Colorado native Noah Hoffman, 25, had a slippery start to his 2014-15 competitive season last fall. He also had a slippery start to last Thursday’s U.S. National Championship 50-kilometer freestyle mass start race at Galena Lodge.

    Yet the seventh-year U.S. Nordic Ski Team racer, considered America’s best at long-distances, persevered and eventually came out on top to wrap up a challenging season.

    Aspen’s Hoffman broke a bone in his left leg above the ankle after a hard crash on a descent in the first World Cup race of the season back in Nov. 2014 at Kuusano, Finland. He used up a bunch of frequent flier miles just to come home for surgery in Colorado.

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