Team Selection for Noah Hoffman Fantasy Cross Country closes today at 8 p.m. (EST). Don’t forget to finalize your team, or, if you haven’t made an account yet, sign up and pick 16 skiers that you believe are going to kill it this weekend in the opening World Cup races here in Ruka/Kuusamo, Finland. It’s free to enter and is open to anyone. The goal is to encourage people to follow the World Cup throughout the winter. There are great prizes for the season-long competition and awesome prizes for the winner of each weekend. The winner of this weekend will receive a Toko T14 Digital Waxing Iron and a National Nordic Foundation Buff. Sign up and pick your team here.
Also, not all skiers that are available on the fantasy site will be racing this weekend. The start list for tomorrow’s sprint will be available (at the latest) by 2 p.m. (EST) here. Be sure to double check that everyone on your team is starting. And remember, this weekend is a tour event, so if an athlete isn’t racing tomorrow, they cannot race on Saturday or Sunday.
The chaos that is the World Cup scene began in earnest today. Here’s the U.S. wax cabin:
Courtney Harkins of the U.S. Ski Team put together a great article about Noah Hoffman Fantasy Cross Country. It does a great job of explaining the league and telling the story about how it came to be, including the e-mail that Adam Mahar sent me this fall, after developing the entire site himself. Check out the article here.
And don’t forget to pick your fantasy team before team selection closes tomorrow here!
First, if you haven’t already, don’t forget to pick your team for Noah Hoffman Fantasy Cross Country! It’s free, easy and there are awesome prizes on the line. Plus you can create your own personal league to compete against your friends. Team selection for this weekend’s openers here in Kuusamo closes on Thursday at 8 p.m. Eastern Time. Also, if you have already made an account but you haven’t selected all 16 of your skiers, don’t forget to finalize your team before the deadline! Only 58% of players have selected their full 16 skiers!
After I posted some pictures on Sunday morning, I competed in a 15 kilometer individual start FIS race that was part of the Gällivare Premiere, tune-up races for the World Cup. I executed the race according to my plan by going out hard and trying to hold on. I also skied well in that I used the new technique cues that I’ve developed this summer and fall during the race. I finished in 6th place, behind some excellent skiers who have won World Cups and had podium finishes at the World Championships. I was happy with the day and expect to build on that result in the coming weeks.
Here is my wax technician Jean-Pascal (JP) Laurin testing skis before the race:
My teammates and I are currently waiting to head to today’s 15 kilometer skate race here in Gällivare, Sweden. The races this weekend are International Ski Federation (FIS) sanctioned and are called The Gällivare Premiere. We’re using them as tune-up races before next weekend’s opening World Cups in Ruka/Kuusamo, Finland.
Here are some more pictures from our U.S. Ski Team World Cup pre-camp in Gällivare, Sweden.
It’s very winter-like here in Gällivare, Sweden. It’s been lightly snowing for the last two days. We’re halfway through our U.S. Ski Team World Cup pre-Camp. This weekend we’ll be racing tune-up FIS races here in Gällivare.
I am very excited to announce the launch of Noah Hoffman Fantasy Cross Country at noahhoffmanfantasyxc.com! This is an expansion of last year’s very successful World Championship Fantasy League, and the goal is the same: to encourage people to follow international cross country skiing by giving them a personal stake in the outcome of the races. Once again, my sponsors have donated incredible prizes including top-of-the-line skis and poles from Madshus, two GPS Heart Rate Monitors from Suunto, roller skis from Finn Sisu, glasses from Julbo and a ton of other cool stuff.
As always, the league is free to enter and anyone can join. This year the league will include women and men and will cover the entire World Cup season. There will be prizes for the winner of each of the eleven World Cup weekends, as well as prizes for the top three in the season-long competition. This year’s website and platform are way better than last year thanks to the incredible work of programmer Adam Mahar.
So, pick your team of eight men and eight women for the opening weekend in Kuusamo (by Thursday, November 26th), create personal leagues to compete against your friends and have fun. Encourage your family, friends, teammates and competitors to pick a team to play against you. Once again, the website is noahhoffmanfantasyxc.com. Most importantly, follow the races on the live stream, keep up with news from your favorite athletes and get out on skis as much as possible!
Yesterday, my teammates and I all met in Helsinki, Finland and flew north to the small town of Rovaniemi. Luckily, we weren’t homesick yet.
I finally got a new camera. This time, it’s supposed to be much harder for me to destroy. I got an Olympus TG-4 crush-proof water-proof Noah-proof (hopefully) point-and shoot camera. I’m going to blame (rightly or wrongly) my very long hiatus from posting anything on this site on not having a camera. Now that I have a new one, I don’t have any more excuses.
I’m very excited to announce that we will again be holding the annual Aspen Nordic Send-off Party to benefit Rocky Mountain Nordic Angel (RMNA) on Sunday, October 18th from 4 to 6 pm at the Limelight Hotel in Aspen. Last season I had a disappointing crash, broke my fibula in the first World Cup of the season and missed most of the winter. Therefore, I am once again on the U.S. Ski Team‘s B Team. Consequently, the U.S. Ski Team will not cover any of my travel expenses for the coming winter, and I will need to rely on RMNA to cover my expenses to allow me to race on the World Cup. The annual Aspen fundraiser is one of the biggest fundraisers each year for RMNA, and they would not be able to support me and my Colorado teammates without the generosity of the community of Aspen.
I am especially excited that up-and-coming superstar Hailey Swirbul will be joining the event this year as one of the featured athletes. Hailey has demonstrated impressive talent and drive, and I expect her to be joining me on the U.S. Ski Team very soon.
The event at the Limelight will feature free pizza and beer from local supporters, and we will have a huge silent auction. I just packed four large boxes of U.S. Ski Team gear for the auction.
The party is always one of my favorite nights of the year. I love reconnecting with all of my friends in Aspen, and I am always overwhelmed by the generosity and support of the community. Thank you to everyone for so much support. I can’t wait to see you all again on the 18th!