Elias Bucher, Nancy Fiddler claim Fischer Cup crowns
Despite a dry winter season that caused the cancellation of three of the seven Fischer Cup races and the re-scheduling of two of them, the 2012 Cup was tightly contested right down to the final event and#8212; the Tahoe Rim Tour this past Saturday.
The Fischer Cup is the premier cross country race series in the West, pitting the best overall skiers against each other in a collection of the top Nordic races in California.
In the end, Elias Bucher of Reno claimed the overall men’s title while Nancy Fiddler of Crowley Lake was the women’s champion.
Bucher is a former University of Nevada, Reno racer, competing this year for the UNR Winter Sports Club, and is a member of the Far West Nordic Farm Team. In the first three races, Bucher dominated the field, winning every event to assure his overall Fischer Cup win going into Saturday’s final race and#8212; in which he finished fifth overall in the classic division.
Fiddler, a former Olympic athlete and multi-time National Champion who currently coaches for Far West Nordic, Auburn Ski Club and the Truckee High School teams, was the third woman in the Tahoe Rim Tour’s classic division Saturday, which gave her the Fischer Cup series title by a narrow one-point margin.
Another Far West Farm Teamer, Kara LaPoint of Truckee, finished a single point behind Fiddler after winning the women’s classic division in the Tahoe Rim Tour. Far West Nordic Junior Laurel Fiddler from the Sugar Bowl Academy completed a mother-daughter podium by taking third place, another single point behind LaPoint.
Second place for the men’s Fischer Cup went to Gustavo Johnson of Reno, also a member of the Far West Farm Team, while Far West Nordic Junior and Truckee racer Jordan McElroy was third.
McElroy, while technically tied with Sacramento’s Tav Streit in points, was announced the third-place winner due to Streit’s lack of a current Far West Nordic racing license, a requirement for final eligibility for the Fischer Cup.
Other races in the 2012 Cup series included Paco’s Valentine Race at Tahoe Donner XC on Feb. 12, the President’s Cup Race at Auburn Ski Club on Feb. 20 and the Snowshoe Thompson Classic at Auburn Ski Club on March 18.
The winner of the Fischer Cup receives a $300 check, the second-place finisher a pair of Lowa Footwear and third place wins a JanSport Ski Pack, all sponsored by local sales representative Dan Hill of Fischer, Swix, Lowa and JanSport.
More info about the Fischer Cup can be found on the Far West Nordic website at http://farwestnordic.org/fischercup.html.
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