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Bjørgen Sweeps Norwegian Nationals; Nishikawa 5th in 10 k

Emily Nishikawa of the Canadian World Cup Team finished fifth behind Norway’s Marit Bjørgen on Friday in the women’s 10-kilometer freestyle at Norwegian National Championships in Vang, Norway.

Bjørgen, who, like Nishikawa, skipped the Tour de Ski as well as this weekend’s World Cup sprints in Dresden, Germany, won the individual-start race in 25:59.1, just 0.2 seconds ahead of her teammate Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen in second. Norway’s Ragnhild Haga reached the podium in third (+21.3), and Kari Øyre Slind placed fourth (+1:17.1), ahead of Nishikawa as the top non-Norwegian in fifth (+2:09.1). Of the 91 women who raced on Friday, all but six were Norwegian. Nishikawa was the only Canadian.

Annika Taylor, who was born in California and races for Great Britain, placed 65th (+6:11.8). Nichole Bathe (also racing for Great Britain) did not start.

Also on Friday, Graeme Killick (Canadian World Cup Team) finished 15th in the men’s 15 k freestyle at Norwegian nationals, 1:40 behind Norway’s Simen Hegstad Krüger in first. Krüger won it in 35:32.3, 33 seconds ahead of another Norwegian Per Kristian Nygaard in second and 37.2 seconds over Norway’s Daniel Stock in third.

Two other Canadians living abroad in Norway and training with Team Asker, Ryan Jackson and Maks Zechel finished 120th and 131st, respectively, out of 166 in the men’s 15 k.

In Saturday’s skiathlons, Bjørgen picked up her third-straight win of the week (after winning Thursday’s classic sprint as well) in the women’s 15 k skiathlon in 39:49.6, once again 0.2 seconds ahead of Jacobsen. The podium was exactly the same as Friday’s 10 k with Haga placing third, just 0.3 seconds back. Nishikawa finished 19th (+2:54.2) as the top non-Norwegian.

Martin Johnsrud Sundby won the men’s 30 k skiathlon in 1:16:13.3, outlasting his Norwegian World Cup teammates Niklas Dyrhaug and Finn Hågen Krogh, who placed second (+1.4), and third (+1.9), respectively. Two Norwegians not on the national team, Espen Udjus Frorud and Mattis Stenshagen missed the podium by just one-tenth of a second in fourth and fifth, respectively.

Killick placed 25th (+2:36.1), and Jackson was 72nd (+6:55.2).

Earlier in the week, Bjørgen won the women’s 1.3 k classic sprint final over Kathrine Rolsted Harsem in second and Silje Øyre Slind in third. Nishikawa qualified for the heats in 15th and finished the day in 25th.

Norway’s Johannes Høsflot Klæbo won the men’s 1.5 k classic sprint on Thursday, ahead of Eirik Brandsdal in second and Fredrik Riseth in third.

Jackson placed 86th in the qualifier and Zechel was 90th.

Results:

Thursday, Jan. 11 classic sprint: women’s qualifierwomen’s final men’s qualifiermen’s final

Friday, Jan. 12: women’s 10 k freestyle | men’s 15 k freestyle

Saturday, Jan. 13: women’s 15 k skiathlon | men’s 30 k skiathlon

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U.S. Cross Country Championships Begin Wednesday, Jan. 3

America’s athletes are arriving. The trails are being groomed.

The L.L.Bean U.S. Cross Country Championships begin January 3

(Press release)

ANCHORAGE, AK – The top cross-country skiers from across Alaska and America will compete for more than prestigious national titles in the 2018 L.L.Bean U.S. Cross Country Championships, which begin Wednesday, January 3, and continue through Monday, January 8, at Kincaid Park. The races will also be used as part of the selection process for Olympic berths as well as to determine roster spots on the FIS Junior World Championship, U23 Championship and U18 Scandinavian Cup teams.

The competitions will feature two freestyle and two classic events for men and women. The top American in each race will be crowned national champion. While primary selection for the 2018 Olympic Cross Country Team will come from World Cup races, some final spots can be determined from Nationals results. Olympic team nominations will be announced the week of January 23.

Here is some media-specific information to assist in covering the events, whether from Kincaid Park in Anchorage or from afar.

Events schedule: All races at Kincaid Park; schedule subject to change

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, January 3

Men’s 15 k freestyle interval start; Women’s 10k freestyle interval start

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, January 5

Men’s and women’s freestyle sprints

10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, January 7

Men’s 30 k classic mass start; Women’s 20k classic mass start; Junior men’s 10k classic mass start; Junior women’s 5k classic mass start

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, January 8

Men’s and women’s classic sprints

Find a full schedule – race days and off-days – at www.anchoragenordicski.com/wp- content/uploads/2017/11/2018- US-Nationals-Event-Schedule- Coast.pdf.

  • Results from every race will be posted in a timely manner at www.anchoragenordicski.com/ nationals18/results/. Photos with captions will also be posted there as they are available.
  • In addition, a race day recap press release will be sent at the end of each event day. The releases will include quotes, attached photos and more. On non-race days, additional news, updates or sidebars will be sent in media advisories, as appropriate.
  • The races will be livestreamed by CXC Skiing/X-Country Live. U.S. Ski & Snowboard will host the livestream at www.facebook.com/ usskiandsnowboard/ and it will also be shared at the 2018 Nationals Facebook page, www.facebook.com/xcusnats2018/ . Timing will be provided by Superior Timing.
  • For media attending the events, credentials will be available. Please send requests to media@usnationals2018.com; you will be added to a list and informed on when/where to receive your credentials. You may also be provided with a bib that identifies you as media for when you are in the racing areas.
  • There will be a media working area with electricity and internet access available upstairs in the Kincaid Park chalet.
  • Results from the freestyle races and the classic distance events will be used to determine the teams for the 2018 FIS Junior & U23 World Ski Championships in Goms, Switzerland, January 28-February 3. All races in Anchorage are also part of the 2017-18 SuperTour and points will count towards the overall SuperTour titles, Olympic Winter Games selection and international World Cup starts. The long distance and team championships will take place March 23-28 in Craftsbury, Vermont.

