Skinnyski Race Team Weekend Recap
By Bruce Adelsman
February 24, 2003
The big Birkie weekend and the Skinnyski.com Race Team was
there in nearly full force. With snow the previous two days,
it appears the trail conditions could be a little tricky.
However, some good grooming and moderate temperatures (finally!)
help make it one of the faster Birkies for many skiers.
Grant Nelson and Michael Myers racing
Main Street Hayward
Every skier has an interesting story to tell. Two of the
biggest within our team this year were Grant Nelson and John
Munger. Grant did the Birkie Classic and had one of the most
exciting finishes of the day (not seen by most), as he and
Michael Myers dualed right down to the very final inches.
John had the most unlikely of results -- with very little
training due to some hectic job/volunteer schedules, John
had all but thrown in the towel on the race. His carefree
attittude, and perhaps some interesting race feeds, powered
him to a top 50 finish.
Read the full race stories from Abbi, Margie, Jay, Josie,
John, Per and Brian below.
[ Note: Thanks to Fast Wax/Outdoor Ventures for acting
as a "safe house" for the team on Friday, allowing
team members to pick up their new FIS legal ski suits. ]
Race Team Results
Feb 21 American Birkebeiner
Grant Nelson 1st male 51K classical 2:55:13
Brian May 34th male 51K freestyle 2:22:08
Ben Popp 42nd male 51K freestyle 2:25:26
John Munger 49th male 51K freestyle 2:27:08
Dave Nelson 68th male 51K freestyle 2:29:18
Jay Richards 103rd male 51K freestyle 2:34:22
Per Nelson 139th male 51K freestyle 2:37:22
Abbi May 37th female 51K freestyle 2:56:41
Josie Nelson 39th female 51K freestyle 2:57:41
Margie Nelson 65th female 51K freestyle 3:12:39
Team Member Reports
- After having last year off, Abbi returned to the Birkie
with no big expectations and came away feeling very happy.
Nelson - Margie relates the tale of her very first
Richards - Putting the hammer down early, Jay takes
a shot at rocketing up the Birkie results.
Nelson - Josie has a great time, skiing with friends,
and making new ones along the way.
Munger - Tales of "The Bell" and John's
unusual feed tactics are just part of John's fun recap.
Nelson - Determined to improve on last year's results,
Per takes a more relaxed route to the Birkie this season.
May - Yet another fabulous race for Brian as he mixes
it up with some of the Birkie elite.