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Archives for March 2011

Wasatch Citizens’ Finale #5

The drive through the light snow, the clouds rolling over the mountain pass, all warned of another race at the Farm, Park City, was to be in a developing blizzard. The clouds pushed down the backside of the Wasatch and covered the sun. Slowly around 9:45 the clouds retreated back to the summits and the racing sparkled in sunshine. Sadly another year of local citizen racing came to an end.

 

Wasatch Citizens’ Race #4, Soldier Hollow

The racing season continues! Soldier Hollow hosted nearly 300 racers on a beautiful morning on a beautifully groomed track. Watch sit-skiers, 6 year olds, through top Junior skiers, national champion Masters skiers, and everyone in between:

 

Wasatch Citizens’ Race #3 Classic

TUNA’s track at Mountain Dell was once again a beautiful venue for the classic race. Watch highlights of the Masters, Seniors, and older Juniors and then a second video of the youngest Juniors and sit-skiers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wasatch Citizens’ Race #2 15km Freestyle

Three hundred racers and race crew brought in the New Year at the White Pine venue in Park City, Utah. Best snow in years, bright sunshine, and cold temperatures invited a good crowd of skiers and spectators. Citizen rivalry, NCAA competitors, and Olympians heightened the excitement of this second race of the season. Billy DeMong raced his first race since retirement, Nick Hendrickson, formerly of USSA Nordic Combined, took the overall title away from Taylor and Brian Fletcher in addition to his  University of Utah teammates. Two more University of Utah teammates, Veronika Mayerhofer  and Josefin Nilsson placed first and second for the women’s open.

Wasatch Citizens’ Classic Race #1, Soldier Hollow

Utah has snow! Watch highlights of this 10km citizens’ race in the beautiful Utah sunshine, on cold hard classic tracks, at Soldier Hollow, Midway, Utah. The University of Utah skiers dominated the open division along with former local skiers who had returned to Utah for the Holiday season. Age group skiers found each other again after a long hot summer to renew their quest to reach their age group series podium. This was a great weekend for Olympians to novice skiers to share a race course.

Most of the Utah Junior skiers of all Utah clubs were in Jackson, Wyoming for an Intermountain Division, in house opener; a chance to meet and compete in a less formal setting than a full-blown Junior National Qualifier race. The youngest ages were here at Soldier Hollow in force; enjoy their racing:

 

 

TUNA Rec at Spring Fling

Spring lasted all winter and what a spring wrap-up day of racing, eating, dancing, and celebrating took place at Solitude’s Spring Fling! Hard corduroy set the stage for a 7 km morning race. All the big boys lined up in front where, as the gun went off, Torin Koos gave them a front and center display of a memorable sprint start around the inner loop and out onto the course. Barry Makarewicz also gapped the pack and may have kept Torin in sight, occasionally in sight (?), maybe in sight (?). Behind Barry, the pack racing was tight for the first of three laps with the lead trades indicating who blew-up too soon, who can climb hard in a V2, and who had the fastest glide on the flats. The second two laps had the multiple packs mostly sorted out within each pack and lots of just hanging on ‘til the finish. The course ran a quick inner loop in front of the Nordic Center, then around the north side of Silver Lake before it dove a tight turn into the aspen and Engelmann Spruce forest. The one big climb was through the aspen from the bottom of the Evergreen loop up to the top of Bypass. This was the hill that sorted out the climbers with big lungs as the course is at 8700 feet. Then back around the lake and Nordic Center to be repeated two more times.

Now a seven km race is not such a great distance for the master skiers, but this distance was skied by all. Eight, nine, ten year olds raced the three laps as well. Three times farther than any race they had ever skied in. They not only raced the morning 7 km race, many also joined in the 1 km obstacle course race designed for the Recreation skiers. But they were not finished yet, many of these young Rec. and Jr Comp skiers then competed in the afternoon sprint races where each sprint lap was another 2.2 km loop of the morning’s distance race! That is a total of ten kilometers of racing for these Junior Comp and Rec. skiers! Outstanding!

