Nighbor Wins Nor-Am Classic Sprint

FasterSkierDecember 13, 2008

Vernon, BC – David Nighbor double poled his way to victory in the men's Nor-Am classic sprint yesterday.

The 24-year-old Nighbor, who is known more for his strength as a distance skier, chose to forgo kick wax on the 1.1 kilometer course. With heavy snow dumping down on the Sovereign Lake track, Nighbor’s technique choice was used by the top-30 athletes in the men’s field.

“I just find in the fresh snow the grip grabs easy and slows down the skis. It may be a bit slower off the start, but once you get your speed you can maintain it better,” said Nighbor, of North Bay, Ont. “It was a great day for me today. I knew if I could get to the final I could just rely on my technique and hammer it out in the end.”

While North America’s best senior development athletes may have matched Nighbor’s technique, they could not match his endurance. After a hard-fought semifinal which ended in a photo finish, Nighbor took control of the men’s final for his first victory of the young season.

Anders Haugen (APUNSC/Rossignol) posted his best finish of the young season, crossing the line in second, closely followed by Mikey Sinnott (SVSEF/Saab Salomon Factory Team). Alex Harvey, winner of last weekend's Nor-Am sprint, finished fourth, and top qualifier Garrott Kuzzy (CXC) took fifth. Kuzzy's qualifying time of 2:27.29 was just .06 seconds faster than the number two man, Stephen Terrell (CAN), who ended up 9th on the day.

Men's Nor-Am Classic Sprint – Complete Results


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