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Park City Nordic Receives Multiple USSA Distinctions

 

Earlier this month, the Park City Nordic Ski Club was awarded USSA Club of the Year. (Photo: PCNSC)

Earlier this month, the Park City Nordic Ski Club was awarded USSA Club of the Year as well as Ski Jumping/Nordic Combined Club of the Year. (Photo: PCNSC)

Utah Olympic Park Sport Club Park City Nordic Ski Club awarded 2015 USSA Club of the Year and 2015 Ski Jumping/Nordic Combined Club of the Year;

Both FLY Freestyle and Park City Nordic Ski Club receive USSA Gold Certification

(Press release)

Earlier this month, the Park City Nordic Ski Club was awarded USSA Club of the Year. (Photo: PCNSC)

Earlier this month, the Park City Nordic Ski Club was awarded USSA Club of the Year. (Photo: PCNSC)

PARK CITY, Utah (May 18, 2015) – Utah Olympic Park Sport Clubs celebrates a week of exciting announcements. Park City Nordic Ski Club (PCNSC) was awarded 2015 USSA Club of the Year and 2015 Ski Jumping/Nordic Combined Club of the Year on Friday, May 15 at the annual USSA Club Excellence Conference Chairman’s Awards Dinner. During the same conference, FLY Freestyle and PCNSC also received Gold Club certification from the U. S. Ski and Snowboard Association.

PCNSC was selected as 2015 Club of the Year from a list of 430 clubs across 30 states and all disciplines. USSA has been presenting the Club of the Year award since 1998 and FLY Freestyle was the 2012 recipient. PCNSC was also awarded 2015 Ski Jumping/Nordic Combined Club of the Year.

“This is a testament to the hard work of all the coaches, athletes, and families that are a part of PCNSC. We couldn’t be more pleased to receive such honors from the USSA,” said PCNSC Program Manager, Robert Lazzaroni. “We have some of the best coaches in the country in Nordic combined, ski jumping, and cross country skiing. They really deserve this recognition.”

PCNSC offers year around programs from age 7 thru adult, with a strong emphasis on “Sport for Life.” PCNSC has doubled in number of participants over the last two years.  PCNSC ranked 8th at Junior Nationals this year and PCNSC XC girls team is ranked 2nd in the country. Two PCNSC alumni represented the United States at the World Nordic Champion in 2015.

FLY Freestyle joined PCNSC in the celebration as both sport clubs earned the highest level of podium certification—the Gold Club certification. The podium level certification process involves a rigorous self-study and peer review of best principles and practices for ski and snowboard clubs. All Silver and Gold club candidates had an on-site visit and review conducted by USSA High Performance staff and club consultants who are leaders in the ski and snowboard club world. The certification process not only recognizes club excellence, but also gives a clear roadmap for all clubs to become stronger organizations. This is a strategic part of USSA’s plans to support clubs, be a more club-based organization and better understand the challenges and opportunities that exist for clubs in every corner of the country.

Award winners from the 2015 USSA Club Excellence Conference Chairman’s Awards Dinner on May 15 in Park City, Utah. (Photo: PCNSC)

Award winners from the 2015 USSA Club Excellence Conference Chairman’s Awards Dinner on May 15 in Park City, Utah. (Photo: PCNSC)

“The podium certification process was not an easy one,” said Utah Olympic Park Sport Program Manager, Matt Terwillegar. “It required us to really evaluate every aspect of our sport club programs and doing so has helped us uncover opportunities and areas where we can continue to improve the club experience for our athletes, coaches, and community.”

PCNSC and FLY Freestyle offer summer programs for all ages. Information and registration is available online at UtahOlympicLegacy.org.

About Utah Olympic Park

Built for the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games, Utah Olympic Park is located 28 miles east of Salt Lake City in Park City, Utah. Today, Utah Olympic Park is a vibrant multi-use facility focused on developing and growing winter sport participation in the state of Utah. Designated an Official U.S. Olympic Training Site by the United States Olympic Committee, the venue provides year-round competition and training facilities for Olympic and development level athletes. For the public, the venue features a variety of adventure activities including bobsled rides, zip lines, alpine slide, ropes courses as well as Olympic-heritage exhibits in the Alf Engen Ski Museum and Eccles 2002 Olympic Winter Games Museum. For more information about the venue, please visit UtahOlympicLegacy.org or call 435-658-4200.

About Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation

Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation is a Utah non-profit 501(c)(3) organization responsible for managing and maintaining world-class facilities and providing opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to participate and excel in winter sports. Inspired by the success and momentum of the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games, the Foundation has turned its focus toward embracing, engaging and involving Utah’s youth in winter sport. The Foundation supports national sport organizations and community recreational winter sport programs, as well as subsidizes the operation of two Olympic legacy venues – Utah Olympic Oval and Utah Olympic Park. For more information, please visit UtahOlympicLegacy.org or call 435-658-4200.

