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Talking with the Gravy Train Interview with John Morton – A Man for All Seasons


April 26, 2017 In this edition of Talkin’ With the Gravey Train, our host Peter Graves talks with the remarkable John Morton, a two-time US Olympian in Biathlon and also a Team Leader for the US Team at the Olympic Games. “Morty” lives near our studio and was kind enough to drop by for a chat.

John Caldwell (l) and John Morton [P] Peter Graves
Morton, a Walpole, NH native, has seen the sport from about every angle and his depth of knowledge shows. He was a member of the ski team and graduate of Middlebury College in Vermont and a member of the USA Biathlon National Team. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was released from active duty with the rank of Captain in 1972.

1974 U.S. Nationals at Big Sky Montana [P] Morton Collection
Vietnam stint [P] Morton Collection
Later the talented Morton spent eleven years at the helm of the Dartmouth Big Green’s Nordic program, where he produced a number of US Olympic athletes. Shortly thereafter, he wrote the award winning book, Don’t Look Back, sparkling with great stories and personal reflections on a lifetime spent in competitive sports at the highest levels.

Consoling Josh Thompson following the men’s 20km biathlon event at the 1988 Calgary Olympics. [P] Morton Collection
On route to victory at Eastern Intercollegiate Championships for Middlebury College varsity ski team [P] Morton Collection

At the Salt Lake City Olympic Games, Morton served as the Chief of Course for Biathlon competitions and in 2008 was inducted into the US Biathlon Hall of Fame. His resume is a never-ending list of contributions to the sport he is so passionate about.

Innsbruck Olympics in 1976 [P] Morton Collection

Morton turned his talents to trail design, establishing Morton Trails, and is known globally for his work, designing more than 100 trails in the USA and around the world for more than two decades. Chances are good you’ve skied on a John Morton-designed trail.

John and Kay Morton [P]

In this interview Graves talks to Morton about the rise in fortunes of the US Biathlon team, coming off a superlative season, his views on trail design and where the sport is headed.

Interview with John Morton

The Mortons at the Canadian Ski Marathon [P] Morton Collection

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