Aspen skiers Hamilton, Hoffman named to worlds squad
Aspen, CO Colorado
ASPEN – By virtue of their strong early-season performances across the globe, Aspenites and former Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club nordic standouts Simi Hamilton and Noah Hoffman have been named to U.S. Cross Country’s World Championship Team.
The squad, announced Wednesday and comprised of 14 men and women – among them nine Olympians and a slew of past and present U.S. champions – will compete at famed Holmenkollen in Oslo, Norway, on Feb. 24-March 6.
“We are naming a team for Oslo blending veterans and promising young talent. And everyone is skiing fast,” U.S. head coach Chris Grover said in a news release. “We’ve had a great start to the World Cup season and had strong performances by athletes at our U.S. Championships in Maine.
“This Oslo world championship team clearly represents the future of U.S. cross country ski racing. We have a great combination of athletes who will be looking to make their mark on the world championship stage and those who are in the hunt for a medal at Holmenkollen.”
Hamilton, who last winter made his first Olympic team, finished second in a 1K freestyle sprint at early January’s national championships in Rumford. The 23-year-old’s 2010-2011 season also has been highlighted by a sprint victory in August’s Australia/New Zealand Cup at Snow Farm in New Zealand and a 16th-place finish in Dec. 12’s World Cup freestyle sprint in Davos, Switzerland.
Hoffman, making his first worlds appearance, also kicked off his season with a win at Snow Farm, taking first in the 10K freestyle. The 21-year-old also was part of a 4 x 10K relay that finished 31st in a Nov. 2 World Cup race in Sweden. Later that month, he finished 34th in a World Cup 15K freestyle pursuit in Kuusamo, Finland.
Hoffman skied to a third-place finish in the 30K freestyle and was sixth in the 15K classic at the national championships. Soon after, he was one of 13 U.S. athletes named to the World U23 Ski Championship Team, which will compete in Otepaa, Estonia, from Jan. 27-31.
Action at the world championships in Oslo kicks off with Feb. 24’s men’s and women’s freestyle sprints and concludes with March 6’s men’s 50K freestyle.
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