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2018 Junior Nationals Wraps Up with Relays

Ben Ogden does a backflip after his New England team won the U18 men’s 3 x 3.3 k classic relay on the last day of 2018 Junior Nationals in Midway, Utah.(Photo: Weymuller Photography)

The fourth and final day of 2018 U.S. Ski & Snowboard XC Junior National Championships took place on Saturday with the 3.3-kilometer classic relays at Soldier Hollow in Midway, Utah.

Saturday, March 10: complete results

3.3 k classic relays

The U16 men’s 3 x 3.3 k classic relay on the last day of 2018 Junior Nationals at Soldier Hollow in Midway, Utah. (Photo: Weymuller Photography)

U16 women: 

In the closest race of the day, Pacific Northwest reigned in the U16 women’s relay, with Isabel Max, Fiona Max and Annie McColgan (all of the Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation) winning by 3.1 seconds in 38:23.2. Isabel tagged her sister in third, then Fiona raced up to first, which McColgan held to the finish, just ahead of Alaska’s Kendall Kramer in second.

Kramer teamed up with Quincy Donley and Ivy Eski for second place (+3.1), while Rocky Mountain placed third (+6.9) with Katy Jane Hardenbergh, Haley Brewster and Tai-lee Smith.

 

U16 men: 

Will Koch won every race of the week, anchoring the New England U16 men’s team to the victory in 33:18.8. Koch had been tagged in first by teammate Aidan Burt, after Finn Sweet skied them into third by the first exchange.

Intermountain (Aidan Rasmussen, Elijah Weenig and Kai Mittelsteadt) placed second (+29.4) while Pacific Northwest (Travis Grialou, Ian Delong and Walker Hall) claimed third (+32.7).

The U18 women’s 3 x 3.3 k classic relay podium at 2018 Junior Nationals, with Pacific Northwest’s Ella-Sophie Kuzyk, Gretta Scholz and Novie McCabe in first, New England’s Charlotte Ogden, Sophia Laukli and Mae Chalmers in second, and Alaska’s Heidi Booher, Aubrey Leclair and Molly Gellert in third. (Photo: Weymuller Photography)

U18 women: 

Pacific Northwest also scored a victory in the U18 women’s relay with Ella-Sophie Kuzyk, Gretta Scholz and Novie McCabe (all of the Methow Valley Ski Education Foundation) in 36:46.4. For McCabe, it was her third-straight win of the week, and she anchored the team to first after being tagged in second. New England finished 44.9 seconds later for second place with Charlotte Ogden, Sophia Laukli and Mae Chalmers. Alaska rounded out the podium in third (+1:31.1) with Heidi Booher, Aubrey Leclair and Molly Gellert.

 

U18 men: 

For his second win of the week (and fourth top-two finish), Ben Ogden anchored his New England team (with James Kitch and Gregory Burt) to first in 24:41.1, while Rocky Mountain (Collin Wilson, Cameron Wolfe and Garrett Butts) finished 25.8 seconds later for second place. Rocky Mountain was first after the first two legs with Wilson and Wolfe. New England had two teams on the podium with Joshua Valentine, Isaac Freitas-Eagan and Conor Munns combining for third place (+44.9).

The U20 women’s 3 x 3.3 k classic relay podium at 2018 Junior Nationals, with New England’s Callie Young, Phoebe Sweet and Rena Schwartz in first, Rocky Mountain’s Chelsea Moore, Gracelynn Shanley and Marit May in second, and Intermountain’s Sofia Shomento, Ariana Woods and Annika Landis in third.(Photo: Weymuller Photography)

U20 women: 

U18 skier Callie Young anchored New England’s U20 women’s team to the win in 36:23.8, teaming up with Phoebe Sweet (also a U18) and Rena Schwartz (U20). Sweet had put them in eighth at the first exchange, and Schwartz raced the fastest second leg to bring the team to fourth. Young then clocked the third-fastest last leg to take the win.

Rocky Mountain finished 13.9 seconds back in second place, with U18 skiers Chelsea Moore and Gracelynn Shanley and U20 athlete Marit May. Shanley had skied them from fifth to second on the second leg, before May finished second behind Young.

Intermountain’s Sofia Shomento, Ariana Woods and Annika Landis took the third step on the podium in third (+17.1).

 

U20 men:

Hunter Wonders scored his third win of the week with Team Alaska in the men’s U20 relay, winning by 14.8 seconds in 21:54.7 minutes with Dawson Knopp and Canyon Tobin. All three are Alaska Pacific University teammates. Knopp started the team off, tagging them in second at the first exchange, and Tobin raced up to first, a position Wonders held to the finish.

New England placed second in that race with Adam Witkowski (a U18 skier), John Henry Paluszek and Adam Glueck. Rocky Mountain reached the podium in third (+22.8) with Noel Keeffe, Wyatt Gebhardt and Nolan Herzog.

Hunter Wonders anchoring the Alaska U20 men’s team to first in the 3 x 3.3 k classic relay at 2018 Junior Nationals in Midway, Utah. (Photo: Weymuller Photography)

 

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Junior Nationals Day 3 Skate Mass Starts

Will Koch (New England/Stratton Mountain School) leading the U16 men’s 5 k freestyle mass start on Friday at 2018 Junior Nationals at Soldier Hollow in Midway, Utah. (Photo: Weymuller Photography)

The 2018 U.S. Ski & Snowboard XC Junior National Championships continued on Friday at Soldier Hollow in Midway, Utah, with 5, 10 and 15-kilometer freestyle mass starts. Below is a recap of Day 3 of racing at SoHo:

Friday, March 9: complete results

5 k freestyle mass start

Will Koch (New England/Stratton Mountain School) racing to the win the U16 men’s 5 k freestyle mass start on Friday at 2018 Junior Nationals at Soldier Hollow in Midway, Utah. (Photo: Weymuller Photography)

U16 men: 

Will Koch of the Stratton Mountain School (SMS) continued his undefeated streak as he won his third-straight race at 2018 Junior Nationals. He dominated the U16 men’s 5 k mass start with a 39.9-second win in 17:16.3. Cooper Lennox of Mora High School raced to second place and Logan Moore of the Durango Nordic Ski Club reached the podium in third (+51.2).

