Current and former members of the Gustavus Adolphus ski team – which has a strong tradition of D-III excellence, having qualified a full team of three women to the 2008 NCAA Championships – were shocked when the team’s varsity status was removed last week. They don’t believe there is a compelling social or financial reason for the cuts, and say that without a ski team, they wouldn’t have picked Gustavus.
In Cutting Ski Team, Gustavus Adolphus Discounts High-Achieving Students, Alumni – And Risks Losing Future Enrollees
One-hundred and forty-eight. That’s the number of skiers who have descended upon the ski town of Park City, Utah to participate in the 2014 NCAA Championships. The four day event, which consists of two alpine and two nordic races, begins Wednesday and continues through Saturday. Check out our preview, so you know who to watch and what to look for as the event gets underway tomorrow.
The UVM Carnival/Eastern Cup was held this weekend. One of the biggest events in the East, this year’s event was marked by the loss of Dartmouth’s Torin Tucker on Saturday. Despite the loss, the Nordic community rallied to support each other and carry on. Collegiate races were swept by Linda Danvind-Malm and Jorgen Grav, both of UVM.
EISA action continued today in the second day of the Colby College Carnival. In the women’s 10 k freestyle race the University of Vermont’s Linda Danvind-Malm posted the fastest time in 28:16.8, while in the men’s race it was UVM’s Scott Patterson who blazed around the 15 k course in 35:26.1, gapping the field by over a minute.
In the men’s A-final this Sunday at the 2014 U.S. Cross Country Championships, there were several up-and-coming competitors who had some interesting stories about how they got to Soldier Hollow, and where they drew the inspiration for their success from. FasterSkier caught up with three of them to hear their stories.
This winter, Sterling College will field a ski team for the first time, thanks to a collaboration with the nearby Craftsbury Outdoor Center. Sterling, a small school with an environmental focus, hopes that the team will help build a community within and beyond the college campus – and that learning how to train for a sport will help students live intentional lives long after they graduate.
Joanne Reid won eight RMISA races prior to the 2013 NCAA Championships last March, but it wasn’t until she became the 15 k champion that she finally believed her entire season wasn’t some big fluke. Now, Reid faces a choice she didn’t expect to: whether to dedicate herself to skiing or continue down an academic path.