AL DI FIEMME, Italy (Feb. 27) - Noah Hoffman (Aspen, CO) put in a strong kick to the finish to take a solid 15th place in the 15k freestyle cross country race at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Val di Fiemme. Norway's incomparable Petter Northug won his eighth career World Championshiops gold with a breathtaking performance, leading the entire way in the individual start event. Action continues Thursday with the women's 4x5k relay where the U.S. Ski Team is expected to be among the top nations. Universal Sports Network is providing live streaming of all events.
My plan was to go out under control. I was able to do that today. I felt very under control in the 40s at 1.8k which was exactly where I wanted to be. Late in the race I got on (Lukas) Bauer. I was struggling to stay with him but he was a good ride for me. With a lap to go I was 20th and following him I moved up to 15th.
I'm still feeling like I'm a bit off but it was a good race for me. I beat a lot of guys who beat me in Davos.
I think I pretty much gave it all I could. But it's hard getting passed by people. But I feel like I was making good movements. The strategy today was to make time on the flats and to hang in on the uphills. I knew if I was going to have a good race I was going to have to start hard. I died a bit more than I wanted to but also had a great last kilometer.