 

U16 women:

After placing second in Tuesday’s 5 k classic, Kendall Kramer of Fairbanks NSCF-FXC moved up to the top step of the podium with a win in the 5 k freestyle mass start in 20:15.7. Vail Ski Club teammates Emma Reeder and Haley Brewster followed in second (+15.7) and third (+27.4), respectively.

Kendall Kramer (Alaska/Fairbanks NSCF-FXC) racing to the win in the U16 women’s 5 k freestyle mass start on Friday at 2018 Junior Nationals at Soldier Hollow in Midway, Utah. (Photo: Weymuller Photography)

 

10 k freestyle mass start

U20 women:

Anja Maijala, an University Alaska Fairbanks freshman representing the Midwest division, raced to the win in 30:09.8, while Annika Landis of Middlebury College and the Intermountain division followed 8.5 seconds later in second place. Erin Moening of Northern Michigan University/Midwest was next across the line in third (+27.8).

 

U18 women: 

Freestyle sprint champion Novie McCabe of the Methow Valley Ski Education Foundation picked up her second-straight win, this time in the freestyle distance race, finishing first in 33:37.6. She broke away to win by more than a minute, while Luci Anderson of Loppet Nordic Racing followed in second (+1:17.5), and Mara McCollor of Wayazata Nordic placed third (+2:07.9).

 

U18 men: 

Gus Schumacher of Alaska Winter Stars raced to a 5.2-second victory over Ben Ogden (SMS), finishing in 21:32.2. Johnny Hagenbuch of the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation (SVSEF) placed third (+13.3).

 

15 k freestyle mass start

U20 men: 

Hunter Wonders tallied his second win of the week by 6.1 seconds over his Alaska Pacific University (APU) teammate Canyon Tobin, finishing first in 33:30.6. Xavier Mansfield of Northern Michigan University and the Midwest division took third (+8.4), just three seconds ahead of Patrick Acton of Michigan Tech/Midwest in fourth while Wyatt Gebhardt of the Steamboat Springs Winters Sports Club was another 0.9 seconds back in fifth.

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2018 Junior Nationals Open with Classic Distance Races, Then Skate Sprints

Luke Jager (25) leading his U18 men’s skate-sprint semifinal with Scott Schulz (l), Ben Ogden (second from l) and Johnny Hagenbuch (12) on Wednesday at 2018 Junior Nationals in Midway, Utah. (Photo: Weymuller Photography)

The 2018 U.S. Ski & Snowboard XC Junior National Championships opened on Tuesday at Soldier Hollow in Midway, Utah, with 5- and 10-kilometer classic individual starts. Racing continued on Wednesday with freestyle sprints. Below is a recap of the first two days of racing at SoHo.

Tuesday, March 6: Complete results

10 k classic

U20 men: 

Nineteen-year-old Hunter Wonders of Alaska Pacific University (APU) posted a 12-second win in 23:35.3 minutes, while the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club (SSWSC) had two athletes on the podium with Noel Keeffe in second and Wyatt Gebhardt in third (+40.0).

 

U18 men:

Ben Ogden, 17, of the Stratton Mountain School (APU) won by 14.4 seconds with a time of 23:01.5. Gus Schumacher of Alaska Winter Stars (AWS) finished second and his Alaska division teammate Luke Jager (APU) placed third (+52.2).

 

5 k classic

U16 men:

Will Koch (SMS) took the win in 13:26.1, 15 seconds faster than fellow Vermonter Finn Sweet of the Craftsbury Nordic Ski Club. Wiley Corra of the Durango Nordic Ski Club reached the podium in third (+25.5).

 

U20 women: 

The U20 women’s 5 k classic podium at 2018 Junior Nationals, with Annika Landis (c) in first, Jordi Floyd (l) in second and Rena Schwartz (r) in third. (Photo: Weymuller Photography)

Annika Landis, a 19-year-old Middlebury College skier representing the Intermountain division, finished in 15:49.7 for the 5 k victory. Jordi Floyd (SSWSC) placed second (+21.2) and Rena Schwartz of the Green Mountain Valley School finished third (+35.7).

 

U18 women:

Steamboat skier Waverly Gebhardt, 16, posted a 2.3-second win over Novie McCabe of the Methow Valley Nordic Ski Education Foundation with a winning time of 15:10.5. Molly Gellert (AWS) was just another 0.3 seconds back in third (+2.6).

 

U16 women: 

Sydney Palmer-Leger of the Sun Valley Ski Educational Foundation (SVSEF) won the women’s 14-15 category with a time of 15:21.2. Kendall Kramer of Fairbanks NSCF-FXC placed second (+25.8) and Libby Tuttle (Loppet Nordic Racing) joined them on the podium in third (+32.1).

 

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Wednesday, March 7:

1.4 k freestyle sprints:

Qualifier results

U16 women: 

Logan Smith (SVSEF) scored a 0.31-second victory in the U16 women’s A-final, finishing first in 2:57.93. Lexie Madigan placed second and Sun Valley had two on the podium with Sydney Palmer-Leger notching her second-straight top three in third place (+5.47). Results

Novie McCabe (Methow Valley) racing to the win in the U18 women’s freestyle sprint A-final on Wednesday at 2018 Junior Nationals at Soldier Hollow in Midway, Utah. (Photo: Weymuller Photography)

U18 women:

A day after placing second in the 5 k classic, Novie McCabe (Methow Valley) won the U18 women’s A-final in 3:06.55, 2.09 seconds ahead of Sarah Morgan of the Wasatch Nordic Ski Academy in second, while Annabel Hagen of the Jackson Hole Ski Club followed in third (+4.3). Results

 

U20 women: 

Jordi Floyd (SSWSC) also moved up another step to first place in her A-final, which she won in 3:08.74. Sofia Shomento, of Dartmouth College and the Intermountain division, finished second (+1.41) and Jenna Difolco (Fairbanks NSCF-FXC) placed third (+9.02). Results

 

U16 men:

Will Koch (SMS) won his second-straight race with a win in the U16 men’s A-final in 2:34.95. Kai Mittelsteadt (Bridger Ski Foundation) finished 0.29 seconds back in second place and Walker Hall (Methow Valley) reached the podium in third (+7.6). Results

 

