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Lively hour-long presentations on a variety of Nordic subjects. 


Organized by Nordic Northwest’s Friday Night Lecture Series Committee

All Friday Night Lecture Series is at 7:30pm, in person at Nordia House and streamed live on Nordic Northwest’s YouTube channel. Sign up for either an in-person presentation or join us online! Small receptions and shows of additional materials will accompany some talks. The exhibit hall is open during the presentations for you in person viewing pleasure.

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Champions start their journey with a love of sport, fun, and participation.

February 3, 2023, 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM

with hosted reception following lecture

Doors Open at 7:15 PM

Nordia House




Norwegian Olympic and World Champions start their journey with a love of sport, fun, and participation. Join us with Tim Gibbons, cross country ski coach, to learn about Norway’s national identity and the importance of sports. Sport culture is a way of life and there are best practices of sport science in Norway. It all starts with the model and Children's Rights in Sports. The coaches and volunteers are highly educated and there is a well-developed pathway that supports large numbers of talented and motivated athletes.


“Imagine a society in which 93 percent of children grow up playing organized sports.” - Tom Farrey, author of Game On: The All-American Race to Make Champions of Our Children

This lecture will cover topics including:

  • Norway’s national identity and the importance of sport

  • Sport culture and a way of life

  • Best practices of sport science

  • Youth sports model: not for profit system

  • Children’s Rights in Sports

  • Highly educated coaches, volunteers

  • Well defined athlete development pathway, supporting large numbers of talented and motivated athletes

  • Norway as a leader in sport science research

About the speaker, Tim Gibbons:

A native Oregonian, Tim grew up skiing and racing on Mt. Hood and around Bend, Oregon. He graduated from the University of Oregon in 1983 and Northern Michigan University in 1992 with a Master’s in Exercise Science. As a cross country ski coach, he worked at the College of Idaho, Middlebury College, Dartmouth College, Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation, and Redmond High School. As a sport physiologist with U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) he tested athletes from 22 Olympic sports and provided training recommendations to athletes and coaches. As the Endurance Training Coordinator at the USOPC he traveled extensively throughout North America and Europe and documented the developmental stages, processes, and systems of endurance athletes capable of achieving international competitive excellence. He co-curated the ski history exhibit, Winter Comes: Oregon’s Nordic Ski History at the Deschutes Historical Museum in Bend, Oregon. Recently he was the Sport Outreach Director for Every Kid Sports a national non-profit organization headquartered in Bend, Oregon which provides financial assistance to low-income children to pay sports registration fees.


Request a list of our selected recorded lectures (1999-2019) available for loan for NNW members, or view a list of archived lectures and other educational films here.

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