at Wachusett-racing and freestyle–it was clear that I took my skiing to the next level. As a first year J3, I once again moved up to the next level of competition and was recruited to Stratton Mountain School in VT. During my senior year at Stratton Mountain School, I was asked to join the U.S. Development team. I obviously accepted the offer and have been skiing with the U.S. Ski Team ever since. I have had two full years on the USST D Team, and have moved up to the C Team in 2014.” 

      Call him a renaissance man. Krause has been known to listen to everything from Notorious BIG to Katy Perry to Edward Sharpe. He's also into watching animated TV shows, but especially Family Guy.



      21st, SG, Jasna, SVK – Junior World Championships, 2014
      15th, SG, Le Massif, CAN – Junior World Championships, 2013
      3rd, GS, Vail, CO – career first NorAm podium, 2013
      3rd, DH, Copper Mountain, CO – U.S. Championships – Junior, 2013