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Catching air on day off, Junior Nationals, March 8, 2018

Anja Maijala, Junior National Champion FU20 freestyle, March 9, 2018

Midwest Juniors Team Sprint, February 28, 2018

Jessie Diggins in Stillwater Parade, April 14, 2018

Libby Tuttle, Junior Nationals, March 6, 2018

Jessie Diggins receives a standing ovation at the Minnesota State Capitol, April 12, 2018


MNMBS: Woolly Race Coverage
May 20, 2018
The Minnesota Mountain Bike Race Series kicked off on Sunday with the Woolly Race in St. Croix Falls, WI. Photographer Cece Boyle was out catching images from the afternoon races, Jay Richards will have a full report in his weekly MTB column later this week.
Photoset from Cece Boyle: Afternoon Events - 146 photos
Photoset from Cece Boyle: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Woolly Race

City Trail Loppet Results
May 20, 2018
Nearly ideal weather Sunday morning for the City Trail Loppet as runners linked a mixed of streets, trails and singletrack to go from downtown Robbinsdale to the Walker sculpture garden. Brian Gregg bested Matt Liebsch by 13 seconds to win the men's 10 mile race. Laura Mead was the top female, just 29 seconds ahead of Caitlin Gregg.
Results: CityTrail Loppet
CityTrail Loppet Official Recap

Midwest MTB Report
May 15, 2018
Jay Richards MTB Report this week catches the first two big MTB races of the season -- Iola Bump and Jump and the start of the Thursday night races at Buck Hill. Plus some scenic riding in the Paul Bunyan State Forest and a look ahead to upcoming events.

NSC Velodrome’s Thursday Night Lights Returns May 17
May 12, 2018
The 2018 race season is almost here -- with an early start to the year on May 17, the NSC Velodrome is excited to have an extra week of racing. Racing starts each Thursday at 7 PM. Admission is $5 and kids 12 and under are free with food available at the Track Shack concession stand. There are only two seasons of racing left at the National Sports Center, so come up to watch the racing before it's gone! The Fixed Gear Classic will return on August 24-25.

Midwest MTB Report: Season Kickoff
May 8, 2018
Jay Richards of Maplelag is back again this season with his review of the Midwest mountain biking scene! Kicking off the season, Richards rolls out a big update with news on CAMBA, skills building, Hard Enduro, Buck Hill racing and the two big Midwest series, MNMBS and WORS.

Snake River Canoe Race Results
May 5, 2018
A beautiful Saturday morning in Mora for the annual Snake River Canoe Race with temps in the 70s, sunny and little wind. Nearly 150 paddlers turned out for the big race down the Snake River to Mora. Top Pro boat: Fred Kueffer/Dana Henry and Emily Broderson/Lilly Brick, mixed Jessica Kozarek/Ryan Peterson.
Results: Snake River Canoe Race

Chippewa Triathlon Registration Open
May 4, 2018
The popular Chippewa Triathlon is scheduled for June 9th in Cass Lake and registration is now open. Event includes 14-mile canoe leg, 27-mile bike leg and finishes with 5-mile run (compete solo or as a team).

Lake Superior College Cycling Program
April 30, 2018
Lake Superior College in Duluth is an emerging USA Cycling collegiate varsity program. For ambitious student-athletes who want to compete in college, this program is the only one of its kind in the Midwest. They are seeking high school mountain bike riders that want to continue competing in the sport of mountain biking at the collegiate level.

Birkie Registration Opens Tuesday
April 29, 2018
The snow is just coming off the Birkie trail and now the registration for the 2019 American Birkebeiner events is opening this Tuesday, May 1st! And back again this season, in limited numbers, is the Birkie backpack. If you missed the backpack last season, jump on the registration pronto.
Registration for 2019 Birkie Events

April Classic Loppet Coverage
April 16, 2018
Over 50 skiers turned out Monday morning at Theodore Wirth for the short-notice April Classic Loppet, hosted by the Loppet Foundation with support from Pioneer Midwest. A 3.3K loop was freshly groomed with two best of line classic tracks for the event as temperatures were in the mid 20s. Brian Gregg blasted off the front of the pack, doubling to victory with Matt Liebsch collecting second and Alex Reich third. Caitlin Gregg was fourth overall and the top female with Jenny Beckman second followed closely by Kasia Bednarski for third.

Jessie Diggins Welcome Home Celebration Coverage
April 14, 2018
A big day Saturday as historic snowfall fell across the state which didn't stop most people from turning out for a morning parade in Stillwater and then a record crowd for the Welcome Home Celebration in the afternoon. Chad Salmela was on hand to MC the event and recall his experience from the Olympics and high school coach and best friend Kris Hanson was there to introduce Diggins. Diggins gave an excellent recap on her season and shared her Olympic moments. The event wrapped up with a photo session and posters.
Photoset: Stillwater Parade - 27 photos, Welcome Home Celebration - 62 photos

Jessie Diggins at the Capitol
April 12, 2018
Jessie Diggins was honored for her achievements this season by the Minnesota legislature on Thursday afternoon at the State Capitol. It also provided an opportunity to gather support for the Battle Creek Winter Recreation project, as well as a possible World Cup bib for 2020!
Photoset: 19 photos

Borah Epic Registration Filling Fast
April 9, 2018
While the recent snowstorm blanketed the Midwest, race organizers at the Borah Epic are crossing the two-month to-go mark for the annual single track challenge through the Wisconsin northwoods and registration is filling fast.

