Benjamin Lustgarten

About: From Burlington, Vermont, Ben comes from an active family and community and has always enjoyed an outdoor athletic lifestyle. He started cross-country ski racing in high school, never expecting anything special to come of it. However, through four years of hard training and steadily rising in the Vermont public high school rankings, he grew to love this challenging and gratifying sport.

By the time Ben graduated from Burlington High School, he had achieved several top-ten finishes at the U.S. Junior Olympic Championships and two state championship titles. He continued his path of improvement at Middlebury College, one of the top colleges in Division I skiing, where he was a two-time Team Captain and a two-time Ski Team MVP. He rose through the ranks of collegiate racing, qualifying four times for the NCAA Championships, achieving two All-American NCAA finishes and competing at national and international championships. Looking forward, Ben will be cross-country skiing competitively with Olympic aspirations.

Ben Lustgarten, Darn Tough, VT

Kudos: This year, Ben had two top-10 finishes at the 2014 US Senior Nationals in Utah, where he qualified as the second American U23 to go to U23 World Championships. He went on to have two top-35 finishes at at U23 Worlds. At the US Senior Nationals in 2012, Ben was the Junior National Champion for the 10km Classic and the 2nd American Qualifier for the Junior World Championships. Ben is a four-time NCAA Qualifier and a two-time EISA All-East First Team award receiver.

On the Socks: Ben wanted to work with Darn Tough not only because they are a local Vermont company whose products are made in the USA, but also because of their incredible quality. There’s not much worse than cold feet during fall and winter training or during a ski race, anyone who skis can attest to that! The variety of socks that Darn Tough provides gives Ben options for every sport in every condition that he trains in, from hot summer runs to rainy road bike rides and freezing nordic ski workouts. Plus, Ben loves merino wool socks for their incredible temperature regulation properties and because they keep his feet feeling fresh.

Ben Lustgarten, Darn Tough, VT