Patterson posts top-10 finish in 50-K at World Championships
Anchorage’s Scott Patterson of the U.S. Ski Team made personal history with his best-ever finish at the World Championships.
The 29-year-old nordic skier finished 10th out of 53 finishers in the 50-kilometer race in Oberstdorf, Germany.
Patterson stayed with the lead pack until the fifth lap when he changed skis.
“I had to put in a pretty strong surge after that to try and get back in on the leaders,” he said. “I paid for it in the end, but I’m pretty happy. I wish I could have gotten a few more. I was hurting that last lap up that big hill. But it was a good race. I’m pretty psyched with it.”
His career-best effort came one day after helping Team USA earn an eighth-place finish in the 4×10-K relay.
He now has three top-10 finishes this year on the world stage, including a seventh-place finish in a World Cup relay in Finland.
Patterson, of South High fame,
owns 11 career top-10 finishes on the international stage since 2010.
“I’m fit; I’m feeling pretty good,” he said. “I can pull out top 10s and if you’re in the top 10, it’s not that much to get a little further up. I’m psyched.
“I’m looking forward to a few more races this season and try and see what we can do next year and build into the Olympics.”