Happy Blue Moon NENSA Community!

The past week has been packed with so many fun events and historic accomplishments
(although I am not referring to my first ever Craftsbury Marathon - or my two finishes that day, yes, two ).

Our US Olympic Cross Country Ski Team was named last Friday - it includes 11 women and 9 men, and of those, half are on our NENSA Elite or Devo Teams! We can't wait for the games to begin! #9daystoPyeongChang

This past weekend included the 37th Annual Craftsbury Marathon, a Supertour, NENSA's Woman's Day, and TWO back-to-back WC FIRST place podium finishes by Sophie Caldwell and Jessie Diggins. See boxes below for reports, photos, and results.

This weekend brings the Stowe Eastern Cup/UVM Carnival, and a Zak Cup race! Due to low snow in the stadium and fields at Trapp Outdoor Center, these three days of racing have been moved to the Craftsbury Outdoor Center. Please go to the Virtual Team Captain's Meeting (VTCM) page on NENSA.net for all the latest updates and changes for this coming event.

There are always so many great events going on this time of the year - be sure to check out our full calendar listing below, and get out and join in the winter fun! How about a Marathon, a BKL Kids Fest, a BKL classic relay, a BKL sweetheart race, or the NH qualifer race for U16/EHS Championships? I hope to see you out on a snowy trail soon!


Amie W. Smith
Executive Director
New England Nordic Ski Association

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NENSA News from the Field
Highlights and Notes from NENSA and the Nordic World
Olympic Cross Country Team Named!



Sadie Bjornsen, Winthrop, Wash. (11/21/1989) *
Rosie Brennan, Park City, Utah (12/02/1988)
Sophie Caldwell, Peru, Vt. (3/22/1990) *
Jessie Diggins, Afton, Minn. (8/26/1991) *
Rosie Frankowski, Anchorage, Alaska (7/30/1991)
Anne Hart, Stillwater, Minn. (8/20/1992)**
Kaitlynn Miller, Craftsbury Common, Vt. (8/09/1991)
Caitlin Patterson, Anchorage, Alaska (1/30/1990)
Kikkan Randall, Anchorage, Alaska (12/31/1982) *
Ida Sargent, Orleans, VT (1/25/1988) *
Liz Stephen, East Montpelier, VT (1/12/1987) *

Erik Bjornsen, Winthrop, Wash. (7/14/1991) *
Patrick Caldwell, Lyme Center, N.H. (2/18/1994)**
Simi Hamilton, Aspen, Colo., (5/14/1987) *
Logan Hanneman, Fairbanks, Alaska (6/02/1993)
Reese Hanneman, Anchorage, Alaska (12/25/1989)
Noah Hoffman, Aspen, Colo. (8/01/1989) * **
Tyler Kornfield, Anchorage, Alaska (2/09/1991)**
Andy Newell, Shaftsbury, Vt. (11/30/1983) *
Scott Patterson, Anchorage, Alaska (1/28/1992)

* Competed in past Olympics
** Selected via Coach Discretion
RED = NENSA Elite Team members (Anne Hart = NENSA Devo Team)!
#goNewEngland #nensaeliteteam #nensadevoteam #oneteam
The 37th Craftsbury Marathon ~ held last Saturday January 27th
Your men's and women's podiums from the 37th Craftsbury Marathon Ski Festival presented by Fischer -
Men 48k:
1 - Nils Koons
2 - Andrew Johnson
3 - Pat O'Brien & Vincent Ruel (tie)

Women 48k:
1 - Hannah Dreissigacker
2 - Alyssa Bradley
3 - Kate Barton

Men 33k:
1 - Jacob Hamelin
2- Keelan Durham
3- Philip Lawson

Women 33k:
1- Sheila Kealey
2- Rebecca Smith
3 - Gretchen Tuff

Click HERE for links to full results for all races, including the 16k and BKL and more photos (photo credit Kris Dobie)
Woodstock, VT– It was a cool, clear morning yesterday for the start of NENSA’s 17th annual New England Women’s XC Ski Day hosted at the Woodstock Inn & Resort Nordic Center in Woodstock, Vermont. Some participants arrived early as the sun started to rise for the morning yoga class, taught by yoga teacher and ski instructor Donna Smyth.

