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Geraghty-Moats captures Nordic Combined title

NIZHNY TAGIL, Russia — After a four-month tour that touched venues spanning the globe, American Tara Geraghty-Moats, of West Fairlee, Vermont, is  the International Ski Federation Women’s Nordic Combined Continental Cup winner.

The 25-year-old USA Nordic athlete, skiing out of the New York Ski Educational Foundation, conquered 11 Continental Cups this season. She left the competitive field in her wake starting with the first competition and never looked back, jumping on top of the podium in a total of 10 venues.

Bigger hills, smaller hills, urban cities, rural towns, cheering fans, quiet stands, warm days, cold nights, wherever, Geraghty-Moats planted her proverbial flag.

“I’ve dreamed about competing in Nordic combined since I was a little girl,” Geraghty-Moats said. “To be the best in the world for the season is an incredible feeling!”

Atop the podium, looking to her left, looking to her right, Geraghty-Moats continually saw the friendly and familiar face of 16 year old Norwegian, Gyda Westvold Hansen throughout the season.