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From Afton Alps to the Olympics

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For Cottage Grove native Tyler Shepherd, what began on the hills of Afton Alps led to the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Shepherd, a 1997 graduate of Park High School and an All-State alpine skier for the Wolfpack, was the head coach of the U.S. ski cross team at this year's Winter Games in Vancouver, Canada.


This year marked the first time ski cross was part of the Olympics -- making Shepherd a sort of pioneer, something he said he is proud of.

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Patrick Johnson
Patrick Johnson has been the South Washington County Bulletin’s sports editor since 2008. He reports on and oversees coverage of high school and amateur sports in south Washington County and Woodbury. Prior to joining the Bulletin, Johnson worked for other Twin Cities suburban newspapers. He is a University of Minnesota graduate.
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