Two veterans are well on their way to securing a spot on the U.S. Paralympic Nordic Skiing team.
U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Dan Cnossen looks like he’s ready for the 2014 Sochi Paralympics.
With three first-place finishes at the Jan. 2–8 U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing Championship at Soldier Hollow in Midway, Utah, he improved his chances to head to Sochi, Russia with a nice little run.
Army veteran Jeremy Wagner recorded his first national title in the cross country sprint race at the Jan. 2–8 U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing Championship at Soldier Hollow in Midway, Utah.
Cnossen (Topeka, Kan.) won the 7.5-kilometer biathlon, along with the 10K and 15K cross country races in the sit-ski division in Utah and it helped him move up the ranking list to secure a spot on the U.S. Paralympic Team.
Additionally, Army veteran Jeremy Wagner (Nanakuli, Hawaii) recorded his first national title in the cross country sprint race, winning by just four hundredths of a second over Sean Halsted (Spokane, Wash.), an Air Force veteran.
“It was really nice to see a couple of athletes shine that we haven’t heard much from, specifically Jeremy Wagner,” says U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing High Performance Director John Farra. “Winning his first national title was a big deal against a legitimate class of athletes, and he really stepped it up, so that was super exciting.”
Vancouver 2010 bronze medalist and Army veteran Andy Soule (San Antonio) recorded four second-place finishes in the men’s competition.
Oksana Masters (Louisville, Ky.) matched Cnossen — recording three titles on the women’s side. She took the 6K biathlon and 5K and 10K cross country races in the sit-ski division. Tatyana McFadden (Clarksville, Md.) also recorded a victory, winning the cross country sprint race over Masters by 4 seconds.
Beth Requist (Marlboro, Mass.) and Monica Bascio (Evergreen, Colo.) also reached the podium in two events.
Athletes who will compete in Sochi were named at the end of January and can be found online at pvamag.com/sns. Seventeen athletes will be picked to compete in cross-country skiing and biathlon events.
For more information, visit teamusa.org/US-Paralympics.
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