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Skinnyski.com Racing Team

The Skinnyski.com Race Team is composed of top Midwest skiers with the goal to be competitive both as individuals as well as a team, while still remaining integrated with the entire skiing community. Team members are heavily involved in setting the direction, composition, and concept of the organization. If you'd like more information, or to become part of this racing team, as a racer, sponsor, or support person, we'd love to hear from you! E-mail us at raceteam@skinnyski.com

Ben Popp is the manager of the 2002-2003 Skinnyski.com Racing Team. Popp also runs his own business, FIT Systems, which specializes in focused, individualized training systems. He combines a very successful athletic career with an extremely positive attitude and excellent management skills, making the perfect choice to lead the team this winter.

Sponsors

Enervit America is the primary sponsor for the 2002-2003 Skinnyski.com Racing Team

Enervit® is the Italian leading brand in food supplements for sports and active life. It is well known for being synonymous with quality and advanced research in nutrition and diet for athletes, both professionals and amateurs.
www.enervitamerica.com

 

Toko and Yoko has supplied the Skinnyski.com Race Team with a full range of products for use this season.

Rudy Project is the official eyewear of the Skinnyski.com Racing Team.

 

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Race Team Members

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Abbigail May -- Duluth, MN
Abbi May is a physical therapist taking a break from work to be a stay at home mom to Rachel, age 3.

2001-2002 Race Results:

  • 3rd Gustavus Invite 5k classic
  • 1st Gustavus Invite 10k freestyle
  • 10th Pepsi Challenge 37k freestyle
  • 3rd Noquemanon 42k freestyle
  • 2nd Wilderness Trek 15k classic
  • 1st North End Classic 23k classic
  • 1st Finlandia 22k freestyle
  • 11th American Birkebeiner 47k freestyle
  • 1st Sibley Ski Tour 50k freestyle
  • 3rd ABR Season Closer 24k freestyle
Abbi will be taking some time off the racing calendar this winter as she is expecting their second child. However, you may still spot her at the races cheering and providing support for husband Brian and the other Skinnyski.com team members.

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Brian May -- Duluth, MN
Brian May works at the University Minnesota Duluth, Large Lakes Observatory & Dept. of Physics.

2001-2002 Race Results:

  • 1st 24 Hours of Telemark (team set course record)
  • 16th Pepsi Challenge 37k
  • 1st Noquemanon Ski Marathon 42k
  • 4th Wilderness Trek 15k
  • 4th Pre-Birkie 25k
  • 24th American Birkebeiner 47k
  • 2nd Sibley Ski Tour 50k
  • 5th ABR Season Closer 24k
  • 2nd Lappe Nordic 24 hour relay (team)
Brian also competes in a number of summer events, including marathon and ultra-marathon runs, and was the 2002 North American Orienteering Champion.

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Per Nelson -- St. Paul, MN
Per Nelson works as a Chemist at Dyneon 3M. During the summer he coaches for the Finn Sisu Junior evening group.

2001-2002 Race Results:

  • 7th Gear West Baker TT 10k
  • 3rd St. John's Race 14k
  • 1st 24 hours of Telemark (team set course record)
  • 6th King Boreas 16k
  • 7th Vinterloppet 24k
  • 2nd Mora Vasalopet 30k freestyle
  • 85th American Birkebeiner 47k
  • 4th Salmela Cup Classic 14k
  • 5th Pole Pedal Pant Triathlon
  • 2nd Lappe Nordic 24 hour relay (team)
  • 6th Last Chance Race 20k

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Margaret Tilman -- St. Paul, MN
Margie Tilman is currently in her first year of Physical Therapy school at the University of Minnesota.

2001-2002 Race Results:

  • 2nd St. John's Race 10k
  • 4th King Boreas 16k
  • 7th Vinterloppet 24k
  • 6th Mora Vasaloppet 30k freestyle
  • 2nd Pole Pedal Pant Triathlon

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Benjamin Popp -- St. Paul, MN
Ben Popp is earning his Masters in Education and working as a teaching assistant at Cretin-Durham Hall. Ben also runs FIT Systems, specializing in focused, individualized training systems.

2001-2002 Race Results:

  • 1st Gear West Baker TT 10k
  • 1st 24 hours of Telemark (team set course record)
  • 24th American Birkebeiner 47k
Ben along with teammate Dana Olson won the two-man division of the 2002 Race Across America (RAAM)

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Sonja Bostrom -- St. Paul, MN
Sonja Bostrom is a 2002 graduate of St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. She is an intern at the Exercise Medicine Clinic at St. Paul Children's Hospital and works part-time at North Oaks Lawn Service while taking classes at the University of Minnesota.

