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    LUNA 1-2-3 In Short Track and XC

    Waldek Gets His Coffee

    Deer Valley, UT:
    The LUNA Chix resumed their winning ways last
    weekend in Deer Valley, Utah, placing 1-2-3 in both the cross-country and
    short track races. Georgia Gould took the cross-country title ahead of
    teammates Shonny Vanlandingham and Katerina Nash to remain unbeaten
    in national cross-country competition thus far in 2007. Nash resumed her
    winning ways in the short-track ahead of Gould and Shonny, who finished in
    second and third respectively. Chloe Forsman also made her presence felt as
    the first U-23 rider in both the cross-country and short-track events.

    Overall Standings
    LUNA remains 1-2-3 overall in cross-country and short-track with Georgia
    leading both disciplines.

    Waldek Gets the Coffee Monkey Back on His Back…
    In other news, Director Sportif Waldek Stepniowski nearly had a complete
    meltdown on Friday afternoon due to the malfunction of LUNA’s official
    coffee machine, Latte. The timing was unfortunate as he was concurrently
    hit with an official memo from LUNA Team Director Paul McKenzie, which
    he was supposed to read immediately. Stepniowski explains the situation,
    “Well Paul sended this memo over and I supposed to read right away but we
    don’t have coffee…how you supposed to read without coffee? I don’t know.
    In Poland we can only read when we have coffee and I try to bring customs
    from Old Country with me here in America so always when I read something
    I need coffee,” he rambles more, “so I trying to get coffee machine fix so I can
    read memo and it stress me because I know I have to read it right now even
    if I just ignore what it say, I at least have to read it…anyway, the end of the
    story is, well it upsetting me so I don’t want to talk about coffee machine no
    more.” When pressed further he replied tersely, “Don’t even ask, I don’t want
    to talk about it…the coffee machine was...look, we drank tons of coffee. I
    don’t know what you’re talking about.”

    Here’s what Katerina and Shonny had to say about
    the weekend...

    Katerina

    “I don’t know, I never have good quotes…but seriously, I enjoy Park City
    because it reminds me of when I was ski racing … it’s always a great race
    with lots of people watching and some of my friends from college come
    out and cheer for me. I also like the courses even though I could feel the
    altitude after being in Europe. In all this was a very good weekend for the
    team going 1-2-3 in both races and it was good to see Chloe do so well and
    be first U-23 rider both days.” About her season and the near future, “I’m
    pretty excited to be getting on the podiums in the cross-country races
    consistently this year because I’ve struggled with that in the past but now
    I’m getting better xc results than I ever have and riding well in World
    Cups.”

    Shonny
    “It was a great weekend for the team to go 1-2-3 in both events. We’ve
    done it once before and to do it again shows the quality and depth of the
    team, and that’s not just the riders but the support staff as well. I mean,
    how much better can you get?” continuing she noted, “it was a relief to
    not have any mechanicals between the four of us after all the bad luck we
    had in Europe, and that Waldek got that darn coffee machine fixed...geez,
    with as much attention as he pays to it you would think it’s an injured
    rider.”

    Waldek On Races and Racing
    “Despite the high level of competition in the U.S. races, Georgia’s
    unbeatable right now and I have high hopes for her and Katerina for the
    Canadian races, we just need luck to be on our side,” and then, “we trying
    to use every race as preparation for the World Cup by working on their
    starts and pushing their limits on the first laps. I think we’re going to see
    good results from Shonny here in the next few weeks. Since she so low in
    World Cup I decide to focus her on nationals so I change her schedule to
    race the National Marathon Championships cause I think she win.”

    Paul McKenzie Speaks
    “So far the 2007 season has been phenomenal for the LUNA
    Team. The athletes are having spectacular results, including
    newcomer Chloe Forsman. A special thanks to the ‘on the
    road’ staff, Waldek, Chris and Zeph, for doing such a great
    job, and to Dave and the sponsors for providing the very best
    equipment. It’s a winning recipe for the team.”

    Next
    The team is headed to Canada for two weekends of World Cup races.
    Shonny will be skipping these to focus on winning the U.S. National
    Marathon Championships in Breckenridge, Colorado.

    Beyond that, Katerina will jet to Turkey for the European Championships,
    then home to Czech for her national championship before re-joining the
    team in North Carolina. On the same day Katerina races her nationals,
    LUNA’s U.S. riders will contest their own national championship in Mt.
    Snow, VT.

    ###

    Source:
    Dave McLaughin

    Photos:
    1. Chloe was the first U-23 rider in short-track and cross-country
    2. The rest of the field is a blur as Gould sets the pace.
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  2. #2
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    I got the chance to be up at Deer Valley last weekend too and was amazed by the amount of talent represented up there. Congrats Luna Chix!!! (and congradulations to everyone else who made it through that mad traffic to get up there)
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