Presque Preview: The Junior Olympic sprint course

March 4, 20103

The 2010 Junior Olympics will take place March 8th through the 12th at the Nordic Heritage Center in Presque Isle, Maine. First race up: the classic sprint on March 8th.  The sprint trail was widened in anticipation of this event, with a successful trial of the course held in December with Eastern Cup sprint races.

Next article of discussion: the vision, birth, and trail design of these world-class trails; Morton Trail design; and the importance of homologation, plus a preview of the 5km classic and skate trails. . . . stay tuned.

The 1.2km Classic Sprint Course:

Length: 1250 m

1st climb: 21 m

2nd climb: 13 m

Course width: between 7-9 m entire course.

Number of classic tracks for race:  3 on course and 4 in finish zone.

Below is a video of the 1.2 kilometer sprint course. It will be a classic sprint, though at the time the video was taken there were no classic tracks groomed. With 10-15 inches of base snow, the course is in great shape and ready for the onslaught of eager junior racers.

(Thanks to Will Sweetzer and Seth Hubbard for the video footage)

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  • jmeserve

    March 5, 2010 at 9:45 am

    Nice job Seth!


  • bkastning

    March 8, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    I am utterly baffled. No website for JO Nationals? No results? It’s sure not very obviously posted on Fasterskier if it is there. What gives!?

  • Aubrey Smith

    March 8, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    Check the Junior Racing Blog for updates on results and stories. There are two headliners right now that can be seen clearly from the main page: look at the left side of the page in the “blogs” column.
    The website for JO’s is on the MWSC site:

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