Three amigos on cross-country skies

Bill Olson, Tom Duffy, Sr. and Ken Maki will ski the virtual Kortelopet together this year.

Few Birkie skiers have a Birkebeiner history as rich and storied as the trio of Bill Olson, Ken Maki and Tom Duffy Sr. Their combined years in the American Birkebeiner — including the eight years that Maki worked as a Birkie timer — add up to over 100 years.

This year, Olson, Maki and Duffy will ski their first virtual Korte together on Wednesday, Feb. 24. They chose the Tagalder Trail as their race venue, a county trail that Olson himself grooms.

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