Eric Lamb – Biography

 

 



 

Hometown: Whitefish, Montanaeric_lamb_headshot_sunny_norway
Current: Boulder, Colorado
Birth date: 11/29/1981
Height: 5’7″
Weight: 160
Education: University of Montana BS in Business Administration – Marketing
Sponsors:
Karbon, Global Rescue, Scarpa,  CW-X Conditioning Wear, LEKI, Saucer Wax, Smartwool Socks

My Skiing History: Skiing started at a young age with the Bill Koch ski league in Whitefish, Montana. Nordic skiing took up most of my winter time, with some extreme sledding on the side. At about 10 years old my parents took me up to the then called Big Mountain for my first experience skiing chair three in old orange ski boots. I am pretty sure the equipment was old enough that no shop would sign off on it and my dad simply made the adjustments to the bindings in our garage. Nothing a little screw driver action couldn’t handle. From there Nordic slowly started going by the way side as I progressed on the Big. It wasn’t until a few years later when I started telemarking. At the time I was the youngest kid around doing telemark, though now there are kids who are starting telemark before I was on Nordic gear!! From here the rest is history and for me I remember the following years by the equipment I was on and the people I skied with.

World Cup Finals Sugar Bush 2008 GS

The opportunity came that I would acquire some new telemark gear that had only been used one season as demo gear from a local shop which was closing its doors, The Silvertip. A pair of Tua Cirque MX 190s mounted with Rat-trap 412s and Asolo two buckle leather boots. I still have the skis and I can still remember the pain of the leather boots cutting into my toes. It wasn’t until a few years later that I got a pair of Fisher Telepathics, Rottefella Chilli bindings and a new pair of Garmont Veloce boots(thanks Mom and Dad)!!! My first pair of plastic boots! This didn’t change how and where I thought I could tele, mostly it increased the speed at which I could hurl myself down a ski hill. To this day, ask my friends I claim to have the best tele tuck and roll.

At this point I had been racing in the local Thursday night beer league for a couple of seasons. The recruitment process is subtle and without notice. It generally started by a boot space lesson from Neil Persons, from there maybe an introduction to the tele dance and finally the top guys would bring you to a tele race held during the day light hours. The Thursday night league is place of learning, socializing, and general tomfoolery. Ried Sabin, Glenn Gustafson, Neil Persons, Peter McMahon, Chris Rice, and Jef Elliott, just to name a few convinced my parents to let me go to United States National Championships at Stevens Pass Washington. This was the 1999 Telemark Championships from here on out I have only missed one US Nationals and that was the following year which was hosted on the East Coast.

Eric Lamb SP US National Championship Crested Butte 2002

US National Championships – 2002

In 2002 I took my first trip to Norway for a real introduction on how to ski telemark. This trip was much more than a lesson in traveling and competing. In terms of competing I was out of my league, but it did show me what was expected out of top international athletes. This trip represented a major influence for decisions to come. Traveling to some can be described as a lifelong seduction and once you taste it you want more and more of it. This experience in Norway was the catalyst for future trips whether I knew it or not.

A few years later I would return to the World Cup in 2005 racing in central Europe followed by an exchange to Finland for a chance to study at the University of Helsinki. In the early winter of 2006 I set out on yet another trip to Norway, accompanied by Russ and David Hobbs, Jim and Brett Stein, Duncan and Annie Edwards, and Brandon Moon (Moondog). This was and still is the youngest United States group to attend World Cup races. Once again Norway played a pivotal role in the decisions to come. Through friends in Norway and Denmark and the encouragement of Glenn and Peter I moved to Norway to live with the Danish National team for training and a chance to seriously chase the World Cup.