U18 men:

James Kitch of the Cambridge Sports Union (CSU) pulled off a 0.11-second victory over Ben Ogden (SMS), winning the A-final in 2:47.21. Just 0.74 seconds out of first, James Schoonmaker (Auburn Ski Club) took third. Results

 

U20 men: 

A day after placing second, Noel Keeffe scored a victory in the A-final in 2:40.27, just 0.33 seconds ahead of his Steamboat teammate Wyatt Gebhardt, while Hunter Wonders returned to the podium as well in third (+0.81). Results

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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:

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

Elizabeth Mans (101) leads a pack up the hill in the skate sprint in Besh Cup #3 in Soldotna, Alaska, Jan. 21, 2017. (Photo: Ariana O'Harra)

Elizabeth Mans (101) leads a pack up the hill in the skate sprint in Besh Cup #3 on Jan. 21 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo: Ariana O’Harra)

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 fresh, following the mid-week cold snap that had sent temperatures to 20 below in Anchorage and 50 below in Fairbanks, and sent many athletes temporarily inside in both places. Racing at 12° above never felt so warm.

On Saturday, the U14 girls raced a 1.1-kilometer freestyle sprint. Quincy Donley took her first victory on the weekend, setting a qualifying time that also would have led the U14 boys over the same distance and winning the final as well. Behind her were Katey Houser and Aila Berrigan.

Jenna Difolco (c), Sadie Fox (l), and Elizabeth Mans (r) on the overall podium for the skate sprint in Besh Cup #3 in Soldotna, Alaska, Jan. 21, 2017. (photo: Cross Country Alaska)

Jenna Difolco (c), Sadie Fox (l), and Elizabeth Mans (r) on the overall podium for the skate sprint in Besh Cup #3 in Soldotna, Alaska, Jan. 21, 2017. (photo: Cross Country Alaska)

The U16 girls raced a 1.2 k skate sprint. Kaya Ratzlaff was fastest in this division, followed by Annika Hanestad and Helen Wilson. For U18 girls (also 1.2 k, racing head to head against U16 and U20), Jenna Difolco took her first victory on the weekend, followed by Elizabeth Mans and Heidi Booher.

The overall podium for U16+ was U18 racer Difolco in first, UAA skier Sadie Fox (U20) in second, and U18 Mans in third.

In the U14 boys 1.1 k skate sprint, Aaron Maves and Rowan Morse reprised their sprint podium finishes from Besh Cup #1 in Anchorage. They were followed by Konrad Renner.

The U16 boys 1.2 k sprint also saw two-thirds of a repeat podium: of George Cvancara, Eli Hermanson, and Max Beiergrohslein, Cvancara and Hermanson were second and third in last month’s classic sprint.

For U18 boys, competing head-to-head in the same 1.2 k sprint, it was Josiah Alverts, Karl Danielson, and Sam York. And the U20 men, finally, were led by Tracen Knopp, Logan Mowry, and Alex Kilby. The overall podium was Knopp, Alverts, and Mowry.

Sunday saw more of the same: Donley leading the girls and beating most of the boys as well. In the U14 girls 3-kilometer classic interval start, Donley won with a time that would have placed her third in the U14 boys race. By over a minute. Marit Flora was second and Houser was third.

The U16 girls raced a 5 k classic interval start. Kendall Kramer was first, Ratzlaff was second, and Hanestad third. It was the second podium on the weekend for both Ratzlaff and Hanestad.

For U18 girls (also 5 k classic), Difolco took her second victory on the weekend, and Booher her second podium. Emma Nelson was third.

Although there were few U20 women in the field, the overall winner in the classic race was Fox (U20), with Kramer and Ratzlaff (both U16) following.

Hunter Wonders (c), Logan Mowry (l), and Hamish Wolfe (r) on the overall podium for the 10 k classic in Besh Cup #4 in Soldotna, Alaska, Jan. 22, 2017. (photo: Cross Country Alaska)

Hunter Wonders (c), Logan Mowry (l), and Hamish Wolfe (r) on the overall podium for the 10 k classic in Besh Cup #4 in Soldotna, Alaska, Jan. 22, 2017. (photo: Cross Country Alaska)

In the U14 boys 3 k classic, Maves was the final double winner with his victory there. Morse was again second. Third was Carter Brubaker.

The U16 boys raced a 5 k classic. First was Zanden McMullen, followed by sprint podium finishers Hermanson and Cvancara.

The U18 boys and U20 men, plus a handful of senior and masters skiers, raced a 10 k classic interval start. Top U18 skiers were Tristan Wiese, Andrew Hull, and Saturday’s sprint winner Alverts. Top U20 skiers, and top three overall for all skiers U18+, were Hunter Wonders, Mowry, and Hamish Wolfe. Wonders was tuning up for the Junior World Championships to be held at Soldier Hollow next week.

Racing continues at Birch Hill in Fairbanks the first weekend of February with skate interval start and classic mass start distance races. Alaska’s team for Junior Nationals will be named on the afternoon of February 5.

Results: skate sprint | classic distance

— Gavin Kentch

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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.

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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 Schrupp fifth, and Hans Halvorsen sixth.

In the U18/U20 women’s sprint, Callie Young (Craftsbury Nordic) won the A-final, ahead of Mae Chalmers (SMS) and Annika Martell (Colby College).

James Kitch (Cambridge Sports Union) won the U18/U20 men’s A-final, with Russell O’Brien (Bowdoin) following in second and Nicholas Wilkerson (Frost Mountain Nordic) in third.

Lillian Bates (Dublin XC) topped the U16 girls A-final, and Magdalena Lelito (Mansfield Nordic Club) took second and Ingrid Miller third.

Joshua Valentine (Gunstock Nordic Association) won the U16 boy’s A-final, and Will Koch (SMS) placed second and Timothy Cobb (Mansfield Nordic) third.

On Sunday, Laurel Fiddler of Bates College scored her first Eastern Cup win in the women’s 10 k classic mass start in 31:41.2. Snow notched second (+11.0), and Hunt-Smith tallied another podium in third (+19.0).

Jørgen Grav (Ford Sayre) won the men’s 15 k classic mass start in 40:17.7, edging Eli Hoenig (Williams) by 2.9 seconds. Stocek placed third (+10.3) to end the weekend with back-to-back podiums.

