I grew up in Indiana far away from the mountains. My athletic background was based in track and field where I was lucky enough to be named a two-time collegiate All-American. Once free from the strict regimen of track workouts I avidly began to blend aerobic fitness with mountain sports. Mentored by one of the Wasatch "light and fast" crew, Jared Inouye, I quickly found himself trying to get as much steep skiing in as possible by using the lightest gear I could find. Now, for the past several years the goal has been to step up the "light and fast" game as it pertains to ski mountaineering.
Nick Name: JD, Taiwan Kim
Date of Birth: Jan 15, 1982
Where were you born: Eugene Oregon
Current Location: SLC, UT
Hobbies: Eating, driving, naps
Discipline: Ski, run, climb
Favorite SCARPA product: Alien 1.0
What other SCARPA product do you use: F1 EVO, Spark running shoes, Booster climbing shoes
Your biggest influence growing up: My dad and his stories of climbing in the 70's
Biggest idol in your sport growing up: Running … Michael Johnson
What age did you start: Running … 13, Skiing • 24
How would you describe your style: light and fast
What can't you live without: My Ski Trab Gara Aeros
What keeps you motivated: Like minded partners and our collective imagination.
If you could be a super hero who: Superman
Guilty pleasure song: Anything by Lorde
Strangest medical issue: Fractured Patella … too much running…
Favorite junk food: Licorice
Favorite post activity drink: Chocolate Milk
Best excuse to skip training: The wife and dog
Go•to dance move: What?
Favorite ice cream: Oreo
Coffee or tea: Tea
What do you do on off days: Chinese Buffets
>Last movie to make you cry: Gladiator
Favorite classic movie: Steep
What's on your ipod: Bright Eyes, 2Pac, Phantogram
Hidden talent/party trick: Falling asleep. Give me 15 seconds and a quite room and I'm out.
What kind of car do you drive: Toyota Tacoma
Personal Blog: JD Journal