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U23 & Junior World Championships Photos at FlyingPointRoad.com

An extensive collection of photos from U23 and Junior World Championships at Soldier Hollow in Midway, Utah, is now posted on FlyingPointRoad.com. Here is a direct link to the gallery.

U23/Junior Worlds Skiathlon and Relay Videos

Relive all the action in 30 seconds or less from the last two days of racing at 2017 Junior/U23 World Championships at Soldier Hollow in Midway, Utah. Here we have the 15/30-kilometer U23 skiathlons and junior relays, filmed and edited by Kirk Nichols of The Utah Nordic Alliance (TUNA). Read more about these races U23 women’s 15 k skiathlon: U23 men’s 30 k skiathlon:  Junior women’s 4 x 3.3 k relay: Junior men’s 4 x 5 k relay:

Junior Worlds Skiathlon Videos

Kirk Nichols of The Utah Nordic Alliance put together the following 30-second highlight videos  from Friday’s 10/20 k skiathlons at 2017 Nordic Junior World Championships at Soldier Hollow in Midway, Utah, including American Katharine Ogden’s race for third place in the women’s 10 k skiathlon. Women’s 10 k skiathlon: Men’s 20 k skiathlon:

U23 Worlds 10/15 k Skate Videos

The following videos include highlights from Thursday’s 10- and 15-kilometer freestyle individual starts, the first distance race of U23 World Championships at Soldier Hollow in Midway, Utah. Filmed and edited by Kirk Nichols of The Utah Nordic Alliance (TUNA). Men’s 15 k freestyle: Women’s 10 k freestyle:

Donley Beats the Boys in Besh Cup Weekend in Soldotna, Alaska

Three racers were double winners on the weekend, while a field of slightly more than 200 skiers enjoyed ideal conditions for two days of racing as the Besh Cup moved to the Tsalteshi Trails in Soldotna, Alaska, last weekend. Qualifying races began in Anchorage in December with a classic sprint and a freestyle mass start. This weekend saw a skate sprint and classic interval start races. Conditions were unremarkable for Alaska in mid-winter: Race-time temps in the teens, light snow and sunshine. Many teams’ race wax choice for Sunday was straight Extra Blue. Easy. But the weather was also remarkable for how much worse it could have been. That weekend it snowed 32 inches in 24 hours in Moose Pass, roughly sixty miles east of the venue. Just two days earlier, it had been –25° F in Soldotna on Thursday (and –27° F on Wednesday). Virtually the entire field presumably came in relatively…

Quarry Road Eastern Cup Results and Photos

FasterSkier is seeking regional contributors to write and submit race recaps from around the world. Please email info@fasterskier.com if interested. Special thanks to FlyingPointRoad for submitting the following photos. More photos can be found on Flyingpointroad.com. *** The second Eastern Cup of the season was held last weekend, Jan. 14-15, at the Quarry Road Trails in Waterville, Maine. Below is a brief recap of the results, along with some photos provided by FlyingPointRoad: On Saturday, Hannah Miller of Bowdoin College won the A-final of the women’s 1.3 k sprint, with Taryn Hunt-Smith (Dartmouth Ski Team) placing second and Lucy Hochschartner (St. Lawrence University) taking third. Zoe Snow (Dartmouth), Alexandra Lawson of the Stratton Mountain School (SMS), and Hannah Cole (Williams Ski Team) also reached the A-final, finishing fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively. In the men’s 1.5 k freestyle sprint A-final, Fabian Stocek took the win ahead of his Dartmouth teammates Andrew Nadler and Koby Gordon, respectively. Three Williams skiers rounded out the final with Dylan Syben in fourth, Jack…

U.S. Nominates Team for U18 Trip to Norway

Along with its Junior and U23 World Championships teams, the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association (USSA) recently released its nominations for its U18 Nordic Nation’s Trip to Orkdal, Norway, for the Nordic Nations Junior Championships (officially, Nordisk Jr. Landskamp, which translates to Nordic Junior Superbowl) at the Knyken Skisenter. The trip spans from Jan. 22-Feb. 1. The U.S. trip will be led by Loppet Nordic Racing (LNR) coach Chris Harvey and include three days of races: a freestyle sprint on Jan. 27, 5/10 k classic on Jan. 28, and men’s and women’s relays on Jan. 29. Six men and six women were nominated. For the men’s team, two Alaska Pacific University (APU) skiers — Luke Jager and Canyon Tobin — were named, along with Ben Ogden of the Stratton Mountain School (SMS), Nolan Herzog (Ski Club Vail), Noel Keeffe (Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club), and Gus Schumacher of Alaska Winter Stars (AWS). For the women, the…

Relay Hill Climb Caps Off Junior Nationals; New England Wins Alaska Cup

(Press release) Note: This recap has been corrected to reflect that Far West’s JC Schoonmaker was dubbed U16 men’s “King of the Hill” on Saturday, March 12. CABLE, Wis. (March 12, 2016) — The final competition of the 2016 USSA Junior National Championships concluded with a grueling Relay Hill Climb race up Mt. Telemark. The pressure was high, as this race not only determined the Junior National Champion relay teams, but also the “king and queen of the hill” as well as the winner of the coveted Alaska Cup. New England claimed the Alaska Cup, which is the award for the team who wins the most points overall, throughout the four days of competition. In the U20 men’s hill climb, Max Donaldson, Travis Cooper and Luke Cvoncara representing team Alaska edged New England (Lewis Nottonson, Kamran Husaid and Land McKenny) for the Junior National Relay Hill Climb title by 1.7 seconds, followed by…

Freestyle Sprints Mark Final Day of Individual Racing at JNs

(Press release) CABLE, Wis. (March 11, 2016) — The third day of the USSA Junior National Championships competition continued Friday with hard-fought sprint races on the grueling 1.3-kilometer course at Telemark Trails. Logan Diekmann (Intermountain) U20, Sarah Bezdicek (Midwest) U20, Hannah Halvorson (Far West) U18, Karl Shulz (Mid-Atlantic) U18, Scott Shulz (Mid-Atlantic) U16 and Sydney Palmer-Leger (Intermountain) U16, claimed the Junior National freestyle sprint titles. In the men’s U20 sprint, Diekmann dominated throughout the day all the way to the finals. Diekmann started the day strong, posting the fastest qualifying time, which advanced him to the heats. Diekmann won his heat and then skied to the win in the finals, finishing 3.75 seconds ahead of Dylan Syben (Far West) and Bill Harmeyer (Pacific Northwest) who finished third. “This may be my final Junior Nationals and I couldn’t be happier about my race,” said Diekmann. “It has been a goal of mine to…

Junior Nationals Resumes with Freestyle Individual Starts

(Press release) CABLE, Wis. (March 10, 2016) — After hundreds of volunteers gathered at Telemark Trails to shovel snow and restore the course, after a spell of unseasonably warm temperatures Tuesday and Wednesday, the 2016 USSA Junior National Championships freestyle distance races went on successfully on Thursday. Max Lachance (Intermountain) U20, Sophia McDonald (Intermountain) U20, Hunter Wonders (Alaska) U18, Anna Darnell (Alaska) U18, Luke Jager (Alaska) U16 and Sydney Palmer (Intermountain) U16, claimed the Junior National individual freestyle victories. In the U20 men’s 15 k freestyle race, it was a battle for the victory, as first through third were within 3.1 seconds of each other. Lachance edged Max Donaldson (Alaska) by 1.6 seconds to claim the Junior National freestyle distance title. Lewis Nottonson (New England) followed close behind in third, just 3.1 seconds out of first. This is Donaldson’s second podium at the 2016 Junior National Championships, after finishing second in the…