In the U16 girls 5 k classic mass start, Charlotte Ogden (SMS) captured the win in 15:51.9, ahead of Olivia Cuneo (Green Mountain Valley School) in second (+15.5) and Abigail Streinz (Outdoor Sports Institute) in third (+1:17.1).

Valentine recorded another victory in the U16 boy’s 5 k classic mass start, and Koch repeated in second (+6.4) and Griffin Wright (Craftsbury Nordic) took third (+25.5).

Complete results

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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 list includes Ezra Smith (Summit Nordic Ski Club), Margaret Gellert (AWS), Anna Lehmann (SMS), Bridget Donovan (Ski Club Vail), Lucinda Anderson (LNR), and Sofia Shomento (Bridger Ski Foundation).

Sydney Palmer-Leger (Park City Nordic Ski Team) qualified for the trip, but due to her age (14 years old) is not eligible to attend.

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Freestyle Sprints Mark Final Day of Individual Racing at JNs

The U18 men's freestyle sprint final, which Alaska's Hunter Wonders won. (All photos: CXC)

The U18 men’s freestyle sprint final on Friday at 2016 Junior National Championships in Cable, which Karl Shulz of Mid-Atlantic (101) won. (All photos: CXC)

(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 be on top of the sprint podium. I felt good physically and mentally. This race means a lot to me and my team but I couldn’t have done it without my coaches and family members. This is truly a wonderful way to finish out an incredible season.”

“Today was a great day, I am really happy to have had the best race I could have had with a bunch of cool racers/friends,” said Syben. “So far racing this week had been hard but I am happy to finish the individual races with good results going into the relay. Thanks to all the volunteers!”

“The race was awesome,” said Harmeyer. “Special thanks to the volunteers who helped keep the course intact. Couldn’t have pulled it off without them! Thanks to my parents who have helped me from the start! Good end to the season!”

In the U20 female sprint, Bezdicek started the day off strong and ended it even stronger. Bezdicek skied the fastest U20 female qualifying time, then won her heat, which advanced her to the finals. Bezdicek claimed the Junior National freestyle sprint title just 2.74 seconds over Lauren Jortberg (New England) and Abigail Drach (Midwest) who finished third.

“It was really warm out there, but the course help up thanks to all the volunteers,” said Bezdicek. “It was a fun and hard final!”

“I’m really excited to be on the podium and really feel good,” said Jortberg. “I haven’t been too excited about my previous races here, but stoked to end the individual races feeling awesome! I’m super excited for the relay tomorrow with New England. New England has awesome wax techs and coaches! I’ve had incredible skis!”

Halvorsen dominated the U18 women’s freestyle sprint. Halvorsen qualified second, won her semifinal heat which advanced her to the finals. Halvorsen skied to a convincing overall freestyle sprint title, 7.30 seconds ahead of Amanda Kautzer (Midwest) and Brooke Dunnagan (Intermountain) who finished third. Halvorsen has had an outstanding season, competing at the Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway and the U18 Scandinavian Championships in Oteppa, Estonia, in February.

“I am so excited to have a race come together like this today,” said Halvorsen. “After a lot of hard work and an abundance of support from my family, friends, teammates and coaches, I am so happy to have a strong race. This is what I live for!”

“I was slightly disappointed about the first two races of JNs, but am psyched about today’s race as I haven’t sprinted at all this season due to biathlon racing,” said Kautzer, who represented the U.S. at Biathlon Youth/Junior World Championships in Romania this season. “Our coaches gave us great skis today and all the coaches and especially my parents were great with cheering!”

“So far, this week has been really exciting! The conditions have been changing a lot and has required us to be very flexible,” said Dunnagan. “Skate sprinting is one of my favorite events to compete in. I felt really good today and can’t wait for tomorrow’s relay!”

Shulz dominated the U18 men’s freestyle sprint, starting with the qualifier through to the finals. Shulz had the fastest U18 qualifying time and the second fastest qualifying time of the day, just five seconds behind U20 skier Diekmann. Shulz won his quarterfinal and semifinal heats, which advanced him to the finals. Shulz skied to a convincing victory, 4.53 seconds ahead of Daniel Streinz (New England) and Tracen Knopp (Alaska) who finished third.

“This was the best race of the season,” said Shulz “While I was in the starting pen for my quarterfinal heat, my younger brother Scott came in and won the U16 men’s sprint title and that gave me the final motivation I needed to believe I could go all the way with him.”

“My race was good, but not my best,” said Streinz. “ My season has been going well, I got a top 10 on the U18 trip to Estonia. The New England team is strong so it’s a fun team to be on. I like spring skiing so JNs is always a fun time.”

“Today felt great,” said Knopp. “I feld smooth and strong the whole day. The first day was bad but the next couple race I have felt good. The season has been good too. Solid training and racing”

Scott Schulz was the inspiration to his older brother Karl as Scott claimed the Junior National freestyle sprint title for the U16 men. Schulz qualified strong, finishing fourth which advanced him to the finals. Schulz grabbed first ahead of Samuel York (Alaska) and Thomas Gebhards (Intermountain) who finished third.

“Sweet!” said Schulz. “I had a great season and this was the perfect way to end it!”

“I had an awesome season and trained hard,” said Gebhards. “I am glad to have been able to still compete in this race and that they could pull off the race. I’d like to thank all the race volunteers for their countless hours of service.”

It was a close race between the U16 women for the Junior National freestyle sprint title. Palmer-Leger claimed her second national title by 1.5 seconds over Abigail Jarzin (Midwest) and Margaret Gellert (Alaska), who finished third. Palmer-Leger, Jarzin and Gellert were in the top three of the qualifiers and continued to fight hard and stay strong until the finals.

“I had an awesome season, trained hard to make it to Junior Nationals,” said Palmer-Leger. “Happy to get another chance to race in such a big race. I want to thank my parents and coaches that have worked very hard to help me become a better skier.”

“This season has had many ups and downs but I’m super happy to have had a strong race today,” said Jarzin. “Thankful for my coaches who have helped me become the skier I am today.”

The final race of the 2016 Junior Nationals continues Saturday with a relay hill climb starting at 9 a.m. Central time. The races will be streamed live, courtesy of Central Cross Country Ski Association (CXC).