Additional 2018 L.L.Bean U.S. Cross Country Championships event, race and athlete information is available at:

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Stephen Wins Third Straight XTERRA Trail Run Nationals, Second Red Bull 400

Liz Stephen after winning her third-straight Red Bull 400, a 400-meter race up the K120 ski jump at Utah Olympic Park in Park City, Utah. "Fun day at the #Utaholympicpark at the #RedBull400 today!" Stephen captioned the photo on Facebook. "Glad the sun popped out for the finals!" (Photo: Tom Kelly )

Liz Stephen after winning her second-straight Red Bull 400, a 400-meter race up the K120 ski jump at Utah Olympic Park on Saturday in Park City, Utah. “Fun day at the #Utaholympicpark at the #RedBull400 today!” Stephen captioned the photo on Facebook. “Glad the sun popped out for the finals!” (Photo: Tom Kelly )

Sometimes a big engine is a big engine regardless of the sport. Two weekends ago on Sept. 18, U.S. Ski Team (USST) veteran and two-time defending XTERRA Trail Run national champion, Liz Stephen, who lives and trains in Park City, Utah, made it a three-peat. 

The 13-mile course was laid out on Snowbasin Resort outside of Ogden, Utah. A trail-running race suited to those accustomed to thick sea-level air it was not. With a beginning elevation of 6,133 feet and topping out at 7,300 feet coupled with a total gain of approximately 2,200 feet over 21 kilometers, the course suited Stephen’s climbing efficiency.

The fastest time on the day was male runner Patrick Smyth from Santa Fe, N.M., in a time of 1:14:48. Stephen was the 10th overall finisher — and the first women — in a time of 1:31:08. Despite being 2 1/2 minutes off her time last year, Stephen finished a whopping 8:17 minutes ahead of the second-place women, Amber Schultz (1:39:25), of Ogden. Stephen’s USST teammate and fellow Park City resident, Noah Hoffman, placed seventh overall and third in his 25-29 age group in 1:24:06.

Having recently returned from a three week on-snow training camp in New Zealand, Stephen illustrated once again that when it’s up, up, up, she’s ready to go.

Stephen told the Park Record that although she’s not training specifically for running events, a race effort is still a race effort — it keep athletes sharp.

“The [XTERRA] race was more to go out, have fun and to just remind your body [how to race],” she said. “I think it’s really important to remind your body, and actually your brain more, how to race and how it feels.” 

This past Saturday, Sept. 24. Stephen proved to be unbeatable once again at the Red Bull 400, a 400-meter race straight up the K120 ski jump at Utah Olympic Park (UOP) in Park City, Utah. The race starts at 6,870 feet above sea level, making it the highest-altitude Red Bull 400 in the world.

UOP hosted the race for the first time last year, which Stephen won by seven seconds over Veronika Mayerhofer, of the University of Utah. This year, Stephen won by 44 seconds over Megan Foley with a winning time of 4:52.9. Stacey Armijo of the Philippines placed third (+56.1) and world-champion ski jumper Sarah Hendrickson placed fourth (+1:05.4).

In the men’s solo final, U.S. Nordic Combined and University of Utah skier Nick Hendrickson (Sarah’s brother) placed third (+32.2) with a time of 4:28.4.

Most of the U.S. Cross Country Team, including Stephen and Hoffman, will convene in Park City for another national-team training camp Oct. 17-31.

Results:

XTERRA Trail Run National Championship

Red Bull 400

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Stowe SuperTour Moved to Craftsbury

After unremitting rain on Wednesday in Stowe, Vt., the U.S. SuperTour races scheduled to take place this weekend, Feb. 6-7, at the Trapp Family Lodge trails have been moved to the 2.5-kilometer race loop at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center.

“The Stowe Nordic organizers, as well as many of the Stowe volunteers will also be there to help run the races. The C’bury courses are in actually really great shape, considering all the rain we got in NE [Wednesday]!” Amie Smith, high-performance director of the New England Nordic Ski Association (NENSA), wrote in an email on Thursday.

Images of the Craftsbury Outdoor Center’s race loop may be found at the NENSA Facebook page or the Craftsbury Outdoor Center’s Snow Report page. Currently, there are 4 k of groomed trails open.

Racing kicks off Saturday with a women’s 5 k freestyle individual start and a men’s 10 k freestyle individual start.

Sunday marks the second day of racing with a women’s 10 k classic individual start and a men’s 10 k classic individual start.

A complete schedule of events may be found here. Live timing will be provided by Bart Timing and may be found here.

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Nishikawa, Killick on the Podium: Planica OPA Cup Notes and Quotes

Canada’s Emily Nishikawa (National Development Team) racing to 30th in the women's 10 k freestyle at 2015 World Championships for her best result in Falun, Sweden. (Photo: Fischer/NordicFocus)

Canada’s Emily Nishikawa (National Development Team) racing to 30th in the women’s 10 k freestyle at 2015 World Championships for her best result in Falun, Sweden. (Photo: Fischer/NordicFocus)

By Gerry Furseth

Emily Nishikawa collected the first two OPA Cup podiums of her career last weekend, Jan. 9-10, to lead the Canadians at the Planica OPA Cup in Slovenia. World Cup skiers Nishikawa, Graeme Killick, Jess Cockney and Lenny Valjas joined up with Canada’s B-Tour group at the European equivalent of a NorAm event. The three-race weekend was a major focus of the U25 B-Tour.

Nishikawa, who was fourth in Friday’s sprint, took bronze in both Saturday’s 10-kilometre classic and Sunday’s 10 k freestyle.

I was happy with my race today,” Nishikawa, of Canada’s senior national development team, wrote after Saturday’s race. “It wasn’t my very best performance, but I fought hard.”

“Overall I think the weekend went really well,” she added on Sunday. “I’m looking forward to racing there again next weekend in the World Cup.”

Killick, also on the NST development team, joined Nishikawa on the podium Saturday, taking third place in the men’s 14 k classic before finishing fifth in Sunday’s 14 km freestyle.

I felt like my form is coming back after the sickness,” Killick wrote. “I haven’t raced in a while so it was good to get one going today.”

Despite the less-than-ideal weather, Killick was happy with the day.  “Our team did a great job with the skis today, I was able to ski smooth through the whole course.”

The OPA Cup, also known as the Alpen Cup, offers a unique Continental Cup (COC) racing experience outside North America.  The 28 senior women in Sunday’s race represented 12 countries.  At least 10 World Cup regulars of each gender raced.  Combining all age groups, 165 men and 79 women raced.  In comparison, next week’s NorAm in Thunder Bay has 250 athletes registered, but will likely have about three countries represented and only one athlete who has raced a World Cup this season.

Heidi Widmer, racing for Switzerland this season after starting her career in Canada, described the differences in an email.  “The coaches and athletes drift between COC and World Cup much more frequently because it makes sense logistically. It provides much more frequent and higher caliber racing and racing in more competitive fields fuels more competition and improvement.”

More quotes from the weekend after the results summary.

