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APU hosts training camp for elite skiers

World-class cross country skiers work out in an interval session at Kincaid Park on Tuesday morning, June 19, 2012. The workout was part of the North American Women’s Training Alliance camp, hosted by the Alaska Pacific University ski program. The group includes U.S. Olympians Kikkan Randall and Holly Brooks of Anchorage, Olympic gold medalist Chandra Crawford of Canada, and three-time Olympic bronze medalist Aino-Kaisa Saarinen of Finland. The skiers will train in Anchorage this week and head to the Thomas Glacier Training Center on Eagle Glacier near Girdwood next week. “We’re having a lot of fun, we’re pushing each other really hard and it’s just a really positive atmosphere,” said Randall, the current World Cup sprint champion. Erik Flora, the director of the APU’s ski program, said recent success by Randall and other Americans has drawn attention to their training program. “The big deal for me is that our skiers are getting so strong internationally that the rest of the world wants to come check out what’s happening in Alaska,” he said.

You can check out a video of last summer's trip to Eagle Glacier here.

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