Australian Team athletes will be racing in five different locations on three continents these next four days Friday to Monday January 5-8.
Starting on Friday is the OPA Cup in Campra, where nine athletes from the Junior/U23 team are joined by Phil Bellingham and Paul Kovacs. There’s a Classic Sprint first, followed by individual Freestyle races on Saturday and Skiathlons on Sunday. Not all athletes will be racing each day. Live timing is available from FIS.
The US National Championships in Anchorage continue on Friday with a Freestyle Sprint, with Jessica Yeaton and Casey Wright having already raced in the 10km Freestyle on Wednesday finishing 23rd and 52nd from 104 starters. There’s then a 20km Classic mass start awaiting on Sunday, then another Sprint on Monday. Live streaming and timing can be found via the official event site.
In the Norwegian Junior Cup in Beitostolen, Seve de Campo and Liam Burton have a 10km Classic, a Freestyle Sprint and a 15km Freestyle awaiting them from Friday to Sunday. Live timing is again via FIS. Both skiers are already A-qualified for the 2018 World Junior Championship in Switzerland and will join the rest of the team in Switzerland and Austria in the coming weeks.
Aimee Watson has headed to Japan for the Far East Cup in Sapporo where there is a 5km Classic on Saturday, a Classic Sprint on Sunday, and a 10km Freestyle on Monday. Aimee raced already in Japan just before the New Year, finishing 13th and 22nd in the 5km Freestyle and 5km Classic events in Otoineppu.
Finally, Mark Pollock is in South Korea for the Seoul Cup FIS International on Saturday. Also racing there are Ewan Watson and Alecia Phillips, with Ewan doubling as athlete/coach.
If that’s not enough to keep the armchair experts busy, there’s also a small event called the Tour de Ski finishing up in Val di Fiemme in Italy this weekend. Phil Bellingham was the sole AUS starter in the opening Freestyle Sprint in Lenzerheide, finishing 56th out of 94, just 3 seconds outside of the top 30. The big man then withdrew from the tour to keep a solid training block going before the next lot of World Cups in mid-January.