Complete results: Saturday | Sunday

Women’s 10 k classic
1 Victoria Carl, GER, 30:04.9
2 Julia Belger, GER, +6.6 seconds
3 Emily Nishikawa, CAN, +30.9
17 Dahria Beatty, CAN, +2:21.8
19 Maya Macisaac-Jones, CAN, +2:58.7
24 Cendrine Browne, CAN, +3:23.2
28 Katherine Stewart-Jones, CAN, +4:02.3

Men’s 14 k classic
1 Alexis Jeannarod, FRA, 35:52.1
2 Richard Jouve, FRA, +2.1 seconds
3 Graeme Killick, CAN, +6.9
24 Knute Johnsgaard, CAN, +1:36.4
35 Jess Cockney, CAN, +1:54.8
71 Andy Shields, CAN, +3:59.1

Women’s 10 k freestyle
1 Giulia Sturz, ITA, 25:27.2
2 Caterina Ganz, ITA, +25.2
3 Emily Nishikawa, CAN, +26.3
9 Cendrine Browne, CAN, +58.0
16 Dahria Beatty, CAN, +1:29.2
22 Katherine Stewart-Jones, CAN, +2:00.5
25 Maya Macisaac-Jones, CAN, +2:47.0

Men’s 14 k freestyle
1 Clement Parisse, FRA, 31:20.9
2 Valentin Chauvin, FRA, +9.5 seconds
3 Paolo Fanton, ITA, +28.0
5 Graeme Killick, CAN, +50.8
25 Knute Johnsgaard, CAN, +1:37.4
55 Andy Shields, CAN, +2:42.8

 

On the Planica courses, snow and weather:

“It was raining during our race, but the course held up really well especially given the number of racers on such a short course (2km loops).

“[On the sprint course,] there is a fast downhill with a corner right off the start.”

– Nishikawa, who placed fourth, third and third again

“It’s a brand new [sprint] course in Planica, it’s very tough but fair.”

– Lenny Valjas, Canadian World Cup Team member

“The course held up extremely well today, I was very impressed! I had good kick the entire way through and in exchange sacrificed some glide.

“I am really looking forward to the 10k skate tomorrow on the same course. It is a very hard course and with the success I’ve had in skate races in Canada this season, I am really looking forward to seeing what sort of performance I can put forward here.”

– Dahria Beatty (U23 Development Team)

“The conditions changed during our race because it was raining so … my wax wasn’t working too well.”

– Cendrine Browne (U23 Development Team)

“I think the snow changed a lot from when I tested to the race. The first lap I was able to stride most of it but after that I had a lot of trouble and ended up slipping a lot.

“The course is also a lot of fun. There are a lot of fun twisty downhills and the uphills are great for striding!”

– Katherine Stewart-Jones (U23 Development Team)

“We raced on a <2km loop today so I was able to get a sweet ride off a French guy for the first two laps. It felt really easy to follow him but as soon as I got to the top of one of the hills I was suddenly totally fried.

“We had rain last night and it’s raining now so it’s interesting. We had really good skis, the techs did a superb job with the klister.”

– Andy Shields (Thunder Bay NDC)

“The short 2k loop meant that a lot of terrain was compacted into a little course. A great course nonetheless and really happy with my skis today.”

– Widmer

“I was really looking forward to the skiathlon race this weekend but because of lack of snow it was switched to an individual skate.”

– Knute Johnsgaard (U23+ Development Team)

On racing in Europe:

“Racing here in Europe is way harder than in Canada and I just have to get used to it. I was surprised by how the girls were going so fast in my quarter final.

“Two minute sprints are not my strength…. I guess I’m also not used to them because in Canada they are much longer.”

– Browne

“It was a great learning experience. Today I got to ski with Emily for a bit. It was fun to try and hold on and to experience the difference in speed.

“The biggest difference is that in a NorAm there are rarely ever 30 women entered in a race so you always have a chance at the heats whether you have a good qualifier or not.

“The highlight of the trip has been being able to watch the Tour De Ski live on TV.”

– Stewart-Jones on enjoying the differences, like Eurosport being part of the cable package at every hotel

“Only missing the semis by 0.5 seconds and sitting in the lucky loser position for a while gave me the confidence that I can fight for those top spots here if I have a really good day.”

– Beatty

“I am having a lot of fun, learning until my brain hurts everyday but missing my family a lot at low points too.”

– Widmer, who moved in Switzerland to join her new team

“Going into the race I knew it was a tough field for an OPA.”

– Shields, on the names on the start list

On the races:

“My race today was definitely not my strongest performance. It was a five lap race. Lap one felt good but I got a bad cramp when I started climbing on the second lap and I was able to refocus well after that. I struggled a lot on the 3 middle laps fading on the top section of each lap but was able to refocus better on the final lap. Overall it was felt like a sub par performance but there were lots of good learning points and I am very happy to have the opportunity to be racing in such a competitive field.

“Even though the result was 1 better today I was happier with how I skied yesterday.

“I fell on the first lap and got tangled with another skier on the second lap and fell again in the same place. Then part way through the race my back seized. I was lucky to have Cendrine to ski with for the last two laps to motivate me to keep moving. It was great to see Emily and Cendrine both have good races.”

– Beatty on the distance races

“I felt good but unfortunately, I didn’t have enough kick. I don’t think I chose the right pair of skis for today’s conditions.

I am so happy about today’s race. I raced really well technically and was feeling very powerful and full of energy. Being at 25 seconds off the podium really shows me that I am in good shape and that everything is possible.”

– Browne, happier on Sunday after two tough days

“I felt a lot better than yesterday. I was able to ski efficiently and keep my technique together. It was a good hard effort and definitely a step in the right direction.”

“Unfortunately you can’t always be at your best. I’m staying positive and hoping the shape will come together.”

– Stewart-Jones, also happiest on Sunday

“[The] prologue was brutal. My legs were super blown and I was not able to break through the feeling. Really disappointed and will readjust and go forward to improve for the World Cup next week!

“My race was pretty good for the first couple laps then nothing left to offer.”

– Widmer on the sprint and the skate respectively

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Canada Winter Games: Relay Golds for Ontario and Quebec

Ontario was victorious in Saturday’s men 4 x 5-kilometer relay while Quebec earned gold on the women’s side on the fourth-and-final day of cross-country skiing at the Canada Winter Games in Prince George, British Columbia.

At the Otway Nordic Centre, Benjamin Wilkinson-Zan, Scott Hill, Jack Carlyle, and Evan Palmer-Charrette put together a winning time of 48:14.9 for Ontario, ahead of the men in blue representing Quebec (Dominique Moncion-Groulx, Julien Lamoureux, Philippe Boucher, and Raphaël Couturier), which placed second (+43.4). British Columbia’s Julien Locke, Colin FerrieDavid Palmer, and Geoffrey Richards took third (+1:35.1).

