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.
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.