Nordic Nation: The Bronze-Medal Junior Worlds Relay Episode

Jason AlbertFebruary 16, 2017
U.S. Ski Team Development Coach Bryan Fish celebrating with (from left to right) Hailey Swirbul, Julia Kern and Hannah Halvorsen after their bronze-medal performance with Katharine Ogden (not pictured) in the 4 x 3.3 k relay on Feb 5 at 2017 Junior World Championships at Soldier Hollow in Midway, Utah. (Photo:

On Feb. 5, the U.S. women’s team of Hailey Swirbul, Julia Kern, Hannah Halvorsen, and Katherine Ogden placed third in the 4 x 3.3-kilometer relay at Junior World Championships at Soldier Hollow in Midway, Utah. The following week, Nordic Nation jumped through some scheduling hoops to reach all four skiers and their lead coach, U.S. Ski Team Development Coach Bryan Fish. (Swirbul was back at school in Anchorage, Alaska, Ogden home in Vermont, and Halvorsen, Kern and Fish reached in Park City, Utah.)  

In this podcast episode, you’ll hear Fish describe how the team was selected as well as each athlete describe this career highlight. Scroll all the way to the bottom, below the photo gallery, to play.

Relay splits and results

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Jason Albert

Jason lives in Bend, Ore., and can often be seen chasing his two boys around town. He’s a self-proclaimed audio geek. That all started back in the early 1990s when he convinced a naive public radio editor he should report a story from Alaska’s, Ruth Gorge. Now, Jason’s common companion is his field-recording gear.

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