The two-day Empire State Games were held in Lake Placid on February 21-22, 2009. Due to budget cuts, this may well prove to be the last ever ESGs. The stage was set for some high drama, and the Peru Nordic Masters were in the thick of it.
Peru Nordic’s Chris Rose, who has been known as the “Michelle Kwan of the ESGs,” had never placed higher than second in any ESG event. Rose was bent on finally winning a gold medal, and on Saturday, he finally broke through. Rose skied the 10 k classic with reckless abandon and raw emotion. When it was done, lying in a crumpled heap, Rose wept with sheer joy. “This is my greatest race!…. the monkey is off my back!” Rose finished second overall and won his coveted M2 Empire State Games Gold Medal.
The mood quickly changed when Bob Maswick announced he was done for the season. Team doctors have only disclosed that Maz was suffering from an “upper body injury.” But, he is definitely done for the season.
On Sunday, faced with the prospect of skiing without Maswick, members of the Peru Nordic Masters stepped it up two notches. Notably, Jim Kobak and Stan Hatch absolutely tore up the ESG course. Kobak blistered through the field, finishing with the fastest masters skate time, and winding up 2nd overall in the pursuit. Kobak made up an incredible 52 second deficit to Chris Rose, and captured Gold in the M2 pursuit. Stan Hatch had the third fastest time of the day, and captured the second of two silver medals in the M4 class.
When the weekend was over, Peru Nordic had plenty of strong performances, and are primed for the impending NYSSRA Championship weekend.
ESG Classic Results:
Chris Rose, 2nd overall, GOLD M2
Jim Kobak, 5th overall, Silver M2
Stan Hatch, 7th overall, Silver M4
Joe Korzenecki, 13th overall, Silver M5
Steve Bailey, 16th overall, 7th M4
Ed Lis, 23rd overall, 4th M3
Bob Maswick, 28th overall, 5th M5
Jim Adams, 35th overall, 5th M7
Janet Findlay, 3rd overall, Silver M6
Jon Santor, 5th overall men’s open.
Sunday, 2.22 1o k skate results:
Jim Kobak, 1st overall
Stan Hatch, 3rd overall
Chris Rose, 6th overall
Joe Korzenecki, 8th overall
Ed Lis, 18th overall
Jim Adams, 35th overall
Jon Santor, 5th overall men’s open
ESG PURSUIT: Results
Jim Kobak 2nd overall, GOLD M2
Chris Rose, 3rd overall, SILVER M2
Stan Hatch, 5th overall, SILVER M4
Joe Korzenecki, 9th overall, SILVER m5
Ed Lis, 19th overall, 4th M3
Jim Adams, 32 overall, 5th M7
Jon Santor, 6th overall Men’s Open