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March 28, 2012

USSA SuperTour Finals Mini Tour wraps up at Craftsbury


Yesterday dawned with sunny skies and temps more in line with winter ski racing. A north wind brought in the colder air which made for some very fast track for the classic sprint.

The Craftsbury crew and many volunteers have continued to do a fabulous job with managing the remaining snow and making the entire experience a great one for the athletes, coaches and spectators. This appreciation was evidenced by the standing ovation given to Judy and Dick Dreissigacker as they entered the dining room for a quick lunch break, and as Judy was quick to point out, it is the work of everyone that makes it all happen.

The classic sprint racing was exciting to watch with the highest quality field speeding around the course throughout the day. Juniors got to race along side the likes of Kikkan Randall, Liz Stephen and Jesse Diggins, in the women's field, and Kris Freeman, Simi Hamilton, and Noah Hoffman in the men's race.

Today the hill climb at Jay Peak signaled the end of the Mini Tour but not the ST finals, as they conclude later in the week with the USSA Distance Nationals 30/50km races. Another dusting of snow greeted the racers as they left for the mountain. Mother Nature brought a little bit of wind, sleet, snow, rain and even sun as the skiers made their way up the steep climb. The crew at Jay did another great job of grooming and setting the course for an exciting pursuit style start based on the current overall mini tour standings. Check out some photo's of th hill climb at http://smsxc.blogspot.com/    Full results to all events can be found at summit timing.



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