Nordic Skiing, Olympian Hoffman Team To Teach Local Youths

Noah Hoffman talks to the group at Harvard Stadium Sunday (Photo: Harvard Skiing).

It was a special day for the members of the Eastern Massachusetts Bill Koch ski club, as the Harvard Nordic skiing team partnered with Olympian and US Ski Team member Noah Hoffman to lead an instructional session Sunday at Harvard Stadium.

Hoffman, who calls Aspen, Colo., home, spent time Sunday morning with the EMBK members, talking about his experiences as a skier and an Olympian, and offering various instructional tips to those in attendance. Members of the Harvard Nordic ski team were also at the event to offer assistance to help Hoffman in his instruction. The EMBK serves skiers ages 7-13, and gives local kids the opportunity to enjoy the sport of Nordic skiing.

The 2014 U.S. champion in the 50k distance classic race, Hoffman represented the United States at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. One of seven male members of the Nordic squad, Hoffman finished 26th in a field of 66 in the men’s 50k distance classic race, the top US finisher in the competition.

The Harvard Nordic team had one of its best seasons in program history in 2013-14, seeing a number of top-10 finishes from a handful of different competitors. Junior Akeo Maifeld-Carucci and seniors Chris Stock and Jen Rolfes all qualified for the NCAA Championships, while Rolfes was named to the EISA All-Eastern ski team thanks to a strong result at the regional championships.