In the women’s 4 x 3.75 k relay, Katherine Stewart-Jones, Andrée-Anne Théberge, Anne-Marie Comeau, and Marie Corriveau notched a win for Quebec in 41:25.4. They edged British Columbia’s silver medalists Katie Weaver, Molly MillerHannah Mehain, and Eliza-Jane Kitchen by 32.6 seconds, and the Yukon team (Kendra MurrayHannah DeulingNatalie Hynes, and Annah Hanthorn) finished 44.2 seconds behind the winners in third.

Relay resultsMen’s 4 x 5 k / Women’s 4 x 3.75 k 

— François Léger Dionne

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Canada Winter Games: Two Gold and a Silver for Quebec in Skate Mass Start

Raphaël Couturier, of St-Jean-Chrysostome, Quebec, and Anne-Marie Comeau, of Abitibi, Quebec, notched victories in Thursday’s men’s and women’s 15- and 10-kilometer freestyle mass starts, respectively, on the third day of cross-country skiing at the Canada Winter Games in Prince George, British Columbia.

At the Otway Nordic Centre, Couturier crossed the finish line in 35:13.6, with a 7.7 seconds lead over Evan Palmer-Charrette, of  Thunder Bay, Ontario, in second, and David Palmer, of Rossland, B.C., in third (+ 12.2). This was Couturier’s second medal after a bronze in Monday’s 10 k classic interval start.

On the women’s side, Comeau stopped the clock at 26:36.1, collecting her first medal at these Games. After losing Monday’s 7.5 k classic interval start by less than a second, Katherine Stewart-Jones, of Chelsea, Quebec, edged Maya MacIsaac-Jones, of Athabasca, Alberta, by one tenth of a second, for second place (+21.2). Stewart-Jones collected her third silver medal at these Games. Annah Hanthorn, of Yukon, winner of Monday’s 7.5 k classic interval start, missed the podium by two tenths of a second.

Saturday marks the last day of racing with the traditional relays.

Mass start results: Men’s 15 k freestyle / Women’s 10 k freestyle 

— François Léger Dionne

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Canada Winter Games: Day 4 Biathlon & Day 1 Cross-Country Recaps

On Friday, Feb. 20, the biathlon races at Canada Winter Games in Prince George, British Columbia, ended with the traditional relays at the Otway Nordic Centre.

On in men’s 3 x 7.5-kilometer relay, the province of Quebec took gold, ahead of Alberta and Ontario. Félix Bérubé-Larochelle, of Lac-Mégantic, Zachari Bolduc, of Laval, and Teo Sanchez, of Wakefield, combined for the win in 1:04:25. Fifty-five seconds behind were Alberta skiers Jakob Chambers, Adam Runnalls and Ben Churchill, of Calgary. Ontario’s third-place finishers Jason Richard Lawton, of Orleans, Toby Quinn, of Thunder Bay, and Alexandre Dupuis, of Ottawa, finished 2:07 back from the winners.

In the women’s 3 x 6 k relay, British Columbia was victorious over Quebec and Alberta. Tekarra Elissa Banser, of West Kelowna, Claire Agnes Lapointe, of Pince George, and Emily Maria Dickson, of Burns Lake, triumphed on home soil with a time of 1:00:06. Quebec’s Charlotte Hamel, of Sherbrooke, and sisters Sarah Poisson-Grégoire and Anabelle Poisson-Grégoire, of Lac-Mégantic, finished two minutes behind. Alberta’s Kristen Chicoine, Darya Sepandj and Kendall Amy Chong, of Calgary, raced to bronze 3:05 behind the winners.

Relay results: Men’s 3 x 7.5 k | Women’s 3 x 6 k | Photos (courtesy of Daniel Guay, Lake Superior Biathlon team coach)

Complete biathlon results

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Monday marked the kickoff for cross-country skiing at the Canada Winter Games. Knute Johnsgaard and Annah Hanthorn, both of Yukon, notched victories in the men’s and women’s 10- and 7.5-kilometer classic interval starts at the Otway Nordic Centre.

Johnsgaard’s winning time of 25:48.1 was followed by Scott Hill, of Toronto, Ontario, who came in second place (+29.5), 5.3 seconds ahead of Raphaël Couturier, of St-Jean-Chrysostome, Quebec, in third.

Katherine Stewart-Jones, of Chelsea, Quebec, came close to winning the event, finishing seven-tenths of a second off Hanthorn’s winning time of 22:33.10. Kendra Murray, of Whitehorse, Yukon,  placed third, 14.5 seconds back from Jones.

Results: Men’s 10 k classic | Women’s 7.5 k classic 

Complete cross-country results

— François Léger Dionne

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Day 2-3 Biathlon Recaps from Canada Winter Games (with Photo Gallery)

Matthew Hudec, of North Battleford, Saskatchewan, and Leilani Tam Von Burg, of Ottawa, Ontario, notched victories on Tuesday in the men’s and women’s 10- and 7.5-kilometer biathlon sprints, respectively, on the second day of biathlon at the Canada Winter Games  in Prince George, British Columbia.

For Tam Von Burg, it was her second win in as many races so far at the 2015 Games.

The next day, Alexandre Dupuis, of Ottawa, and Emily Maria Dickson, of Burns Lake, B.C., started second and rose to first in the men’s 12.5 k and women’s 10 k pursuits.

At the Otway Nordic Centre on Tuesday, Hudec topped Dupuis by 24.5 seconds and Jules Bernotte, of Sherbrook, Quebec, in third (+34.8) for the men’s sprint win in 26:18.8.

The next day, Dupuis won the men’s pursuit by 18.9 seconds over Hudec in 35:45.4. Just 0.9 seconds back from Hudec, Teo Sanchez, of Wakefield, Quebec, placed third.

Tam Von Burg collected a 55-second victory in the women’s sprint over Dickson, while Nadia Moser, of Whitehorse, Yukon, was 1:01.7 back in third.

On Wednesday, Dickson went on to edge Tam Von Burg by 0.8 seconds in the women’s pursuit, and Moser once again rounded out the podium in third (+1:20.6).

