Lauren Fritz to ski in World Cup sprint race

ERHS grad will make debut on world's top circuit this weekend.



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Lauren Fritz, seen here during a "Fast and Female" ski camp at Chugiak High in 2011, has been named to the U.S. Ski Team roster for the upcoming World Cup Nordic ski sprint races Dec. 7-8 in Quebec City, Canada.

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Lauren Fritz, a 2006 graduate of Eagle River High and a member of the Alaska Pacific University Elite ski team, has been named to the United States roster for the upcoming World Cup sprint races in Quebec.

Fritz earned the spot after finishing second at the SuperTour classic sprint race on Saturday, Dec. 1 in Bozeman, Mont. The U.S. Ski Team announced World Cup rosters for Quebec races Sunday night.

In an interview with FasterSkier.com, Fritz said the battle with her APU teammate Sadie Bjornson and Dartmouth's Corey Stock was intense. Bjornson won a photo finish over Fritz and Stock.

"It was definitely the scrappiest round of them all," Fritz told the website. "We were just hitting each other with poles; Sadie and I almost took each other out a couple times. It was just — not dirty, but being teammates, we're friends but not afraid to push each other."

The World Cup race will be Fritz's first at the highest level of Nordic skiing competition. She skied collegiately at Middlebury College in Vermont. This summer she finished second in the 2012 Mount Marathon race in Seward.

Fritz was a standout Nordic skier at both Chugiak and Eagle River High Schools. In 2005 she finished fifth in the overall Skimeister competition for the Mustangs. The following season she finished eighth in the race for the state’s top high school skier while a member of the first-year Eagle River program.

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