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Check out this fun video sent to us from the IMD Youth Ski Festival in Park City, Utah.  Surely some of these young athletes will be racing the SuperTour Finals before we know it.

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2014 Junior Nationals (Photos: MacBeth Graphics)

2014 Junior Nationals (Photos: MacBeth Graphics)

Thousands upon thousands of photos from 2014 Junior Nationals in Stowe, Vt. — they’re all here at MacBeth Graphics galleries! All the profits from any print sales (and there have been a good amount already) will be donated to the National Nordic Foundation.

Take a look

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STOWE, Vt. – A recap of last week’s 2014 Junior Nationals at Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vt., by Far West’s Skyler Mullings and New England’s Julia Kern.

“Both Julia and I would like to thank every single volunteer out there, all the race organizers and directors, the race sponsors, our teammates, coaches, wax techs and parents!” Mullings wrote. “See everyone next year! http://xcjuniornationals2015.com/

Trouble viewing video? Click here.

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Far West’s Skyler Mullings of the Sugar Bowl Academy created the following video of the Junior Nationals classic sprints last Wednesday at Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vt. He did so after racing himself, qualifying and placing a notable 18th.

2014 JN CLASSIC SPRINTS from After Hours Productions on Vimeo.

Have a video of your own you’d like to share? Email alex@fasterskier.com with the link.

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The U.S. Junior Nationals U18 men's 10 k classic podium, with winner Peter Holmes (Far West), Zak Ketterson (Midwest) in second, and Ian Torchia (Midwest) in third. (Photo: Mark Nadall/MacBeth Graphics)

The U.S. Junior Nationals U18 men’s 10 k classic podium, with winner Peter Holmes (Far West), Zak Ketterson (Midwest) in second, and Ian Torchia (Midwest) in third. (Photo: Mark Nadell/MacBeth Graphics)

STOWE, Vt. — U.S. Junior Nationals kicked off in earnest on Monday, the first of four days of racing at Trapps Family Lodge this week, with 5- and 10-kilometer classic individual starts.

While we’re working on a video to recap the action, check out the results of six different races in the U16, U18 and U20 categories on the event website.

Also be sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram for updates and photos as they happen.

 

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By: Matthew T. Pauli

Trail conditions at Kincaid Park were challenging as the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska state meet weekend approached, February 20-22.  Co-hosted by Dimond High School and the Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage (NSAA), changes to the original race trail selections were made.  However, an opportune snowfall on Tuesday night prior to the first race on Thursday brightened the venue and lifted everyone’s spirits.

Day one featured freestyle interval start races with the girls going 5 km and the boys 7.5 k. The girls race had Sarissa Lammers of Chugiak High School skating to a 22 second victory over Sadie Fox of Soldotna High School, winning with a time of 14:43.0.  Anna Darnell of South Anchorage rounded out the top three, another 15 seconds behind Fox.

Max Donaldson of West Valley High School in Fairbanks picked up where he left off last year and pounded out a 15 second win over Seiji Takagi of South Anchorage.  Thomas O’Harra rounded out the podium another 28 seconds back of Takagi.  The next day’s mass start classic races would determine the 2014 high school skimeisters.  The way Lammers and Donaldson were skiing, they were going to be hard to overtake.

The boys were going 10 km and Donaldson did not disappoint.  While Jake Bassett of Service High School took the overall classic win with a dominant performance, Donaldson, finishing second, increased his skimeister lead over both Takagi and O’Harra.  Takagi finished just off the podium in fourth while O’Harra repeated his third place performance of the day prior.  In the end, Donaldson defended his skimeister crown from 2013.  Takagi was vice-skimeister and O’Harra remained in third.

Lammers carried her momentum from day one into the 7.5 km classic event on day two.  She skied the entire race in the lead pack, squeaking by with a photo finish victory over Taryn Hunt-Smith of Service High School.  Fox slipped a spot to third, a solid showing nonetheless.  Lammers was crowned 2014 skimeister with Fox second and Morgan Flynn of East High School skied consistently to a 3rd place overall result.

