Schone Malliet Conversation

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A conversation with Schone Malliet, the founder and current head of the National Winter Activity Center or NWAC in Vernon, New Jersey. The NWAC works to introduce under-resourced kids from the New York City metropolitan area to winter sports. They partner with organizations such as the YMCA and Boys and Girls Club of America to bus young people to the center on property formerly known as Hidden Valley, an alpine area with lights and snow making entirely owned and operated by NWAC exclusively for NWAC participants. They provide each participant with equipment, healthy meals, mentoring and even clothing as needed, to get them on the hill with an instructor. They are a non-profit and their programs are made affordable to participants. Having already expanded to snowboarding, NWAC is now expanding to include Nordic skiing.

Schone is a former marine captain and pilot. He is an African American who grew up in the South Bronx. He studied Econ at Holy Cross College and then earned an MBA at Pepperdine University. He worked in finance at Wells Fargo before becoming the executive vice president of the National Brotherhood of Skiers and the CEO of the National Winter Sports Education Foundation.

This is the first interview that I’ve done remotely and the audio quality is not perfect. Thanks for bearing with me as I learn the best ways to record these conversations.

The NWAC website is winter4kids.org/. To support their mission, you can donate online or call the center at 973-846-8250.

Schone Malliet– Photo from the National Winter Activity Center

John Caldwell Conversation

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A conversation with John Caldwell, the ‘Father’ of Nordic skiing in the U.S. John competed in the 1952 Olympics in Nordic Combined and coached the U.S. Ski Team and the U.S. Olympic Team at the 1960, ’64, ’68, ’72 and ’84 Games. He coached Nordic and taught math at The Putney School from the mid 1950s until his retirement in 1989. His athletes at The Putney School included Bob Gray (’68 and ’72 Olympics), Martha Rockwell (’72 and ’76), Mike Gallagher (’64, ’68 and ’72), his son Tim Caldwell (4-time Olympian and World Cup podium skier) and Bill Koch (the only American to have won an Olympic medal in cross country skiing). John authored The Cross Country Ski Book which sold over half a million copies and helped popularize cross country skiing in America. He founded the New England Nordic Ski Association (NENSA) and was inducted into the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame. He has 2 grandchildren currently on the U.S. Ski Team and his nephew, Zach Caldwell, is my coach.

In early August John was interviewed by Jason Albert of FasterSkier.com for the Nordic Nation podcast. In this conversation I tried not to replicate what Jason did, so I focused my questions on things that are more personal to me. I also kept it casual. You can find Jason’s conversation with John here: fasterskier.com/fsarticle/nordic-…ng-john-caldwell/

John Caldwell–Photo by Zach Caldwell

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.