|Chamberlain, Wagner Win Classic Races in West Yellowstone|
Dave Chamberlain (Bethel, ME) out paced Chris Cook (Rhinelander, WI) over the final stretch Friday to win a 15K classic technique SuperTour race while Wendy Wagner (Park City, UT) won the women's 10K CL by more than a minute and a half.
With temperatures in the upper 20s (F), Chamberlain, a member of the last two US world championships teams, was timed at 41:06.8 for the three-lap race with Cook second in 41:10.2. Justin Freeman (Andover, NH) took third in 41:17.7. Wagner won the women's two-lap race in 30:13.4 with Rebecca Dussault (Gunnison, CO) second in 31:56.9.
"Chamberlain and Cook battled all the way. It was close all the way," said U.S. Coach Pete Vordenberg. "They were tied going into the last hill and somehow Dave pulled away and won by three seconds. It was outstanding... and Justin closed a lot of ground on the last lap. There were a lot of good things in this race..."
The U.S. Ski Team left Alaska when poor conditions forced cancellation of SuperTour races earlier in the month in Fairbanks and trained in Park City before coming to West Yellowstone. "We had snow from the time we got back to Park City and we've skied on it every day; it's been very good," Vordenberg said. "We're experimenting with a few things up here, not as concerned with who's where in each race as we look at improving our pacing, and some other things. These races are learning experiences for everyone."
Shayla Swanson was the top Canadian in the race, finishing an impressive 5th position. No Canadian men raced.
The SuperTour continued today with freestyle sprints.
USSA SuperTour Nor Am Cup
West Yellowstone, MT – Nov. 28
1. Dave Chamberlain, Bethel, Maine, 41:06.8
2. Chris Cook, Rhinelander, Wis., 41:10.2
3. Justin Freeman, Andover, N.H., 41:17.7
4. Andrew Johnson, Greensboro, Vt., 41:39.7
5. Leif Zimmerman, Bozeman, Mont., 42:16.9
1. Wendy Wagner, Park City, Utah, 30:13.4
2. Rebecca Dussault, Gunnison, Colo., 31:56.9
3. Aelin Peterson, Fairbanks, Alaska, 32:09.5
4. Melissa Oram, Taberg, N.Y., 32:24.7
5. Shyla Swanson, Canada, 32:55.4
Complete results can be found at http://www.rendezvousskitrails.com/
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