Another sunny day greeted racers for the Saturday mixed technique relays.  Girls would go 4 X 3 km and boys would go 4 X 5 km in classic, classic, freestyle, freestyle fashion.  The girls race was hotly contested.  In the end, Service grabbed the win over South.  The boys race looked like a runaway affair with Service taking a commanding lead on the first two classic legs.  Both West Valley and South reeled in the Service squad on the first freestyle leg, leg three.  West Valley would continue to put the hammer down and took the 2014 win.  South was runner-up and Service faded to third.

In the race for team champion, 47 seconds separated South Anchorage and West Valley boys:  4:11:42 to 4:12:29.  Nearly three and a half minutes separated the South Anchorage and Service girls:  3:25:41 to 3:29:08.  This was the first team sweep for South Anchorage since 2010.

 

Boys champions:  South Anchorage

Runners-up:  West Valley

 

Girls champions:  South Anchorage

Runners-up:  Service

 

Boys 2A/3A champions:  Grace Christian of Anchorage (5th overall)

Boys 2A/3A champions:  Grace Christian of Anchorage (9th overall)

 

Link to event videos posted by Grace Christian:

 

http://vimeo.com/channels/alaskaskichampionship

State Relay Boys 2014 from Robert W Arnold on Vimeo.

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Warm temperatures, strong wind, and rain challenged five of the ten USSA divisions that met this past weekend at Soldier Hollow, Utah as part of the Junior Olympic Super Qualifier. All five divisions raced together, however, racers were only scored within in their division.

Classic Sprint Results

Freestyle Distance Results

Watch the highlights of the sprint qualifiers and the sprint heats for the U16 and U18/U20 men and women from the Tuna ski team. Spliced into the middle of the day were races going down to U8.

Classic Sprint

Women’s U16 Classic Sprint Qualifier video

Women’s U18/U20 Classic Sprint Qualifier

Men’s U16 Classic Sprint Qualifier

Men’s U18/U20 Classic Sprint Qualifier

 

MF U12 Classic Sprint Race

MF U8/U12 Classic Sprint (adorable)

MF U14 Classic Sprint

 

Women’s U18/U20 Quarter-finals

Women’s U16 Classic Sprint Quarter-Final

Women’s U16 then U18-20 Classic Semi-Final Sprint Heats

Women’s U16 A then B Finals, Women’s U18/20 B Then A Finals

 

Men’s U16 Classic Quarter-Finals

Men’s U18-20 Classic Quarter-Finals video

Men’s U16 then U18-20 Classic Semi-Finals

Men’s U16 then U18-20 B then A Finals video

 

Skate Distance 

Men’s U18-20 15km skate video

Women’s U18-20 10km skate

Women’s U16 5km skate

Men’s U16 5km skate

Women’s U14 3km skate video

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On the last day of racing in Val di Fiemme, Italy, Sweden defended its relay title in the women’s 4 x 3.3 k, with Anna Dyvik, Sofia Henriksson, Maja Dahlqvist, and Jonna Sundling, topping Russia by 7.7 seconds for the win. Norway took third, finishing 26.8 seconds after Sweden.

Canada placed 10th with Frédérique Vézina, Dahria Beatty, Anne-Marie Comeau, and Katherine Stewart-Jones. The Americans finished 12th of 14 teams with Nichole Bathe, Marion Woods, Stephanie Kirk, and Sloan Storey.

Norway won its fourth gold of the championships in the men’s 4 x 5 k, with Eivind Krane Heimdal, Petter Reistad, Johan Hoel, and Eirik Sverdrup Augdal, by 1 second over France, and just another tenth of a second over Russia in third.

The U.S. men placed 12th of 18 teams, with Adam Martin, Lars Hannah, Thomas O’Harra, and Patrick Caldwell. Canada was 13th with Ricardo Izquierdo-Bernier, Alexis Dumas, Scott Hill, and Benjamin Wilkinson-Zan.

