Lake Tahoe, California –
Led by a trio of athletes, Alison Crocker (Amherst, MA), Alexandra Jospe (Newton, MA), and Adrian Owens (Craftsbury, VT), the United States Ski Orienteering team produced a series of national bests at Round 1 of the 2012 Ski Orienteering World Cup. The event was held from January 30–February 5 in Truckee and Lake Tahoe. Hosted by the Bay Area Orienteering Club and sanctioned by Orienteering USA and the International Orienteering Federation, this was the first Ski Orienteering World Cup event ever held in the USA.
The women’s team was led by Crocker and Jospe who each recorded podium and near-podium finishes in a series of World Cup, North American Championship and United States Championship races. This was highlighted by Crocker’s fourth place finish in the World Cup Long and Jospe’s gold medal in the North American Sprint.
One the men’s side, Owens delivered a series of gold medal performances including the North American Sprint and the United States Sprint. “We recognize the talent and dedication of all of our athletes and congratulate them on a strong World Cup performance. Through their hard work the sport of orienteering in its many forms continues to grow in the United States,” said Orienteering USA President Peter Goodwin.
More about the event: http://orienteeringusa.org/us-teams/ski/2012-skio-world-cup-lake-tahoe
At left: Alex Jospe and Ali Crocker converse before a World Cup race
At right: Adrian Owens enters the stadium during the World Cup sprint
Above: Nikolay Nachev finishes the World Cup sprint
(All images courtesy: Eddie Bergeron)