Kobak holds off challengers to win the VIKING HELMET!

Kobak crowned Viking Helmet Champ!

The Peru Nordic Masters headed to the Olympic Ski Jump complex in Lake Placid to take part in the Dr. Dave Memorial race.  This race doubled as the Viking Helmet Finale, and Jim Kobak was the overall leader going into the race.  Kobak needed to hold off Chris Rose and Jon Santor to win his first Viking Helmet overall championship.  Kobak marked Rose the whole way,” .. I knew that if Rose beat me, he needed to beat Santor, too in order to win it all.  I kept myself comfortably in between those two until I was able to attack on the 3rd lap.”   Kobak’s attack enabled him to gap both Rose and Santor  and coast to second overall in the race, but first in the Viking Helmet Championship Series. Jerry “Curse of Pharaohs” Curcio also put in a strong bid.

Note the throngs of fans in the stands at the Dr. Dave memorial race!

After 17 VHCS races, Kobak was jubilant in his first Viking Helmet win.  “I have seen Rose keep the helmet too many times in recent years.  Now, it’s my time!!!”  Kobak’s VHCS win capped a remarkable season where he earned three of the five major championship trophies.  Kobak won his first Peru National Championship Shield in December.  He won another Superbowl of Skiing Foam Finger in January, and his first Deathskinada Loppet Death’s Head Trophy in February.  “… I was disappointed that I couldn’t win Moljinar at RAGNAROK, but he Viking Helmet overall is just as sweet!”

Viking Helmet Champion 2010: Jim Kobak

And thus, the 2010 ski race season has ended… there is still plenty of skiing left, but focus now turns to the PATCH SPRINT!


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