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German cross-country skier recruited to UAF team

Alaska Dispatch

The University of Alaska Fairbanks reports that the Nanooks will soon add a German to their ski team lineup.

Max Olex of Aalen, Germany is set to join the UAF men's Nordic team in the fall. Olex has signed a National Letter of Intent and will come to UAF as a junior with two residual years of NCAA eligibility.

University of Alaska, Fairbanks coach Scott Jerome told UAF news:

I am confident that Max will be a solid addition to our team both academically and athletically… One of Max’s close friends skis for (Central Collegiate Ski Association) rival Northern Michigan University. I know that Max will soon learn that beating our friends in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan is one of our primary goals.

Olex has built a solid Nordic skiing reputation in Germany. He was Senior State Champion in Baden-Württemberg in 2008 and 2010 and in 2009 he earned a fifth place finish at the Baden-Württemberg Team Sprint Cross Country Nationals. Additionally, he's earned six top-100 finishes at the International Skiing Federation Marathon Cup, several of which were on the podium or in the top 10.

Olex plans to pursue Northern Studies at UAF and hopes to establish a "career in sports marketing, tourism or public relations" upon degree completion.

To read more about Max Olex visit UAF's profile.