Lau, Karpinen and Kars stand with their
medals and extra award from the cross-country
skiing event. (Courtesy photo)
GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany -- A cross-country skiing team made up of Marshall Center members took second place honors during a competition Jan. 22 in Kaltenbrunn, Germany.
The 36th annual event conducted by the Kameradenkreis der Gebirgstruppe, or International Federation of Mountain Soldiers, saw Randy Karpinen and Germany army Lt. Cols. Jan Kars and Konrad Lau compete in the freestyle class.
The Marshall Center team was assigned to Class 4, which included men aged 41-50. The threesome performed four laps totalling 10 kilometers around the 2.5 kilometer course at Kaltenburnn’s cross-country skiing center in fewer than 100 minutes.
“It felt great just to finish, but the fact that we won second place was fantastic,” said Karpinen, who prepared for about three weeks. He credited placing with teamwork and advice from his teammates, Kars and Konrad.
“Snow conditions and the demanding course were a real challenge,” Lau said, “but we fought and succeeded.”
Retired Lt. Col. Thomas Klein, the German secretary to the IFMS, donated an extra award for the first-ever participation of a team from the Marshall Center.
“Participation in sporting events facilitates the integration of every new citizen in the local community,” Klein said. He hopes to see more participants from the Marshall Center and the garrison.