Marit Bjoergen Announces Retirement
April 6, 2018
The legend Marit Bjoergen has decided to retire in an announcement on Friday.

Vasaloppet: Come and Ski or Race
April 5, 2018
The Vasaloppet USA folks are doing it again -- one more race, being held this Saturday, April 7th on the trails at the Vasaloppet Nordic Center. Or just come out and enjoy the incredible April conditions, as they continue to groom.

SuperTour Finals: Classic 50K
March 28, 2018
The spring SuperTour series wrapped up on Wednesday with the men's 50K classical event at Craftsbury, VT. Adam Martin, Craftsbury Green Racing, had a spectacular race, finishing second only to Erik Bjornsen, APU, by less than 2 seconds! Scott Patterson, APU, rounded out the podium in third. NMU's Ian Torchia scored 9th with teammate Zak Ketterson 12th.
Results: 50K Classic

SuperTour Finals: Classic 30K
March 27, 2018
Tuesday at Craftsbury, VT, the SuperTour Finals featured some of the best women in the world racing for the 30K classic title. Jessie Diggins and Sadie Bjornsen eventually broke away from the rest, skiing the second half of the race together then taking it down to a hard sprint finish with Diggins holding off Bjornsen for the victory. Rosie Frankowski wrapped up her excellent season racing for the third place podium spot, finishing 6th.
Results: 30K Classic

SuperTour Finals: Mixed Relays
March 25, 2018
US Ski and Snowboard reports: Stratton Mountain School skied to gold in the L.L.Bean U.S. Cross Country Championships relay Sunday at Craftsbury Common, Vt. Stratton successfully defended its 2017 title in a rematch with Alaska Pacific University Nordic Center, which took silver. Craftsbury Project Green Racing won bronze in the mixed gender, mixed technique event.

SuperTour Finals: Freestyle
March 24, 2018
A star studded field on Saturday for the women's 10K freestyle race in the SuperTour Finals at Craftsbury, VT. Jessie Diggins took the victory with Sadie Bjornsen and Kikkan Randall rounding out the podium. Erik Bjornsen topped the men's 15K field with Simi Hamilton second, with Tad Elliot taking third.

Last Chance Challenge Coverage
March 24, 2018
The Vasaloppet gang held a season-ending ski race on their remaining snow covered trails at the Vasaloppet Nordic Center on Saturday morning. A roughly 5K loop of the best conditions was used, with skiers doing either two or three laps. Artie Huber won the 15K race after what was shaping up to be a sprint finish was foiled when Matt Lynch fell one of the last hills. Sophia Lafond-Hudson for the women. 10K titles went to Matthew Clark and Beth Conway. Results linked in, photosets posted.

SuperTour Finals: Classic Sprints
March 23, 2018
US Ski and Snowboard reports: A star-studded field kicked off the U.S. Ski & Snowboard SuperTour Finals Friday at Craftsbury Common, Vt. Stratton dominated the day with Olympians Andy Newell (Shaftsbury, Vt.) and Jessie Diggins (Afton, Minn.) taking wins in the opening classic sprint.
Video: Livestreaming

Racing Roundup
March 18, 2018
A look at some neglected results over the past two weeks as Midwest skiers shined in races in U16 Championships (New England), Canadian Nationals (Thunder Bay), and even overseas in OPA Cup series.

World Cup Falun: Freestyle Pursuit
March 18, 2018
The World Cup season wrapped up Sunday with freestyle pursuit events in Falun, Sweden. Jessie Diggins capped an incredible season with a fantastic race, posting the fastest time in the women's 10K skate as she attempted (solo) to catch Norwegian legend Marit Bjoergen. Bjoergen won the race by just 16 seconds, Diggins second and teammate Sadie Bjornsen also ending the season on a very high note, taking third. The points gained by Diggins allowed her to jump into second place in the overall World Cup standings (and only 40 points from first!), with Bjornsen finishing 6th. The men's 15K race was not quite as exciting as the field let Russian Alexander Bolshunov ski away with the victory. However, Canada's Alex Harvey outsprinted the chase pack to take second, with Switzerland's Dario Cologna third. Norway's Johannes Klaebo and Heidi Weng win the overall World Cup titles.
Welcome Home Reception for Olympic Gold Medalist Jessie Diggins Planned for April 14th
Results: Women's 10K, Men's 15K Freestyle Pursuit
Biathlon: Bronze Finish to Season for Dunklee
Fischer: Bjørgen wins the final and Klaebo the overall World Cup

