Quickly developing into a top all-around skier, East Coaster Tommy Biesemeyer already has the hard knocks on the World Cup to know what it takes to become one of the best in the world. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Tommy Biesemeyer stands on the podium at the Lake Louise NorAm downhill after taking second place.
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The men look fast in during two runs of downhill training at the Audi Birds of Prey in Beaver Creek, Colorado.
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An East Coaster by birth, Tommy Biesemeyer knows what it's like to race on icy conditions. A product of the New York Ski Education Foundation, he started racing at Whiteface, but he quickly moved into to the U.S. Ski Team food chain, making his World Cup debut in 2011.
Try telling an alpine ski racer who specializes in speed to move slowly. It’s not easy. Tommy “BZ” Biesemeyer (Keene, NY) is no exception. After sustaining an ACL and MCL injury in 2014, Biesemeyer had to come to terms with the fact that he had pain that never really went away. Now, Biesemeyer has done the work and put in the time the right way: by moving slowly.
The time off wasn’t so bad for Biesemeyer. He was able to acknowledge that ski racing isn’t everything in life, and made new friends, worked on a college degree at University of Vermont—all which made him appreciate skiing in a bigger way. Brunner encouraged Biesemeyer to explore life outside of skiing. “It’s important to accept the injury and to become stronger, but it’s equally important to try to take something positive out of it and to not take things for granted and see the bigger picture,” Brunner emphasized. “You should work hard and live your dream, but if that dream doesn’t come true, there is plenty of interesting, fulfilling stuff out there.”
Through it all, Biesemeyer would like to especially thank his sponsors for their support during these tough two years battling with an injury. “They all stood by me and supported me through the years I wasn’t able to race and I just resigned with Windham Mountain,” said Biesemeyer. “They’re my biggest sponsor, and I am happy to have them in my corner.”
The hard work paid off for Biesemeyer in 2016, who—in his comeback race at Birds of Prey—snagged 11th in super G on a historic day for the men's speed team (with 4 in the top 11). He'd go on to score more World Cup points at the Olympic test event in Jeongseon, Korea, with 21st and a 28th place finish in Hinterstoder, Austria. That's not enough for this fierce competitor, though. Look for him to work his way into the top 15 in the 2017 season. At nearly 210 lbs, Biesemeyer is stronger than he's ever been and his knee is feeling good.
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