Greetings NENSA Community!

What a fun, busy and exciting week it as been for Cross Country skiing - here in New England with our U16 Championships, Skiathlons and Flying Moose, out in Utah at Junior Nationals, in Colorado at NCAA's, in Norway at the Holmenkollen and in PyeongChang with the Paralympics. WOW!

See box below for the full write ups on all the action at Gore Mountain last weekend at NENSA's U16 Championships, including a first ever ski-cross sprint race for NENSA. It was well received and we look forward to including this new format into our racing schedule next season and beyond!

The final two days of Junior National racing wrapped up last Friday with the freestyle distance races, and on Saturday with the team relays. See box below for links to recaps, photos and results of these races.

The New England JN Team added to their National Title wins with Will Koch (SMS) winning both of those two final races for the U16 males, making it a sweep of the GOLD medals for Will for all four races at Junior Nationals - Congrats to Will on this impressive accomplishment! Ben Ogden (SMS) won silver in the distance race on Friday and his U18 mens relay team won Gold on Saturday. New England had 10 athletes in the top 12 on Friday making them all All Americans . New England also had 6 podiums, and 9 teams in the top 5 for medals, in the team relays on Saturday. These included 3 Gold medals, from the U16 men, U18 men, and U20 women, as well as a silver from the U20 men and a bronze by the second U16 mens team.

Saturday night was also a big night for team New England with several big awards going to our athletes. See box below for the Alaska Cup win and Ben Ogden's Dave Quinn Award as well as SMS being awarded the top Male Club Champions for Junior Nationals.

New England also had some really impressive results at NCAA's out in Steamboat Springs CO this past week. Katherine Ogden (Dartmouth College) WON BOTH the Woman's 5k classic and 15k freestyle races! WOW! Link to full NCAA results HERE .

Championship March continues with Eastern High School Championships at Black Mountain in Rumford ME this weekend, March 16th-18th, and, the US Ski & Snowboard Supertour Finals will wrap up in Craftsbury the week of March 23-28.

This weekend also brings the Quarry Road Marathon, the Lake Placid Loppet, as well as the FIS World Cup Finals (see below for full schedule and how to watch!). Be sure to check out our Calendar of Events below ~ lots more winter fun still to come (Craftsbury Spring Fling or NE Club Relays anyone?), especially with all the more snow that has just hit New England ~ enjoy!

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
BEN OGDEN AWARDED THE DAVE QUINN AWARD | WILL KOCH ’S U16 GOLD MEDALS SWEEP | SMS MALE CLUB CHAMPIONS | THE ALASKA CUP RETURNS TO NEW ENGLAND
Four wonderful things happened for Team New England and its athletes, as the US Ski & Snowboard Cross Country Junior Nationals wrapped up on Saturday March 11th in Midway Utah. Read full story HERE .
Marin Coletta (Colby College) skiing in the 10k freestyle mass start race Friday to an impressive 6th place finish (Gary Solow photo)
Junior Nationals Freestyle Distance & Team Relay Races Recaps, Results and Photos ~
Click HERE for Friday's freestyle mass start races RECAP, and links to RESULTS and PHOTOS .

Click HERE for Saturday's team relay races RECAP, and links to RESULTS and PHOTOS.
The Craftsbury Green Racing Project (GRP) is now accepting applications for the 2018-19 training year. GRP is looking for fast skiers who wish to pursue their competition goals after college in either skiing or biathlon, as well as U23 athletes looking for a great summer training opportunity (find more about that program) . Applications for all programs (year round or summer) are due March 30 and decisions will be announced mid-April.
 
We’re excited to have had six current and former GRP skiers and biathletes at the 2018 Peyongchang Olympics, even more GRP representation at World Cups, IBU Cups, and numerous national podiums. We look forward to welcoming another crop of athletes for Winter 2019. More info HERE
NENSA's U16 Championship Recaps:
Click HERE for U16 CHAMPIONSHIPS DAY 1-INDIVIDUAL SKATE RACE!

Click HERE for DAY 2 – CLASSIC INDIVIDUAL AND CROSS COUNTRY CROSS RACES!

Click HERE for U16 CHAMPIONSHIPS- TEAM RELAYS!
NENSA Masters Final Race Weekend Coming up with Year-End Awards and a Masters Party at Craftsbury Sunday 3/25!
Drop by the NENSA Rankings Page for current Age Group and Overall standings. Don't forget there is one more Zak Cup - Spring Fling, and two more Club Events - Spring Fling and the NE Club Relay Championships!!  Sign up on SkiReg.com and look forward to a special surprise end of the year gathering / Master's Awards after the NE Relays on Sunday 3/25 at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center. STAY TUNED!
Jessie Diggins is Second in the Holmenkollen!
Olympic champion Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) gained another level of global respect Sunday. Diggins commanded a spot in the lead group from start to finish in the Holmenkollen 30k freestyle race in Oslo, Norway to finish second behind Norwegian superstar Marit Bjoergen. It was the first time an American woman had taken a podium spot in a World Cup 30k race.
Read full story HERE .
Upcoming Events
A Look Ahead at the NENSA Calendar
Upcoming Events:
March 17 Lake Placid Loppet
March 21 Fast & Female Champ Chat , Craftsbury VT
March 25 New England Club Relay Championship s , Craftsbury VT
March 25 NENSA Masters Year-End Awards and Party, Craftsbury VT
Full NENSA.net Calendar Listing HERE
Other Fun Items in the News and on Blogs this Week:
  • Click HERE for Jessie Diggins Blog Looking back on the Games

  • Click HERE for NBC Nightly News video piece on Paralympian Dan Cnossen and is GOLD and Silver medal wins this week in Biathlon and cross country skiing!

  • Click HERE to read Julia Kern's Blog Blank Slate on the OPA Cups and her racing travels in Germany, France and now Spain

  • Click HERE to watch OK! Magazine interview with Jessie Diggins and Red Gerard on winning Olympic Gold and their winter games experience.

  • FIS Cross Country World Cup Finals ~ Schedule and How to Watch:
The World Cup tour journeys to Sweden for the Finals in Falun March 16-18. The schedule is very U.S.-centric with an opening freestyle sprint on Friday, a 15k/10k classic mass start on Saturday and a 15k/10k freestyle pursuit Sunday to close the season. Diggins (Afton, Minn.) is third in the overall and distance World Cup standings, while Sophie Caldwell (Peru, Vt.) is third in the sprint standings.
March 16
7:15 a.m. - Men and women’s sprint, Falun -  OlympicChannel.com
2:00 p.m. - Men and women’s sprint, Falun - Olympic Channel TV - Same Day Broadcast
March 17
6:30 a.m. - Women’s 10k mass start, Falun -  OlympicChannel.com
9:30 a.m. - Men’s 15k mass start, Falun -  OlympicChannel.com
4:00 p.m. - Women’s 10k mass start, Falun - Olympic Channel TV - Same Day Broadcast
March 18
6:30 a.m. - Women’s 10k pursuit, Falun -  OlympicChannel.com
9:15 a.m. - Men’s 15k pursuit, Falun -  OlympicChannel.com
4:00 p.m. - Women’s 10k pursuit, Falun - Olympic Channel TV - Same Day Broadcast
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