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U.S. Nominates Team for U18 Trip to Norway

Along with its Junior and U23 World Championships teams, the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association (USSA) recently released its nominations for its U18 Nordic Nation’s Trip to Orkdal, Norway, for the Nordic Nations Junior Championships (officially, Nordisk Jr. Landskamp, which translates to Nordic Junior Superbowl) at the Knyken Skisenter. The trip spans from Jan. 22-Feb. 1.

The U.S. trip will be led by Loppet Nordic Racing (LNR) coach Chris Harvey and include three days of races: a freestyle sprint on Jan. 27, 5/10 k classic on Jan. 28, and men’s and women’s relays on Jan. 29.

Six men and six women were nominated. For the men’s team, two Alaska Pacific University (APU) skiers — Luke Jager and Canyon Tobin — were named, along with Ben Ogden of the Stratton Mountain School (SMS), Nolan Herzog (Ski Club Vail), Noel Keeffe (Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club), and Gus Schumacher of Alaska Winter Stars (AWS).

For the women, the list includes Ezra Smith (Summit Nordic Ski Club), Margaret Gellert (AWS), Anna Lehmann (SMS), Bridget Donovan (Ski Club Vail), Lucinda Anderson (LNR), and Sofia Shomento (Bridger Ski Foundation).

Sydney Palmer-Leger (Park City Nordic Ski Team) qualified for the trip, but due to her age (14 years old) is not eligible to attend.

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Relay Hill Climb Caps Off Junior Nationals; New England Wins Alaska Cup

(Press release) Note: This recap has been corrected to reflect that Far West’s JC Schoonmaker was dubbed U16 men’s “King of the Hill” on Saturday, March 12. CABLE, Wis. (March 12, 2016) — The final competition of the 2016 USSA Junior National Championships concluded with a grueling Relay Hill Climb race up Mt. Telemark. The pressure was high, as this race not only determined the Junior National Champion relay teams, but also the “king and queen of the hill” as well as the winner of the coveted Alaska Cup. New England claimed the Alaska Cup, which is the award for the team who wins the most points overall, throughout the four days of competition. In the U20 men’s hill climb, Max Donaldson, Travis Cooper and Luke Cvoncara representing team Alaska edged New England (Lewis Nottonson, Kamran Husaid and Land McKenny) for the Junior National Relay Hill Climb title by 1.7 seconds, followed by…

Freestyle Sprints Mark Final Day of Individual Racing at JNs

(Press release) CABLE, Wis. (March 11, 2016) — The third day of the USSA Junior National Championships competition continued Friday with hard-fought sprint races on the grueling 1.3-kilometer course at Telemark Trails. Logan Diekmann (Intermountain) U20, Sarah Bezdicek (Midwest) U20, Hannah Halvorson (Far West) U18, Karl Shulz (Mid-Atlantic) U18, Scott Shulz (Mid-Atlantic) U16 and Sydney Palmer-Leger (Intermountain) U16, claimed the Junior National freestyle sprint titles. In the men’s U20 sprint, Diekmann dominated throughout the day all the way to the finals. Diekmann started the day strong, posting the fastest qualifying time, which advanced him to the heats. Diekmann won his heat and then skied to the win in the finals, finishing 3.75 seconds ahead of Dylan Syben (Far West) and Bill Harmeyer (Pacific Northwest) who finished third. “This may be my final Junior Nationals and I couldn’t be happier about my race,” said Diekmann. “It has been a goal of mine to…

Junior Nationals Resumes with Freestyle Individual Starts

(Press release) CABLE, Wis. (March 10, 2016) — After hundreds of volunteers gathered at Telemark Trails to shovel snow and restore the course, after a spell of unseasonably warm temperatures Tuesday and Wednesday, the 2016 USSA Junior National Championships freestyle distance races went on successfully on Thursday. Max Lachance (Intermountain) U20, Sophia McDonald (Intermountain) U20, Hunter Wonders (Alaska) U18, Anna Darnell (Alaska) U18, Luke Jager (Alaska) U16 and Sydney Palmer (Intermountain) U16, claimed the Junior National individual freestyle victories. In the U20 men’s 15 k freestyle race, it was a battle for the victory, as first through third were within 3.1 seconds of each other. Lachance edged Max Donaldson (Alaska) by 1.6 seconds to claim the Junior National freestyle distance title. Lewis Nottonson (New England) followed close behind in third, just 3.1 seconds out of first. This is Donaldson’s second podium at the 2016 Junior National Championships, after finishing second in the…

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. buy naltrexone revia online

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…