Here's a link to an interesting article in the Anchorage Daily News, written by Alaska Pacific University Nordic Ski Center head coach Jim Galanes. The article is written in response to a previous ADN article about the fact that no Alaskans were named to the US Ski Team for 2005.
The article touches on many issues of development that apply to all cross country ski communities.
Flat futures of local skiers can be turned around
By Jim Galanes
Published: July 31st, 2005
Last Modified: July 31st, 2005 at 04:10 AM
In a recent Anchorage Daily News article, Kevin Klott reported that no women had been named to the U.S. Ski Team and that no Alaska men had been named to the team for the 2005-06 season leading into the 2006 Olympics in Torino, Italy.
Why there are no Alaskans on the team is a difficult question. Some may want to point fingers in the direction of U.S. Ski Team headquarters in Park City, Utah. I suggest looking closer to home.
If we want to see Alaskans represent us successfully at the highest levels of sport, let's take a hard look at our sports programs, coaches' education, the role of school sports and our athletes' overall development.
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