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Hoffman breaks ski, still leads U.S. men

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

MALLES, Italy ” Aspenite Noah Hoffman led the U.S. men’s contingent in Wednesday’s 20-kilometer freestyle mass start at the Nordic Junior World Championships in Malles, Italy, despite snapping a binding off his ski at the race’s start.

Because of the broken binding, Hoff­man had to wait for the field to clear the trail before getting a replacement ski from one of his coaches. The setback cost Hoff­man precious time and he finished 23rd ” in 50 minutes, 44.9 seconds ” in a race he had hopes of winning.

The Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club graduate, who now trains with the Sun Valley (Idaho) Ski Education Founda­tion, moved all the way up to sixth after 11 kilometers but fell off the lead pace after switching back to his original, repaired ski. German Phillip Marschall won the men’s race in 48:29.6. Therese Johaug of Norway won the women’s race for her sec­ond straight gold.

The Nordic Junior Worlds wrap up today with team relays.

AVSC’s Wiley Maple was the second-fastest U.S. skier in Thursday’s super G at the Alpine Junior World Champi­onships in Formigal, Spain, finishing 15th in a race won by Germany’s Andreas Sander.

Sander won in 1 minute, 21.02 seconds, edging Austrians Matthias Meyer (1:21.14) and Bjoern Sieber (1:21.18). Maple fin­ished in 1: 22.80, just .29 seconds off the pace of top U.S. finisher Travis Ganong of Olympic Valley, Calif.

Ganong, who had had 12 other top-20 finishes this season, headed up a contin­gent of five U.S. U.S. men that included Maple, Oregon’s Tommy Ford (22nd, 1:23.22), Maine’s Bump Heldman (38th, 1:24.33), Wyoming’s Maxamillian Ham­mer (44th, 1:25.25) and Utah’s Andrew Phillips, who failed to finish.

In the women’s slalom, the U. S. Ski Team’s Kiley Staples of Park City, Utah, finished 24th followed by teammate Laurenne Ross in 29th. Glenwood Springs’ Alice McKennis was 52nd, fin­ishing with a two- run combined time of 1: 51.83.


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