NNF: Trail to Gold Fellowship Back for 2023/2024 World Cup Season, Application Open Now


The following press release was received from the National Nordic Foundation earlier today. You can find the full application here, and the relevant NNF page here. You might also appreciate this feature on one of last season’s inaugural Trail to Gold Fellows, Annika Martell.

Here’s Ben Theyerl on behalf of NNF:

The National Nordic Foundation (NNF) is excited to announce that the application period for the Trail to Gold Fellowship (T2G Fellowship) is now open. The Trail to Gold Fellowship provides American women coaches and technicians the opportunity to gain international-level experience through an immersive internship with the U.S. Ski Team. 

The second class of T2G Fellows will build off our inaugural class’s success in adding a dynamic, impactful presence to the U.S. Ski Team coaching and ski technician staff on the World  Cup last season. This year’s T2G Fellowship, the first as an NNF Pillar Project, also represents the outgrowth of a successful partnership with the Women Ski Coaches Association (WSCA) and U.S. Ski and Snowboard. And most importantly, the T2G Fellowship continues to celebrate the U.S. Olympic Women’s Cross-Country Book Project’s efforts to tell the story of women in U.S. Skiing, while writing that story’s next chapter. A recap of last year’s T2G Fellowship, authored by Book Project members Leslie Hall and Nancy Fiddler, can be found here.

T2G Fellows receive funding to travel and join the U.S. Ski Team coach and wax technician staff for a two-week competition period of the World Cup. The program is designed to introduce T2G Fellows to all aspects of coaching and wax teching at the sport’s highest level, while allowing them to serve as an integral part of the U.S. Ski Team staff throughout their Fellowship. By applying their own coaching and ski service talents to World Cup preparation and competition, T2G Fellows further their coaching skills, and take back their experience to their own programs  across US skiing. 

Applications are open from now, Tuesday, August 22, until Tuesday, September 5. Women coaches working at any competition level of U.S. skiing are encouraged to apply. Previous T2G Fellows may also apply for this year’s program. Applications will be reviewed by a panel consisting of representatives from the Trail to Gold book committee and WSCA, U.S. Ski Team coaches, and another retired woman U.S. World Cup athlete. More information on the Trail to Gold Fellowship can be found on the NNF website here, and by following us on Facebook and Instagram.

NNF Trail to Gold Application here

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