Aspen’s Hamilton records fourth career Nordic World Cup podium
Aspen native Simi Hamilton, a veteran on the U.S. Nordic ski team, earned his fourth career World Cup podium Saturday, taking second in a freestyle sprint in Toblach, Italy.
He lost by only a “boot tip” — roughly three hundredths of a second — to Norway’s Sindre Bjoernestad Skar in a photo finish. It was the Norwegian’s first World Cup victory.
Sunday, Hamilton paired with Vermont’s Andy Newell to take sixth in a team sprint, the best finish for an American sprint team since 2009.
With 101 points, Hamilton is 35th overall in the World Cup standings, and 11th in the sprint. Fellow Aspen native Noah Hoffman is 61st overall with 45 points, and 47th in distance.
The Nordic skiers will spend the next two weekends competing in Sweden before heading to South Korea the first week of February for a pre-Olympic test event. After PyeongChang, the focus turns to the World Championships, which begins Feb. 22 in Lahti, Finland.
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Herman is the freestyle skiing winner of the Summit Daily’s Peak Performers project, which honors the greatest athletes and most influential figures in Summit county ski and snowboard history.