Published March 18, 2022 by Bowdoin Magazine

NESCAC Express to Beijing

Two skiers who raced against each other in college now race at the Paralympics as one.

Jake Adicoff and Sam Wood

Above: Jake Adicoff ’18 (right) and guide Sam Wood (Middlebury ’19) cross the finish line to win bronze in the Men’s 20k for visually impaired cross-country race during the World Para Snow Sports Championships at Birkebeineren Ski Stadium on January 18, 2022, in Lillehammer, Norway.

Photo: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

One way or another, Jake Adicoff ’18, a medal favorite in several events, will have skied his way into history at the 2022 Beijing Paralympics—no other Bowdoin athlete has competed in three Olympic or Paralympic Games. Adicoff raced in the Sochi Paralympics in 2014 and won silver in the 10k classic at the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Adicoff retired from professional racing in 2018 but was called back to the sport during the pandemic and set a goal to reach the Games again. His guide is fellow NESCAC Nordic racer Sam Wood, a 2019 Middlebury graduate and Adicoff’s friend and teammate on the Sun Valley Ski Educational Foundation XC Gold Team. With Wood leading the way, Adicoff won a gold medal in the 10k classic, took silver in the 1.5k classic sprint, and wrapped the trifecta with bronze in the 15k skate at the 2022 World Championship in January, just before Beijing.

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Update: On March 7, as the magazine was on press, Adicoff and Wood captured a silver medal in the 20-kilometer classic. They earned their second silver medal two days later in the men's sprint. And, to cap off an amazing Paralympic Winter Games, the pair won gold on March 13 as part of the 4x2.5-kilometer mixed relay—Team USA's first-ever gold medal in that event.

NCAA correspondent Andy Katz talks with 2022 Paralympic medalists Jake Adicoff ’18 and guide Sam Wood about their experiences in the Winter Games and as college skiers at Bowdoin and Middlebury.

Bowdoin Magazine, Spring/Summer 2021


This story first appeared in the Winter 2022 issue of Bowdoin Magazine. Manage your subscription and see other stories from the magazine on the Bowdoin Magazine website.