Rick Hirsch – Profile

US Team Member: 2016 and 2017 Seasons
Hometown:  Golden, CORick Hirsch 2017 granddaughter
Home Ski Hill/Resort:  Loveland, CO
Birthplace: Perris, CA
Birth Year: 1956
Education: B.S . Geology/Geophysics

Personal Sponsors: Hirsch Gibney, Inc

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

My Skiing History:
started alpine skiing at 18 – Sugar Bowl near Lake Tahoe
* ski bum one year at Steamboat Springs 1976 (year of drought)
* skied periodically in college
* skied periodically in professional career
* moved to Colorado in 1995
* tried telemark first time in 2000 for back country. began taking private lessons every three years.
* skied about 20 times/year from 2003-2013. skied primarily freestyle – bumps, steeps and pow – and back country
* started racing telemark in 2014. skied 46 days
* continued telemark racing. skied 65 daysRick Hirsch 2017 Action
My Goals and Motivation:

To avoid scrubbing speed before jump and to hit the line after the jump.Motivation – I need the fitness

What I Love about Telemark Racing and Skiing:

Freestyle telemark is like dancing on snow. I love the rhythm in the bumps and in the pow – and the exhilaration of rhythmic turns on the steeps. A fluid telemark skier is one of the most fascinating people to watch from the lift.

Racing tele is a whole other thanng – as it is about speed, control while speeding and aerobic and anaerobic capability.Rick Hirsch 2017 powder

Interesting Facts About Myself:

have three kids that range in age from 20-32

am a granddude – I have a granddaughter – Meeka

not so sure whether the rest is actually interesting…

work – hydrogeologist – own a small environmental engineering company that does brownfield redevelopment

marital status – single

play – I mountain bike, road bike, tele, lift weights, play squash and practice hot yoga
Competition Results:

* ranked number one wrestler in Northern California as senior in high school

* wrestled at California state meet as a senior in high school

* recruited to wrestle for UC Davis

* raced triathlons, biathlons and road races from 1984-1996

* qualified to race at US National Sprint Triathlon Championships 1986-88

* qualified to race and raced at US National Olympic Distance Triathlon Championships in Wilkes Barre, PN 1988

* ran NYC Marathon and qualified for Boston Marathon 1990 in 3:06:00. PR 5K 17:35, PR 10K 38:57

Rick Hirsch 2016 Profile