Seattle, WA (October 28, 2014)—Madshus, the world’s leading performance Nordic ski company, is thrilled to announce Erin Moening and Conner Truskowski as the winners of the inaugural Peter Hale Memorial Scholarship. With nominations received from all across the country, the selected recipients were chosen based on exemplifying the following criteria:
- High school-aged athlete (14 to 18-years-old)
- Demonstrates an unwavering commitment to Nordic skiing within his/her community
- An exceptional ambassador for the sport
- Demonstrates great potential as outlined by his/her coaches and peers
Erin Moening, from the Endurance United Team out of Minneapolis, MN, was described by one of her teammates as someone, “who isn’t scared to dream big or work hard; in fact it motivates her to do so. While Erin is serious about training and racing, she always has fun.”
Erin has lofty goals this season. “I’ll be working hard all season with my teammates,” she said. “We want to get our girls’ team to qualify for the state meet. I also hope to get on the podium at the state meet and at U16 junior nationals,” she added.
Conner Truskowski, from the Alaska Pacific University Jr. Team out of Anchorage, AK, was described by one of his nominators as being very outgoing and professional about his training.
When asked about his season goals, Conner said, “This season and next I want to continue to take my training and racing to the next level. I hope to have good performances at Junior and Senior Nationals and make the Scando cup team.”
To aid in their continued ski development, Madshus will be donating a full setup (skis, boots, and poles) to the United Endurance out of the Twin Cities and Alaska Pacific University Junior Team out of Anchorage, AK in their honors.
Peter Hale committed his life to the Nordic skiing community through his many years as the Race Director for Madshus. After a long battle with cancer, Peter Evarts Hale (66) passed away on November 17, 2013 in his hometown of Bozeman, Montana. The Nordic community lost a great influencer, but through this Memorial program, Peter’s legacy will leave a great mark on the racing community and Nordic industry at large for many years to come. To keep up to date on Madshus news and events, please go to news.madshus.com.
The world’s oldest ski brand, Madshus’ Norwegian heritage dates back to 1906. From the original woodworking craftsmanship of its founder, to today’s state of the art production processes and materials, Madshus is the standard to which all other Nordic skis are held. Whether for World Cup level racing, fitness skiing, cruising, metal-edge touring, or cross country downhill, Madshus continues to apply that same keen craftsman’s eye to each ski, boot, and pole it produces. Over 100 years since it’s founding, Madshus’ storied commitment to the art and craft of ski making resonates today in the same consistent standard of excellence all performance Madshus skiers have come to expect.