Pressroom Podcast: Here Comes Chad Salmela

By Duluth News Tribune

Even if you aren’t a cross country skiing fan chances are you still heard Chad Salmela’s famous gold medal call during the Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

While he declined to replicate the “Here comes Diggins” call for us, Salmela did give us some behind-the-scenes info on the race that made Minnesotan Jessie Diggins and teammate Kikkan Randall the first U.S. gold medalists in the team sprint, male or female.

College of St. Scholastica cross country coach Chad Salmela (from left), who was a cross-country skiing TV commentator for the Winter Olympics, sits next to men’s curling team members John Shuster and Tyler George during a public celebration at the DECC on Feb. 27, 2018. (Steve Kuchera /
Chad Salmela

Salmela, cross country coach at St. Scholastica, shares what it was like to be a part of that historic race and how it feels to be compared to Al Michaels’ “Do you believe in miracles? Yes!” call from 1980.

What we are into this week: Sports Illustrated (physical copies of the magazine), decluttering and giving things away, The War on Drugs newish album, Stranger Things and the movie “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

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