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NOLS at the Olympics

By Aparna Rajagopal-Durbin on Feb 12, 2010
Aah . . . the winter Olympics are upon us once again. It’s time for some hard-core athletes
to shred the nar nar. And more
importantly, it’s time for the rest of us to root them on as we lounge languidly
on our La-Z -Boys in front of a fire and a large-screen LCD with a warm mug of liquid
in our paws.

But who should I root for, you ask?

Well, for starters, two 2004 NOLS Wilderness Medicine
graduates are competing with the U.S. Ski and Snowboard team.

is a free-style skier and a five-time Olympian, and Holly Brooks is a
first-time Olympian competing in four cross-country ski events.

Stay tuned for updates on Casey and Holly
- we will be tracking their progress as they shred and slide their way through

But the NOLS-Olympics connection doesn’t stop there. Wyoming native and former NOLS instructor Sarah Konrad is also in Vancouver representing the U.S. team.
Sarah was dubbed “an inspiration” by the Master Skier Cross Country Ski Journal when
she competed as a biathlete in the 2006 Olympic Team at the age of 38.

And here's a unique NOLS-Olympics connection - probably a first. NOLS Yukon Grad and Rations Manager Noel Cockney, a First Nation member from Inuvik, will be showcasing his talents at the Inuit Games. When asked what he was most looking forward to about the Olympics, Noel responded "I cannot wait to show the world Inuit Culture; our games, they way our
ancestors lived, and what kind of people we are."

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Topics: Debbie Armstrong, Olympics, Graham Nishikawa, Casey Puckett, Deb Armstrong, Inuit Games, Yukon, Live the Dream, Holly Brooks, Sarah Konrad, Simi Hamilton