Team News (Blog) From Europe – Updated with Team Emails
This article will be like a blog of all the email updates sent from the team in Europe. Check often to keep up to date with their progress. The team is in Europe for races in Slovenia followed by World Championships in Austria and then a few racers will go on to Spain to race before returning home.
What a day. We woke up to about 4 inches of new beautiful snow. Cold gray skies. Until race time when the sun shined through and turned into a beautiful morning of sushine and sprint classic racing. The hill was very hard snow and a simple course set.
We all had a pretty good day. Ken and Ben battled it out with Ben prevailing finishing in the 40’s Jeffrey skied strong and rounded out near 50th position. Peter skied smooth making a few small mistakes and ending up somewhere around 30. Drew also skied well finishing 25th. I finally had a good two runs arriving at the finish for a 10th place. I will take it.
The girls also skied well. Lorin 6th overall. Kelsey 8th. Erika stuggled but finished near 25th.
The big news is Drew Hauser is the Overall Junior World Telemark Champioin. Lorin Paley won the Sprint for the Juniors and ended up 2nd in the Overall. It was pretty exciting to hear our national anthem. The first time I have heard it at a telemark world cup.
Anyways we are getting ready to come home. Talk with you all soon.
The Telemark World Championships concluded today with the US Junior team taking home another gold medal as Lorin Paley of Steamboat Springs won today’s Sprint Classic. It was Lorin’s second gold of the event as she finished in second place in the overall competition.
Drew Hauser of Silverthorne, CO won the overall junior championship withstanding the tough competition from the Slovenian and Danish competitors. “The competition was steep this year and I was glad I was able to pull it off” said an elated Hauser after finishing the race today.
Hey we all had a good rest day today. Plenty of sleep and relaxation. We did get to ski the only bluebird day we have had. Great view of the highest peak in Austria. I forget its name. We also got buzzed by a helicopter picking up an injured skier. They don’t mess around here. If you’re hurt bad it’s a helicopter in no time.
Tomorrow is our last day of racing. Sprint Classic. Its going to be a good day. I will report tomorrow.
Well the classic race went off pretty good. Except for the Austrian stern gate keeping. Plenty of penalties. I got 3 gate and 3 jump. I had a good run. My gate skiing was good I jumped short of the long line felt clean through all of my turns. The skate was good I just broke down a little bit for last difficult climb. I think 14th place. I feel okay with my placing.
Lorin Paley won the Junior World Championship!!!!! Drew Hauser got third in the junior men. Jeffrey Gay 10th place in the Junior World Championship. Erika made it down safe and sound but found out just how difficult the judges could be 10 penalties in the gates. We are all learning alot especially about penalties and jumping. Ken Recker was 50th position. Ben skied well but also recieved plenty of penalties somewhere in the 40’s. Sorry I lost my result sheet.
One more day of racing on Saturday. Sprint Classic. They have been showing the races on the internet at massive-mag.tv. I am not sure what time they will show it but it has been in the late evening for our american viewers.
The queen event of the Telemark World Championships took place today with the classic race. The overcast and rainy conditions moved out before the start of today’s race and made for pleasant conditions on the piste. The USA juniors once again proved to the world that the future looks good for the team. Lorin Paley of Steamboat Springs, CO took the gold today with a great performance with victory over Maren Haugstuen of Norway in the ladies juniors.
Drew Hauser of Silverthorne, CO brought home his second medal of the championship, this time a bronze. It was touch and go for Hauser as he lost 8 seconds on the skate to the finish, having a hard time getting over a little rise in the men’s course that was excluded from the women’s event. Hauser is still in the drivers seat for the overall championship to be settled with Saturday’s Sprint Classic, however the margin for error is slim as the winner is determined by total time from the 3 events.
Kelsey Schmid-Sommer of Whitefish, MT took 8th and Shane Anderson skiing out of Steamboat Springs, CO finished in 14th place in the overall classification.
The Telemark FIS World Championships 2009 got underway in Kreischberg-Murau (AUT) today Wednesday 21st January with the Telemark giant slalom races. In good snow yet somewhat changing light conditions the Norwegian Eirik Rykhus was able to defend his 2007 over last season’s dominator Borge Sovik. Frenchman Chris Lau claimed the bronze medal.
In the ladies’ competition the Swiss celebrated a double victory as Amelie Reymond collected the title ahead of teammate Sandrine Meyer while Sigrid Rykhus won the bronze. The championship competitions will continue with the Telemark classic events on Thursday and the classic sprint competitions on Saturday 24th January.
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Hi yall from Telemark World Championships.
Well the weather was better then what they were calling for but still not great. Partly rainy and rolling fog clouds made the conditions difficult. But it’s only GS and what the heck. First run was a little disappointing for all with many penalties handed out by gate judges for style. I got 6 penalties? Only one french man had 0 penalties. Second run was no easier but we managed to make it all down in one piece.
Anyways the good news is Drew Hauser is the Junior World Champion in GS Telemark!!! He skied very well and arrived on top of the podium. Jeffrey Gay also climbed upon the podium today with a third place in the Juniors! He skied really well. Making better cleaner turns every run. I think Jeffrey had less penalties then I did!
Official results come out later. So we will let you know how the rest of us mortals did in the race.
United States Telemark Ski Team members took first and third place in the men’s Junior World Championship Giant Slalom today in Kreischberg, Austria.
Drew Hauser of Silverthorne, CO took the gold and Jeffrey Gay of Steamboat Springs nabbed the bronze. Conditions were difficult as clouds rolled in out all day bringing rain and tough lighting to see the jump. Lorin Paley of Steamboat Springs took 4th in the women’s classifications.
Full results coming soon.