NU’s Lane, Violett take on nation’s best nordic skiers
Nevada Union High School senior Patrick Lane and Sara Violett, a Miner sophomore, continued their competition Wednesday in the U.S. Junior National Nordic Championships, part of the Junior Olympics, in Lake Placid, New York with the best amateur Nordic skiers from around the country.
Violett finished 43rd in Wednesday’s preliminaries of the J2 girls division – which raced 5 kilometers – of the Classic competition, where athletes take strides directly forward and do not deviate from a distinct track. Lane took 57th in the preliminary round of the J1 boys division, which competed in a 10-kilometer race.
In addition to the classic competition, the nine days of racing has skiers competing freestyle, relays and sprints, which took place Monday.
Lane, who has focused on cross country running for the majority of his athletic career, picked up skiing as a type of cross training when he was a sophomore. His progression from someone who had never skied to a Junior Olympian proved to be a short learning curve.
“I’d put on skis two or three times before,” Lane said before departing for Lake Placid.
When he put them on in earnest, however, it apparently felt natural, because just two years later he is at the top of his game and loving every minute of it.
“I did it to stay in shape for track, but once I started racing I really liked it,” he said.
Although this is his first trip to a skiing event of this magnitude, one that can be daunting to amateurs, Lane has every intention of making his presence felt.
“I want to break all my records,” he said. “I’d like to compete well, but I’m just going to go there and race as hard as I can.”
In addition to being two of the top Nevada Union nordic skiers, Lane and Violett are also members of the Far West Division Nordic and the United States Ski Association. It is Far West which has comprised the 34-member West Coast Junior Olympic team Ð the Far West Nordic Junior Olympic Team.
This is Violett’s second trip to the Junior Olympics.
In Monday’s sprint competition, a loop race just short of distance one kilometer, Violett finished 27th in the J2 girls preliminaries, while Lane was 84th in the J1 boys’ division.
Still ahead is the freestyle competition, where athletes can choose any style – most using a style that resembles skating, pushing off with both legs – and the relay races.
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