Well Known Nordic Skier Com­petes in World Cup

Stanstead Journal - - SPORTS - New­port, VT

Whenwe think of Nordic ski­ing in our area, Crafts­bury, Jay Peak Nordic Cen­ter, the Mem­phrem­a­gog Ski Tour­ing trails, and even woods or fields near where we live may come to mind.

Dr. Peter Har­ris, long Dr. is at the fin­time and well known ish line at König Lud­wig Lauf,

Ober­am­mer­gau, Ger­many with a in­ternist and pe­di­a­tri­cian,

3rd place fin­ish. has sur­passed all of those lo­ca­tions with a win­ter of Nordic ski­ing ac­com­plish­ments. And, when con­di­tions are right he even skis to work at North Coun­try Hospi­tal’s Pri­mary Care.

Three big events set the tone for his ski­ing in Jan­uary and Fe­bru­ary this year. He started with the Mast World Cup in Pillersee­tal, Aus­tria. With one thou­sand racers in all from around the world, you do not need to qual­ify. About 70 in his age range were at the mass start and in the last race Dr. Har­ris placed 9th.

Next was the World­lop­pett Tour with 2,200 skiers and 100150 skiers in his age group. This event was at the König Lud­wig Lauf and had a very ex­cit­ing re­sult for Har­ris – 3rd place.

On Fe­bru­ary 20, Dr. Har­ris headed to Hay­ward, Wis­con­sin for a point-to-point 50k race with 10,000 in the field, not di­vided by age group. Once again, he placed 9th in his age group.

This se­ries of races has brought him to lots of venues over the years – Que­bec, Lil­li­ham­mer, Lake Placid and Idaho. It’s nice to think train­ing and ev­ery day re­cre­ation for this sport can hap­pen right in our own back yard. This may be the long­est x-coun­try ski sea­son we’ve had in north­ern Ver­mont in quite some time. Con­grat­u­la­tions Peter Har­ris, on your Olympic-like achieve­ments!

Peter Har­ris

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