SOLDIER HOLLOW, UT (Jan. 10) – Reese Hanneman (Anchorage; APU Nordic) took his career first title Friday, winning the classic sprint over APU teammate Erik Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) at the 2014 U.S. Cross Country Championships at Soldier Hollow. Russian athlete Natalja Naryshkina (CXC Team) won the women's sprint, while Rosie Brennan (Park City, UT; APU Nordic) finished second and was awarded the title, her third medal of the week and her second career gold medal.
Reese Hanneman (Anchorage; APU Nordic) took his career first title Friday, winning the classic sprint over APU teammate Erik Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) at the 2014 U.S. Cross Country Championships at Soldier Hollow. (Tom Kelly/U.S. Ski Team)
I've made this week a focus of mine since this spring, so I’ve been working and training for this for a long time. It’s really nice to put it together. Kicking it off with that second place in the 15k was really inspiring and I knew that I was in good shape. So the rest of the week was just about keep that going and seeing what I could do.
The new snow made it a little interesting, but it was really nice that it stopped snowing so it ended up being a fair race. My wax techs and coaches did a really good job on my skis and they were amazing. I felt like it was all coming together, I felt great and I knew that if I pushed it harder than I ever had then I could have a day like this.
It was super fun to be here with my (APU) teammates. My team is what got me here, so it’s fun to be in the final with Erik and Tyler (Kornfield). APU had half the men’s A finals and Erik and I went one-two again in the classic race so it was a really fun day.
This week actually started out horrible but got better each day, so I can’t complain. The waxing today was pretty important. I felt like I had incredible skis the whole time so I have to thank our techs for that. I was pretty nervous going into the heats with not having enough kick and when I got to that wall and I could just run. It was perfect. And then I had really fast skis in the downhill so I thought, ‘Well, it’s going to be a great day.’