Sovereign Lake Spring Fling: May 15 to 18

  The Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre in the southern interior of British Columbia is changing it up for 2015, with significant changes to the traditional May snow camp week. New for this year’s Spring Fling Ski Weekend from May 15-18 is a ‘casual’ sprint race, similar to the Canmore’s Frozen Thunder sprint last year where everyone gets three heats. Also new is the requirement that skiers register by May 10 at Zone4.  If the weather or an insufficient number of registrations forces the club to cancel, fees will automatically be refunded. FasterSkier went to inspect the trail conditions on April 25.  The skiing was great in fresh falling snow during the morning, but accumulating snow made for a more challenging afternoon.  It was a hard wax day for classic, but at the warmer end of the wax box. If you are feeling the urge to get some snow time to kick off the new training year…

Canadian Nationals: Somppi, Browne Take 50/30 k Titles

  Saturday marked the final day of racing at the 2015 Canadian Ski Nationals in Thunder Bay, Ontario. With temperatures dropping into the minus teens, under blue skies and strong winds, local favorite Michael Somppi of the Alberta World Cup Academy (AWCA) and Canadian National Development Team, originally from Lappe Nordic, racked up his third gold medal in the men’s 50-kilometer freestyle mass start. Somppi beat veteran and 2014 champion Ivan Babikov of the Canadian World Cup Team by 28.2 seconds in 2:05:18.8. Kevin Sandau (AWCA/NST-Dev.) came in third (+47.2). “I felt great skiing today,” Somppi wrote in an email. “It was a hard race but I was surprised I was able to win without going to my absolute limit. It was just an amazing feeling coming into the finish with the home crowd cheering me on. Maybe that’s what helped me feel so good today and really, this whole week.” By the 20 k mark, the peloton narrowed down to a small…

Canadian Nationals in Thunder Bay: Day 2-4 Recap (Updated)

  (Note: This post has been updated to include comments from Michael Somppi.) On Sunday, the second day of racing at 2015 Canadian Ski Nationals in Thunder Bay, Ontario, local favorite Michael Somppi of the Alberta World Cup Academy (AWCA) and Canadian National Development Team, originally from Lappe Nordic, racked up his second-straight gold in the men’s 10-kilometer freestyle interval start on his home trails. He beat his Lappe Nordic team-sprint teammate Andy Shields by 34.3 seconds to do so with a winning time of 23:09.4. “The 10km skate was my best performance of the year,” Somppi wrote in an email. “I wanted the win and I started the race like it was a sprint qualifier. The conditions were fast and I did my best to keep my speed high on the faster sections of the course.” While Shields, of NDC Thunder Bay, posted the fifth-ranked time at 5 k,…

Lappe Nordic, RMR Claim Team Sprint Titles at Canadian Nationals

The Lappe Nordic team of Andy Shields and Michael Somppi won the team sprint at the 2015 Canadian Ski Nationals in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The pair won Saturday’s race with a time of 14:04.59. They were followed by the Foothills Nordic team of Jess Cockney and Kevin Sandau, who trailed by 2.53 seconds. In third were Colin Abbott and Knute Johnsgaard of Whitehorse. They crossed the line 5.85 seconds behind the winning time. “Somppi and I had a really good day,” Shields wrote in an email. “Our strategy was to have me push hard on the second and third legs to get a comfortable gap so Somppi could cruise into the finish … It’s absolutely thrilling to win for the home crowd here in Thunder Bay. A great start to the competitions for the fans. I’m glad my form came together for today’s race and it should bode well for…

Canada Winter Games: Relay Golds for Ontario and Quebec

Ontario was victorious in Saturday’s men 4 x 5-kilometer relay while Quebec earned gold on the women’s side on the fourth-and-final day of cross-country skiing at the Canada Winter Games in Prince George, British Columbia. At the Otway Nordic Centre, Benjamin Wilkinson-Zan, Scott Hill, Jack Carlyle, and Evan Palmer-Charrette put together a winning time of 48:14.9 for Ontario, ahead of the men in blue representing Quebec (Dominique Moncion-Groulx, Julien Lamoureux, Philippe Boucher, and Raphaël Couturier), which placed second (+43.4). British Columbia’s Julien Locke, Colin Ferrie, David Palmer, and Geoffrey Richards took third (+1:35.1). In the women’s 4 x 3.75 k relay, Katherine Stewart-Jones, Andrée-Anne Théberge, Anne-Marie Comeau, and Marie Corriveau notched a win for Quebec in 41:25.4. They edged British Columbia’s silver medalists Katie Weaver, Molly Miller, Hannah Mehain, and Eliza-Jane Kitchen by 32.6 seconds, and the Yukon team (Kendra Murray, Hannah Deuling, Natalie Hynes, and Annah Hanthorn) finished 44.2 seconds behind the winners in third. Relay results: Men’s 4 x 5 k / Women’s 4 x 3.75 k  — François Léger Dionne

