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Nelson's Julien Locke captures bronze medal at US Cross Country Championships

Julien Locke (inset) is seen skiing to a third-place finish Monday at the 2016 U.S. Cross Country Championships at Michigan Tech University in Houghton Michigan. — Submitted photo

Julien Locke of Nelson finished in the medals Monday at the 2016 U.S. Cross Country Championships at Michigan Tech University in Houghton Michigan.

Locke, who competes for the Black Jack Ski Team in Rossland, finished the 1.5 kilometer Sprint Distance in third place in a time of three minutes, 18.38 seconds.

Reese Hanneman of the United States won the race in a time of 3:15.14. USA teammate Dakota Blackhorse-von Jess was second.

Lappe Nordic's Evan Palmer-Charette of Thunder Bay came sixth. Locke and Palmer-Charette were the only two Canadian U23 athletes in the final.

Locke, born and raised in Nelson, won a silver medal at the Senior National Championships in Thunder Bay, Ont., in March of 2015.

The 22-year-old Locke, who started racing for the Nelson Nordic Ski Team at the age of six, joined the Black Jack squad at 14 years of age and has been competing with the Rossland-based club since his teens.

The U.S. Cross Country Championships consists of four days of races — classic distance, freestyle sprint, freestyle distance and classic sprints from January 3-9.

Lock, who trains and races full time also runs a web design, photography and filmmaking business.

Story originated at The Nelson Daily