Australian Open / Junior Championship and FIS Australian New Zealand Cup
Update August 25
The 2008 Australian Open and Junior Championships for Cross Country Skiing concluded this weekend August 23-24 at Falls Creek with interval start classic and freestyle races. The open 5km events for women and open 10km events for men were also part of the 2008 FIS Australia — New Zealand Cup (ANC), which concludes next weekend with the Kangaroo Hoppet 42km event at Falls Creek.
Evelyn Dong (USA) from the XC Oregon Ski Team made a clean sweep for the weekend, winning the 5km Freestyle on Saturday by 13.3 seconds and the 5km Classic on Sunday by 6.4 seconds, on both occasions ahead of Aimee Watson (AUS). Esther Bottomley (AUS) was third in the Freestyle and Chloe McConville (AUS) third in the Classic. Bottomley now has an unbeatable lead in the ANC, 135 points clear from Watson. With her two victories Dong moves up into equal third place together with Milaine Theriault (CAN).
American Zach Violett (Fischer/Craft)
In the Australian Junior Championship it was an all-Australian affair, with Callum Watson and Georgia Merritt claiming the overall junior male and female titles.