After a mediocre start to the season on the National SuperTour Cross Country Ski Circuit Rebecca ratcheted up her performance to finish with a win against the best US Skiers including three of the five 2010 Olympians.
By Sharbel Dussault
March 29th, 2010
Yesterday, Rebecca put the hammer down to take the victory in the 5.3k hill climb at the final SuperTour races in Fort Kent, Maine. The victory in the hill climb made her the only woman to beat 2010 Olympian (3x) Kikkan Randall in 8 races on US soil! The best US Skiers as well as strong skiers from Sweden, Canada and Japan were out in force and all were fighting to finish the season with strong results. Vancouver Olympians Kikkan Randall, Holly Brooks and Caitlin Compton were a few of the top women present. Rebecca was excited to have a post-Olympic chance to race them.
Four races were contested in just five days. Early in the week she took second in the 30k Skate National Championship only 1.3 seconds behind Kikkan with two other 2010 Olympians on her heels. The last three races of the week made up a mini Tour de Ski where the times from each race were combined to tally overall results and crown a champion.
She began with a strong start and took 3rd in the 7.6k Classic mass start, coming across the line a little more than a second behind Ida Sargents and 30 seconds behind Kikkan. Next, was the Classic sprint race where she finished out of the final for the first time this year. After changing into marathon gear and having been sick for a couple weeks in February she had lost her really high end cardiovascular capacity and some strength. The Classic sprint is not her favorite and is the polar opposite of her strongest technique and distance so 8th was okay but a little disappointing.
The hill climb was the last of the three mini-tour races and Rebecca came into the day trailing Kikkan by 1 min. 30 sec. in the overall standings. Kikkan was on fire and was expected to win every race, even the final hill climb. At the hilltop finish in the Fort Kent stadium Rebecca came across the line with the fastest hill climb time of the day, 7 seconds faster than Kikkan. However In the overall picture Kikkan secured her sizable lead in the overall standings to take 1st overall in the mini-tour by 1min. 23. Rebecca fought hard to hold off the hard charging 2010 Olympian Holly Brooks to finish 2nd overall.
This wraps up yet another amazing season of racing, travels, ups, downs, disappointments and jubilations. Rebecca has traveled far and wide to compete. She doesn't do this for her own glory but rather for the glory of God and to support her family. She would not be doing this if it did not have a significant purpose.
Once again we thank you for being a part of the journey. We hope that through our lives and adventures you have been able to experience what it takes to be a champion in sport and in the spirit. The perseverance, hard work and sacrifice that go into Rebecca's training and racing is only part of her success. Her faith, values and ability to keep things in balance is the other side of her that makes her the great champion she is.
Our goals are not only for ourselves but hopefully through us you have been inspired to continue your lives with a vigor for hard work, discipline, joy, patience and love. We hope you have been educated a little more about cross country skiing, winter triathlon and endurance training but most all we hope that through our lives you are able to witness the love of Christ.
As St. Paul reminds us in 1st Corinthians 13.
"If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."
We look forward to sharing more of our lives in the coming months. You can always check in regularly to our website for updates and happenings.
P.S. Be sure to check out a new book that is turning heads and hearts.
Gimpy's Secret... It's what's missing!
“To live without faith, without a patrimony to defend, without a steady struggle for truth, that is not living, but merely existing; we must never just "exist".
Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati
2010 Winter Results
9th 2010 West Yellowstone Classic Sprint SuperTour
4th 2010 Bozeman Skate Sprint SuperTour
3rd 2010 Bozeman 10k Classic SuperTour
3rd 2010 Silver Star 10k Skate NorAm
5th 2010 Silver Star Skate Sprint NorAm
2nd 2010 US National Championships Skate Sprint
6th 2010 US National Championships 10k Skate
4th 2010 US National Championships 20k Classic
5th 2010 US National Championships Classic Sprint
1st 2010 US National Winter Triathlon Championships
1st 2010 Minneapolis SuperTour 5k Skate
1st 2010 Minneapolis SuperTour 10k Classic
1st 2010 Telemark SuperTour 5k Classic
1st 2010 Telemark SuperTour 10k Skate
1st 2010 ITU Winter Triathlon World Championships
1st 2010 Madison SuperTour 6k Skate
1st 2010 Madison SuperTour Classic Sprint
1st 2010 American Birkebeiner 50k Skate
2nd 2010 30k Skate National Championship
3rd 2010 7.6k Classic Madawaska SuperTour
8th 2010 Classic Sprint Madawaska SuperTour
1st 2010 Skate Hill Climb Fort Kent SuperTour
2nd 2010 Overall SuperTour de Ski
1st 2010 Overall SuperTour
Today Rebecca put the hammer down to take the victory in the 5.3k hill climb in Fort Kent, Maine. It was the last race of the mini-tour in which she placed 2nd overall. It was also the last SuperTour race of the season. She beat 2010 Olympians Kikkan Randall, Holly Brooks and Caitlin Compton. The victory also made her the only women to beat Kikkan all season here in the USA! Way to go honey! We love you! You had an amazing season!
This morning Rebecca dug deep and fought hard to stay ahead of the chasing Holly Brooks (2010 Olympian) who started 12 seconds behind and Kristina Strandberg (Sweden) in the 5.3k Hill Climb. She also gained on the 1:30 lead that Kikkan started with. Waiting to see the final results to see if Rebecca is the Hill Climb winner! Couldn’t ask for a better way to finish out the season!