GILFORD — The Gunstock Nordic Association will be holding a Celebration of Life in memory of one of the club's past nordic coaches at the GNA Clubhouse this Sunday, February 23 from 12 noon to 2 p.m.
Igor Badamshin, husband to GNA's present coach, Nina Gavrylyuk, died unexpectedly on January 24 at the age of 47 while skiing in Wisconsin. Igor was a Russian Nordic Olympian and held many titles in World and Russian National competitions before relocating to the USA in 2003 with his wife and daughter Jenia.
At that time Igor & Nina took the reigns of the Nordic programs for GNA here in Gilford. Igor's enthusiasm for cross-country skiing inspired many local youths as he coached them through all levels of training and accompanied them to races across the country.
Although Igor left New Hampshire in 2007 to become part of the CXC program in Wisconsin, his legacy remains here in New Hampshire in the beautiful, warm GNA club house that he helped build, the snow-making system that he relocated to the Nordic trails from another mountain, the night-skiing lights, and the joy for cross country skiing that he shared with this community.
Anyone that knew Igor is invited to come to the GNA Clubhouse this Sunday for a special celebration in his memory. The event will start with an "Igor-style" obstacle course for anyone wishing to participate and will follow with a photo and memory sharing in the Clubhouse. Light refreshments will be offered. For more information, visit the GNA website: www.gunstocknordic.com or call 387-5935.