Results: Women | Men

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The Russians skied their way to the top of the podium on Sunday at Junior World Championships in Val di Fiemme, Italy, with Natalia Nepryaeva winning the women’s 5-kilometer classic individual start in 14:05 and Roman Kaygorodov taking the men’s 10 k classic victory in 26:36.9.

Nepryaeva, 18, edged Sweden’s Sofia Henriksson by 2.7 seconds and another Russian, Anastasia Sedova, by 13.6 seconds for her first world title.

In his first race at Junior Worlds, Kaygorodov, also 18, captured his first title as well, beating Sweden’s Jens Burman by 5.5 seconds. Norway’s Petter Reistad was another 0.4 seconds back in third.

Canada’s Ricardo Izquierdo-Bernier (Fondeurs Laurentides) broke through in 14th at his first world championships. He was the lone Canadian man in the top 40, with Scott Hill (NDC Thunder Bay) placing 45th, Alexis Dumas (Skibec) finishing 46th, and Benjamin Wilkinson-Zan (NDC Thunder Bay) placing 66th of nearly 100.

Another Canadian, Dahria Beatty of the Alberta World Cup Academy (AWCA) notched her first individual top 20 in her third year at Junior Worlds. The 19-year-old Beatty placed 15th, topping her previous best of 20th in the freestyle sprint last Wednesday.

Also for Canada, Katherine Stewart-Jones (Nakkertok) placed 36th, Anne-Marie Comeau of the Pierre-Harvey Training Centre (CNEPH) was 38th and Frederique Vezina (CNEPH) 51st.

Two Americans placed 26th: Nicole Bathe (University of Alaska-Fairbanks) and Adam Martin (Northern Michigan University). For both, it marked their first top-40 results at their first world championships; Martin placed 40th in Friday’s 20 k skiathlon and Bathe was 47th in the women’s 10 k skiathlon.

Patrick Caldwell (Dartmouth) also made the top 30 in 29th, Lars Hannah (Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club) was 57th, and Cole Morgan (University of Vermont) 68th.

Marion Woods, also of UVM, finished 34th in the women’s race and Sloan Storey (University of Utah) was 43rd.

 

Results: Women | Men

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The men’s 30-kilometer skiathlon at U23 World Championships on Saturday couldn’t have been much closer in Val di Fiemme, Italy, with France’s Adrien Backscheider eking out the win by 0.1 seconds over Damien Tarantola, also of France. Backscheider finished in 1:24.27.9 and Norway’s Daniel Stock took third, 6.4 seconds back.

Scott Patterson of the University of Vermont (UVM) notched 18th for the U.S., tying his 15 k classic result from Thursday. Ben Lustarten (Middlebury) finished 34th. Canadian Patrick Stewart-Jones (Alberta World Cup Academy) placed 41st, American Ben Saxton (Stratton Mountain School) was 42nd, and four North American men were lapped: Knute Johnsgaard (CAN) in 48th, Tyler Kornfield (USA) in 49th, Sebastien Townsend (CAN) in 52nd, and Andy Shields (CAN) in 53rd.

In the women’s 15 k skiathlon, Norway’s Martine Ek Hagen notched her second-straight victory at the championships, winning in 44:37.5. Teammate Ragnhild Haga placed second, 22.4 seconds back, and Austria’s Teresa Stadlober took third (+42.2).

Rosie Frankowski (Northern Michigan University) was the top North American woman in 26th. Annie Pokorny (SMST2) placed 31st, Mary Rose (Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation) was 38th, and Liz Guiney (Craftsbury Green Racing Project) 41st for the U.S.

The top Canadian, Olivia Bouffard-Nesbitt placed 37th and Cendrine Browne (Pierre-Harvey Training Centre) was another nine seconds back in 39th.

Results: Men | Women

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