What happens when you live in a ski-crazy country and have a breakout race on home soil? We talked to Roman Schaad, a 20-year-old Swiss sprinter who shot into the top 10 in his very first World Cup in Davos last December. That day, it took him 2 hours to finish interviews before he could go home – to his apartment literally next to the finish line. Sponsors and an Olympic appearance followed.
The action in the distance skate mass start races at Junior Nationals got off to an unfortunate start in the U20 boys race with a crash in the course’s ‘Nascar Corner’ as the athletes were still in the stadium resulting in a neutral start for final four races of the day to avoid further pileups. Here is a look at some of the action in this first race at the championships in Stowe, Vermont today.