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MEET THE ELITE TEAM

 

goldrush2014_fereday-w6Wyatt Fereday

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.

2013-14 season

  • 1st, Teton Ridge Classic
  • 9th, Boulder Mountain Tour
  • 4th, Yellowstone Rendezvous 50 km. Freestyle
  • 1st, Mammoth Marathon
  • 1st, Billy Dutton Uphill (course record)

 

Spencer Eusden

Spencer Eusden

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.

2013-2014 season

  • 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

 

asc-sst-2013_johnson-patrick9Patrick Johnson

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. He was invited to the US Biathlon Association’s Talent ID camp in Lake Placid, and was then named to USBA’s Talent Group. Patrick 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.

2013-2014 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

 

 

drifter-tt-6-14_blackmer-emily1Emily Blackmer

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 received Dartmouth’s 2013 Earl Jette Award for most improved skier. After a year away from competitive ski racing, Emily is thrilled to return to training, to be back in the Tahoe region, and to become part of the Far West Nordic skiing community.  She hopes to pick up racing where she left off (or as close as possible), and she looks forward to sharing her passion for skiing and training with her teammates, juniors, and local master skiers in clinics or other community events. She is proud to be an assistant coach for the Tahoe XC team and is particularly excited to be a mentor for junior girls.

2013-2014 season

  • 6th Place Owl Creek Chase in Aspen, CO
  • 6th Place Stagecoach Classic in Winterpark, CO

2012-2013 season

  • 28th Place, USSA XC National Championship Classic Sprints
  • 31st Place, USSA XC National Championships Classic 20K
  • 3rd Place, EISA Bates Carnival/NCAA Regional Championship 5K Classic
  • NCAA Championship Qualified (ranked 15th)
  • 3rd Place, EISA Colby Carnival Classic 5K

 

 

 

supertour2013-hill-f_gruber-aAnja Gruber

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.

2013-2014 season

  • 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

 

SabeHeadshotSabra Davison

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 coordinator, having worked with Trek Travel on a number of events. Her most important focus currently 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.

2013-2014 season

  • 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

tdxc_valentine2012_chaney-rI 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.