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Peter Ericson, student at Luleå University of Technology and triple world champion in Snowcross. Photo: Ted Karlsson.

Studies and elite program for former champion

Published: 28 November 2014

Three time Snowcross World Champion Peter Ericson from Skellefteå read the second year of the Bachelor programme in Mechanical Engineering at Luleå University of Technology. Right now Peter has busy days when he besides studies also is preparing for the upcoming season.

Peter Ericson has an impressive track reckord in Snowcross including three World Championship gold medals (2006, 2007 and 2009), four national championships and one Nordic Championships.

How does it work to combine studies with competing with the elite in Snowcross?

– I need to be efficient and not let little things take too much time. Good planning is essential. I have help with the servicing of the snowmobiles, but most of the things I take care of myself, such as finding sponsors, booking, applications and so on. Every day I also have physical training.

What is the fascination with Snowcross?

– I have competed in Snowcross for 20 years. I like that it is technically difficult, very physically demanding and requires a technical know-how like adjusting the chassis and shock absorbers. In addition, speed is something universally appealing to many, which also applies to me.

What made ​​you choose the Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering?

– I've been working with machines throughout my childhood, so it felt like a natural choice. To succeed in motorsports, one should have an interest in, and understanding of, the machines.

How is the education?

– The course is really good. It was fun and educational with live projects by the end of the first academic year. I think the education provides a good basis to work as an engineer.

What is the best thing about being a student at Luleå University of Technology in Skellefteå?

– The university in Skellefteå is very nice. The university has good teachers and staff, it is easy to get answers to questions. I have nice fellow students and it is a great study environment with a nice view of the Skelleftea River. I really enjoy it here!

Do you have an advice to someone thinking of applying for the Bachelor programme in Mechanical Engineering?

– Study mathematics before you come so you have a good mathematical foundation. It is also important that you learn good study skills.