March 3rd, 2014
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.
February 26th, 2014
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
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:
February 12th, 2014
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.
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.
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February 3rd, 2014
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.No comments
February 2nd, 2014
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.
February 1st, 2014
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.No comments
January 31st, 2014
Sarah Schaber of Germany won Friday’s 10 k skiathlon at the Junior World Championships in Val di Fiemme, Italy, with a time of 30:45.8. She was followed by Russian Ailisa Zhamblova (+2.1) and Anna Dyvik of Sweden (+3.0).
Three North Americans jumped into the top 30, with Canadian Anne-Marie Comeau finishing 21st (+1:21.3). She was joined by teammates Dahria Beatty and Frederique Vezina in 29th and 30th.
The men’s 20 k podium had two red and white suits of Norway upon it. Norwegian Eirik Sverdrup Augdal came out on top with at time of 56:09.6, besting Russian Alexey Chervotkin (+10.0) and Norwegian Johan Hoel (+11.3).
One North American made the top 30 with Patrick Caldwell of the U.S. notching 10th (+58.3).
Women’s 10 K skiathlon (results)
1. Sarah Shaber (GER) 30:45.8
2. Ailisa Zhamblova (RUS) +2.1
3. Anna Dyvik (SWE) +3.0
21. Anne-Marie Comeau (CAN) +1:21.3
29. Dahria Beatty (CAN) +1:48.3
30. Federique Vezina (CAN) +1:51.7
39. Sloan Storey (USA) +2:14.8
47. Nicole Bathe (USA) +2:43.7
52. Stephanie Kirk (USA) +3:26.9
59. Maggie Williams +4:48.1
Men’s 15 k Skiathlon (results)
1. Eirik Sverdrup Augdal (NOR) 56:09.6
2. Alexey Chervotkin (RUS) +10.0
3. Johan Hoel (NOR) +11.3
10. Patrick Caldwell (USA) +58.3
40. Adam Martin (USA) +3:07.4
51. Scott James Hill (CAN) +4:28.4
57. Ricardo Izquierdo-Bernier (CAN) +5:09.8
59. John Hegman (USA) +5:13.0
60. Alexis Dumas (CAN) +5:14.3
68. Benjamin Wilkinson-Zan (CAN) +6:50.8No comments
January 30th, 2014
The U23 World Championships continued in Val di Fiemme, Italy Thursday as Finland’s Livo Niskanen won the men’s 15 k classic with a time of 38:26.6. He was followed by Wednesday’s sprint champion Sergey Ustiugov of Russia (+17.4) and Mathias Rundgreen of Norway (+27.4)
Two Americans cracked the top 20, with Erik Bjornsen in 17th (+2:11.4) and Scott Patterson in 18th (+2:14.0). Ben Lustgarten was 3oth (+2:57.0). The only Canadian to make the top 30, Knute Johnsgaard, finished 21st (+2:31.7)
In the women’s 10 k classic Martine Elk Hagen of Norway skied to victory with a time 29:18.4. she was followed by Frenchwoman Celia Aymonier (+15.4) and yesterday’s race winner Elisabeth Schicho of Germany (+30.3).
Heidi Widmer was the only North American to make the top 30, placing 30th (+2:34.9).
U23 Men’s 15 k Classic
1. Livo Niskanen (FIN) 38:26.6
2. Sergey Ustiugov (RUS) +17.4
3. Mathias Rudgreen (NOR) +27.4
17. Erik Bjornsen (USA) +2:11.4
18. Scott Patterson (USA) +2:14.0
21. Knute Johnsgaard (CAN) +2:31.7
30. Ben Lustgarten (USA) +2:57.0
34. Partrick Stewart-Jones (CAN) +3:02.4
38. Ben Saxton (USA) +3:10.2
43. Andy Shields (CAN) +3:41.6
57. Sebastian Townsend (CAN) +4:34.1
U23 Women’s 10 k Classic
1. Martine Elk Hagen (NOR) 29:18.4
2. Celia Aymonier (FRA) +15.4
3. Elisabeth Schicho (GER) +30.3
30. Heidi Widmer (CAN) +2:34.9
31. Cendrine Browne (CAN) +2:42.3
33. Annie Pokorny (USA) +3:02
34. Rose Mary (USA) +3:12.1
36. Olivia Nesbit-Bouffard (CAN) +3:13.5
38. Rosie Frankowski (USA) +3:26.7
49. Mackenzie Kanady (USA) +5:53.2
January 29th, 2014
Jean Tiberghien of France out-sprinted Oskar Svensson of Sweden for the win in Wednesday’s 1.5 k freestyle sprint in Val di Fiemme, Italy as part of the 2014 Junior World Championships. Joni Maki of Finland finished third. American Cole Morgan gave North America it’s best result by placing fourth in his quarterfinal after placing 14th in the qualification round. He ended his day in 17th.
In the women’s 1.2 k freestyle sprint, Jonna Sundling of Sweden overcame the rest of the competition. Norwegian Lotta Undes Weng and Russian Yulia Belorukova finished second and third. Canadians Kathrine Stewart Jones and Dahria Beatty finished 15th and 20th.
Women’s 1.2 k freestyle sprint
1. Jonna Sundling (SWE)
2. Lotta Undes Weng (NOR)
3. Yulia Belorukova (RUS)
4. Natalia Nepryaeva (RUS)
5. Nadine Faehndrich (SUI)
15. Katherine Stewart-Jones (CAN)
20. Dahria Beatty (CAN)
Men’s 1.5 k freestyle sprint
1. Jean Tiberghien (FRA)
2. Oskar Svensson (SWE)
3. Joni Maki (FIN)
4. Lauri Vuorinen (FIN)
5. Evegeniy Vakhrushev (RUS)
17. Cole Morgan (USA)No comments
January 29th, 2014
After winning the qualification round, Jessie Diggins has finished second in the 1.2 k freestyle sprint in the first day of competition at the 2014 U23 World Championships in Val di Fiemme, Italy. Diggins was bested by Elisabeth Schicho of Germany by just over two seconds in the A-final. Two other North Americans cracked the top 30 with Canadian Heidi Widmer and American Annie Pokorny skiing to 19th and 28th.
In the men’s 1.5 k race Sergey Ustiugov of Russia won both the qualification round and the finals. Erik Bjornsen was the top American finisher placing 18th and finishing fourth in his quarterfinal. He was followed closely by Tyler Kornfield in 19th who also placed fourth in his quarterfinal.
Women’s 1.2 k freestyle sprint
1. Elisabeth Schicho (GER)
2. Jessie Diggins (USA)
3. Giulia Stuerz (ITA)
4. Francesca Baudin (ITA)
5. Marika Sundin (SWE)
19. Heidi Widmer
28. Annie Pokorny
34. Olivia Bouffard-Nesbitt
36. Cendrine Brown
39. Elizabeth Guiney
40. Mackenzie Kanady
Men’s 1.5 k freestyle sprint
1. Sergey Ustiugov (RUS)
2. Paul Goalabre (FRA)
3. Roman Schaad (SUI)
4. Maicol Rastelli (ITA)
5. Gleb Retivykh (RUS)
18. Erik Bjornsen (USA)
19. Tyler Kornfield (USA)
33. Ben Saxton (USA)
39. Andy Shields (CAN)
41. Knute Johnsgaard (CAN)
48. Ben Lustgarten (USA)
50. Patrick Stewart-Jones (CAN)No comments