Date Posted:11/12/2004,  1:00PM

Nordic Skiing Legend to Give Clinic at Pineland Farms

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Thomas Alsgaard, world-reknown nordic skiier and winner of six Olympic medals and six World Championships, will give a clinic on Thursday, November 18 at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester, Maine. The event is being sponsored by the Bowdoin College Nordic Ski Team, the Gorham Bike and Ski Shop and Alpina and Madshus.

Alsgaard, a native of Enebakk, Norway, began racing at the age of three and has achieved World-Class status at every level. He won his first gold medal in the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics at the age of 21 and proceeded to win six medals in his Olympic career, including four golds. Alsgaard has also won six World Championship gold medals.

Former national team coach and current Bowdoin College nordic ski coach Marty Hall says that "even though Alsgaard has been retired for two years, he is still the model for skating technique in the world. We will have a chance to see Alsgaard perform these techniques on roller skis and talk about training while with us at Pineland Farms."

Alsgaard is currently touring North America and his visit will also take him to Hanover, N.H. on the 19th and Glens Falls on the 20th. On November 22-24, he will attend a ski camp of over 500 skiiers in West Yellowstone, Montana.

This event will give individuals a chance for an up-close-and-personal exchange with the world-class athlete and the opportunity to gain some insight into his skills and training technique. The event is free to the public and will begin at 3:00 p.m. at "The Grove" on the Pineland Farms campus. Visitors are encouraged to use the main entrance off of Route 231 and follow signs to the event.

For more information and directions, visit Gorham Bike and Ski at or Pineland Farms at