Noah Hoffman battled start to finish, taking a career best eighth less than four seconds behind winner Maurice Manificat of France in the FIS Cross Country World Cup in Canmore. Kris Freeman strategically made a chase for the pack at the end finishing in tenth.
Hoffman was happy with his finish and optimistic about the future, as he exclaimed, “I felt good all day. Finishing with those guys is really a challenge. I was right up there. Eighth is sweet. Hopefully there's more to come in the future but I'm psyched right now. My skis were awesome. Especially my classic skis – they might have been the fastes
t of the field. So I was just gliding up to the front without being able to help it.”
“I'm more comfortable skiing in the top five. Especially with the yo-yo effect you can get in the back – I really struggle to stay relaxed. So I wanted to ski in the front, I wanted to be aggressive. I just felt really good all day and I'm really happy,” Hoffman further commented.
Teammate, Freeman, exclaimed, “I felt nice and calm and controlled the whole way. At the end there I lost a little contact on the last hill, and then I got it back and I felt like I was moving forward in the group. I'm glad I picked off [Giorgio] Di Centa at the line. Tenth is a whole lot cooler than 11th.”
After a short holiday break, The World Cup continues with the opening of the Tour de Ski December 29 in Oberhof, Germany. The Tour will feature seven days of racing over nine days at five venues in three countries.