In the Small Town of Cheboygan…

John Gravlin, an avid skier from Michigan, has taken the CXC Nordic Rocks for Schools program to a new level.

John begins his elementary school lessons by introducing Nordic balance and movement skis indoors; during the second session, John heads outdoors, where students enjoy a true Nordic experience:

  • sliding, gliding, and playing on skis with the classmates and teachers

Over 150 Cheboygan Elementary students have tried skiing for the first time this winter. Thank you everyone who gave time to the Nordic Rocks program!

Hazel Fischer Elementary School, Arnold (CA)

Lowell Elementary School, Waukesha (WI)

The CXC Nordic Rocks for Schools program is a three-way partnership between selected schools, community organizations, and Central Cross Country Skiing (CXC).

Special thanks go to the National Winter Sports Education Foundation for its support of this program!


With questions about the CXC “Nordic Rocks” for Schools program, please contact Bruce Manske

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Midwest and Great Lakes Division Junior National Recap

The 2017 XC Junior National Championships held in Lake Placid, New York, is a competition series regarded as the pinnacle of the competition season for many junior skiers ages 15-20. The event has come to a close as skiers travel back home and settle into the spring season.

The National event encompasses 10 divisional teams from different areas of the country. Each team brings their best athletes to compete for the Alaska Cup and individual best performances.

Photo Credit: courtesy of Skinny Skis

After a lively opening ceremony at the Ice Arena where “The Miracle on Ice” happened at the 1980 Winter Olympics, the racing week began on Monday with an individual skate race, followed by Classic Sprints on Wednesday, a Classic Individual start on Friday and a Skate Team Relay event on Saturday.

This year, Great Lakes Division had outstanding top ten performances in the U20 Female category with skier Sarah Goble place 4th in the 5km Skate and 7th in the 10km Classic events. On the men’s side, U18 skier Mitchell DeLong placed 6th overall in the classic sprint event and helped the GLD team toward their 5th place in the team relay.

Photo Credit: courtesy of Skinny Skis

The Midwest team brought nearly 60 athletes to nationals this year, and was awarded numerous top-ten finishes.

Throughout the week special mentions go the Midwest’s top 10 finishers Alexander Nameth, Peter Moore, Sara Olson, Luci Anderson, Kelly Koch, Luc Golin, Xavier Mansfield, Margie Freed, Hannah Rudd, Abby Jarzin, James Schneider, Libby Tuttle, Mara McCollor, Erin Moening and Jenna Parent. In the relay event U16 Boys took home silver with 2nd place, U18 Boys and girls both received bronze with 3rd place finishes and the U20 girls took home gold with their first-place performance.

Photo Credit: courtesy of Skinny Skis

I felt the Mid West results got better every race-  with some really exciting results on Relay Day.   The Lake Placid JN’s organizers really did a great job managing the tricky snow conditions and weather.  I think the athletes REALLY enjoyed themselves outside of the racing time-  there were lots of fun social activities right across from our hotel.  This trip will be very memorable for the Minnesota/Wisconsin athletes.  JN’s represents an important goal for any junior xc skier- and the goal of qualifying and competing at JN’s provides a great carrot for our top juniors in the Mid West region.  Many are fired up to start preparing right away! Piotr Bednarski Midwest Junior National Head Coach

A special thanks goes out to the organizing committee, volunteers and coaches for their hard work and dedication in making a high quality event that the athletes will regard as one of the most outstanding opportunities in their skiing career!

2017 NENSA U16 Championship Weekend Recap

Last weekend marked the 2017 NENSA U16 at Titcomb Mountain in West Farmington, Maine. For the Midwest that meant sending a total of eight (four boys and four girls) qualifying U16 athletes.

This race series proves to be an integral building block for the development of Midwest U16 skiers.

“The NENSA U16 trip provides the athletes with the opportunities to learn how to race, eat, recover and travel as a team. I believe this trip is a great building block for any skier’s career. Racing on new trails and other snow conditions is a great learning experience.” – Bjorn Hanson

The Championship weekend began on Friday March 10th with a 5km Freestyle race, followed by a 5km Classic race on Saturday and the series wrapped up on Sunday with the Team Relay event.

