Update on NOLS at the Olympics

Posted by: Aparna Rajagopal-Durbin on 2/19/10 5:24 AM

NOLS Yukon Branch Manager Noel Cockney Demonstrating Inuit Games

Last week we blogged about NOLS at the Winter Olympics. Here's an update on how the athletes are faring.

NOLS Yukon Rations Manager Noel Cockney's Alaskan high-kick, arm-pull, musk-ox wrestling, two-foot high-kick, and one-foot high-kick (video above) have earned him at least
one mention in the press.

NOLS WMI grad Holly Brooks swished her way into 42nd place in the Women's 10 km Free cross-country ski race and, just about half way through the pack. Not bad for a first time Olympian! She placed 38th out of 54 in the Individual Sprint Classic qualification race, which unfortunately did not qualify her for the quarter finals. This afternoon, she will be competing in the 15 km Pursuit (1/2 classic - 1/2 free). She is probably preparing for the race as I blog, so send good vibes out to Holly right now!

NOLS WMI grad Casey Puckett has yet to compete - he will be racing his way down the hill on Sunday at the Ski Cross event.

Simi Hamilton, relative of a NOLS instructor or two, has done fabulously. Out of 62 competitors in the Men's Individual Sprint Classic, he placed 29th and made it to the quarter finals. Unfortunately, he did not qualify for the semi-finals. We hope to see more of Simi in 2014!

Aparna is a NOLS instructor and has been the PR and Marketing Intern, PR specialist, and the Diversity & Inclusion manager at NOLS. She is a founding partner of The Avarna Group (theavarnagroup.com).