Ski team inks two Norwegians
Alaska Anchorage’s head ski coach Trond Flagstad announced last month the signing of Christopher Kollenborg (Haslum, Norway) and Andreas Adde (Østerås, Norway) to join the Alpine squad for the 2009-10 season.
Kollenborg is coming off a good year of racing in Norway and is ranked 348 in the world. He competed across Europe at the FIS level for Team Stabæk and is expected to add depth to the men’s slalom.
“We expect him to continue to progress here in this environment,” stated head Alpine coach Sparky Anderson.
Adde, a top prospect courted by Utah, Colorado and New Mexico, is ranked 200 in the world in the giant slalom and 275 in the slalom. He brings Europa Cup experience with him which will help in his first year competing at a very intensely competitive NCAA western circuit. “He is the highest ranked male Alpine skier ever to sign with the Seawolves, said Anderson, “we feel very fortunate to have landed Adde and expect him to make an immediate impact.”
“I think both guys will fit in well with our team, our training plan, and our work ethic. I’m really looking forward to having them here in the fall.”
Trond Flagstad has worked with the University of Alaska Anchorage ski team and his third as the head coach for the Seawolf ski program in 2008-09. Flagstad was an assistant with UAA’s Nordic team from 2001-03. The native of Hamar, Norway, also coached cross-country running at UAA during the 2001-02 season. A World Cup competitor, he was a sponsored Nordic skier at a top Norwegian national level from 1985 to 2000.