By Megan Castle
Bozeman High Senior, Logan Diekmann skied his best at junior nationals in Truckee, California. Diekmann’s hard work paid off when he earned the title of Junior National Champion in the 10k Classic in the under 18 division. Diekmann, a dedicated nordic skier, trains with the Bridger Ski Foundation and has climbed his way to the top, resulting in his recent win in Truckee, California.
“The weather was warm and we had very little snow to ski on, but overall it was a really fun experience!” Diekmann explains his most recent competition.
After working hard all season – and most of his life – Diekmann expresses how excited he is about his recent win at junior nationals a few weeks ago, “I am even more confident in my skiing career after my performance in Truckee,” Diekmann says.
After his win, Diekmann expresses his upcoming goals, “I plan to ski in college and would like to compete in the NCAA championships. I would like to see where skiing takes me,” he explains.
“If I start doing really well, than world cup or Olympic goals are not out of the question,” Diekmann says optimistically.
Diekmann has already begun concentrating on his future in nordic skiing, “ Next year I will be taking a year off from school to focus on skiing, my next step will be to continue training in order to perform well next year,” he explains, “The main goal I have for this coming season will be to qualify for the Junior Worlds trip. In order to qualify, I will have to rank within the top six male U20 skiers at the US Senior Nationals in Houghton MI next January.”
“I am very excited with my result at Junior Nationals. I see it as a stepping stone to bigger and better racing in the years to come,” says Diekmann.
Winning junior nationals was a big leap in Diekmann’s skiing career. It’s possible that the future of skiing could include the Bozeman local, Logan Diekmann.