Loading
Search
NEWS STORIES

Northwoods Spotlight - Former Olympic skier Chris CookSubmitted: 02/05/2014
Story By Marisa Silvas


RHINELANDER - If you can believe it, the Olympic games are almost here. Competition begins
Thursday. It's also the perfect time to remind everyone that a former Olympian
calls Rhinelander home.

Putting on skis is second nature for Chris Cook. The Rhinelander native started
racing when he was just 3 years old. In high school, he became focused on
seeing where the journey could take him.

"I really wanted to do everything to pursue professional athletics," Cook
explained. "I went to Northern Michigan University and wanted to win a national
title there - which I did. It put me on the U.S. developmental team, the U.S.
ski team. It was step by step."


Cook continued to heat up the trails becoming the US Nationals Sprint Champ at
the age of 25. His talent and drive landed him at the 2006 Olympic Games in Torino.

"The opening ceremonies, walking in with the entire team was an eye-opening
moment," Cook adds. "That was a dream-realized moment."

Having been to the games himself, Chris has a lot of insight into how this years
athletes are preparing, both physically and mentally.

"I'm good friends with Andy Newell," Cook said. "This is his third games. He's
focused on a medal. For the rookie, it's a little bit different. (It's) your
first games. It's trying not to let the media and all of the hoopla of the
games affect you."

Cook retired from competition two years ago. He has mixed feelings about being a
spectator this time around.

"I miss the racing," Cook said. "I don't miss the training, but I miss the
racing. But I do enjoy watching the racing and supporting the guys who are there."


Text Size: + Increase | Decrease -
| Print Story | Email Story
Sponsored in part by HodagSports.com





 IN OTHER NEWS

Play Video

EAGLE RIVER - The "Kids on the Block" call themselves a group of misfit kids playing with misfit puppets.

But the performance they put on aims to inspire.

+ Read More

MCALLEN, TX - U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan is visiting the Rio Grande valley for a firsthand look at the U.S.-Mexico border as the Trump administration steps up immigration enforcement and prepares to ask Congress to pay for a border wall.

It's the first time the Wisconsin Republican has visited the border, and protests have been announced to meet his arrival in McAllen, Texas, on Wednesday.

+ Read More

Play Video

RHINELANDER - Mark Naniot works 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

"We are pretty much prepared for just about anything, anytime of year," said Naniot, the rehab director at Wild Instincts.

That's a good thing, especially with the winter that he's had this year.

"The weather was like this in November," Naniot said.

+ Read More

Play Video

RHINELANDER - If you did a double take driving down county highways this week, it was for good reason. Oneida County posted its weight limit restriction signs Monday.  That's the earliest those signs have gone up in more than 15 years.

Usually weight limits go into effect in mid-March. Counties put them on to protect roads as frost comes out of the ground.  Oneida County Highway Commissioner Bruce Stefonek tried to wait as long as possible.

+ Read More

Play Video

MINOCQUA - Changing weather can cause a lot of cracks and bumps in the road.

Minocqua wants to stay on top of its road conditions this spring to save taxpayers money.

+ Read More

Play Video

ONEIDA COUNTY - If your truck cracks through the ice, your first thought might be, "get off ASAP."

There are workers who head the opposite way--onto the ice to help.

That describes one local team who carefully went to work on the Willow Flowage in Oneida County in Little Rice on Tuesday.

"This ain't no joke out here," said Tom Quandt, Jr., the owner of Bulldog Off-Road Recovery Service. "I do get nervous, and today's a day I'm nervous because of the ice conditions."

That nervous energy is what likely helps Quandt and his crew carefully cross the ice and get sunken vehicles back above water level.

It's not easy. Quandt and his crew set nerves aside, driving in a bombardier about two miles off the shore on Willow Dam Road to get to the truck, which was near an island.

"I was looking at the ice," Quandt says as he describes the drive out to the car. "I was looking for holes in the ice, I was looking for the color of the ice...There was water coming up out of spots as we were driving out here."

The crew tried a few times to get the truck back on safer ice, but the car fell through again. The crew then decided to drill a trench to a nearby island and pull the car out that way.

"We can sit and play that game all day and it's not going to get us anywhere without a lot of time and labor into this," Quandt said.

The team got the car out and onto the island around 1 a.m. Wednesday.

Quandt said the owner of the car may try to tow his truck back to shore later this week.

The DNR is aware of the situation. By state statute, you have 30 days to remove your car from the ice or get a fine.

+ Read More

RHINELANDER - Smartphone tracking technology can rescue lost drivers, help authorities find kidnapped victims and let parents keep tabs on their kids. However, this tracking can turn to stalking if the wrong person uses it. "It's actually something that's more common than you would think. That it's a very dangerous…it's a volatile situation because the perpetrator will know where the victim is at all times," said Tri-County Council Domestic Violence Coordinator Melissa P.

She says stalkers can find where you live, where you work, and even what stores you shop at. "The abuser starts to lose control when they go to all lengths to find their victim...If they feel like they are losing control…they have nothing else to lose," explained Melissa.

AT&T Sales Consultant Dusty Struck says stalkers can track smartphones by hacking into a built in chip. "It's like a GPS location services…basically every smartphone has a GPS chip built inside of it," said Struck.


+ Read More
+ More General News
Search: 





Click Here