Niko started sking in 4th grade in the Minnesota Youth Ski League and then competitively in 5th grade. He attended Southwest High School in Minneapolis where he continued to ski on the team that he began participating on in Middle School where his seasons culminated in the Mesabi 5k skate or classic. Niko is looking to increase the ski specificity focus of his program and engage in some more serious long distance racing. His high school Nordic coach James Dundon, an Olympic class rower, was a big influence on his career as a Nordic athlete, teaching Niko the value of discipline.
He began rowing last summer and continues to row for the team here at Bowdoin. Outside of competitive sports he enjoys camping and hiking and beach volley ball, and doing things outside in general. Niko would like to be competitive in making the carnival team and he would like to improve his V1 tempo and V2 technique overall. He looks forward to expert technique coaching from Coach Hall, and a more sophisticated waxing system than was available to him in high school.Bowdoin was impressive to Niko because of the food, small class size, and general attitude of the people on campus. His academic interests are Architecture, Environmental studies, and Economics.