NMU's Olympic connection

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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Northern Michigan University has been an Olympic Training site since 1985.

This year, multiple athletes and coaches from N.M.U.'s program are in Pyeong Chang representing the United States.

The training site at N.M.U. currently hosts three United States Olympic Teams, Greco-Roman Wrestling, and Men's and Women's Weight Lifting.

Over the years, they have been the training site to several U.S. Olympic teams from the biathlon team, to the short-track speed skating team.

"Student athletes from Northern have generated I think it is 25 medals, we've had just under 80 Northern students throughout the years who have attended the Winter Olympics," N.M.U. Olympic Training Site Operations Manager Mike Kaurala said.

At the Winter Olympics this year, several coaches, along with multiple short track medal winner Shani Davis were once athletes training at N.M.U.'s facility.

"Shani Davis who skates long track now, was a short track skater here, there's also two former NMU students who are here for short track, one moved on to long track and is long track coach and the other is a short track coach," Kaurala said.

"We've had 12 athletes that have qualified and gone on to the Olympics, and 8 athletes that have actually gone to the world championships as well and six NCAA champions, yea it's exciting," N.M.U. Nordic Ski Head Coach Sten Fjeldheim said.

Another former N.M.U. athlete competing this year is Rosie Frankowski with the cross-country skiing team.

"Well Rosie's looking great, I mean we have one of the best women's teams in the world right now, the United States is ranked third so this is by far the best women's Olympic cross-country ski teams to represent the United States in the history of the Olympics," Fjeldheim said.

Fjeldheim says he's proud of how well she has improved since she was first on his team.

"Not the best skier on our team her freshman year, but by her senior year she was runner up at the NCAA's by less than a second," Fjeldheim said. "I guess just her work ethic and she stuck with it, she has a lot of tenacity, very, very smart."

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