April 3rd, 2013
Members of the University of Vermont (UVM) women’s nordic ski team got more than they bargained for while backcountry skiing on Dix Mountain near Keene Valley, N.Y., on Saturday, helping to evacuate a snowshoer who injured her ankle.
According to the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, the group was skiing the mountain’s slides five or six miles into the woods and below the snowshoers when they heard about the injury. Julie Rheaumb, 30, of Montreal, Quebec, slid and injured her ankle that morning, and members of her party used a cell phone to call the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation’s dispatch center. Seven forest rangers and a state police helicopter responded, with some rangers heading out on foot and Forest Ranger Kevin Burns flying in via helicopter.
Burns was lowered near the side of the slide to reach Rheaumb, and he created a makeshift sled from ski poles, skins, a harness, and rope to keep her leg elevated. With the UVM contingent, including Janey McClelland, her father Scott, and Scott’s brother Vinny, who owns The Mountaineer outfitter shop in Keene Valley, the group worked together to move her to a clearing.
Rheaumb was evacuated by helicopter and transported to Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake for medical attention.
As witnessed by FasterSkier, the UVM group completed its journey around 5:30 p.m. Saturday, with a couple women having enough energy to race each other to the parking lot. Coming off a third-place finish at NCAA Championships in early March, Vinny McClelland said they were having a fun end-of-season outing.
“It was full-on winter conditions up there,” McClelland said. “It was powder skiing.”No comments
March 29th, 2013
March 26th, 2013
Middlebury College announced on Tuesday that its search for a new nordic ski coach concluded following Andrew Gardner’s decision to leave the position earlier this season. Andrew Johnson, who has been an assistant coach at the University of Vermont for three years, will take over the program starting next season. Below is the official press release from the college:
Former Middlebury skier and two-time U.S. Olympian Andrew Johnson has been named the new head coach of the nordic ski program at Middlebury College. Johnson comes to Middlebury from the University of Vermont, where he served as an assistant coach for the past three years, helping the Catamounts to the 2012 NCAA title.
“Middlebury’s demonstrated commitment to skiing coupled with its outstanding campus facilities and impressive upgrades at Rikert Nordic Center make it an ideal place to be,” added Johnson. “Having attended Middlebury College and skied for the program, it’s a bit of a dream come true to be able to return and help lead the ski team into its next chapter.”
March 19th, 2013
If you’re like us and wish the college season could keep going indefinitely, check out this great video of the nordic races from NCAA Championships put together by Middlebury College skier Stella Holt. There’s only a few hundred days before racing starts up again, right?
March 14th, 2013
March 9th, 2013
RIPTON, Vt. — University of Utah senior Miles Havlick went out on a high note on Saturday, defending his 20 k mass start title in the 2013 freestyle edition at the NCAA Skiing Championship at Rikert Nordic Center. Havlik outsprinted nearly 10 others at the finish, edging Colorado University’s Rune Ødegård, who won Thursday’s 10 k classic individual start, by 0.6 seconds.
Havlick finished in 50:13.4 and teammates Einar Ulsund and Niklas Persson took third (+1.0) and fifth (+3.1), respectively. A 2012 NCAA individual start champ, Erik Soderman of Northern Michigan University placed fourth.
Colorado University (CU) clinched the combined-team title with 708 points, 43 ahead of Utah in second and 55 ahead of the University of Vermont, which led through two alpine races and one nordic competition coming into Saturday.1 comment
March 9th, 2013
RIPTON, Vt. — Colorado University senior Joanne Reid put down a commanding performance in Saturday’s 15-kilometer freestyle mass start at the 2013 NCAA Skiing Championships at Rikert Nordic Center to win comfortably by 26.8 seconds and carry the CU flag across the finish.
Teammate Eliska Hajkova, also a senior, placed second after outsprinting Marine Dusser of the University of Alaska-Anchorage by 0.4 seconds. A former French national team biathlete, Dusser notched her second podium of the two-race championships and finished 27.2 seconds behind Reid’s winning time of 38:17.8 (unofficially).
The men’s 20 k freestyle mass start begins at noon Eastern time.