As a whole, the group did exceptionally well. Of special note were top 10 results from athletes Alice House, Lauren Lackman, Anni Skillicorn, Matthew Clarke, Cooper Lennox and Nick Parent. Podium finishes went to Alice House who got 2nd in the 5km freestyle race, Lauren Lackman just behind her in 3rd and on the men’s side Matthew Clarke stepped up on the podium with the 3rd place finish in the 5km freestyle as well.

“The NENSA organization is very inviting, friendly and helpful. In the two years I have attended this trip, they have had challenging weather conditions. In both cases they have made good choices regarding the course and skier safety. I believe they have the best interest of the U26 skier in mind. They ensure a high level of competition in a relaxed setting” – Kris Hanson Midwest NENSA Team Head Coach

The Midwest put forth two team relays, placing in first in the guest division was Midwest Team Alice House, Nick Parent, Anni Skillicorn and Cooper Lennox. Though separated into the guest category, this team from the Midwest raced a time that put them 2nd overall. Midwest skiers Ellie Munger, Matthew Clarke, Lauren Lackman and Garrett Walters raced together in the relay placing 2nd in the guest category with an overall time that placed them 5th overall.

Attend the 2017 Igor Legacy Camps!

Three weekend camps in three exciting locations across the Midwest:  Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan are set to host U12 and U14 skiers (ages 10-13) for an unforgettable three days of fun outdoor activities.


The goal of each Igor Legacy Camp, is to promote the growth and development of junior cross country ski racers and expose young athletes to the fundamental building blocks required for high-level cross country ski racing.

WISCONSIN June 16-18, 2017 / Standing Rocks County Park

MINNESOTA July 14-16, 2017 / Mora Vasaloppet Nordic Center

MICHIGAN August 11-13, 2017 / Wolverine Nordic Village

* Coaches and parents are welcome to apply to attend the Igor Legacy Camps.

Each camp will offer special features and activities including outdoor games, dry-land training, roller skiing, and cross training activities. The intention the Igor Legacy Camps is to inspire and excite youth in Igor Badamshin’s honor because his positive and playful approach to coaching has touched and inspired skiers of all ages.

The Igor Legacy Camps are made possible by: Central Cross Country Ski Association (CXC), Wisconsin Nordic Development Group (WNDG), and the American Birkebeiner Foundation (ABSF), along with two ski shops: FinnSisu (St. Paul, MN) and Out There Nordic Sports (Rice Lake, WI).


For further information regarding the Igor Legacy Camps, contact Bruce Manske, 651.304.0647.

CXC Marathon Cup Standings Announced

Final Point Rankings Released

With the conclusion of the CXC Marathon Cup Series presented by AVANT Techo, come the final point rankings.

After an unseasonable warm winter with questionable snow, the grand finale weekend proved a relative success at the UP Health System Great Bear Chase Ski Marathon in Calumet, MI.


The Series which includes races within each of the three main central states (Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota) is sanctioned and scored by Central Cross Country Ski Association.

The Marathon Cup Series awards four competition categories, Individual Overall, Individual Age-Indexed overall, Individual Age Class and Team.


TOP THREE INDIVIDUAL OVERALL SKIERS

MEN

Matt Liebsch
Chris Pappathopoulos
Krystof Kopal

WOMEN

Isabella Howden
Felicia Gesior
Alice Flanders

 


INDIVIDUAL AGE-INDEXED OVERALL SKIERS

MEN

Matt Liebsch
Michael Mandli
Chris Pappathopoulos

WOMEN

Isabella Howden
Felicia Gesior
Jan Guenther

 


