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Nordic skiers rub skis with nation’s best

— Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Nordic skiers made the most of their opportunity to ski with some of the best in the nation at a week of racing late last month.

The team joined members of the U.S. Ski Team, NCAA athletes and other club skiers in Sun Valley, Idaho, for the event.

Lars Hannah, fresh off winning a junior national championship, was second among juniors skiers and 29th overall in a 15-kilometer individual start classic race.



Noell Keeffe was 52nd, Simon Zink 58th, Tyler Terranova 64th, Evan Barbier 66th and Wyatt Gebhardt 68th.

On the women’s side, racing in a 10K classic race, Anna Burkholder was the top Steamboat competitor in 48th place.



In the U16 boys division, Sven Tate was ninth in the 5K classic race.

A day later Keeffe helped lead the way in a freestyle skiing sprint event, qualifying in 24th place despite being one of the youngest skiers in the field. He then raced in a six-man heat that contained two Olympians, finishing sixth and failing to move on.

Burkholder was 47th in the women’s races.

Hannah finished second in a juniors division, while Gebhardt won a U16 mass start race in which Terranova was third and Tate seventh.

Keeffe again was a factor in a co-ed four-skier relay race later in the week. He joined Gebhardt and two women from Idaho, Brooke Dunnagan and Samantha Benzing. They went on to win by a wide margin.

Finally, Hannah was seventh, leading the way for local skiers in a 25K juniors mass start freestyle event that wrapped up action. Zink was eighth, Gebhardt 11th, Bargier 13th, Terranova 14th, Keeffe 15th and Tate 24th. Burkholder was 10th for the women.

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253, email jreichenberger@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @JReich9


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