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Hannah Halvorsen leads U.S. team in Scandinavian Championships

Hannah Halvorsen, pictured racing in a Super JNQ in Soldier Hollow, Utah, earned a pair of top-five finishes in the U18 Scandinavian Championships in Otepaa, Estonia.
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OTEPAA, Estonia — Standout Nordic skier Hannah Halvorsen of Truckee represented her country well at the U18 Scandinavian Championships in Otepaa, Estonia, this past weekend.

Halvorsen led the U.S. team with a pair of top-five finishes, starting with a fourth place in the opening freestyle sprint race on Friday. Norway’s Kristine Skistad took the win and was followed by teammate Mathilde Myhrvold in second and Sweden’s Linn Svahn, who stole third from Halvorsen in the final heat.

The sprints were followed by a 5/10K classic race on Saturday, where Halvorsen claimed fifth overall. Finland’s Anita Korva snatched first by 4.6 seconds over Norway’s Kristine Skistad and Finland’s Emelie Svenlin was third. Halvorsen was only 3.3 seconds out of a spot on the podium and 13.8 seconds back from first.



In addition to Halvorsen, the U.S. U18 women’s team included Leah Brams, Anna Darnell, Brooke Dunnagan, Margaret Gellert and Ezra Smith. The U.S. U18 men’s team was made up of Daniel Streinz, Hunter Wonders, Gus Schumacher, Peter Wolter, Karl Schulz and Noel Keeffe.

Halvorsen, a senior at the Sugar Bowl Academy, and Wonders also competed in the Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway, from Feb. 12-21.


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