NORDIC SKIING ON THE RISE
Knocking for a Medal
Can young Matt Gelso break the spell on the U.S. cross country team's dismal Olympic record?
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Last year's fall in North Tahoe produced a few weeks of blazing foliage followed by intense bouts of rain. During the downpours most people finished puzzles or played Clue or Scrabble. Not 17-year-old Matt Gelso. Bad weather rarely shuts him in. Through the gray days and heavy skies, the flame-haired teen continued to bicycle, rock climb and roller ski. He wasn't overdoing his sports, just preparing in his own serious fashion for the 2006 cross-country ski season. He had big dreams.
By the time spring arrived, in the midst of class camp-outs and other pre-graduation antics, Gelso was nominated to the 2007 U.S. Cross Country development team.
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