The last photo from this sprint time-trial at Soldier Hollow on Wednesday was staged five minutes after the skiers crossed the finish line to illustrate that this was an â€œall outâ€ effort. The rest of the photos are real action!
Six male skiers, one British female skier and three non-paying spectators showed up for our â€œget ready for nationalsâ€ skate sprint-time-trial on the sprint course at Soldier Hollow on Wednesday December 21, 2005.
Steve Scott, Glen Randall, Anders Haugen, Espen Haugen, Ben Page and Sara Cox-Conklin.
Temperature: 32 F and foggy
Grooming: A little icy and â€œwobblyâ€
Ski Speed: fast
The race format: 15 seconds interval-start prolog, two quarterfinal heats (3 and 2 athletes in each heat) and everyone got to race in the semi-finale and the finale.
The women’s race was run separately (1 skier).
The break between the prolog and each heat was 10-12 minutes.
The two true sprinters Steve Scott and Anders Haugen dominated both the prolog and the heats while the two junior skiers Glen Randall and Ben Page got a good workout and a chance to learn from faster sprinters.
Scott was the strongest in the semifinal while Haugen controlled the finale. A good workout, the sprint at Nationals is still two weeks away.