Alex is passionate about teaching the joys of nordic to younger athletes. Prior to founding 3G Nordic, he spent 4 years as the Varsity Women’s Coach at Minnetonka High School and watched the program almost triple in size. Under Alex’s guidance, Minnetonka steadily moved up in the standings and was represented at the state meet in 2010 and 2011 after not having been there since 2003.
This is now the 4th summer Alex has been running 3G Nordic. Through his coaching experience and through careful consult with experienced mentors, Alex continues to enhance his summer curriculum to make it better each year.
When he is not coaching, Alex’s full-time job is with RBC Wealth Management in St. Paul where he works as a financial advisor. He’s been married to Allison for almost three years, lives in Como Park, and enjoys competing in a broad range of endurance athletics himself. This year he is training hard to compete in the Chippewa Morraine 50km Trail Run in April and Le Grizz 50 Mile Ultramarathon in October.
Allison, while relatively new to skiing (yes, she was forced to learn after marrying Alex) is passionate about promoting confidence in young women. As a graduate of St. Catherine University, Allison has experienced first-hand the benefits that come from learning in an all-women’s environment and is a strong proponent of a women’s training program.
Allison will be running many of the “behind-the-scenes” aspects of the program, helps coordinate special events, and occasionally shows up in the middle of long practices with snacks making her a group favorite. When not putting up with Alex around home, Allison works as an importer of specialty coffees from around the globe. She is very well caffeinated at all times and has the energy to organize anything.
Marit is the newest edition to the 3GNordic coaching staff and we are excited to have her! A life-long skier, Marit’s first experiences on snow were with her family and then with the MYSL. In 7th grade, she joined the Wayzata High School Team and began to race for them. When she started, she was the only middle schooler on the team but was not deterred and lettered in her first year! By the end of her high school career, she had 6 letters, was a two-time all-state skier, captain of the section champion team, and winner of the school’s Athena Award. Her leadership helped develop the middle school team from one skier when she started to almost 50 today.
Since graduating from Wayzata, Marit has moved to St. Peter, MN and now competes in Nordic Skiing, Track & Cross Country for Gustavus Adolphus College. In the past she has volunteered her coaching talents for both the MYSL and The Loppet Foundation. She is studying chemistry and biology at Gustavus and outside of school, enjoys spending as many weekends as possible with her parents and siblings at the family cabin.
Coach Allie, assistant coach
Coach Allie graduated last May from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Art. She raced for the University team very successfully for four years and has a strong coaching background. During the rare hours in college that she wasn’t out diligently training herself, Allie worked at FinnSisu learning all things nordic. After graduation, she took a job with the City of Lakes Foundation where she helps plan events like the City of Lakes Loppet and she runs the Foundation’s youth athletic programs.
While she was a state-level racer in high-school, Allie’s most successful races have been at the college-level where she has been a top collegiate finisher in nearly every major citizen race in the Midwest. She has placed on the podium for her category in the American Birkebeiner, the Seeley Hills Classic, the Mora Vasaloppet, the City of Lakes Loppet, the Minnesota Finlandia and the Noquemanon. She also recently finished her first half-ironman and her first ultramarathon! Her enthusiasm for the sport shines through as she coaches and she has a talent for helping athletes to finesse the the finer points of their technique.
Coach Taylor is a recent graduate from a local high school and a 3GNordic alum! She knew little about skiing when she started as a freshman but quickly learned and went on to lead her high school as captain for two years and a strong varsity skier. Taylor was hired specifically as a mentor to the younger / newer skiers in 3G. Having recently been a new skier herself she is eager to pass along the knowledge and experience she’s gained.
Outside of her coaching career, Taylor is a full-time student at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse. She is an avid runner, active in her church, and enjoys cheering on her family dog Jack who recently won a national dock jumping championship.
Friendly and lovable, Kona the Siberian Husky makes for the perfect team mascot. He gets extremely excited about skiing and loves little more than to race you to the top of the next hill. Kona is 4 and has a house in Como Park where he lets Alex and Allison stay with him. When not out skiing, he enjoys watching birds, chasing bunnies, and getting belly rubs.