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Northern Michigan gold

February 19, 2010 - Bill Speer
A number of connections exist between Northern Michigan and the Olympics this year.

The Olympic qualifiers for short track speedskating, for instance, were held in Marquette in September. Speedskaters from our region have connections to both some of the contenders, and some of the coaches, on the U.S. team this year.

One connection, however, resulted in gold this week. When Australian snowboarder Torah Bright won the women's half-pipe event Thursday, she did so after practicing for weeks at the Otsego Club in Gaylord. The Australians were one of the first teams into Gaylord in January to practice prior to the Olympics.

In addition to Bright, fellow Aussie Holly Crawford and Switzerland's Ursina Haller finished 8th and 9th to round out the top 10 women finishers in Vancouver who also had spent time in Gaylord.


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