From the Hill with Tara Geraghty-Moats

Tara Geraghty-Moats is Crowned Nordic Combined Queen

Tara GM_Nordic Combined, Nizhny Tigil 2019
Tara Geraghty-Moats [FIS/Romina Eggert]

Tara Geraghty-Moats has dominated the season with 10 straight wins to clinch the Nordic Combined, Continental Cup 2018-2019 title

After a four-month tour that touched venues spanning the globe, American Tara Geraghty-Moats (W. Fairlee, Vt.) is  the International Ski Federation, Women’s Nordic Combined, Continental Cup 2018-2019 winner.

The 25 year old USA Nordic athlete, skiing out of the New York Ski Education Foundation, conquered 11 Continental Cups this season. She left the competitive field in her wake starting with the first comp and never looked back jumping on top of the podium in a total of 10 venues.

 

Bigger hills, smaller hills, urban cities, rural towns, cheering fans, quiet stands, warm days, cold nights, wherever, Geraghty-Moats planted her proverbial flag.

“I’ve dreamed about competing in Nordic Combined since I was a little girl.” said Geraghty-Moats. Addressing the immensity of the moment, she added “To be the best in the world for the season is an incredible feeling!”

Atop the podium, looking to her left, looking to her right, Geraghty-Moats continually saw the friendly and familiar face of 16 year old Norwegian, Gyda Westvold Hansen throughout the season.

Literally blazing trails in the landscape of the smaller picture of cross country races is what the world witnessed over the past months. Figuratively blazing trails in the landscape of the bigger picture of Nordic Combined equity on a global scale is what the world didn’t even know it wanted to witness until along came Tara Geraghty-Moats. Storied sports superlatives were created for an athletic career like this one.

Now, jubilation, perhaps a little well-earned rest and relaxation, world class athlete style, which, in Geraghty-Moats’ world usually translates to once in a while only hiking hills instead of mountains. Later, if the past is any indication of the future, back at it to repeat this fast, fun, fearless phenomenon in 2019-2020.

Tara Geraghty-Moats_Nizhny Tagil_Nordic Combined Awards

With ten victories in eleven events, USA’s Tara Geraghty-Moats has crowned herself the Queen of the 2018/19 Nordic Combined Continental Cup winter.

The 25-year-old also won the final event in Nizhny Tagil (RUS) and dominated the field by crossing the finish line one minute and 30 seconds ahead of runner-up Gyda Westvold Hansen from Norway. After a heavy crash in Otepää (EST), Russia’s Stefaniya Nadymova returned to competition action with a vengeance to take the third place, +1:33 behind Geraghty-Moats.

As the two days before, Geraghty-Moats laid the foundation for very victory on the jumping hill and won the last of three jumping rounds in Russia. This time, 87.5 metres (111.4 p.) carried her to the pole position for the final 5 km cross-country race. Italy’s Veronica Gianmoena claimed the second position at the start line after showing 89 metres (106 p.). Russia’s Stefaniya Nadymova and Gyda Westvold Hansen (NOR) were hot on Gianmoena’s heels, starting their races at +0:26 and +0:27 seconds.

In a demonstration of balance and her high level of performance, Geraghty-Moats set the fastest pace in the race as well and needed 14:59.4 to cover the 5 km distance. Anastasia Goncharova was the second fastest woman out on the track and improved from position 12 to eight. The rest of the Top Ten positions were taken by Veronica Gianmoena (4), Maria Gerboth and Jenny Nowak (5 and 6), Lisa Hirner (8) and Olga Aristova and Svetlana Gladikova.

In the overall standings, Geraghty-Moats won with a total of 1000 points, followed by Gyda Westvold-Hansen’s 760. The third place went to Germany’s Jenny Nowak (560 points.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: Tara Geraghty-Moats [FIS/Romina Eggert]
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