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Toko US XC Nationals Skate Sprint Report

Mon, Jan  6, 2014 - By Ian Harvey

US XC Nationals Skate Sprint Report

Air temperatures were around 1F at 8am (I say around as the temperature can vary greatly depending on where one measures it). The snow was similar to yesterday - semi-transformed, staying dry, fast. Despite temperatures warming up to the mid 20s (in the shade), the snow didn't change much. We went with LF Blue/LF Black mix, HF Blue/Xcold powder mix, and covered it all with the same wax as yesterday HB004 powder. JS Blue also tested very well this afternoon before the sprints. At that point, a good thing to do would be to rub and polish the JS Blue on top of the HB004 powder that may have already been on the skis.

The weather and conditions made for a glorious day of racing and spectating. The most common topic of discussion seemed to be what an amazing venue Soldier Hollow is. Hats off to the volunteers, the organizers, the Soldier Hollow crew who spent so many hours making and distributing our snow, and of course to Mother Nature for the weather!

US Nationals 2014 Skate Sprint
All athletes shown are affiliated with Toko

US XC Ski Nationals Skate Sprint

Men's Podium: 1-3 Torin Koos, Ben Saxton, Reese Hanneman

US XC Ski Nationals Skate Sprint

Women's Podium: 1-3 Jennie Bender, Caitlin Gregg, Rosie Brennan

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Torin leading the pack in the A final

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Torin Koos with another US National title

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Jennie Bender - obviously a very fast finisher winning another US National Sprint!

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Rose Kemp, Sun Valley Elite Team

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Reese Hanneman with 2 podiums in 2 days

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Eric Packer, Stratton T2 Team

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Patrick OBrien, Craftsbury Green Team

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Sam Naney, Methow Olympic Development

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Miles Havlick, Sun Valley Elite

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Kate Fitzgerald, APU (Gloves only)

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Matt Gelso, Sun Valley Elite

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Erika Flowers, Stratton T2 Team

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Dakota Blackhorse Von Jess, Bend Endurance Academy (Gloves only)

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Caitlin Gregg, Team Gregg

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Rosie Brennan, APU

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Ben Saxton, Stratton T2 Team (Wax and Tools only)