The Junior National Cross Country Ski Championships at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont concluded today, with men’s and women’s 3X3 kilometer relay races. Winning teams consisted of:
FU16 Brooke Dunnagan, Anna Gibson, Leah Lange TEAM INTERMOUNTAIN
FU18 Zoe Snow, Katherine Ogden, Julia Kern TEAM NEW ENGLAND
FU20 Hannah Benson, Kelsey Phinney, Heidi Halverson TEAM NEW ENGLAND
MU16 Max Polito, Peter Wolter, Zach Williams TEAM INTERMOUNTAIN
MU18 John Farr, Joe Bue, Thomas O’Hara TEAM ALASKA
MU20 Jack Schrupp, Jack Hegman, Cole Morgan TEAM NEW ENGLAND
Vermont skier Katherine Ogden, from the Stratton Mountain School, racked up three wins, finishing first in both under 18 women’s classic and freestyle races, then again as a member of the women’s 3X3k relay team. Five other skiers recorded two wins each.
Bill Koch, the sole American to win an Olympic medal in cross country skiing, was on hand to present awards on this final day of competition.
Kristina von Trapp Frame, head of the Organizing Committee, expressed her gratitude to all: “This championship event lived up to all our expectations. All the races were great for the big crowds cheering their heroes on. And so many generous volunteers made this week run like clockwork. I can’t begin to thank all the people who were a part of this wonderful experience for these deserving youngsters. We can’t wait to see many of them in the next Olympic games.â€
The festivities will be crowned tonight, with the final leg of the “Junior Olympic Torch” and award banquet in Stowe.