Results: 

U20 Men

U20 Women

U18 Women

U18 Men

U16 Men

U16 Women

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Junior Nationals Resumes with Freestyle Individual Starts

The U20 men's 15 k freestyle podium on Thursday at 2016 Junior Nationals in Cable, Wis., with Max Lachance, Max Donaldson and Lewis Nottonson. (All photos: CXC)

The U20 men’s 15 k freestyle podium on Thursday at 2016 Junior Nationals in Cable, Wis., with winner Max Lachance (c), runner-up Max Donaldson and Lewis Nottonson in third. (All photos: CXC)

(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 classic individual start on Monday.

“I’m in disbelief!” said Lachance. “Definitely happier with my season now! The course was really fast!”

“It was a tough battle the whole race”, said Donaldson. “It was fun trading off the lead with Max. Endless thanks to the volunteers for making a hard fast course possible today.”

The women’s U20 10 k race was another battle to the podium, as first through fifth were within 10.2 seconds of each other. McDonald (Intermountain) edged Abigail Drach (Midwest) by 1.7 seconds, to claim the Junior National freestyle distance title. Mattie Watts (Midwest) followed close behind in third, just 8.7 seconds behind first. This is Drach’s and Watts’ second podium after Drach claimed the Junior National distance classic title on Monday, while Watt finished second overall. The U20 women had to complete three loops around the course, which made up the grueling 10 k.

“I am so impressed with how all the volunteers have worked really hard to pull this event off with the lack of snow!” said McDonald. “It was a fun and hard race!”

“It was a hard race with steep uphills and technical downhills, but I really enjoyed racing the 10k skate,” said Drach.

“The course was in incredible shape!” said Watts. “Thank you to all the volunteers for all their hard work to help put on an amazing race!”

In the men’s U18 10 k, Wonders claimed his second Junior National title, after winning the individual classic race on Monday. Wonders skied to a convincing first place finish, 44.1 seconds over Karl Schulz (Mid-Atlantic) and Wyatt Gebhardt (Rocky Mountain) who finished third. The U18 men had to complete three laps of the 3.75k loop.

The race felt great, I took it out hot and just tried to hold on,” said Wonders.

“The race felt awesome, one of the hardest and best races of the season,” said Schulz. “I went out hard and finished harder!”

The U18 women skied an impressive 10 k, as first through third had the three fastest times out of the U18 and U20 women. Darnell (Alaska) grabbed the Junior National individual freestyle title just 0.6 seconds ahead of Hailey Swirburl (Rocky Mountain) and Leah Brams (New England) who finished third. This is both Swirbul and Brams’ second podium at the 2016 Junior National Championships. Brams claimed the Junior National individual classic title on Monday, while Swirbul finished third overall.

“I felt great about my race, I focused on having fun and going hard and my coaches killed it with fast skis!” said Darnell.

“There is no podium performance without so much hard work behind the scenes,” said Swirbul. “Unbelieveable coaches, wax testers and teammates throughout the year are what have give me this opportunity! Thanks to all!”

“I felt pretty good about my race!” said Brams. “My skis were rippin’, but the hills were TOUGH!”

In the U16 men’s 10 k race, new faces were on the podium. Jager (Alaska) claimed the Junior National individual freestyle title 17.3 seconds ahead of James Clinton “JC” Schoonmaker (Far West) and Ti Donaldson (Alaska) who finished third.

“Our skis were feeling really good and that helped make the entire race feel solid,” said Jager. “I was getting splits from our coaches that all of my teammates were killing it, which encouraged me to dig a little deeper. I was pretty surprised with the result, but couldn’t be more stoked. The race was hard but also fun.”

“On Monday I didn’t really have the best race, so today I just wanted to come out and give it my all and I think I did that so I’m really happy,” said Schoonmaker. “This whole trip has been great despite the weather conditions, but its just awesome we got to race today and I’m super grateful for all the volunteers and everyone out here.”

“This whole season, I’ve been thinking about this race alone,” said Donaldson. “When today finally came, I couldn’t help feeling butterflies in my stomach. However, I forced myself to retain my focus and concentrate on skiing my absolute best. It worked! Also, HUGE shoutout to all of the volunteers who sacrificed their time to work on such an awesome course.

In the final race of the day, the U16 women battled to the finish in a tough 5k race. Palmer-Leger (Intermountain) claimed the Junior National individual freestyle title just 3.1 seconds ahead of Novie McCabe (Pacific Northwest) and Margaret Gellert (Alaska) who finished third.

“The whole season I have been working very hard to make it to Junior Nationals,” said Palmer-Leger. “The first race went okay, but this second race I concentrated and focused on getting top three. My coaches have been a huge help in getting me where I am today. Also, a huge shoutout to all of the volunteers who spend so much of their time working on the course.”

“I have had a really amazing season this winter. I had an amazing racing today and I was super excited to finish top three,” said McCabe. “This trip has been really fun and I have loved racing here. The courses are super fun and have lot of great hills. I am so lucky to be racing here and I am super excited to start racing next season.”

“It was really awesome coming off of a bad race on Monday, and be able to race competitively with the best female U16s in the Nation today,” said Gellert. “It’s always fun to end the season with a race where you feel good! I am so lucky to be a part of such a great team (Alaska Winter Stars) and travel with my teammates from Alaska.”

Competition continues Friday, with a freestyle sprint. The races will be streamed live, courtesy of Central Cross Country Ski Association (CXC).

Results: 

U20 Men

U20/U18 Women

U18 Men

U16 Men

U16 Women

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Making Lemon-Aid: A Guest Post by Coach Howden

Kieran, Bella, Pat, Alec & Madi in Holmenkollen on their way to the Statoil cup in Hovden, Norway. (Photo: Ron Howden/Team Hardwood)

Kieran, Bella, Pat, Alec & Madi in Holmenkollen on
their way to the Statoil cup in Hovden, Norway. (Photo: Ron Howden/Team Hardwood)

By Team Hardwood Coach Ron Howden 

What do you do when qualification races don’t go the way you wanted and you don’t make either trip to Europe?

