Aspen’s Hoffman back from injury for FIS Nordic World Championships |

Aspen’s Hoffman back from injury for FIS Nordic World Championships

Sochi Olympic Nordic skier Noah Hoffman of Aspen rounds a corner on his way to a first place finish in the Gold Rush 10K skate race earlier this month on the Frisco Peninsula. Hoffman participated in the annual event as a tune-up for his return to World Cup competition. He broke his leg in November at the first World Cup race of the season in Finland.
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And you think a tedious hour on the treadmill, or a spin class with annoying music, is really hard to endure.

After breaking his left leg Nov. 30 in the first World Cup cross-country race of the season, Aspen’s Noah Hoffman spent up to 20 hours a week on a spin bike, a stationary hand cycle and a SkiErg — an indoor workout machine that allows athletes to replicate the upper-body movements of cross-country skiing — trying to stay fit in hopes of competing in the Nordic world championships in Falun, Sweden, this month.

Despite the brain-numbing monotony of his workouts the first four weeks after surgery, he made it to worlds. It hasn’t even been 12 weeks since the fracture, but Hoffman expects to compete in four events, starting with the 30-kilometer skiathlon (9.3 miles of classical cross-country technique, 9.3 miles of skate technique) on Saturday.

After breaking his lower leg and tearing an ankle ligament off the bone in a freak accident while racing in Finland, Hoffman had surgery in Vail on Dec. 4.

“The snow pack is stable right now but it isn’t actually strong.”Blase ReardonColorado Avalanche Information Center

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