Tuesday’s sprint results: Men | Women

Wednesday’s pursuit results: Men | Women

Photo galleries: Tuesday’s sprint & Wednesday’s pursuit (courtesy of Daniel Guay, Lake Superior Biathlon team coach)

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Freeman, Patterson Win Close Classic Mass Starts in Craftsbury

Kris Freeman (second from r) topped the podium on Friday on the first day of back-to-back SuperTour weekends in Craftsbury, Vt. Freeman edged Eric Packer (third from right) by 0.1 seconds for the 30 k classic mass start win. Reese Hanneman (r) rounded out the podium in third. Dakota Blackhorse-von Jess was fourth, David Norris fifth, and Lex Treinen sixth to give APU four of the top six.  (Photo: Bend Endurance Academy/Facebook)

Kris Freeman (second from r) topped the podium on Friday on the first day of back-to-back SuperTour weekends in Craftsbury, Vt. Freeman edged APU’s Eric Packer (third from right) by 0.1 seconds for the 30 k classic mass start win. Another APU skier, Reese Hanneman (r) rounded out the podium in third. Dakota Blackhorse-von Jess (BEA) was fourth, David Norris (APU) placed fifth, and Lex Treinen (APU) was sixth to give APU four of the top six. (Photo: Bend Endurance Academy/Facebook)

By Colin Gaiser

Kris Freeman (Freebird) had the finishing speed to hold off Alaska Pacific University’s Eric Packer and Reese Hanneman in the men’s SuperTour 30-kilometer classic mass start on Friday at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center in Craftsbury, Vt.

Freeman won in a time of 1:23:32.9, while Packer came in just 0.1 seconds behind and Hanneman finished 5.7 seconds back to lock up third place. Dakota Blackhorse-von Jess (Bend Endurance Academy) was fourth (+7.5) and David Norris (APU) rounded out the top five (+8.9).

In the women’s 20 k, which had just 14 finishers, Caitlin Patterson of the local Craftsbury Green Racing Project (CGRP) led a tight pack of skiers at the finish and won in 1:05:48.8. Becca Rorabaugh (APU) was 2.9 seconds back, and Anja Gruber (Far West Elite Team) took the final spot on the podium (+4.3).

Erika Flowers (Stratton Mountain School T2 Team) was right behind in fourth (+5.2), Kaitlynn Miller (CGRP) took fifth (+6.0), and Rosie Frankowski (APU) finished in sixth (+7.3) in the back of the lead pack.

Freeman wrote in an email that the men’s race remained tight with about 10 k to go, compelling him to increase the pace at the start of the final 10 k lap. He led during the lap’s most significant climb, though Packer was right beside him at the top. The pack of Freeman, Blackhorse-von Jess, and the three APU skiers then reformed in the long following descent.

“With the group back together it was cat-and-mouse on some rolling terrain until we got to a large hill with 1 k to go,” Freeman wrote.

Freeman wrote that he mounted his final attack about a kilometer from the finish.

“Reese, Dakota, and Eric were right on me when I went but only Eric stuck with me. I had a few seconds on him with 100 m to go and I eased up a bit so it was close but not as close as the time indicates. There was no lunge to the line,” Freeman explained.

Packer wrote in an email, “I was hoping to use my double pole finish to catch [Freeman], and almost did, but I ran out of track and he edged me to the line. He was the stronger skier today.”

However, Packer explained that he was “incredibly happy” with his result and his body felt strong throughout the race.

Hanneman wrote that the fresh snow on the course made it a very tactical race where multiple racers took turns in the front of the pack.

“I was feeling pretty strong, and had more of a punchy style where I was able to do a couple really aggressive attacks where I could gap the field in a short amount of time,” Hanneman explained.

However, after Freeman began his attack and picked up the pace during the final lap, it became a race to keep up with him — and only Packer was able to challenge him down the final stretch.

In the women’s race, Patterson — winning on her 25th birthday — wrote in an email that she stayed out of the lead and decided to conserve her energy throughout the race, but stayed within the main pack of eight skiers.

“I dug deep to stay with them, knowing that if someone could make a break for it at the top of that big hill and get over the other side ahead, it might be the decisive move,” she explained. “No one really went for it, although the pace was definitely kicking up, but the pack came back together mostly on the downhill and rolling section.”

Patterson explained she was in fourth while taking the final sharp curve about 400 meters before the finish, but her momentum carried her past the skiers in the left, inside track. After establishing some breathing room, she switched to the other track and managed to out-double pole the pack on the final, downhill 100-meter stretch.

Because the finish was so close, Patterson wrote that it “came down to how much energy and speed we could muster for that last 400 m, with a little bit of luck and good positioning playing into the mix as well.”

SuperTour racing continues in Craftsbury on Sunday with classic sprints. The Craftsbury Marathon will take place Saturday.

Results: Men’s 30 k | Women’s 20 k

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Nishikawa, Sandau Win First-Ever NorAm at Lake Louise

Day 1 of the NorAm Western Canadian Championships in Lake Louise, Alberta. (Photo: Martine Zilligen/CCC)

Day 1 of the three-day NorAm Western Canadian Championships from Jan. 15-18 in Lake Louise, Alberta. (Photo: Martine Zilligen/CCC)

By Gerry Furseth

The NorAm ventured to Lake Louise, Alberta, for the Western Canadian Championships Thursday through Sunday, a test event for the 2016 Tour du Canada World Cup stage.

Unlike most Continental Cup events, the course does not meet International Ski Federation (FIS) homologation standards.  The trails are much narrower than the 4-metre minimum and there is a distinct lack of climbing.  What Lake Louise does offer is scenery that makes more traditional venues like Canmore and Whistler Olympic Park look boring in comparison. The 2016 World Cup event in Lake Louise is still pending approval from Parks Canada.

Brian McKeever (Canadian Para-Nordic Team) double poling to second place in the 10 k classic at NorAm Western Canadian Championships on Thursday in Lake Louise, Alberta.  (Photo: Martine Zilligen/CCC)

Brian McKeever (Canadian Para-Nordic Team) double poling to second place in the 10 k classic at NorAm Western Canadian Championships on Thursday in Lake Louise, Alberta. (Photo: Martine Zilligen/CCC)

The men started off Thursday with a 10-kilometer classic interval start on a single loop. Kevin Sandau (Alberta World Cup Academy/NST-Dev.) edged out Brian McKeever (National Para-Nordic Ski Team) by three seconds for the victory in 26:25.7.  Michael Somppi (AWCA/NST-Dev.) was third, 23.1 seconds behind.

Sandau was happy to get a victory on a course that he didn’t think suited his strengths.

“I had both skate and classic skis waxed in case I decided to double pole it,” Sandau wrote in an email. “While a few guys did end up using skate skis, my coaches and I made the call to use kick wax 10 minutes before my start.”

“I’m glad I chose to do that as after only skiing the course once yesterday, the few climbs were a bit longer than I remembered.”

