2012 Hoppet – Podium Pics by August Teague

2012 Hoppet – lead pack images by Top Shots

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Russian Trifecta at 2012 Kangaroo Hoppet at Falls Creek

Press Release from the Kangaroo Hoppet, Saturday August 25

The Kangaroo Hoppet, Australia’s international ski marathon, was held today at Falls Creek in north-east Victoria. Heavy snow falls and wind during the lead up to the race caused the main race to be shortened from 42km to 30km. It was a Russian trifecta in the men’s Hoppet, world number five Alexander Legkov winning ahead of team-mates Ilia Chernousov and Ivan Alypov. In the women’s Hoppet Maria Graefnings from Sweden won ahead of Marina Chernousova from Russia and two-time local winner Esther Bottomley from Mount Beauty. The Kangaro Hoppet is part of the Worldloppet series, which features 16 races in 16 countries and has annual participation of 125,000 skiers. Over 1,100 competitors from 27 nations entered in the three Kangaroo Hoppet race distances of 30km, 15km, and 7km. Continue reading

KCROS Results

The Kcros Tour (c) was held at Perisher Valley on August 4th around an interesting 11km course that involved reversing the 5km and the 10km courses with a few groomed links added in to bring it all together. The men’s winner was Jackson Bursill with Sarah Slattery winning the womens. A 5km Junior race was held and 14 year old Matt Bull was the winner. Everyone seemed to enjoy the course in what were windy and difficult conditions. Afterward there was an award ceremony with refreshments at the Snowy Gums Lodge at Smiggins which really completed the day. Thanks to the Kcros Committee and our local sponsors for their support in running this event.

Results: KCROS.pdf

Press Release from Australian Championship at Falls Creek

The 2012 Australian Open and Junior Championships for cross country skiing finished up last weekend August 18-19 at Falls Creek. The races were also part of the FIS Australia – New Zealand Cup (ANC) and a high quality international field was in attendance, with athletes competing from Russia, Czech, Sweden and Venezuela. In the open men’s events Russian athletes filled the podium on both days, lead by world #5 Alexander Legkov. In the women’s open events local Mt Beauty skier Esther Bottomley won the Sprint on Saturday, then took third place in the 10km Freestyle on Sunday behind Maria Graefnings from Sweden and Marina Chernousova from Russia. Continue reading

2012 Australian 5/10km Freestyle Championship – Results

The 2012 Australian Championships continued on Sunday August 18 at Falls Creek with the Freestyle Distance events. For the second day in a row Russian men filled the podium, Alexander Legkov winning ahead of brothers Ilia and Alexey Chernousov. The first Australian was Alex Almoukov in 4th place overall.  Maria Graefnings from Sweden blitzed the women’s 10km Freestyle ahead of Marina Chernousova from Russia, Esther Bottomley was third and first Australian.

In the junior classes Damon Morton was the first U20 man and Lucy Glanville the first U20 woman. Full class results are available in PDF format below:

2012 Australian Sprint Classic Championship – Results

The Australian Championships in Classic Sprint were held on Saturday August 18 at Falls Creek. In brief the Russian men lead by Alexander Legkov topped the men’s podium, while Esther Bottomley won the women’s final head of Maria Graefnings from Sweden and Anna Trnka the first U20 junior. Alasdair Tutt was the first U20 junior man, Matt Bull the first U16 junior man, and Sarah Hodge was the first U16 junior woman.

UPDATE – Callum Watson was the first Australian man in the open sprint, winning the B-final ahead of Mark van der Ploeg.

Time Trial results in PDF format below, final results hopefully posted before too long.

Snow Farm FIS Races 2012

The FIS Australia – New Zealand Continental Cup headed over to the Snow Farm in New Zealand last week, with races on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Australian Team members Callum and Aimee Watson travelled over to compete, and came up against strong competition from Japan, Russia, Czech and Poland.

Full results from the events are available on the FIS site: http://www.fis-ski.com/uk/604/1228.html?event_id=31763&cal_suchsector=CC

Callum finished 8th in the 15km Classic, 7th in the Freestyle Sprint, and 11th in the 10km Freestyle. Kreczmer from Poland won the two distance races and Petukhov from Russia won the Sprint. Aimee was 4th in the 10km Classic, 5th in the Freestyle Sprint and 8th in the 5km Freestyle, with Kowalczyk from Poland winning all three events.

For more race details look for an update on Callum’s blog http://callumwatsonxc.wordpress.com/ coming soon!

Callum at the front of the pack in the 15km Classic, image taken from Facebook.

SAXC Announces 2013 World Junior Coach & Manager

The Ski & Snowboard Australia Cross Country Committee (SAXC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Nick Grimmer and Allison Stoddart as coach and manager of the Australian Team for the 2013 World Junior/U23 Championship in Liberec in the Czech Republic. Nick and Allison will lead the Australian Junior Team to Europe in the lead-up to the championship, and also oversee athlete preparation in Australia this spring.

The preliminary plan for the Australian Junior Team is to train and compete in central Europe for a six week period before heading across to Liberec. Training locations and competitions are being finalised in consultation between Nick and Allison and the National Team Coach Finn Marsland, who will also assist with team support in Liberec. A pre-trip training camp is planned for the school and university holiday period at the end of September. Continue reading

Snowy Mountains Classic & Australian 15/30km Champs – Results

The 2012 Snowy Mountains Classic incorporating the Australian 15/30km Championship was held today at Perisher Valley. The winner of the Australian Championship 30km Freestyle was Alex Almoukov, just 22 seconds ahead of Chris Darlington. In the 15km Freestyle Brooke Darlington from Canada took the line honours, with Lescinska Grimmer second and the first Australian. Continue reading