UVM’s Anja Gruber defended her title in the women’s 5 k classic at the NCAA Championships in Soldier Hollow, Utah, today. She was followed by DU’s Sylvia Nordskar and UNM’s Eva Severrus.
Christian Gow placed sixth in the men’s individual and Sarah Beaudry and Julia Ransom sixth and seventh in the women’s race at World Youth and Junior Championships on Wednesday. “We have 4 provinces represented in the top 6 results [this week] with British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec… it’s an exciting future,” coach Roddy Ward said.
It was shaping up to be another battle between the newest star of the Gross family, biathlon royalty from Germany, and upstart Sean Doherty from the United States. But a Russian swept in to take gold in the youth men’s individual race. Nevertheless, two Canadians also made the flower ceremony and two American women were top ten in their own individual competition.
Closing in on the finish it was Falla and Bjørgen neck and neck, with Nilsson gaining ground. At the line it was Falla’s foot that crossed before Bjørgen’s. Falla said after the race, “Marit [Bjørgen] and I train a lot together and Marit usually wins when we practice the finish. It is nice to beat her.”
One-hundred and forty-eight. That’s the number of skiers who have descended upon the ski town of Park City, Utah to participate in the 2014 NCAA Championships. The four day event, which consists of two alpine and two nordic races, begins Wednesday and continues through Saturday. Check out our preview, so you know who to watch and what to look for as the event gets underway tomorrow.
I might be a nobody who struggled my way through Sweden’s 90 k Vasaloppet with next to no preparation, but I also saw what it takes to win the Vasa: through the generosity of a friend, I accidentally embedded myself with Team Robin Bryntesson. Here’s the next installment of our first-person staff accounts of famous races.
John Kristian Dahl Captures First Vasaloppet Title, Laila Kveli First Woman to Win Vasa Without Kick Wax
John Kristian Dahl waited to the last minute to make his move, chasing down fellow Norwegian Laugaland to win his first Vasaloppet. The secret he said is training, “five or six hours a day.” Laila Kveli again won the women’s race in an impressive of display of double poling strength to become the first women to win the race without kick wax.
Alex Harvey took 8th place in Sunday’s 15 k individual freestyle race in Lahti, Finland, proving that he’s still on form and hungry for results in the final weeks of the World Cup season. “Effort wise and everything it’s the race I’m the most proud of this year, it’s the race I get the most satisfaction out of, I was really happy with it,” said Harvey.