2001-2002 Race Results:

  • 16th Chevy Truck XC Championships 15k skate
  • 15th NCAA Division I Nationals 5k classic
  • 12th NCAA Division I Nationals 15k skate
  • 2nd Central Regional Championships 15k skate
  • 1st MIAC Championships 5k classic and 10k skate
Sonja also competed in Cross Country running and Track at St. Olaf. (Photo: Bruce Bostrom)

John Munger -- Minneapolis, MN
John Munger is an attorney at the Smith Parker law firm in downtown Minneapolis. His practice is concentrated in litigation.

2001-2002 Race Results:

  • 1st 24 Hours of Telemark (team set course record)
  • 6th Seeley Hills Classic 25k
  • 1st Inga Lama Men's Race
  • 32nd American Birkebeiner 47k
John also enjoys a number of summer sports, including posting a 3:03 time in the 2002 Twin Cities Marathon.

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David Nelson -- Medicine Lake, MN
David Nelson is a circuit designer of radiation hardened satellite ASICs at Honeywell. His favorite part about work is his winter time commute on skis, across the lake, through a swamp, a woods and field to work.

2001-2002 Race Results:

  • 2nd Chipaloppet
  • 4th Seeley Hills Classic 42k
  • 3rd Porcupine Mountains Classic 40k
  • 14th Noquemanon 42k classic
  • 5th Vasaloppet 30k Classic
  • 105th American Birkebeiner 47k
  • 2nd Salmela Cup Classic 14k
  • 4th Pole Pedal Pant Triathlon
  • 2nd Elk River Last Chance 20k
  • 2nd Lappe Nordic 24 hour relay (team)
David has recently been enjoying multisport events in the skiing off season. Between canoe racing, triathlons, orienteering, adventure races and rollerskiing he doesnít have time to get into a rut during the summer.

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Josie Nelson -- Medicine Lake, MN
Josie Nelson is in her last year of Physical Therapy school at the University of Minnesota, and enjoys riding her bike to school when there isnít any snow.

2001-2002 Race Results:

  • 1st Seeley Hills Classic 42k
  • 1st Porcupine Mountains Classic 40k
  • 1st Vasaloppet 30k Classic
  • 36th American Birkebeiner 47k
  • 1st Pole Pedal Pant Triathlon
  • 1st Womenís team Lappe Nordic 24 hour relay
Thereís only one thing Josie enjoys more than skating...classic skiing! She also loves most all "silent sports" in the off-season. Her favorite race last summer was the Chippewa Triathlon (canoe, mountain bike, and trail run), where she and her husband David tied in a sprint out for the mixed division title.

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Grant Nelson -- Duluth, MN
Grant Nelson is a recent U of MN graduate and practices as a general dentist in the Duluth Medical Arts Building. Grant recently relocated up to Duluth in search of the ideal cross country skiing home base and he thinks he found it.

2001-2002 Race Results:

  • 2nd Seeley Hills Classic 42k
  • 3rd Wilderness Trek overall
  • 34th Noquemanon 42k classic (on a broken ski)
  • 15th Vasaloppet 30k Classic
  • 90th American Birkebeiner 47k
  • 1st Salmela Cup Classic 14k
  • 2nd Lappe Nordic 24 hour relay (team)
This summer Grant learned that you can make forward progress while swimming and with his brother David, overcame a slow swim leg in Lake Superior to win the 1st annual two person six event Adventure Duluth Race.

Jill Troutner -- Maple Grove, MN
Jill Troutner is an elite level U.S. biathlete, now taking some time off from biathlon to enjoy more local racing. When not training, Jill works part-time at Minnesota Acceleration.

2001-2002 Race Results:

  • 2nd King Boreas 16k
  • 4th Mora Vasaloppet 30k freestyle
  • 4th Minnesota Finlandia 22k
Jill also competes in Summer Biathlon, and coaches for Minnesota Biathlon.

Jay Richards -- Callaway, MN
Jay Richards is one of the owners/operators of Maplelag Resort.

2001-2002 Race Results:

  • 65th American Birkebeiner 47k
Jay is an elite level Mountain Bike racer, taking 2nd overall in the expert class of the MNSCS series, as well as 11th at the 2002 Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival.


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