 

Wasatch Citizens’ Finale (#5)

The race usually known as the Farm race for its location was relocated to Soldier Hollow. This makes four of five races at Soldier Hollow with thier snowmaking capability – though very few nights have frozen lately. The track was superb and the citizens raced the slightly harder competition course with bigger climbs – four times! The 4.3km loop was shorter but tougher. Watch highlights of Junior skiers, sit-skiers, special Olympians, and master skiers:

 

 

Soldier Hollow Super-JNQ Classic Distance

The Utah sun returned to Soldier Hollow with March intensity. Sun was out, shirts were off, and who remembered the sun screen? Watch the second full day of junior racing among Intermountain, Rocky Mountain, High Plains, Pacific North-west, and California, and the Wyoming state xc meet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soldier Hollow, Super-JNQ Sprints

750 skiers competed at the Super-Junior National Qualifier. This meet includes Intermountain, Rocky Mountain, High Plains, Northern, Pacific North-West, and the Wyoming State Championships all in one gigantic, 2 day Junior race series. Sprint videos start at U10.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wasatch Citizens’ #4, Soldier Hollow Blue

Bless Soldier Hollow and their snowmaking. The Wasatch Citizens’ race #4 went off on an other beautiful day of blue glide wax and hard snow. Nearly 300 skiers skated the 5 or 10kms with some surprising results. Take a look at highlights of the race.

 

Wasatch Citizens’ #3, Soldier Hollow Classic

 

A cool blue sky for a blue wax race day greeted the skiers racing at Soldier Hollow. Watching Torin Koos double pole the entire 10km course at the hilly Soldier Hollow track was shocking as he blew on by. John Farra and the US Paralympic team including Andy Soule and Tatyana McFadden joined us as their final shake-down before Paralympic World Championships in Cable, Wisconsin this week. Local regulars showed their classic skills by shaking up the finishing order the way switching to classic always does over a freestyle race. Enjoy the video highlights from sunny Utah.

Utah Biathlon, Soldier Hollow videos

 

 

At Soldier Hollow, on Saturday January 10th, the Utah Biathlon Club hosted a simultaneous men’s 10km sprint and a women’s 7.5km sprint followed by a novice biathlon race. The Novice racers did not carry rifles and shot both bouts prone. An hour of training was required and provided at noon on the day of the race. Then the novice skiers watched the open class race, only raising the excitement level at the stadium.

Answers for why are you trying this ran from, I wanted to see what a biathlon skier goes through, to, I attended a training session years ago and finally matched up with a race date. Robert Lazzaroni added the other Nordic skiing competition (biathlon) to his Nordic Combined and Cross Country racing.

First off the starting post was Patrick Johnson, coach Matt’s brother. Any competitors paying attention must have raised their sinking heart-rate while watching Patrick rise out of the stadium. You might recall that at US Senior Nationals last year, Patrick took-off, blowing the overly content field of skiers a big kiss as he left them behind. (Okay – not literally for the kiss). Patrick recently added biathlon to his repertoire is now coaching for Auburn Ski club out of Truckee with favorite and former TUNA skier Gus Johnson.

Patrick exhibited an economy of motioned unmatched by any other competitor. Like a magician, his sleight of hand opened and closed the cover on the tip of the barrel while taking off or slinging his rifle to his shoulders. No extra motion was needed. While shooting, he worked through several targets without pausing. Then, while leaving the shooting station and skiing back to the track, he tucked each pole under each arm and simultaneously slipped each hand into each pole strap at the same time. Then he was gone and rising out of the stadium again leaving everyone else gracelessly fumbling through the same motions.

US National Paralympic Championships, Soldier Hollow

Watch day three of the US National Paralympic and NorAm Nordic Skiing Championships. The sit-skiers raced the 2002 Paralympic Games 15km course. Next are the World Paralympic Nordic Championships in Cable, Wisconsin.

Wasatch Citizens’ Race #2 (vids)

 

 

The Wasatch Citizens’ Race number two was as different as a race can be from race number one. Although only a week apart, the two races shared little. Race one was the first sprint race ever for the series, the fog lifted out of the Heber Valley to brilliant blue skies, the course climbed almost the whole race, the technique was classic, initially with individual starts, and the race was short (twice) and painful. Okay, painful was shared with both races.

A week later the freestyle race at the White Pine Nordic Center of Park City mixed clouds, sun, wind, and snowfall with wave starts and twice the number of skiers. A rare chance to try a sprint race was missed by too many Utah citizen skiers last week. For race two, the White Pine 5.4 km loop course, skied one to three times, wanders the golf course, among the condominiums, the ponds, and fairways with low climbs and gentle downhills.

