MEET THE ELITE TEAM
Originally from Boise, Idaho and a graduate of Colby College, Wyatt is entering his 4th season on the Elite Team. Wyatt is always contender in any distance race. Having recently completed his Masters’ Thesis, he is currently working as a hydrologist at the Desert Research Institute in Reno, Nevada. He has also given back to the region by frequently training with our junior and master skiers and teaching and working at Far West Nordic fundraisers.
- 1st, Teton Ridge Classic
- 9th, Boulder Mountain Tour
- 4th, Yellowstone Rendezvous 50 km. Freestyle
- 1st, Mammoth Marathon
- 1st, Billy Dutton Uphill (course record)
Spencer returns to the Elite Team for his third year. Originally from Maine, and a graduate of Bowdoin College, Spencer was part of the inaugural summer collee program and returned to California after graduation. Spencer has seen the Elite Team grow substantially in prestige over the past 3 years and is excited to be a part of it again. He also works extensively with Far West’s Junior skiers, and volunteers for Auburn Ski Club’s 1-2-3 program. He also is instrumental in organizing some of the popular fundraising programs for the team, including the Team Dinner and the Beer Tasting at New Moon Foods.
- 31st Bozeman Supertour 15km Classic
- 2nd Snowshoe Thompson Classic
- 32nd U.S. Nationals Classic Sprint
- 32nd Craftsbury Supertour Skate Sprint
- 3rd West Yellowstone Rendezvous Freestyle 50km
- 32nd Supertour Finals Classic Sprint
- 26th U.S. Distance Nationals 50km Classic
- 2nd Mammoth Marathon
Originally from Anchorage, Alaska, Patrick attended Middlebury College in Vermont. A two-time member of the US World Junior Team, Patrick came to the Far West Elite Team last year, and has thrown his hat into the ring for another season. He has been training hard and is building upon his excellent results from last season. New for Johnson is an emphasis on Biathlon training, and was invited to the U.S. Biathlon Association’s Talent ID camp in Lake Placid last June, and hopes to be named to the U.S. Biathlon’s Development Team. He is a great role model for the region’s juniors, and worked with nearly every Junior and High School Program in the area last season.
- 3rd Place Bozeman Super Tour
- 6th Place Super Tour Finals in Anchorage
- 1st Place West Yellowstone Rendezvous 50 km. Freestyle
- 1st Place California Gold Rush
Emily comes to the Far West Elite Team from a successful career at Dartmouth College, where her results improved dramatically after spending the summer of 2012 with Far West’s College Summer Program and she was named the recipient of Dartmouth’s Earl Jette Award for the most improved skier. She is thrilled to be back in the Tahoe region to support the development of Far West Nordic skiing and become a part of our community. She hopes to share her passion for skiing and training with both her teammates and juniors, and also to the local master skiers in clinics or other community events, and intends to become a role model for junior girls.
- 6th Place Owl Creek Chase in Aspen, CO
- 6th Place Stagecoach Classic in Winterpark, CO
Anja is another athlete who has been in the Far West College Summer Program for the past two years, and believes that her time here contributed significantly to the improvements she has made as a skier at the University of Vermont. She came to love the training environment that Truckee has to offer for biking, hiking, and roller skiing, and wants to experience the community in a year-round setting. She hopes to contribute to the Elite Team and promote the great opportunities that abound in the Sierra Nevada. A native of Germany, she hopes to travel to Europe this winter for the OPA Cup in Austria and Germany.
- University of Vermont Nordic Team Captain
- 1st place NCAA National Champion Classic (and also in 2013)
- NCAA All-American First Team both Classic and Freestyle
- EISA Classic Points Leader
- USCSCA National Collegiate All-Academic Ski Team
Sabra is Far West’s newest skier, coming to Truckee from Jericho, Vermont, and a former member of the Middlebury Nordic Ski Team. She only began Nordic skiing in college, but quickly used her experience from winning Junior Mountain Bike World Cups to compete on the Middlebury Carnival teams in both Alpine and Nordic. She is also an experienced fundraiser and event coordinator, having worked for the Hurricane Relief Fund and the Challenged Athlete Fund, among others. Her most important focus is with the Little Bellas, a national non-profit mentoring group for mountain biking for girls, which she and her sister Lea began in 2006. Her racing the past three years has focused on marathons, but this year she is hoping to improve on her results in shorter events and Super Tour races.
- 3rd place Gatineau World Loppet/Canadian Marathon Nationals Freestyle
- 20th place Craftsbury Super Tour 15 km. Freestyle
- 23rd place Craftsbury Season Opener Eastern Cup Freestyle Sprint
- 26th place Trapps Eastern Cup Carnival 5 km. Freestyle
- 26th place American Birkebeiner World Loppet 50 km. Freestyle
Roger Chaney, Team Manager
I am a product of the Far West Nordic program from a few years ago, somewhere around 30 years. I started cross country skiing in the meadow at Squaw Valley where my first coaches were Chuck Lyda and Lyle Nelson. I have never forgotten the inspiration from those two as well as the support from the Nordic community as a whole throughout my time as a junior. I went off to college at Montana State University to pursue my goal of becoming a better and faster skier. I became a better skier, and a little faster, but I also realized what it took to become a great competitor. Although my college racing played out quietly, my love for Nordic skiing never waned. I have been involved with the Nordic industry for the past ten years as a technical representative for Rossignol and a sales representative and technical team member for Toko. I have also been managing a regional team of Master skiers, formally known as Truckee XC. I am excited to work with and continue supporting the efforts of the Far West Elite Team. This is a highly motivated, talented, and aware group of skiers who have not lost sight of the value of support, whether on the giving or receiving end of it. You can reach Roger at email@example.com.