Garrett Long – Profile

Hometown: Rowayton, CT
Home Ski Hill/Resort:  Killington, VT
Birthplace: Summit, NJ
Birthdate: 1990

Education:    Master of Finance: Massachusetts Institute of Technology / Bachelors of Science in Economics: U.S. Naval Academy

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My Skiing History:

I began skiing at age 2 and grew up skiing McCauley Mountain and Gore Mountain in Upstate New York. For a while I was content to ski alpine and enjoyed off-piste and glades skiing until my dad suggested that my brother and I try telemarking. At age 13, I took him up on the idea in order to challenge myself and to keep the smaller east coast ski areas as interesting and as exciting as possible.

I began skiing at age 2 and grew up skiing McCauley Mountain and Gore Mountain in Upstate New York. For a while I was content to ski alpine and enjoyed off-piste and glades skiing until my dad suggested that my brother and I try telemarking. At age 13, I took him up on the idea in order to challenge myself and to keep the smaller east coast ski areas as interesting and as exciting as possible.

Things all began to change when I participated in the Kare Anderson Race at Bromley in Vermont and became aware of the US Telemark Team and telemark racing. I signed up to participate in the summer ski trip to Red Lodge, Montana and the rest is history! Since then I have Alpine raced for the US Naval Academy and MIT, moved from the Development Team to the National Team and raced in 2011 World Championships in Rjukan, Norway. Since my appointment as President of USTSA in 2015, I have been working to help grow the sport as much as possible!
My Goals and Motivation:

I have two goals with regard to Telemark.

The first is to grow the sport to the level of attention that the challenge of combining all skiing disciplines (alpine gates, ski jumping, and Nordic skiing) into one event deserves. There is nothing quite like the challenge and thrill that comes from carving a series of telemark turns, launching upwards of 30 meters off of the jump, navigating the reipeløkke, and still saving enough energy to skate to the finish.

My second goal is to continue to improve my own performance. I need to continue to practice my jumping and become comfortable with significant air time leading into the next turning segment. I can also dramatically improve my skating, becoming much more competitive in that portion of the race.

What I love about Telemark Racing: 

The team and group of people who are part of the telemark racing community are the primary reason that the sport is so enjoyable. The challenge of combining gates with a skate section and jump also generates a fantastic thrill that is impossible to forget. Having the opportunity to connect with people who all appreciate the sport and who are dedicated to improving the quality and quantity of races is also outstanding. The sense of unity and team spirit that the US Telemark Team provides is unparalleled.

Interesting Facts About Myself:

I have telemark water-skied!

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Competition Results:

2016-2017
4th at Nationals
2nd at Crotched
2nd at Wildcat
1st at Mt Abram
2nd at Waterville Valley
2nd at Suicide Six2015-2016
2nd at Cannon
6th at Nationals
1st at Bromley
1st at Mt Abram
1st at West Mountain
2014-2015 Nationals
5th in Sprint #1
6th in Sprint #2
6th in Sprint #3
8th in Classic #1
8th in Classic #25th
2013-2014 Nationals
8th 2012-2013 Nationals
3rd 2013 Gunstock GS Series
8th 2011-2012 Nationals
10th 2010-2011 Nationals