Fritz Burkhardt is a Champlain College professor by day and a team USA ultimate frisbee champion by night.
"I started playing ultimate frisbee for Middlebury college back in 1991 and that's when I was first introduced to the game," Burkhardt said. "I was very fortunate when the call came out for players and I was selected for the U.S. National team this year."
Burkhardt competed at the World Championships Beach Ultimate several weeks ago, facing Sweden in the Grand Masters Final in Dubai.
"We had in the finals a barn burner of a game against Sweden," Burkhardt said. "They seized the opportunities early."
In that game, Sweden grabbed a 9-5 lead, but the U.S. chipped away, scoring four straight with Burkhardt grabbing the go ahead score.
"This is one of the best comebacks I've been part of." Burkhardt said. "The fact that it was on such a large stage was absolutely incredible."
Burkhardt returned home with a gold medal along with plenty of souvenirs and stories which he likes to share at his day job.
"For those who know about it, those people are like, 'Wow, that's absolutely amazing,'" Burkhardt said. "This is what my professor did over spring break."
Fritz and his wife have yet to agree upon a time when his ultimate frisbee career will come to and end, but he still has at least one more competition, the U.S. national grass championship next month in Denver, Colorado.
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