A. Go home and feel sorry for yourself

B. Get upset and give up skiing

C. Race domestic NorAms

D. Get on a plane and go to Norway and Sweden

E. C & D

On Jan. 17 when Cross Country Canada published the teams for the junior European trips and 3 of the 4 athletes that I coach didn’t qualify,  we went back to the house where we were staying and had a team meeting and I asked them the question above.  All three of them came up with the same answer: E.

For Bella, Madi and Kieran this is their last year in Junior, they were hoping to make the world junior team and if not then the B-tour.  As so many other athletes they were dedicated to their training in the summer, found a way to balance their training, racing and University through the fall and raced well in the early season.  By the time world junior trials came around they all raced as hard as they could, but in the end others were faster on that day.

When we sat down after the race we all decided that we were not going to let others determine our fate, if we were going to succeed in this sport then we had to work with the ups and downs.  This one decision set the wheels in motion for the plan for the rest of the season.

Step one, look at the FIS calendar and find the best time to go to over to Europe and the best races to go to and how we can blend that with the two Noram’s that are in Quebec.  We decided on the following schedule

  • Jan 30 & 31 – NorAm Mont Ste. Anne
  • Feb 5-7 – Eastern Canadian Championships – Gatineau
  • Feb 12-14 – Statoil cup – Norway
  • Feb 19-21 – Intersport cup- Sweden

Step two, send a few emails to get entered for the races, book accommodation and rent a car.

Step three, pay for the trip. Amazingly the whole trip was about the same cost as they would have paid if they went on one of the planned trips so it was in the budget they set for the season.

As their coach I am super proud that these three athletes were able to accept the decision, make a new plan and refocus.  As a result they were able to turn an unfortunate result into an incredible learning experience that will last with them for a lifetime.

The road to achieving your goals will be filled with successes and disappointments; it is how we deal with these that make us a better skier.

(Ron Howden is head coach and technical director of Team Hardwood, a nordic developmental program based out of Barrie, Ontario.)

inspiration

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USSA Names U23 and Junior Worlds Teams

(Press release)

PARK CITY, UT (Jan. 12, 2016) – After the 2016 U.S. Cross Country Ski Championships presented by L.L. Bean concluded on January 9th, 10 athletes were named to the FIS U23 World Ski Championships Team and 12 U20 athletes were named to the FIS Nordic Junior World Ski Championships Team. The U23 team and Junior Worlds team will represent the U.S. in Rasnov, Romania, February 22-28.

“The U23 and Junior World Ski Championships are our most coveted and most critical development trips of the year,” said U.S. Ski Team Development Coach Bryan Fish. “Our developing American athletes are gaining momentum. This has been a competitive U.S. Nationals with faster race paces and tighter time gaps.”

The FIS Junior Worlds is traditionally run over a week period. The event brings over 400 athletes ranging in age from 16 to 20 years old, from 30 nations to compete in 17 events in cross country skiing, ski jumping and nordic combined. The FIS U23 World Ski Championships include three additional cross country events for both men and women ages 21 to 23.

If skiers perform well at the U23 Championships, they will have an opportunity to join the U.S. Ski Team in Canada for the World Cup, March 1-12.

“The World Junior and U23 Championships are the proving grounds for future World Cup stars,” said U.S. Ski Team Head Coach Chris Grover. “Many of the current U.S. Ski Team athletes have made their marks at these important races. As a national team staff, we’ll be watching the results closely and cheering our talented young skiers on. We have a strong squad this season and we’re looking for some results that surprise the competition.”

HIGHLIGHTS

The FIS Nordic Junior World Ski Championships (athletes 19 and under) and U23 (under 23) World Ski Championships are taking place in Rasnov, Romania Feb. 22-28.

Athletes were selected based on results at the U.S. Cross Country Ski Championships presented by L.L.Bean in Houghton, MI.

The 2017 FIS Nordic Junior World Championships and FIS U23 World Cross Country Championships will be held at Utah’s Olympic venues in Park City and Midway.

The Junior Worlds has been held only once previously in America, on the Olympic venues of Lake Placid in 1986. It will be the first time in the USA for the U23 Championships.

The National Nordic Foundation provided support for these teams.

2016 FIS U23 WORLD SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS TEAM

Name, Hometown (USSA Club)

Men
Patrick Caldwell, Lyme Center, NH (Stratton Mountain School)
Kyle Bratrud, Eden Prairie, MN (CXC Team)
Logan Hanneman, Fairbanks, AK (Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks)
Akeo Maifeld-Carucci, Bozeman, MT (Bridger Ski Foundation)
Adam Martin, Marquette, MI (Northern Michigan University)

Women
Kristen Bourne, Lake Elmo, MN (Northern Michigan University)
Felicia Gesior, Marquette, MI (Northern Michigan University)
Mackenzie Kanady, Anchorage, AK (University of Alaska Anchorage Ski Team)
Heather Mooney, Craftsbury Common, VT (Craftsbury Nordic Ski Club)
Kelsey Phinney, Middlebury, VT (Middlebury College Ski Team)

FIS U23 WORLD SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS

COMPETITION SCHEDULE
Feb. 21 – Official Training
Feb. 22 – Freestyle Sprints
Feb. 23 – 15/10k Classic
Feb. 24 – Official Training
Feb. 25 – Skiathlon

2016 FIS NORDIC JUNIOR WORLD SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS TEAM
Name, Hometown (USSA Club)

Men:
Cully Brown, Durango, CO (University of Vermont)
Henry Harmeyer, S. Burlington, VT (University of Vermont)
Leo Hipp, Wyoming, MN (Northern Michigan University)
Zak Ketterson, Bloomington, MN (Loppet Nordic Racing)
Thomas O’Harra, Anchorage, AK (APU Nordic Ski Center)
Ian Torchia, Rochester, MN (Northern Michigan University)

Women:
Sarah Bezdicek, Plymouth, MN (Northern Michigan University)
Vivian Hett, Burnsville, MN (Northern Michigan University)
Julia Kern, Waltham, MA (Stratton Mountain School)
Leah Lange, Park City, UT (Utah Olympic Park Sports Clubs/Park City Nordic Ski Club)
Katharine Ogden, Landgrove, VT (Stratton Mountain School)
Nicole Schneider, Plymouth, MN (Northern Michigan University)

FIS NORDIC JUNIOR WORLD SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS

COMPETITION SCHEDULE
Feb. 21 – Official Training
Feb. 22 – Freestyle Sprints
Feb. 23 – Official Training
Feb. 24 – 10/5k Classic
Feb. 25 – Official Training
Feb. 26 – Skiathlon
Feb. 27 – Official Training
Feb. 28 – 4×3.3 k Relay

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Canada Names Youth Olympics Team, U.S. To Select After Nationals

Cross Country Canada has named its two-athlete team to the Youth Olympic Games, to be held in February in Lillehammer, Norway. Athletes born between 1998 and 2000 from around the world will compete for top honors in the second edition of the Games.

