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Climate change poses an existential threat to cross-country skiing. But it’s hard to talk about for some top athletes, who fear being accused of hypocrisy because of their travel-intensive lifestyles.
Plus, the weekly scoreboard and a look at the action in the week ahead.
Alaskans David Norris and Scott Patterson placed third and fourth respectively.
West’s Murphy Kimball edged past South’s Vebjorn Flagstad at the 7.5K classic finish line, while Eagles junior Merridy Littell won the girls race.
The Cougars and Kardinals produced the first-place finishers in the boys and girls 5K freestyle race for Division I and II.
The young rising star, who‘s been skiing and shooting for just a few years, already has a national championship under her belt — and she’s set her sights on even loftier goals.
Anchorage cross-country skier Gus Schumacher won an international cross-country ski race Sunday, something no other American man has accomplished in more than 40 years.
Schumacher, a 23-year-old from Anchorage, won the men’s 10-kilometer freestyle race on Sunday, becoming the first American man to win a World Cup event since 1983.
After three years of starting races strong only to have inconsistent finishes, the skier from Croatia is finally putting it all together in his final year with the Seawolves.
The first of two days of ski racing brought high school teams from across Southcentral Alaska to Anchorage’s Kincaid Park for the annual Lynx Loppet pursuit race.
Mia Huey, Cameron Miller and Levi Murphy were all overall winners in their respective age divisions.
Brennan earned her 11th career World Cup podium Thursday, while Schumacher took his highest career finish on Wednesday.
The women’s team has two skiers in the top three of the World Cup points race overall, while the men’s team is on the rise — sparked by young Alaskans.
The APU Elite team skier earned precious points toward future World Cup opportunities by winning Sunday’s race.
The West High senior was in Saturday’s classic sprint open final against many racers he’d watched compete on a national level.