Gus Schumacher is a gifted athlete making his mark in the sport of cross country skiing. He has accumulated many accolades through his career including being the first ever American to win a gold medal at the FIS Junior World Cross Country Championships. Along with this mark for American sports, Gus also achieved the best placement for American men’s skiing in the FIS Tour de Ski at 18th place. Outside of his passion for skiing, Gus enjoys riding motocross, paddle boarding, watching TV, playing video games, and commercially fishing for salmon in the summer. Due to an incredible special ed teacher at his high school, he also enjoys spending his free time volunteering for the Special Olympics.
Looking forward to the upcoming season, Gus hopes to get in the top 15 at a North American World Cup, finish the season stronger than he started it, and be patient with training. As he says, “do the work but let the sharp feelings and results come when they do.” With his dedication and ambition, Gus has also taken a liking to furthering his education and is almost done with his engineering degree at University of Alaska Anchorage.
"Everything came together really well and it hurt, but just when I needed it to - on winning 2020 10k classic World Championships title"
6 Things You Didn't Know About Gus Schumacher
- 1. Gus finished 18th overall in his first FIS Tour de Ski - the best-ever American men's result.
- 2. Gus is the first American to win a gold medal at the FIS Junior World Cross Country Championships!
- 3. He was a member of the 2019 Junior Men's World Championship relay team with Luke Jager, Ben Ogden, and Johnny Hagenbuch, skiing the anchor leg.
- 4. When he's not racing, you'll find Gus backcountry skiing, riding motocross, paddle boarding, watching TV, sometimes playing video games. He also fishes commercially for salmon in the summer.
- 5. Thanks to "an amazing special ed teacher at my high school," Gus spends time volunteering for Special Olympics.
- 6. Gus cuts a mean mullet!