Smutna and Blackhorse win Frozen Thunder 2013
It was winter like conditions as the Winsport Frozen Thunder classic sprint event, presented by Buff, got underway at the Canmore Nordic Centre.
The temperatures were just around zero degrees C. with a high of 14, expected later in the day. There was a good contingent of foreign skiers present but several of the top Canadians weren't involved.
The conditions seemed to suit the U.S. contingent as Sophie Caldwell finished a second ahead of Austria's Katerina Smutna to top the ladies' qualifier. Ida Sargent of the States was 3rd and Alysson Marshall was the top Canadian in 4th.
On the men's side it was U.S. veteran sprinter Andy Newell finishing first ahead of fellow countrymen Skyler Davis and Simeon Hamilton. Banff's Phil Widmer finished 5th.
The knockout heats saw the top 4 women from the qualifier in the A final, but this time it was the Austrian Katerina Smutna that was at the top, with Ida Sargent finishing ahead of Sophie Caldwell for 3rd and Alysson Marshall 4th, the top Canadian.
For the men it was young American, Dakota Blackhorse von-Jess beating U.S. ace Andy Newell in the semis and the final to finish 1st. The U.S. swept the A-final as Simeon Hamilton finished 3rd and Samuel Naney came 4th.
The B-final was won by Patrick Stewart-Jones, over fellow Canadians Phil Widmer and Michael Somppi.
Results at zone4.ca
The making of Frozen Thunder 2013