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ISSUE 120 VOL 7 PUBLISHED 11/10/2006

Winter Preview, Alpine & Nordic Skiing: Building a strong tradition

By Ryan Maus
Staff Writer

Friday, November 10, 2006

The men'’s and women’'s alpine and nordic ski teams are looking to follow up a strong 2005-06 campaign with another one this winter. New leadership will take over for both teams. Kevin Cook '96, a former All-American skier at St. Olaf and current intramural director, was named the Director of Skiing and will coach both alpine teams, while Ole Garrison '’06 will coach the nordic teams.

Last season was definitely a success for all four squads. The men’s alpine team placed seventh at National Championships in Sugarloaf, Maine, with the women’s team placing 13th. The men’s nordic team also placed third at the USCSA (United States Ski and Snowboard Association) National Championships. St. Olaf combined to place first in the Governor’s Cup, where alpine and nordic events are scored together.

Along with the new captains at the helm, St. Olaf’s ski teams will feature a number of talented returning athletes. On the alpine side, David Sayre ’'09 and Charlie Simacek ’'08 are expected to set the pace for the men, while for the women Calista Anderson ’'09 and Hennessey Wadell '’08 will lead the women. For the nordic skiers, newcomer Jens Matson ’'10 (men) and Linn Dale ’'07 (women) should be solid contributors.

The alpine team will begin their season Jan. 6-7 at Afton Alps (Afton, Minn.) and the nordic team gets underway at the Senior Nationals in Houghton, Mich.

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