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CBNT Everytime We Touch from Benjamin Swift on Vimeo.

While at the 2015 Yellowstone Ski Festival in West Yellowstone, Mont., the Crested Butte Nordic Team put some sweat and hard work into filming the above video, directed by Benjamin Swift.

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HOUGHTON, Mich. — Ten athletes were named to the U23 World Championships team after Saturday’s freestyle sprint at the 2015 U.S. Cross Country Championships. Joanne Reid, Annie Pokorny (SMST2), Anne Hart (SMST2), Paige Schember (Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation), and Deedra Irwin (Michigan Techological University) were named to the women’s team, with Heather Mooney (Middlebury College) declining to attend in order to focus on college racing in her senior year.

The men’s team will consist of Kyle Bratrud (Northern Michigan University), Logan Hanneman (University of Alaska Fairbanks), Ben Saxton (SMST2/USST), Patrick Caldwell (Dartmouth College/USST), and Scott Patterson (APU). University of Vermont skier Cole Morgan declined his starting position, allowing for Patterson to attend.

The Junior/U23 World Championships will take place in Almaty, Kazakhstan from Feb. 1 – 8.

U23 Men Day Four Pts 2015

U23 Women Day Four Pts 2015

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HOUGHTON, Mich. –Henry Gorman (Wasatch Nordic Ski Academy) came out on top of the men’s junior heats in Saturday’s 1.5 k freestyle sprint at the 2015 U.S. Cross Country Championships. Crossing the line with a time of 3:46.01, Gorman bested second place finisher Dylan Syben (Unleashed Coaching) who trailed by 2.75 seconds. Seiji Takaji (Alaska Winter Stars) took third, 5.19 seconds back.

Lydia Blanchet (APU) won the women’s junior race with a time of 4:32.05. Emily Hyde of the Mount Bachelor SEF came in a close second just 0.73 seconds behind. Rounding out the podium was Rebekka Scheueder (NMU) who crossed the line 8.37 seconds behind Blanchet.

Results

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HOUGHTON, Mich. — The 2015 U.S. Cross Country Championships showcased some of the nation’s best junior skiers Thursday, with a 5/10 k classic mass start at the Michigan Tech Nordic Center. In the 10 k men’s race, Ian Torchia of Northern Michigan University came out on top with a time of 30:46.6. He bested second place finisher Thomas O’Harra of APU by 28.5 seconds. Rounding out the podium was Ben Hegmen of the University of Vermont, who finished 29.0 seconds off the winning pace.

In the women’s 5 k Katharine Ogden of Stratton Mountain outpaced the competition to earn a time of 15:35.8. Roughly 16.9 seconds behind Ogden was Julia Kern of the Cambridge Sports Union. In third was Hailey Swirbul of the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club (+21.5).

Results: men’s 10 k | women’s 5 k

Thursday also marked the selection of the 2015 U18 and World Junior Championship teams. The selections are listed below and include the full points list of junior and U18 skiers who competed in Houghton. The U23 World Championship team will be selected after Saturday’s freestyle sprint.

WJC Women Day Three Pts 2015

WJC Men Day Three Pts 2015

U18 Women Day Three Pts 2015

U18 Men Day Three Pts 2015

 

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HOUGHTON, Mich. — Zak Ketterson, of Loppet Nordic Racing (LNR), and Ann-Cathrin Uhl, of the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), rose to the top of the junior classic-sprint ranks on Tuesday in the junior A-finals at U.S. Cross Country Championships.

Ketterson, a U18, qualified 65th out of 175 men in the 1.5-kilometer sprint amid heavy snow at times and persistent wind. In the afternoon junior heats, still cold at around 9 degrees Fahrenheit but with less snowfall, Ketterson won his quarterfinal and semifinal and went on to dominate the final, winning in 4:38.6 by nearly three seconds. Thomas O’Harra, of Alaska Pacific University (APU), placed second (+2.93), and Gavin Hess (University of New Hampshire) rounded out the junior podium in third (+5.44).

In the women’s A-final, Uhl, a U20, outlasted Sarah Bezdicek by 1.29 seconds with the win in 5:28.98. Emily Hyde (Mount Bachelor Ski Education Foundation) was third (+6.34). Uhl was 41st in the qualifying round, and won her quarterfinal and semifinal before taking the top spot in the final.

Junior men’s A-final

1. Zak Ketterson (Loppet Nordic Racing) 4:38.60
2. Thomas O’Harra (APU Nordic Ski Center) 4:41.53
3. Gavin Hess (University of New Hampshire) 4:44.04
4. Cully Brown (University of Vermont) 4:46.49
5. Kamran Husain (Stratton Mountain School) 4:49.04
6. Henry Harmeyer (Mansfield Nordic) 4:55.90

Junior women’s A-final

1. Ann-Cathrin Uhl (University of Alaska Fairbanks) 5:28.98
2. Sarah Bezdicek (Loppet Nordic Racing) 5:30.27
3. Emily Hyde (Mount Bachelor Ski Education Foundation) 5:35.32
4. Kristen Bourne (Northern Michigan University) 5:35.78
5. Lauren Jortberg (Boulder Nordic Junior Racing Team) 5:39.81
6. Nicole Schneider (Loppet Nordic Racing) 5:50.85

Complete results

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The Dec. 21-22 Eastern Cup opener in Rikert, Vt. saw strong competition from junior to elite skiers as they began the season’s racing on the eastern circuit. Sunday’s women’s 10 k freestyle mass start saw impressive performances, including a win from Stratton Mountain’s Katharine Ogden who earned a 4.6-second win over teammate Erika Flowers. The race also saw a large crash that wiped out much of the field, and while we feel for the skiers who were affected, it’s hard to look away…

Check out the pile-up in the video below:

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(Maine High School Skiing press release)

Save the dates: July 23rd-26th at Camp Mechuwana in Winthrop

Maine is hosting a Summer Training Camp for high school athletes who want to use their summer training to get the most out of winter competitions.  For four days, we will run, hike, and roller-ski together and learn about all the different aspects of training effectively for developing athletes.

Athletes will be able to work with different coaches to find the best solutions for their personal challenges, and develop a training plan that works for them and their goals.  We will be releasing a detailed schedule for the week, along with all of the necessary equipment, within the next few weeks.  In the meantime, any athlete who is interested should contact Adam Masterman atamasterman@msad58.org.

This camp will be limited to 30 girls and 30 boys, and preference will be given to skiers who qualified for the Maine Junior II Team or the Maine Eastern High School Team.  All skiers are encouraged to apply, and available spaces will be filled in the order they are reserved.

The full price for the camp will be around $150.oo, which includes meals and lodging.  Any questions you have can also be directed to Adam; we look forward to hearing from any and all skiers who want to take their skiing to the next level.

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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/

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