Justin K. Freeman '98

In a Faces at Bates profile in 2006, Justin Freeman was referred to as a “brilliant double major in physics and mathematics.” The summer after his junior year, according to a 1998 Bates Magazine article, Justin “won a coveted National Science Foundation grant to begin his honors thesis research on dynamical systems at Northern Arizona University's Research Experience for Undergraduates program.” The article continues, "his honors thesis was considered unusual because he cited only three experts. 'Justin proved his own theorems,'  Professor of Physics Mark Semon, his thesis adviser, said. 'The outside examiner had never seen results like his before. He also turned his honors thesis in a week early, which is unheard of.'" A skier since the age of two and a competitive racer since the age of seven, Justin finished third in the 10K Classical at the 1997 NCAA National Collegiate Skiing Championships to win his first All-America honor. He went on to become a two-sport All-American by placing eighth at the 1997 NCAA Cross Country Championships, and he went on to place sixth at the 1998 NCAA Skiing Championships, for his third All-America honor. He was awarded the Bates Athletics Senior Citation. After Bates, Justin pursued graduate work in physics at the University of Colorado at Boulder but was quickly called back to competitive Nordic skiing. After two years in the Ph.D. program, he began skiing full-time to pursue his dream of becoming an Olympian. Justin was named to the U.S. World Championship Cross Country Ski team in 2003, and his results there earned him a spot on the U.S. Ski Team. Justin had six career podium finishes at nationals and competed in the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, becoming the second athlete in Bates history to earn a place on a winter Olympics team. Justin is currently chair of the mathematics department, teaches mathematics and physics, and coaches cycling at the New Hampton School in New Hampton, N.H. In addition to teaching, Justin blogs about skiing and training and continues to train and compete. In March 2013, he successfully defended his title for the fifth year in a row in the annual Ski to the Clouds 10K, a challenging race up the Mt. Washington Auto Road that includes a climb of more than 2,200 vertical feet over the final six kilometers of the course. Justin lives in New Hampshire with his wife, Heidi, and their two daughters, Iris and Sage, who join him today as we proudly welcome Justin K. Freeman’98 into the membership of the Bates Scholar-Athlete Society. Freeman_8036