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Kern Pulls Off Two More Podiums at OPA Cup Finals

Julia Kern with her "wheel of cheese" after placing third in the women's 10 k classic on Saturday, March 12 at OPA Cup Finals in Toblach, Italy. "A wheel of cheese is the best podium prize by far. Thanks to our amazing staff for making me some rocket skis and supporting me to a 3rd place at OPA Cup Finals!" Kern posted on Facebook. (Photo: Facebook)

Julia Kern (l) with her “wheel of cheese” and U.S. Development Coach Bryan Fish  (r) after Kern after placed third in the women’s 10 k classic on Saturday, March 12 at OPA Cup Finals in Toblach, Italy. “A wheel of cheese is the best podium prize by far. Thanks to our amazing staff for making me some rocket skis and supporting me to a 3rd place at OPA Cup Finals!” Kern posted on Facebook. (Photo: Julia Kern/Facebook)

(Press release)

TOBLACH, Italy – A week after placing third in the Alpen Cup freestyle mass start in Arber, Germany, Julia Kern (Stratton Mountain School) led the U.S. team once again, with two podium finishes in the final weekend of racing March 11-13 at OPA Cup Finals in Toblach, Italy.

The races kicked off Friday, March 11, with a 2.5 k freestyle prologue for the senior women, two U.S. women finished in the top 25. Erika Flowers (Stratton Mountain School T2 Team) finished 22nd overall followed by Liz Guiney (Craftsbury Green Racing Project) in 25th. Becca Rorabaugh (Alaska Pacific University) was the next American, finishing 29th, followed by Heather Mooney in 31st. Switzerland’s Nadine Faehndrich edged Germany’s Elisabeth Schicho for first by just 1.6 seconds, followed by Italy’s Ilaria Debertolis who finished third.

Women’s 2.5 k freestyle results

Kern, 18, led the U20 women, finishing fifth in a competitive 2.5 k freestyle, just 9.8 seconds out of first, behind Germany’s Katharina Hennig. France’s Delphine Claudel was second and Italy’s Anna Comarella finished third.

U20 women’s 2.5 k freestyle

The senior men skied a 3.3 k freestyle on Friday, where Logan Hanneman (APU) grabbed a spot in the top 10, finishing seventh overall. Hanneman was just 0.8 seconds from a top-five finish. Miles Havlick (Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation) was the next American, finishing 22nd, followed by Lex Treinen (APU) in 23rd, Akeo Maifeld-Carucci (Bridger Ski Foundation) 36th, Tyler Kornfield (APU) 42nd, and Kyle Bratrud (CXC Team) 49th. Switzerland’s Ueli Schnider edged Italy’s Roland Clara for the victory, just 0.3 seconds ahead, followed by France’s Clement Parisse who finished third.

Men’s 3.3 k freestyle

Zak Ketterson (Northern Michigan University) led the U.S. U20 men, finishing 10th overall. Thomas O’Harra (APU Nordic Center) was the next American, finishing 24th, followed by Leo Hipp (NMU) in 37th. Czech Republic’s Michal Novak stole first by 5.5 seconds ahead of Germany’s Janosch Brugger, followed by Italy’s Mikael Abram who finished third.

U20 men’s 3.3 k freestyle

Competition continued Saturday with a 10 k classic for the women. Rorabaugh finished 17th overall, followed by Guiney in 22nd, Flowers in 26th and Mooney in 32nd. Germany swept the podium as Elisabeth Schicho grabbed another victory, 4.7 seconds ahead of teammates Monique Siegel, and Julia Belger in third.

Women’s 10 k classic

Kern grabbed a coveted spot on the podium in the U20 women’s 5 k classic. Germany’s Katharina Henning claimed another victory, followed by Italy’s Anna Comarella and Kern who finished just 17.2 seconds behind in third.

U20 women’s 5 k classic

In the men’s 15 k classic, Hanneman led the U.S. men in 28th overall. Bratrud was the next American, finishing 38th, followed by Kornfield who finished 41st, Treinen 44th, Havlick 46th, Maifeld 47th and Saxton 48th. Switzerland’s Ueli dominated the 10k to claim another victory 1:41 minutes ahead of Italy’s Roland Clara and Czech Republic’s Ales Razym who finished third.

Men’s 15 k classic

O’ Harra and Ketterson led the U20 men, grabbing a spot in the top 30 in a 10 k classic race. O’Harra finished 28th overall followed by Ketterson in 30th. Hipp was the next American, finishing 35th. France’s Martin Collet skied to a convincing first place finish 36.2 seconds ahead of Germany’s Janosch Brugger and France’s Jules Lapierre who was third.

U20 men’s 10 k classic

The weekend concluded with a 10 k freestyle pursuit for the women on Sunday. Rorabaugh led the U.S. senior women, grabbing a spot in the top 20, finishing 16th overall. Guiney was the next American, finishing 22nd, followed by Flowers in 28th, and Mooney 32nd. Switzerland’s Faehndrich grabbed the victory 8.7 seconds over Italy’s Debertolis and Slovania’s Lea Einfalt.

Women’s 10 k freestyle pursuit

Kern grabbed another podium in the U20 women’s 10 k pursuit. Kern finished second overall, just 7.7 seconds behind Switzerland’s Lydia Hiernickel. Germany’s Henning finished third.

U20 women’s 10 k freestyle pursuit

Treinen led the U.S. men in a 15 k freestyle pursuit, finishing 18th overall. Havlick was the next American, finishing 29th, followed by Maifeld-Carucci in 42nd, Kornfield 43rd, Hanneman 46th, Saxton 50th, and Bratrud 62nd. Germany’s Florian Notz edged Italy’s Enrico Nizzi for first by 2.2 seconds, followed by Austria’s Johannes Kattnig who finished third.

Men’s 15 k freestyle pursuit

Ketterson grabbed another top 10 in a U20 men’s 15 k freestyle pursuit race, finishing ninth overall. O’Harra finished 23rd, followed by Hipp in 31st. Czech Republic’s Michal Novak grabbed first just 1.2 seconds ahead of France’s Jules Lapierre and Switzerland’s Dajan Danuser who finished third.

U20 men’s 15 k freestyle pursuit

 

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