More images from the AUSXC Freestyle Sprint races last Saturday.
A slideshow of images from the Freestyle Sprint at Falls Creek last Saturday. This first batch is from the qualification round. For more images from the day (generally of much higher quality) see also the Bring Into Being Facebook page.
The Ski & Snowboard Australia Cross Country Committee (SAXC) is seeking expressions of interest from coaches and managers to work with an Australian Junior Development Tour to Canada during the 2014/2015 international season.
The intention is for the Junior Development Team to consist of 6-12 athletes aged approximately 16-18, with invitations to be based on performances during the 2014 Australian winter and recommendations from state coaches. The Tour will be of approximately six weeks duration and will be based predominantly at Silver Star / Sovereign Lake in Canada. Several key competitions will be targeted toward the end of the Tour, including a Noram Cup in Canmore.
Additional information is provided in the PDF document linked below. Interested persons should apply via email to SSA Cross Country Skiing High Performance Manager Finn Marsland (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Friday August 22, 2014, briefly addressing the key selection criteria. Applicants may be invited to supply additional information and/or to attend an interview. The appointment will be made by a panel appointed by SAXC.
The 2014 FIS Australia / New Zealand Cup (ANC) for Cross Country Skiing moved last weekend to Falls Creek in Victoria for the final races of the 2014 Australian Championship on August 16/17. There were four different winners in the four events. Local Mt Beauty/Falls Creek skiers and 2014 Winter Olympians Esther Bottomley and Phillip Bellingham won the Freestyle Sprint on Saturday, then on Sunday Jessica Yeaton from Perth won the 10km Classic and Swiss skier Valerio Leccardi won the 15km Classic. Unfortunately the weekend events were overshadowed by a serious injury to one of the race favourites, 2014 Winter Olympian Callum Watson from Jindabyne.
Time Trial and Final Results from the 2014 Australian Freestyle Sprint Championship at Falls Creek today:
Tomorrow, 10km Classic for women, 15km Classic for men, and hopefully time for a more detailed report.
The 2014 Australian Championship and FIS Australian New Zealand Cup continue this weekend August 16-17 at Falls Creek. On Saturday Australia’s best cross country skiers take on a handful of elite internationals in the Freestyle Sprint event, then on Sunday they all back up again for 10km/15km Classic races. The start lists and course maps for both days of competition are linked / posted below. Note that there are a couple of minor changes from these published courses. Start time on Saturday is 9:30am for the Sprint qualification, then finals begin from 11:00am. On Sunday the women’s 10km starts at 10:00am, then men are off in the 15km at 10:45am.
- ANC Falls Creek Day 1 – Freestyle Sprint – Start List
- ANC Falls Creek Day 2 – 10-15km Classic – Start List