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Hello UVM Skiing Fans,

We just finished our second full week of classes.  After a record setting heat wave during the first week of school, we kicked of our official training year with the traditional Honey Hollow uphill running time trial.  What a great way to welcome our newcomers to the team.  Almost everyone posted a personal best including two athletes who had record setting times.  Caitlin Patterson broke the women’s record by 24 seconds with Lucy Garrec  19 seconds behind, fast enough to break the 15 year standing record as well.  Amy Glen, Fritz Horst and Pete Hegman took 1:23, 1:07 and: 45 off last year’s times respectively.  Rookie Scott Patterson finished a mere 30 seconds off the men’s record.   It was great to see so many had done their summer homework.

We were also pleasantly surprised to be joined by Andrew Johnson at the time trial. Andrew greeted the team straight off his cross-county trip from Utah.  Two plus days, 2000 plus miles, and 45 plus hours of driving did not stop him from making the 1st team practice.  If this does not show commitment I do not know what does!

We looking forward to more strong weeks of training and we will do our best to keep the updates coming!

Welcome Back Team!

2010/2011 Team

2010/2011 UVM SKI TEAM

Team Rookies

Dylan Grald, Lucy Garrec, Gage Fichter, Bjoern Ahlgrimm, Scott Patterson, and New Coach Andrew Johnson (Skeeto Rorabaugh not present)

2010/2011 Team Captains

Caitlin Curran, Fritz Horst, Franz Bernstein, Caitlin Patterson

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13 MAR 2010: Franz Bernstein (2) of the University of Vermont celebrates at the finish in the Men’s Cross Country Freestyle during the Division I Men’s and Women’s Skiing Championship held at Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs, CO. Bernstein finished first to win the national title. Brett Wilhelm/NCAA Photos
© ©Brett Wilhelm/NCAA Photos

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After several days of sun the skies opened up the last 24 hours beginning with a squall during the 2nd run of the men’s GS and continuing through this mornings races up at Howelsen Hill. The snow made for tricky conditions but the athletes handled things well. A few of the highlights….

2 podiums (Franz 2nd today, and David Donaldson 3rd yesterday)

5 All-Americans(Meg Ryley, David, Colpitts, Patterson, Franz)

2nd place team finish in the Men’s GS.

Franz had a pretty good day placing 8th for teams and beating three schools with 3 athletes.

More to come with the night slalom tomorrow.

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After two days on the race trail we opted to branch out today and spent a couple hours skiing at the Lake CATAMOUNT Nordic Center.  It was beautiful!  The grooming is impeccable and the wide open gently sloping fields were the perfect change of pace for us today…

Skiing into the clouds…

Synchronized skiing…

Franz and Patrick in the distance.

Not a bad view for a long meandering downhill!

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This picture needs no caption.  ’09 alum Jürgen continues to dominate when it comes to classic ski races.  Skiing alum Anders Osthus was sixth in the classic and Cycling alum Jake Hollenbach was 40th in the skate.

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It was another interesting day at Breadloaf today. Yesterday’s unpredictability was replaced by sun, sun, and more sun. The women got things started off right with Jennie leading the way home in fourth. Caitlin and Ellery fought through some early misfortune to battle back inside the top 20 and senior Mary Stewart ended her collegiate career with a classy 23rd.

In the men’s race Franz got out clean and found out early that it was going to be his day. A combination of good skis and good form allowed him to ski away from the field early and hold a gap till the end.  He had enough time to grab a Catamount flag and carry it across the line in style.  The sun was high and the course warmed rapidly leaving the men to slog through slushy wet snow in places.  Alex skied to 17th and Paul and Fritz battled to finish just outside the top 30 and help the Alpine men win the Dartmouth Cup which is awarded to the men’s team that scores the most points at the Eastern Championships.

Jesse had pretty much the opposite experience of Franz in his last collegiate race.  A crash in the first 400m left him with one ski and a long way to go to catch up to the pack. He didn’t give up and slowly worked his way back to the pack and then through them to finish a respectable 35th.

Congrats to Franz for picking up both the classic and skate leader bibs for the season and Franz, Caitlin P, and Jennie for picking up All-East Honors.

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Radio Silence was in the cue yesterday but didn’t make it up for some reason so two in one day!!!

Today we saw a little bit of everything with temps hovering around 0 Celsius and rapid changes between sunshine and blizzard like conditions.  With the weather changing so rapidly we were really rolling the dice with wax.  The men started in a snow squall and finished in sunshine.  The women started under a mix of sun and clouds and finished in a blizzard.

Most people opted for zero’s with 5 of our 6 scorers ending up without wax.  Kudos to Mary leading the women home with an 8th place finish, a career best for her!  Franz continues to dominate the classical events cruising home to a 40 second win despite slippery skis in the last 5k.

