Greetings NENSA Community!

I am out in Soldier Hollow Utah with the New England Junior National team. This is my fifth year as the Trip Leader for this event, and it is something I really love doing. There is something wonderful about athletes and coaches, from clubs and teams all over New England, coming together and working on this national trip. I am always so impressed with the kids, coaches and wax techs, and even though it is a lot of work, including trying to fly the team out of the first Nor'easter when leaving last weekend, I would not trade it for anything.

We have had two days of racing thus far, and two more still to come. See box below for links to recaps, photos and results of the interval Classic distance race day held on Tuesday, and the freestyle Sprint race day held Wednesday. So far, Team New England has won 4 national titles - two back to back first place wins by Will Koch (U16, SMS) in the classic distance race AND the sprint race; one by Ben Ogden (U18, SMS) in the classic distance race; and one by James Kitch (U18, CSU juniors) in the sprint race, and 7 podiums overall thus far. Twenty four of our NE athletes, so far, have also earned All American by placing in the top 10 of their age class races. JN racing resumes tomorrow, Friday March 9th with the mass start freestyle races, and concludes on Saturday with the 3x3 classic team relays. You can watch all the active live on live streaming and live timing HERE . Action starts each day at 9am MT.

Championship March is just getting started ~ beside JN's happening this week in Utah and NCAA's in Colorado, NENSA's U16 Championships will be getting underway this weekend at Gore Mountain in NY March 9th -11th, Eastern High School Championships will be at Black Mountain in Rumford ME the weekend of March 16th-18th, and, the US Ski & Snowboard Supertour Finals will wrap up in Craftsbury the week of March 23-28.

This weekend bring the Flying Moose Classic on Saturday March 10th and the Mansfield Nordic Skiathlon on Sunday March 11th. The Ski Orientiering World Masters and World Cup Finals is also going on right now in Craftsbury March 5-10. Be sure to check out our Calendar of Events below ~ lots more winter fun still to come, especially with all the new 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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Top photo: Will Koch, SMS, on the podium for his win in the Classic race Tuesday. Bottom photo: James Kitch, CSU, and Ben Ogden, SMS, take first and second in the U18 mens freestyle Sprint on Wednesday.
Junior Nationals Day One and Day Two Recaps, Results and Photos ~
Yes, there is a lot of great racing going on, but trips like this include lots of team bonding and fun too, like the U16 girls scoring an "old" US Ski Team uniform at the local thrift shop for 50 cents! Only in Park City!

Click HERE for Day One Classic interval start recap, and links to results and PHOTOS.

Click HERE for Day Two freestyle SPRINT day recap, and links to results.

JN racing resumes tomorrow, Friday March 9th with the mass start freestyle races, and concludes on Saturday with the 3x3 team relays. You can watch all the active live on live streaming and live timing HERE. Action starts each day at 9am MT.

After two days of racing, team New England holds a very narrow 6 point lead in the Alaska Cup standings, over Rocky Mountain. It's gonna be a tight race for that Cup this year!
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
First Classic Sprint Podium For Diggins
Olympic champion Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) returned to the FIS World Cup tour Wednesday, finishing third in a grueling city sprint in Drammen, Norway. It was her first ever podium in a classic sprint. Diggins remained third in the overall World Cup standings and moved up to fifth in the sprint standings. Norway swept titles with Johannes Klæbo and Maikken Kaspersen Falla taking wins. Read full story HERE .
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