As you are watching the Olympics this week, be on the look-out for Olympic downhill ski jumper, Nick Fairall, from Andover NH, who began jumping at the age of six under legendary coach and Dublin School graduate Tim Norris ’62 .
Tim was first exposed to competitive skiing at Dublin School in the early 1960’s with Buddy Bates ’53 as his coach. Tim Norris established the Andover Outing Club over thirty years ago so that local kids could learn Nordic Skiing and Ski Jumping. Over the years, his efforts have created one of the most successful programs in New Hampshire. To date, six athletes from the Andover Outing Club have competed in world class events including the Olympics, including Nordic Combined Olympians Jed Hinkley and Carl VanLoan, cross country Olympian Kris Freeman, and present members of the USA Ski Jumping team, Chris Lamb and Nick Fairall.
Alumnus Michael Scully ’90 Designing the Ultimate Olympic Bobsle, Michael Scully, Dublin School Class of 1990, is the creative director at BMW Group DesignworksUSA in Newbury Park. After spending much of his life building high performance race cars for BMW, Michael has devoted the last two years to improving the USA Bobsled. Combining his design expertise, love of all things that go fast, and former experience on the snow as a snowboarder growing up in New Hampshire, Michael was the perfect man for the job. Watch an interview with Michael and learn the whole story at: http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/winterolympics/bobsleds.jsp
Olympic Biathlon Annelies Cook, sister of former faculty member, Marlijne Cook is competing in the Women’s Biathlon in Sochi. Annelies Cook has been a member of the U.S. biathlon team since 2009 and was in her third season on the World Cup circuit when she was made the Olympic team this year. Good luck Annelies, we miss you Ms. Cook!