Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Ready, Set, Sprint!

Day 1 of US Nationals is in the books.  The top 30 men and top 30 women advanced out of the qualification round to the heats, and today we had one qualifier:  Pati Sprecher.  Pati qualified eleventh and skied a smart, strong quarterfinal round - the first quarterfinal of the day - coming off the big downhill and into the final 200 meters on Sadie Bjornsen's heels in second place. But the field really came together dramatically as they transitioned around a turn and into the finish straightaway, and Pati got edged out of second and into third.  The top two advanced from each quarterfinal to the semis, along with two "lucky losers".  So we had to wait through all the quarterfinal rounds to see if Pati would advance to the semis, but it was not to be. 

Tomorrow is a rest day, and then we have individual-start skate races on Friday. Stay tuned. 

Now look at these pictures:



My favorite picture of the day for SO many reasons:  Coach Andrew and Lucky
Lunch Break: Andrew, Tor, Galen, Davis
Camp UAA

Andrew making his way to the high point of the course to cheer for Pati in the quarterfinal

Pati's cheerleaders: Tor, Viktor, Davis, Lucky, and Erin from APU

Pati is #11

Men's Final
Adam, Andrew, Tor

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