Minocqua native makes U.S. Ski Team, will compete in the Cross Country World Cup Circuit next monthSubmitted: 02/21/2018
Story By Katie Thoresen

Minocqua native makes U.S. Ski Team, will compete in the Cross Country World Cup Circuit next month
MINOCQUA - Kevin Bolger worked hard to get to this moment.

The Lakeland Union High School grad has won his fair share of cross-country ski races since earning a high school state championship title in 2011.

But now he'll get the opportunity to represent the United States at the Cross Country World Cup series in Finland and Sweden next month. 

"Skiing at this level is kind of like the next step you want to get to and ski at. I'm just beyond, I can't really explain it, I'm just super excited," said Bolger. 

Bolger and two of his teammates from the Sun Valley Gold Team in Idaho competed in Upper Peninsula this weekend. After that race, Bolger found out he made the U.S. team. 

"It's good to see your teammates excel. We always push each other throughout the summer and fall," said teammate Rogan Brown. 

Brown and Jack Hegman look forward to seeing their teammate compete on the world stage.
"It'll be a good experience for him. It'll be nice to know you're training with one of the best guys in the world," said Hegman. 

While Bolger is excited to ski and represent the U.S., he's realistic about competing against the powerhouse skiers from countries like Sweden and Norway.

"To get over there and see some of them and actually race against them will be really exciting. But it will be a humbling experience for sure," said Bolger. 

That gap between the U.S. and Nordic countries may be shrinking. Wednesday night, Kikkan Randall and Jessie Diggins became the first cross-country skiers to win gold for the U.S. in the sport. 

"Being able to see that. Being a part of it in a way, we train we some of them in the summer. It's really cool and I'm super stoked for where U.S. Skiing is going," said Bolger.

Bolger, Brown, and Hegman watched the race together Thursday morning. 

"It's not that often that you wake up and cross country skiing on the TV," said Hegman. "It's cool how much attention it's getting."

Brown is excited for what a win like this will do for the sport.

"That success definitely trickles down to our skiing and to younger kids skiing. It's super cool for the sport," said Brown. 

But the sport is definitely not for the faint of heart.

"I mean, yeah, we're definitely out there suffering a lot, but I think it makes it easier when you accomplish your goals," said Bolger.

Bolger was having a great season in 2017 until he developed severe frostbite while competing in Alaska. 

"It definitely kind of hindered the end of my season last year. It is what it is, but I can't do anything about it. I looked forward to this year and definitely trained hard this summer," said Bolger. 

That training definitely paid off as he prepares for the World Cup. It's an experience he plans to make the most of. 

"It's been a goal of mine for a really long time. It keeps the fire burning," said Bolger. 

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


Play Video

RHINELANDER - Sixth grader Marcus Anderson enjoys class projects. He also likes drawing, playing outside, and hanging with his dog. But there's one other thing he likes the most.

"Helping out classmates," Anderson said.

Anderson's teachers at James Williams Middle School in Rhinelander said he's a helpful student.

So helpful, they nominated him for a special contest called 95.5 Hero of the Week.

H&R Block and WIFC radio in Wausau run the contest. They select a nominated student as their Hero of the Week and the student is then recognized and given a trophy.

+ Read More

Play Video

PLOVER - Last February, the condition of a pit bull named Darcy helped force a dog kennel seizure by Oneida County Sheriff's deputies, an arrest of their owner, and the stripping of her dog license.

A Rhinelander veterinarian found Darcy was the victim of severe neglect at It Matters to One Animal Rescue in Sugar Camp, and soon after, 38 other dogs were taken from the property.

It took Darcy a year to find a new home while staying at the humane society. But now, Darcy is living happily in Portage County.

"She needs to live a quiet, retired, peaceful life," said Darcy's new owner, Vanessa DeWalt.

+ Read More

Play Video

LAND O' LAKES - People passing by Land O'Lakes over the last year may notice some changes in town. Namely, the new businesses starting up.

Members of the Vilas County Economic Development Corporation (VCEDC) and Land O' Lakes Chamber of Commerce say there isn't any one particular reason for the recent business boom in Land O' Lakes. But rather that the community as a whole working together and preparing for these opportunities is what's paying off. 

+ Read More

MADISON - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker plans to offer paper-products giant Kimberly-Clark Corp. a deal worth $25 million to keep a plant open and save nearly 400 jobs.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Thursday that the deal will be done using powers Walker currently has but that would be taken away under a bill Republicans passed in a lame-duck session last week. Walker has yet to take action on the bill.

+ Read More

RICHMOND, IN - A police chief says a teenage suspect and officers fired gunshots at each other at an eastern Indiana middle school before the youth killed himself.

Richmond Police Chief Jim Branum tells the Palladium-Item that police and school officials were alerted Thursday morning that an armed person was heading to Dennis Intermediate School with the intention of hurting people.

+ Read More

HAYWARD - A former priest accused of sexually abusing at least three boys in Wisconsin decades ago has been bound over for trial.

Seventy-one-year-old Thomas Ericksen was arrested Nov. 16 at his Minneapolis home. He faces child sexual assault charges for alleged abuse between June 1982 and April 1983, while he was at St. Peter's Church in Winter, Wisconsin.

+ Read More

WASHINGTON - Governor Scott Walker's replacement, Tony Evers, went to Washington today to meet with President Trump. The White House hosted a large group of incoming governors.

President Trump was joined by cabinet officers and member of his administration during the meeting.

+ Read More
+ More General News

Click Here