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National Champ


In the final stretch of last year’s NCAA Skiing Championship 5-km freestyle race, freshman Julia Richter had one more hill ahead. “It’s the last thing you have to do for the day, just get to the finish!” she told herself. Without realizing it, she made up nearly 10 seconds and crossed the finish line to the sound of an ecstatic crowd—winning the NCAA race’s individual title and helping the U’s ski team win its 12th NCAA championship. “I love training to get better,” she says. “But most of all, I really, really love to compete!”

NAME

Julia Richter

SPORT

Nordic skiing

SKIING SINCE

Age 4

HOMETOWN

Sayda, Germany

CLASS

Sophomore

MAJOR

International Studies

FAVORITE COURSE

European Politics

LANGUAGES

German, English, Russian

WORKOUT

When there is snow: two ski sessions a day + weights. No snow: lots of roller skiing, running, hiking, sprinting + weights.

FAVORITE FOOD

Grandpa’s glitscher (a German potato pancake) and anything grandma bakes

MUSIC

Country, which she fell in love with watching Nashville

HOBBIES

Baking bread, reading historical fiction

SEASON GOALS

Qualify for the NCAAs and the U23 World Ski Championships

CAREER GOALS

Become a professional skier, get a master’s degree, live in Norway

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