VAL DI FIEMME, Italy – Craftsbury Green Racing Project’s Caitlin Patterson recently completed the Tour de Ski, eight days of racing over 11 days in Italy and Switzerland. It’s the equivalent of the Tour de France bicycle race in the cross-country ski world.
Caitlin, a UVM graduate, has been skiing for the Craftsbury GRP for about six years, her second home. She grew up in Alaska but came to Vermont to ski on the college circuit and then stayed to ski professionally with the GRP. It’s a grueling race with two sprints, five middle distance races, and the infamous hill climb on the final day. Patterson finished 27th in the hill climb and 34th in the overall tour. She was the fifth U.S. Ski Team finisher with Jessie Diggins taking the dramatic overall win for team U.S.A, the first time a non-European has won the race in its 15-year history. Rosie Brennan, a Dartmouth graduate, placed sixth overall after several top three finishes in the early stages.
On the U.S. junior skier front, it was announced this week that Craftsbury’s Nina Seeman, along with Waterbury’s Ava Thurston, have been named to the U.S. World Junior team, which will race in Finland in February. Finn Sweet was named the U-20 men’s team. Sweet graduated this past spring from Craftsbury Academy high school. Alex Lawson, a former CNSC skier and Middlebury student, was named to the U.S. World U23 team for the second time. These are major accomplishments for these young athletes. We’ll follow their results in February. All these young athletes have been coached by Anna Schultz, Audrey Mangnan, and Jake Barton as part of the Craftsbury Nordic Ski Club.