Julian Smith, a member of the Canadian National Ski Team, National Development Centre-Thunder Bay, Georgian Bay Nordic and the Bruce Ski Club participated in all four events at the US Cross Country Ski Nationals held in Houghton, Mich. from Jan. 2-7.
Smith was the top Canadian in a race of 198 male skiers – a 1.5-kilometre spring qualifier – finishing 11th in a time of 3:15.20 which qualified him for the quarter-finals.
He placed second in the qualifier in a time of 3:11.52 advancing to the semifinals where he raced a fast 3:08.08, but came in third, and therefore did not advance to the finals.
Smith finished seventh overall.
On Friday, 221 men skied a 15-kilometre skate individual start race. Smith finished 24th in a time of 38:50.08.
On Sunday, 98 senior men skied in the 30-kilometre classic mass-start race. Smith finished 18th in a time of 1:21:27.0.
On the final day the Open, the men skied another qualifier, this time a 1.5-kilometre classic.
Smith finished 11th in a time of 3:44.56. He won his quarterfinals and advanced to the semifinals where he skied in 3:45.99, which qualified him for the finals.
Smith was skiing into second place in the finals but had his skis stepped on. He and the other skier went down. He finished in sixth place in the race, a personal best at the US Nationals.