Wednesday, April 5, 2006

Grover returns to U.S. Nordic team

As head sprint coach

Chris Grover, who spent five seasons with the U.S. Cross Country Team before leaving in 2004, has been named sprint head coach with the Ski Team, U.S. Nordic Director Luke Bodensteiner announced Monday.

He replaces the national ski team's first sprint coach, Vidar Loefshus, who is returning to Norway.

Grover left the Ski Team in 2004 to become Olympic development coach with the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation program in Idaho.

"Chris was a natural choice. He knows our program and he knows our athletes," Bodensteiner said, "so I'm expecting an easy and quick transition. He's also been coaching sprinters, including Chris Cook [Rhinelander, WI], who was on our Olympic Team in Italy."

"Chris came into our coaching staff in 2000 as a young and inexperienced coach at the international level, and left in 2004 as one of the best. He showed that in his work with Sun Valley this season, so it's great to have him back with us," Bodensteiner said.

Grover, 34, was on the national team's coaching staff from the 2000 season through 2004. A native of Anchorage, Alaska, and former ski racer for Dartmouth College, he previously had coached with the Sun Valley SEF, Stratton Mountain School (VT) and Oregon's Mount Bachelor SEF.

Grover and his family, including wife Svea and their two young children, will continue to live in Sun Valley.

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