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Nordic Sprinters Shine at the 2014 Junior Nationals in Stowe, VT

Photo Credit: Steve Knight Photo

Today marked the second day of racing at the Junior National Championships at Vermont’s Trapp Family Lodge. The morning featured 1.4 kilometer sprints qualifying, with medal heats in the afternoon. Winners of the final heats are:

Male under 20 – Fabian Stocek, Team New England
Male under18 – Peter Holmes, Unleashed Coaching
Male under 16 – Forrest Hamilton, Team New England

Female under 20 – Heidi Halvorsen, Team New England
Female under 18 – Julia Kern, Team New England
Female under 16 – Amanda Kautzer, Loppet Nordic Racing

Awards for today’s medal races were presented by Johannes von Trapp, President of the Trapp Family Lodge and Brewery, and by Skida Apparel Company founder Corinne Prevot, as well as Patrice Spyrka of Jakroo Custom Apparel.

Tonight’s festivities include a Coaches Dinner at the Piecasso Pizzeria on Stowe’s Mountain Road.
Monday night was Parent’s Night at the Helen Day Art Center in Stowe. Moms and Dads of the more than 370 competing young athletes met for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and talk of the day’s races. Organizer Kristina von Trapp Frame commented, “When my dad decided to start a cross country ski program next to the family’s little Lodge back in 1968, he never imagined it would come to this kind of amazing celebration. We are so grateful to be a part of all this.”

The competition continues on Friday, March 7, with 5k and 10k Freestyle heats. Thursday is an official training day.