Aspen’s Noah Hoffman takes 54th in skiathlon at Pyeongchang Games
Aspen-raised cross-country skier Noah Hoffman made his 2018 Winter Olympic debut on Sunday when he finished 54th in the men’s 15km + 15km skiathlon at the Alpensia Cross-Country Center in South Korea.
Hoffman finished the distance race in 1 hour, 23 minutes, 28.7 seconds, or about seven minutes behind race winner Simen Hegstad Krueger of Norway. He was part of a Norway podium sweep that included silver medalist Martin Johnsrud Sundby and bronze medalist Hans Christer Holund.
Scott Patterson was the top American finisher, coming in 18th in a field that included 65 finishers.
As expected, Aspen’s Simi Hamilton, a sprint specialist, did not compete. Hamilton, who now is a three-time Olympian, should make his Pyeongchang debut in Tuesday’s individual sprint classic. The men’s finals are scheduled for 5:30 a.m. Mountain Time.
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