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850 N.H. High School Skiers in Action in All-State Classic Race (Video)

 

NHNCA Race #2 WV 2015 from NHNCA on Vimeo.

More than 800 of New Hampshire’s top high school racers gathered on Feb. 5 at Waterville Valley for the All-State meet. The six classic races, organized by the New Hampshire Nordic Coaches Association (NHNCA) and entailing boys and girls A and B races, and boys and girls middle school races, were also qualifiers for the state’s Eastern High School Championships and U16 teams.

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Alaska High School Championship – VIDEO

Fire and Ice: The Alaska State Nordic Ski Championships 2015 started with warm, clear weather and ended with soggy rain on the man-made snow at Kincaid Park February 19-21, 2015. Skimeisters are Max Donaldson and Lydia Blanchet with West taking girls 4A and Service the boys. Homer took small school girls while Grace repeated for boys. video credit: George Tsau-Wu. “Start a Fire” by Unbroken.  

Junior Nationals Organizers Working to Maintain Snow

The organizers of the the 2015 Junior National Championships in Truckee, Calif. are working to preserve the little snow left on the trails of the Auburn Ski Club training center. Due to an uncharacteristic warm and dry winter, the mountains of western California appear more brown than white. With the event set to begin in the second week of March, organizers are working to maintain and strengthen a 3-kilometer loop with cutoffs by moving snow from other trails and trucking snow from the local alpine area. The 2015 Junior National Championships will take place March 8 to 14, and will welcome over 400 junior skiers to the trails of the the Auburn Ski Club training center. See their progress in the event’s YouTube video update below:

Halvorsen Earns Podium at U18 Nations’ Cup

American Hannah Halvorsen (Sugarbowl Academy) earned an impressive third-place finish in Saturday’s 5-kilometer freestyle individual start at the 2015 U18 Nations’s Cup Championships in Ornskoldsvik, Sweden. Halvorsen, who had a breakout performance at the 2015 U.S. Cross Country Championships with a fifth in the classic sprint earlier this year, finished 15.4 seconds behind race-winner Karoline Simpson-Larson (Il Vargar). Teammates Zak Ketterson (Loppet Nordic Racing) and Max Donaldson (Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks) finished sixth and eighth, respectively, in the men’s 10 k also taking place Saturday. In the previous day’s classic sprint competition Halvorsen finished fifth but was reportedly bumped up to fourth after a competitor was disqualified for skating. Lauren Jortberg (Boulder Junior Nordic) and Leah Brams (Cambridge Sports Union) joined Halvorsen in the heats in 25th and 30th. Ketterson, Kamran Husain (Stratton Mountain School), and Henry Harmeyer (Mt. Mansfield) were 22nd, 23rd, and 24th in the men’s race. Sunday’s relay saw the two…

Ogden 6th, Torchia 11th in World Juniors Skiathlons

After placing 11th in the first World Junior Championships race in her career on Wednesday, Stratton Mountain School’s Katharine Ogden finished sixth in the 10 k skiathlon in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on Friday. The American was ranked ninth, seven seconds behind double gold medalist Victoria Carl of Germany, after five kilometers of classic skiing. In the skate section, the lead pack strung out slightly. Ogden moved up to sixth, and crossed the line 13.2 seconds behind Sofie Nordsveen Hustad of Norway, who passed Carl to take the win. Katherine Stewart-Jones posted the best result for Canada and Nakkertok, finishing 14th (+1:34) after skiing in 20th through the classic portion of the race. Anne-Marie Comeau followed in 25th (+2:02), Maya Macisaac-Jones in 45th, and Annah Hanthorn in 47th. Ogden’s U.S. teammate Hailey Swirburl finished 35th (+2:45.4, losing out a photo finish with Slovenia’s Anita Klemencic). Julia Kern was close behind in 38th,…

Russia Sweeps 1-4 In World Juniors 10k, Dumas 30th

The Russian men’s team turned heads in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on Wednesday, taking the top four places in the World Junior Championships 10 k freestyle. Alexey Chervotkin won the day in 23:36.4, with Denis Spitsov second (+15.9), Alexander Bakanov third (+34.4), and Ivan Yakimushkin fourth (+36.0). Norway’s Eirik Sverdrup Augdal nearly made the podium, but had to be content in fifth as the first non-Russian (+37.5). Augdal was third early in the race, but faded and lost valuable seconds to the Russians by the finish. The best North American finish belonged to Canada’s Alexis Dumas who finished 30th (+2:09.3). Teammates Philippe Boucher, Zachary Cristofanilli, and Ricardo Izquierdo-Bernier finished 40th, 53rd, and 54th. All of Canada’s starters in the competition are part of Quebec’s Centre National d’Entraînement Pierre Harvey (CNEPH). The U.S. team was led by Ian Tochia (Northern Michigan University) in 35th (+2:20.2). Thomas O’Harra (Alaska Pacific University) followed in 49th,…

Ogden 11th in World Juniors 5k Skate

Katharine Ogden (Stratton Mountain School) raced to 11th place in the 5 kilometer freestyle race at World Junior Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on Tuesday. 14th after 1.7 k, Ogden turned in a fast finish to move up by the time she crossed the line. Her time was 24.5 seconds slower than that of Victoria Carl, who also won the sprint the day before. Anastasia Sedova and Natalia Nepryaeva of Russia took the final spots on the podium, 5.3 and 5.9 seconds back, respectively. It is Ogden’s first time competing in World Junior Championships, and she did not start the sprint on Tuesday. She finished eighth in the 5 k classic on the U18/Scando Cup trip to Rovaniemi, Finland, last season. So far this year, Ogden has been on a tear of the Eastern racing circuit and finished sixth in the 10 k skate at U.S. Nationals. She was the first…

Crested Butte Nordic Team’s West Yellowstone Music Video

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. Trouble viewing video? Click here.

U23 World Championships Team Named In Houghton

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

Gorman, Blanchet Win Junior Sprints at U.S. Champs

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