Aspen Nordic skiers go 1-2 in New Zealand
A pair of Aspen Nordic skiers got their season off to a strong start last week in New Zealand.
While training with the U.S. Ski Team during its annual summer on-snow training camp, the skiers took a “break” to compete in the 42-kilometer Merino Muster, held Sept. 3 near Wanaka, the third stop in the global Worldloppet long distance ski series.
Aspen’s Noah Hoffman won the race in 1 hour, 45 minutes, 8 seconds. He edged fellow Aspen skier Simi Hamilton, who took second in 1:45:31. Sweden’s Henrik Forsberg was the third male finisher in 2:03:33.
“The training season can feel exceptionally long and having a world-class race like the Muster in the middle of one of our hardest training periods reminds us what we’re training to do,” Hoffman said in a U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association statement. “The organizers and volunteers put in a world-class event and my teammates and I had a ton of fun.”
Winning the women’s race was Minnesota’s Jessie Diggins in 1:59:12, while Vermont’s Liz Stephen was second in 1:59:24.
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