McKeever chose skate skis and seemed happy with his choice, tweeting, “Fun race in Lake Louise today. Double polling almost got me the W, but feel short in a close one to @KevinSandau. A good battle!”

Somppi used classic skis to continue his run of third-place finishes.

“I had planned to double pole,” he wrote. “However my classic skis were feeling really good when I tested them so I decided to classic on slippery skis with minimal drag.

“I think it wasn’t the best decision.  They were plenty fast but I wasn’t able to take advantage of being on classic skis on the climbs because my kick wasn’t good enough to really power up them.  If I did it again I would probably double pole the race.”

Bob Thompson (NDC Thunder Bay) led at the 4 k timing point on classic skis, before fading to seventh, 41 seconds back.

“I went a bit lighter on the grip and had a great first half to the race, but then had to use a bit more energy trying to climb than I thought I would have to and lost a bit of time.”

The decision between classic and skate skis for distance races has not usually been difficult in North America. On an unusual single-loop course, Sandau and Johnsgaard skied the second half together.

“[My] race plan was sort of just to floor it the whole way,” Sandau wrote. “I was lucky enough to catch my 30-second guy near the halfway point, and because he was double poling I was able to keep my speed up sitting in behind him for the flatter section.”

Knute Johnsgaard (Yukon Elite Squad), who started 30 seconds ahead of Sandau, had a different strategy.

“It was my first time double poling a distance course so I just made sure I left enough energy for the uphills later in the course,” Johnsgaard wrote.

Like McKeever, Johnsgaard would choose skate skis again, despite finishing sixth, 38 seconds back on skis that didn’t give him all the advantage he expected.

“The AWCA [team] nailed their skis today as Kevin’s classic were at least as fast as my skate,” he wrote.

Continuing with the unusual, the women’s race was the same length as the men’s.

Emily Nishikawa (AWCA/NST-Dev.) continued her strong season with another clear victory in the women’s 10 k classic in 30:14.1, clocking the fastest checkpoint times at 4 k and 9 k.

Perianne Jones (AWCA/NST-Dev. B) was second, 38.9 seconds behind, after recovering five seconds on Nishikawa in the final kilometer.

Dahria Beatty (AWCA/NST-U23) completed the podium, 1:21 back from Nishikawa.

None of the women responded to email for comment by press time.

Results: Men | Women

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Brennan, Blackhorse-von Jess Sweep U.S. Nationals Sprints, Win Skate Finals

HOUGHTON, Mich. — Anyone following the final U.S. Cross Country Championships races on Saturday wasn’t seeing double: Rosie Brennan of Alaska Pacific University (APU) and Dakota Blackhorse-von Jess (Bend Endurance Academy) indeed topped the podium in the second-straight 1.5-kilometer sprint of the week.

Blackhorse-von Jess qualified first in the freestyle sprint, then won his quarterfinal and semifinal before rocketing to the front of the pack in the men’s final. He edged Tyler Kornfield (APU) by 1.16 seconds for the win in 3:31.02. APU had two on the podium and three in the top five with Reese Hanneman in third (+2.57) and Lex Treinen in fifth (+4.1).

Kris Freeman (Freebird) finished just five-hundredths of a second behind Hanneman to place fourth (+2.62), and Håkon Hjelstuen (Michigan Tech/Norway) was sixth (+6.23).

Brennan clinched her third-straight title of the week, a first since her APU teammate and U.S. Ski Team member Kikkan Randall won all four races at the 2010 nationals in Anchorage, Alaska.

Brennan qualified third, then dominated her quarterfinal and won her semifinal as well before dropping the women’s final field to win by 6.1 seconds over Caitlin Gregg (Team Gregg/Madshus) in 4:04.97. Last year’s skate sprint champion Jennie Bender (Bridger Ski Foundation) finished just 0.32 seconds after Gregg in third.

APU took three out of the top five with Chelsea Holmes in fourth (+7.77), her best-ever sprint result at nationals, and Becca Rorabaugh in fifth (+10.3). Erika Flowers (Stratton Mountain School T2 Team) rounded the final in sixth (+16.18).

Men’s A-final

1. Dakota Blackhorse-von Jess (Bend Endurance Academy)3:31.02
2. Tyler Kornfield (APU) (+1.16)
3. Reese Hanneman (APU) (+2.57)
4. Kris Freeman (Freebird) (+2.62)
5. Alexander Treinen (APU) (+4.1)
6. Haakon Hjelstuen (Michigan Tech/Norway) (+6.23)

Women’s Final

1. Rosie Brennan (APU) 4:04.97
2. Caitlin Gregg (Team Gregg/Madshus) 4:11.07 (+6.1)
3. Jennie Bender (Bridger Ski Foundation) (+6.43)
4. Chelsea Holmes (APU) (+7.77)
5. Becca Rorabaugh (APU) (+10.3)
6. Erika Flowers (SMST2) (+16.18)

Final results | Complete results

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Brennan, Blackhorse-von Jess Break Away to Win U.S. Nationals Classic Sprints

Tuesday's classic-sprint national champions: Rosie Brennan and Dakota Blackhorse-von Jess congratulate each other after the finals in Houghton, Mich.

Tuesday’s classic-sprint national champions: Rosie Brennan and Dakota Blackhorse-von Jess congratulate each other after the finals in Houghton, Mich.

HOUGHTON, Mich. — Rosie Brennan, of Alaska Pacific University (APU), and Dakota Blackhorse-von Jess (Bend Endurance Academy), both Dartmouth College graduates, attacked the 1.5-kilometer classic-sprint course on Tuesday at Michigan Tech Trails to win the women’s and men’s finals at U.S. Cross Country Championships by about six seconds apiece, respectively.

Brennan led APU’s 1-2 podium finish, with Becca Rorabaugh in second, 6.82 seconds out of first. Liz Guiney of the Craftsbury Green Racing Project (CGRP) notched her first U.S. nationals podium in third, Anne Hart (Stratton Mountain School T2 Team) achieved a career-best fourth, as did Hannah Halvorsen (Sugar Bowl Academy) at senior nationals in fifth, and Heather Mooney (Middlebury) in sixth.

In the men’s race, Blackhorse-von Jess broke away in the final in a similar fashion as Brennan — both of which steadily gapped the field on the climbs — and ended up winning by 6.29 over U.S. Ski Team D-team member Ben Saxton, also of the SMST2 Team.

The men’s qualifying winner Håkon Hjelstuen, a Norwegian exchange student studying engineering at Michigan Tech University, skied strong all day to make it to the final, where he placed third, 0.83 seconds after Saxton. Two University of Vermont (UVM) skiers made the final with Cole Morgan placing fourth and Jørgen Grav ending up fifth. Miles Havlick of the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation (SVSEF) Gold Team rounded out the A-final in sixth.

