Start of season!

And the races are off!! The season has officially started for our SMS Elite team. Half of our group raced their first races at the World Cups in Kuusamo, Finland, while the other half raced FIS races in West Yellowstone, Montana.

Back on snow!
Back on snow!

Results are often across the board in the first races of the season, but you have to start somewhere and it’s always good to dust off the cobwebs! That said, our team had some really strong results last weekend even though it was our first week back on snow! In West Yellowstone, KO and Paddy each took the win in the skate distance race and Erika was 3rd. In the classic race, KO had another podium finish in 3rd, Erika was 5th, and Ben double poled the whole race and placed 6th. On the World Cup, Sophie and Jessie both qualified for the heats and placed 20th and 26th. In the 10k classic, Jessie showed that she can sprint and distance ski and placed 13th as the top American for the day.

Jessie racing in Kuusamo (Simi photo)
Jessie racing in Kuusamo (Simi photo)
After racing in Finland, we flew to Norway for the mini tour coming up this weekend. Ski racing in Norway is always a pretty incredible experience. Fans go wild, there are even more fast Norwegian racers than usual, and the delicious food (brown cheese) is something we always look forward to. Tune in this weekend to watch the Super Tour races in West Yellowstone and the World Cup in Lillehammer!
-Sophie
Hi from Finland!
Hi from Finland!
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