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Noah Hoffman: Silver Medal at U-23 World Championships

March 1, 2012

 

As always, this season has had some great highs and some very disappointing lows. My coaches and I are always searching for more consistency, but it is not easy to be in good form from early November until the end of March. My most important career goal is to win the FIS World Cup Globe for distance, the trophy awarded to the best distance skier in the world for an entire season. In order to do that, I need to be good, if not great, every weekend of the season.

However, there’s something to be said for picking a weekend where you want to be at your best and making it happen. I’ve tried to do that for the last four seasons. Every year my goal has been to win a medal at the Under-23 (years-of-age) and Junior (19 years old and younger) World Championships. Every year I’ve tried to “peak” for that event, and for the last three seasons I have not managed to be at my best when it counts.

This year was my last opportunity. I am now 22 years old, I have spent almost the entire season on World Cup, and I can no longer look at the age of my competitors; it doesn’t matter how old they are anymore. That being said, I was totally inspired when I skied to second place last weekend in the 15km classic race at the U-23 World Championships and saw what it meant to my team, my coaches, my family, my friends, and the US Nordic community as a whole. It reminded me why I ski race.

Support from The Level Field Fund, Ski and Snowboard Club Vail, and many personal supporters have allowed me to continue to ski race when funds were cut this season from the US Ski Team. I could not be here without their support. I am looking forward to the season’s remaining races: World Cups this weekend and next in Lahti, Finland and Oslo, Norway then OPA Finals in Toblach, Italy, and finally Spring Series and Long Distance National Championships in Craftsbury, Vermont. I am even more excited to continue to move forward with my career next season with the Tour de Ski (7 World Cup Races in 9 days) and the World Championships in Val di Fiemme, Italy.