Apparently a downed power line set off an electrical short in our hotel pool, and just after midnight the fire alarms started ringing. . .. 5 minutes later mobs of skiers were standing in their pajamas and coats out in the frigid night air.
The hotel didn’t burn down though, and 15 minutes after the started, the alarms stopped and we all trickled back to our rooms and got to bed. . .. thankfully the days’ races started late in the morning so that Patty-J could still get his beauty sleep.
Sunday was COLD. Sunny, but COLD. Temperatures in the single digits were not improved by frequent wind gusts, but at least the sky was blue and the sun was shining, giving the impression that the climate was much friendlier than it was.
The skate race course utilized part of the alpine hill, which sounded mild with a name of “Lower Bunny Slope”; skiing down it on alpine skis probably WAS mild, but skiing up it on multiple laps was a real leg-burner. After skiing up Bunny and back down to the stadium, racers took a lap on the classic sprint course and then went out and did the whole thing again. and again. and again. 6 times for women and 8 time for men (9.6 and 13.8k).
It was a great day for the Purple Cows, as both women and men put 6 finishers inside the top 40.
Junior Christina Knapp and freshman Hannah Smith led the way in the women's race with their 13th and 14th place finishes. Smith started one lap after Knapp and the two skied together for a better part of the race and finishing just 1.3 seconds apart. Elena Luethi placed 20th and Kristin Halvorsen – racing her first skate race in two years – place 28th. Holly Whitney and Sarah Abramson placed 39th and 40th.
In the men's race freshman Will Wicherski led the way, nabbing 23rd, with Ian Nesbitt finishing just 6 seconds back in 25th place. Rounding out the top 40 were Phil Tosteson in 33rd, Vanya Rybkin in 35th, Kalle Jahn in 38th, and Isaac Hoenig in 39th.
It was a great day for the Purple Cows!
|Knappster and Smith|
|Isaac and Kalle|
|Sarah, Holly, Christina, and Betsy Ham (Holly's mom)|
|Coach Fisher and Hannah H counting laps for racers|