SVSEF Gold Team Skier Kevin Bolger Named to U.S. Cross Country National Team
SVSEF Gold Team athlete Kevin Bolger had a standout inaugural year as a professional cross country skier – and the national team has noticed. The 25 year old athlete, who hails from Minocqua, Wisconsin, has been named to the U.S. Cross Country B Team.
This past season, Kevin turned heads at his World Cup debut on March 3, 2018. Invited to compete at the World Cup level following success on the North American SuperTour circuit, Kevin walked away at the end of the day in eleventh place in the skate sprint in Lahti, Finland. Dubbed “the surprising man” by the Norwegian announcers, because he had seemingly come out of nowhere, Kevin led the American men, and topped a number of international competitors who are seasoned World Cup and Olympic competitors.
“We’re really excited for Kevin on his U.S. Team naming this spring,” said Gold Team Head Coach Chris Mallory. “This is something he’s worked hard towards these last seven years, and it’s well deserved. He’s got a lot of motivation and momentum going into this training year and will be starting the race season on the World Cup in November.”
U.S. Cross Country Ski Team Head Coach Chris Grover spoke to Kevin’s success and approach to the sport. “We are very excited to have Kevin as part of the U.S. Ski Team. He had one of the best entrances by an American athlete to World Cup competition of all time last season when he finished 11th in Lahti in his very first World Cup race. Kevin has a great work-ethic, a clear love of the sport, and embodies the culture of being a great teammate and training partner. We are excited to see what Kevin can do on the World Cup this season with another year of training and preparation behind him, and we are looking forward to strengthening our partnership with the SVSEF Gold Team.”
Before joining the Gold Team, Kevin skied for SVSEF as a junior racer, and for the University of Utah at the collegiate level. He garnered national recognition in his final season skiing for the University of Utah, when he won the classic sprint at U.S. Nationals against a field of top collegiate and professional athletes. As a Ute, Kevin qualified four times for NCAAs, and was a two-time All-American.
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Read the full U.S. Ski & Snowboard press release here.