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Greggs Conquer 10 k Free at Vail Mountain Games

VAIL, Colo. — Brian and Caitlin Gregg, Central Cross Country’s husband-and-wife duo, doubled up to sweep the men’s and women’s 10 k freestyle at the Vail Mountain Games on Friday. The pair have been training in the Rockies all week to get ready for the Aspen SuperTour and the altitude training clearly paid off. The Greggs posted their first double victory earlier this season in the final stage of the Tour de Twin Cities, and with another set of gold medals in the trophy case they’re feeling pretty good.

The mass start freestyle event at the Mountain Games was one of a handful of snow sport competitions on the schedule at the popular Vail Mountain event; its proximity to the Aspen SuperTour along with a healthy purse size attracted a decently competitive field. Sylvan Ellefson (Ski & Snowboard Club Vail Team HomeGrown) took second to Gregg, 12 seconds back, and Brent Knight (Alaska Pacific University) finished third (+0:25).

Caitlin Gregg bested Nicole DeYoung (Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation) by 20 seconds; Lenka Palanova (Boulder Nordic Junior Race Team) took third (+0:42).

Results

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Sylvan Ellefson, Vegard Kjoelhamar, Leif Zimmermann and Brent Knight leading the pack out of the stadium.

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The 10 k is both a standalone race and the first stage of a three-race Ultimate Mountain Challenge.

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Men and women lining up together at the Vail Nordic Center for a mass start 10 k freestyle.

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Colin Rodgers gets to the front around the first bend.

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Leif Zimmermann, the defending champion, wins the $100 sprint preem as the race cycles back through the stadium.

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Zimmermann, Ellefson and Gregg.

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Caitlin Gregg and Nicole DeYoung lead the women.

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Lenka Palanova.

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Brian Gregg (CXC) taking the win in 23:01.3.

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Sylvan Ellefson (SSCV) takes silver in 23:13.6

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Brent Knight (APU), third.

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Colin Rodgers, fourth.

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Gregg surveys the carnage.

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Cal Deline (SSCV), fifth.

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Vegard Kjoelhamar (6th) and Matt Huntze (7th).

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Christian Shanley, eighth.

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Nick Sterling, ninth.

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Kevin Hochtl, tenth.

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Spencer Eusden, 11th.

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Joe Howdyshell, 12th.

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Caitlin Gregg (CXC) captures the women's title.

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Nicole DeYoung (SVSEF), second.

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Leif Zimmermann, 14th in the men's race.

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Lenka Palanova (BNJRT), third.

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The Greggs enjoy a post-race interview.

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The men's overall podium: 1. Brian Gregg (CXC), 2. Sylvan Ellefson (SSCV), 3. Brent Knight (APU).

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The women's overall podium: 1. Caitlin Gregg (CXC), 2. Nicole DeYoung (SVSEF), 3. Lenka Palanova (BNJRT).

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Boy's U19 podium: 1. Cal Deline (SSCV), 2. Christian Shanley (SSCV), 3. Parker McDonald (SSCV).

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Hannah Hardenbergh (SSCV), the girls U19 victor.

 

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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