HANOVER, N.H. — Six skiers that are either current students at or alumni of Dartmouth College are participating for the United States in the FIS Cross Country World Cup in Québec this weekend. Freshman Corey Stock, junior Becca Rorabaugh, Sophie Caldwell ’12, Ida Sargent ’11, Patrick O’Brien ’10 and Dakota Blackhorse-von Jess ’09 all will be competing at the international event, which begins today at noon. Caldwell and Sargent, as well as Rosie Brennan ’11, will also compete at the World Cup next weekend at Canmore.
Stock, Caldwell and O’Brien will all be competing in their first World Cup, while Rorabaugh competed in Canmore three years ago and Blackhorse-von Jess was at the Whistler World Cup in 2009. Sargent has been a regular on the World Cup scene for the past two years with two top-10 finishes among the 25 races in which she has competed.
Today’s races consist of the team sprints beginning at noon. The men and women both will compete in two semifinals featuring at least 10 teams in each one. Each team has two skiers who relay three times each, and the top 10 teams will move on to the finals at 2 p.m.
The races tomorrow will be the individual sprints starting at 11:15 a.m. The top 30 skiers from the qualifying time trial will participate in the five quarterfinal heats (six per heat), with the top two from each heat — and the next two fastest racers — advancing on to the two semifinal races. From there, the top two from each semifinal, plus the next two fastest racers again, will advance to the finals.
For more information on the Québec World Cup, visit the official website.