Gus Schumacher, originally from Anchorage, Alaska has been on the Stifel U.S. Cross Country Ski Team since the 2018-19 season and is proving to have a strong season so far, with a recent career-best result in the skate sprint at the 2023-24 Tour de Ski, crossing the line in fourth.
Throughout his career, Gus has accumulated many accolades, including being the first ever American to win a gold medal at the FIS Junior World Cross Country Championships, was a key member of the 2019 Junior Men's World Championship relay team with Luke Jager, Ben Ogden, and Johnny Hagenbuch, skiing the anchor leg, and also secured one of the best American results at the FIS Tour de Ski with an 18th place.
When beginning the 2023-24 season, he looked to land in the top 15 at a North American World Cup, finish the season stronger than where he started and be patient with his training. As he looks ahead, his overall gold is to win an Olympic medal or an overall discipline World Cup globe, be a good teammate and role model the whole way through. "Being a good friend and teammate with the group that I've been with for a long time means so much."
Outside of his passion for skiing, Gus is a student at the University of Alaska Anchorage working towards an engineering degree, is heavily involved with Protect our Winters (POW) and the Special Olympics and loves to mountain bike, wakesurf, play kendama, crossword puzzles and motocross riding.
"Work smarter, not harder"
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!