In the U20 and U23 distance freestyle races two U.S. athletes achieved a top five result! In the U23 women’s 10km Sophia Laukli finished 5th as did Zanden McMullen in the U20 men’s 10km. Gus Schumacher achieved 9th in the U23 men’s 15km and Ava Thurston skied to 14th in the U20 women’s 5km.

Photos: Tomi Mäkipää @tomimakipaa1

World Junior and U23 relays were held on another chilly day in Finland! Junior Men finish in 8th in the 4x5km with Michael Earnhart, Zanden McMullen, Will Koch, and Johnny Hagenbuch racing.
U23 Men and Women finish 5th in the mixed 4x5km relay with Hailey Swirbul, Gus Schumacher, Hunter Wonders, and Sophia Laukli racing.

Photo: Tomi Mäkipää @tomimakipaa1

Recap of the World Junior/U23 distance freestyle and relays and takeaways from the week of races! 
“I’m representing the U.S., I’m not just skiing for myself, I’m skiing for the whole nation.”
-Alex Lawson

Video: Alex Jospe

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