World Cup Falun: Classic
March 17, 2018
Ideal racing conditions Saturday for the World Cup classic races in Falun, Sweden, with temperatures in the upper teens and bright sunshine. Jessie Diggins skied well again today, taking 8th as the top US skier in the women's 10K, Sadie Bjornsen just a little back in 11th. Rosie Frankowski also had a good result, fourth for the US team at 44th. Finland's Krista Parmakoski took the victory in an impressive sprint finish over Norway's Marit Bjoergen. The men's race was a tightly contested battle throughout, with Russian Alexander Bolshunov besting Sweden's own Calle Halfvarsson with Italian Francesco De Fabiani third. Erik Bjornsen had the top US men's result finishing 52nd. Sunday will be the final race of the season, featuring freestyle pursuit start events. Jessie Diggins is in a close battle with Parmakoski for the World Cup overall third place. Women race at 5:30 am CDT, men at 8:15 am. Livestreaming on the Olympic Channel website or app.
Results: Women's 10K, Men's 15K Classic

World Cup Falun: Freestyle Sprints
March 16, 2018
The final weekend of the World Cup kicked off on Friday with freestyle sprints in Falun, Sweden. Jessie Diggins qualified 2nd, Sadie Bjornsen 4th, and both advanced to the semifinals before getting bumped out - but it was Sophie Caldwell that led for the US, making the finals to finish 6th. Simi Hamilton and Kevin Bolger made the men's heats, but neither was able to advance beyond the quarterfinals. Caldwell finished the sprint season on the World Cup podium, third overall in the points. Saturday will feature mass start classic races, women at 5:30 am CDT, the men at 8:30 am. Livestreaming on Olympic Channel website and app.
Results: Freestyle Sprints
Biathlon: Season-Best 4th for Dunklee in Oslo Sprint

Vasaloppet Last Chance Challenge Race
March 15, 2018
The Vasaloppet is looking to celebrate a great ski season with one last race, Saturday, March 24th, on the remaining man-made snow at the Vasaloppet Nordic Center.

Loppet Duathlon Coverage
March 15, 2018
Racing on last time on the trails as the Loppet wraps their grooming season, athletes participated in a ski/fat bike duathlon on Thursday evening at Theodore Wirth. Individual winners were Joel LaFrance and Nicole Harvey. The top relay combo was Piotr Bednarski and Kevin Ishaug. Results linked in, plus photos.

Welcome Home Reception for Olympic Gold Medalist Jessie Diggins Planned for April 14th
March 15, 2018
Mark it on your calendars -- there will be a big reception and presentation welcoming Jessie Diggins home from her incredibly successful season, set for Saturday, April 14th

Lumi Experiences: Worldloppet Trips for 2019
March 15, 2018
Already dreaming of next winter, Lumi Experiences with Garrott Kuzzy, is offering two trips next season to participate in two Worldloppet races. The first trip includes Dolomitenlauf and Marcialonga, the second trip includes the Marcialonga and König Ludwig Lauf. You must reserve your spot by March 31st to receive guaranteed entry in the Marcialonga and save $300!

World Cup Oslo Freestyle Marathon
March 11, 2018
Two days of epic World Cup freestyle marathon races at the famed Holmenkollen venue in Oslo, Norway concluded on Sunday. In Saturday's mens 50K freestyle, a lead pack of half dozen men were still in contention in the final kilometers as the race came down to a sprint finish between Dario Cologna, Switzerland, and Norway's own Martin Sundby, which required a photo review to find Cologna had won by the narrowest of margins. Sunday's womens 30K was even more exciting as Jessie Diggins threw it down almost from the start, shattering the field and taking off with the Sweden's Charlotte Kalla and Norway's Ragnhild Haga. That lead trio stayed away for much of the rest, but in the final kilometers the legend, the queen, Marit Bjoergen stormed back up to the leaders (with the assistance of some fast skis from a ski exchange), then pushed head to snatch the victory with Diggins fending off the rest of the field to take second, Haga third in a photo finish with Kalla. The US squad had a number of great results including Sadie Bjornsen 12th and Scott Patterson 16th.
Results: 50K, 30K Freestyle

Fat Bike Birkie Results
March 10, 2018
Over 750 cyclists competed in the sixth edition of the Fat Bike Birkie, racing Saturday morning on the Birkie trail in Hayward. Victories were earned in the full 47K event by Chris Stevens and Jill Cederholm. Pavel Nelson and Shelley Nelson won the 21K division titles.
Results: Fat Bike Birkie
Fat Bike Birkie Press Release

Great Bear Chase Results
March 10, 2018
A record field turned out for the Great Bear Chase Saturday in Calumet, MI. In the primary event, Tad Elliot took the men's victory with Matt Liebsch edging out Daniel Streinz for second. Deedra Irwin won the women's division in a close finish with Julie Ensrud. Over 150 skiers participated in the 50K freestyle with Andy Dodds and Jenny Beckman posting the top times. Scott Nesvold and Erin Blow won the 50K classical crowns. In the 25K distance events, Tryg Solberg and Sarah Bezdicek won the freestyle races while Thomas Olenchek and Lauren Lackman strided to classical titles.
Record numbers highlight 38th annual up health system great bear chase ski marathon

Slush Rush Results
March 10, 2018
Jason Dalebroux reports: After being cancelled in two of the past three seasons, a natural snow packed-powder course greeted racers with near-perfect conditions at the 2018 Slush Rush at Hyland Park Reserve this morning. In the Masters 10K race, Torry Kraftson edged out Laszlo Alberti for the men's win, while Abigail Drach topped the womens' field by almost four minutes. A small juniors field on the shorter 6K course was won by Christina Baker.

