This week Vikings Athletics caught up with dual athlete Ben Osorio, who competes for our Vikings cross-country and nordic sports teams, to hear about his goals in sport, why he became a Viking and what he plans to do upon graduation.
Q: What is your program of study and what do you hope to do with that degree? What year of study are you in?
BO: I am in my fourth year of outdoor education. I plan on teaching outdoor education in the public school system once I complete my bachelor of education.
Q: What are you hoping to achieve in your athletics career?
BO: At one point in my life I chased the Olympic dream. I succeeded in becoming semi-professional but never attained my dream of making the National Team and racing at the Olympics. Nowadays my athletic goals are to maintain a high level of fitness and race as much as possible while balancing school and work.
Q: How did you get into cross-country skiing and running?
BO: I got into cross country running in grade one and have never stopped. I can't even remember why I got into it or how. It was always a part of my life. As for skiing, I got into it in grade nine. When I got into high school the running team peer pressured me into trying skiing. I didn't like it at first, but soon grew to love it.
Q: Why did you choose to become a Viking?
BO: I chose to come to Augustana because of its reputable outdoor education program and cross-country ski team.
Q: What is the best thing about being a Viking?
BO: There are so many great things about being a Viking, from the camaraderie to the Viking cheer. I would have to choose the ski trails which are across the road from campus. They are easily accessible, impeccably groomed and full of challenging terrain.
Q: How do you spend your free time when you are not in the gym or the trail?
BO: When I'm not training specifically for running or skiing I am hanging out with friends, reading and going on adventures. I love camping and snowboarding.
Q: What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
BO: The best advice I've ever been given is: It's not about the destination, it's about the journey.
Q: How have you been keeping busy this year while everything is on pause because of the pandemic?
BO: I have been making trips to the mountains to snowboard and camp. This is my last year in Alberta and I am determined to soak up as much as possible from this beautiful province. I also love to read.
You can hear more from Vikings coaches and student-athletes Friday mornings with Scott Mitchell on New Country 98.1.