By Amy Cheney-Seymour

 

The 2017 Junior National Cross Country Championships in Lake Placid is a wrap. Done. Arguably the most anticipated event, the dance, is on, with Eric Wilson at Good Guys, throwing it down for the athletes. The lights are low, and the floor is shaking. Success.

Tomorrow the medals will be packed, the skis prepped for travel, new friends firmly tucked into the social media rolodex. We delivered the “mixed bag” weather only the east can shake up: brilliant sunshine, balmy breezes, snow, ice, gale force winds and, wait for it, subfreezing racing temperatures. Skiing the east is a puzzle, you truly never know what is coming next, it’s the nature of our game.

You brought your game, your A game and the competition was fierce, but the faces friendly. From the Pacific Northwest, Great Plains, High Plains, Intermountain, Mid-Atlantic, Great Lakes, Rocky Mountain, New England, Mid-West and back to Alaska, Canada; eleven teams represented themselves, their clubs and the sport of Nordic skiing in wealth and taste, with sparkles and cut off jean shorts.  As our MC from across the sea, Stuart, would say “well done.”

The Olympic Regional Development Authority extends a sincere note of thanks to the ORDA employees and volunteers who made this year’s Junior Nationals a success. Mostly, we thank you, for visiting the Lake Placid region to cheer on your ski racer, and undoubtedly, skiers one and all. In Nordic Sports the connections created through shared experience, and fostering these bonds with our children, is what keeps us ringing cowbells. Today’s racer is tomorrows coach, volunteer, venue manager, or fan.  Our job was to provide a spectator friendly venue, world class trails, and a variety of activities so your experience in the Olympic Region was one to remember.

We hope your stay in Lake Placid was a pleasant one and that you will return to the area to bang out a few kilometers at Mt Van Hoevenberg, compete in the Iron Man or climb one of the scenic 46 High Peaks in the lazy days of summer, or during our famous fall season. The Adirondacks is a magical place year round.  

Thank you for sharing your children and your time with us. Who made this year’s Junior Nationals terrific? When you think back, after all, it was you and me.

Safe travels!