Friday, March 17, 2017

Jake in PyeongChang

While Hannah was tearing it up at NCAAs, Jake was in PyeongChang, South Korea, for a Paralympic World Cup test event.  PyeongChang is hosting the Paralympic Winter Games next year, and this event was a chance for athletes and organizers to do a run-through in preparation for the big show next year.  Happily, these races coincided with Bowdoin's Spring Break, so Jake hopped on a plane right after classes ended last week, flew halfway around the world, and jumped into the races shortly after landing.  Apparently the jet lag didn't bother him too much, because he won gold in the 20k skate!  He followed that up with a win in the classic sprint and then a 3rd place finish in the 10k classic a couple days later.  A very impressive showing for Jake and guide Sawyer Kesselheim in their first international races together, and a major confidence booster for next year's Games.

20k Skate Results
Classic Sprint Results
10k Classic Results

Here are a few photos from the 20k, courtesy of John Farra:

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