After moving to Colorado at the age of 10, Tanner Visnick began Telemark skiing with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Development program in 2008. During his second year with the program, he traveled to Whitefish Montana for the US Telemark National Championships, which earned him a spot on the National Team the following year at the age of 14. Over the next four years, Tanner has joined the ranks as one of the best Telemark racers in the nation, going from 18th in U.S Nationals in his first season to National Champion two seasons ago. After competing in his first World Cup race in 2012, he has 46 World Cup starts, 15 top 15 finishes, a World Junior Championship bronze medal, and finished 10th in the World in the Classic discipline in 2014. He is the 2016 US National Champion. In 2017, he suffered an ACL/MCL knee injury at the end of the 2017 World Champions in La Plagne France, but returned to racing at the 2018 Telemark National Championships and finished 3rd overall. After graduating from Montana State University last spring, Tanner will be living in Austria and France, training with the Norwegian Telemark Team while competing on the Telemark World Cup.
In addition to Telemark racing, Tanner is a Pro Mountain Biker and specializes in marathon-length XC races. He started racing Pro after winning the 2016 Cat 1 Colorado Mountain Bike State Championships two summer ago and enjoyed moderate success in the Firecracker 50, Silver Rush 50, and Steamboat Stinger. After an injury hiatus in 2017, he returned in 2018 and enjoyed tremendous success, winning the Steamboat Stinger MTB 50 and inaugural Big Sky Biggie 50, as well as finishing top 10 in a variety of other marathon MTB races and top 20 in the Epic Rides Off-Road series.
When not competing in his two signature sports, Tanner competes recreationally in Nordic cross country and a variety of running events. He has climbed every 14,000 ft peak in Colorado and would eventually like to climb all seven summits. He is also a classically trained vocalist and has performed in Operas such as La Bohéme and a variety of religious gatherings in his hometown of Steamboat Springs CO and Bozeman MT.
A more complete Biography can be found on the US Telemark website here.