In the beginning…

Erik began skiing with the Bogus Basin Ski School Program at age 3. He was so bored waiting for all the other kids during his first lesson that he left the group and skied to the bottom alone. This created an all mountain search by his instructors for the missing student. ErikYoung Fish was scolded for leaving his group and transferred to an older class for further instruction. Even as a youngster, Erik had a need for speed. When free skiing with his dad and mom, they would bribe him with candy to make turns rather than the typical straight line down the mountain. Erik began racing with the Bogus Basin Ski Racing Alliance at age 7. Due to his dad’s job transfers, his family moved several times over the next few years. Erik continued his racing career at Snow Bowl, in Flagstaff, Arizona; at Sundance, in Provo Canyon, Utah and at Park City in Utah. At age 15, his family returned to Idaho. Erik was a Junior Olympic medalist and Junior National medalist. He graduated from Eagle High School in 2003. Erik took a post graduate year at Rowmark Ski Academy in Salt Lake City, Utah. In 2004, while at Rowmark, he was named to the development squad for the US Ski Team.

Dreams Do Come True…

Making the US Ski Team was a goal Erik had been working toward for nearly 10 years. Dreams do come true through hard work, sacrifice, dedication and never giving up. He has a poster on his wall that says, “NEVER QUIT!” With the support of the US Ski Team behind him, hisQuick Factsresults continued to improve. Erik was a downhill bronze medalist at World Juniors in 2005 qualifying him for “C” Team status. He was a downhill Europa Cup silver medalist and the overall NorAm super G champion in 2006 moving him to the “B” Team.

Today is the First Day of the Rest of Your Life…

Erik’s aggressive, competitive personality has helped him achieve his current successes. In the 06-07 Nor Am season, he was on the podium 9 times, winning the Overall Nor Am Downhill and Super G titles. After an ACL injury during the first World Cup of the 07-08 season Erik spent the remainder of the season in rehab. With his injury behind him, Erik scored consistently on the World Cup for the 08-09 season ranking himself in the top 30 in the world and qualifying him for the “A” Team. He set two US Ski Team records for the best finish for a rookie at Val Gardena, Italy and Kitzbuhel, Austria finishing 7th and 11th. He helped the US Ski Team set another record when he started 52 and finished 7th putting 5 Americans in the top 10. He reached his life-long goal of being an Olympian when he was named to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Team; however due to a crash during a race in France he broke his wrist and hand and was unable to compete in the 2010 games. The agony of defeat has challenged Fish with multiple knee surgeries forcing him to miss most of the past two World Cup seasons. Although he lost his World Cup standing and has to earn his way back to “A” Team status, he is well on his way. He is healthy and strong- setting US Ski Team records in the gym this summer and won two FIS downhill races at the beginning of the 2013-2014 season in a largely World Cup field. He has finished in the top 30 in his first two World Cup downhill races this season. Next stop….Sochi, Russia 2014 Olympic Games “Fishing for Gold!”

Off The White Stuff…

Erik is the only son among the four kids of Dave & Shelly Fisher. Erik grew up playing football and baseball until his ski racing careerErik Fisher conflicted with too many practices and games. He also raced motocross, one season, until a crash broke his leg in five places and ended his ski racing season for the year. Off the hill, he enjoys wakeboarding, ice hockey, road cycling, whitewater kayaking, cliff jumping, kiting, speed flying, hunting and salmon fishing. Erik’s kind heart is a magnet for children. He also loves spending time with the family’s animals —2 dogs and a fainting goat that was born on his birthday. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. Erik has traveled the world and still thinks Idaho is the best place on earth to live.