Results

Women’s A-final:

1. Rosie Brennan (APU) 4:52.72
2. Becca Rorabaugh (APU) 4:59.54
3. Liz Guiney (Craftsbury Green Racing Project) 5:03.21
4. Anne Hart (Stratton Mountain School) 5:05.62
5. Hannah Halvorsen (Sugar Bowl Academy) 5:07.88
6. Heather Mooney (Middlebury College) 5:08.08

Men’s A-final:

1. Dakota Blackhorse-von Jess (Bend Endurance Academy) 4:06.16
2. Benjamin Saxton (SMST2/USST) 4:12.45
3. Håkon Hjelstuen (Michigan Tech/Norway) 4:13.28
4. Cole Morgan (University of Vermont) 4:16.77
5. Jørgen Grav (University of Vermont) 4:17.75
6. Miles Havlick (Sun Valley) 4:17.96

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Hajkova Top Women’s Qualifier in U.S. Nationals Classic Sprint

Eliska Hajkova (BJNRT) racing to the fastest qualifying time in the women's 1.5 k classic sprint at U.S. Cross Country Championships on Tuesday in Houghton, Mich.

Eliska Hajkova (BJNRT) racing to the fastest qualifying time in the women’s 1.5 k classic sprint at U.S. Cross Country Championships on Tuesday in Houghton, Mich.

HOUGHTON, Mich. — University of Colorado grad and Boulder Nordic Junior Racing Team (BNJRT) coach Eliska Hajkova topped a field in a slow-and-snowy 1.5-kilometer women’s classic-sprint qualifier at the U.S. Cross Country Championships on Tuesday, 1.16 seconds ahead of Rosie Brennan, of Alaska Pacific University (APU) with an unofficial top time of 5:18.63.

Junior Julia Kern of the Cambridge Sports Union (CSU) qualified third in 5:21.51, Liz Guiney of the Craftsbury Green Racing Project (CGRP) clocked the fourth-fastest time (5:22.17), and Anita Kirvesniemi (College of St. Scholastica) came in fifth (5:23.19).

About 16 seconds separated first from 30th. The men’s 1.5 k qualifier starts at 11 a.m. EST, and the heats kick off at 12:30 p.m.

Top 10 (unofficial)

1. Eliska Hajkova (Boulder Nordic Junior Racing Team) 5:18.63
2. Rosie Brennan (APU) 5:19.79
3. Julia Kern (Cambridge Sports Union) 5:21.51
4. Liz Guiney (Craftsbury Green Racing Project) 5:22.17

5. Anita Kirvesniemi (College of St. Scholastica) 5:23.19

6. Vivian Hett (Northern Michigan University) 5:23.56
7. Corey Stock (Dartmouth Ski Team) 5:24.91
8. Annie Pokorny (SMS T2) 5:25.27
9. Jessica Yeaton (APU) 5:25.82
10. Becca Rorabaugh (APU) 5:26.24

Complete results/live timing

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Pre-Race at U.S. Nationals: Snowy Sprint Day

HOUGHTON, Mich. — The forecast said flurries but it was downright blizzard-like conditions before the start of the men’s 1.5-kilometer classic sprint at U.S. Cross Country Championship at the Michigan Tech Trails on Tuesday morning. Temperatures read around 7 degrees Fahrenheit, a slight drop from the early morning, and tracks not freshly skied in were blanketed with a fresh layer of powder.

The women’s qualifier starts at 10 a.m. followed by the men at 11. Heats kick off at 12:30 p.m. Live timing at SuperiorTiming.com.

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Predicted Sub-Zero Temps Move U.S. Nationals Sprint to Tuesday

Rosie Brennan (APU) leads Caitlin Gregg (Team Gregg/Madshus) shortly after getting a replacement pole around 4 k into the women's 10 k freestyle at U.S. nationals on Sunday in Houghton, Mich. Temperatures hovered just above zero during the women's race.

Rosie Brennan (APU) leads Caitlin Gregg (Team Gregg/Madshus) shortly after getting a replacement pole around 4 k into the women’s 10 k freestyle at U.S. nationals on Sunday in Houghton, Mich. Temperatures hovered just above zero during the women’s race.

HOUGHTON, Mich. — The second set of races at U.S. Cross Country Championships in Houghton — the classic sprint — won’t happen until Tuesday, according to an official-race announcement emailed during the women’s 10-kilometer freestyle on Sunday afternoon.

The 1.5 k sprint was originally scheduled for Monday, but predicted temperatures around -4 degrees Fahrenheit and a windchill in the negative double digits led organizers to move it to Tuesday, with temperatures warming back up into at least the single digits and less wind in the forecast.

It was 4 degrees during the men’s 15 k freestyle at 10 a.m. Sunday and cooled to around 1 degree for the women’s race, which started at 1 p.m. Snow fell heavily at times during both races.

The start times for Tuesday’s sprint remain unchanged, with the women’s qualifier at 10 a.m., followed by the men’s qualifier at 11 a.m. The women’s heats start at 12:30 p.m. and the men’s heats begin at 1 p.m., followed by the junior heats at 2:35 p.m.

For more info, visit www.nordicchampionship.org

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Freeman, Marshall Win Black Jack NorAm Distance Opener

By Gerry Furseth

(Note: This article has been updated to include comments from women’s runner-up Andrea Dupont.)

After several days of warm rain, the first NorAm of the 2014/2015 season was held under blue skies and below-freezing conditions on Saturday at Black Jack Ski Club in Rossland, British Columbia.

U.S. Olympian Kris Freeman (Team Freebird) won the men’s 11-kilometer classic individual start in 26:45.9, with almost perfectly even lap times, the last and slowest lap only two seconds behind the first and fastest.

“I caught a stomach virus in West Yellowstone which put me on my heels a bit,” Freeman wrote in an email. “My strength has been coming back and I felt great today.”

Another American, Welly Ramsey of the Maine Winter Sports Center took second place, 49.4 seconds behind Freeman, after moving up from sixth at the end of the second lap.

“I didn’t have much of a plan,” Ramsey wrote in an email, “but today was my [24th] birthday and I certainly think being a year older and smarter helped.”

The top Canadian, Michael Somppi of the Alberta World Cup Academy (AWCA) grabbed the final podium spot, 1.6 seconds out of second and 7 seconds ahead of Ben Lustgarten of the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation (SVSEF) Gold Team.

“I had a slow start to the season in the Super Tour races the past two weekends so it felt good to have better energy today and perform more at the level I know I’m capable of,” Somppi wrote.

