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Emily Azevedo
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Matt Elliott
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Caitlin Gregg
Brian Gregg
Kristin Hedstrom
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Jake Shoemaker

Alumni Athletes
Mustafa Abdur-Rahim
Tim Broe
Sarah Bullard
Matt Chisam
Charles Christianson
Nicole De Yong
Sylvan Ellefson
Karl Erickson
Sarah Groff
Sara Hall
Mike Hazle
Gabriel Jennings
Torin Koos
Zack Simons
Ben True
Laura Valaas
Kate Whitcomb
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Nicole De Yong, Cross-Country Skier and Community Mentor
Ketchum, ID

9th at U-23 World Championships (15k Skate)
2nd at NCAA Championships (15k skate)
4th American at US Senior National Championships (15k Classic)
Olympic Development Nordic Team member
NCAA Woman of the Year Nominee
4-time NCAA Academic All-American
Magna Cum Laude Graduate

University of Alaska Anchorage, 2006

When asked to distill a few teachable lessons from the accumulated wisdom of her years as a superlative student and athlete, Nicole offered the following five pearls: “Always try your best. Be open to new experiences. Take advantage of opportunity. Remember you can always learn despite challenges. Make sure you are happy and enjoy what you are doing.” Nicole works to instill in Idaho’s youth an understanding and appreciation of these principles through her work at the newly-opened Wood River YMCA in Ketchum. There, she is involved in the after-school program, day camps and teen nights. In Nicole’s words, her goal is “to be a positive role-model for the youth in my community; encouraging and empowering them to seek and realize their skills and potential.”

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