The youngest juniors and sit-skiers skiers in the first six wave starts raced one to 5 kms sorted by age and difficulty class. These racers completed their races before the other eight waves began. The finish was spectacular. The older skiers of this set start first and ski farther. The youngest skiers start last and ski a shorter loop putting everyone at the finish at the same time. The junior finish is the most beautiful chaos of colorful outfits, screaming parents, and young skiers tangled and weaving among each other. Somehow the timing crew sorts them out as they come over the line. Sit-skier Brittany Fischer took her Wasatch first place to Soldier Hollow the following day to a repeat first American at the US Paralympics Nordic Skiing Championship sprint held at Soldier Hollow.

That left over 150 skiers itching to go. The Open Class and U18 skiers lined up first for wave eight followed by one mixed junior wave, four men’s waves, one women’s wave, and one mixed wave of novices and ages 60 and up. With one hundred and fifty skiers out on a 5.4 km course, skiing one, two, or three laps, many skiers formed traveling packs.

Wasatch Citizens’ 1st Sprint Race (vids)

 

The Wasatch Citizens’ Race Series held its first ever Sprint race. All U12 skiers raced in heats as the fog lifted. Everyone older started at 15 second intervals for a qualifying round. Following lunch and the raffle, the racers were placed into heats in a close combination of age groups and qualifying times.

Watch the racing in the three following videos:

 

 

 

 

Supertour Distance Race video set

Starting with the women’s 10 km race, The West Yellowstone Ski Festival next sent out the men for 15km of wind and dust. The SuperTour races were followed by the ever growing Ernie’s Races of 5km each with U10 through Masters. Videos collecting here (may take a few days to build all – check back often).

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Women’s 10km skate race video here

Part 1 of Men’s 15km Skate race video here

Men’s 15km pt. 2 video here

Ernie’s Race Masters to U18 video here

Ernie’s Race U16-U10 video here

 

…keep looking, more videos to follow!

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SuperTour Sprint video set

Watch highlights the West Yellowstone SuperTour Sprints from the elimination round, the quarter finals, semi-finals, and finals. The top thirty of any age move to the quarter-finals and the remaining top twelve Jrs. had their own B and A finals for both men and women.

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M/W/Jr Semi-finals and B then A Final Sprint videos here

M/W Quarter-Final heat videos here

Women’s Qualifying Sprint video here

Men’s Qualifying Sprint video here

 

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TUNA Celebrates 25yrs (vid)

TUNA, The Utah Nordic Alliance, was formed to include clubs and ski teams from Salt Lake City, Park City, Ogden, and Logan, Utah. TUNA grooms the club track at Mountain Dell, supports youth and adult programs, and youth ski teams for the Intermountain Region of USSA (IMD). TUNA hosts the annual 600+ junior skier, IMD Super JNQ as the event is also the Wyoming State XC-ski Championship. TUNA also coordinates with the Wasatch Citizens’ Five Race Series and hosts both the TUNA Relay and the TUNA Mountain Challenge Duathlon. TUNA and the Utah Ski Archives created the following video for the Utah Ski Archive’s annual awards banquet:

TUNA 25 year celebration video seen here

 

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Agony Hill w/Soldier Hollow vid

Morgan Smyth brought her Team Soldier Hollow to meet up with TUNA to run Agony Hill behind the University of Utah. No one expected the upper 50s for November. Most skiers were chasing thier personal best though for at least one, this was a first run as run by her mother many years back …and she popped the fasted women’s time of the morning! Chances are you have been on Utah’s Agony Hill suffering your own 14 – 20 minutes of pain.

TUNA – Soldier Hollow Agony Hill video here

 

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Youth Recreation Program video

The Utah Nordic Alliance (TUNA) develops the lifelong sport of Cross Country skiing starting with infants in sleds riding around our Mountain Dell track, to Learn to Ski 4 – 8 year olds, to Recreation League skiers ages 6 – 16, to XC Team skiers 14 – 18 years old, to our Junior and Competition team skiers 9 -19 years old. The TUNA adults have thier own programs and race starts.

Watch our skiers having fun on snow while learning balance, coordination, and technique all while making friends, learning a lifetime sport, and appreciating winter.

Youth Recreation League video here

 

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