Peter Graves Conversation

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A conversation with Peter Graves, Olympic Announcer and Television Sportscaster and Commentator. Peter is a former head coach of cross country skiing at Harvard University and skied for Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. He commentated at the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid, New York, he was on ESPN’s SportsCenter during the 1984 and ’88 Olympics. He did mountain bike commentary for ESPN, TSN (Canada) and EuroSport. He was a public address announcer at the Olympics in Sydney 2000 (biking), Salt Lake City 2002 (Opening Ceremony, Closing Ceremony, Cross Country Skiing and Ski Jumping), Athens 2004, Vancounver 2010, Sochi 2014 and Rio 2016. He is scheduled to do PA announcing for Alpine Skiing for PyeongChang 2018. He has also commentated for numerous World Championships and World Cup events in cross country skiing, ski jumping, Nordic combined, alpine skiing, mountain biking, biathlon and road cycling. In addition, he has been at every running of Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, Minnesota and has worked the American Birkebeiner.

Peter Graves Racing in Putney, Vermont in the Late Sixties

Peter Graves and Kjell Erik Kristiansen at Oslo 2011 World Championships

Peter Graves in ESPN Set During Calgary 1988 Olympics

Andy Newell Conversation

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A conversation with Andy Newell. Andy is a U.S. Cross Country Ski Team member and 3-time Olympian. He has represented the U.S. in 8 World Championships and has finished on the World Cup podium 3 times. We talked about his early career, his decision not to go to college, his struggle to translate success in qualifying to success in sprint heats, his recent trips to Norway, X Ski Films, Athletes for Action and Protect Our Winters, and what is coming next for him.

Andy Newell– Photo: Reese Brown

Cami Thompson Graves, Director of Skiing at Dartmouth College, Conversation

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A conversation with Cami Thompson Graves, the Director of Skiing and the Women’s Cross Country Skiing Head Coach at Dartmouth College. Cami has been at Dartmouth for almost 30 years. Prior to coaching she raced at St. Lawrence University and then for the U.S. Ski Team from 1985-87. She represented the U.S. at the 1985 World Championships in Seefeld, Austria. She is a member of the New England Nordic Ski Association (NENSA) Board of Directors, a former member of the NCAA Skiing Rules Committee, the Chair of U.S. Ski and Snowboarding’s Cross Country Committee and a member of U.S. Ski and Snowboarding’s Board of Directors. Finally, she represents the U.S. on the International Ski Federation’s Ladies Cross Country Committee. Five of the ten current women on the U.S. Ski Team either have skied for Cami or are currently skiing for her. In the conversation we talked about how skiing has changed in the last 30 years, Cami’s transition from athlete to coach, how she runs the Dartmouth program, her goals for each of her committee positions, NCAA skiing’s role in the U.S. development pipeline and her future in skiing.

Cami Thompson Graves—Photo FasterSkier.com

Sarah True Conversation

A conversation with Sarah True. Sarah is a two-time Olympian, winner of multiple triathlon World Series races and three-time World Championship medalist. She finished fourth at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, just 10 seconds off the podium. We talked about how she got into triathlon, how she balances training for three sports, overcoming injuries, the differences between open-water and pool swimming, what it’s like to finish fourth at the Olympics, her transition to the 70.3 distance, making a living as a triathlete, politics in sport, closing the gender gap in sport, and her sister, novelist Lauren Groff.

Sarah True–AP Photo/Leo Correa

Conversation with Matt Voisin of FasterSkier.com

A conversation with Matt Voisin, the owner, director of marketing and “bossman” at FasterSkier.com. Matt, with Topher Sabot, purchased FasterSkier in 2007 and has grown it into a news-media site that is almost bigger than the sport it covers. We discussed FasterSkier’s role in the tremendous success of U.S. cross country skiing in the last decade, the inherent conflicts of interest in covering a sport that you rely upon for marketing dollars, and Matt’s thoughts on the biggest challenges facing U.S. skiing.