World Cup Oslo Weekend Series
March 8, 2018
The World Cup moves closer to wrapping up as Oslo, Norway hosts a pair of long freestyle races this weekend. On Saturday, the men face off in a 50K mass start freestyle race, Sunday the women will race 30K. Men's race starts at 7:30 am CST, women's race at 4:45 am CST. Live streaming on Olympic Channel.
Video: NBC Olympic Channel
Results: FIS Live Results
Biathlon: Top 20 Finishes for Bailey and Nordgren in Kontiolahti Sprint

World Cup Drammen: Classic Sprints
March 7, 2018
World Cup skiers hit the streets of historic Drammen, Norway, for a mid-week classic sprint event. Jessie Diggins returned to the circuit, and right onto her first classic sprint podium, taking third behind an unstoppable Maiken Caspersen Falla, Norway, and Stina Nilsson, Sweden. The men's sprint final saw Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo resume his winning ways, taking the victory in front of fellow Norwegian Eirik Brandsdal and Russian Alexander Bolshunov. Erik Bjornsen was the top American male, finishing 18th.

World Cup Lahti: Classic
March 4, 2018
Sunday at Lahti, Finland, featured classic distance races with women's 10K and men's 15K events. Finland's own Krista Parmakoski overcame yesterday's crash in the sprint heats to take the classic victory in front of Russian Natalia Nepryaeva with Olympic gold medalist Norway's Marit Bjoergen edging out Finland's Kerttu Niskanen by hundreds of a second for third. Sadie Bjornsen had another great race finishing 7th to lead the US woman. In the men's race, it was Alexey Poltoranin, Kazakhstan, taking first just nine seconds ahead of Russian Alexander Bolshunov with local favorite, Iivo Nisnaken, Finland, collecting third. Sadie's brother, Erik, was the top US male finishing 32nd. Next up: sprint races Wednesday in Drammen, Norway.
Results: Classic 10K, 15K
Biathlon: Levins Wraps Up Youth/Junior Worlds With Another 6th Place Finish

Fat Bike Birkie Nearly Full
March 3, 2018
Fat Bike Birkie race registration is slated to close Wednesday night, Mar 7thif not sooner as it is quickly nearing capacity. While normally groomed exclusively for cross-country skiers during the winter months, the Birkie Trail is open to fat bike riders for two-days only during the Fat Bike Birkie.

Pepsi Challenge Coverage
March 3, 2018
Racing on good conditions at Giants Ridge, the Pepsi Challenge events were held Saturday morning. IN the 50K freestyle race, Bryan Cook took the overall victory with high school star Hannah Bettendorf easily taking the women's title. James Schwinghamer won the 50K classical race. In the 25K freestyle, the largest field, it was Alec Steward and Sara Morse posting the top times. And 25K classical champions were Evan Storbakken and Margie Nelson. Results posted, plus photos from Nancy Krueger.
Snowjourn Results
River View Loppet Results

World Cup Lahti: Freestyle Sprints
March 3, 2018
Resuming the World Cup circuit after the Olympics, skiers raced under crisp conditions for freestyle sprint titles in Lahti, Finland on Saturday. Norway's Maiken Caspersen Falla bested Sweden's Stina Nilsson and Hanna Falk for the women's victory. Sadie Bjornsen qualified in the top ten, but it was Sophie Caldwell making it to the semi-finals before dropping out. Italy's Federico Pellegrino, sporting some fast skis, took the men's final over Russian Gleb Retivykh with Norway's star Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo third. Wisconsin native Kevin Bolger had an impressive performance, advancing all the way to the semi-finals.
Results: Freestyle Sprints
Biathlon: Levins Posts Second Top-10 Finish at Youth/Junior Worlds

World Cup Lahti Weekend Series
March 1, 2018
Most of the World Cup racers will resume the season this weekend in Lahti, Finland, home of the World Championships last year. On tap of the weekend: freestyle sprints Saturday, classical interval start races Sunday. Jessie Diggins and Kikkan Randall are back in America for media events, but will return to the World Cup circuit next weekend in Oslo, Norway. Live coverage streaming on Olympic Channel website of the sprint heats Saturday morning, 6:15 am CST.
Video: NBC Olympic Channel
Results: FIS Live Results

Great Bear Chase Countdown
February 27, 2018
The Great Bear Chase is reporting excellent conditions for the big races coming up on March 10th. Seven different race divisions to choose from including 50K skiathlon down to 10K classic and freestyle events. Part of the CXC Cup series.

