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Truckee hosting XC ski sprints at Surprise Stadium

One of the “knocks” on cross country ski racing as a spectator sport is that it’s difficult to follow the action, where an individual or group leaves the start and disappears into the woods, re-emerging occasionally to give viewers a glimpse of the standings of the racers.Sprint racing, however, changes all that, and this Friday at Truckee High School’s Surprise Stadium, hundreds of racers will be charging around a one-kilometer course in full view of a crowd of cheering spectators. Based upon the highly successful sprint formats currently used in Europe on the World Cup Circuit, where complete downtown areas are turned into winding courses lined with thousands of spectators, the Truckee Sprints will offer the local crowd a great opportunity to watch high school and middle school athletes competing in one of the most exciting disciplines of cross country ski racing.The competition begins with the preliminary “time-trial” portion of the race, whereby skiers race against the clock in an effort to make it to the next stage of racing. The top 24 racers from each division (high school boys/girls, middle school boys/girls) then advance into the “heats” portion of the competition. After all the prelims are completed, groups of skiers then race against each other, much like a track meet, six abreast, in an effort to move through to the final competition. The final race ishenheld, and the champion is crowned for this event.

Since the first race of the CNISSF school racing season at Kirkwood was canceled, every race now becomes even more important for both individuals and schools. Truckee High will again be the overall favorite, with a couple of racers just returned from a highly successful stint at the U.S. National Championship competition in Utah. Matt Gelso, Joaquin Goodpaster, Owen Wright, and Maisha Goodpaster competed at Soldier Hollow, site of the 2002 Olympics, with Gelso coming away with two overall wins in his age class, earning him a trip to Norway for the coveted Scandinavian Cup competition via the U.S. Ski Team (a series of events that Joaquin Goodpaster raced in last year). Other top names to look for on Friday include North Tahoe’s Nick Bozzio, Nevada Union’s Danny Rodrigues and Sara Violett, and Mammoth’s Dayna Stimson. In the Middle School division, Bernie Nelson and Daniel Gelso of Alder Creek Middle School both look to repeat their 2004 results as sprint overall Middle School champions.

For information on watching or volunteering for this event, contact the Far West Nordic office at info@farwestnordic.org. held, and the champion is crowned for this event.Since the first race of the CNISSF school racing season at Kirkwood was canceled, every race now becomes even more important for both individuals and schools. Truckee High will again be the overall favorite, with a couple of racers just returned from a highly successful stint at the U.S. National Championship competition in Utah.

Matt Gelso, Joaquin Goodpaster, Owen Wright, and Maisha Goodpaster competed at Soldier Hollow, site of the 2002 Olympics, with Gelso coming away with two overall wins in his age class, earning him a trip to Norway for the coveted Scandinavian Cup competition via the U.S. Ski Team (a series of events that Joaquin Goodpaster raced in last year). Other top names to look for on Friday include North Tahoe’s Nick Bozzio, Nevada Union’s Danny Rodrigues and Sara Violett, and Mammoth’s Dayna Stimson. In the Middle School division, Bernie Nelson and Daniel Gelso of Alder Creek Middle School both look to repeat their 2004 results as sprint overall Middle School champions.For more information on watching or volunteering for this event, contact the Far West Nordic office at info@farwestnordic.org.