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Warm Weather, Melting Snow Postpones Junior Nationals Day 2

Warm temperatures and the resulting wet snow has led organizers to push back Wednesday’s races at Junior Nationals in Cable, Wis., and change the formats to a freestyle individual start on Thursday, freestyle sprint on Friday, and potential freestyle relay on Saturday.

Junior Nationals opened Monday with 5/10 k classic individual starts.

Wednesday’s races were canceled during a coaches’ meeting early Tuesday evening. The wet snow is causing drainage problems on the trails at Telemark and making it difficult to bolster with manmade snow. The stadium is reportedly a puddle, which could force organizers to move the start to a different area and also affect the length of the course loops.

On Wednesday, the forecast in Cable called for a high of 37 degrees Fahrenheit with scattered showers.

More details will be posted when they become available.

New Junior National Champions Crowned at 5/10 k Classic in Cable

(Press release) CABLE, Wis. (March 7, 2016) – Warm weather and tough conditions greeted the skiers as the 2016 USSA Junior National Championships kicked off Monday, on the historic and grueling Telemark Trails. Nick Gardner (Midwest) U20, Abigail Drach (Midwest) U20, Hunter Wonders (Alaska) U18, Leah Brams (New England) U18, Mae Chalmers (New England) U16, and Gus Schumacher (Alaska) U16, claimed the coveted 5- and 10-kilometer classic individual Junior National titles. The men’s U20 10k race had first tracks and the coolest temperatures of the day as Gardner (Midwest) skied to a convincing first-place finish 35.1 seconds ahead of Logan Diekmann (Intermountain) who was second and Max Donaldson (Alaska) who finished third. In the men’s U18 10k race, Wonders (Alaska) claimed the Junior National classic title 26 seconds ahead of Nolan Herzog (Rocky Mountain) and Xavier Mansfield (Midwest) who finished third. Wonders also had the fastest time of the day overall…

Making Lemon-Aid: A Guest Post by Coach Howden

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…

YOG Wrap: Three Medals for Korea’s Magnus Kim; Hunter Wonders 8th in 10 k Skate

Given the choice, who would you ski for: Korea or Norway? Dual citizen and most recently, dual gold medalist at the 2016 Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway, Magnus Kim, found the answer easy. He chose Korea. “They [Norwegians] actually like me representing Korea because people think this is an opportunity to develop the sport,” 17-year-old Kim said in an Yonhap news press release. “In Norway, most people welcome the idea of promoting skiing to other countries.” The son of a Norwegian and Korean couple, Kim won his second gold medal last Thursday, Feb. 18, in the men’s 10-kilometer freestyle individual start. He completed the 2 x 5 k course in a time of 23:04.8, the next best finisher, Vebjørn Hegdal of Norway, 16 seconds behind. “I had thought about winning a medal in this event, but I didn’t expect to collect two gold medals and one silver,” Kim said. Along…

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…

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…

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. Results

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…