Welcome to my website! My name is Benjamin Lustgarten and I am a professional cross country ski racer for the Craftsbury Green Racing Project in Vermont. My goal is to compete successfully at the national and international level with focus on the 2020 World Cup Finals in Canada! I will be updating my progress throughout my training and racing season via blog posts and social media updates that you can access with this website. Thanks for your support!
After the Craftsbury SuperTours I was able to obtain the overall male SuperTour leader by points for Period III, qualifying me for a brand new World Cup racing series: the Scandinavian Ski Tour 2020. The purpose of this event was to fill the one year that happens every 4 years without an Olympic or World … Continue reading Scandinavian Ski Tour 2020 ! A New World Cup Tour
The Craftsbury SuperTour was also combined with Eastern Collegiate Carnival races and an Eastern Cup, which drew almost all of the competitive skiers from around New England in addition to the SuperTour field. This cumulative event is called the Lost Nation Cup and is a fantastic weekend of racing from top level SuperTour athletes all … Continue reading Craftsbury SuperTour Weekend – Lost Nation Cup
So I made the challenging decision to decline the 2020 Tour de Ski starts I qualified for and instead to focus on US National Championships. I was hoping to be able to win or at least podium one of the distance races, but that did not work out as planned. Houghton is infamously known for … Continue reading 2020 US National Championships!
The first SuperTours of the year went well! First stop was picturesque Canmore, Alberta. I love Canmore, as do most skiers I feel like due to the gorgeous surrounding mountains, usually perfect sunshine and perfectly groomed nordic ski trails. We got to Canmore about 7 days out from the first races in order to acclimate … Continue reading First SuperTours – Canmore and Sun Valley!