Lots of history was being made last week, at the first-ever World Cup in ski orienteering to be held on North American soil. Firstly, this was the first time North America has ever held a ski orienteering race of this calibre, and it's been 20 years since the US held any orienteering race at this level. But even more exciting, the U.S. Ski Orienteering Team had some outstanding results from two of their women, with Alison Crocker now ranked 6th in the world, and Alexandra Jospe now ranked 13th. These excellent placings are by far the best results American orienteers have ever produced, and followed a week of stellar racing for these two ladies. On the men's side, Adrian Owens had a standout race in the sprint.
These races doubled as the North American and U.S. Championships, and drew a crowd of nearly 80 American skiers, and 85 World Cup competitors. The Bay Area Orienteering Club (BAOC) and their volunteers did an excellent job running a very professional event.
Alison Crocker on the podium.
The next round of World Cup ski orienteering races are in Kazahkstan, followed by the final round in Sweden.