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  Abi Holt
Abi Holt

Player Profile
Position:
Nordic Head Coach

Experience:
Fifth Year

03/09/2013

Utah Skiing Takes Second Place at NCAA Championships

Senior Miles Havlick claims second career national title in men's 20-km Freestyle.

03/04/2013

Bellet Named RMISA Men's Nordic Skier of the Week

Turned in pair of top-seven efforts at RMISA Championships.

02/23/2013

Utah Skiing Control Second Place at RMISA Regional Championships

Havlick wins second career RMISA title.

02/22/2013

Utah Skiing In Second Place After Day 1 of RMISA Championships

Two Utes on podium of men's 10-km Classical.

02/14/2013

Havlick Repeats as RMISA Men's Nordic MVP

Has won four consecutive races and five overall.

Abi Holt begins her fourth season as head Nordic coach for the University of Utah ski team.

Holt guided Utah's Nordic squads to dominating seasons in 2011 and 2012 and helped the Utes to back-to-back second-place NCAA finishes, led by the top qualifiers for nordic on both the men's and women's side. For her efforts, Holt was named the 2011 RMISA Nordic Coach of the Year.

Two of Holt's athletes earned several honors last season. Maria Graefnings won the NCAA 5k freestyle title and claimed second place in the 15k classical. Graefnings was also named Ski Racing Magazine's Women's Nordic Collegiate Skiers of the Year, FasterSkier.com 2011 Women's Collegiate Skier of the Year as well as the RMISA's Female Skier of the Year and the Women's Nordic MVP. Miles Havlick was named Ski Racing Magazine's Men's Nordic Collegiate Skier of the Year and was an honorable mention selection for FasterSkier.com's Men's Collegiate Skier of the Year honor.

Holt comes to Utah from Hollyburn Ski Club in Vancouver, B.C., where she spent a year as the first-ever head coach for the club. She coached Hollyburn's first four athletes that qualified for the National Championships and the first three athletes to be named to the B.C. Provincial Development Squad.

Prior to Hollyburn, Holt spent five years as the Assistant Nordic Program Director and Ski Coach at the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation.

Holt has been coaching for 13 years and has coached six U.S. National Junior Champions and three national champions. She coached four winters in Europe with the U.S. Ski Team at the J1 Scandinavian Championships, Scando Cup, Europa Cup and World Junior Championships. Holt has also spent time training athletes in Sweden, Norway and New Zealand.

"We have added new athletes to both the men's and the women's rosters this year, and these athletes have brought some great new energy to the team," Holt said. "I've seen some fantastic interaction between the senior members of the team and the new group. They have all pushed one another to improve throughout the fall training season. I look forward to seeing what the upcoming racing season will bring for us."

Holt, who hails from Sun Valley, Idaho, was a three-time national junior champion and a 17-time Junior All-American for the Sun Valley Nordic ski team. She was on the U.S. National Junior Development ski team for five years and spent four years racing at Dartmouth College, earning All-American honors for the Big Green in addition to being a two-time team captain.

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