September 1st, 2013
— Former University of Alaska Anchorage skier Nicole De Yong is returning to her alma mater as an assistant coach, the university announced on Thursday.
De Yong has been an assistant coach with the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation in Ketchum, Idaho, since 2011, working primarily with high school skiers. She also assisted with the organization of the collegiate summer training program.
“I’m extremely excited about bringing a Seawolf back home,” UAA head coach Sparky Anderson said in a press release. “She was a standout athlete and she will be an exceptional coach. Nicole really rounds out our staff and will bring a lot to our program.”
While in college, De Yong was a two-time All-American and runner-up in the 15 kilometer freestyle at the 2005 NCAA Championships. She graduated in 2006, a four-time recipient of academic All-American status.
— The anchor of Sweden’s silver medal winning World Championship 4 x 10 kilometer relay team last winter hit a minor setback in his Olympic quest last Monday.
Calle Halfvarsson got a small rock wedged in his tire while rollerskiing, causing the 24-year-old to dive forward onto the asphalt.
Halfvarsson told the local newspaper his only injury was bleeding from the buttock and realized it could have been a lot worse. He took a rest day on Tuesday and hoped to be back on rollerskis on Wednesday.