Brian Gregg (Team Gregg/Madshus) rounded out the top-five U.S. domination in fifth, 15 seconds off the podium after crashing on the third lap.

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In the women’s 7.5 k classic, Alysson Marshall (AWCA) continued her strong start to the season (after a SuperTour sprint victory in West Yellowstone and fifth-place finish at the second SuperTour stop in Bozeman, Mont.) with a distance win in 21:02.7.

“My plan was to push hard from the start and try to maintain that speed,” she wrote after the race. Her second lap was slightly slower, but still second fastest.

Like most of the athletes, Marshall was impressed with the course.

“Conditions today were much better than I expected,” she wrote. “The organizers and groomers did an amazing job making the race happen with tough conditions and the tracks today were great!”

Andrea Dupont (Rocky Mountain Racers) held on for second, 12.2 seconds behind Marshall after a slower second lap.

“My season has gotten off to a slow start,” Dupont explained in an email. “I have struggled a bit with health in the early season so this is only my second race start of the season. I was pretty happy with today. I am typically more of a sprinter, so for me to have a strong distance result early in the year is a good sign.
“I still feel like I am building back into training so I am hoping my top end fitness will return,” she added. “My goals over the next few races is to continue to build in my distance results and to have a strong sprint. “

Junior racer Annah Hanthorn (Yukon Territory Ski Team) used the fastest final lap to capture third, 13.8 seconds after Marshall and 1.6 seconds behind Dupont.

In her first year as a senior, Dahria Beatty (AWCA) took fourth ahead of junior Maya MacIsaac-Jones (RMR).

Jennie Bender of the Bridger Ski Foundation was the top U.S. woman in seventh, 20.5 seconds behind Marshall.

“I felt pretty solid, and am feeling pumped yet riled that I was only two seconds from 4th place,” she wrote in an email.

Complete results: Men | Women

Video

Photos

Despite the challenges of working at an alternate venue without electrical power, you can follow Sunday’s race live on the internet.

 

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NorAm Opens in Rossland at Biathlon Trails, with Changed Format

Last week, a low-snow situation in Rossland, British Columbia, led race organizers to relocate the first NorAm of the season up to the biathlon trailhead about 7 kilometers north of and about 250 meters higher than the Black Jack trails.

The races start this Saturday with what was originally scheduled to be freestyle sprints. Organizers announced Friday that the races would be 5/10 k classic interval starts for open categories.

With the rain last night and over the last few days the course preparation has been very challenging.  We are unable to get the sprint course to be safe and so have cancelled the Sprint race Saturday,” an update on the Black Jack Ski Club website read.

“We have also taken out one of the big downhills on the distance courses in the interest of skier safety.  Crews have been shoveling all morning and we feel that with the course change, we are able to race both Saturday and Sunday.

“Saturday will be a shorter distance race 10/5km for Open categories.  Distances will remain the same for other categories,” the website stated. “Sunday’s schedule remains unchanged at this time.”

As scheduled, Sunday is more of the same: with 10/15 k classic interval starts.

Saturday’s races start at 11 a.m. PST.

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Whistler NorAm Moved to Sovereign Lake Dec. 19-20

(Press release)

No Snow at Whistler Olympic Park Forces NorAm Move to Sovereign Lake in Vernon and an Adjustment to the Competition Schedule

Consistently warm wet weather with little relief in the forecast has forced the organizers of the Haywood NorAm, scheduled for Whistler Olympic Park just before Christmas, to relocate the races to Sovereign Lake Nordic in Vernon.  The NorAm and World Jr/U23 Trials will now be held on the Sovereign Lake trails on Friday, December 19 (Buff Sprints, Free Technique) and Saturday, December 20 (Interval Start Free Technique).

“We delayed this decision for as long as possible but the weather just wasn’t getting any cooler,” stated a disappointed Sherryl Yeager, Chief of Competition on Tuesday.  “Racers have to change accommodation and travel arrangements, so a decision had to be made.  Many of my committee have plans to support the new OC at Sovereign and we are grateful to Sharon Clarke and her crew for taking on the race on such short notice,” continued Yeager.  Adjustments to race fees will be provided to athletes who are registered for the Whistler event but unable to travel to Vernon.

The new competition schedule now includes:

Thursday, December 18 – PM – Team Captains Meetings (tbc)

Friday, December 19 – Buff Sprints (free technique)

Saturday, December 20 – Interval start (free technique)

The races have been rescheduled for Friday and Saturday in order to permit teams with previous flight arrangements out of Vancouver on Sunday to make their travel connections.  “With the holiday season upon us and few options for alternate travel arrangements we decided to go with the unusual move to change the race days,” commented Dave Dyer, CCC Race Director.

More detailed information on the new site and an updated Race Package will be available at http://www.sovereignlake.com/.

The 11th edition of the Haywood NorAm Race Series is scheduled to get underway this weekend, Dec 13 & 14, 2014 in Rossland, BC.

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Brennan, Stewart-Jones Top Bozeman SuperTour Classic Sprint (Updated)

BOZEMAN, Mont. — After winning the first SuperTour distance race of the season exactly a week ago in West Yellowstone, Mont., Alaska Pacific University (APU) skier Rosie Brennan unofficially pulled out a classic-sprint victory over Jennie Bender (Bridger Ski Foundation) in the women’s final at Bohart Ranch on Saturday, the first day of the Bozeman SuperTour. 

Temperatures will well above freezing for the sprint, reaching near 40 degrees Fahrenheit for the afternoon heats and making for slushy conditions.

Caitlin Patterson (Craftsbury Green Racing Project) made the podium in third, and  Becca Rorabaugh (APU) initially finished fourth before being relegated to last in the final for reasons that were not immediately clear.

Natalia Naryshkina (CXC Team) ultimately placed fourth, last week’s skate-sprint winner Canadian Alysson Marshall (National Development Team/Alberta World Cup Academy) took fifth, and Rorabaugh was listed as sixth.

Official results were not immediately available.

In the men’s race, another Alberta World Cup Academy (AWCA) skier, Patrick Stewart-Jones edged Ben Saxton, of the Stratton Mountain School (SMS) T2 Team and U.S. Ski Team, by 0.11 seconds with a winning time of 3:26.22.

Matt Gelso (Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation Gold Team) notched his second SuperTour podium in third (+1.37), and Kris Freeman (Team Freebird) was fourth (+2.58).  Last week’s sprint winner, Dakota Blackhorse-von Jess placed fifth (+7.26) and Rune Malo Ødegård (University of Colorado) was sixth (+23.11).

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