Noah Hoffman

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Noah Hoffman
Noa Hoffman (USA).jpg
Born (1989-08-01) August 1, 1989 (age 29)
Evergreen, Colorado[1]
Height5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Ski clubSki and Snowboard Club Vail
World Cup career
Seasons2009–
Individual wins1
Indiv. podiums1

Noah Hoffman (born August 1, 1989; nicknamed "The Hoff"[2]) is an American Olympic cross country skier. He competed for the United States at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, and in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Personal[edit]

Hoffman is Jewish, and was born in Evergreen, Colorado to Mike and Sharon Hoffman.[3][4] He has a sister named Maggie.[4] He grew up in Aspen, Colorado.[5] In middle school, he ran cross-country.[6]

Hoffman graduated from Aspen High School in 2007.[7] He postponed college to focus on skiing.[8]

Career[edit]

Hoffman began skiing at age four.[9] His club is the Ski and Snowboard Club Vail.[2] Hoffman's coaches are John Callahan, Zach Caldwell, Jason Cork, Matt Whitcomb, Chris Grover, Eric Pepper, and Dan Weiland.[8]

Early years[edit]

Hoffman came in 12th in the 10k in the 2008 Junior World Championships.[2]

Hoffman debuted in the FIS World Cup at Vancouver in January 2009, placing 25th in the 30 km skiathlon.[10] His first European appearance in the World Cup was at the 2010–11 season opener in Gällivare, where he placed 31st in the 15 km freestyle, only just missing out on a points finish.[10]

He represented the United States at the 2011 World Championships in Oslo, Norway, where Hoffman placed 14th in the Men's 4x10k Relay, 29th in the 15 km classic, and 30th in the 50 km freestyle mass start.[10][2]

2012–13[edit]

Hoffman opened the 2012–13 season well, placing a career-best 19th in the second stage of the Nordic Opening at Ruka, a 10 km freestyle race;[10][11] he went on to place 26th in the final standings of the Ruka Triple.[10] He scored his first top 10 finish two weeks later at Canmore, placing 8th in the 30 km skiathlon.[10][12] Hoffman also completed his first Tour de Ski, finishing 46th with a best stage finish of 17th in the final climb.[10][13] He came in 8th in the 4x10k Relay in the 2012 World Cup in Nove Mesto, Czechoslovakia.[2] He came in second in the 15k CL at the U23 2012 World Championships, the highest finish ever by an American at the U23 World Championships.[2][14]

Hoffman won the 2012 U.S. Championship Title in the 30k CL, in Rumford, Maine.[2]

At the 2013 World Championships in Val di Fiemme, Italy, Hoffman improved on his results from two years before. He finished strong to place 15th in the 15 km freestyle, his best World Championship result to date.[15] In the 50 km classic mass start he placed 27th after going with an early five-man breakaway.[16] He was the top American in both races.[16] He placed 10th in the 4x10k Relay.[2]

Hoffman narrowly qualified for his first World Cup Final in Falun, Sweden, scoring seven World Cup points at the last opportunity (a 50 km freestyle mass start at Oslo) to move to 47th in the World Cup overall standings as the top 50 qualified for the final weekend.[17] He eventually finished 48th in the overall World Cup and 36th in the distance World Cup.[18]

2013–14[edit]

Hoffman underwent shoulder surgery in the off-season, hoping to eliminate a recurring shoulder dislocation problem.[19] He placed a career-best 9th in the season-opening Ruka Triple, being the fastest skier in the final stage (a 15 km freestyle pursuit) and thus receiving the maximum 50 World Cup points for a stage win.[20] Hoffman also had the fastest time on the day during the 35 km pursuit during the Tour de Ski.

