Today we have a special guest post from our very own Janet Brandt!

“What is so great about winter, anyway? SNOW and cross country skiing of course! In less than two weeks the Olympic Winter Games will begin in PyeongChang, South Korea. Why is that more exciting than Minneapolis hosting the Super Bowl this year? Because my niece Rosie Frankowski has earned a spot on the 2018 U.S. OLYMPIC SKI TEAM!! This is an incredible accomplishment and she has definitely earned it with hard work and her dedication to training. Skiers at her level have to be able to compete in both classic and skate events and they have tremendous strength and skill. Rosie is a native Minnesotan who has competed and trained in Europe and almost everywhere in the U. S. that has snow: West Yellowstone, Utah, Vermont, and of course Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Patrick MaderIn keeping with this post’s Olympic theme, this Saturday, February 3 at 10:00 am Patrick Mader will be giving a program at the library about elite athletes from Minnesota. Deb Diggins, mother of Minnesota native Jessie Diggins (a veteran Olympic skier also on the U.S. Ski Team going to the Olympic Winter Games) will be a special guest. So here is an opportunity to hear firsthand about the Olympics and what it takes to succeed in cross country skiing at this level.”

Please come join us this Saturday – it’s a great way to get fired up for the upcoming Olympics!