Meet Lorenzo Rossi
Lorenzo is one of the 50 students that lined up for the first ever student league race on April 3, 2011 at Fort Steilacoom. Many of the students were new to mountain biking, including Lorenzo, who placed 5th that day in the Freshman/Sophmore race category.
What year(s) and team did you ride for?
Ballard Beavers! 2011-2014. I’m honestly not sure when my Spanish teacher, Prof Nielson, introduced Coach Tom to our class but I was riding pretty much immediately after that.
What did you do after you graduated from high school?
My portfolio from the Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Programming got me a scholarship to Emerson College in Boston where I received a BFA in Media Arts Production focusing in audio production for film and TV.
What are you doing now? Where are you living?
After graduation, I moved back to Seattle to freelance in sound for picture. In addition to recording, editing, and mixing audio for local video productions, my brother, Cosmo, and I recently started working together as Bad Habit Media, a social content agency serving artists and entrepreneurs in the Seattle area! You can learn more at www.badhabit.media.
What’s next – goals, future career path?
Who knows! I want to live an authentic, fulfilling, and creative life filled with people I love.
What was memorable to you about your experience on the team and as part of the WSCL?
Mountain biking was really useful for me especially in high school. The physical activity was a great outlet that was both collaborative and highly personal. I felt supported by our coaches, captains, and team members, but ultimately the drive to improve had to come from me.
How did your experience help you after high school?
Training for races was a really concrete way of demonstrating that practicing with the right framework and intention truly does pay off. Learning to perform under the stress and tension of race day has helped me deal with these challenges in almost any other circumstance. The ability to push myself in a healthy way while listening to my body is a pretty invaluable skill that I’m practicing to this day.
What advice would you give to someone that is considering joining the program or is new to the program?
The mountain biking community is one of the coolest, most inspiring, and most welcoming groups of people I’ve ever been a part of. The more you put in, the more you’ll get out. Even if you’ve never been on a bike, now is a great time to get involved!
Are you currently involved with the team or the League in some way?
While I haven’t been biking recently, I try and support the League with my media production skills whenever I can and I donate my time to to the Ballard Mountain Bike Team annual fundraiser event! I’m hoping to get back on the trails soon…