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Juniors Battle Warm Weather and Rain at Junior Olympic Super Qualifier

Wednesday, 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.

Classic Sprint Results

Freestyle Distance Results

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.

Classic Sprint

Women’s U16 Classic Sprint Qualifier video

Women’s U18/U20 Classic Sprint Qualifier

Men’s U16 Classic Sprint Qualifier

Men’s U18/U20 Classic Sprint Qualifier


MF U12 Classic Sprint Race

MF U8/U12 Classic Sprint (adorable)

MF U14 Classic Sprint


Women’s U18/U20 Quarter-finals

Women’s U16 Classic Sprint Quarter-Final

Women’s U16 then U18-20 Classic Semi-Final Sprint Heats

Women’s U16 A then B Finals, Women’s U18/20 B Then A Finals


Men’s U16 Classic Quarter-Finals

Men’s U18-20 Classic Quarter-Finals video

Men’s U16 then U18-20 Classic Semi-Finals

Men’s U16 then U18-20 B then A Finals video


Skate Distance 

Men’s U18-20 15km skate video

Women’s U18-20 10km skate

Women’s U16 5km skate

Men’s U16 5km skate

Women’s U14 3km skate video

Russians Top 5/10 k Classic Races at Junior Worlds; Canada Notches 14th and 15th

Sunday, 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.


Results: Women | Men

U.S. Nationals: Burkholder Tops Stevens in Junior Women’s Classic Sprint

Friday, January 10th, 2014

MIDWAY, Utah — Gretchen Burkholder, 17, of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club executed to perfection on Friday in the 1.5-kilometer classic sprint at U.S. Cross Country Championships, qualifying as the top junior woman (outside the senior top 30) then winning her quarterfinal and semifinal to make the A-final, where she ultimately beat Alaska’s Hannah Stevens on the final day of racing at Soldier Hollow.

Stevens placed second, ahead of Australian Katerina Paul in third. Ann Spencer of Alaska Pacific University placed fourth, Hannah Hardenbergh (Ski & Snowboard Club Vail) was fifth, and Cara Piske (Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club) finished sixth in the A-final.


Results From JNs Classic Relays: Alaska Claims Three Golds

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

On the second day of competition at Junior Nationals in Fairbanks, Alaska, the home division won three out of six relays; one  in the J1 boys category and again in both the girl’s and boy’s OJ divisions. Norway’s guest teams won both J1 relays and the New England girls claimed a 44-second victory in the J2 girl’s race.

J2 3×3.3 k Relay

Alaska’s Jake Bassett, Tristan Sayre and Max Donaldson won the J2 boys 3×3.3 k by over 30 seconds in a time of 29:53.4. Intermountain took second (30:30.0) and the New England boys finished third (30:40.7).

In the J2 girls division, New England’s Katharine Ogden, Leah Brams and Julia Kern blew the competition out of the water, winning the 3×3.3 k in 34:01.0, 44 seconds over Alaska. The Rocky Mountain girls claimed third place (35:10) to round out the podium.

OJ 3×3.3 k Relay

Alaska’s Forrest Mahlen, Vanya Rybkin and Logan Hanneman posted the fastest course time of the day in 28:00.6 to beat the Midwest’s lineup (Christopher Parr, Jan Ketterson and Ben Saxton) by 13 seconds. Rocky Mountain’s Tucker McCrerey, Charlie Von Thaden and Max Scrimgeour finished third (28:40.7).

Celia Haering, Stephanie Kirk and Hannah Boyer continued the Alaskan OJ domination in the girl’s relay, besting Intermountain by 16 seconds. Rocky Mountain’s squad took third.

J1 3×3.3 k Relay

The guest team from Lillehammer, Norway — Martin Thon, Sjur Slettom and Mattis Stenshagen — won the boy’s J1 age class in 28:13.1 over Rocky Mountain’s Keegan Swirbul, Evan Weinman and Cal Deline. New England’s squad took third overall (for the second American finish) 39 seconds back.

The story was the same in the girl’s race; Norway’s Lotta Weng, Tiril Weng and Lisa Kvamme beat Intermountain’s Laurel Fiddler, Maggie Williams and Annika Miller by four seconds. The Midwest claimed third.

Complete results.

Junior Nationals: Stenshagen Leads Three Norwegians in Top Five of 10 k Skate

Monday, March 11th, 2013

On the first day of racing at the 2013 Junior Nationals in Fairbanks, Alaska, Norwegian Mattis Stenshagen led three NTG Lillehammer teammates in the top five of the boys 10 k freestyle race at Birch Hill, winning in 26:34.2.

