ST. CLOUD - WJON's All-Star Student of the Week is a member of the three time Tech Nordic Ski Team Section Champions. Senior Isaac Wieber says he didn't necessarily like Nordic Skiing when he first started, but when it got competitive  he got into it.

Isaac Wieber during Tech Nordic Ski Team's practice.
(Photo: Joshua Akkerman, WJON)

"I like competitive things, so then I got really into it," says Wieber, "I realized it was a really cool sport, it’s really pretty, and you can do it your whole life."

Wieber has become a stand out in Nordic Skiing.  He took second place at this year’s section race, and was section champion last year.

"It was pretty cool. I won last year, and it’s not like I got worse it’s just Cory got better. It was just awesome the team got first for the third year in a row, and hopefully we can have an awesome journey at state to," says Wieber.

Wieber is talking about teammate, Cory Rouw, who will be featured as next week's All-Star Student.

Wieber is described a smooth Nordic Skiing technician. Lance Beuning is the head coach for the Tech Nordic Ski Team.

"You watch him ski, and everything is just on point, it’s very smooth. It looks effortless," says Beuning, "It’s tough as a coach, you’re watching him, and you feel like I can get more out of him because he’s going so smooth." 

Wieber says he’s grateful for the success he’s had in Nordic skiing.  He trains year round for the sport, like in summer he roller skis so he’s ready for when the season comes around.

At the end of the year you can kind of tell who’s been training in the summer, who peaks at the right time, and at sections kind of told the story of who trained the whole year as opposed to those who just started during the season.

Coach Beuning says it’s been phenomenal to watch Wieber grow over the years into the skier he is today.

[Isaac] has always been very quiet, and just very meticulous with his training. It’s fun to see him this year become a captain, and kind of take on more of a leadership role.

Isaac Wieber skiing at Riverside Park in St. Cloud.
(Photo: Joshua Akkerman, WJON)

Wieber says his career has been an awesome journey. He remembers looking up the seniors when he first started Nordic Skiing.

"It’s great to not just know both ends because when I just started racing junior high looking up to all the seniors, and thinking how cool they were. I guess now I’m kind of like that, so yeah it’s cool to know both ends of the spectrum," says Wieber.

His favorite thing about skiing is being able to get out into nature, and having fun with it. He is currently looking into colleges where he can continue his Nordic skiing career, but says he plans to continue skiing no matter what happens.

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