12.Nov.2010 by Tim Reynolds
Ida leading out her quarterfinal.

Ida leading out her quarterfinal.

First of three races down for the weekend this morning against one of the deepest fields I’ve ever raced.  Ida crushed the qualifying again in 5th just behind the likes of Petra, Kikkan, and Justyna Kowalcyk.  A pretty impressive performance for her, and we’re all hoping she gets the nod for a World Cup start while she’s over here.

I still haven’t seen results but it sounds like our crew fared alright skiing even with or above their rankings.  I can’t read the Finnish google results so I guess we’ll have to wait for them to come up on FIS.  We stuck around after the prelims to cheer on Ida and catch most of the heats.  It was fun to watch the top skiers up close on a really tight course in the rounds, and especially seeing Kikkan ski to a big win over Kowalyck and Majdic.

Hopefully we’ll be able to mix it up ourselves  in the top 30 next weekend in Rovaniemi in our last sprint start when the rest of the World Cup skiers head North to Gällivare.  We’ll be back with results but I just wanted to post this picture of Ida hammering up the first wall on the sprint course leading her heat.  Check back in again soon.