The U20 Classic Sprint is in the books! It was a chilly day in Vuokatti, Finland but U.S. skiers persevered and skied strong on the styrofoam!

In the men’s race Zanden McMullen qualified in 11th and finished overall in 21st, Michael Earnhart in 37th, Will Koch in 43rd and Finn Sweet in 44th. In the women’s race Waverly Gebhardt finished 25th, Ava Thurston in 36th and Nina Seemann in 45th.

Photos: U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team

Temps stayed clear and cold for the U23 Classic Sprints, Team USA kept up some high turnover on the climbs (check out the videos below)!

In the Women’s race Hailey Swirbul qualified in 4th and finished in 7th and Hannah Halvorsen finished in 28th with Alex Lawson finishing 40th and Sophia Laukli in 53rd!!

In the Men’s race Ben Ogden qualified 3rd and finished in 11th, JC Schoonmaker finished 26th, Luke Jager in 30th and Gus Schumacher in 41st!! 

Photos: U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team, Bryan Fish

Beaut of a day at -20C in Vuokatti and a recap of the U23 sprints! Team USA shares their gratitude to be able to race this year and shares some sprint day tips.

Video: Alex Jospe


Junior and U23 athletes at the U20 sprint! Experienced athletes JC Schoonmaker and Hailey Swirbul share some good race day advice. “Believe in what you do. You don’t need to race like anybody else, if you believe in what you do best.” -Hailey Swirbul

Video: Alex Jospe


Behind the scenes in Vuokatti! Coach Alex checks in on what skiers are focusing on before the race and Coach Andy tells us “who’s got it” when it comes to good ol’ fashioned Classic technique.

Video: Alex Jospe


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