Erik Fisher is a natural athlete. Whether he’s skiing, kiteboarding, or playing football, Fisher can do it better than most. Scouting reports say he would have done very well in football at the NCAA level. On the verge of a World Cup breakout season multiple times, 'Fish' has been constantly hampered by injuries, but that hasn’t stopped his all out search for speed.
Back at it after missing all of 2013, Fish returned to his favorite World Cup hill and posted an impressive 13th in the Val Gardena, Italy downhill. It was enough to land a coaches’ discretionary pick to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. In Sochi, destiny was in his own hands in the form of an intra-squad race-off for Team USA’s final downhill starting spot. Steven Nyman ultimately won the spot.
Undiscouraged by a minor knee injury, Fish pushed through the remainder of the 2014 season. He raced the Spring Series until the bitter end in hopes of improving his start position for the 2015 World Championship year, when the big event returns to American soil at Vail/Beaver Creek.
Fisher was skiing with the Bogus Basin Ski School Program at age three. He was so bored waiting for all the other kids during his first lesson that he left the group and skied to the bottom alone, creating an all-mountain search by his instructors. When found, he was scolded and transferred to an older class for further instruction. He picked up racing with the Bogus Basin Ski Racing Alliance at age seven and was named to the U.S. Development Team in 2004 while still a student at Rowmark Academy in Park City.
OFF THE SNOW
Fisher has a diverse portfolio. He opened a shaved ice stand in his hometown during the spring of 2012 and has started many other small businesses. Off the books, he grew up playing football and baseball until his ski-racing career conflicted with too many games and practices. He was also a big fan of motocross until a crash fractured his leg in five different places. Now he's big into kiting, wakeboarding, ice hockey, road cycling, whitewater kayaking, cliff jumping, hunting and salmon fishing at his grandpa’s house in Alaska.
- Rowmark Ski Academy
- Rowmark Academy
Teams: 2014, 2010
Breakout rookie downhill season: 7th in Val Gardena, ITA and 11th in Kitzbuehel, AUT, 2009
Impressive three-race series in Chamonix, FRA (12th, DH, 12th DH, 23rd, SC), 2012
2011 Europa Cup downhill victory in Sarntal, Italy
2006 NorAm super G champion (2 wins)
2005 Junior Worlds downhill bronze, 6th in SG