Nordic

Have Fun and Get Fired Up: JC Schoonmaker

American cross-country skier JC Schoonmaker, who won his first-ever pair of Fischer skis in a raffle, made his World Cup debut in 2020 in Dresden, Germany, where and got himself the first world cup points by taking 30th place. At his premiere at the 2022 Olympics in Beijing, he finished in 15th place in the sprint race in free technique.

What year did you officially sign with Fischer?

I officially signed in 2021.

How does the brand affect you?

I am proud to be on Fischer skis and boots which gives me confidence in races to perform my best.

What is your favorite ski/boot from Fischer and why?

The Speedmax skis and boots are my favorites because the skis are so fast and the boots fit my feet really well and feel so stable on my skis.

Is there a particular Fischer product connected to a story you’re like to tell?

The first pair of Fischer skis I ever owned I won in a raffle and they were the first skis that Fischer made with a hole in the tip. I remember I got them before the season and every night before it snowed I would go in my garage to wax them and get them ready. I was so excited to have my own skis.

What is your personal motto?

Have Fun!

At what age did you start skiing?

I’ve been skiing as long as I can remember but probably started around the age of 5.

What was your biggest breakthrough in your ski career?

My biggest breakthrough was scoring World Cup points in my first ever World Cup in Dresden 2020.

What are your favorite hobbies besides skiing?

I like playing video games, golfing when I find time, and DJing.

Where have you not been that you want to go to?

I really want to ski in Silverstar, Canada, because I have heard great things about it. Plus they have chairlifts there so it’s a little easier to enjoy the downhills.

How do you train for skiing during the offseason?

I do a lot of roller skiing, running, mountain biking, and weightlifting.

What was your most humbling moment?

My most humbling moment was the team sprint in the Olympics. I was confident in myself going into that race, but it’s really eye opening to ski 3 laps with those fastest guys in the world and see how strong they are. It made me very motivated to get to their level.

What are your future goals/dreams?

Doing well at the 2026 Olympics in Italy is a big goal for me. My dream has always been to be one of the best skiers in the world and that’s still what I’m aiming for every training session and season.

Most important role model while growing up?

I really looked up to Petter Northug growing up because of the exciting ways he finished races.

Who do you consider to be a current mentor or role model?

My coach, Will Sweetser, is my mentor. He has such a good Nordic skiing mind and I learn from him every day that I work with him. He is responsible for a lot of my success in this sport, and I am grateful to have him as a coach.

What was your most memorable moment while competing?

My most memorable moment while competing was my quarterfinal in the Lillehammer World Cup. That was the most competitive World Cup of the year with it being in Norway and I advanced through the quarterfinal which felt like a huge accomplishment to me because of the way I skied that race.

What advice would you give young athletes at the beginning of their competitive career?

I would tell them to remember to have fun and get fired up. Racing can be nerve wracking and stressful sometimes but if you treat every race as an opportunity to race and have a good time then I think that brings out the success.