At the U.S. Ski Orienteering Championships held March 14-16, 2014, in Stowe, Vermont, EMPO was the top-performing club and as such won the Perm Trophy. Every two years when the U.S. Ski Orienteering Championships takes place, points are calculated for all the skiers in each club based on placings, which are tallied to determine the club with the most accumulated points. That club takes possession of the Perm Trophy until the next Ski O Champs is held.
Information from Larry Berman, U.S. Ski Orienteering Sanctioning and Development Chair:We last won it back in 2000, when the U.S. Ski-O Champs were held on our home turf, at Garnet Hill Cross Country Center. Back then, we won largely because we had more Juniors who competed (and did well) than any other club.
The Perm Trophy is an elaborate coffee samovar brought to the U.S. in 1992 by a visiting group of Russian orienteers from the city of Perm, near the Ural Mountains in Siberia. It was bought from them by Jonathan Berman, then owner of J Berman’s Orienteering Supply, and presented to the Ski-O Committee for use as a Ski-O Club Championship trophy.
In addition to the Perm Trophy, the winning club receives a stipend, donated by Berman's Orienteering Supply, intended to help the club develop and promote ski orienteering. The second and third place clubs also receive stipends.
(<-- Marty Hawkes-Teeter, Rob Tryson, and Bryan Sweet, the youngest members of the EMPO team that year, accept the Perm Trophy from Larry Berman in 2000.)
This time around, it was primarily because our old-timers kept picking up points, while our couple of Juniors did very well once again.
Ski-O Champs results by class are posted on the New England Ski O results page (PDF downloads). You can find the splits for each race on Attackpoint here:
I don’t know when or where the final point totals for the various clubs will be posted, but Larry Berman awarded EMPO the Trophy based on the first two days' results and our virtually insurmountable lead (and the fact that we medaled in a number of classes in the Long distance event on Sunday). Larry said that while there was a close race for second among 3 or 4 clubs, EMPO was clearly the Club Champion.
Obviously, having a good number of our members attend gave us a good start towards accumulating enough points to win the Trophy, but in fact every one of the EMPO folks who attended contributed some significant results, and thus points (and points are scored for completed courses down through much lower places, I think even 10th).
It really was a Team effort. Janet Findlay posted wins in all three races in her class; she clearly is our Club Ski-O Champion. David Hunter got two Gold (Sprint and Middle); Chris Frielinghaus had two Silver (Sprint and Long); Candice Raines had a Silver and a Bronze (Long and Middle); Terry Allard (a Junior) had one Bronze; Thayer Raines had two Bronze; Phil H-T had a Bronze in the Long; Doug Swank also received Bronze, in the Middle. Will Frielinghaus earned a Bronze medal as a Junior competing in the Open Class of M21 (he also placed 4th in the Sprint). Sue H-T's best result was in the Middle race.
Now, not only do we have the very cool Trophy/Samovar to pass around for a couple of years, which you can see in the photos, but EMPO will receive $200 for Ski-O promotion as a result of our victory.
For me, at least, this is a fine end to our Winter focus. For you die-hard skiers: keep at it. We need your skiing expertise in the future. But, Spring is almost here, and the EMPO Spring schedule will be going out (at least tentatively) soon. [current planned dates are posted on the Schedule page; watch for additions and/or changes --ed.]