Olympics: Women's 30K Classic
February 25, 2018
The Winter Olympics wrapped up Sunday with the women's 30K classic event. Marit Bjoergen showed no signs of slowing down in her fifth Olympics, hammering out a steady tempo off the front of the field and easily taking yet another gold medal. Finland's Krista Parmakoski took silver after Austria's Teresa Stadlober took a wrong turn. Stina Nilsson, Sweden, bested Norway's Ingvild Oestberg to win bronze. Jessie Diggins skied hard throughout, taking 7th, Sadie Bjornsen 17th and Minneapolis native Rosie Frankowski taking 21st in her first major international race!
Olympics: Lost Skier Takes Wrong Turn

American Birkebeiner Coverage
February 24, 2018
Overnight grooming and temperatures around zero setup a fairly firm trail for the early skiers in the American Birkebeiner races on Saturday morning. Anders Gloersen of Norway won the men's freestyle title just ahead of Ivan Perrillat-Boiteux, France, with Midwest native Kyle Bratrud finishing third. Caitlin Gregg continued her reign as the queen of the Birkie, taking a tremendous sprint finish over Swede Maria Graefnings with Chelsea Holmes taking third. Midwest skiers swept the classic titles with Ben Saxton and Felicia Gesior taking the victories. Minnesota State Meet runner up, Hannah Bettendorf posted an amazing 9th place finish in her first Birkie! Results linked in, plus over 800 photos from the trail near Hwy OO.

Olympics: Men's 50K Classic
February 23, 2018
The final men's race of the Winter Olympics, the men's 50K classic, was held on Saturday. Finland's Livo Niskanen pushed the pace shortly after 15K and fragmented the pack, breaking away initially with Alexey Poltoranin, KAZ, then pairing up with Alexander Bolshunov, RUS, for final 20K. Nisakanen made a quick exchange of skis with roughly 7K to go, and then put in a hard surge in the last 2K to snap Bolshunov and take the gold medal. Bolshunov was second with teammate Andrey Larkov third. Canada's Alex Harvey skied with the pursuit pack, winning a sprint over Martin Sundby to take fourth. American Scott Patterson had a strong race as well, taking 11th!

Birkie Coverage
February 23, 2018
We're planning same day coverage of the Birkie...
Video: Livestream
Results: Searchable Results
WOBJ Radio

Kortelopet Coverage
February 23, 2018
After the cancellation last year, the Birkie was able to finally have the inaugural run of the new Kortelopet event, using a new course layout starting at Hwy OO and finishing on the streets of Hayward Friday. Fresh snowfall overnight made for somewhat soft and slow conditions, but still provided an exciting Main Street finish as MTU's Josh Albrecht took the sprint finish victory over Kieran Mullen and Joseph Lynch. Olivia Dreger skated to the women's title, skiing solo for much of the race. Jackson Adler and Abby Jarzin won the classic division. Over 2000 skiers participated in the event. Results linked in, photosets posted.

Diggins Named U.S. Flag Bearer for Winter Olympics Closing Ceremonies
February 23, 2018
Jessie Diggins was selected to lead the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team into Sunday's Closing Ceremony as flag bearer, as announced today by the United States Olympic Committee. Diggins was chosen by a vote of fellow members of Team USA.

American Birkebeiner Thursday Events
February 22, 2018
The American Birkebeiner festival events got rolling Thursday with a full schedule including Adaptive ski, Barkiebirkie, Barnebirkie, Junior Birkie and Giant Ski events, as well as the Birkie Expo.
Photoset: Barkiebirkie - 128 photos, Barnebirkie - 51 photos, Junior Birkie - 306 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res) - Barkiebirkie, Top Picks (high res) - Barnebirkie, Top Picks (high res) - Junior Birkie

Olympics: Team Sprint
February 21, 2018
In what instantly became Olympic legend, Jessie Diggins pulled off an incredible sprint finish against Norway's Maiken Caspersen Falla and Sweden's Stina Nilsson to capture, with her teammate veteran Kikkan Randall, America's first cross-country skiing gold medal! The race was very tight throughout, showcasing the best skiers in the world, as Diggins and Randall held their own with the leaders (with some help from the fantastic US wax techs). The US men were very competitive in their team sprint, and even with a fall by Erik Bjornsen, managed to still finished sixth. The final event of the Olympic will be the marathon classic races this weekend. (Photo: Getty Images - Nils Petter Nilsson)
Video from KTVA: Post-race Press Conference
Video from NBC: Finish Highlight
Video from NBC Olympics: Full Team Sprint Replay, Medal Ceremony, Chad Salmela's Call of Historic US Women's Team Sprint Finish
NBC: U.S. ends 42-year Olympic cross-country medal drought with historic gold
NYTimes: U.S. Shocks Cross-Country Field With Sprint Gold Medal
Star Tribune: Jessie Diggins propels U.S. to first gold in cross country skiing history
Outside Magazine: The U.S. Women's Cross-Country Gold Is a Huge Deal
Slate: Here Comes Diggins!

Midwest Junior Championships March 2-4
February 18, 2018
The Midwest Junior Championships (MJC), hosted by the Loppet Foundation and MYSL, is a weekend of competitive and festival events focused on youth and young juniors. It is a great way for all middle school school skiers that raced with their High School teams to have a chance at age group competition, as well as a friendly way to introduce younger kids to competition. Check out the full schedule of events, set for March 2-4 at Theodore Wirth.

