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Ellefson Talks Season, Birkie Plans at Governor’s Cup

TABERNASH, Colo. — On warm, overcast Saturday at Devil’s Thumb Ranch this weekend, Sylvan Ellefson (Ski & Snowboard Club Vail Team HomeGrown) cruised to a four-second victory in the 30 k freestyle at the Colorado Governor’s Cup. The event attracts elite and recreational skiers alike from around the state every year, and this time several top college athletes from Denver University and Colorado University joined the fray on an off weekend from the RMISA circuit. Rune Oedegaard (CU) took second to Ellefson and Andrew Dougherty (DU) was third. Lenka Palanova (Boulder Nordic Junior Race Team) won the women’s 30 k freestyle.

With some high-stakes racing happening over in Minneapolis, we asked Ellefson about his decision to skip the Tour de Twin Cities, thoughts on season so far and where he plans to race next now that he’s found his racing legs again.

Governor’s Cup 30 k Freestyle Results: Men | Women

Lenka Palanova
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Devil's Thumb
Boulder Nordic Juniors
Joanne Reid
Ellefson
Ellefson
Oedegaard
Ellefson Oedegaard Dougherty
Lenka Palanova
Dan Cnossen

Lenka Palanova

Boulder Nordic Junior Race Team's Lenka Palanova.

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Casual chatter at the start.

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The 2013 Colorado Governor's Cup gets underway.

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Devil's Thumb

Boulder Nordic Juniors

Boulder Nordic Juniors lining up for the 5 k.

Joanne Reid

Joanne Reid (CU), the women's 17 k freestyle victor.

Ellefson

Ellefson starts his celebration for the 30 k win early.

Ellefson

Oedegaard

Oedegaard crossing the line in second.

Ellefson Oedegaard Dougherty

Sylvan Ellefson (SSCV), Rune Oedegaard (CU) and Andrew Dougherty.

Lenka Palanova

Lenka Palanova (BNJRT), the women's 30 k winner.

Dan Cnossen

Dan Snossen winning the 17 k classic race.

 

About Audrey Mangan

Audrey Mangan (@audreymangan) is an Associate Editor at FasterSkier and lives in Colorado. She learned to love skiing at home in Western New York.

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