The 25-year-old Wisconsin native visited Anchorage to meet and train with young biathletes.
APU Nordic Ski Center’s third 50-kilometer Rollerskiathon followed the Moose Loop on Anchorage trails.
The team of 22 skiers includes six Alaskans who competed at the 2022 Beijing Olympics.
Three other Anchorage skiers were nominated to the national junior nordic combined team.
The spring festival marks the winding down of Alyeska Resort’s season, with the last day of skiing on May 15.
Former ADN sports editor Beth Bragg also received a longtime contributor honor.
The event, in its inaugural year, combines Nordic skiing with jumps and big air.
The event’s giant slalom race was canceled Thursday due to inclement weather.
Over 45 Alaska skiers competed in the event in 12-14 and 15-18 age groups.
The Seawolves ended the season with an impressive fifth-place team finish overall while UAF placed seventh.
UAA and UAF basketball players receive recognition and UAA ski team national qualifiers announced.
A moose split off the lead pack in the men’s race from the rest of the field. Winners Norris and Yeaton were a week removed from both earning top five finishes at the American Birkebeiner.
Kurka will compete for Team USA in the Paralympics starting Friday in China.
Rowlands’ first senior night was a ghost town due to COVID restrictions. On Saturday, he paced the Seawolves in front of friends and family.
U.S. cross-country skier Kevin Bolger and Swedish racer Maja Dahlqvist met during the COVID-19 pandemic. The virus kept them 6 feet apart during the Olympics — except one celebratory hug.
Cougars senior Marit Flora swept the individual races and led the Service girls to a relay win. Junior Aaron Power did the same for the Service boys.
The Alaska skier’s efforts in Beijing deserve recognition in their own right. But they’re also important because of the circuitous route she followed to achieve them — and the path she paved for other skiers to follow in her footsteps.
Norwegian great Therese Johaug won the race to earn her third gold medal of the Beijing Olympics.
An American man has only placed that high at an Olympic cross-country race once, when Bill Koch won a silver medal in 1976.
Race organizers are facing harsh criticism from some competitors, coaches and fans of the sport, who denounced the decision, made just one hour before the start.
The US women’s team finished fifth and the US men finished 9th.
Athletes like Schumacher go to the Olympics looking for peak performances on the biggest stage in sports. But those lofty goals, and the intense attention that comes with the Games, make coming up short that much more excruciating.