EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Ben Loomis has come a long way since we first caught up with the 2018 Nordic Combined Olympian back in 2009. Making his first jumps of Silver Mine Hill at the age of 10.
"You can just hear the wind go by you," said Ben Loomis.
Even at that early age, Ben's talent and drive was starting to show. Two years later 12-year old Loomis won his age group at the Junior Olympics and showed his is excitement, but also his determination to be one of the best not only at ski jumping, but Nordic Combined as well.
"They called my name and I was like, really surprised and my friends were giving me high fives. I didn't do as well in the Nordic Combined as I did for jumping and I hope to podium for Nordic Combined," said Loomis.
2012 was big year for Loomis as he once again was a champion in the Junior Olympics and wowed the crowd at Silver Mine as at age 13 he won the long standing jump competition.
"Ahh it is great, it's the biggest tournament for me in the year and pulled it off and won it, so it was great. It's my farthest jump on a 90 meter so I am happy about that. It's great to win the home crowd, talking to a lot of your friends that is big excitement.," he said.
Fast forward two years to 2014 and Loomis is now training down in Park City, Utah. And with the Sochi Olympics that year, Ben made his Olympic aspirations known. But little did he know his Olympic dreams would come true a few years earlier than he predicted.
"2018 Olympics I will only be 19 then and that is pretty young to be a Nordic Combiner. Gotta work hard to succeed in this sport and which is one thing I really like about it," said Loomis.
2016 would be a breakout year for Ben Loomis. Competing in the Youth Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway and earned a silver in the Nordic Combined event and was named Nordic Combined Athlete of the Year.
That set the stage for this years Olympic trials, where Loomis made a name for himself nationally winning the ski jumping portion of the Nordic Combined and finishing third overall. That performance combined with his international results earned the 18-year-old a spot on the Nordic combined Olympic team. Loomis is proud to be representing his country and his home town of Eau Claire.
"It was an honor for me to be from Eau Claire and get so much support from the community, that is something that I am proud of.
After the trials I knew what I was capable of after competing directly against my teammates and finishing third. Even not on my best day I was able to keep that momentum going for the rest of January have decent competitions both on Continental Cup and World Cup over the last few weeks," he said.
It's been quite a ride for Ben Loomis the past nine years and we look forward to what the future holds for the talented 2018 Olympian.