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2001 Junior World Championships - 15K Elimination (Track) Valance D'Agen

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Published on Apr 11, 2011

This was the 15K Elimination race (read bottom for explanation), one of my favorites from 2001. I enjoyed the end sprint in this type of race, and there is always a lot of tension/anticipation at the end. This all makes for an exciting finish. The race is 75 laps on the 200 meter banked track totaling 15,000 meters. It may look easy at the front, but it's not. Staying in the top 3 in races like this , and out of the trouble in the middle of the pack, requires establishing yourself as a leader of the pack, making alliances, and running very technical tracks. This race gave me my 3rd gold and 6th medal out of 7 races. Enjoy =]

Final results:
1) Me
2) Shaun Thompson, Australia
3) Yoo-Joon Nam, Korea
Explanation: An elimination race is basically a straight race with a slight twist; they eliminate people off the back of the back. So every time you hear a bell as we cross the line, the next time we cross someone will be eliminated off the back. They space the eliminations out based on number of laps, number of competitors, and whether or not people drop off on their own. They eliminate down to 5 skaters with 3 laps to go. Then it's first man across the line.

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