Russell Currier, Kelsey Dickinson, and Brian Halligan admit that they didn’t have great results this season – so they understand why they weren’t re-named to U.S. Biathlon Association training groups. But along with Casey Smith, who was also cut from the ‘B’ team, they have few options to improve their results and get back now that Maine Winter Sports Center is defunding travel and competition for senior athletes.
Earlier this month came the news that Will Sweetser was parting ways with the Maine Winter Sports Center and leaving his post as competitive sports director. Meanwhile, the MWSC is restructuring its Olympic Development Team, which means less money for top-tier athletes and more toward the junior and postgrad programs.
Thursday’s SuperTour Finals action welcomed the 30 and 50 k U.S. Distance Nationals, where Canada’s Ivan Babikov won over Colorado’s Rune Malo Ødegård and USST/SSCV’s Noah Hoffman, who claimed the title of national champion. Caitlin Gregg (Team Gregg/Madshus) won the 30 k by just under three minutes over USST/Burke’s Liz Stephen.
Rosie Brennan didn’t let a hefty amount of fresh snow hold her back, qualifying in second in a blizzard then dominating each of her heats, including the classic-sprint final, at U.S. nationals on Tuesday. With the exception of Becca Rorabaugh and Anne Hart, the rest of the women’s A-final achieved career bests by making it to the final.
There was no shortage of excitement in the women’s 10 k freestyle at the 2015 U.S. Cross Country Championships on Sunday, as Caitlin Gregg earned her first win of the season after returning from Europe. It wasn’t without contest, however, as a strong APU team of Rosie Brennan, Chelsea Holmes, and Jessica Yeaton were also in the hunt.
Since Scott Patterson (APU) was impaled by Erik Bjornsen’s ski in October he has dealt with a surgery, pulmonary embolism, and a long recovery. Despite facing what looked to be a season-ending string of health issues, Patterson is racing at U.S. Nationals in Houghton and looking to see what he can do.