INDIVIDUAL AGE CLASS

MEN 0-29

– Kristof Kopal

– Kieran Jones

– David Joda

MEN 30-39

-Matt Liebsch

-Chris Pappathopoulos

-Daniel Luoma

MEN 40-49

– Jacob Kjome

– Terrence Maag

– Eric Brandt

MEN 50-59

– Ray Johnson

– Piotr Bednarski

– Allen Hanson

MEN 60-69

– Michael Mandli

– Terry Tansey

– Randal Bladel

MEN 70 +

-Donn Christensen

-Ernie Brumbaugh

-Charles Duede

WOMEN 0-29

– Isabella Howden

– Felicia Gesior

– Alice Flanders

WOMEN 30-39

-Nicole Harvey

– Kathleen Dewahl

– Elaine Nelson

WOMEN 40-49

– Sherry Martin

– Kim Rudd

– Bonnie Weiskopf Albrecht

WOMEN 50-59

– Jan Guenther

– Leslie Hale

– Sandra Pera

WOMEN 60-69

– Melissa Behr

– Maddie McAlister

– Carol Markham-Cousins


“Despite all of the weather related challenges thrown at event organizers and volunteers this year, it was great to see the Avant Tecno CXC Marathon Cup grow and mature.

The level of competition definitely increased with more appearances from skiers with World Cup and World Championship experience, as well as college skiers and skiers coming down from Canada.

Fortunately the ability of some events to hold races on man made snow has grown dramatically in just the last year allowing for safe and competitive races where previously they might have been canceled or held on much less than ideal courses.

Due to the commitment of the Midwest skiing community the future looks bright for the series regardless of what Mother Nature has in store.”

– Chris Pappathopoulos BNS 

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4th Annual CXC Online Auction

We have wrapped up our ‘Spring Cleaning’ and we are offering lots of terrific options for you this year! The 4th Annual CXC Online Auction is officially open! Make sure to bid early and check back often because the auction is only active until Thursday, March 23rd at 9pm CST!

“Winning bids and donations will directly support CXC Skiing programming and events. Thank you!” – Yuriy Gusev, CXC Skiing Executive Director


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CXC Youth Cup Standings Announced

Final Point Rankings Released

With the conclusion of the Midwest Jr Championships, the CXC Youth Cup, presented by Bliz, as well as the Skiwerx Series, presented by Fast Wax, have released their final point rankings.

The Skiwerx Series, which is overseen by the Minnesota Youth Ski League, is in its seventh year and is a Minneapolis based youth series for U10, U12 and U14 racers, The CXC Youth Cup, began two years ago as a cooperative effort between MYSL and CXC Skiing and is a 13-event regional (three-state) youth series for U12 and U14 racers.

Top Three CXC Youth Cup Skiers

MU14 Caden Albrecht, Victor Sparks, Owen Williams
FU14 Sudie Hall, Mia Case, Liv Myers
MU12  Bryce Albrecht, Jonathan Nemeth, Josh Frett
FU12 Fran Peterson, Margo Nightingale, Raina Hess

Our grand finale weekend, the Midwest Junior Championships and Festival, was a great success, with over 300 skiers attending.

“We made a weather-based decision to compress the schedule to one day and many skiers raced up to five times, including relays and SkiX”, states co-race director, Amy Cichanowski of the Minnesota Youth Ski League. “Everything stayed on schedule and the excitement never stopped until the awards were over”.

The age group top-ten in the CXC Youth Cup were awarded medals at the conclusion of the Midwest Junior Championship races. 

The top 8 U14 boys and girls from the final points list will be invited to participate in the Dream Camp in July in the Hayward area. The top five Skiwerx Series age group medals will be awarded at the MYSL/Skiwerx Banquet on March 19th. The Wisconsin Skiwerx Series top-five awards will be presented at the spring CXC Congress in late April.


The vision for youth racing in the Midwest, is to have a network of Skiwerx Series that lay the foundation for a robust CXC Youth Cup, cilminating in the Midwest Junior Championship and Festival. We would like to have up to five Skiwerx districts. All with developmentally appropriate exposure to racing and networked programming.

If you are interested in working towards this vision with our Central Youth Committee, please contact Amy Cichanowski, CXC (Central Cross Country) Youth Coordinator, amy@mysl.org.