The Final Race: The Relay! From Hannah Halvorsen

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Hannah Halvorsen skis for Sugar Bowl Academy in Truckee, CA and is a D-Team athlete on the U.S. Ski Team. Most recently, Hannah was a member of the Bronze Medal-winning relay team at the World Junior Championships in Midway, UT.

2017 USANA FIS Nordic Junior World Championships – women’s 4×3.3k relay (U.S. Ski Team – Tom Kelly)

After a strong week of racing, the U.S. finished World Juniors with the relay: 4x5k for the boys and 4×3.3k for the girls. This year at Soldier Hollow, the US had some of their best-ever individual race results, so it was pretty cool to have a best-ever team result as well! The US women: Swirbul, Kern, Halvorsen, and Ogden, finished third, which is the first podium for the U.S. in this event. The U.S. men: Harmeyer, Husain, Gebhardt, and Wonders, finished 9th.

2017 USANA FIS Nordic Junior World Championships – women’s 4×3.3k relay (U.S. Ski Team – Tom Kelly)

As Rosie Brennan wrote, “the future is bright!” and the US is excited to take that energy forwards. Both the men and women wore the team relay socks; a tradition passed down from the World Cup. Between the men and women, the US had multiple top 15 finishes in every race and it was clear that skiers from the United States are skiing at a level competitive with the rest of the top skiing nations.

Hunter Wonders – 2017 USANA FIS Nordic Junior World Championships – men’s 4x5k relay (U.S. Ski Team – Tom Kelly)

It was an amazing opportunity for US skiing to have World Juniors on home snow. Home fans had the chance to see the United States not only racing with the best in the world but being a force to reckon with.

The Junior World Championship 3rd place relay team with U.S. World Cup athlete Rosie Brennan, photo: Rosie Brennan

The United States having a team podium says a lot about the development of U.S. skiing. Not only can we produce a skier fast enough to medal in the skiathlon, but we can also produce a full team strong enough to earn a spot on the relay podium. This means the depth of our skiing is improving, and a lot of this credit goes to the support junior skiers are seeing. The training camps supported by NNF work with skiers of many different levels, and are a huge part of providing the key steps to help a great athlete become a great skier. The U.S. skiers have a long list of people to thank for getting them to the start line prepared to race so fast. A huge thanks to friends, family, coaches, race volunteers, wax techs, and everyone else who played a part!

Photo: Justin Beckwith

 

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