Brett, Moondog, Eric, Annie, David

In the fall of 2006 I packed my bags and moved to a ski hill called Hafjell, just outside of the 1994 Olympic city of Lillehammer. Hafjell hosted many of the Alpine ski events, in face I could see the Olympic Bobsled track from my cabin window. Just finishing school the prior June with a BS in Business Administration and working all summer I had saved enough money for the winter to come. I lived with a couple guys from Danish National Telemark Team where we lived on cheap food, ski passes, and an occasional overnighter in Troels Larson’s VW mini buss. Thoroughly enjoying and settling into the lifestyle of training, racing, and sleeping. The 2007 race season was my first season to compete in every World Cup race on the circuit. This season also set the tone for the following season at home, the Whitefish Mountain Resort (formerly known as Big Mountain). Bringing the same rigors of training I was exposed to the previous season I dedicated another summer and winter to training, working, racing, skiing and traveling. I missed only the Finnish stop on the tour, which was sad due to my connections to Finland. It was successful season, one which concluded with World Cup finals in Vermont. The 2009 snow is almost here and I can’t wait to see what the future hold!!

World Cup SP Rjukan Norway 2008

My Goals and Motivation: The driving force behind me is passion. The passion that I have ultimately determines my goals and the motivation behind my goals. My goals for telemark racing is being confident that I left everything on the course and to one day find myself on the podium. Telemark racing is one avenue in which I can put as little or as much into something and see real results immediately.

Why do I Telemark Race? Three reasons: the people, the opportunity to travel, and the competition. The people involved with telemark are some of the most genuine and dedicated people I have had the pleasure to work, ski and compete with. Telemark is a sport where money is rarely awarded and where the best in the world will happily share his or her secrets to the guy ranked at the bottom of the list. Racing affords me a rare opportunity to travel the world. I have traveled to places where I would have never thought of going before and this only encourages me to continue exploring and connecting with new people. Competition…I love it. I compete at everything I do in life, whether it be racing, working or training. Competition is the motivation to stay on top of my game, stay fit, and stay educated.

Interesting Facts About Myself: I have always wanted to learn how to surf. Maybe I need to sell my skis and buy a surf board and board shorts? Probably not……

  • United State Telemark ‘A’ Team Member (fifth year, seventh year on team)
  • Currently Vice President on the Board of Directors

Competition Results:

2009

  • United State Telemark ‘A’ Team Member (fourth year, sixth year on team)
  • Elected to Board of Directors – Vice President (two year term)
  • 7th OVERALL – US National Championships, Steamboat Springs, CO, USA
  • 5th Sprint – US National Championships, Steamboat Springs, CO, USA
  • 6th GS – US National Championships, Steamboat Springs, CO, USA
  • 6th SL – US National Championships, Steamboat Springs, CO, USA
  • 8th Classic – US National Championships, Steamboat Springs, CO, USA

2008

  • United State Telemark ‘A’ Team Member (third year, fifth year on team)
  • Re-elected to Board of Directors – Secretary (two year term)
  • 3rd OVERALL – US National Championships, Tamarack, ID. USA
  • 18th OVERALL – World Cup Points
  • 2nd DS – US National Championships, Tamarack, ID. USA
  • 3rd Sprint – US National Championships, Tamarack, ID. USA
  • 3rd Classic – US National Championships, Tamarack, ID. USA
  • 4th GS – US National Championships, Tamarack, ID, USA
  • 15th GS – World Cup, Sugarbush, Vermont, USA
  • 16th GS – World Cup, Sugarbush, Vermont, USA
  • 17th Sprint – World Cup, Kreischberg, Austria
  • 17th Sprint – World Cup, Dolni Morava, Czech Republic
  • 17th Sprint – World Cup, Rjukan, Norway
  • 17th Sprint – World Cup, Rjukan, Norway
  • 18th GS – World Cup, Kobla, Slovenia
  • 18th Sprint – World Cup, Dolni Morava, Czech Republic
  • 19th Sprint – World Cup, La Plagne, France
  • 19th Classic – World Cup, La Plagne, France
  • 19th Sprint – World Cup, Sugarbush, Vermont, USA
  • 24th Classic – World Cup, La Plagne, France
  • 24th GS – World Cup, Sugarbush, Vermont, USA

