Contact: Ian Harvey
Pioneer Sports
January 13, 2003


US days 4+5 and Wrap Up


The Men’s Sprint on Thursday brought Gold to the US Ski Team’s Carl Swenson (Swix poles), Silver to Dave Chamberlain (Swix poles), and bronze to Anchorage’s Lars Flora (Toko wax, Yoko poles and gloves).

The Women’s Sprint saw Katja Ivanova (Toko wax, Yoko poles and gloves) taking the win in front of defending National Champion Kikkan Randall (Toko wax, Yoko Poles and gloves) and finishing third for the championship was US Ski Team’s Aelin Peterson (Swix poles). The US Ski Team’s Wendy Wagner (Toko wax, Yoko poles and gloves) finished 4th after having had won 2 gold medals earlier in the week.

Carl Swenson (Swix poles) won the men’s 50k Skate 14 seconds in front of Anchorage’s Lars Flora (Toko wax, Yoko poles and gloves) and US Ski Team’s Andrew Johnson (Swix poles).

Katja Ivanova (Toko wax, Yoko poles and gloves) won the women’s 30k skate almost a minute ahead of the US Ski Team’s Aubrey Smith (Yoko poles and gloves) and Sarah Konrad.


Yoko poles and gloves were used by the winners of 5 of the 10 Gold medals awarded at the US Championships, one less than the 6 out of 10 from last season. (The other 5 were Swix poles).

Out of the week’s 30 podium places (10 races, top 3 per race), 16 of these were taken by skiers using Yoko poles and gloves – more than all other pole brands combined.

Note: Top ranked US Skier, Justin Wadsworth (Yoko Poles and Gloves) elected to sit the week out and prepare directly for the World Championships.