Jeffrey Gay – Profile

Hometown: Steamboat Springs, CO

Home Ski Hill/Resort: Eldora Mountain Resort
Birthplace: Aurora, CO
Birth Date: 1993
Education:  Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder
Personal Sponsors:  US Ski Pole Company

USTSA Team Sponsors: Karbon, Global Rescue,  Saucer Wax, Minus33, Telemarkdown, 22 Designs


My Skiing History:

I put on my first pair of ski boots and skis before I was two. When I was three, I competed in my first ski race, the Soda Pop slalom during the Winter Carnival at the Steamboat Springs Ski Resort. It was one of my first times off my Wee-Ski harness. I skied with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club for 11 years, skiing alpine, telemark, and even a brief stint of Nordic. I continued to race alpine for the University of Colorado club team for three years.

Growing up in Steamboat, with two ski areas within ten minutes of my house, allowed me to ski nearly every day of the ski season, enjoying blue-sky days and incredible champagne powder. Starting as an alpine ski racer, I competed in JIII and JIV Junior Olympic, USSA, and FIS races. One of my alpine coaches suggested I try telemark to improve my balance and strength for alpine racing. From the first run, I knew I had found a new passion, telemarking every chance I got. In high school, I raced telemark on the high school alpine race team as well with as the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Telemark Team, where I was lucky to have Shane Anderson, Ty Upson, Charlie Dresen and Ken Recker as my coaches. During the 2013-2014 season, I took a year off from racing telemark in order to focus on my education. I am excited to be back racing on the USTSA World Cup team again this year.

My Goals and Motivation:

My general goals in telemark have been fairly consistent since the day I started: have fun, go fast, and always do my best. This year will be no different. My specific goals for this year are to get top three in the overall classification at Nationals and top three in all of the regional races I enter. Additionally, I am always trying to drop my points, in both FIS and USTSA. In addition to my skiing goals, this year one of my major goals is to, once again balance my training, social life, and the responsibilities as an engineering student. My motivation driving me is the will to always do the best that I can, and to push myself to perform at the best of my ability.

Why do I Telemark Race?

I love telemark skiing because it’s skiing in its most basic and pure form. I also really love the crowd that telemark skiing brings together, both on the national and international level. The aspect of racing only adds to this. Racing gives me another chance to get out and compare myself to the world in gates. I love the variety of skills needed to complete a telemark race – the thrill of going fast and hitting gates, flying off jumps, the Reipeløkke, and the skating, all while maintaining good form at speed. Can you think of anything better?

Interesting Facts About Myself:

In my spare time I like to learn new sports and activities, spend time with my friends, and fix bikes and skis. Some of the other sports that I enjoy are rock climbing, biking, free skiing and climbing 14’ers around Colorado.

Competition Results:

2018-2019 Season:

Nationals:
– Overall: 1st
– Classic #1: 3rd
– Classic #2: 1st
– Sprint Classic: 5th
– Parallel Sprint: 1st

World Championships:
– Parallel Sprint: 17th
– Sprint Classic: 22nd
– Classic: 26th

2017-2018 Season:
World Cup: Suicide Six, VT
• Sprint Classic: 14th
• Dual Sprint: 17th
• Sprint Classic: 13th

World Cup: Sugar Bush, VT
• Classic #1: 13th
• Classic #2: 18th
• Sprint Classic: 10th

National Championships
• Overall: 2nd
• Sprint Classic #1: 2nd
• Sprint Classic: 1st
• Dual Sprint: 2nd

Alta Resort, UT
• Sprint Classic (Race 1): 1st
• Sprint Classic (Race 2): 1st

2016-2017 Season:
National Championships
• Overall: 3rd
• Classic 1: DNS
• Classic 2: DNS
• Sprint Classic: 1st
• Dual Sprint: 4th

Alta Resort, UT
• Sprint Classic (Day 1): 2nd
• Sprint Classic (Day 2): 1st

Vail Mountain Resort, CO
• Sprint Classic: 1st

2015-2016 Season:
US National Championships – Crotched Mtn, NH
• Overall: 2nd
• Sprint Classic: 2nd
• Parallel Sprint Classic: 4th
• Classic: 2nd, 2nd

Sunlight Mountain Resort, CO
• Sprint Classic: 2nd, 5th

Alta, UT
• Sprint Classic: 6th, 6th

Vail Mountain Resort, CO
• Sprint Classic: 1st

2014-2015 Season:

