In short, the US men were well represented by Greg Ruckman who finished in the mid 20s and Scott Simmons who placed around 28th or 29th. They were flying from the start and finished just a few minutes back from the overall winner, Killian Jornet. I find that even more impressive given the lack of nordic technique that we Americans possess. On a purely physiologic level, these guys are even closer.
Luke Nelson was our third man and placed 46th in 30:39 and I was 50th in 31:06. As I fell back on the numerous flats, I was able to pass some racers on the steeper sections. Our races in the states tend to be much steeper so we definitely neglect the kick and glide.
I think I that even though I struggled a bit today, my effort was a full one. I've been sick lately and coughing all night hasn't helped with the rest and recovery. Regardless, I was able to keep my heart rate over 180 throughout the entire 31 minutes. Perhaps on another day that same perceived effort would have been a little faster. I would love another chance in a couple years...
On the women's side, Janelle Smiley continued to impress with a 13th place finish. She was followed by Stevie Kramer shortly after and then Kim Young and McKenna Douglas in the mid 20s.
Here is a link to the results of each race as well as the overall individual rankings and team rankings.
We are still holding on to our 9th place world ranking as a team so hopefully the relay teams will perform well tomorrow (Edit: preliminarily, the men were 11th).
|Some of the fastest up hill runners and skiers on the planet are right here|
|There's a long way to go to be starting so fast...|
|Aerial view of Greg Ruckman, the top American in the vertical race|
This was to be my last chance to have some fun before returning home to reality (and what a great reality it is - I've desperately missed my wife and one year old son). We had an amazing afternoon and I am now sufficiently wrecked. Me, Tom, and Dom catch a plane early this morning so I'll put up some pictures and a trip report back in SLC where there's fast internet. Until then, here's a teaser pic:
|Tom Goth, about to turn around for 7000 feet of skiing back to the hotel with Mount Pelvoux in the background|