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Gordon retires as Truckee Nordic team head coach

Matt Brown, Sierra Sun
Photo courtesy of Mark NadellNancy Gordon holds the Truckee High School girls' first place trophy from the 2004 Junior Olympics. Gordon will step down after three years as head coach of the Truckee Nordic team.

Similar to how she succeeded the Truckee High School Nordic ski team head coach before her, Nancy Gordon will retire, but not entirely, from her cross country coaching duties.

Like Olof Carmel did for her, Gordon will school the next Nordic head coach in the fundamentals of running a very successful Truckee program.

“It’s such an important job to have consistent, continual leadership,” she said. “It’s important to have someone around who knows the system and can help the person become established.”

In the past three years under Gordon, Truckee has won the team California-Nevada Interscholastic Ski and Snowboard Federation state title.

“We have a long tradition of winning state because of our depth and the programs that feed into us,” she said.

Gordon has helped the Nordic ski team for the past seven years. She cites the demands of her job at the high school as the reason she is stepping down from the head coaching job.

Gordon couldn’t have retired on a better note after having a large part in the Far West Nordic team’s success at the recent Junior Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y. The Far West, which was made up of many Truckee High School skiers that Gordon coached during the high school season, took home a Far West record 18 medals.

The Truckee High School girls took home the nation’s top honors as the best school in the country. The Truckee boys finished an impressive third.

“I’ve always emphasized that we’re a team,” she said. “I really believe in the team concept.”

Gordon has never felt alone in her goal to make her kids appreciate cross country skiing, as well as excel in it.

“It’s been a good run. I couldn’t have asked for any more support from the community.”