We had an awesome start to the season yesterday. Kikkan skied her way to a win in the skate sprint and Ida Sargent from Team Green/Dartmouth/USA made it to the semi's in a very strong field of World Cup women. Andy Newell had a bit of a tough day, but the first races of the season can be a bit tough and rocky at points, so there is no stress. Today, the women raced a 5k classic. It was my first race of the season and I felt ok, though did not ski very fast, however I am looking forward to tomorrow's 10K skate. In the men's 10k classic today, Kris took it out hot with a win, and the other boys looked strong as well. So, we have had a very strong start to the season with many more races to come. Spirits are high and it is great to have such a large American crew over here this year. Team Green, Maine Winter Sports, BSF and others have come over and it has really beefed up our squad.
Ida after yesterday's race!
Morgan, Noah, Ida and Pete fired up for one another.
Kikkan cresting the top of the first hill out of the start yesterday. She lead the charge every heat all day long. Very impressive skiing.
Newell in his quarterfinal
Kikkan addressing the press in the finish zone.