Nordic skiers on track for Jr. Olympics
Tahoe-Truckee High School nordic skiers Betsy Van Blarigan, Louis Van Blarigan and Nick Sterling have each taken the first of four steps to participating in the Junior Olympics.
Thanks to their respective finishes in the Snowshoe Thompson race Sunday (see related story), each racer qualified to go on to three more races which could qualify them for the JOs.
Racers must complete two classic-style and two skating-style nordic races and meet predetermined criteria to make it.
The next race is this weekend at Mammoth, a skating race.
Jan. 23 and Feb. 6 are the final two races for qualification.
“They’re all skiing really well,” said Far West coach and former Olympic biathlete Glenn Jobe. “We’ve tightened up the criteria to qualify and I think it has helped raise the level of competition and competitiveness.”
Rassuchine in Maine
In other nordic ski news, this Wednesday, Jobe will travel to Rumford, Maine, with former TTHS skier Jenny Rassuchine for the Junior World Cross Country Trials.
The current University of Nevada, Reno freshman will be the first Truckee skier to reach this level of competition.
She will ski a 15K skating race this Saturday, followed by a 5K classicand 10K skating race later in the week.
Should she qualify for the next level, Rassuchine will leave immediately for Austria for the World Junior Championship.
Only five men and five women from the United States will qualify and make the trip to Europe.
Jobe is going in place of Rassuchine’s UNR coach Jeff Schloss, who is busy with team obligations.
“This is huge for her,” Jobe said. “She has a realistic chance and I’m happy to go back with her and help.”
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