Photos from today thanks to Caitlin Patterson who is a little under the weather…

Fred under the umbrella doing his thing…

Mary was moving so fast this was the only shot we could get…

Ellery had great skis till the storm rolled in…

Jennie in the heart of the storm…

Senior Jesse Kosiba heading to the finish…

Franz en route to the win…

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I blame it on racing, travel, and most importantly the Olympics, but like Patrick always says, there are no excuses, just reasons.  Hopefully you’ve been able to follow along with Lincoln’s updates on http://eisaskiing.org/index.html

Alex and Newt at UVM in the mass start.  Photo courtesy of Dennis Curran

Caitlin, Jennie, and Caitlin en route to a second place team finish.  Photo courtesy of Dennis Curran

We’ve all been inspired the last two weeks by the great racing at the Olympics, including former Catamounts Kris Freeman, Lowell Bailey, and the Nystad twins who are working with the Swiss and Norwegian National teams.  Alpine Assistant Johnny Davidson took a 24 hour trip to Vancouver to watch the Men’s GS and ran into Trond and Knut at a bar celebrating Claudia Nystad’s Gold medal in the Team Sprint.

The last few weeks have been a blur with great performances from the Catamounts including numerous wins by Caitlin P and Franz, top tens from Jo, Jennie, Caitlin C, and Alex, and near misses from Janey, Fritz, and Ellery.  In the near miss category I would also include two tight finishes at the UVM and Williams carnivals where we lost by 8 and 2 points respectively.  We are getting closer and after a one day delay we are headed to Breadloaf to get the  Green monkey off our back and win one before we leave for NCAA’s!

Hope to see you out there!

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What is it about Sprint racing that brings out the grimace? Photos Courtesy of Dennis Curran

After months of preparation the carnival season has finally begun.  Starting in Lake Placid and continuing with a “home” carnival hosted by St. Mike’s at Sleepy Hollow a week ago the season has brought a mixture of highs and lows.  We had some solid individual performances in Lake Placid but the weekend left most of us hungry for better results.  St. Michael’s carnival saw a return to form for many people including a breakthrough performance from Sophomore Alex Howe who came within 11 seconds of the win.  While the results were better our best days are still in front of us.  This past weekend we did a Time Trial with St. Mike’s and Middlebury to test out the classic course at Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe.  The conditions are good and we are excited to be a part of hosting the EISA and NENSA Eastern Cup races this Saturday and Sunday!

As always you can find pictures and sometimes live results at http://www.eisaskiing.org/

Photos from St. Lawrence and St. Michael’s Carnival…

The first five are from Lake Placid and courtesy of Judy Geer and Lolly Garrec, the rest are from St. Michael’s Carnival at Sleepy Hollow,  Courtesy of Dennis Curran (http://www.curranphotography.com/)

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Posted by Caitlin Curran-

This past weekend those of us who were around traveled to Jackson, NH for racing and of course some quality spa time.  On Friday, after a picturesque ski at Bretton Woods we spent the afternoon at the Mount Washington Hotel Spa.  Thanks to Coach Weave’s awesome connections we discovered that our Nordic trail passes gave us access to the Hotel Spa.  Spending time in the spa was a refreshing and relaxing change from most ski trips.  It also served as an educational experience for Fritz, as he added the word “concierge” to his vocabulary.

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After a relaxing afternoon, we were ready to go fast on Saturday.  The “Crit Race” was a mass start skate race around the 1.3 K sprint course at Jackson.  Before the start, there is no set number of laps, the racers were just told that they will race for about 30 minutes total.  The girls went first and skied four laps, and then were signaled that they would race for 3 more.  The race started at a moderate pace, and sped up after the 3-lap countdown began.  Ellery was the first UVM finisher in a close 7th place.  The rest of us (Caitlin, Janey, Mary, and Mae) were all close behind all finishing less than 2 minutes behind.

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Guys, courtesy of Dennis Curran

The boy’s race was a similar format, they skied about 9 laps of the course.  Alex, Fritz, and Pete were at the front of the race, and finished 1st, 4th and 6th, all within 5 seconds of each other.  Jesse, Paul, and Newt were not far behind, all finishing in the top 20.

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Guys, courtesy of Dennis Curran

Sunday was another cold, but beautiful day in Jackson.  The girls raced a 5k individual start classic, and the boy’s 10k.  Fritz and Pete were close again finishing in 6th and 7th. Newt, Alex, Paul, and Jesse took 16th, 18th, 21st, and 27th.

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Smithers, Photo courtesy of flyingpointroad.com

In the girl’s race Caitlin was 6th place, 44 seconds behind Natalie Ruppertsburger from Bates.  Janey, Mary, and Ellery took 11th 15th and 19th, all within 90 seconds of the leader.  The races were fun, and competitive with skiers from every school on the carnival circuit except for Middlebury and Dartmouth, as well as some U.S. Biathlon Team skiers.

As a reward for our hard work in the races, we went back to the Mt. Washington Hotel for some more spa time.  This time around we enjoyed 2 hours of steam room, sauna, outdoor Jacuzzi, and lounge time before heading back to Vermont.

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