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September 16 - National Rankings 2002
October 24 - Win a Weekend for 2 at Howmans Gap
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November 30 - National Team Plans

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Spring 2002 Updates
November 30 - National Team Plans

Official Australian Teams will be sent to most of the major competitions in Europe this season (details included below). Senior Team members will be training and competing in small groups at various locations throughout the winter, including Austria, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, and Norway. These groups will only come together for the major competitions. The Junior Team will be based in Sweden from December, in preparation for the World Junior Championships in Solleftea in February. The qualification standards for each of these events are set by Skiing Australia based on FIS points.

The general competition goals for most of the major events is achieve results in the top half of the field. The exception is the World Junior Championships, where the aim is to get results in the top 30.

2003 World Championships - Val Di Fiemme, Italy, February 18 - March 1 2003
Coach: Finn Marsland
Manager: Brian Keeble
Assistant Coach: TBA
Wax Technician: Angelo Corradini (Italy)
Athletes: Paul Murray, Katherine Calder, Duane Butcher*, Andrew Mock*, Robert Curtis*, Matt O'Rourke* (*These athletes are still to reach the qualification standards)

2002-2003 World Cup Sprint
Dec 15 - World Cup 1km Sprint Freestyle - Val di Fiemme, Italy
Dec 19 - World Cup 1km Sprint Freestyle - Linz, Austria
Mar 6 - World Cup 1.5km Sprint Classic - Oslo, Norway
Mar 20 - World Cup 1.5km Sprint Freestyle - Borlange, Sweden
Coach/Manager: Finn Marsland
Athletes: Paul Murray
Other team members may join the WC Sprint team during the season.

2003 World Junior Championships - Solleftea, Sweden, February 2-9 2003
Coach: Finn Marsland
Manager: Brian Keeble
Assistant Coaches: Nick Almoukov, Allison McArdle
Athletes: Esther Bottomley, Ben Sim, Daniel van der Ploeg, Nick Grimmer, Sally Cunningham

2003 OPA U23 Championships - Valdidentro, Italy, February 13-16 2003
Coach: Finn Marsland
Manager: Brian Keeble
Athletes: Katherine Calder, Andrew Mock, Matt O'Rourke, Duane Butcher,
Andrew Circosta, Nick Grimmer

2003 World University Winter Games - Tarvisio, Italy, January 16-26, 2003
Management: Australian University Sport
Wax Technician: Matt O'Rourke (TBC)
Athletes: Katherine Calder, Andrew Mock, Andrew Circosta, Tim Retchford

For international race results and news throughout the summer head to Summer News 2002

For news on all the Australian skiers travelling and competing overseas, go to 2002/2003 Australian Team Reports


October 31 - JWASR Roller Races

The third season of the popular Jindabyne Winter Academy of Sport and Recreation (JWASR) Cross Country Ski Programs roller blade & ski race series is set to commence on SATURDAY 9th November at 10:30 AM. This series started two years ago as a fun low key and community run activity to keep all those keen skiers thinking about the next season. It still has the same focus.

The series has 8 events with the series result being determined from 5 of the eight races. Numbers allowing there will again be Masters, Open, Junior and Novice categories as well as club and school categories. The monthly races will vary in format. There will also be a Faezor (Laser) Biathlon series run concurrently (dates TBA). These events are open to all levels of roller skier or blader. The focus again for 2002/2003 is to further increase the involvement of beginners and roller bladers. All local inter-schools skiers are invited also as there will be an inter-schools section. The use of helmet, knee and elbow pads are strongly recommended.

The events will cost $4.00 per event, this covers the use of facilities and insurance. For events in which participants compete in the Faezor Biathlon also there will be an additional cost (TBA). All events will have registration between 9:00-9:15 (apart from the first event see above) at the JWASR athletics/ bike track

The schedule for 2002/2003:

When:

9 Nov

14 Dec

11 Jan

8 Feb

8 Mar

12 Apr

10 May

7 June

Format:

Sprint

Sprint

Pursuit

Sprint

Pursuit

Sprint

Pursuit

Pursuit


Events are subject to date/time or format changes please contact Tim Greville; tgreville@dsr.nsw.gov.au for confirmation.


October 29 - Great Alpine Challenge Results

The 2002 Great Alpine Challenge finished up last Sunday October 27 with the Mitta Mitta - Mt Beauty Mt Bike race. A record 334 people entered the 55km event this year, numbers boosted by the inclusion of the event in the National Mt Bike series.

The overall winner in the Mitta-MB was Murray Spink, in a new record time of 1:45:46. The first woman was Karen Hopkinson in 2:10:11. Full results of all classes can be found on the Team Mt Beauty Website. Daniel van der Ploeg was most impressive of all the skiers, finishing 3rd in the Under 23 Men with the 6th fastest time overall (1:51:10). Chloe McConville also put in a great performance, winning the Under 17 Women in 2:32:35.

For the Great Alpine Challenge overall results competitors had to competet in the 21km event at the Mt Beauty Half Marathon, the 42km Kangaroo Hoppet, and the 55km Mitta-MB. The surprise winner in the Open Men was Leon Spiller, who placed 11th in the run, 12th in the Hoppet, and 8th in the Sport Men class in the ride, for a total time of 6 hours and 3 minutes. The first in the Open Women was Michelle Forrer who placed 5th woman in the run, 10th in the Hoppet, and 1st in the Veteran Women class for a total time of 7 hours and 15 minutes. Brian Wallace won the 40+ Men class in a time of 6 hours 37, and Ronice Goebel won the 40+ Women in a time of 7 hours 48 minutes.

All competitors to complete any combination of events in the Great Alpine Challenge received an award.


