Oakley’s Kris Freeman Claims SuperTour Finals and 50K Victory
The ski season in the United States is pretty much a wrap. While the country saw one of the smallest amounts of snow fall in recent history, big things still went down on the slopes. Oakley’s distance skier Kris Freeman topped off the season by securing the SuperTour Finals and the national title in the 50K in Craftsbury, Vermont.
The U.S. Ski Team member Freeman had a somewhat disappointing World Cup season and was in search of a rebound performance on his home soil. Returning to the US for his first domestic race of the season, Freeman proved he still had it, while sporting the Team Homegrown jersey and Oakley Radar XL’s in the Northeast. Even a sinus infection couldn’t stop Freeman from dominating the SuperTour Finals.
In the 50K race, Freeman beat Oakley teammate Tad Elliot to the finish by just 3.2 seconds for a time of 1:50:25.9. With about 11 laps remaining in the race, Freeman finally broke away from Elliot and began building his lead. The fast, icy snow of Vermont provided a somewhat unstable course, but Freeman still found a suitable way to race to victory. Because of the declining conditions, Freeman wanted to break away from the lead pack and safely cruise to the finish, rather than risking a crash while drafting.
“The downhill was very sketchy, and it got sketchier as the race went on,” commented Freeman. “That’s part of the reason I finally wanted get out of the group. The saved energy from being in the draft was no longer worth the risk.”
Oakley skiers Tad Elliot and Sylvan Ellefson finished the 50K in second and fourth place respectively. It was a very impressive race from some very impressive athletes. Ellefson’s fourth place finish also secured him the SuperTour Overall Title, claiming the most accumulated points over the season. Congratulations to Freeman for overcoming a bad season internationally to take the top spot on in Vermont and to Ellefson for his SuperTour Overall Title!