Annika Richardson of the Hollyburn Nordic Ski Club in British Columbia won the junior 5 k skate at the Sovereign Lakes NorAm and qualified 16th in the open sprint. The weekend before in Canmore, she placed third in the junior sprint and fifth in the open 5 k classic.

Levi Nadlersmith is a native of Boissevain, Manitoba, and skis for Downtown Nordic. He won the junior 10 k skate at the Sovereign Lakes NorAm and finished third in the junior sprint at the Canmore NorAm, where he was also the fastest qualifier.

The United States will select their two athletes after U.S. National Championships in Houghton, Michigan. Full selection criteria can be found here on the USSA website; the most relevant points are:

“Objective selections shall be based on the results achieved by athletes in the men’s 10km, 15km and first individual Sprint (including Junior Finals, if applicable) competitions and women’s 5km, 10km and first individual Sprint (including Junior Finals, if applicable) at the 2016 U.S. Cross Country Championships, tentatively scheduled for Jan. 3-9, 2016 (the “selection period”).”

and

“Team selections up to the maximum team size shall be granted to athletes who have achieved the best cumulative total results during the selection period based on a competitor’s best two races (scoring only competitors born between January 1, 1998 and December 31, 2000), using World Cup scoring system outlined in the USSA Nordic Competition Guide.”

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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.

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Diggins Second in Opening Race of U23 Championships

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

Women’s Results

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)

Men’s Results

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U.S. Nationals: Martin Leads Michigan Juniors on the Classic Sprint Podium

MIDWAY, Utah — Two Northern Michigan skiers topped the podium on Friday in the junior men’s classic sprint at U.S. Cross Country Championships, with Adam Martin beating out teammate Sam Elfstrom for the victory on the final day of racing at Soldier Hollow.

The fifth-fastest junior qualifier (outside the senior top 30), Martin, 19, went on to win his quarterfinal and semifinal. Elfstrom qualified in 10th and took the same undefeated route to the A-final, where he finished second ahead of Michigan Tech’s Kyle Hanson. Max Donaldson, 16, of the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks, placed fourth, Jan Ketterson (Dartmouth) was fifth, and Cully Brown (Ski & Snowboard Club Vail) rounded out the A-final in sixth.

Results

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U18 and U20 Teams Named for Scando Cup and World Juniors

MIDWAY, Utah — The USSA has named the teams for the 2014 Scandinavian Cup in Rovaniemi, Finland and the Junior World Championships in Val di Fiemme, Italy. The teams were chosen based on points scored in the first three races of the 2014 U.S. Cross Country Championships. If the USSA keeps to past procedure, the top 20 in the World Junior points list will automatically prequalify for Junior Nationals in Stowe, Vermont. While the standings have yet to be posted on the USSA website, below are the links to the ranking lists. (Please note: names listed in qualification positions may choose not to go to the Scandinavian Cup or World Juniors. If someone who qualified decides not to attend, a spot will open up and the next person on the list will qualify.)

2014 Female WJC Points List Day Three

2014 Male WJC Points List Day Three

2014 Female U18 Points List Day Three

2014 Male U18 Points List Day Three

U23 World Championship team, who will also compete in Val di Fiemme, Italy, will be chosen after the final race of the 2014 U.S. Cross Country Championships on Friday the 10th of January.

 

 

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Rostovtsev Rolls to Second Junior World Title; Stadlober Achieves Gold in Skiathlon

After winning Wednesday’s individual-start skate, Russia’s Dmitry Rostovtsev notched his second-straight title at Junior World Championships on Friday in the 20-kilometer skiathlon in Liberec, Czech Republic.

Rostovtsev led a Russian podium sweep, winning the skiathlon in 47:40.2, just 3.9 seconds ahead of teammate Artem Maltsev, who was also Wednesday’s runner-up. Alexey Chervotkin (RUS) placed third, 5.2 seconds back.

In the women’s 10 k skiathlon, Teresa Stadlober of Austria rose from a second-place finish on Wednesday to capture gold in Friday’s mass-start event. The daughter of 1999 world relay champion Alois Stadlober, Teresa finished first in 27:13.0. Russia took second through fourth, with Nadezhda Shuniaeva in second (+6.6), Alisa Zhambalova in third (+10.9) and Anastasia Sedova in fourth (+19.0).

North American men: 17. Raphael Couturier (CAN), 34. Kyle Bratrud (USA), 39. Logan Hanneman (USA), 46. David Palmer (CAN), 56. Alexis Turgeon (CAN), 59. Zeke Williams (CAN), 70. Forrest Mahlen (USA), 71. Tucker McCrerey (USA)

North American women: 26. Heather Mooney (USA), 29. Frederique Vezina (CAN), 32. Sloan Storey  (USA), 34. Anne-Marie Comeau (CAN), 35. Mary O’Connell  (USA), 40. Corey Stock  (USA), 43. Cendrine Brown (CAN), 45. Katherine Stewart-Jones (CAN)

Women’s results

 

 

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Pellegrino, Soboleva Open U23 Worlds with Classic Sprint Wins

After posting the fastest qualifying times, Italian Frederico Pellegrino and Russian Elena Soboleva went on to win every heat right through the final on the first day of the FIS Nordic U23 World Ski Championships in Liberec, Czech Republic.

However, their victories were hardly blowouts. Pellegrino and Soboleva won their respective men’s and women’s 1.3 k classic finals by close margins over the second- and third-place finishers, both decided by photo finishes.

