Stany Zjednoczone, 33 years old

At 32 years old, Simi has made sprint his specialty. His girlfriend's (Sophie Caldwell) switch to Salomon last year probably decided the US skier who will aim at some world cup sprint finals for the coming season !

What is your favorite training ?

My favorite type of training is a tie between riding my mountain bike on fast single track and mountain running. The longer the ride or the run, the better!

What is your favorite race format ?

I am probably best at freestyle sprinting on rolling courses, but I think my favorite race format is the 15 km freestyle mass-start on a course with fast snow, steep climbs, and very technical downhills. 

What is your favorite race place ?

My favorite place to race is probably in Toblach, Italy. I have been on the World Cup sprint podium there twice, but I love how technical and fun the sprint course is and the fact that you are staring up at the Dolomites when you are warming up for your race. 

What is your best memory in your sport ?

My best memory is probably racing the Norwegian Birkebeiner when I was 14 years old. I couldn’t believe that many people could take part in one ski race, and the atmosphere, weather, and conditions were amazing!

What are your hobbies apart from your sport ?

I love to backcountry ski (ski mountaineer) as much as I can in the spring when I have some time off from training and racing. I also love to read, make videos, rock climb, and I am (slowly) learning how to play the guitar. 

What music do you like to listen to when you're training / preparing for a race ?

My favorite band is the Foo Fighters, but I like also to listen to Rage Against the Machine, The Notorious Big and Metallica when I'm preparing for a race.