Sylvan Ellefson: living major on the road to Sochi

Nordic skier and Olympic hopeful Sylvan Ellefson smiles.

(photo courtesy of Sylvan Ellefson/Engine Room Media)

Sylvan Ellefson is one of Ursa Major’s brand ambassadors AND one of the most competitive Nordic ski racers in the United States.  Since graduating from Bates College in 2009, Sylvan has been on a mission to represent the United States at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.  This week, at the 2014 U.S. National Championships, Sylvan will be racing the final Olympic qualifiers.  The end of the trail to Sochi is nigh, so we wanted to take a minute to share Sylvan’s story with our Blog Cabin readers.

Name: Sylvan Ellefson

Hometown: Vail, CO

Profession: Nordic skiing

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(photo courtesy of Sylvan Ellefson/Nils Ribi Photography)

Sylvan Ellefson might be the fittest dude you’ve never heard about.  We love Sylvan because he bucks all the stereotypes that exist about pro athletes.  Sylv, as he’s affectionately known, trains hundreds of hours a year, mostly alone, high in the mountains above Vail.  He works as a caretaker for Vail’s McMansions.  He drives an old Toyota pickup that he absolutely adores.  He volunteers in a fourth grade class at the local elementary school.  He swears by our Stellar Shave Cream.

On the snow he dominates.  Off the snow he’s the friendliest guy around.

We’re amped to call Sylv a friend of The Great Bear.

Follow Sylvan’s Olympic journey:

Blog: In the Arena with Sylvan

Twitter: @sylvanellefson

Facebook: Sylvan Ellefson

Vimeo: The Trail to Sochi

2 Comments

  1. Jason Ellis January 4, 2014 at 1:18 pm #

    Okay, I officially need to re-evaluate my priorities in life after reading this . He volunteers at a 4th grade class? Trains in the mountains for hundreds of hours a year. Man, don’t get me wrong, I LOVE being married and having kids – but this short post really illustrates the benefits and freedom of single-dom. Good on you Sylvan for living life EXACTLY the way YOU want to!

    • Ollie B January 6, 2014 at 9:07 am #

      Not to ruin the Sylvan mystique, Jason, but Sylv is happily married.

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