Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Quick Update From Nationals Sprint

Due to the warm weather over the weekend the freestyle sprint race was delayed until Tuesday. The decision was a good one as the courses were put in excellent shape and the hard man made snow stayed fast and consistent all day long.
Congratulations to Torin Koos and Jessie Diggins for bringing home the gold at the end of the day!
We had some excellent results, but had hoped to do even better.
Our "skier of the day" was Anika who qualified an amazing 6th place overall! She hammered the first hill too hard in the 1/4's and paid the price, finishing 5th in her heat, but that was still good enough for 3rd J1 and 7th Jr overall.
Skyler skied well, but is still shaking off some rust from trying to get healthy. He qualified 19th overall and then missed the semi finals by a couple of inches on a lunge. Good news is that he looked strong and felt healthy. Paddy made the Jr heats and, like Skyler, missed the semis by a couple of inches in an exciting finish where all 6 in his heat finished within 2 seconds. Paddy ended up 3rd J1.
There was some solid skiing from the rest of the team, but no podiums.
On the alumni side, Austin Cobb skied brilliantly. He qualified 24th (last) for the Jr heats, squeaked through the 1/4's and then went on to WIN. This placed him 3rd for Jrs (2 Jrs had made the open heats). Sophie C skied well, qualifying 5th and finishing as the 2nd U23.

Today it is really cold. We are going out for a morning jog and then a course inspection. Tomorrow we have the 10/15 km skate and on Friday the 5/10 km classic.

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