Martin Kolman is the No. 2 and No.1 ranked Men’s Overall and Tricks skier in the world, respectively, and is on a hot streak having won consecutive Tricks titles at Moomba and last weekend’s Reunion Island Masters.
But when he isn’t training exhaustingly in all three events, this Prague, Czech Republic, native is working at GOODE headquarters in Ogden, Utah, as the pro team coordinator and ski tester.
We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Martin and ask him about how he got started, what excites him about working at GOODE and how he is prepping for a Worlds year.
GOODE: How did you get your start in the sport and what was it like to grow up training in the Czech Republic?
Martin: My father put me on skis when I was 2 years old and I have skied ever since. Skiing at home was pretty good from about mid-May until the end of September. But that’s not enough time on the water to get to the top level so we skied earlier and later every season. It ended up being pretty hard core where I would be skiing in a river full of icebergs when I could not leave to go somewhere warmer because of school. When I could leave I would go to the Cory Pickos Ski School to start my season in early February.
GOODE: When and how did you come to the United States?
Martin: In the fall of 2012 I joined the University of Louisiana at Monroe water ski team and came over to the USA to combine my studies and skiing.
GOODE: You’ve been working for GOODE for about a year now. What drew you to work here?
Martin: I think to get to the top you need the time on the water and great coaches but without getting the best equipment for yourself you still might not make it. Learning and understanding what all goes into a ski and being able to implement all of my ideas and feelings from skiing into making the best ski is crucial for my success. Working with GOODE gives me the last piece of that puzzle.
GOODE: What is your overriding philosophy about ski design and performance?
Martin: There are always tradeoffs to each design and you have to choose what are your priorities for the design. Mine are stability, cross-course speed and lightness.
GOODE: How are you able to fit in training for all three events?
Martin: It has been a transition period to adjust to my life’s new rhythm but I just try to stay consistent and do as much as possible with the opportunity for training that day. If I don’t get to ski I’ll go for a hike, bike ride or to the gym. Of course there is no training that you can do that replicates time on the water.
GOODE: You just had a huge win in tricks at Moomba. What was that experience like?
Martin: It was an awesome experience skiing again on the Yarra River in downtown Melbourne. Since I started working at GOODE I’ve wanted to win a tournament on a ski I made and the feeling was just amazing.
GOODE: You are one of the favorites in overall at this year’s World Championships. How are you approaching this year upcoming Worlds year?
Martin: I am trying to be as ready as I can as a skier and having my equipment as dialed in as possible. Being able to make my own skis for the Worlds adds another level of confidence to my skiing.