Olympian and Stage World Cup Winner
American cross-country-skier Noah Hoffman announced his retirement via his personal blog on March 8, stating that his last race would be the FIS World Cup event at the Holmenkollen Ski Festival in Oslo, Norway two days later.
Hoffman, who was born in Evergreen, Colo. and skis out of Vail, took up the sport at the age of four and made his World Cup debut 15 years later in January 2009.
In 2012, he made a big splash at the U23 World Championships, placing second in the 15km Classic, one of the highest finishes ever by an American at these Championships. That same year, Hoffman won the U.S. National Championship in the 30km Classic, and claimed the 50km title in 2014 and in 2015.
Hoffman was one of the top distance skiers in the U.S., and won a Stage World Cup in 2013 at the season opener in Kuusamo, Finland, taking the final stage of the Ruka Triple, the 15km freestyle Pursuit. His best individual World Cup result was eighth in the 30km Skiathlon at the test event in Pyeongchang, South Korea in Feb. 2017, matching his result at the Canmore, Alta. World Cup in 2012 in the same event.
He represented his country at back-to-back Winter Olympics in 2014 and 2018, finishing 26th in the 50km Classic in Sochi, Russia after skiing near the front for the first 45km, as well as 11th in the men’s 4x10km relay.
It is also notable that Hoffman declined an invitation to attend the White House after the 2018 Olympic Games to protest the U.S. pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement and its inaction on climate change. Instead, he spent the day talking to schoolchildren about the importance of the issue.
Hoffman has signed on as an athletic presenter for Truesport, the partner brand of the U.S. Anti-doping Agency. In addition, he has begun classes at Brown University in Providence, R.I. as a first-year undergraduate.
Noah Hoffman claimed both the 30km and 50km National crosscountry-ski titles and was one of the top distance skiers in the U.S.