With the second weekend of NorAm racing taking place Friday and Saturday at Sovereign Lake, here’s a look at who could be some of the top contenders on a regular basis throughout the season, and who could potentially earn race starts in Europe.
American Caitlin Gregg had big plans to before heading to the World Cup this winter as the SuperTour leader, with qualification for World Championships at the top of the list. Disappointed in her results the last two weekends, she’s got one more World Cup weekend then will try to make a statement at U.S. nationals.
The Bozeman, Mont. SuperTour races have come and gone but you can still re-live them through the two photo galleries featured below. With action Dec. 6-7 at the trails of Bohart Ranch in the form of a classic sprint and 10/15 k classic mass start, the country’s best gathered for the second weekend of domestic racing which proved just as exciting as the first.
U.S. Ski Team Head Coach Chris Grover was in West Yellowstone for the first time in nine years last week, and FasterSkier checked in with him to get his take on the races. “This is my first time actually seeing the younger athletes in particular, so it’s exciting to see who’s coming up,” he explained.
This gem comes from Matt Gelso, which he wrote three years ago after taking fourth in two distance races in West Yellowstone. Gelso, now 26, made the podium at this year’s SuperTour opener with a 15 k skate victory in West last Friday. “I require a longer and very substantial warm-up, some simply need a few minutes to move around,” Gelso explained. “It is important that you find your own unique methods and progression that gets you perfectly warmed up before a race.”
Fredrik Lindström, a biathlon World Championships medalist, hadn’t done a ski race in six years. But he beat out the Swedish national ski team in the Bruksvallarna 15 k, and had them joking about adding him to a relay team. In the women’s 10 k, Charlotte Kalla skied to a 52-second win over Maria Rydqvist.