The 2011 Junior Olympic Championships in Minneapolis, MN, held opening ceremonies at the IDS Crystal Court. After the athletes paraded in from the skyways, a number of local dignitaries spoke, including Major R.T. Rybak (a skier himself), and MN Supreme Court Justice Alan Page, and there were musical numbers from the Hopkins HS drumline and the Rhythm Tap Dance Company.
SKINNYSKI.COM has posted a course preview complete with photos and descriptions.
Sunday March 6th: Opening Ceremonies
Monday March 7th: Freestyle Sprint Competition
Wednesday March 9th: Classic Mass Start Competition (5k /10k /15k)
Friday, March 11th: Skate Interval Start Competition (5k /10k)
Saturday March 12th: Classic Relay Competition (3 x 3k relay); Closing Ceremony and Awards Banquet
More information can be found on the 2011 Junior Olympic website.
The 4 Junior National qualifier races this season were the Snowshoe Thompson Classic, Sierra Skogsloppet, Allan Bard Classic, and the ASC Freestyle Sprints.
At this time we have 28 athletes, plus 8 coaches heading to Minneapolis from March 5-13.
Way to Go Team!
J2 Girls: Katrin Larusson, Laurel Fiddler, Bria Riggs, Raylene Chew, Danielle Nivinski, and Camille Hartley
J1/OJ Girls: Annika Taylor, Joelle Romo, Melanie Swick, and Allie McDaniel
J3 Girls: Gabrielle Rinne
J2 Boys: Jackson Rohlf, Shane Christian, Jackson Wood, Isaiah Cutler, and Jake Kamenetsky
J1/OJ Boys: Austin Meng, Jordan McElroy, Justin Ondry, Patrick McElravey, Alec Wiltz, Alex Kopytko, Evan Dion, Branden Deeter, and Alex Hamilton
J3 Boys: Sam Zabell, Dylan Syben, and Julien Bordes
Coaches: Ben Grasseschi, Jeff Schloss, Joel Chew, Mark Nadell, Nancy Fiddler, Mary Ellen Benier, Alana Levin, and Kara LaPoint plus Tom McElroy