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Seven USA skiers in Tour de Ski

Tour de Ski

Fri, Dec  28, 2012 - By US Ski Team

OBERHOF, Germany (Dec. 27) – Seven U.S. Cross Country Ski Team athletes are preparing for the start of the nine-day Tour de Ski with the opener set for this weekend in Oberhof. It is the strongest and deepest U.S. contingent ever in the grueling seven-stage race covering five venues in three countries. Veteran Kikkan Randall (Anchorage), who was tenth overall in last year’s Tour de Ski, leads a talented group of five veterans and two Tour newcomers: Noah Hoffman (Aspen, CO) and Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN), both coming off strong World Cup performances in Canada.

Tour de Ski xc ski race

 

Holly Brooks, Kikkan Randall and Liz Stephen smile after last year's Tour de Ski.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Seven U.S. Ski Team athletes will be on the starting line Saturday when the nine-day, seven-stage Tour de Ski opens in Oberhof, Germany
  • Kikkan Randall (Anchorage), who was tenth in last year’s Tour de Ski including a second in the sprint, leads the U.S. Ski Team in her third Tour appearance.
  • Liz Stephen (E. Montpelier, VT), who was an impressive eighth in the final hill climb last year, returns for a second tour.
  • Kris Freeman (Andover, NH), seventh in the hill climb finale two years ago, is back for a third tour.
  • Andy Newell (Shaftsbury, VT) will make his fourth tour visit, with three top-ten sprints to his credit.
  • Noah Hoffman (Aspen, CO) and Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) are making debut tour starts. Diggins combined with Randall for a World Cup team sprint win in Quebec City earlier this month while Hoffman recorded a career best top ten in a 30k skiathlon in Canmore.
  • The U.S. athletes spent a rainy Christmas in Oberhof, with conditions continuing to deteriorate. Army soldiers are helping organizers prepare the track for Saturday's Tour de Ski opening.
  • Universal Sports TV will provide daily coverage from the Tour de Ski with Steve Schlanger and Tom Steitz. UniversalSports.com will carry a live feed daily of each event followed by full coverage each evening at 7:00 p.m. EST. Universal Sports TV is available on DirecTV and Dish Network, along with select local cable providers.

U.S. Ski Team – Tour de Ski Participants
Men

Kris Freeman, Andover, NH
Noah Hoffman, Aspen, CO
Andy Newell, Shaftsbury, VT

Women
Holly Brooks, Anchorage
Jessie Diggins, Afton, MN
Kikkan Randall, Anchorage
Liz Stephen, E. Montpelier, VT

2012-13 Tour de Ski Schedule
LIVE – UniversalSports.com
TV – Universal Sports TV
All times EST
Universal Sports available nationally on DirecTV and Dish Network, along with select cable networks.

Saturday, Dec. 29 – Oberhof, Germany
Women 3k freestyle, individual start, prologue LIVE: 7:15 am
Men: 4k freestyle, individual start, prologue LIVE: 8:30 am
TV: 7:00 pm Universal Sports

Sunday, Dec. 30 – Oberhof, Germany
Women: 10k classic, pursuit start (seeded by prologue results) LIVE: 7:45 am
Men: 15k classic, pursuit start (seeded by prologue results) LIVE: 8:45 am
TV: 7:00 pm Universal Sports

Tuesday, Jan. 1 – Val Muestair, Switzerland
Men: Sprint, freestyle LIVE: 10:00 am
Women: Sprint, freestyle LIVE: 10:00 am
TV: 7:00 pm Universal Sports

Wednesday, Jan. 2 – Toblach, Italy
Women: 15k freestyle, pursuit start (seeded by tour standings) LIVE: 9:15 am
Men: 35k freestyle, pursuit start (seeded by tour standings) LIVE: 10:00 am
TV: 7:00 pm Universal Sports

Friday, Jan. 4 – Toblach, Italy
Women: 3k classic, individual start LIVE: 6:15 am
Men: 5k classic, individual start LIVE: 9:15 am
TV: 7:00 pm Universal Sports

Saturday, Jan. 5 – Val di Fiemme, Italy
Women: 10k classic, mass start LIVE: 6:30 am
Men: 15k classic, mass start LIVE: 7:30 am
TV: 7:00 pm Universal Sports

Sunday, Jan. 6 – Val di Fiemme, Italy
Women: 9k freestyle hill climb, pursuit start (seeded by tour standings) LIVE: 5:45 am
Men: 9k freestyle hill climb, pursuit start (seeded by tour standings) LIVE: 8:50 am
TV: 7:00 pm Universal Sports

QUOTES
Kikkan Randall

The season has started off really strong  for me and after a nice recovery break I am feeling rested and ready to go again for my third Tour de Ski. I really like the challenge of these multi stage events and I'd love to improve upon my tenth place overall finish last year.

Really fun to have a full U.S. Ski Team racing at the Tour this year.  Liz (Stephen) and Holly (Brooks) are both veterans now and it will be fun to see Jessie (Diggins) and Hoff (Noah Hoffman) take it on for the first time.  We've got a really good staff lined up for the Tour this year and I feel confident that we have the best team behind us.  

The Tour is not only going to be some exciting and challenging racing for us but I think the high load of the Tour followed by a solid recovery period will set us up really well for the World Championships in February.

Chris Grover, Cross Country Head Coach
This is clearly the strongest Tour de Ski team that the U.S. Ski Team has ever entered. All seven athletes are coming off of top performances in the first period of World Cup, including many personal bests. With the exception of Tour newcomers Jessie Diggins and Noah Hoffman, this is a veteran squad. We are really excited to watch this team race.