NPR audiences learn why everyday is championship day at University’s training site for Olympic hopefuls

It looks like any another Alaska glacier in summer.

Impossibly blue skies alternating with wind, rain, fog and snow. Shale peaks and, of course, miles of ice.

But for Alaska Pacific student athletes vying for a place on the U.S. Olympic cross-country ski team, Eagle Glacier in the Chugach Mountains is paradise.

The site east of Anchorage is home to the University’s summer training center, one of the world’s only year-round practice venues for cross-country skiers.

In a feature story aired nationwide Aug. 1, National Public Radio audiences learned why the University’s training site—and head coach Erik Flora—may take some credit if the 2014 U.S. Olympic team competing in Sochi, Russia, brings home a medal.

Listen to the full story on NPR.