October 28 - Dusseldorf Sprint World Cup

The earliest ever World Cup opening in Dusseldorf Germany was dominated by Scandinavians in both the men's and women's events, however at least it was different countries in both. Surprisingly it was the Norwegian women not the men who impressed most. It looked like (thanks to French Eurosport) a pretty good crowd surrounding the 650m loop of artificial/trucked in snow on the banks of the Rhein, but perhaps not the 100,000+ that was forecast by race organisers back in June. Unless there were a couple of huge ferrys docked alongside there just wouldn't have been enough room to fit so many people around the course.

Kuenzel from Germany posted the fastest women's qualifying time, and was joined in the final 16 by three other Germans; Sachenbacher, Reschwamm-Shultz, and first time World Cup finalist Stefanie Boehler, who qualified 9th in the sprint at the 2001 World Junior Championships in Poland. Unfortunately the German party went downhill from there, with Kuenzel the only one to make it through to the semi-finals and then a disappointing 8th in the B-Final. The Norwegian women on the other hand managed to get their 5 qualifiers all through to the semi-final, and then 3 into the A-final. Paruzzi from Italy flew the only middle-European flag in the final, and managed to hold of Anita Moen to take second place. The winner was at least a young Norwegian and a new face, 22 year old Marit Bjoergen whose previous best World Cup place was 13th. Bjoergen qualified second after Kuenzel, and looked the strongest skier also in the quarter and semi finals.

Sweden started well in the men's qualifying, with Tobias Fredriksson posting the fastest time, Peter Larsson 3rd, Mikael Ostberg 5th, and Brink 13th. The top three Swedes and 2nd fastest qualifier Hetland went all the way through to the A-finals. The major upset in the quarterfinals was Zorzi, who was first almost tripped up by Ostberg then tripped himself up and broke his basket. Sommerfeldt kept Germany's hopes going into the semi-finals, where they ended. The final was most interesting for what was going on in 3rd and 4th place: Hetland trying unsuccessfully to pass Ostberg, the latter seeming to cover the formers every move. Finally Ostberg tripped himself up, but a small break had been made and Hetland had no chance to catch Larsson and Fredriksson. Larsson was very impressive with his speed in the last 200m in every round, and just managed to hold of Fredriksson in the final metres.

Full results can be found at the FIS site, or the Dusseldorf site here for men and women

Unfortunately extremely strong winds arrived the next day, and the World Cup Sprint Relays were cancelled. The next World Cup is not until November 23 in Kiruna, Sweden.


October 24 - Win a Weekend for 2 at Howmans Gap

To help support three local BNSC junior cross country skiers in their goal to race at the World Junior Championships, Ken and Michelle Judd have kindly donated a weekend for two staying at the fully catered Howman's Gap Alpine Centre during winter 2003.

Howmans Gap offers affordable group accommodation above the snowline, its isolated location ideally suits school, sporting, corporate, social groups and ski teams. The centre offers comfortable chalet-style accommodation for up to 130 people in rooms sleeping between 2 and 8. The centre is heated and carpeted throughout and has excellent facilities including games room, video room and waxing facilities.

All funds raised will go directly to Esther Bottomley, Nick Grimmer and Daniel van der Ploeg who have all qualified to race in the World Junior Championships.

Tickets for the raffle cost $2 for one or $5 for three and are available from Esther, Nick and Daniel (email addresses below). You may also send your donation and how many tickets you would like to purchase along with your email address to the following address:

Howmans Gap Raffle
P.O. Box 111
Tawonga South 3698
Victoria

Esther: bots@netc.net.au
Nick: n_grimmer@hotmail.com
Daniel: vdplg@netc.net.au

The draw will take place on the 20th of November, and the winner will be posted here on the Australian Cross Country Skiing Website. The winner will also be be notified directly.

World Cup Opens this Weekend

The first World Cup of the 2002-2003 season is on already this weekend in Dusseldorf in Germany. This is the earliest cross country skiing World Cup opening ever, with snow trucked in to downtown Dusseldorf to make the event happen. Most big names will be on show. The individual sprint event kicks off on Saturday morning (European time), with the finals on from 12 until 2 PM. (Time difference right now is 8 hours). For German speakers, more details are available on the Dusseldorf Website. Look also to the Live Webcam at the bottom on the index page (right now they need to start trucking the snow). For other race news, Eurosport.com is usually pretty quick, and maybe just maybe the FIS Live coverage might be operational.

The first competition of the season has already been held, a classic sprint in Mora Sweden on October 19. The race was held on snow that race organisers had buried under bark at the end of last season. Swedish Olympic skiers Tobias Fredriksson and Elin Ek came through with the goods in the finals. Full results are available on the IFK Mora home page.


September 16 - National Rankings 2002

The last of the selection races concluded with the Australian Junior Championships a week or so ago, and provisional National Rankings for 2002 and provisional National Teams for 2002-2003 have now been posted on this site. Please note that the final rankings are still to be confirmed by the National Race Secretary, and that the teams need to be confirmed by the Skiing Australia Cross Country Committee. Several applications for post selection to various teams have already been received and are under consideration. 

Camille Melvey has been toppled from the number one women's spot after upteen years (possibly 7? 8?). Her successor is Katie Calder, who won all four selection races this season. Ben Derrick has returned to the top of the men's rankings after being knocked off by Cameron Morten in 2001, though he only just squeezed in ahead of Ben Sim. Ben Sim and Esther Bottomley topped the junior ranking lists.

From amongst the national team members official teams will be sent the World Championships in Val di Fiemme Italy, the Under 23 Championships in Val di Dendro Italy, the World Junior Championships in Solleftea Sweden, and to selected Sprint World Cup events.


XC is the official website of the Skiing Australia Cross Country Committee. It is produced with the assistance of the Australian Sports Commission and the Kangaroo Hoppet. The editor can be contacted via info@hoppet.com.au.