Hoffman represented the United States at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, and came in 11th in the Men's 4x10k Relay, 26th in the Men's 50k Freestyle Mass Start, 31st in the Men's 15K classic, and 35th in the Men's Skiathlon 30K in which he crashed as he rounded a 180-degree corner turn and broke his ski pole.[2][4][6]

In November 2014 Hoffman crashed and broke his left fibula above the ankle and suffered medial collateral ligament damage when his skis got caught in the course fencing at the Kuusamo World Cup in Finland.[2][21][22][23][24] He had surgery to implant pins and a plate near his ankle to repair his leg.[22]

In the 2015 World Ski Championships in Falun, Sweden, he placed 11th in the 4x10k Relay.[2]

2015-16[edit]

In 2015-16 Hoffman was the top distance racer in the United States, as he won several World Cup points throughout the season.[2] His best result was 19th in a 10k freestyle race in Toblach, Italy.[2] He also had his career-best Tour de Ski, in which he finished 22nd overall in the Tour standings.[2]

2017-18[edit]

At the 2017 World Championships, he came in 50th in the 50K mass start, and 57th in the skiathlon 15/15K.[9]

He competed for the United States at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.[9] He came in 48th in the 15K freestyle, and 54th in the skiathlon 15/15K.[9]

World Cup results[edit]

All results are sourced from the International Ski Federation (FIS).[25]

Individual podiums[edit]

  • 1 victory – (1 SWC)
  • 1 podium – (1 SWC)
No. Season Date Location Race Level Place
1 2013–14 1 December 2013 Finland Kuusamo, Finland 15 km Pursuit F Stage World Cup 1st

Blog[edit]

He writes a blog, at http://noahhoffman.com.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Noah Hoffman". U.S. Ski Team. Retrieved December 1, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Noah Hoffman | U.S. Ski Team - Nordic
  3. ^ "Sizing up some of the non-Israeli Jews in Sochi," The Jerusalem Post.
  4. ^ a b c Noah Hoffman
  5. ^ "PyeongChang Race Day #2"
  6. ^ a b "Noah Hoffman skis for the gold," Washington Jewish Week.
  7. ^ Noah Hoffman - Stats
  8. ^ a b "About - Noah Hoffman"
  9. ^ a b c d Noah Hoffman
  10. ^ a b c d e f g Noah Hoffman at the International Ski Federation
  11. ^ "Randall Leads Another Historic USA Day". U.S. Ski Team. December 1, 2012. Retrieved December 1, 2013.
  12. ^ "Top 10 for Hoffman, Freeman". U.S. Ski Team. December 19, 2013. Retrieved December 1, 2013.
  13. ^ "Men 9 km Free Final Climb Pursuit Start Winner Of The Day" (PDF). FIS. Retrieved December 1, 2013.
  14. ^ "Noah Hoffman's Life as a Nordic Skier" | News | Julbo Eyewear
  15. ^ "Hoffman Notches Career-Best 15th in Val di Fiemme". FasterSkier.com. February 27, 2013. Retrieved December 1, 2013.
  16. ^ a b "Aspen's Hoffman leads U.S. nordic team". Aspen Times. March 4, 2013. Retrieved December 1, 2013.
  17. ^ "Hoffman Leads at Holmenkollen". U.S. Ski Team. March 16, 2013. Retrieved December 1, 2013.
  18. ^ "Cup Standings 2012–13". FIS. Retrieved December 1, 2013.
  19. ^ Mangan, Audrey (May 17, 2013). "Hoffman Capitalizes on Recovery Process". FasterSkier.com. Retrieved December 1, 2013.
  20. ^ "Sundby (NOR) takes the final stage of Ruka Triple". FIS. December 1, 2013. Retrieved December 1, 2013.
  21. ^ "Aspen Nordic Skier Recovering From Broken Fibula" | Aspen Public Radio
  22. ^ a b "Olympic Nordic skier Noah Hoffman tunes up in local race after breaking leg," Summit Daily.
  23. ^ "Broken Fibula - Noah Hoffman"
  24. ^ "Noah Hoffman eager to meet challenge after suffering broken leg," The Denver Post.
  25. ^ "HOFFMAN Noah". FIS-Ski. International Ski Federation. Retrieved 21 January 2018.

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