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Konrad becomes first US woman to compete in two sports in one winter Games

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 01/17/06 • Contact Rick Adams (603) 646-3661

Two Dartmouth alumni named to US cross country ski team for Torino Games

Sarah Konrad '89 (Courtesy of U.S. Biathlon Association)

1989 Dartmouth graduate Sarah Konrad, of Laramie, WY, has become the first American woman to compete in two different sports in the same Olympic Winter Games.

Konrad was one of seven women named today as members of the U.S. cross country team that will compete at the Games in Torino, Italy in February. Earlier this month, Konrad qualified for the U.S. biathlon team competing in the Games. At this point in the Olympic selection process, she is also the oldest female Olympian (age 38) named to the team to date. 

Konrad, who graduated with a degree in Earth Sciences, began skiing in her senior year at Dartmouth as a member of Dartmouth's development team.

In addition to Konrad, 1992 graduate Carl Swenson of Park City, UT, was named to the men's cross country team, marking his third Olympic team selection. A two-time captain of the Dartmouth Ski Team as an undergraduate, Swenson was a member of the U.S. team at Lillehammer, Norway, in 1994 and anchored the men's relay team which finished a U.S.-record fifth at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City and was fifth a year later in the 50K freestyle race at the World Championships.

Konrad and Swenson join biathlete Carolyn Treacy and women's hockey players Sarah Parsons, Kristin King, Gillian Apps, Katie Weatherston and Cherie Piper as Dartmouth students and alumni selected so far to compete in the Torino Games.

Dartmouth has been represented by athletes and coaches at every Olympic Winter Games since 1924.

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