Trail Building and Olympic Skiing with John Morton





John Morton

The Winter Olympics begin this week in Beijing, China. To mark the occasion, this week’s guest on Outdoor Explorer will be biathlete, author and former Alaskan John Morton, who has competed in ten Olympic Games: two as an athlete, five as a coach and chef. team, one as course leader for the Salt Lake City Olympic Games in 2002 and, finally, two others as a spectator. He has many stories to tell from 50 years of Olympic experiences and his time at Fort Richardson in the 1960s and 1970s as part of the Army Biathlon program. We’ll discuss the changes to the Olympics over the years, friendships made across political borders, the art of building ski slopes, the power of international competitions to bring people together, and Morton’s latest book, “Celebrate Winter”.

HOST: Adam Verrier

GUESTS:

  • John MortonOlympic athlete and author of “Celebrate Winter”.

CONNECTIONS:

DISSEMINATE: Thursday, February 3, 2022. 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. AKT

REHEARSAL BROADCAST: Thursday, February 3, 2022. 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. AKT

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Eric Bork, or you can just call him “Bork” because everyone does, is KSKA-FM’s Director of FM Operations. He oversees the day-to-day operations of FM broadcasting. He produces and edits episodes of Outdoor Explorer, the Alaska-focused outdoor program. He also maintains the web posts for this show. You may have heard him replacing Morning Edition or hosting All Things Considered and you can still find him operating the soundboard for one of the live streamed programs. After escaping from the Detroit area at age 18, Bork traveled to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where he earned a communications/broadcasting degree from Northern Michigan University. He spent time managing the college radio station, working for the local NPR affiliate, then top 40 radio in Michigan before coming to Alaska to work his first summers. After moving to Chicago, it only took five years to convince him to return to Alaska in 2010. When he’s not involved in great radio programming, he probably rides a bike, thinks about riding a bike, dreams of bicycles, reads a book or plans the next place to go. Only two more continents to conquer!


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