Kramer, Schumacher Sweep 2019 U.S. Junior Nationals
Kendall Kramer (Fairbanks, Alaska) and Gus Schumacher (Anchorage, Alaska) outdid themselves with dramatic comeback anchor legs, giving their respective teams victories in Saturday’s 3X3K freestyle relays on the final day of the 2019 U.S. Ski & Snowboard Cross Country Junior National Championships at Kincaid Park. The wins gave Kramer, a U18 skier from Fairbanks, and Schumacher, a U20 skier from Anchorage, rare four-race U.S. Junior Nationals sweep.
“No win is a given and every race is different – some are close, some are decided by a jury,” said Schumacher, referring to Wednesday’s U20 classic sprint, in which he was beaten to the finish line by Far West’s J.C. Schoonmaker’s (toe but later awarded the win after officials ruled that Schoonmaker violated classic technique rules. “But to produce in every race, and to do it here, is so cool.”
Schumacher’s week of wins started with a victory in the U18/U20 10K individual freestyle Monday, the controversial classic sprint Wednesday, and a big blowout win in the 15K classic mass start Friday.
Kramer left no doubt in any of her races, winning by big margins in the U18/U20 5K individual freestyle Monday, the classic sprint Wednesday, and the 10K classic mass start Friday.
Both skiers ended their Junior Nationals on Saturday in the same position – skiing amazing come-from-behind anchor legs for thrilling team wins.