Memoirs of the Multi-Sport Athlete is a series the SederSkier podcast is doing on nordic skiers who participate in some other sport in addition to the one with skinny skis. Alpine (skimeister), cross country running, track, and mountain biking are all activities often juggled by these athletes. In a world where we are increasingly encouraging …err..forcing young people to specialize earlier and earlier, however, we thought it was fitting to speak to student-athletes and coaches who not only believe it is possible to compete at an elite level in more than one thing, but think it may be necessary in order to reach peak success in a single sport as well.
On this first episode, we speak with an athlete who is, without question, thriving in more than one arena. In the case of US Ski team member Kendall Kramer, what is often overlooked is just how elite of a runner she is. While that’s largely due to her astounding success on the national and global stage – she has a World Junior individual 4th place finish from 2019 and a silver medal from 2020 in skiing to her credit – it’s worth mentioning that the Fairbanks, Alaska native also has run 10:27 in the two-mile in track, blistered the legendary Mt. Sac cross country course in 17:36, and captured three xc state titles in addition to six state track titles.
Her perspective on how she balances everything is one which is mature beyond her years. After speaking with her, you can’t help but hope she will be a forerunner for young people across the nation to believe and trust in their decisions to be well rounded in sports, prioritize school, and believe in the lessons which come from hard work in both. Kendall has done that in her time at West Valley High School, and we hope she will experience continued growth and success at UAF and Team USA for years to come!
Interview starts at 20:00
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My name is Ryan Sederquist. I am a man of many passions and dreams, and this website is the outlet for many of them. I am currently teaching 5th grade remotely in the Adams12 school district in Colorado. I have been an elementary music teacher in Alamosa, Colorado, as well as a 7-12 band director at Lake County High School in Leadville, Colorado. I am also in the final, final stages of acquiring my M.S. in Exercise Science from Adams State University.
In 2018-2019, we spent a year in Presque Isle, Maine as I coached the UMPI Nordic ski team.
I currently live in Leadville, Colorado with my wife Christie, a special education teacher, and our border collie-German shepherd mix, Ajee.
Even though it is not my full-time job, ever since I was a child, I had the desire to do one of three things professionally - pro sports, writing about pro sports, or being a radio talk show host. This website is where I pretend to do the latter two, and when I'm out pretending to do the former, I listen to podcasts, think about topics, and pursue my wild dream of someday, at some event, in either running, biking, or skiing, wearing a team USA uniform.
This website contains articles, podcasts, pictures, and journal entries that have to do with my passion and involvement in endurance sports. Our flagship project is the Seder Skier Podcast, which talks mostly about nordic skiing and attempts to interview influential individuals in the ski world. I also rant about the Big 4 sports, with a lean towards Minnesota teams (Vikings, Twins, Twolves, and MN Distance Running).
I sometimes try to write Sports Illustrated like 'feature' articles about athletes as well.
In addition to a focus on sports, you will find the occasional article or show that discusses the intersection of theology and society ...which is ...obviously everywhere. We place these in our Skieologians podcast.
The heading at the top of my homepage reads, "Search for Truth. Play with purpose. Strive for success." It is the underlying theme for my coaching philosophy, which can be downloaded from this site. Basically, I'm always looking to search for the truth in my pursuit of knowledge, whether that is knowledge regarding the best methods for waxing skis, training a quarter miler, or defending my Christian apologetic. Searching implies a dedicated pursuit for knowledge, and that is what I'm about and what this site is about, even if it is simply for providing viewers with an accurate description of a product. Play with purpose has to do with living out our passions because they are fun. I ski because its fun. I play music and teach young kids because there is joy in it. This blog is about celebrating the joy and fun that inherently exists in the pursuit of excellence and in the activities themselves. Finally, strive for success is built on the principle that true success is the realization that we gave 100% effort to become the best that we could possible be. It requires 100% in preparation, competition, reflection, mental effort, etc. If something is worth doing, I believe it is worth doing with that level of effort.
Someday, I hope to race the Visma Classics - the entire season, wear a Team USA singlet, and have a job that involves writing or talking about sports or theology all day. If you know of any body I can reach out to to help me accomplish these goals, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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3 thoughts on “Seder Skier Podcast Ep. 6 – Memoirs of the Multi-sport Athlete, Part 1 – The Kendall Kramer Show”
You should get my friend Courtney Dauwalter on. The best in the world ultra runner and darn good Nordic skier from MN lives in CO. Sweetheart. LCCSC member. My hoped for participant in the 2020 Equinox 24 he Ultra Ski.
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She has been out running on the Mineral Belt when I’ve been rollerskiing. I know she will always be good for smile and wave – she gets us nordies. I definitely need to have her on my show!