Canada Winter Games: Two Gold and a Silver for Quebec in Skate Mass Start

Raphaël Couturier, of St-Jean-Chrysostome, Quebec, and Anne-Marie Comeau, of Abitibi, Quebec, notched victories in Thursday’s men’s and women’s 15- and 10-kilometer freestyle mass starts, respectively, on the third day of cross-country skiing at the Canada Winter Games in Prince George, British Columbia. At the Otway Nordic Centre, Couturier crossed the finish line in 35:13.6, with a 7.7 seconds lead over Evan Palmer-Charrette, of  Thunder Bay, Ontario, in second, and David Palmer, of Rossland, B.C., in third (+ 12.2). This was Couturier’s second medal after a bronze in Monday’s 10 k classic interval start. On the women’s side, Comeau stopped the clock at 26:36.1, collecting her first medal at these Games. After losing Monday’s 7.5 k classic interval start by less than a second, Katherine Stewart-Jones, of Chelsea, Quebec, edged Maya MacIsaac-Jones, of Athabasca, Alberta, by one tenth of a second, for second place (+21.2). Stewart-Jones collected her third silver medal at these Games. Annah Hanthorn,…

Canada Winter Games: Ferrie, Jackson Win Classic Sprints

Colin Ferrie, of Kimberley, British Columbia, and Jenn Jackson, of Mihurst, Ontario, both came out on top in Tuesday’s classic sprints, on the second day of cross-country skiing at the Canada Winter Games in Prince George, British Columbia. At the Otway Nordic Centre, Ferrie took the gold on the 1.5-kilometer course in 3:29.57, edging Scott Hill, of Toronto, Ontario, in second (+0.13) and Simon Lapointe, of Gatineau, Quebec in third (+0.76). With her winning time of 3:50.97, Jackson, also the fastest in qualification, topped Katherine Stewart-Jones, of Chelsea, Quebec, by 1.90 second, and Marie Corriveau, of Quebec, Quebec, in third (+2.66), in the women’s 1.4 k classic sprint. Results: Men’s 1.5 k sprint | Women’s 1.4 k sprint — François Léger Dionne

Canada Winter Games: Day 4 Biathlon & Day 1 Cross-Country Recaps

On Friday, Feb. 20, the biathlon races at Canada Winter Games in Prince George, British Columbia, ended with the traditional relays at the Otway Nordic Centre. On in men’s 3 x 7.5-kilometer relay, the province of Quebec took gold, ahead of Alberta and Ontario. Félix Bérubé-Larochelle, of Lac-Mégantic, Zachari Bolduc, of Laval, and Teo Sanchez, of Wakefield, combined for the win in 1:04:25. Fifty-five seconds behind were Alberta skiers Jakob Chambers, Adam Runnalls and Ben Churchill, of Calgary. Ontario’s third-place finishers Jason Richard Lawton, of Orleans, Toby Quinn, of Thunder Bay, and Alexandre Dupuis, of Ottawa, finished 2:07 back from the winners. In the women’s 3 x 6 k relay, British Columbia was victorious over Quebec and Alberta. Tekarra Elissa Banser, of West Kelowna, Claire Agnes Lapointe, of Pince George, and Emily Maria Dickson, of Burns Lake, triumphed on home soil with a time of 1:00:06. Quebec’s Charlotte Hamel, of Sherbrooke, and sisters Sarah Poisson-Grégoire and…

Day 2-3 Biathlon Recaps from Canada Winter Games (with Photo Gallery)

Matthew Hudec, of North Battleford, Saskatchewan, and Leilani Tam Von Burg, of Ottawa, Ontario, notched victories on Tuesday in the men’s and women’s 10- and 7.5-kilometer biathlon sprints, respectively, on the second day of biathlon at the Canada Winter Games  in Prince George, British Columbia. For Tam Von Burg, it was her second win in as many races so far at the 2015 Games. The next day, Alexandre Dupuis, of Ottawa, and Emily Maria Dickson, of Burns Lake, B.C., started second and rose to first in the men’s 12.5 k and women’s 10 k pursuits. At the Otway Nordic Centre on Tuesday, Hudec topped Dupuis by 24.5 seconds and Jules Bernotte, of Sherbrook, Quebec, in third (+34.8) for the men’s sprint win in 26:18.8. The next day, Dupuis won the men’s pursuit by 18.9 seconds over Hudec in 35:45.4. Just 0.9 seconds back from Hudec, Teo Sanchez, of Wakefield, Quebec, placed third. Tam Von Burg collected a 55-second victory…