Nordic skiers awarded scholarships |

Nordic skiers awarded scholarships

The Far West Nordic Ski Education Association has named Bernie Nelson and August Brautigam, both of Truckee, as winners of the annual Ted Beauchamp Scholarship fund.

The scholarship is worth $300 and is awarded each year to young cross country ski racers who show a dedication and character that serves as a positive example to all of those involved in Nordic competition.

Nelson and Brautigam have shown a passion for skiing, have an interest in skiing at a national level and most importantly, have shown a quality of character that Far West Nordic and the Ted Beauchamp family can be proud of.

A freshman at Truckee High School, Nelson has been Nordic racing competitively since sixth grade, when she immediately impressed coaches, athletes and spectators with her incredible drive and determination. By seventh grade, Nelson became the state champion in the middle school division, and has gone on to compete in the last three Junior Olympic competitions, bringing home medals each year.

Brautigam, a 20-year-old newcomer to Far West Nordic and cross-country racing in general, is the first non-Junior-age racer to be awarded a scholarship in the division. He has been training with the Auburn Ski Club Competition Team on a regular basis since last summer and has shown a remarkable commitment to improving his skiing and racing skills throughout the year. Brautigam serves as a positive example for both junior-age skiers and older skiers alike.

The Ted Beauchamp Nordic Ski Scholarship is in memorial of Ted Beauchamp, a dedicated member of the Far West Ski Association Board of Directors and a longtime mentor to children in regards to skiing and other outdoor activities. The Beauchamp family and Far West Nordic feel that this scholarship is a fitting way to remember a departed friend of the organization. Donations to the Scholarship Fund can be made by mail to the Far West Nordic Ski Education Association at P.O. Box 10046, Truckee, CA 96162. For more information, call 587-0304 or e-mail

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