June 12, 2012 (Toronto, ON) – We’re pleased to announce the winners of the annual SkiTrax Annual North American (NA) Nordic Ski Awards that recognize elite, U23 and junior skiers, along with Conti Cup, collegiate, biathlon, Nordic combined, jumping competitors and Paranordic skiers.
“Wow!! I am incredibly honored to be selected for three awards in this year’s SkiTrax NA Nordic Ski Awards voting. We had so many high points from the North American skiers this year and it was so uplifting to feel the encouragement and support from back home. I look forward to keeping this momentum rolling into 2013 and beyond!”
“It was the most amazing season on the ski trails I could have imagined last year. After some disappointment at the Tour de Ski (my goal was to be on the podium, and to be 4th was tough!) and prior to that during the first World Cup period, I just started rolling along. I’m not sure how I did it – and it was without question the toughest and most draining seasons of my career. I can’t really fathom how my body was able to be so ready every weekend for months and months.
“While I struggle to understand my results, I am so proud of what our team accomplished this season. 14 podiums – Alex winning his first World Cup in Falun with his father watching on, Chandra back on the World Cup podium where she belongs and will be a staple there for years to come, Lenny putting together one of the most impressive 10 days of racing I’ve seen anybody do (with podiums in Drammen, Stockholm and Falun) and Peri tasting World Cup success for the first time – wow.
“Couple that with top 10 results across the board from our entire World Cup team (Ivan’s 7th in the deathly punishing 30km individual start race in Davos this year sticks out as one of the most impressive races of the season for me – when you do it alone like that, it’s something special) it makes for a season to remember for Canadian ski fans.
“We are training hard again and are keen to improve this season. I’ve had some challenges early on here, but my motivation and drive remain strong and I know that Alex, Lenny, Chandra, Peri and Ivan are all at better places already (I’m sure Dasha is as well, I just haven’t seen or talked to her yet this training season) here in early June when compared to previous seasons. It’s going to be another exciting season to follow along!”
Diggins edged out Canada’s Len Valjas in the Paul Robbins Breakthrough category by a mere 2 points and in our view it’s a double award as both skied their hearts out and made us proud… Valjas by the way claimed the Best Sprinter Male award. We caught up with Diggins for her reaction to the annual awards.
“It’s an honor to receive these awards from SkiTrax. Thank you very much! Although I believe the awards should actually go to the entire team and coaching staff that makes it possible for us to race and have the performances we do!”
Our congratulations to all award winners and thanks to all fans who voted. Our final acknowledgement goes to our valued sponsors including Rossignol, One Way, Rottefella, Auclair and Buff Headware, who support the sport, the skiers, and efforts like this to recognize our North American talent as we wish them well next season.
Stay tuned for our announcement of the prize winners coming this week.
SkiTrax 2011-2012 North American (NA) Nordic Ski Award Winners
Best Overall Elite Male Skier
Best Overall Elite Female Skier
Best Sprinter Male
Best Sprinter Female
Best Distance Skier Male
Best Distance Skier Female
Best Overall Conti Cup Male Skier
Best Overall Conti Cup Female Skier
Best Overall U23 Male Skier
Best Overall U23 Female Skier
Best Overall Junior Male Skier
Best Overall Junior Female Skier
Best Overall Collegiate Male
Andre Marchand and Harry Seaton (tie)
Best Overall Collegiate Female
Paul Robbins Best Breakthrough or Exceptional Nordic Performance(s) (Male or Female)
Best Overall Biathlete Male
Best Overall Biathlete Female
Best Overall Nordic Combined Male
Best Overall Best Overall Ski Jumping Male
Best Overall Best Overall Ski Jumping Female
Best Overall Para-Nordic Male
Brian McKeever and guide Eric Carleton (visually impaired)