At 6pm Friday night Wisconsin’s Capitol looked pretty empty, but by 8pm a ribbon of beautiful white snow attracted spectators and skiers for the Capitol Square Sprints. The World 100M cross-country skiing sprint record held strong on Friday night, against a talented field.
Kevin Hochtl of Rossignol posted the fastest time of the day of 12.04 seconds, but was unable to beat his own 100M World Record of 11.94, set at West Yellowstone in 2005.
Hochtl pushing hard in the Capitol Square Sprint 100M World Record Attempt
Laura Valaas of CXC found a familiar spot on the top of the podium winning the women’s competition in a time of 14.68. She was just two-tenths of a second from Sadie Bjornsen’s World Record of 14.48 also set at West Yellowstone in 2005.
“It is amazing to see how quickly the organizers were able to bring snow in and set the course. This is my first city sprint and it’s fun to be racing under the lights and in front of shops and spectators. I am looking forward to the longer sprints this weekend, in particular the team sprint with my CXC teammate Caitlin Compton.” –Laura Valaas
The Capitol Square Sprints Winter Festival continues with the Freestyle Team Sprint Saturday evening and an individual Classic Sprint on Sunday. For more information and a detailed event schedule check out www.CapitolSquareSprints.org