Our Athletes – Optic Nerve

Our Athletes

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Josiah Middaugh

Josiah Middaugh is a well decorated Triathlete. Josiah has won the Xterra USA nation championship 8 times, The USA Winter Triathlon twice, and the USAT Long Course National Championship once. He lives in vail with his wife and 3 children.

Suzie Snyder

Suzie Snyder has been running Xterra for over 12 years, half of them as a professional athlete. She has won 5 Xterra races in multiple countries and believes whole-heartedly that Xterra is not a race, its a lifestyle. 

Danielle Musto 

Danielle Musto is known for her podium places in fat bike races. Fat bikes (bikes with much wider tires) are perfect for trickier surfaces such as gravel and snow, which makes our girl Danielle an expert at changing terrain.  

Rebecca Gross 

Rebecca Is a veteran of the United States Air force, Rebecca resides in Golden Colorado and was the first American to win a Cyclocross world championship at the 2012 Cyclocross Masters World in Kentucky. Rebecca is also a two time collegiate Mountain bike short track champion.

Andreas Sjöbeck 

Andreas is a highly skilled Swedish freeride skier that is well known for his skillful park skiing and tricks. As a #FreeTheHeel fanatic, Andreas is a proud member of the Bishop Ski Team (and Team Nerve, of course!). 

Steve Eytel

Steve Eytel hails out of Summit County, Colorado and is also a proud member of Team Bishop. As a competitor in multiple large big mountain freerides competitions throughout the world, Steve is known as one of the few big mountain telemark skiers out there. 

Sam Pawlak

Sam came from the east coast where he skied park for most his life before moving to summit county Colorado 5 years ago. Since then he has dived into the realm of big mountain skiing, competing on the freeride world qualifier tour hoping to make it on the freeride world tour. When he's not competing or hucking off cliffs you can find him coaching for Team Summit Freeski team. 


Our Ambassadors

Leah Tyler-Szucki

Dental Assistant by week-day, adventurer and outdoor queen by the weekend, our girl Leah does it all! She truly is the picture perfect example of what it means to take full advantage of finding your freedom from inside. Canadian and proud, Leah is an expectant mother, a gear reviewer and a proud supporter of protecting the outdoors. 

Kelly Ray

A Chicago girl loving life in Washington, Kelly is a content creator, marketer, and happy dog mom. Wither it be hiking her favorite trails, or ripping up Mt. Baker, Kelly is passionate about fitness and enjoying the outdoors. Kelly only started skiing 5 years ago and already has found a passion for the backcountry, now that's some nerve! 


The Team Nerve Hall of Fame

To all our Team members, from today and yesterday: Here is to you! No matter where our team members end up, we are always proud to call them #teamnerve.

Roberto Mandje

Roberto is an Olympic middle stance runner, who ran the 1500 meters for Equatorial Guinea in the 2004 summer Olympics. Roberto also places 5th and 7th in the Xterra Trail World Championship. Roberto works full time as the senior manager of a Runner Training & Education program and is a part-time fitness model.

Rebecca Selig 

Rebecca is a skier hailing from Kalamazoo Michigan. Rebecca placed 3rd in her first skiing competition at the age of 28, the US Free-skiing Tour. In 2014 near east vail, Rebecca was caught in every skier's worst nightmare, an avalanche. She got back up and still skis, skiing is a huge part of Rebeccas lifestyle and something she could not have given up.

Are you interested in joining Team Nerve? Email athletes@opticnerve.com


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