Valjas made his World Cup debut in January 2009 in Whistler, at the World Cup event that also served as the official test event for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Valjas was not named to the 2010 Olympic team, but in the fall of that year began competing on the World Cup circuit fulltime.
He didn’t have to wait long to make his mark on the international stage, winning his first World Cup medal, a silver in the sprint event, in Drammen, Norway in March 2012. He would return to the World Cup podium two more times in that month and twice more in January 2013. Valjas made his Olympic debut at Sochi 2014 where he competed in the sprint and the 4x10km relay.
Getting Into Sport: Started skiing at age three… As an infant his parents would carry him in a backpack during their ski outings… By age 17 was excelling at both cross-country skiing and mountain biking and had to choose one to focus on… He chose skiing… After high school he deferred acceptance to university for a year so he could move to Horseshoe Valley for training… Outside Interests: Enjoys other sports such as alpine skiing, windsurfing, surfing, dirt biking, mountain biking and skateboarding… Odds and Ends: Likes to find a good espresso 45 minutes before a race…
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
FIS World Championships: 2013 – 12th (4x10km relay), 40th (sprint classic); 2011 – 12th (4x10km relay), 15th (sprint free), 48th (15km classic)