Snowflake/Inga-lami Coverage
February 18, 2018
After some heroic shoveling efforts over the past couple of days, the Baker Park ski trails had enough natural snow to host the annual Snowflake/Inga-lami fun ski events on Sunday morning. Results pending, photos up now.

Olympics: Men's Relay
February 18, 2018
It was the men's turn on Sunday for relay racing with the 4 X 10K event at the Winter Olympics. Once again the athletes from Russia played a major role in the event, as Alexander Bolshunov ripped apart the field in the second leg of the classical portion. Norway's Olympic star Simen Hegstad Krueger managed to reel in the deficit on the first leg of the freestyle, and then Johannes Klaebo toyed with the leaders on the final leg, on some rocket fast skis. Klaebo eventually expended some energy in the last 500 meters to take gold for Norway. Russia was second, with France taking the bronze medal. The US men had a rough day, finishing last in the 14 team field.
Results: Men's Relay

Minnesota Finlandia Results
February 17, 2018
Over 130 skiers turned out Saturday for the Minnesota Finlandia races at Buena Vista ski area north of Bemidji. Wynn Roberts collected another Finlandia 50K freestyle title, with Kerrie Berg taking the women's field. The 25K Bemidjithon titles went to Cory Ellertson and Susanne Vande Vyvere. Craig Cardinal and Elspeth Ronnander won the 25K classical races, with 25K pursuit victories earned by Erik Pieh and Anna Dehler.
Woodland Loppet Coverage
Eirawen20 Results

Olympics: Women's Relay
February 17, 2018
An exciting women's relay race at the Winter Olympics on Saturday night as race positions changed frequently, sometimes dramatically, on each leg. In the end the race came down to the final leg with Sweden's young sprinter Stina Nilsson taking on Norway's veteran Marit Bjoergen. For a while it appeared Nilsson was just drafting, waiting for the final 250 meters, but it was Bjoergen that added to her own legend, keeping the tempo high to the finish and eliminating any final run from Nilsson as Norway captured gold, Sweden silver, and some athletes that happen to come from Russia, third place (for now). The US women fell behind under a tough early pace but recovered to take 5th.

Olympics: Men's 15K Freestyle
February 16, 2018
The men's turn on Friday for the distance freestyle race as they competed in a 15K interval start event at the Winter Olympics. Switzerland's Dario Cologna skied a strong race to come out 18 seconds ahead of Simen Hegstad Krueger for the gold, with RUssian Denis Spitsov collecting the bronze. Scott Patterson had the top US result finishing 21st. Canada's Alex Harvey was 7th.

Olympics: Women's 10K Freestyle
February 15, 2018
A day of dramatic and heartbreaking finishes on Thursday for the Winter Olympics in the women's 10K freestyle race. Jessie Diggins narrowly missed setting American women's history coming up less than 4 seconds short of a medal, finishing fifth. Norway's newest star on Ragnhild Haga crushed the field for the gold medal with Sweden's Charlotte Kalla taking silver and a remarkable tie between Finland's Krista Parmakoski and Norway's Marit Bjoergen for bronze. The US women had a strong showing with Sadie Bjornsen 15th and Kikkan Randall 16th.

Olympics: Classic Sprints
February 13, 2018
Another windy and cold day of racing at the Winter Olympics as skiers competed in the classic sprints. The US women qualified three for the heats: Jessie Diggins 7th, Sadie Bjornsen 9th and Sophie Caldwell 12th. Diggins advanced all the way to the final, including an impressive stretch finish in her semi-final, but it was Sweden's sprinting star Stina Nilsson that easily captured gold with Norway's Maiken Caspersen Falla silver and Russian Yulia Belorukova bronze. Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo, Norway, looked unbeatable throughout the heats and crushed the men's field on the final climb to take gold, Federico Pellegrino of Italy silver and Russian Alexander Bolshunov bronze. Simi Hamilton had the best performance for the US men, qualifying 19th with Erik Bjornsen 30th, but neither advanced from the quarterfinal stage.

West Yellowstone Annual Rendezvous Ski Race March 3rd
February 13, 2018
Ready to head back to West Yellowstone? The annual Rendezvous Ski Race on the trails in West Yellowstone is coming up on March 3rd. A great way to continue your Birkie form and enjoy a vacation out West.

Olympics: Men's Skiathlon
February 11, 2018
An amazing story unfolded for the men's skiathlon at the Winter Olympics on Sunday. In the mass start one of Norway's skiers, Simen Hegstad Krueger, crashed along with Britain's Andrew Musgrave, requiring a new pole and putting him immediately down by over 20 seconds to the field. But Kruger did not give up, eventually rejoining the lead pack, and then took things a step further, breaking away to build up a lead of over 20 seconds. Krueger was pursued by his own teammates, but held them off to take the gold medal in a legendary performance! Norway swept the podium with Martin Johnsrud Sundby silver, Hans Christer Holund bronze. USA's Scott Patterson had a phenomenal race skiing up to take 18th! Next event will be the classic sprints on Tuesday morning.

