The Wenatchee World

Weather:

Weather

The latest extended forecast from The Weather Channel

Remove this weather forecast

Tonight

Lo56° Isolated Showers

Wednesday

Hi76° Mostly Sunny

Wednesday Night

Lo55° Mostly Clear

Thursday

Hi78° Sunny

Thursday Night

Lo54° Mostly Clear

Friday

Hi84° Sunny

Friday Night

Lo58° Clear

Saturday

Hi86° Sunny

Saturday Night

Lo59° Clear

Sunday

Hi87° Sunny

Our Olympians

Send to Kindle
Print This

As the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, gear up in full force we pause to point with pride — more than a quarter of the United States cross-county ski team hails from North Central Washington. These superb world-class athletes were born, raised and refined in the hotbed of American Nordic skiing — here.

More specifically, three members were sprung by the Methow Valley and its superb cross-country ski trails and facilities. Sadie Bjornsen is a 24-year-old sprint specialist. Brother Erik Bjornsen is a 22-year-old on the rise. Brian Gregg is a 29-year-old strong at long distances, making his debut on the national team. All three were raised near Winthrop and developed their skills in the Methow’s youth racing program and on its fantastic 120 miles of ski trail. Torin Koos, a Leavenworth native, at 33 the grizzled veteran and sprint specialist, makes his fourth Olympic team, and calls the Wenatchee Valley home. He is the reigning U.S. national freestyle sprint champion, his sixth national title.

View my optionsorSign in