Today’s summary from 2013 Skimo World Champs was written by Eric Carter who is also a passionate skimo racer and xc skier.
February 11th – Racers from North America went head to head with the best of Europe in the Sprint event at the 2013 Ski Mountaineering World Championships in Pelvoux, France.
While the Swiss team dominated, the day culminated with American Nina Silitch winning a silver medal, outsprinting Sweden’s Emelie Forsberg in the finals.
This marks the first ever North American medal at Ski Mountaineering World Championships!
The men and women raced on the same course in Pelvoux Village, featuring about 80 meters of climbing with a bootpack section in the middle followed by a descent to the finish.
Racers were taking around three minutes to complete the course with tight times among finishers.
Top 3 Overall
In the men’s race, Josef Rottmoser of Germany grabbed the win after posting a blistering qualifying time of 2 min and 35 sec, edging out Marcel Marti representing team Switzerland. Yannick Ecoeur, also from Switzerland who qualified 13 seconds slower, rounded out the podium.
- Josef Rottmoser (Germany)
- Marcel Marti (Switzerland)
- Yannick Ecoeur (Switzerland)
Mireille Richard from Switzerland came out on top in the women’s race, besting Nina Silitch (USA) and Emelie Forsberg (Sweden). The final round results were actually a complete reversal of qualifying times. Emelie’s qualifying time of 3:24 was the fastest of the day for the women.
- Mireille Richard (Switzerland)
- Nina Silitch (USA)
- Emelie Forsberg (Sweden)
Canada fielded four male and one female racers while the USA had three male and two female racers in the sprint competition.
Melanie Bernier and Andrew McNab each took the top Canadian place (9th and 12th respectively). Melanie qualified only 10 seconds back from the leader. Peter Knight and Brad Schalles came in tight in 36th and 37th place, just missing out on points. Steve Sellers rounded out Team Canada, finishing in 52nd.
Meredith Edwards of Team USA finished 28th and last year’s US National Champion Luke Nelson finished just ahead of Max Taam in 32nd and 33rd.
2) Nina Silitch (USA)
9) Melanie Bernier (CAN) *10 secs back
28) Meredith Edwards (USA)
12) Andrew McNab (CAN) *33 secs back
32) Luke Nelson (USA)
33) Max Taam (USA)
36) Peter Knight (CAN)
37) Brad Schalles (CAN)
47) Mateusz Burgunder (USA)
52) Steve Sellers (CAN)
For more info on US team performances check out these blog posts:
Officially from USSMA – http://www.ussma.org/blog/brackec/world-skimo-championships-sprint-race-recap
First hand account from Andy Dorais - http://slcsherpa.blogspot.ca/2013/02/ismf-world-championships-sprint-race.html
Full results for all categories can be found here: http://ismf-ski.org/www/index.php?q=content/races-result®ister=&page=ListRaceRankingsAction&id_parent=219