Brian Gregg

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I was born in Denver, Colorado but moved with my family to the Methow Valley in Washington state when I was three.  I developed a love for skiing early on despite one year with two left boots, due to a mix up at the local ski swap.

The Methow is a beautiful place to grow up and with over 200+ kilometers of ski trails skiing is what everyone did for fun.  I was fortunate to have many great mentors who helped me discover the joy of hard work.   When I was 15 years old I received a scholarship for an Outward Bound Course.  One segment of the course is a 72 hour ‘solo,’ where you sit on your sleeping pad and just think.  I decided then that I wanted to be an Olympian and a professional cross country ski racer.  I did well in the local races, but I had a lot of work ahead of me to reach my goals.

I studied hard and earned an academic scholarship to Western State College of Colorado.  Gunnison, CO was awesome, but after two years I was ready to step up my skiing and transferred to the University of Alaska Anchorage.   My skiing continued to improve and I earned All- American status and graduated with a BA in Business Administration- Management.

I celebrated my graduation by climbing Denali with 3 of my best friends and said good bye to the mountains and moved to the north woods of Hayward, WI to focus full time on my ski racing with the new pro team, the CXC Team.

I have balanced my ski training and racing by following in the footsteps of my own wonderful mentors.  For the past 4 years I have worked with the Boys and Girls Club.  While in Wisconsin I worked with the Lac Courte Orielles Boys and Girls Club on the Ojibwe reservation helping others find the joy of an active and healthy lifestyle.  In addition to skiing and hiking one of our favorite activities is canoeing on the Namekogan river.  I continue to get to see the kids during or summer training camps in Cable, WI.  I currently work with the kids at the Gamble Boys and Girls Club in North Minneapolis.  I am known to the kids as the guy who will always take them outside and organize fun, fair games.  Our favorite activities are ships across the ocean, mountain biking, freeze tag, and football.

In 2011 I narrowly missed selection to the World Championship Team to compete in Oslo, Norway, ranked 7th on the list for the team which included six.  I have turned my disappointment to motivation and better preparation to make sure that I am not on the bubble for the 2013 World Championships.

Athletic Accomplishments:

NCAA All-American Cross Country Skiing

17 Super Tour Podiums

3 Super Tour Victories

8 World Cup Starts

Seeley Hills Classic Champion ’12, ’10

Pre Birkie Champion ’12, ’09

3rd American Birkebeiner ’12

2nd City of Lake Loppet ’12

Sleeping Giant Loppet Champion ’11

Top World Cup: 32nd Falun 15k Freestyle