Noah Hoffman’s decision to pursue competitive cross country skiing right out of high school has paid off sweetly, as he strides into 2014 with two World Championships invites and two U.S. titles under his belt. (Sarah Brunson/U.S. Ski Team)
World Cup sprint champion Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) fought hard to earn a fifth-place finish during Sunday’s 10k freestyle pursuit, the finale of the Ruka Triple mini-tour and cross country World Cup season opening weekend.
This year, a group of athletes moved Thanksgiving up to celebrate with their friends before the competition season kicked off. (Photo: Noah Hoffman)
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Alpine skier Will Brandenburg was named champion of the annual Sundance Sufferfest bike race. (Photo: Riley Steinmetz)
Noah Hoffman led the U.S. Ski Team finishing 24th in the 50k freestyle mass start at Holmenkollen.
Noah Hoffman finished 27th and led the U.S. Cross Country Team in the 50k classic on Sunday, the climatic close to the 2013 FIS World Nordic Ski Championships.
Andy Newell, Kris Freeman, Noah Hoffman and anchor Tad Elliott finished 10th in the men’s 4x10k relay at World Championships.
Noah Hoffman put in a good finishing kick to take 15th in the 15k freestyle individual start at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships.
Liz Stephen skied to a career best eighth in the skiathlon Olympic test event near Sochi.
A strong team of 13 was named by the USSA for the upcoming FIS Nordic Ski World Championships in Val di Fiemme.
Liz Stephen led a strong U.S. Ski Team surge with four women in the top 30.
Kikkan Randall finished 12th, Liz Stephen 15th as the seven stage Tour de Ski came to a close.
Kikkan Randall remained seventh after stage six as the Tour de Ski headed into its final day, the hill climb up Alpe Cermis Sunday.
Kikkan Randall moved up one spot to seventh as Justyna Kowalczyk extended her Tour de Ski lead with a win in a 3k classic individual start in Toblach.
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Because of his early success and passion for the sport, Noah Hoffman took a year off between high school and college to focus on his cross country skiing. Fast-forward the years and Hoffman is now a six-year veteran of the U.S. Ski Team and is poised to become the new face of U.S. distance ski racing.
The 2013 season marked a continued improvement in Hoffman’s skiing, and the results stacked up for the Aspen native. After earning a top-10 finish at the Canmore World Cup, Hoffman made a statement at his second World Championships, claiming two top-15 results in the 4x10k relay and 15k freestyle. He also finished his first Tour de Ski and won his second national title in the 15k classic pursuit.
These results came on the heels of a breakout 2012 campaign that saw Hoffman earn his first national title and a silver medal in the U23 World Championships in Turkey.
This summer I am looking forward to taking another step towards my goal of becoming the best distance cross country skier in the world by improving my upper body strength and power and also improving my speed for short races. I hope to show the gains I’ve made by continuing to have success on the World Cup, finishing the Tour de Ski in the top-20 overall and achieving a top-10 result at the Olympic Winter Games.
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