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Hoffman Runs Away With Oberhof Time Trial

The U.S. Ski Team held an 11-kilometer skate time trial in the ski tunnel in Oberhof, Germany, on Monday, and Colorado’s Noah Hoffman let it rip by posting an huge win – almost a full minute over Tad Elliott, his teammate on both the national team and Team Homegrown.

“I was happy with how I felt, especially considering the snow was fast and a little icy, which is a surface I’ve struggled on in the past,” Hoffman wrote in an e-mail to FasterSkier.

The race was six laps of the entire tunnel loop, about 1.75 k. Stratton Mountain School T2 racer Eric Packer, who is on the trip as a special guest, finished third, 49 seconds behind Elliott. USST sprinter Simi Hamilton was 24 seconds behind him in fourth, while Andy Newell did not race due to stomach troubles.

USST Head Coach Chris Grover cautioned against analyzing the results, which were shared with FasterSkier by Hoffman, too closely.

“We typically don’t like to publish time trial results since there are a lot of factors influencing performance this time of year: some athletes have race skis here while others are testing new skis, some have good grinds while others don’t, athletes are in different phases of training (i.e. some are more fatigued than others), etc,” Grover wrote in an e-mail.

But everyone agreed: Hoffman was flying.

“Noah was the clear winner and looked the best, skiing with great energy for the entire 11 kilometers,” Grover wrote.

“Das hoff putting on a straight up clinic on how to ski fast today. Big winner of our time trial. #byalot,” Elliott tweeted after the session on Monday.

Hoffman himself was pleased with the effort and took it as a sign that his work this summer is paying off.

“I was especially happy with how high I was able to get my heart rate and lactate considering the snow and terrain,” he wrote. “I believe this is an indication of the progress my coaches and I have made on improving my technique, of which the on-snow time has played a big part. There is still a long ways to go and I’m looking forward to taking advantage of the rest of the time here in the tunnel, in New Zealand in September, and in Canmore in October.”

Jerome Repeats as U.S. Ski Jumping Champ; Frenette & Johnson Tie

At the 2013 U.S. Ski Jumping Championships last weekend in Park City, Utah, national-team member Jessica Jerome defended her large-hill title for her ninth career win at nationals. She was second overall on Saturday after Canadian Alexandra Pretorius, who nailed two jumps of 125.5 meters each for the outright victory. Jerome was the top American with a first jump of 119.5 meters and second jump of 117.5 meters. She was followed by Canada’s Atsuko Tanaka in third. In a USSA press release, Jerome acknowledged that her jumping this summer hasn’t been as technically good compared to years past. “I knew that I had to work a little harder and I’m definitely satisfied,” she said. “The Canadian girls are giving me a run for my money, but it’s really good to see because it means the sport is growing as a whole. It’s nice to have competition out there. Conditions were great today…

Lodwick Locks Up 20th National Title

U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team veteran Todd Lodwick racked up his 20th career national title on Saturday, coming from behind to win at the 2013 U.S. Nordic Combined Championships in Park City, Utah. According to a USSA press release, Lodwick made up 1 minute and 7 seconds on the field, beating out teammates Johnny Spillane (2nd) and Taylor Fletcher (3rd) after ranking eighth in the jump. Bryan Fletcher finished fourth, and Ales Vodsedalek of the Czech Republic placed fifth after notching the best jump. Defending champion Billy Demong was in third position after the jump, but collided with Lodwick on a corner, fell and finished sixth. “This win is huge,” the 35-year-old Lodwick told USSA. “For me it’s a benchmark. I won my first U.S. Championship in 1994 and to be U.S. Champ 18 years later is humbling. “I’m very fortunate to be doing what I’m doing and have the support…

U.S. Ski Team Wraps Up in Ramsau

The U.S. Ski Team men’s August training camp is in full swing. The group wrapped up the Dachstein Glacier segment in Ramsau, Austria, on Friday to take off for the ski tunnel in Oberhof, Germany. By all accounts, the skiing on Dachstein was beautiful. After taking a tram up to 8,500 feet to get on snow every morning, the team got busy logging easy distance hours in the spring-like conditions. Joining the team in EUrope is Stratton Mountain School T2 rookie Eric Packer, a recent Dartmouth graduate and part of the USST National Training Group (NTG). As one of the top senior skiers in the U.S., Packer is at Dachstein on special invitation from the USST coaches. “Having Eric here has been an excellent addition to the group; he is training well and skiing technically well,” head coach Chris Grover wrote in an email. We asked Packer a bit about…

North American Women Off to Sweden

Twitter is lighting up like that neighbor’s house who should take the Christmas lights down already, as several North American women and their friends on the Swedish national team anxiously awaiting their first joint camp in Sweden. Five U.S. Ski Team members and one from the Canadian national team are gearing up for the two-week camp, which will be held in Torsby and Sälen. Ida Sargent, Jessie Diggins and Holly Brooks all planned to leave the U.S. on Thursday to meet two of their teammates, Kikkan Randall and Liz Stephen, in Orsa, Sweden. Anna Haag and other Swedish skiers would likely be there as well, and hardly anyone could contain their excitement. On Tuesday, Haag tweeted: “On my way to Orsa to meet my American Sisters ‪@lizstephen & ‪@kikkanimal, have been longing for them so long now!! Will be amazing as always!” Stephen responded: “Cannot wait Swedish sis! We are already…

July 31 Roundup: Australian Championships Begin; Pierre Harvey Talks Olympism

— Winter is in full swing in the Southern Hemisphere, and the 2012 FIS Australia/New Zealand Cup began last weekend with the start of the Australian Championship at Perisher Valley. Esther Bottomley (AUS) won both the freestyle sprint and 5 k classic for a strong start in defending her 2011 championship title. Lucy Glanville (AUS) was the runner-up to Bottomley on both days. There was more variety on the men’s podiums; after two races there is currently a three-way tie in the series between Callum Watson, Alex Almoukov and Phillip Bellingham, all Australian. Almoukov won the sprint on the first day, and Watson took the 10 k classic a day later. The overall championship is scored by points, and all three currently have 160. The series resumes August 9 – 12 at the Snow Farm in New Zealand, where skiers from Russia and Japan are also expected to compete. The…