Trio with Ford Sayre connections compete at Junior Worlds in Canada
|Published: 02-09-2023 10:00 AM
Team USA had no shortage of Upper Valley representation at the FIS Nordic Junior World Ski Championships last week in Whistler, B.C., Canada, with three local athletes, all of whom came through the Ford Sayre Ski Club, competing in various events.
Evan Nichols, a Lyme resident, and Caleb Zuckerman, of Norwich, helped the U.S. finish fourth in the Nordic Combined team event, which involves both cross country skiing and ski jumping. Nichols, a 2022 Hanover High graduate, had won a gold medal in the team sprint event at the World University Games in Lake Placid, N.Y., just two weeks earlier. He skied the fastest individual leg in the 4x5K cross-country relay at Whistler.
A junior at Hanover, Zuckerman was making his second consecutive appearance at the Nordic Junior World Championships, having competed last year in Zakopane, Poland. After a strong performance in ski jump, Zuckerman skied the third leg of the cross country relay.
Another Lyme resident, Jack Lange, finished 11th in the 10K skate race. A freshman at Dartmouth College who attended Stratton Mountain School, Lange was five seconds short of a top-10 finish, which would have given him a spot on the U.S. senior team.
Dartmouth sophomore Hannah Chipman, a Hanover alumna who grew up in Norwich, has qualified for the Junior European Championships in biathlon, which combines cross country skiing and rifle shooting. Chipman, who was also with Ford Sayre, is taking the winter quarter away from school and will connect with the U.S. Youth and Junior National Biathlon team in Kazakhstan for World Juniors after the European Championships.