Starting and ending World Cup ski careers

On this week’s Outdoor Explorer, we’ll be talking with two of the Alaska elite ski racers about how their racing schedules have changed and about new opportunities for growth and improvement that have arisen from these changes.  Our first guest is two-time Olympian Sadie Maubet-Bjornsen. Typically, at this time of year she’d be in Europe on the pro racing circuit, but this fall she decided to skip a few World Cup races to stay home in Anchorage and study for her certified public accountant (CPA) exams. Our second guest will be UAA Ski Team athlete and NCAA All-American JC Schoonmaker, a college student at UAA who decided this fall to accept the US Ski Team’s invitation to compete in several World Cup races in Europe, since his classes were all online anyway. 

HOST: Adam Verrier


  • Skiers JC Schoonmaker and Sadie Maubet-Bjornsen

BROADCAST: Thursday, January 14th, 2021. 10:00 am – 11:00 a.m. AKT

REPEAT BROADCAST:  Thursday, January 14th 2021. 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. AKT

SUBSCRIBE: Receive Outdoor Explorer automatically every week via:

Eric Bork, or you can just call him “Bork” because everybody else does, is the FM Operations Manager for KSKA-FM. He oversees the day-to-day operations of the FM broadcast. He produces and edits episodes of Outdoor Explorer, the Alaska-focused outdoors program. He also maintains the web posts for that show. You may have heard him filling in for Morning Edition or hosting All Things Considered and can still find him operating the soundboard for any of the live broadcast programs.

After escaping the Detroit area when he was 18, Bork made it up to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where he earned a degree in Communications/Radio Broadcasting from Northern Michigan University. He spent time managing the college radio station, working for the local NPR affiliate, and then in top 40 radio in Michigan before coming to Alaska to work his first few summers. After then moving to Chicago, it only took five years to convince him to move back to Alaska in 2010. When not involved in great radio programming he’s probably riding a bicycle, thinking about riding bicycles, dreaming about bikes, reading a book, or planning the next place he’ll travel to. Only two continents left to conquer!

Previous articleState predicts Sitka’s commercial herring harvest will fall short of annual limit
Next articleFederal government moves toward Cook Inlet oil lease sale