US NationalsSwenson and Dussault US Champions

FasterSkierJanuary 4, 2004

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Racers Outlast Varying Weather and Cold at Black Mountain

RUMFORD, Maine (Jan. 3) — Two-time Olympian Carl Swenson (Boulder, CO) braved a light but relentless, chilling rain Saturday to collect his ninth title – his first in classic technique, winning the 30K CL as the Chevrolet U.S. Cross Country Championships opened with record-breaking numbers. Rebecca Dussault (Gunnison, CO), returning to racing this season and making a determined run at the SuperTour title, earned her second gold medal in winning the women's 15K CL.

“I've skied here a lot,” said Swenson, who grew up about 90 minutes away in North Conway, N.H., “and I know this course. I know these hills.”

The former Dartmouth ski captain said starting 30 seconds behind Flora was an advantage “because I got splits off him and I felt good all day. I had great skis…”

Swenson: “I felt pretty good…”

The weather, despite the discomfort, hardly bothered him, Swenson said. “It was straight raining when I started and the skis were grabby at first, but I was able to ski it off. I had moments I was tired, but I felt pretty good all day.”

A weary Flora said, “I'm glad this one's behind us. I'm tired…really tired.”

Dussault, 23, who raced at Black as a junior in 1999 before getting married and having a baby, was the women's champion with a time of 46:22.1. It was her second title, pairing with the 5K freestyle crown she won in 2000 at Soldier Hollow, Utah.
US Nationals Men 30 km Classic

US Nationals Women 15 km Classic


Rumford, Maine – Jan. 3
(Only U.S. skiers considered for medals)

Men's 30K Classic

1. Carl Swenson, Boulder, Colo., 1:16.49.1
2. Lars Flora, Anchorage, Alaska, 1:17.49.5
3. Chad Giese, St. Paul, Minn., 1:18.52.0
4. Dave Chamberlain, Bethel, Maine, 1:19.01.0
5. Chris Cook, Rhinelander, Wis., 1:19.23.4
6. Justin Freeman, Andover, N.H., 1:19.30.3
7. Andrew Johnson, Greensboro, Vt., 1:19.51.6
8. Torin Koos, Leavenworth, Wash., 1:20.52.4
9. Ethan Foster, Weston, Vt., 1:22.16.4
10. Patrick Weaver, Newmarket, N.H., 1:22.55.0

Women's 15K Classic
1. Rebecca Dussault, Gunnison, Colo., 46:22.1
2. Wendy Wagner, Park City, Utah, 47:42.1
3. Aubrey Smith, Seward, Alaska, 48:53.6
4. Nicole Deyong, Anchorage, Alaska, 49:08.4
5. Alison Crocker, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., 49:12.1
6. Tara Sheahan Boulder, Colo., 49:20.5
7. Lindsey Weier, Mahtomedi, Minn., 49:37.1
8. Hilary Patzer, Sun Valley, Idaho, 49:40.6
9. Kelly Milligan, Park City, Utah, 49:41.7
10. Rachel Daw, Duluth, Minn., 49:57.8

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