A 16-year-old J1, Stenshagen topped Alaska Pacific University’s Logan Hanneman, the first OJ, by just 3.2 seconds. Martin Thon of Norway was third overall (second J1), 24.9 seconds back. Ben Saxton of F.A.S.T. Performance Training was the second OJ, fourth overall (+25.3). The third Norwegian, Sjur Slettom was the third J1 and fifth overall (+30.0).

In the J2 boys 5 k, Max Donaldson (AK/NSCF-FXC) won by 17.0 seconds in 13:30.0. Koby Gordon (NE/SMS) was second and Jake Bassett (AK/AWS) placed third (+27.5).

J1 top five

1. Mattis Stenshagen (Norway) 26:34.2*

2. Martin Thon (Norway) +24.9

3. Sjur Slettom (Norway) +30.0

4. Ian Torchia (MW/Rochester) +40.8

5. Tyler Foulkes (NE/SMS) +55.3

OJ top five

1. Logan Hanneman (AK/APU) +3.2

2. Ben Saxton (MW/FAST) +25.3

3. Eli Hoenig (NE/CSU) +38.7

4. Jack Hegman (NE/UVM) +38.9

5. Patrick McElravey (FW/Auburn) +44.5

*Overall J1/OJ winner

J2 top five

1. Max Donaldson (AK/NSCF-FXC) 13:30.0

2. Koby Gordon (NE/SMS) +17.0

3. Jake Bassett (AK/AWS) +27.5

4. Tristan Sayre (MW/FAST) +37.5

5. Bill Harmeyer (NE/Mansfield) +43.1

Complete results

Caldwell 9th in Norwegian Junior Nationals

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Paddy Caldwell (USA) placed 9th in the 20km freestyle at the Norwegian Junior National Championships.

Caldwell finished 1:51.1 behind winner Magne Haga (NOR). Haga won the event by 54 seconds over Håvard Solås Taugbøl (NOR).

Jack Novak was 19th for the U.S., Forrest Mahlen was 41st and Ben Saxton  45th.

Lars Hannah was 89 in the 10k.

In the women’s 15k, Lucy Newman was 45th and Jesse Knori 49th.

Cara Piske was 28th in the women’s 10k and Madison Keefe 34th.


Sweden, Russia Top Podium in Junior World Relays; U.S. Women 10th

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

On the final day of racing at the Junior World Championships in Liberec, Czech Republic, the men’s and women’s relays didn’t disappoint – with plenty of excitement on Sunday in the women’s 4 x 3.3 k and a definitive victory in the men’s 4 x 5 k.

Sweden’s women won the former, with Julia Svan, Sofia Henriksson, Jonna Sundling and Stina Nilsson, rising from second to first on the last leg and edging Russia by 2.2 seconds to win in 35:41.1. Just 0.4 seconds back at the final exchange, Nilsson outsprinted Russia’s Nadezhda Shuniaeva to the finish. Shuniaeva and her teammates, Alisa Zhambalova, Natalia Nepryaeva and Anastasia Sedova, took silver and Germany (Laura Gimmler, Katharina Hennig, Julia Belger, Victoria Carl) was third (+50.3) after holding that position throughout the race.

In the men’s relay, Russia’s Alexey Chervotkin, Artem Maltsev, Roman Tarasov and Dmitry Rostovtsev rebounded from slipping to fourth after the second leg to finishing first, 18.7 seconds ahead of Norway (Bjørn Vidar Suhr, Simen Hegstad Krueger, Magne Haga, Haavard Solaas Taugboel). Rostovtsev sealed the victory in 45:35.5 and Sweden (Oskar Svensson, Marcus Ruus, Oscar Ivars, Rasmus Hornfeldt) was 52.2 seconds back in third.

The Americans finished 10th in the women’s relay with Heather Mooney, Mary O’Connell, Emily Hannah and Corey Stock. They were 2:43.9 back from the winners and largely skied in the 10th position throughout.

The Canadian women (Maya MacIsaac-Jones, Anne-Marie Comeau, Cendrine Browne, Frederique Vezina) were 13th (+4:36.4) after rising from 15th following the first leg.

The U.S. men placed 12th with Logan Hanneman, Ben Saxton, Kyle Bratrud and Sawyer Kesselheim. They rose as high as ninth after the second leg and finished 2:14.6 behind the winners. Canada’s Alexis Turgeon, Zeke Williams, David Palmer and Raphael Couturier were 15th (+3:20.3) of 19 teams.

