Soldier Hollow hosts Paralympic Nationals
January 9, 2015
On Jan. 4 and 5, Soldier Hollow Resort again played host to the U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing Nationals & NorAm, with Monday featuring a short distance cross-country competition. The event was run with an international field of sit skiers and standing skiers on course at the same time, which made for an exciting competition. The course was very fast with impeccable grooming setting up a really fun and fast race.
Winning the U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing Nationals for the second time in two days was Dan Cnossen (Team Semper Fi) over teammates Andy Soule (Army) in second and Aaron Pike (CXC) in third.
Sini Pyy of Team Finland was the fastest woman sit skier on the course again Monday, distancing herself from newcomer Jataya Taylor (NSCD) who was able to race after a tough crash took her out of Sunday’s sprint. Sini is here doing her final preparations for the World Championships set for Cable, Wisconsin, Jan. 23-Feb. 1. Unfortunately, the bad luck continued to deplete the women’s sit ski field with local skier Brittany Fisher of the University of Utah TRAILS program crashing off the course early in the race. While the crash was dramatic, at last report she was doing fine and resolved to get back into her sit ski ASAP to race again.
The Standing class IPC NorAm competition was well contested again, this time in a freestyle (skating) competition, but the Canadian athletes once again climbed to the top of the podium. Emily Weekes took the women’s race and Andy Lin took the victories over Kevin Butler (NENSA) and Jason Naval (Canada) in the men’s race.
Full results can be found at http://www.teamusa.org/US-Paralympics/Sports/Nordic-Skiing/Events .
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