Athlete Profile: Hans Nygren

Sport:  Nordic Skiing
Hometown: Lakeville, Minn.
Major:  Mechanical Engineer
Year in School: Senior
How long involved in skiing:  Over 10 years

What events do you compete in?

Classic and skate Nordic races.  The distances depend on each race.  For the males they are generally ten to 15 kilometers.

Why did you start skiing?

My parents both skied and my brothers skied.  It’s a fun activity.

What is your favorite thing about skiing and why?

Going out in the middle of nowhere, to the woods and working.

Why did you come to Montana State?

I wanted a good engineering school, a place where I could ski and I wanted to go west.  Put those three together and you get MSU.

What is your motivation before a competition?

Knowing who will be ahead of me and who to chase down.

Are you planning on continuing to compete after graduation?

Not competitively, I will do some citizen races.

What do you think is the key to your success as a student-athlete?

Dedication.  We train a lot — year-round — it’s not just a winter sport.

Do you have any awards or achievements you have received while involved in skiing?

I’m captain of the team this year.

Do you have an inspirational person or quote?

My brother is a professional skier who skis for Central Cross Country.

Do you have any other hobbies/activities/interests?

I like running, cycling and working with wood.

What is your favorite class at MSU and why?

Computer Aided Design, you make 3D models of what you can picture in your head.

Is there anything else you would like to tell students/readers about MSU skiing?

We train pretty much every day in and out of season.