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Continued: Bemidji pizzeria owner delivers Olympic curling medals, too

  • Article by: RACHEL BLOUNT , Star Tribune
  • Last update: November 11, 2013 - 2:03 PM

“We have so many people coming in who follow him,’’ Sundem said. “They always let us know how he’s doing.’’

Curling town

Natalie Nicholson, a Bemidji native and 2010 Olympian in women’s curling, said there is considerable local pride in Team Fenson’s achievements.

“Everyone in Bemidji is so proud of them,’’ said Nicholson, who also will compete at the trials. “What they’ve done is a testament to their hard work. Pete and his team are always reflecting on what they can improve on; they don’t leave any piece out. They’ve shown people we can grow elite athletes here.’’

Fenson already is working on growing the next generation. Alex’s team competed in the world junior championships last spring, at the Olympic venue in Sochi, and Pete made the trip with him.

This week, Sundem and company will keep the pizza ovens going while Fenson tries to earn the chance to compete in Sochi himself. His team has played in five tournaments to prepare for the challenge of the Olympic trials, where five teams square off in a grueling week of play that culminates in a best-of-three finals. By the end, the pizza man hopes to deliver another title to Bemidji.

“We know we have to play great,’’ Fenson said. “But the bigger the game, the better we like it. We’ve all worked hard for this. We’re ready.’’




 

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