Thursday was the final day of the World Ski Mountaineering Championships and it ended with the always fun to watch Relay Race.
The team had another very early morning to catch a 6:30 but and get to the race. The team warmed up while the Youth Relay Race went on. The US Women were 1 of 7 teams competing in teams of 3 in the race. Our racers were Meredith, Sarah, and Jessie. We knew our largest competition would be the Canadian Team. Meredith was our first racer and had the challenge of keeping up with Canadian Mel Bernier. Meredith did a great job keeping her within ~40 seconds. Meredith handed off to Sarah who was able to catch the second Canadian racer and get a ~15 second lead on her. Sarah handed off to Jessie who continued to increase the US lead giving the women a 5th place finish for the US's highest finish of the week.
A very excited 5th place women's relay team
The men’s race had 12 teams and it was sure to be a very competitive and close race between the top teams. Our US Men’s Team consisted of Andy, Colin, Teague and Billy. The men were excited to try to keep up with the women by beating a very strong Canadian Team. All of our men had a great race, but were not quite strong enough to hold off the Canadian team.
The 2015 US National Ski Mountaineering Team
Overall Women's World Champions (3rd: Maude; 2nd: Axelle; 1st: Laetitia)
Overall Men's World Champions (3rd: Anton; 2nd: Killian; 1st: Robert)
Overall Team Awards - The US was 10th (Coach Chad is third from the right)
As is customary after the closing ceremonies there was a huge party with free flowing wine and beer, dancing, music, and other mischief. The team enjoyed themselves enough at the closing ceremonies that we won't share those photos.
The US had some of our best ever finishes with several men and women in the top 30 as well as some of our best finishes in races. Here are links to the results
For additional photos of the races, please check out the ISMF Facebook page, USSMA Facebook, USSMA Instagram, USSMA Twitter, as well as the Facebook pages and blogs of our US Team.