January 25, 1996
Georgian Bay Nordic
Erik Braten and Timo Puiras
National Ski Team Background:
Julian is entering his first season on Canada’s National Ski Team – a big goal coming to fruition after years of working through the competitive pathway. But for Julian, it is also simply just one more step on the way to the biggest goal of all in the sport.
After training with his home club for four years, Julian moved to Thunder Bay to take advantage of the training opportunities after graduating from high school. After relocating to the NTDC his milestones were clearly established: compete for Canada at the World Junior Championships, Under-23 World Championships and then make the National Ski Team.
This took years of training and racing, learning and growing through NorAm competitions and racing around the globe. His credits his breakthrough to his performance at the Under-23 World Championships in Lahti, Finland. Now a full-time member of the National Ski Team, he is relishing in the opportunity and ready to chase his ultimate goal of representing Canada at the Olympic Winter Games.
Introduction to Cross-Country Skiing:
His introduction to cross-country skiing began when Julian’s family moved from Dundas, Ont., to Oxenden, Ont. Looking out his front door in the town of 100 people, the three-year-old Julian saw a blanket of famer fields extending down to the shores of Georgian Bay. It was in these fields that his parents, who had a passion for the outdoors, introduced the kids to cross-country skiing on the snowmobile trails that winded past the family house.
Shortly after, Julian and his siblings were all enrolled in Jackrabbit programs and the sport took hold of him.
During his high school years, Julian joined Georgian Bay Nordic where he established a deep passion for skiing. His coach, Marilyn Suke, instilled this love for the sport in all of her athletes. Competition, excellence and passion have always driven Julian and cross-country skiing is the channel through which it all flows.
Julian does have the competitive juices inside: known to be a bit too intense during backyard croquet matches, or during friendly games of bowling.
When time permits, Julian keeps himself busy with multiple interests that range from art and studying to music and baking. Juilan credits his other passion in art to his father who is a potter, and his mother who has a degree in fashion and design. He plays botht he guitar and piano, and enjoys singing and song writing. If you need a dinner party dessert, Julian is always up for making his famed cheesecake.
Julian is currently in the midst of completing a biology degree from Lakehead University.
2019 – Under-23 World Championships, Lahti, FIN: 19 (Sprint C)
2019 – Canadian Ski Championships, Gatineau, Que.: 3 (Sprint F)
2018 – Canadian Ski Championships, Thunder Bay, Ont.: 4 (50km C)
2015 – Junior World Championships, Almaty, KAZ: 39 (Sprint C)
2014 – Canadian Ski Championships, Corner Brook, Nfld.: 1 (Junior Boy Sprint F)