Justin Freeman made his first trip on skis at the age of about 30 hours. He has been self powered on skis since 27 months, and has been racing continuously since he was seven years old. An undistinguished (to say the least) high school career belied his potential, and he was twice an All American skier for Bates College (where he was also a Division III All American runner). After college Justin pursued graduate work in physics at the University of Colorado at Boulder; somehow after two years he was able to tear himself away from his exciting research in computational models of photoionization of hydrogen in an intense magnetic field (utilizing variational methods with a spline basis set and multichannel quantum defect theory) and he began pursuing skiing full time. Three years late he was named to the World Championship team for Val di Fiemme in 2003, and his results there earned him a spot on the U.S. Ski Team. In 2006 Justin competed for the U.S. at the Torino Olympics. Along the way he won one national title, one overall NorAm title, and nine SuperTour races.
While Justin is still in retirement denial, he became a father in October of 2006, and he lives with his wife and two daughters at New Hampton School in New Hampton, NH, where he teaches mathematics and physics and coaches cycling. His primary goal this season is to win his second significant ski marathon (and first since 1999).