Matt Voisin with his boys, Photo from FasterSkier.com

Conversation with Kris Freeman

A conversation with Kris Freeman, my longtime friend and teammate. Kris is a 4-time Olympian and type-1 diabetic. We talked about his diabetes diagnosis and how that has shaped his career, how US skiing has changed during his time at the international level, and whether or not he’ll be done racing after this coming season.

Kris Freeman, Photo by Reese Brown

Conversation with Ben True

I recorded this conversation with my friend and former teammate Ben True yesterday evening. Ben and I were teammates on the Sun Valley Elite Team. Ben is one of the best 5000 meter runners in the world. His personal best time of 13:02.74 is 9th all-time for Americans. We touched on his start in skiing and running, what it was like to do 3 varsity sports throughout his Dartmouth career, the difference between running and skiing professionally, his brief foray into professional cross country skiing, what his training looks like now, the Olympics, performance enhancing drug use in sport and what he’s looking forward to for the next couple years.

Ben True

 

Conversation with Tad Elliott

I recorded a conversation this afternoon with my longtime friend and teammate Tad Elliott. We touched on his parallel careers in both skiing and biking, the health issues that he’s had to overcome, his focuses for this coming season, his view of US Men’s Skiing and what will come in his life after skiing. Enjoy!

Photo of Tad by Reese Brown.

Pemi Loop

On Wednesday my friend, ultra-marathoner and adventurist Andrew Drummond and I did the “Pemi Loop”, a 29.9 mile run/hike adventure in the Pemigewasset Wilderness. We began at the Lincoln Woods Trailhead just past the Loon Mountain Ski Area on the Kancamagus Highway. Andrew had an obligation in the morning so we didn’t start until noon. Consequently, we ran the loop counterclockwise so that we were in the woods for the hottest part of the day and weren’t on the exposed Franconia Ridge until the evening. The route starts up the Lincoln Woods Trail to the Bond Cliffs Trail.

Because I committed to taking my camera, I took a ton of pictures.

We did a little photo shoot on top of the Bond Cliffs.

We were about an hour an 45 minutes into the run at the Bond Cliffs.

Andrew took this one of me:

And this one of me heading from Bond Cliffs up to Mount Bond.

Most of the loop has incredible views.

Here’s the Mount Bond summit pic.

The intimidating thing about the run is that you can see where you’re going from a long ways away. The big mountain in the background in the picture below is Mount Lafayette. Not only is Mount Lafayette where we were headed, it was still two hours from the finish.

We took a short detour in order to fill up water at the Guyot Shelter.

It’s a natural water fountain!

From the shelter we went up and over Mount Guyot.

We intersected the Appalachian Trail then headed up to South Twin Mountain.

This is looking back down the ridge we came up.

From South Twin we dropped down to the Appalachian Mountain Club‘s Galehead Hut and refueled on some delicious baked goods.

Our breaks were short, and soon we were on to Mount Garfield.

Here’s one on the summit of Mount Garfield that Andrew took of me.

We checked out Garfield Pond.

Then we headed up Mount Lafayette, the biggest peak of the day.

We were both still feeling good at the summit.

We met another group up there who offered  to take our picture.

I was very happy that the whole effort felt easy, and my energy never crashed.

From Lafayette it was mostly downhill.

We ticked off Mount Lincoln.

Then we went up and over Little Haystack.

The route finished over Mount Liberty.

And finally Mount Flume.

The far ridge in this picture is the one we had ascended earlier in the day.

This picture cracks me up.

We were on top of the final peak, Flume, at 6:45ish.

We were still smiling.

But our legs were very tired on the way down.

In total we were out for 7 hours and 38 minutes.

The post-run soak felt wonderful on our legs.

I highly recommend the Pemi Loop as a run/hike or backpacking adventure.

Crag Camp

After some big training last week, finishing with a 58 mile double pole roller ski over the Moosilauke Highway with Kris Freeman, I headed to the White Mountains to recover for the weekend. On Friday night I hiked into the Crag Camp hut and chased a porcupine up the trail for a while.

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