Sunday, January 10, 2010

Olympians "in the house"

The fun starts. Here are the first round of confirmed athletes for the Methow Valley SuperTour

USA Olympic Team member Torin Koos. The 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver Canada will be will be Torin’s third Olympics. Torin is from Leavenworth, Washington.Torin’s speciality is sprint skiing, making Saturday’s 1.3k sprint heats very exciting to watch .

USA Ski Team member Laura Valaas Laura is from Leavenworth, Washington and also will have many fans cheering her on at this race just 100 miles from her hometown. Laura is a spint specialist and has just returned from the US Nationals in Anchorage Alaska where she stood atop the podium in several races.

Canadian National Team member Shayla Swanson Shayla’s racing credentials include: Overall Canadian National Junior Champion 2000, 2001, 2002, World Junior Ski Championships 2001, 2002, World Championships 2009, and several podium finishes on the North American race circuit.

Canadian National Team member Drew Goldsack Drew finished 31st in the 2006 Turin Winter Olympic Games in the sprint event.

Africa Olympic Team member Philip Boit In the 2006 Winter Olympics Philip became the first athlete from Kenya to ever compete in the Winter Games. Despite being a long way away from his home in Africa, Philip has a lot of friends in the Methow Valley as he trained here two winters ago. Philip’s story of switching disciplines from running to skiing and becoming an Olympic athlete is an inspiration for us all.

US Olympic Team hopeful Brian Gregg Brian Gregg is a member of CXC Ski Team and is working hard to secure an additional spot on the US Olympic Team. Brian is from Winthrop, Washington and maybe the hometown favorite for this race. Brian has won a SuperTour ski race before and his performance at US Nationals last week proves he could take the races next weekend in front of his hometown fans.

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