On Sunday the 20th, both the junior males and females raced a classic sprint in Lahti, Finland. Starting strong in the first race, Sydney qualified 29th and all four junior boys qualified in the top 20: Ben 3rd, Gus 12th, Noel 15th and Luke 20th. In the quarter finals, all our US boys and girl skied with good tactics and a determined mind all the way to the finish. Moreover, the US had not only good kick on their classic skis but the glide wax was fantastic too. With all these factors in mind, both Ben and Noel made it to semi-finals. In the quarter finals, Ben dominated his heat from the beginning to secure his spot in the semis and Noel had an impressive finish which claimed him to one of the lucky losers spots for the semis. Back home, the athletes who weren’t racing were watching the livestream together; I truly believe that the athletes watching it at home were louder and screaming at the TV more than the people at the actual venue.
On Monday the 21st, both the U23 males and females raced the same classic sprint as the juniors. The US team qualified 4 athletes into the quarter finals: Hannah, Hailey, Julia and Peter. During the heats, all the athletes looked strong on this unforgiving course. Unfortunately, the US had some heartbreaking crashes but nevertheless, the athlete’s heats were tight to the end.
All in all, the US is off to a strong start in both the junior and U23 divisions. We encourage everyone to keep up with the livestream and stay in tuned with the next races coming up!
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