World Cup – Overall: No result [1]

World Championships – Steamboat Springs, CO

  • Classic: 18th
  • Sprint Classic: 17th

US National Championships – Sunlight Mountain Resort, CO

  • Overall: 1st
  • Sprint Classic: 1st, 2nd
  • Short Sprint Classic: 1st
  • Classic: 2nd, 3rd

Vail Mountain Resort, CO

  • Sprint Classic: 1st

New Year’s Race – Steamboat Springs, CO

  • Giant Slalom: 1st, 2nd

2013-2014 Season: World Cup – Overall: 48

World Cup – Steamboat Springs, CO

  • Classic : 14th

New Year’s Race – Steamboat Springs, CO

  • Giant Slalom: 3rd, 2nd

Vail Mountain Resort, CO

  • Sprint Classic: 1st

2012-2013 Season: World Cup – Overall: No result [1]

Junior World Championships – Chamonix, France

  • Classic: DNF, (Entire Field, DNF)
  • Sprint Classic: 18th (Entire field, 26th)

US National Championships – Steamboat Springs, CO

  • Overall: 1st
  • Sprint Classic: 1st
  • Classic: 3rd, 1st
  • Parallel Sprint: knocked out in 2nd round (5th in qualification)

Vail Mountain Resort, CO

  • Sprint Classic: 1st

Sunlight Mountain Resort, CO

  • Sprint Classic: 1st

2011-2012 Season: World Cup – Overall: 33rd

World Cup – Steamboat Springs, CO

  • Classic: 11th, 17th
  • Sprint Classic: 17th, 26th
  • Parallel Sprint: 17th

US National Championships – Gunstock, NH

  • Overall: 5th
  • Sprint Classic: 3rd, 3rd
  • Classic: 2nd, 6th
  • Giant Slalom: 1st

Vail Mountain Resort, CO

  • Sprint Classic: 3th

Sunlight Mountain Resort, CO

  • Sprint Classic: DNF

2010-2011 Season: World Cup – Overall: 47th [1]

Junior World Championships – Hafjell, Norway

  • Classic: 10th (World Cup result: 24th)
  • Sprint Classic: 21st (World Cup result: 46th)
  • Giant Slalom: 7th (World Cup result: 18th)

World Championships – Rjukan, Norway

  • Sprint Classic: 27th
  • Classic: 28th
  • Giant Slalom: 30th

US National Championships – Steamboat Springs, CO

  • Overall: 3rd
  • Giant Slalom: 1st
  • Classic: 3rd
  • Sprint Classic: 5th
  • Dual Slalom: 4th

Eldora Mountain Resort, CO

  • Sprint Classic: 2nd

New Year’s Sprint Classic: Steamboat Springs, CO

  • Sprint Classic: 3rd

2009-2010 Season: World Cup – Overall: 32nd

World Cup – Keystone, CO

  • Classic: 12th
  • Classic: 17th
  • Giant Slalom: 18th
  • Giant Slalom: 16th

World Cup – Steamboat Springs, CO

  • Sprint Classic: 13th
  • Sprint Classic: 20th
  • Giant Slalom: DNF

US National Championships – Whitefish, MT

  • Overall: 5th
  • Giant Slalom: 6th
  • Classic: 4th
  • Sprint Classic: 3rd
  • Dual Slalom: 5th

Sunlight Mountain Resort, CO

  • Sprint Classic: 2nd

2008-2009 Season

World Cup – Slovenia

  • Sprint Classic: 45th
  • Giant Slalom: 37th

Junior World Championships – Austria

  • Sprint Classic: 16th
  • Classic: 14th
  • Giant Slalom: 3rd

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US Nationals Championships – Steamboat Springs, CO

  • Overall: 15th
  • Sprint Classic: 8th
  • Slalom: 9th
  • Classic: DNF
  • Giant Slalom: DNF

2007-2008 Season

Steamboat Springs, CO Regional Race

  • Giant Slalom: 6th
  • Sprint Classic: 7th

2006-2007 Season

US National Championships/Telemark Revival (Junior U13)

  • Overall (Nationals): 1st
  • Giant Slalom: 1st
  • Classic: 1st
  • Dual Slalom: 1st
  • Sprint Classic: 1st

Rocky Mountain Freeheel Throwdown, (Junior 13-15)

  • Overall: 3rd
  • Dual Slalom: 1st
[1] World Cup overall results only calculated using World Cup results, and do not include World Championship Results.