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Reception for Olympic Stars

A Celebration with Canada’s 2002 Olympic Cross Country Skiers


Dear Nordic Ski supporters,


As you know, the Canadian Cross Country Ski Team achieved unprecedented success at the recent Salt Lake City Winter Olympics. The Nordic Advocates Guild (NAG- a small non-profit Alberta society dedicated to the promotion and support of elite cross country ski racing in Canada) will be hosting an informal reception to honour these outstanding and inspiring athletes, to re-live and celebrate their achievements. This reception will be held at the Glencoe Club (Ballroom) on Wednesday June 12, 2002 from 4 to 6 pm.  The Glencoe is in CALGARY, at 636 29th Ave. S.W.  On hand will be almost the entire Canadian Women’s National Cross Country Ski Team who attended the Winter Olympics.


Beckie Scott        Sara Renner        Milaine Theriault         Jaime Fortier


Also present will be Brian McKeever, a native Calgarian who won two gold and one silver medal at the Paralympic Games cross country ski events. Some of the athletes will be speaking about their Olympic/Paralympic experiences.


Cross country ski racers have struggled for years with meagre funding, very little respect, and almost no media attention in Canada. Through determination and dedication these athletes and their coaches have persevered and produced results that make us proud to be Canadian.


In spite of the recent successes at the Olympics, government funding for Cross Country Canada and the National Ski Team (NST) programs will be CUT significantly next year! Even this past year, the NST budget was only about one-third of pre-1988 levels. We need to ensure consistent funding that will carry the National Ski Team to more success in the 2006 Olympics in Italy.


We are actively looking for new sponsors in order to maintain and build on what has been achieved. This reception is an opportunity for those inclined to learn how they can help ensure Canada’s continued success at the highest levels of the sport. You will discover that a little goes a long way.


You are cordially invited to this reception.  If you cannot attend but would like more information on how to support the Canadian National Cross Country Ski Team, please contact me by email:.   Thanks very much!  We look forward to seeing you on June 12th .






Dale Swanson, President, Nordic Advocates Guild

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