March 7th, 2013
Unofficial results are in from the women’s NCAA Championship 5 k classic: Anja Gruber (University of Vermont) countered CU’s win in the men’s 10 k with a victory in the women’s race a few hours later to keep UVM in the lead at conclusion of day two of the championships. She finished the 5 k course at Rikert Touring Center in 15:31.1, 11.1 seconds ahead of Dartmouth’s Mary O’Connell. Marine Dusser (University of Alaska, Anchorage) took third (+ 11.9).
Joanne Reid (Colorado University) finished fourth (+13.1), Sloan Story (University of Utah) took fifth (+31.0) and Maria Nordstroem (CU) rounded out the top six (+32.2).
At the halfway mark of the Championships UVM still (unofficially) sits in the lead and CU moved into second place headed into the last two events of NCAAs.
Live timing results (unofficial)No comments
March 7th, 2013
RIPTON, Vt. — Colorado University’s Rune Oedegaard is unofficially a national champion in the first of two races at the 2013 NCAA Nordic Skiing Championships. A junior, Oedegaard won Thursday’s 10-kilometer classic individual start at Rikert Nordic Center in 26:00.2, more than five seconds ahead of runner-up Mats Resaland (UNM).
After Resaland in second (+5.2), Viktor Brännmark of the University of Alaska-Anchorage was third (+28.3). Brännmark is from Sweden and the top two are Norwegian.
Benjamin Lustgarten of Middlebury College was fourth (+32.4) on his home course, and Dartmouth’s Silas Talbot placed fifth (+36.5).
Women’s 5 k classic individual starts at noon. Watch it live at NCAA.com.1 comment
March 6th, 2013
The CCSA skiers begin their national championship adventure in earnest tomorrow, as they line up against the nation’s top collegiate skiers at the NCAA Championships in Middlebury, Vt. Of the thirteen skiers, representing three schools (Northern Michigan, Alaska and St. Scholastica), eight will be making their first appearance at nationals.
The event kicks off bright and early Thursday morning with a 10K men’s interval start classic race, beginning at 10 a.m. EST, followed by a 5K classic ski for women at noon. The distances, and the chaos level, only increase on Saturday, with a 15K mass start women’s freestyle event scheduled for 10 a.m., followed by a mass start 20K skate for men at noon.
For those unable to make the trip to Vermont, all events at this year’s NCAA Championships will be streamed online at www.ncaa.com/liveschedule.
“Making it to NCAAs is certainly never anything that we take for granted,” Alaska head coach Scott Jerome said. “It’s always a big accomplishment, and I think every athlete is very grateful to have the opportunity to race on this big stage. It’s very satisfying.”
In addition to individual championships and coveted All-American postions – the top five skiers all gain first-team All-American status, while the rest of the top 10 finishers collect second-team honors – there’s plenty more at stake when the CCSA skiers toe the line this week. Each year, the NCAA evaluates each region’s performance at nationals, and adjusts the number of berths for each region accordingly. Do well at NCAA, and your region will be able to send more skiers to next year’s championships. Each skier, therefore, has the opportunity to benefit not only themselves, but the entire region with a good performance.
Despite that added pressure, CCSA coaches, such as St. Scholastica’s Chad Samela, focus on keeping their athletes grounded.
“We are here to win, and to go about our business but, at the same time, I want our athletes to be able to relax,” Salmela said. “I think when they are relaxed and enjoying themselves, but also focused, that’s when they ski their best.”
Having arrived at the Rikert Nordic Center last week, the CCSA skiers have had a chance to get a number of practice runs in on what looks to be a fair but challenging course.
“There’s a really good mix on this course,” Salmela said. “There are some very challenging downhills with some tight turns – you are going to have to get into a nice rhythm to get through it. It’s a great course – it’s hard enough to be an NCAA championship race, but easy enough that it’s still enough about ski racing.”
This year’s NCAA Championships has added sentiment for Salmela – hosts Middlebury College is his alma mater.
In addition to the live broadcast at the NCAA website, fans of CCSA skiing can also follow live results at http://www.barttiming.com/eisa/Results13/ncaa13.htm.