Greetings NENSA Community!

Help NENSA earn an extra $15,000!!! Starting today through December 31, any donation you make to NENSA will be matched 1:1 up to $15,000!  NENSA has been given this incredible opportunity from a very generous donor, for this matching gift for a “Sprint to the Finish” Year End Fund Drive. Your gift today, in any amount, will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $15k. As you think about year end giving, please consider NENSA, and give as generously as you can.

As an added incentive to give:
  • Anyone who donates $1000 or more, to this year end matching fund drive, will be automatically entered into a raffle for either a brand new pair of Salomon S-LAB skate BLUE skis (weight range 143-176 lbs.) value $800. or, a two-day Orvis fly fishing lesson in Manchester VT, value $978.

  • Anyone who donates $500 or more, will automatically be entered into a raffle for a pair of Rossignol Air Force WCS Pole Kit 160cm (can be cut down), value of $345.

Click HERE to donate today and have your gift DOUBLED!

There is just one week left to register for the Eastern Cup Opener at Craftsbury ~ register now, and check that task off your to do list! Registration is on SkiReg.com, and online registration closes on Weds. 12/19 at 5pm.

NENSA is thrilled to announce our 2018 Elite & Devo Teams and honor them with special team SKIDA headbands. Be sure to read the full story below of this growing number of very talented New England NENSA athletes.

Check out all the NENSA NEWS from the Field in the boxes below, as well as our events calendar at the bottom of this eNewletter, and, our snazzy new Citizen Races and Eastern Cup Posters. Click on the posters for a link to print them for your club, venue, wax room or refrigerator!

Best,
Amie

Amie W. Smith
Executive Director
New England Nordic Ski Association
Amie@nensa.net

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NENSA News from the Field
Highlights and Notes from NENSA and the Nordic World
SKIDA AND NENSA HONOR 2018-2019 ELITE AND DEVELOPMENT TEAMS
NENSA and Skida Headwear proudly recognize the 2018-2019 Elite and Development teams as we enter into this winter’s race season. The athletes named to these teams were leaders for their clubs and teams in Eastern Cup, Junior National, NCAA, U23/World Junior Championship, World Cup and Olympic competitions last winter. The size of each years team is a sign of strength of our region as skiers need to reach a certain level of national and international success to qualify. This year we honor a record number of athletes with 39 Development and 36 Elite team members.

The program aims to support and facilitate development of top athletes toward the goal of international excellence. In addition to recognition for accomplishments, this program provides incentives for athletes to seek high levels of competition, and to encourage athletes to think in terms of long-range development. Information on qualifying criteria and team benefits can be accessed here: Development / Elite.

In the summer of 2018 NENSA created a series of roller ski competitions which added to camp opportunities, as a way to get our top athletes together more often. Elite athletes were offered free entry in these events to bolster the competition field and offer inspiration to our entire New England skiing community. Many of our Elite and Development athletes took advantage of these opportunities and strengthened the bond of these exceptional skiers across age groups.

Skida has supported this program since 2010 with fashionable and sought after headbands. Skida was founded by Vermont cross country skier, Corinne Prevot, while she was competing for Burke Mountain Academy and Middlebury College. Her attractive designs and innovative business has developed her company into an industry leader and we are so proud to pair her companies success with our athletes.

Congratulations to all of the athletes — we look forward to seeing what you accomplish this winter!

Special SkiTrax Olympic Edition Offer from SkiTrax for our NENSA Members
SkiTrax is offering Nensa members the digital format of SkiTrax Olympics 2018 issue free with the purchase of a SkiTrax subscription through NENSA by clicking the Special Offer link here: http://skitrax.com/nensa

This special Olympic issue is amazing ~ not only for the Olympic Coverage from PyeongChang, but also great stories on all the retiring USST and USBA team athletes this past year.
SUPERTOUR RECAP: Newell & Kern Top Sprint Podiums and Lustgarten and Frankowski Win 10k/15k Freestyle Distance Races
West Yellowstone's Super Tour Women's Sprint Podium, including the winner, New England own Julia Kern
(U.S. Ski & Snowboard - Bryan Fish)
The Super Tour, the preeminent six-event North American race series kicked off its first race weekend on Dec. 2-3 at the Rendezvous Ski Trails in West Yellowstone, Mont.

Saturday, Dec. 1 – Sprint freestyle
On Saturday, Andy Newell (Shaftsbury, Vt.) and U.S. Ski Team Member Julia Kern (Waltham, Mass.) each won the qualifier and the A Final. Both skied with power and confidence from the qualification straight through to win their respective A Finals.

On the men’s side, a strong combination of juniors including Noel Keeffe (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) and Luke Jager (Anchorage, Alaska) mixed it up with the seasoned veterans such as Newell and Ben Lustgarten (Craftsbury, Vt.). Six junior boys made it into the top 30.

For the women, it was encouraging to see the strength of the U23 field in the women’s race with Kern and Hannah Halvorsen (Truckee, Calif.) finishing first and third respectively, as well as Hailey Swirbul (Anchorage, Alaska) and Leah Lange (Park City, Utah) finishing in the top 10.
Men's Sprint Podium of Ben Lutsgarten, Andy Newell and Ricardo Izquierdo-Bernier (U.S. Ski & Snowboard - Bryan Fish)
Sunday, Dec 2 – Women’s 10k freestyle/men’s 15k freestyle
On Sunday, the course conditions were firm and quite slow, making the ski conditions a physically demanding test. Veteran favorites Lustgarten and Rosie Frankowski (Minneapolis, Minn.) showed their early season fitness each taking the lead from the first couple kilometers and never relinquishing their leads.

