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Archive for March, 2011

Ski Mo World Championships Wrap up, 18-25 Feb. 2011

Monday, March 14th, 2011

Well, the ski mo World Championships are done and dusted. It was a fun event with great courses and some cool new formats, like the Sprint Race as an individual event. Hosted in Claut, Italy in the Dolomites just south of Cortina, the terrain made for some super tough courses. Not super high in altitude, up to 2000 m, it was still very challenging undulating terrain.

The US Team had some highlights, four top ten placings. Two of which Nina was involved in (the 2 person team race with Janelle Smiley and the 3 person relay). Nina’s best personal race was a 12th place in the sprint. After qualifying in 8th, she was hoping for better but had a few slow transitions and was totally tired by the last round.

Overall, Nina placed 8th in the team race, 17th in the individual, 12th in the sprint (8th fastest qual.), and 7th in the relay, which gave her the overall World Champs ranking of 15th. Not bad with over 40 of the fastest women in the world from over 22 countries!

Nina in the Team Relay, head to head from the Swissess, Natalie Etzenberger, who won many of the races

Flying past a gate on the descent in the sprint, where Nina had the 8th fastest qualifying time and finished 12th overall.

Always a fast starter, Nina out in front in the Relay Race.

Nina happy with her custom pink Merelli Skis!

Start to the Relay. Nina loved her custom pink and white Crazy Idea team USA suit--2nd from the left.

 Race Report by Michael Silitch

Nina goes into 1st place overall in the Mountain Ski Tour rankings!

Monday, March 14th, 2011

With Nina’s 2nd place overall (1st Senior Woman) in the uphill race, La Verte a l’Envers in the Chamonix Valley on 8 February 2011, Nina moved into 1st place overall for the Mountain Ski Tour Rankings in the Senior Woman category! The Verte is a tough race! In English the race name translates as: “The Verte piste backwards”. This is the same course Bode Miller raced and won a World Cup Downhill (combined) a fews years ago! Steep and icy, and Nina raced UP it! There is one ‘portage’ section where you carry your skis on your pack and boot pack, only to then put your skis back on and finish skinning the remainder of the long 870 meter climb!

The Mountain Ski Tour is a regional uphill race series in the Haute Savoie of France! Uphills are a great way to get into ski mountaineering racing.

Race Report by Michael Silitch