Posts tagged: Langlauf
WINTER SPORTS —They gave us a preview of their world-class talent during Langlauf on Mount Spokane.
Erik Bjornsen — and his sister Sadie — of Washington's Methow Valley are skiing their hearts out in the nordic events at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. But winning Langlauf, the annual 10K classic event at Mount Spokane, was one of their milestone achievements to get there.
The photo above shows Erik competing today in Sochi. A photo below shows Erik in 2008 at the age of 16 when he was the overall Langlauf champ. He's posing with the top woman that year, Annie Pokorny of Spokane.
The photo at left shows Sadie Bjornsen at the age of 13 when she won the Langlauf women's division — the youngest competitor to take the Langlauf crown.
See today's story about the Bjornsen's attraction to a college in Alaska that's primed them for international competition.
See my story on their connection with the Spokane Langlauf.
Click “continue reading” to see photos of Erik and Sadie Bjornsen in action during the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.
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WINTER SPORTS — The annual Langlauf cross-country ski race at Mount Spokane has equal parts of waxing anxiety, sweat, cheering, food — and a lot of hope for placing high in an age group or winning one of the many drawings for thousands of dollars worth of prizes.
It's a colorful event that attracts participants spaning 80 years of age.
Check it out in this gallery of photos I shot today while skiing the race with 244 other participants.
NORDIC SKIING — A few skis got tangled during the mass start for 250 competitors in the 34th annual Langlauf 10-kilometer cross-country ski race Sunday at Mount Spokane.
But the event went smoothly and, as usual, the field feasted on soup an treats before hanging around, listening to a fiddle-accordian band. Then they stepped up to an award ceremony that handed out medals, ribbons and thousands of dollars worth of prizes to participants regardless of how fast they put away the course.
It's the classiest nordic skiing event in the region.
The fastest skiers through the foggy conditions were Brad Bauer, 38, of Seattle, the overall winner in 27:33, and Deb Bauer, 46, of Spokane, the top female in 33:01.
NORDIC SKIING — In honor of the upcoming (Feb. 12) Spokane Langlauf, the annual 10K cross-country ski event at Mount Spokane, let your mind soar and your body be sore while viewing the lengths some skinny skiers will go to be just like crazy alpine skiers, only different.
Langlauf is part of the Selkirk Nordic Series.
NORDIC SKIING — The annual Langlauf 10-kilometer cross-country ski race, set for Feb. 12 at Mount Spokane, is offering a two-for-one $25 entry fee for skiers who enter along with a first-time participant.
Langlauf is the most popular nordic ski event in the region, featuring lottery prizes for everyone who participates. The fastest skiers get medals and ribbons, but everyone has a chance to win things like skis, restaurant meals and vacation accomodations at ski destinations.
Enter online at spokanelanglauf.org.
Need more info? Call Fitness Fanatics, (509) 922-6080.
WINTER SPORTS – Cross-country skiers can test their performance over the course of the season and take a stab at winning cool prizes by entering the four-race Selkirk Nordic Series at Inland Northwest venues.
The series schedule includes:
Feb. 18: Group Health Pursuit, a 10K classic race at Mount Spokane. Info: (509) 922-6080.
Although not part of the Selkirk series, the Group Health Pursuit continues on Feb. 19 with a skate race. The Group Health event is of particular interest since it’s also a qualifier for teen competitors trying to reach the Junior Nationals. Expect to see a lot of good skiers both days.
NORDIC SKIING — The countdown has begun for the annualLanglauf 10K classic cross-country citizens race set to start at 11 a.m. Sunday at Mount Spokane.
A free waxing clinic geared to the race will be held today, 6 p.m., at Fitness Fanatics, 2425 E. Trent., where you can pre-register or pick up entry packet from 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Tip: If you're not a Langlauf skier, expect the parking lot at the Mount Spokane nordic trails to be jam packed Sunday until about 2:30 p.m.
This is the biggest cross-country skiing event in the region, a distinction boosted by the $6,000 in prizes.
CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING – Cross-country skiers can test their performance over the course of the season and take a stab at winning cool prizes by entering the three-race Selkirk Nordic Series.