Vasaloppet USA Coverage
February 10, 2018
A beautiful 17K course of almost entirely man-made snow helped to generate some fast conditions on a crisp Saturday morning for the Vasaloppet races in Mora. Matt Liebsch easily picked up yet another 58K title, winning by five minutes. Jan Guenther skied to victory in the womens 58K division. Thomas Kendrick quickly outdistanced the 42K classical field, striding across the line with an almost 7 minute margin of victory. Brandy Stewart and Josie Nelson generated the most exciting finish on the day, drag racing down Union Street with Stewart just edging out Nelson for the women's 42K classic crown. Nathan Porath made the winning move over Mora native Paul Olson to win the 35K freestyle race, with Laura Cattaneo topping the women's race. Results linked in, photos coming later tonight.

Pre-Birkie Results
February 10, 2018
Cold temps delayed the start of the Pre-Birkie but there was still a large turnout for the events racing up the Birkie trail Saturday morning. Joel LaFrance pulled ahead of the men's lead pack to take the 42K freestyle victory with Marit Sonnesyn dominating the women's field. Erik Hendrickson and Elaine Nelson collected the 42K classical titles. Winona natives Jens Brabbit and Kelly Skillicorn took the 26K freestyle race, with Nicholas Byrne and Austyn Kimbrell winning the shorter classic division.

Olympics: Women's Skiathlon
February 10, 2018
2018 Winter Olympics got underway on Saturday with the first ski race, the women's 7.5K/7.5K skiathlon. The pace through the classic portion of the event kept nearly all the favorites in a led pack, with the group slowly starting to drop skiers at the tempo picked up a little in the skate leg. Sweden's Charlotte Kalla resumed her incredible form from early January, breaking away from the entire field in the final kilometers to ski in solo for the gold medal. Norway's queen, Marit Bjoergen looked strong as ever in taking silver with Finland's Krista Parmakoski collecting the bronze. Jessie Diggins skied with the leaders throughout, holding onto the back of the leading pack as the pace quicken, then moving up in the final stretch to finish 5th (best US women's finish in Olympic history, and less than 4 seconds off the podium)!

US Ski Team: How to Watch the Olympics
February 7, 2018
There is expected to be over 600 hours of broadcast coverage of the Winter Olympics! US Ski and Snowboard has put together an extensive viewing guide, including times, channels, and competitors.
Olympic Coverage using Roku and YouTube TV/NBCSN
Diggins Family Winter Olympics Facebook page
NBC: How to watch all Olympic cross-country skiing competitions live

City of Lakes Loppet Freestyle Coverage
February 4, 2018
Racing in some brisk temperatures and slow conditions, participants in the City of Lakes Loppet freestyle races were able to ski the point-to-point courses from Theodore Wirth down to Calhoun Village on Sunday morning. The marathon race quickly became a race of five, and eventually four by the finish as Matt Liebsch collected another title with Adam Mahar second and Joel LaFrance third in a virtual tie with Alex Reich. Bonnie Weiskopf Albrecht won the women's division by over six minutes with Jan Guenther second, Mary Beth Tuttle third. Teenager Victor Sparks won the 20K Puoli event with Susanne Vande Vyvere the top female finisher. Results linked in, along with photosets from the marathon race.

Moraloppet Results
February 3, 2018
Skiing on a 10K course of man-made snow, with fresh snow falling, over 60 skiers turned out Saturday morning for the Moraloppet 10K and 20K races. Logan Baier and Kerry Bogenreif won the 20K titles, with Thomas Mulford and Annalise Schaaf taking the 10K victories.
Mt. Ashwabay Summit Coverage

Project Norway: Biathlon Athletes Take On Norway
February 1, 2018
Jake Brown, Paul Schommer and Max Durtschi are currently racing on the IBU Cup 6 in European, but these young guns, Jake and Paul from the Midwest, are seeking to head to Norway to compete against some of the best on the Norwegian Cup racing circuit for a month. But they need some financial sponsors to make it happen! Check the press release and then see the promotional opportunities.
Project Norway: Promotional Opportunities

City of Lakes Loppet Freestyle Sprints Coverage
January 31, 2018
A second night of epic racing in downtown Minneapolis as skiers participated in the City of Lakes Loppet freestyle sprints Wednesday. The event turned full-on Minnesota winter by the time the adults started racing as the downtown was turned into a giant snowglobe with fresh snow falling throughout the evening. Youth over experience for the men's sprint final as high school skier Torsten Brinkema skated to victory. BethAnn Chamberlain scored the women's title. Photosets from the early youth/juniors as well as the adult sprints.

City of Lakes Loppet Classic Sprints Coverage
January 30, 2018
Tuesday evening the City of Lakes Loppet Festival took to the streets of downtown Minneapolis, competing in classic sprints over the American Birkebeiner International Bridge as part of the Super Bowl Live events. Divisions ran from U10 all the way up to adults, with those under 20 doing team sprint formats while the adults had quick elimination heats. Matt Liebsch and Kathleen DeWahl won the adult titles to close out the night. Large photosets posted.

