Atomic's Nordic Heroes 2008-09

For a little bit of afternoon entertainment, here's a look at an on-line "Magic Moments" show from Atomic.

Nordic 2008-09: Season of Atomic heroes.

Once you've opened it, click on the page-turner on the lower right corner, and you can follow their scrapbook of season highlights.

There are some nice shots of Demong and Lodwick from their incredible season. And of course DiCenta, Aukland, Nystad. Lots of ski jumping stuff, if you're into that. And biathlon. All nordic, though, so it's worth a look.

As a teaser, there's a section near the end (pages 62-64) with some info on the construction of their new Featherlight cross country skis.

Short Report from Trond at NCAA's

I got an email from Trond Flagstad, head coach of the UAA Nordic Ski Team. Trond sent some last minute skis for a grind before NCAA Championships, and Ultratune shipped the skis directly to Rumford Maine, where they arrived the day before the skate race. A very last minute arrival of freshly stone-ground skis.

The following is a short excerpt from Trond's email :

Thanks a lot for the skis and the job you did - the skis were a pleasure to work with....

ALL three of our men used their freshly ground skis with the MVX grind in the 20km skate race - they had awesome skis.........They went 2, 3 and 5 in the race. We waxed with BD8 and with FC8x on top coated with helix warm. Sadie Bjornsen also used her newly ground MVX skis - she said they were fast!

You can expect skis from us in the spring,

Trond

Results for Men's 20K, click here. It's always nice to hear about the skis running well straight out of the box.

MV Winter Tri

Conditions were perfect for the Methow Valley Winter Triathlon, held this past weekend.

This triathlon favors a good skier. This year Leslie Hall was the women's category winner, and Sol Woras was the men's category winner. Both are local heroes.

Leslie is usually near the top of the overall results in every MVSTA skiing and running event. For her, training and racing are part of a Mazama lifestyle. It's all for fun and smiles, but she just can't help going very fast.

Sol Woras grew up here in the Methow Valley. This season he's dominated the XC series, winning the MV Pursuit and the Rendezvous races, and placing near the top at the Ski Rodeo and the Race of the Methow events. Sol was part of the MV Nordic Junior program as a teen, then took a break from skiing to focus on competitive cycling. He's returned to the valley, and he and his wife Brandi are starting a family.

Congratulations to Leslie and Sol! Well done.

Race of the Methow - JOQ

Races this past weekend, Feb 7-8, were at the new racing trails at Liberty Bell High School. The Race of the Methow had a skate sprint event on Saturday and an individual start classic technique race on Sunday.

Shown in the photos are MV Nordic's Nina Ekblad on the left, and Marc LeDuc on the right, below.

Race results CLICK HERE.

Pics from both Saturday and Sunday races are on the MVSTA Blog.

More pics at the MV Nordic Team Blog.

Article in the Methow Valley News CLICK HERE.
Conditions for Saturday's sprints and Sunday's classic race were perfect! The new ski trails are terrific.