Heres the rundown on Junior Nationals….
Overall, it was a great week of racing. Every single junior athlete on FAST qualified, except one. FAST went in as a relatively unknown club with just a handful of athletes, and emerged having shown the country what was up.
Of course, Logan’s clean sweep of every available J2 boys gold medal was totally impressive. He is usually all too eager to let his nerves get the best of him, but he came out with guns blazing and handily thrashed each race. David Norris and I had pretty consistent results, although we didn’t quite go 1-2 in every race like we wanted. But I was definitely happy with my week, getting 2nd in the sprint, 5th in the mass start skate race, and winning the interval classic race. The sweetest part was hearing that I won that race just a few hours after my brother had won his. Wyatt Mayo surprisingly showed that he might actually be able to sprint after all, busting out a 22nd place in that event, and Robert Hovda had a couple of solid top tens in the J2’s.
But the best part was learning at the awards banquet, after all the points had been added up, that we were by far the best boys club in the country. With only six athletes racing in California, FAST actually had more total points than any club or school in the entire country! No small feat, when you consider that we had to outscore the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation and their limitless multitudes of athletes. You should have seen when we went up to get our award. People could hardly see our tiny group, and then SVSEF was like overflowing the stage. But because we didn’t have a single girl racing there, we weren’t eligible to officially claim the overall win.
Medal count: 5 gold, 1 silver