Women’s results

Men’s results

Ustiugov, Haga Claim U23 World Titles in Distance Skate

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Twenty-year-old Sergey Ustiugov of Russia is back on top. After sweeping the 2012 Junior World Championships in Erzurum, Turkey, Ustiugov claimed his first U23 world title on Thursday, beating Russian teammate and World Cup staple Evgeniy Belov, 22, by 19.7 seconds Thursday to win the men’s 15-kilometer freestyle in Liberec, Czech Republic.

Less than a week after his second World Cup appearance in La Clusaz, France, where Ustiugov helped Russia’s B-team place sixth in the 4 x 7.5 k relay, he posted the fastest time of 35:44.1 in the individual start.

German World Cup and Tour de Ski competitor Thomas Bing was third, 42.4 seconds back. Great Britain’s World Cup starter Andrew Musgrave, 22, placed fourth (+56.5) and Damien Tarantola of France was fifth (+1:09.6).

In the women’s 10 k, Norway’s Ragnhild Haga captured the victory by nearly 30 seconds. The 21-year-old World Cup skier completed the three-lap course in 27:50.4, 29.5 seconds faster than Anastasia Slonova of Kazakhstan in second. Italian Debora Agreiter was third, just 0.4 seconds back from Slonova, and Tuesday’s classic sprint runner-up, Sandra Ringwald of Germany was fourth (+30.4). Norway put three in the top six with Tuva Toftdahl Staver in fifth and Kari Oeyre Slind in sixth. Russia swept seventh through 10th.

Leading the North Americans, Caitlin Patterson of the U.S. (Craftsbury Green Racing Project) was 14th (+1:41.5). Sophie Caldwell (Stratton Mountain School T2 Team) followed in 17th (+2:05.5). On the men’s side, Erik Bjornsen (Alaska Pacific University/U.S. Ski Team) notched 15th (+2:00.3).

Other American results: Women: 29. Annie Pokorny (Middlebury), 42. Liz Guiney (UNH); Men: 39. Sam Tarling (Dartmouth), 50. David Norris (MSU), 54. Eric Packer (SMST2)

Canadian results: Women: 28. Heidi Widmer (AWCA), 37. Annika Hicks (AWCA), 40. Andrea Lee (NDC-Thunder Bay), 43. Marlis Kromm (AWCA); Men: 63. Colin Abbott (YES), 71. Patrick Stewart-Jones (AWCA)

Men’s 15 k results

Women’s 10 k results

Carl, Rostovtsev Win Distance Skate Events at Junior Worlds

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Second in Monday’s Junior World Championships classic sprint, Germany’s Victoria Carl, 17, was the fastest around Wednesday’s two-lap, 5-kilometer freestyle course in Liberec, Czech Republic, winning the individual start in 12:35.3. She topped Austria’s Teresa Stadlober by 4.3 seconds and third-place finisher Anastasia Sedova of Russia (+11.4).

Making it into the top 15, Cendrine Brown, 19, of Pierre-Harvey National Training Centre (CNEPH) was 15th (+40.3). At the halfway point, she was 19th.

The second Canadian, Raphael Couturier (CNEPH) finished 24th in the men’s 10 k freestyle. He was 1 minute and 25.2 seconds behind Russian winner Dmitry Rostovtsev, who completed the three-lap course in 23:32.5. Russia took the top two spots on the podium with Artem Maltsev in second (+16.8) and Germany’s Martin Weisheit was third (+17.6).

For the U.S., Forrest Mahlen of Alaska Pacific University (APU) led the way in 27th (+1:32.2). Just 0.6 seconds later, Sawyer Kesselheim (Bridger Ski Foundation) was 29th and Canada’s David Palmer (Black Jack Ski Club) placed 32nd (+1:38.4).

Kyle Bratrud (Northern Michigan University) was 46th, Ben Saxton (F.A.S.T. Performance Training) was 60th and Canadians Zeke Williams (Nakkertok) and Scott Hill (NDC-Thunder Bay) were 53rd and 62nd, respectively.

Mary O’Connell of Dartmouth College led the American women in 33rd (+1:05.1), Sloan Storey (University of Utah) was 45th, Emily Hannah (Harvard University) was 51st and Anika Miller (Payette Lakes Sports) was 52nd.

CNEPH teammates Frederique Vezina and Anne-Marie Comeau placed 50th and 53rd, respectively, and Katherine Stewart-Jones (Nakkertok) was 58th.

Women’s results

Men’s results

Pellegrino, Soboleva Open U23 Worlds with Classic Sprint Wins

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

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