We recently got the chance to talk with Josh Rosenberg, a recipient of the 2019/2020 SYNC Athlete Fund, to ask him some questions. Check it out below!
Q: So where did you grow up skiing?
A: I grew up skiing at Okemo Mountain Vermont. My grandparents introduced skiing to my dad at Okemo and he did the same for me.
Q: What is your favorite discipline and why?
A: I love slalom....The quick turns and slapping gates get my adrenaline going, I love the challenge of skiing SL since its unlikely to have a perfect run, it really comes down to how well you can recover from mistakes and persevering to the end.
Q: How has this season been going so far? Are you on track for the goals you set out for yourself at the beginning of the season?
A: I have had a great start to the season. Most of November and December have been spent on fundamentals and tons of drill work which I really enjoy. I just started competing at the beginning of January and have had 2 decent slalom results. Now I am looking forward to getting some speed in the next few weeks.
Q: What is one fun fact that many friends, teammates, and coaches don't know about you?
A: I'm really into math and enjoy learning new things like I do in everything. I also love tennis as I play during the offseason.
Q: If you could give yourself one piece of advice when you first started racing what would it be?
A: Don't focus on gate training....get the fundamentals down and perfect your free skiing.
Q: If you were not a ski racer what sport do you think you would pursue instead?
A: I'd be trying to compete in tennis on the ATP tour!
Q: Which World Cup race would you want to start in the most?
A: I really want to ski the SL at Kitzbuhel. It looks incredible and challenging and it seems like it would be an amazing place to visit and also free ski.
Q: Can you walk us through your pre-race routine and describe how you mentally prepare?
A: I do a lot a rolling in the morning before I leave the house. Once I am at the mountain it's all about focus and ensuring a quality inspection. Once I finish the inspection I usually take tons of free runs to warm up doing a combination of drills and free skiing to get my balance and blood moving.
I like to keep things simple before my run as I tend to visualize the course very little. Once I'm at the start, I am super calm and relaxed, focusing all my attention and energy on the run I am about to take.
Q: Finally, we have to know, if you could be any part of a burger what would it be and why?
A: Of course I'd be the meat! Its the main attraction of the burger....:)