Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Adicoff among top skiers at Canmore

Nordic Paralympic hope

     Sun Valley’s Jake Adicoff, a member of the 2013-14 Paralympic Nordic Development Team, posted a seventh-place result on the 10-kilometer freestyle course Monday, Dec. 9 on the first day of Alberta World Cup IPC Nordic Skiing competition at Canmore, Canada.

     Adicoff, 18, a 2013 Wood River High School grad, was one of 13 finishers in the B 1/2/3 Men’s class for visually-impaired athletes on the 3.3k course. He was the second-ranked B3 competitor 3:20 behind the winning time of Canada’s Brian McKeever.

     Reid Pletcher was Adicoff’s guide on the course. Official finish time of Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation Nordic alumni Adicoff was 28 minutes and 41.9 seconds on a cold day in Canada. He was the top American in his class.

     Placing 18th in the LW 2/9 10k standing skate race Dec. 9 was Hailey’s Omar Bermejo, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran from Grand Rapids, Mich. who is also on the national Paralympic Nordic Development Team. Bermejo placed 13th in the 20k classic race Dec. 12.

     Adicoff, named to the Paralympic Olympic Devo Team this past June, also placed eighth overall in Thursday’s 20k classic race at Canmore. He was the top Yank again, 7:17 off McKeever’s top time. Adicoff stands 11th in the World Cup standings after Canmore.

     Paralympic biathlon and cross-country skiing national championships are Dec. 30-Jan. 8 at Soldier Hollow, Utah.

     U.S. athletes are also expected to compete in International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Cup meets at Oberstdorf, Germany Jan. 14-19 and at Oberreid, Germany from Jan. 21-26.

     Adicoff and other U.S. athletes are hoping to make the American team chosen for the XI Winter Paralympic Games March 7-16 at Sochi, Russia.

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