APU teammates Holly Brooks and Lars Flora maintained the top spots in the overall SuperTour standings, despite skipping the last five races in the Midwest.
Brooks continues to hold a significant margin over another APU skier, Kate Fitzgerald, on the women’s list. Fitzgerald also skipped the recent Midwest swing of the US Continental Cup circuit.
Maria Stuber (CXC), however, not only raced, she raced fast, and has climbed into the third spot overall.
On the men’s side, the standings are much closer. Mike Sinnott (SVSEF) rode strong midwest result up the list, and now sits just 23 points behind Flora. CXC teammates Garrott Kuzzy and Brian Gregg are third and fourth respectively.
The second SuperTour racing period has concluded, and current leaders are awarded start spots for the World Cup periods III and IV, including the Drammen, Norway races and the post World Championships races in Lahti, Finland.
Both Flora and Brooks were named to the US squad for the 2011 World Championships in Oslo, and will likely race the events in Drammen. With FIS now picking up the tab for travel and lodging, the two athletes will save significant funds for their domestic racing efforts.
The SuperTour continues after a week off in Aspen, Colorado with a 5/10K classic and the 21K Owl Creek Chase on the February 12th and 13th.
SuperTour Standings (through Period II)
1st Holly Brooks – APU Nordic Ski Center – 340 pts
2nd Kate Fitzgerald – APU Nordic Ski Center – 235 pts
3rd Maria Stuber – CXC Team – 227 pts
4th Morgan Smyth – APU Nordic Ski Center – 208 pts
1st Lars Flora – APU Nordic Ski Center – 297 pts
2nd Michael Sinnott – Sun Valley Ski Ed Foundation – 274 pts
3rd Garrott Kuzzy – CXC Team – 244 pts
4th Brian Gregg – CXC Team – 188 pts