FALUN, Sweden (Feb. 25, 2015) - Noah Hoffman (Aspen, CO) led the U.S. contingent in Wednesday's FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 15k freestyle race with a 34th place finish. Hoffman, who spent the season sidelined with a leg injury, went early as bib seven in the interval start race. Erik Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) finished 47th. Kyle Bratrud (Eden Prarie, MN), racing in his first-ever World Championship event, finished 52nd and Kris Freeman (Andover, NH) finished 59th.
Noah Hoffman competes in the 15k freestyle race in Falun. (Getty Images-Matthias Hangst)
Today was very average. My energy felt super consistent and I believe I skied a quality race, but I was consistently too slow. I paced the race well. It was a step in the right direction from Saturday’s 30k. I’m hoping to build on it again in the relay and 50k.
I wanted to go out relaxed then hopefully catch a ride, I got a ride from Manificat for a little bit but I saw he was on the podium so he obviously took off.
I was wondering if Erik Bjornsen would catch me, but I ended up holding him off the whole way. As the race progressed, it ended up just staying in front of Erik as long as possible. It was a well-paced race for me. I’m happy for my first effort at a major championship.