Erik was born April 8, 1958. He won the title of National and North American Outdoor Champion in the Senior Men category in 1979. He was also crowned U.S. Sprint Champion in 1982, 1983, and 1986. Erik was a bronze medalist at the 1985 World Sprints in 500m and 1000m, while also joining the Olympic team in 1980, 1984, and 1988. He was a member of the World Sprint team from 1980 through 1988.