Frankowski displayed dominance winning the 10k women’s freestyle race by more than 45 seconds over University of Utah’s Guro Jordheim. Kyle Bratrud (Eden Praire, Minn.) surged in the second half of the men's 15k race to closing to 6.5 seconds at 12k and ending only 3 seconds back of Lustgarten.

Race winner, Frankowski started 60 seconds behind Sydney Palmer-Leger (Park City, Utah) and caught her within the first lap. The gritty Palmer-Leger held onto Rosie for more than a full lap skiing her way to fifth overall. Sydney’s Sun Valley teammate Johnny Hagenbuch (Sun Valley, Idaho) was the top junior male, also finishing fifth overall.

Special thanks to the Yellowstone Ski Festival for a well-orchestrated event. It was exciting to see CXC in action live streaming the races. The opportunity to expose and engage the cross country community by providing them the opportunity to watch the best domestic cross country racers is incredible.

RESULTS
WORLD CUP UPDATE:
Diggins Eighth in Beitostolen 15k &
U.S. Women Fifth In Beitostolen Relay
Jessie Diggins Finishing the Grueling Beitostolen 15k
(Getty Images/NTB Scanpix/AFP - Terje Pedersen)
Jessie Diggins (Afton, Minn.) capitalized on a tough day of racing to end with an eighth-place finish in the FIS Cross Country World Cup 15k freestyle Saturday in Beitostolen, Norway. Diggins led a strong performance by the U.S women with Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, Wash.) in 13th and Rosie Brennan (Park City, Utah) 15th.

Norway’s Therese Johaug hammered the field to win by more than a minute ahead of Sweden’s Charlotte Kalla in second, followed Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg in third.

Beitrostolen is considered one of the easier courses on the World Cup circuit, but with the falling snow and gradual terrain, there wasn’t much opportunity to rest. 

“I feel really good about today as it was a positive step in the right direction,” Diggins said. “After racing with a cold last weekend in Lillehammer it was really nice to be feeling more like myself this week. My body felt like it was responding much better when I kept pushing the limits, which is a good sign! It was a good fight out there today and I’m happy with where my shape is headed.” Read full story HERE.
U.S. Women's relay team for Sunday's FIS Cross Country World Cup in Norway. (Instagram - @sbjornsen)
Sporting some fresh faces, the women’s U.S. Cross Country Team skied away with a fifth-place finish in the first FIS Cross Country World Cup 4x5k classic/freestyle team relay of the season in Beitostolen, Norway, Sunday.

Always dominant in the relay event, Team Norway 1 took the victory ahead of Team Russia 2 in second, followed by Team Finland 1 in third.

With recent retirements, the U.S. women’s relay team started the season with some new members and a new dynamic with Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, Wa.), Rosie Brennan (Park City, Ut.) skiing the classic legs, and Caitlin Patterson (Craftsbury, Vt.) and Jessie Diggins (Afton, Minn.) skiing the freestyle portion. It was a unique course with a whole lot of drafting, and not too many climbs to break things up, which made it particularly challenging. 

“My strategy in leg one was to stay near the front and use the few working sections to try to make a gap,” said leadoff skier Bjornsen. “I could feel right away on the first lap that the draft was pretty huge, so I tried to stay near the front and get ready to pounce when I found a good place.”

“I was really happy with today and so, so proud of my team today,” said Diggins. “We went out there and skied our hardest, and for me, it was a really interesting mix of hammering and playing it smart with tactical decisions. I went out sprinting trying to close some of the gap to the group ahead of us, but it’s a pretty flat course and really hard to drop people who are drafting you. One-third of the way into the anchor leg, I switched my strategy and let the other two girls in my pack lead, conserving energy and planning to make my move with about 1k to the finish.” Click HERE for full story.
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SafeSport Program

NENSA has always urged ALL New England coaches, parent volunteers, venue volunteers and anyone working with youth to take the SafeSport on-line course and get certified. NENSA has been requiring this of all our staff and volunteer coaches and wax techs at JN's and REG Camps for several years now. So please take time this fall to be sure all your club volunteers and coaches are SafeSport certified. Do it today.
Renew  your NENSA Membership today, and THANK YOU!

June 1st officially starts our new membership year. Take pride in joining the New England Nordic community with your NENSA membership and in knowing your dues are coming right back to you in the form of NENSA programming and our ongoing support of venues, clubs, athletes and coaches across the region. 

There are more reasons than ever to re-new your NENSA Membership! We now have  NENSA Members Only Benefits & Offers  on our website ~ Check back often as we will be adding more from our wonderful sponsors as the season progresses! Go to our "NENSA Members Only Benefits and Offers" tab, under Membership, on NENSA.net to see the latest offers!

Questions about renewing your membership?? Email  preston@nensa.net  or call (207-688-6503) Preston in our NENSA office - he is there to help you! 

Upcoming Events
A Look Ahead at the NENSA Calendar
Upcoming Events:
December 15-16 Craftsbury Sprint Openers
January 13 The Stowe Derby
February 10 Flying Moose Classic

Full NENSA.net Calendar Listing HERE
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