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Fifty Percent of Ivy Athletes at Winter Games Hail From Dartmouth

Thirteen Dartmouth athletes have been chosen to participate in the XX Winter Olympiad, and one in the Paralympics, carrying on the College's tradition of Olympic excellence.

In women's hockey, Gillian Apps '06, Katie Weatherston '06, and Cherie Piper '06 will all represent Team Canada. Competing against them for Team USA will be Kristin King '02 and Sarah Parsons '09. In addition, Rachel Rochat '95 will compete for the Swiss team.

 

Team Canada
Cherie Piper ’06 (far left) and Gillian Apps ’06 (far right) celebrate Team Canada's gold medal at the 2004 IIHF Women's World Championship.  (Photo courtesy of Hockey Canada)

Sarah Konrad '89 and Carolyn Treacy '06 will compete for the United States in biathlon, an event that combines the physically demanding sport of cross country skiing with the intense precision of rifle marksmanship. Carl Swenson '92 will compete on the men's cross country ski team.

In alpine skiing, Scott Macartney '01 and were selected for the U.S. team; Patrick Biggs '05 will compete for Canada and Bradley Wall '02 will represent Australia.

Carolyn Treacy '06
Carolyn Treacy '06

Carl Burnett '03 will represent the United States as a skier at the IX Paralympic Winter Games, held March 10 through 19 in Torino.

This will be Piper's second trip to the Olympics after winning gold with the Canadians in 2002 at the Salt Lake City Games. Weatherston is one of just two rookies on the team with no prior experience with the Canadian National Team, though she played on the Canadian U-22 team in recent years.

The Torino Games will also be the first Olympics for Apps, who participated on the national team in 2002, but was ultimately cut before the Olympics began.

Parsons and King will try to help the Americans best the Canadians once again. The United States is the current World Champion after winning the IIHF Women's World Championship in 2005, and both players were on that medal-winning team. This will be the first Olympics for both.

Treacy and Konrad were named to the U.S. biathlon team based on results at the TD Banknorth Festival at Ft. Kent, Me., the qualifying event for the U.S. Olympic team. Ten Olympic medal events in biathlon will be held February 11 through 25.

Treacy, of Duluth, Minn., posted three top-ten finishes, including a second place result in the 7.5-kilometer sprint race on December 30, to earn a berth on the U.S. team.

Konrad, from Laramie, Wyo., won the 10-kilometer pursuit race on January 2 and posted two other top-ten finishes to qualify for the trip to Torino. On January 17, she was also named one of the seven members of the U.S. Olympic women's cross country ski team, becoming the first American woman to compete in two different sports in the same Olympic Winter Games.

Swenson, of Park City, Utah, was named to the men's cross country team, 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 in 1994 and anchored the men's relay team that finished a U.S.-record fifth at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City. A year later he was fifth in the 50K freestyle race at the World Championships.

Libby Ludlow '06
Libby Ludlow '06

Macartney, in his eighth year on the U.S. ski team, was a member of the U.S. Olympic team in 2002 at Salt Lake City. Ludlow, also an eight-year veteran of the U.S. ski team, won the women's national championship in giant slalom in 2004 and was in the top 25 in World Cup points in Super-G that year.

While Macartney and Ludlow never wore the Dartmouth Green in collegiate competition, Biggs and Wall were both members of the Dartmouth ski team in 2003, when Wall won the NCAA men's slalom championship. Wall skied for Australia at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, while this is Biggs' first trip to the Games.

Burnett is in his fourth full season with the U.S. Disabled Ski Team since making the team in 1998. This is his second trip to Paralympics. He competed at the 2002 Games at Salt Lake City, finishing ninth in giant slalom, 11th in Super G and 11th in slalom. Burnett was paralyzed below the waist in a car crash when he was five. He took up disabled ski racing at age 12 after watching a race in New Hampshire and at 15 swept all four junior national titles.

In addition to Burnett, a number of coaches and administrators on the U.S. Disabled Team have Dartmouth roots. Joe Walsh '87 is the U.S. Olympic Committee's managing director for the Paralympic program. Sarah Billmeier '99, who won 13 medals in four different Paralympic games, is now an athlete services coordinator for the team. Trygve Myhren '58 is the U.S. chef de mission to the Torino Paralympic games. And Erin Sullivan, an Alpine coach for the U.S. team, is the daughter of long-time Dartmouth Ski Team administrative assistant Maggie Sullivan.

The Dartmouth presence at the XX Winter Olympiad isn't limited to athletes either. Among the coaches and other officials in Torino will be Ed Merrens '88, DMS '94, who is a member of the U.S. medical team and team physician for biathlon; Liz McIntyre '87, an Olympic silver medalist and now a coach of the U.S. freestyle ski team; Max Cobb '88, marketing director for the U.S. Biathlon Association and a member of the International Biathlon Union; and Roger Hartley '61, the U.S. biathlon team masseur.

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

By BENJAMIN FLICKINGER '04

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Last Updated: 12/17/08