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Tannenbaum launches XC ski racing season

December 19, 2013

Youth racers start their race in the Lakes Basin on Dec. 15 in the annual Tannenbaum Classic Nordic Ski Race. The race is a fundraiser for Eastern Sierra Nordic Ski Association whose mission is to promote cross-country skiing and biathlon in the Eastern Sierra. Photo/Heidi Vetter

The Tannenbaum Classic Nordic Ski Race started off the cross-country ski season Dec. 15 at Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center with a crowd of nearly 80 racers, ranging from youngsters who were on cross country skis for the first time to college athletes and a two-time Olympian.

Adults raced a 10km race, high school athletes a 5km, and juniors raced in either a 2km or 1km race. A large contingent of junior alpine racers came to test their skills in “uphill” skiing. 

The crowd witnessed a monumental result for Laurel Fiddler, a freshman ski team member at Bates College in Maine, as she beat her mother, Olympian Nancy Fiddler, for the first time. 

Mammoth Middle School Coach Bryce Tiernan showed his team members his racing ability by taking first place in the men’s race. 

The race was a fundraiser for Eastern Sierra Nordic Ski Association whose mission is to promote cross-country skiing and biathlon in the Eastern Sierra by encouraging the development of responsible and self-motivated skiers by providing the support required to assist each athlete to ski and race to the best of their abilities. 

Visit esnsa.org for more information.

Full results can be found at: http://farwestnordic.org/raceresults/results20132014/tl_tannenbaum13.html

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