I was born in Denver, Colorado and moved with my family to the Methow Valley in Washington state when I was three. I developed a love for skiing early on despite one year with two left boots, due to a mix up at the local ski swap.
The Methow is a beautiful place to grow up and with over 200+ kilometers of ski trails skiing is what everyone did for fun. I was fortunate to have many great mentors who helped me discover the joy of hard work. When I was 15 years old I received a scholarship for a 21 day Outward Bound Course. One segment of the course is a 72 hour ‘solo,’ where you sit on your sleeping pad and just think. One of the goals I wrote at the top of my list was to represent Team USA as an Olympian and a professional cross country ski racer. I did well in the local races, but I had a lot of work ahead of me to reach my goals.
I studied hard and earned an academic scholarship to Western State College of Colorado. Gunnison, CO was awesome, but after two years I decided to step up my skiing and transferred to the University of Alaska Anchorage. My skiing continued to improve and I earned All- American status and graduated with a BA in Business Administration- Management. My senior project involved writing a business plan for a US based professional ski team.
I celebrated my graduation by climbing Denali with 3 of my best friends and said good bye to the mountains and moved to the north woods of Hayward, WI. I enjoyed focusing full time on my ski racing with the CXC Team. In 2013, Caitlin and I decided to start our own team, Team Gregg, where we would have more control of our training and travel and incorporate the many business and training lessons we have learned over the years.
I have balanced my ski training and racing by following in the footsteps of my own wonderful mentors. Since 2008 I have worked with the Boys and Girls Club and In The Arena. While in Wisconsin I worked with the Lac Courte Orielles Boys and Girls Club on the Ojibwe reservation helping others find the joy of an active and healthy lifestyle. I continue to get to check in on the kids during our summer training camps in Cable, WI. I currently work with the kids at the Gamble Boys and Girls Club in North Minneapolis. Caitlin and I organize a Run Club with the kids where we run laps of the playground and chart our daily and yearly mileage on a big wall in ‘The Club’. We set daily goals of 1-4 miles and celebrate accomplishments such as 10 miles, 26.2 miles and 50 miles with prizes. Throughout the year we use the mileage board as a qualification for Run Club members to earn a trip to compete in a local 5 km.
My goals for the 2016/2017 season are to win a US National Championship, represent Team USA at the World Championships in Lahti, Finland and support Caitlin to win another World Championship medal.
American Birkebeiner Podium Finisher ‘12
Super Tour Distance Champion ’14, ’11, ‘10
NCAA All-American Skiing
9 Popular Marathon Victories
5 Super Tour Victories
1 NorAm Victory