Greetings NENSA Community!

NENSA is hiring! We are looking for our next Youth & Introductory Program Director. See box below for more information on this position and link to the full job description on NENSA.net.

The excitement in cross country skiing just keeps getting better, and this past week has been no exception! Sophie Caldwell, of Peru VT, finished third overall on the World Cup Sprints this season! A HUGE congrats to Sophie, and to Jessie Diggins who finished second overall on the World Cup distance standings this season! See boxes below for full write ups, photos and a VIDEO of the 10k pursuit race.

The Paralympics concluded this past week, and cross country skier and biathlete Dan Cnossen leaves PyeongChang as the most decorated male U.S. athlete with six medals, including a gold medal in the sitting biathlon 7.5-kilometer. WOW ~ congrats Dan!

See box below for the full write ups and links to photos on all the action at Eastern High School Championships this past weekend at Black Mountain in Rumford ME. Congratulations go out to Team Vermont for being the overall EHS Team again this year and winner of the Graham Taylor Cup!

Championship March continues with the US Ski & Snowboard Supertour Finals starting this Friday up in Craftsbury, and racing happening each day through next Wednesday (Monday is off). Click HERE for the full schedule of races and events at Craftsbury, both on and off the snow! Click HERE for the link to watch the ST finals LIVE.

Saturday and Sunday are the last Zak Cup and Club Championship races this season, also at Craftsbury, with the Spring Fling 12.5/25k mass start freestyle race on Saturday, and the Team Relay Races on Sunday. You do not want to miss this fun ~ with team names like "208 is the new 150", "Tripping on Lactic Acid", "Fluorinated Bacon" and "Mansfield Ice Agers" you know it gonna be all out team sprint for that Club Championship Award!

And, if that was not enough fun already, NENSA is hosting a Masters Awards Party right after the Team Relays on Sunday, with prizes for our overall Zak Cup Winners, Marathon Challenger Hat Awards, and more, including Zero Gravity beer, Cabot Cheese, and a fundraiser BBQ by the Craftsbury juniors and their families - with the BEST names ever for their menu of food offerings!

Be sure to check out our Calendar of Events below ~ lots more winter fun still to come this coming week and weekend! I am looking forward to being a part of the Team Relays on Sunday sporting some brand new lucky relay socks! #goteamfluorinatedbacon!

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
NENSA IS HIRING OUR NEXT YOUTH & INTRODUCTORY PROGRAM DIRECTOR!
The New England Nordic Ski Association (NENSA) seeks to find a dynamic, outgoing individual to be our new Youth & Introductory Program Director. This individual will be responsible for NENSA’s Bill Koch Youth Ski League programming, including the New England Bill Koch League Festival, Nordic Rocks for Schools programming, Bill Koch League coach and parent trainings, the U16 and Eastern High School Championship events, and the New England Women’s XC Ski Day. This person should be familiar with NENSA programing, and the New England Nordic ski scene. If interested, please read more HERE
Sophie Caldwell Third Overall in World Cup Sprints This Season!
Sophie Caldwell (Peru, VT) became only the second American to finish on the podium in the season-long World Cup sprint standings, finishing third overall after a sixth-place finish in season's final sprint in Falun, Sweden, Friday.

“Two years ago I set a two-year goal of being in the top three in the sprint World Cup,” said Caldwell. “At the time, I wasn’t sure I wanted to set a goal that big. But it’s really a dream come true to accomplish it. I’m so proud to be a part of this team where on any given day there could be a handful of people on the podium and to have a staff that works so incredibly hard for us.”  Full story HERE .
Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) and Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) wrapped up the FIS Cross Country World Cup in sensational style, landing second and third in the women’s 10k freestyle pursuit finale in Falun, Sweden. The finish moved Diggins into the second spot in the season-long World Cup overall standings - a mere 40 points behind winner Heidi Weng of Norway. Full story HERE (including a great VIDEO of the 10k freestyle pursuit race!)
Eastern High School Championships ~
Full Write-ups with Photos and Results:
DAY One: INDIVIDUAL 5 KM FREESTYLE Recap HERE

DAY Two: 7.5 KM CLASSIC & 1.2 KM FREESTYLE SPRINT Recap HERE

RELAY Day Recap HERE

Photo Left: Graham Taylor, team leader for Massachusetts and the namesake of the Eastern High School Championship Graham Taylor Cup ~ awarded each year to the top overall EHS Team ~ this year it goes to Vermont! With Graham is Adam Terko, Head Coach of Team VT this year.
Team USA Celebrates Historic Performances As Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 Conclude
As the Paralympic Winter Games came to a close on Sunday, Team USA was standing atop the overall medal count for the first time since 2002.

This year’s team of 74 athletes won 36 medals – its most since winning 43 in 2002. Dan Cnossen leaves PyeongChang as the most decorated male U.S. athlete with six medals, including a gold medal in the sitting biathlon 7.5-kilometer.

Oksana Masters, who carried the flag for Team USA in the Closing Ceremony, led the women with five medals, including gold medals in the sitting cross-country sprint and sitting cross-country 5-kilometer. Read more HERE .
NENSA Masters Final Race Weekend Coming up with Year-End Awards and a MASTERS PARTY at Craftsbury Sunday!
Drop by the NENSA Rankings Page for current Age Group and Overall standings. There is one more Zak Cup, the Spring Fling, this Saturday and the NE Club Relay Championships on Sunday! Sign up on SkiReg.com and look forward to a special end of the year gathering / Master's Awards after the NE Relays on Sunday 3/25 at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center. Hope to see you there!!
Upcoming Events
A Look Ahead at the NENSA Calendar
Upcoming Events:
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 past week
(in case you missed these last 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.
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 year ~ "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! This year we have added 5 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! 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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