Noah Hoff­man

Olympian and Stage World Cup Win­ner

SkiTrax - - Contents - by Ron John­son

Amer­i­can cross-coun­try-skier Noah Hoff­man an­nounced his re­tire­ment via his per­sonal blog on March 8, stat­ing that his last race would be the FIS World Cup event at the Hol­menkollen Ski Fes­ti­val in Oslo, Nor­way two days later.

Hoff­man, who was born in Ever­green, Colo. and skis out of Vail, took up the sport at the age of four and made his World Cup de­but 15 years later in Jan­uary 2009.

In 2012, he made a big splash at the U23 World Cham­pi­onships, plac­ing sec­ond in the 15km Clas­sic, one of the high­est fin­ishes ever by an Amer­i­can at these Cham­pi­onships. That same year, Hoff­man won the U.S. Na­tional Cham­pi­onship in the 30km Clas­sic, and claimed the 50km ti­tle in 2014 and in 2015.

Hoff­man was one of the top dis­tance skiers in the U.S., and won a Stage World Cup in 2013 at the sea­son opener in Ku­usamo, Fin­land, tak­ing the fi­nal stage of the Ruka Triple, the 15km freestyle Pur­suit. His best in­di­vid­ual World Cup re­sult was eighth in the 30km Skiathlon at the test event in Pyeongchang, South Korea in Feb. 2017, match­ing his re­sult at the Can­more, Alta. World Cup in 2012 in the same event.

He rep­re­sented his coun­try at back-to-back Win­ter Olympics in 2014 and 2018, fin­ish­ing 26th in the 50km Clas­sic in Sochi, Rus­sia af­ter ski­ing near the front for the first 45km, as well as 11th in the men’s 4x10km re­lay.

It is also no­table that Hoff­man de­clined an in­vi­ta­tion to at­tend the White House af­ter the 2018 Olympic Games to protest the U.S. pulling out of the Paris Climate Agree­ment and its in­ac­tion on climate change. In­stead, he spent the day talk­ing to school­child­ren about the im­por­tance of the is­sue.

Hoff­man has signed on as an ath­letic pre­sen­ter for True­s­port, the part­ner brand of the U.S. Anti-dop­ing Agency. In ad­di­tion, he has be­gun classes at Brown Univer­sity in Prov­i­dence, R.I. as a first-year un­der­grad­u­ate.

Noah Hoff­man claimed both the 30km and 50km Na­tional cross­coun­try-ski ti­tles and was one of the top dis­tance skiers in the U.S.

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