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Wed February 12, 2014

U.S. Still In the Olympic Medal Hunt Says Cross Country Ski Coach

The sunshine continues to smile on American athletes at the Winter Olympics. But so far the medal stand has eluded the large contingent of Northwest skiers and skaters at the Sochi Games.

So far the medal stand has eluded the large contingent of Northwest skiers and skaters at the Sochi Games.
So far the medal stand has eluded the large contingent of Northwest skiers and skaters at the Sochi Games.
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The best result in the first three days of cross country ski competition from Northwest athletes is a 27th place (by Sun Valley ski team alumnus Simi Hamilton). U.S. cross country ski coach Erik Flora says the team still has some chances to get in the medal hunt.

"There is a lot of racing ahead and a lot of good opportunities; definitely some good possibilities with the sprints coming up here." Said Flora

Those races are this weekend and next Wednesday (2/19). Olympic athletes from our region remain in high spirits to judge from their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram posts. On Tuesday, Methow Valley, Washington cross country skier Erik Bjornsen pronounced the racing "awesome." Seattle-born and raised teammate Holly Brooks adds "fun" and "crazy, exciting" to the assessment of the Sochi scene.

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