Mary Kretchmer and Josh Valentine at the 2017 USSA Cross Country Junior National Championships in Lake Placid, NY
3/12/17 – A great week of racing!
Mary and Josh are All Americans—congratulations! And the New England team takes home the prestigious Alaska Cup. The Alaska Cup cup is awarded to the region who aquires the most points from all 4 days of racing. Our New England skiers produced solid results in each race, helping New England score a total of 1352 points for the week, besting the Intermountain/Northern region by 298 points.
Josh finished in the top 10 in all 4 of his races and Mary (3rd from the left) help to ski her relay team to 2nd place.
Day 4 (3/11/17) – 3 x 3 km Team Relays
U16 Boys’ Relay – NE Team: Will Koch, Matthew Moreau, and Josh Valentine, 4th place, 23:09.2
U20 Women’s Relay – NE Team: Alexandra Lawson, Mary Kretchmer, and Mackenzie Rizio, 2nd place, 25:51.5
Day 3 (3/10/17) – Classic Individual Starts
U16 Boys’ 5km – Josh Valentine, 4th place, 15:22.5
U20 Women’s 10km – Mary Kretchmer, 11th place (10th American), 35:27.9
Day 2 (3/8/17) – 1.5km Classic Sprint
U16 Boys – Josh Valentine
· Qualifier – 3rd place, 4:20.70
· Quarterfinal Heat – 1st place, 4:33.60
· Semifinal Heat 2 – 5th place, 4:42.40
· Finals – Heat B – 1st place (7th overall), 4:39.45
U20 Women – Mary Kretchmer
· Qualifier – 11th place, 5:02.34
· Quarterfinal Heat – 5th place, 5:53.37
Day 1 (3/6/17) – 5km Freestyle Individual Starts
U16 Boys – Josh Valentine, 4th place, 13:06.9
U20 Women – Mary Kretchmer, 15th place, 15:14.7
2017 GNA Events
Year Round Development Programs for Nordic Skiers
Gunstock Nordic Association is located at the Gunstock ski area in Gilford, New Hampshire. GNA offers an intensive year-round training program for x-c skiers and ski jumpers. Our Olympic coaching staff is dedicated to helping members achieve their personal dreams as Olympians, be the best skiers in their high schools, excel at senior- and masters-level racing, or to just stay involved in Nordic skiing. Learn more …
We have openings for skiers of all ages and abilities!
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The Resurgence of the GNA Jumping Program
Ski jumping is alive and well in central New Hampshire! We kicked off the 2016 GNA youth ski jumping program last December with 2 new jumpers, Phoenix and Laslo Beaulieu, age 7 to 9. Both had never jumped before and they excelled very fast. The season started with dry-land training where we worked on balance, timing, and technique. Jumpers also trained on our new roller jump simulator, where we worked on fine-tuning technique before heading to the actual jumps. After the first snow, we moved on to the jumps for the real deal! The beginners started on the 5-meter jump, which we called the pimple, while the more experience jumpers quickly moved on to the 10-meter jump.
2016 Cross-country Skiing
With the ski season now complete, GNA skiers made the most of a warm and snow-challenged winter. The highlight of this season was attained mid-March with Josh Valentine winning the NENSA Under 16 Nordic Championships. Josh’s top results helped propel the New Hampshire team to its first team victory in several years! You can read more about the race here.
2016 racing featured a number of honors. The Gilford boys recently won the NH Division III High School Championships. Three of our U16 skiers—Josh Valentine, Cal Schrupp, and Alex Paluszek—represented New Hampshire in the NENSA U16 Championships in Rumford, ME on March 11–13. Additionally, Mark Young, Sander Valpey, Josh Valentine, and Mary Kretchmer all qualified to represent the NH team for the Eastern High School Championships at Middlebury, VT on March 18–20.
Mary Kretchmer competing at the Craftsbury Eastern Cup (2/6/16)
At the U20 level, Jack Schrupp, now skiing for Williams College, has already notched two top tens this season and has a chance to make the NCAA championship team. Matt Young, a freshman at Saint Lawrence University, qualified for the carnival team and recently raced at the junior nations.
Donate to GNA in honor of Lisa Young
In 2014 we lost our friend and president, Lisa Young, to a long battle with breast cancer. We’ll continue to remember her dedication to the club and her love for the sport. In Lisa’s memory, a fund has been set up to benefit Gunstock Nordic Association.
P.O. Box 7493
Gilford, NH 03247
in Memory of Lisa Young
Quality Ski Development Starts with a Club
GNA is proud to be affiliated with the New England Nordic Ski Association (NENSA).