2007

  • United State Telemark ‘A’ Team Member (second year, fourth year on team)
  • 27th OVERALL – World Cup Points
  • 4th Classic – US National Championships, Steamboat Springs, CO, USA
  • 5th Sprint – US National Championships, Steamboat Springs, CO, USA
  • 19th GS – World Championships, Thyon, Switzerland
  • 20th Classic – World Championships, Thyon, Switzerland
  • 22nd Sprint – World Cup, Bad Hindelang, Germany
  • 22nd GS – World Cup, Bad Hindelang, Germany
  • 23rd Sprint – World Cup, Rjukan, Norway
  • 24th GS – World Cup, Rjukan, Norway
  • 25th Classic – World Cup, Bad Hindelang, Germany
  • 28th Classic – World Cup, Trysil, Norway
  • 30th Classic – World Cup, Trysil, Norway
  • 37th Sprint – World Championships, Thyon, Switzerland

2006

  • United State Telemark ‘A’ Team Member (first year, third year on team)
  • Elected to Board of Directors – Secretary (two year term)
  • 6th OVERALL – U.S. Nationals Championships, Big Mountain, Whitefish, MT
  • 1st Sprint Classic – Blacktail Mountain, Lakeside, MT
  • 2nd Sprint Classic – Snowbowl Races, Montana Snowbowl, MT
  • 3rd Giant Slalom –  US National Championships, Big Mountain, MT
  • 4th Sprint Classic – Norwegian Cup, Kvitfjell, Norway
  • 18th Sprint Classic –  World Cup Schweitzer Mtn., USA
  • 19th Giant Slalom – World Cup Kvitfjell, Norway
  • 2006 Graduate from University of Montana, Business Marketing

2005

  • United States Telemark ‘B’ Team Member (second year)
  • 5th OVERALL – U.S. Nationals Championships, Schweitzer Mountain, ID
  • 1st Sprint Classic – Snowbowl Races, Montana Snowbowl, MT
  • 2nd Giant Slalom –  Snowbowl Races, Montana Snowbowl, MT
  • 4th Sprint Classic – Selkirk Classic, Schweitzer Mountain, ID
  • 4th Classic – U.S. Nationals Championships, Schweitzer Mountain, ID
  • 5th Giant Slalom – U.S. Nationals Championships, Schweitzer Mountain, ID
  • 7th Slalom – U.S. Nationals Championships, Schweitzer Mountain, ID
  • 10th Sprint Classic – U.S. Nationals Championships, Schweitzer Mountain, ID
  • 26th Classic – World Cup Montchavin Les-Coches, France
  • 28th Sprint Classic –  World Cup  Montchavin Les-Coches, France
  • 2005 Montana telemark event coordinator

2004

  • United States Telemark ‘B’ Team Member (first year)
  • 1st Slalom – Lookout Pass, ID
  • 2nd Giant Slalom – Snowbowl, MT
  • 2nd Slalom –  Snowbowl, MT
  • 7th Slalom – U.S. Nationals, Schweitzer Mountain, ID
  • 4th Giant Slalom – Silver Mountain, ID
  • 9th Telemark Skier Cross – Copper Mountain, CO
  • 10th National Team Spot
  • President of University of Montana Telemark Club

2003

  • For-ran World Cup Championships, Big Mountain, Whitefish, MT
  • Started up and current President of University of Montana Telemark Club

2002

  • Toured World Cup circuit in Norway
  • 3rd Selkirk Classic, Sandpoint Idaho
  • 4th US Tele-Cross Championships, Crested Butte, CO
  • Montana State Telemark Team Member

2001

  • 1st Junior US National Championships
  • 1st overall Jr. Montana State Telemark Champion
  • 15th overall US Nationals

2000

  • 1st overall Jr. Montana State Telemark Champion – Blacktail Mountain, MT

1999

  • Top junior at US National Championships, Stevens Pass, WA