Middlebury College graduate Colin Rodgers, 30, has been named head coach of the Cross Country Olympic Development Team by the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation. He replaces Travis Jones.
A four-year member of the SVSEF ODT, Rodgers will direct the daily training efforts of the ODT. He will also plan and conduct training camps, coordinate and lead all competition projects and oversee equipment and technical services.
He brings a wealth of practical experience. Rodgers grew up racing in New England where he developed from a top U.S. junior into a top NCAA collegiate and U.S. competitor. He has lived and raced overseas and has skied World Cups.
This year's SVSEF Cross Country ODT will include a very strong women's team led by 2010 Winter Olympian Morgan Arritola. Others are Alexa Turzian, Chelsea Holmes (Univ. of Nevada-Reno) and former Dartmouth NCAA skier Katie Bono.
On the men's squad are 2011 Super Tour Sprint Cup winner Mike Sinnott, plus Colorado's Matt Gelso and 2010 Winter Olympian and Middlebury skier Simi Hamilton.
The SVSEF ODT is training locally in the Ketchum Sun Valley until members leave in late August for a ski training camp located on the Eagle Glacier near Anchorage, Alaska.