Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Bill Koch (born June 7, 1955) is an American skier, the first world-class cross-country skier from the United States.A native of Brattleboro, Vermont, he originally competed in the NIS[clarification needed] in the Nordic combined, but later switched to cross country skiing. In 1974 he was the first American to win a medal in international competition, placing third in the European junior championships. He also was the first American to win an Olympic medal in Nordic skiing, winning the silver in the 30 km for the 1976 Olympics (he remains the only North American male to win an Olympic medal in this event). Koch also finished 6th in the 15 km event at those same Winter Olympics.
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