LAKE ELMO, MINN. > NORDIC SKIING
Nora, a senior at Stillwater Area High, defeated 166 competitors with a time of 17:29.6 in the 5K classic at the Mesabi East Invitational, the country's largest high school Nordic skiing event, held at Giants Ridge in Biwabik, Minn. Her win helped the Ponies to a second-place finish. Last year Nora was named all-state, and in February she won the women's title in the 23K Kortelopet classic race at the American Birkebeiner in Wisconsin, North America's largest annual cross-country skiing competition.
KALAHEO, HAWAII > BODYBOARDING
Tanner, a homeschooled seventh-grader, finished first in the 12-and-under category at the U.S. Bodyboarding Association's Pro-Am tour stop in Seaside Heights, N.J., to win the national title for his age group. He also won the 13-to-18 group and the men's open at the event to become the first rider to sweep the amateur field. In November, Tanner became the youngest competitor to enter an International Bodyboarding Association trial. He is ranked seventh in the USBA's Open A division.
PALM HARBOR, FLA. > RACQUETBALL
Jordan, a seventh-grader at Palm Harbor Middle School, won the junior world 12-and-under girls' title in the Dominican Republic. Seeded fourth, she defeated the No. 1 seed in the semifinal and beat the No. 2 seed in the final after losing the first match and forcing a tiebreaker in which she came back from an 8--1 deficit to win 11--10. Ranked No. 1 in the nation among girls 14 and under, Jordan qualified for worlds by winning the 12-and-under singles title at junior nationals in Portland in June.
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