Congratulations to xc-racer2’s Team from Canada for winning the Lahti weekend of Noah Hoffman Fantasy Cross Country! xc-racer2’s Team scored 1,642 points over the weekend, just 8 points more than tapani55’s Team, from Finland, in second place. Full fantasy results from the weekend are here.
With only one event to go, Frans’s Team from Finland has a commanding lead in the overall standings. This week the lead grew from 176 points to 204 points. Even with quadruple points being awarded for the overall standings of Ski Tour Canada, plus half points for each of the eight stages, it is hard to envision anyone overtaking Frans’s Team. However, the competition for second place could not be tighter. Audub’s Æbbærskaller from Norway and IdaAmin’s The Quiet Legs from Sweden are separated by only two points, 21,446 to 21,444 respectively! Only 79 points separate second place from fifth place. The overall podium spots (and prizes) are up for grabs in Ski Tour Canada. (Overall fantasy standings are here). Here’s a reminder of the top-3 prizes that are on the line for the overall fantasy competition:
- First place:
- Second place:
- Suunto Ambit3 GPS Heart Rate Monitor and a U.S. Ski Team High Sierra Duffle Bag.
- Third place:
Team selection is now open before Ski Tour Canada. Team selection will close for the final time on Monday, February 29th at 8 p.m. EST. Pick your team for Ski Tour Canada here. If you haven’t picked teams yet this season (or if you are way behind in the overall competition), you can still play for the Ski Tour Canada prize! The prize for Ski Tour Canada is a Suunto Ambit3 GPS Heart Rate Monitor and a National Nordic Foundation Buff.
I made it back to the U.S.! It feels really good to be “home”. I’m at my coach Zach Caldwell’s house, aka Caldwell Sport, in Putney, Vermont. I’ll be here for the week before heading to Gatineau for the beginning of the Canadian Tour. I am joined here in Putney by my Ski and Snowboard Club Vail teammate Tad Elliott, who also qualified for the Ski Tour Canada team.
Our last weekend in Europe, in Lahti, Finland, was highlighted by another incredible performance by Jessie Diggins, this time in a skate sprint race. Jessie finished 2nd, her third individual podium result since the beginning of the calendar year and her sixth top-5 finish in that same period. Jessie is truly one of the best all-around skiers in the world right now, and she’s the first U.S. woman ever to be so competitive in distance skiing as well as sprinting. It is really fun to watch and to be a part of as a team. Here are some shots of the women coming down the finishing straight in the sprint final. (Jessie is in white.)