In the men’s race, Pellegrino edged Finland’s Juho Mikkonen and Evgeniy Belov of Russia in second and third, respectively. Soboleva topped two German women, Sandra Ringwald in second and Hanna Kolb in third.

Sophie Caldwell led the North American finishers in ninth. The Stratton Mountain School T2 Team (SMST2) skier qualified in fifth and went on to win her quarterfinal. From there, Caldwell placed fifth in her semifinal, 2.8 seconds behind Kolb, who won the heat.

No other North American women qualified. Liz Guiney (University of New Hampshire) was 36th, Caitlin Patterson (Craftsbury Green Racing Project) was 38th and Annie Hart finished (Dartmouth) 39th.

Of the Canadian women, Marlis Kromm of the Alberta World Cup Academy (AWCA) was 32nd, Heidi Widmer (AWCA) was 34th and Andrea Lee (Thunder Bay National Development Centre) was 47th.

Erik Bjornsen (Alaska Pacific University/US Ski Team) led the American men in 10th, just ahead of Norway’s Tomas Northug, Petter’s brother. Bjornsen qualified in 16th, won his quarterfinal and placed fifth in his semifinal, 2.8 seconds back from heat winner Alexander Wolz (GER), who ended up fifth overall.

Eric Packer (SMST2) narrowly missed qualifying in 34th, David Norris (Montana State University) was 36th and Skyler Davis (SMST2/USST) placed 53rd.

Canadian Patrick Stewart-Jones (AWCA) was 39th and Colin Abbott (Yukon Elite Squad) was 47th. Andy Shields (NDC Thunder Bay) did not start.

Women’s results

Men’s results

 

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Invitations Announced to the 2012 USSA National J2 Camp

The 3rd annual National J2 Talent Camp will be conducted August 4- August 11, 2012 in Craftsbury, Vermont at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center. The camp will provide a great opportunity for many of the top young cross country skiers in the U.S. to train together, and learn from USST staff and top club coaches.

The camp is the first step along the U.S. development pipeline for promising young skiers. Each year the location of the camp will rotate around the U.S. to other great training venues, with the same time slot each summer – the first week of August. Selections of the top 20 boys and top 20 girls were made using a best two of three individual results from Junior Nationals. (For the sprint race, the qualifying round results were compared with final heat results and the best of these two was used in the calculation). In addition to the selections, each division may petition for the addition of up to 1 boy and 1 girl to attend the camp.

The collaboration from regional coaches along with continued support from NNF (National Nordic Foundation) and USSA (United States Ski and Snowboard Association), have enabled this camp to continue and to grow. After two very successful years, Michigan Tech in 2010 and Sun Valley in 2011, NNF will provide support for another year in 2012. This support greatly helps offset camp costs and ensures some of the top coaches in the country will be guiding these young athletes.

Camp invite roster is listed below. Invitations and registration application will be sent to selected athletes shortly. The deadline for registering is April, 30, 2012. The cost for this eight day camp is 595.00, and does not include airfare. Camp details (travel, accommodations, coaching staff, etc) will be forthcoming shortly. For more information, please contact Camp director Rick Kapala at: 208 720-7981 or via email rick@svsef.org.

This year’s site at Craftsbury Outdoor Center offers a spectacular setting for athletes with great hiking, rollerskiing, mountain biking, swimming, training facilities, lodging, and fabulous meals.

Camp Training Plan: The goals of the camp are twofold. Provide camp participants with an excellent week of dryland training with other top US Juniors that serves to help motivate participants in their efforts in ski racing. Additionally, the camp will provide participants with up to date information on nutrition and health management, current international ski technique and training planning and execution.

 

Eligible J2’s: Girls

1. Julia Kern, Cambridge Sports Union – NE

2. Lydia Blanchet. APUNSC-AK

3. Brooke Mooney, Stratton Mtn School- NE

4. ALayna Sonnesyn, Sisu Ski Club – MW

5. Katherine Ogden, Stratton Mtn School – NE

6. Sarrissa Lammers, Alaska Nordic Racing – AK

7. Jane Hoefler, APUNSC – AK

8. Zoe Snow , Cambridge Sports Union – NE

9. Hailey Swirbul, Aspen Valley SSC – RM

10. Hannah Peterson, Durango Nordic Ski Club – RM

11. Mattie Watts, Sisu Ski Club – MW

12. Gretchen Burkholder, Steamboat Springs WSC – RM

13. Taelaer McCrerey, Summit Nordic Ski Club – RM

14. Racquel Wohik, Sisu Ski Club – MW

15. Hannah Hardenbergh, SSC Vail-RM

16. Bjork Hagensen, Bridger Ski Foundation-IM

17. Leah Lange, Park City Nordic Ski Club-IM

18. Abby Habermehl, Summit Nordic Ski Club-RM

19. Evelina Sutro, Colorado Rocky Mtn School-RM

20. Emily Hyde, Mt Bachelor SEF-PN

 

Boys

1. Thomas O’Harra, APUNSC-AK

2. Karston Hokanson, Wasatch Nordic Ski Academy-IM

3. Cully Brown, Durango Nordic Ski Club-RM

4. Henry Harmeyer, Mansfield Nordic Club-NE

5. Peter Holmes, Tahoe XC Ski Ed Assn-FW

6. Matthew Muffoletto, Alaska Winter Stars-AK

7. Ben Hegman, Mansfield Nordic Club-NE

8. Sam Miller, Bridger Ski Foundation-IM

9. Tanner Ramey, Alaska Winter Starts-AK

10. Jack Elder, Cumberland Nordic Club-NE

11. Koby Gordon, Stratton Mtn School-NE

12. Peter Neal, Jackson Hole Ski Club-IM

13. Steve Hokanson, Sisu Ski Club-MW

14. John Farr, Alaska Winter Starts-AK

15. Jacob Bassett, Alaska Winter Stars-AK

16. Jacob Volz, APUNSC-AK

17. Gavin McEwen, Cambridge Sports union-NE

18. Henry Trowbridge, Summit Nordic Ski Club-RM

19. Forrest Smith, Crested Butte Nordic Team-RM

20. Joel Sawyer, Summit Nordic Ski Club- RM

 

Complete points ranking list used for selection process.

Thank you to our camp supporters: National Nordic Foundation and Craftsbury Outdoor Center.

 

 

 

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