The third race in the Wasatch, Utah citizen race series was held at the Soldier Hollow Olympic stadium on January 29.
Here are some photos from the event.
The conditions were nice, sunny and warm with temperatures around 40 Fahrenheit. It didn’t freeze overnight so the snow was â€œsloppy. The course was a â€œshortâ€ 5-kilometer loop that was skied twice.
Jason Travis was the fastest male skier while Team TorbjornSport/SOLDA skier Kelly Milligan won the women’s open division.
Tav Streit (third overall) gets FasterSkier.com’s unofficial â€œbest sportsmanship of the race awardâ€ for this incident:
Tav and Meiko Hoemke were skiing hard up the last steep, short hill about 600 meters from the finish line when Hoemke’s ski tip slid through the strap loop of a fallen ski pole, dropped by a skier they were lapping. It slid all the way into Hoemke’s binding, forcing him to stop. Tav could have used the opportunity to easily ski over the top and coasted to an easy win over Holmke. Instead he waited for Hoemke to untangle the pole from his ski, making them â€œstartâ€ together again.
Tav Streit then beat Holmke in a great sprint for third.
Tav’s comment when we asked him about the incident:
– I was really looking forward to sprinting with Meiko and saw no point in not waiting for him. We were 15 seconds or so behind the two guys in the lead and I wouldn’t catch them anyway.
For complete results: http://www.utahnordic.com/race_results/results04_05/wcs3_unofficial_results_012905.html
For more photos go to Utah Nordic’s home page: http://www.utahnordic.com/