U.S. JUNIOR NORDIC SKIER OF THE YEAR
It isn’t often that Ski Racing gives out awards to two athletes
from one family in one year, but this season proves an exception.
The University of Vermont sophomore, who also skis for the
Alaska Winter Stars program, has been an EISA Carnival winner this year and had five second place finishes for the Cats. In
2009, as a first-year at UVM, she was selected as an NCAA All-American and this season she was named First Team All-East.
Patterson was also the winner of the 10K skate in the junior category at this year’s U.S. National Championships at Kincaid Park.
She was a member of this year’s World Junior team and placed
17th in the 5K classic event at Hinterzarten. This NCAA Elite 88
award-winner is focused and ready to take the next step.
U.S. MASTERS NORDIC SKIER OF THE YEAR
Many of our readers said that we should add this important category, and this year
we give the inaugural award to masters cross country skier Beth (Heiden) Reid.
She was a member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic speed skating team and won a bronze
medal in the 3,000-meter event in Lake Placid (her brother Eric Heiden was a five-time gold medalist in Lake Placid). While a student at UVM, Reid (not pictured)
took up cross country skiing and was an NCAA Champion in the sport in 1983.
She has been an avid racer on the masters circuit, winning the Great Ski Race and
placing second at the Gold Rush. At this year’s U.S. National Championships in
Alaska, against the best in the nation, she posted eye-popping finishes of six, eight
and 16th — all at 50 years young.
LINCOLN BENEDIC T; MARK NADELL