After the yoga class, the Woodstock Inn & Resort Nordic Center staff were working hard to make sure the trails were groomed after a light rain overnight, while the ski industry reps arrived and started to set up.....link to full story HERE
Sophie Caldwell Wins Freestyle Sprint in Seefeld Austria
In an aggressive head-to-head battle, Sophie Caldwell (Peru, Vt.) put down some powerful skiing over three heats to tie for the win in the 2019 World Championship test event freestyle sprint in Seefeld, Austria. Swiss Laurien van der Graaf joined Caldwell for the win.

“I was not expecting to take the win and didn’t realize I had tied for first until 20 minutes after the race had ended,” said Caldwell. “Any day in the final is a good day, any day on the podium is a good day, so of course I’m thrilled with a win.”

Link to full story HERE
Diggins Gives USA Two-for-Two Win Weekend
Jessie Diggins (Afton, Minn.) skied a brilliant race on fast skis to give the USA a victory sweep of the weekend following Sophie Caldwell's (Peru, Vt.) win in Saturday's freestyle sprint. The 10k freestyle mass start was a test event for the 2019 World Championships in Seefeld, Austria. It was Diggins' first win of the season and set the stage for the team to head to PyeongChang next week for the Olympic Winter Games. 

Link to full story HERE
Supertour Classic Sprint Day Photos
Photos on the Craftsbury Blog from the Classic Sprint day of the Supertour last Friday 1/26/18 from Kris Dobie Here
Important ~ All NENSA Clubs and Coaches Need to Check This Out:

As of January 15, 2018, those wishing to access SafeSport materials must use the below access codes.  Please share widely with your club volunteers and coaches and encourage them to utilize these valuable resources. 

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Here's a Cool Community Event Coming up on February 1st ~
Thirsty Thursday: 
Vermonters Going For Olympic Gold

There will be a gathering tomorrow evening at the Vermont Ski & Snowboard Museum in Stowe VT, with Olympic insiders to take a look at Vermonters, and others, who'll be going for gold in PyeongChang at the XXIII Olympic Winter Games!  
Sports journalist Peggy Shinn, a contributor to the U.S. Olympic Committee and TeamUSA.org websites, will join us before she heads off to Korea to cover the Games. As a reporter covering all winter Olympic sports, except hockey and figure skating, she's on top of who's favored to win in all disciplines from ski slopestyle to bobsled. Shinn is the author of a new book "World Class", which covers the dramatic rise of the U.S. women's cross-country ski team, many of whom are Vermonters. She will be signing books after the event. 

Shinn will be joined by Trina Hosmer, a Nordic competitor in the 1972 Sapporo Winter Olympics, and a member of the first women's U.S. cross-country ski team. Hosmer is a Vermont Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame inductee and World Master's Champion. 

Ski Racing journalist and author, Bill McCollum will lead the discussion and share his up-to-date knowledge and experiences covering Olympic alpine ski racing. A Q&A session will follow.

Doors open at 6:00pm at the museum at  1 South Main St . in Stowe with the discussion beginning at 6:30 pm. Sponsors Collective Arts Brewing and Hetta will be serving $5 craft beers and Norwegian style glogg. A $10 entry at the door benefits the museum.
Upcoming Events
A Look Ahead at the NENSA Calendar
Upcoming Events:

February 24 The Bogburn Classic
February 25 Stowe Derby
Link to full month by month NENSA.net Calendar Listing HERE
Renew your NENSA Membership today, and THANK YOU!
Take pride in joining the New England Nordic community with your NENSA membership 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. 

NEW this fall ~ "upgrade" your membership to either a Contributing Member ($100) or a Lifetime Member ($500 single/$750 couple) and or partner sponsor Out There Nordic will send you either a $20 or a $75 gift certificate for your increased membership support to NENSA! It's a win-win, for you and for NENSA!

There are more reasons than ever to re-new your NENSA Membership! In the past few weeks we have added 4 new NENSA Members Only Benefits & Offers to our website ~ and the list is growing every week! Check back often as we will be adding a few more from our wonderful sponsors next week! Go to our "NENSA Members Only Benefits and Offers" tab, under Membership, on NENSA.net to see the latest offers!

Questions?? Email george@nensa.net or call ( 207-688-6503) George in our NENSA office - he is there to help you! 

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