However, Anderson--a Cheyenne/Arapaho and part Mescalero Apache who is nicknamed "The Fastest Native American on Mother Earth"--seeks to be the fastest in the world. Currently ranked as the ninth fastest skier in world history, Anderson battled difficulties with his new prototype gear recently in Badmittendorf, Austria, at the FIS World Cup Speed Games, where he placed 11th. "I wasn't totally disappointed, but I was less than satisfied," the speed skier said. "The season lasts until the end of April, though, and I expect to excel at some of the other competitions." Anderson is also featured in the upcoming book "Native Athletes in Action" about American Indian sports heroes. But right now, he has his sights set on amassing the most points to win the FIS World Cup Crystal Globe, the most sought-after speed skiing trophy. En route, he hopes to break the world speed skiing record of 156.23 m.p.h. "It's all about the mind, body, and spirit," he says. "If you have those three things in balance, you'll be okay."
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