Far West skiers Olympic city bound
The Far West ski team is participating in the 2000 Chevy Truck U.S. Cross-Country Championship – an event that, with its locale, is a bottle of champagne being crashed on the bow of the 2002 Winter Olympics.
The championship, starting Saturday, Jan. 8, and lasting through Saturday, Jan. 15, is being held at Soldier Hollow, Wasatch Mountain State Park in Utah, the site of the 2002 Winter Olympic cross-country and Biathalon. The Chevy championship (which includes the World Junior Trials) is the first national event to occur at the venue which is not yet completed, but capable of being ridden as the courses and snowmaking equipment are in place.
There is a strong contingent of cross country ski racers from the Far West planning on attending the National Championships.
Representing the Junior skier division (18-19 years old) are Ian Case, Tom Wisdom and Jenny Rassuchine. Top finishers in this division qualify for the World Junior Championships team. Athletes who qualify for the team will leave from Salt Lake City directly after the U.S. Nationals and compete in the World Junior Nationals in Ramsau, Austria, scheduled for Jan. 25 – 30. The U.S. Ski team will take up to six men and six women. Rassuchine, a recent graduate from Truckee High School, missed making the World Junior team by one place last year.
J1 division skiers (16 – 17 years old) from the Far West team are Scott Hill and Tony Bozzio. Hill and Bozzio are first year J1s and are attempting to qualify for the Scandinavian Cup Team. This U.S. Ski Team sponsored trip will be leaving Sun., Jan. 16, for Sweden and Estonia to compete in the Scandinavian Cup races, scheduled for the end of the month.
Far West Senior skiers (20-29 years old) are Tom Rassuchine, Tav Streit and Mikey White. These skiers are competing for the U.S. Senior National Championships.
Others may be attending the championships, but their names were unavailable at press time.
The championship begins Saturday with the U.S. Nationals Sprint free technique qualification and finals.
Through the course of the week, men will participate in a 30 km race with a classic individual start, a 10 km race with a free technique individual start, a 15 km race with classical pursuit start and a 50 km race with a free technique mass start.
Women will compete in a 15 km race with a classic individual start, a 5 km race with a free technique individual start, a 10 km race with a classical pursuit start and a 30 km race with a free technique mass start.
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