Vasaloppet Trails Are Ready
January 28, 2018
With the Vasaloppet USA races less than two weeks away, organizers report the race courses are snow-covered and ready for the big weekend. This year's events will start and finish on the streets of downtown Mora. Check out the full press release with maps.

Marine/O'Brien Results
January 28, 2018
Marine/O'Brien participants raced on natural snow at William O'Brien State Park on Sunday for the annual ski races. In the 25K freestyle, Tyler Radtke took first place for the men with Marit Sonnesyn leading the women. Henry Wortman and Sara Zimmerman-White took the 25K classical titles. In the original one lap event, Jack Degonda and Laura Cattaneo stood atop the 12.5K freestyle podium. Short classic victories were earned by Andrew Comfort and Amelia Lehmann.
Nordic Spirit Results

World Cup Seefeld: Freestyle Mass Start
January 28, 2018
In one of her most spectacular performances to date, Jessie Diggins took on the entire Norwegian field of stars and slayed them all, breaking away on the final major climb and freeskating to victory in the women's 10K freestyle mass start race Sunday in Seefeld, Austria. Norway's Heidi Weng and Ragnhild Haga rounded out the podium. The US women had a strong showing with Sadie Bjornsen 8th, Kikkan Randall 14th and Caitlin Patterson 23rd. In the men's 15K, Canadian Alex Harvey had a great final tune up race as he finished second with Dario Colgna, Switzerland, taking first and Norway's Martin Sundby third. The US men had one of their best days this season as Erik Bjornsen finished with an incredible 9th place and Simi Hamilton was 12th. (Photo: Getty Images/AFP - Barbara Gindl)
Video: Women's 10K Full Replay
Results: 10K, 15K Freestyle
US Ski Team: USA Women: Two for Two in Seefeld
FIS: Diggins nabs final World Cup win before Olympics

Noquemanon Results
January 27, 2018
The big UP point to point race, the Noquemanon, held their races on Saturday morning. In the 50K classic, Kyle Bratrud skied away from the field to win by over 5 minutes with Caitlin Gregg easily winning the women's division and finishing 9th overall! Andy Liebner won the 50K freestyle race just ahead of Zachary Nelson, with another Olympian, Lindsey Dehlin, topping the womens field. The 26K classical titles went to Jeremy Steele and Hanna Torvi, 26K freestyle victories were earned by Joey Graci and Abby Potts.
Badger Winter Games Results

City of Lakes Loppet Classic Coverage
January 27, 2018
Friday's thaw created fast trails conditions causing organizers to retract the City of Lakes Loppet ski races back to the Wirth snowmaking loop on Saturday morning. The marathon field quickly shattered into individual races as Matt Liebsch took the pace out hard, building up eventually a four minute lead when he collected the victory, finishing 30K (double poling) in just under 70 minutes. Andrew Brown was second, Alex Reich moved up in the final lap to take third. Even more dominating was the performance of Masters World Cup champion Ragnhild Bolstad of Norway who strided to a winning margin of over seven minutes over Josie Nelson, with Margie Nelson third. Washburn high school skier Per Alexander won the Pouli Loppet with Minneapolis Southwest high school star Lily Richmond taking the girls title in a photo finish with Kathryn Scott. Results linked in, along with photos from the marathon race.

World Cup Seefeld: Freestyle Sprints
January 27, 2018
Another impressive showing by the US women as they raced in freestyle sprint events in Seefeld, Austria, Saturday. Sophie Caldwell keeps getting better with each event, today taking the women's sprint final down to the wire to tie(!) for first with Switzerland's Laurien Van Der Graaff as Norway's Maiken Caspersen Falla came in third. Sadie Bjornsen also made the women's final. Norway's Johannes Klaebo resumed his winning ways, easily taking the men's final ahead of France's Lucas Chanavat second, Sweden's Calle Halfvarsson third. Simi Hamilton had the top US result, making it to the men's semifinals before exiting.
Results: Freestyle Sprints
US Ski Team: Sprint Win for Sophie Caldwell
FIS: Caldwell and van der Graaff tie and Klaebo wins again (with photo)

Olympic XC Team Nominations: Midwest Gals
January 26, 2018
The Midwest stood proud on Friday as the US Olympic team was announced with three woman from Minnesota making the cut: Jessie Diggins, Rosie Frankowski and Annie Hart. Caroline Brisbois made the connection with Hart and Frankowski on Friday to get their reactions!

Masters World Cup: Long Distance Freestyle Coverage
January 26, 2018
The Masters World Cup wrapped up a week of racing at Theodore Wirth in Minneapolis with long distance freestyle races. Warm weather made for some slow conditions as the morning progressed, especially for the 40K skiers. Top performers: 15K fastest skiers were Minnesotan Kati Campbell, AG09, and Finn Magnar Hagen, Norway, AG10; best 30K times on the day went to Twin Cities Mary Beth Tuttle, AG05, and Norway's Einar Bertrand Vikingstad, AG08; Russian Aleksandr Pushkarev beat France's Christophe Blachet Nicoud in a photo finish for the top 40K time, coming out of AG04. Results linked in, along with over 450 photos.
Loppet Foundation grieves with the entire ski community over the passing of a fallen skier

US Ski Team: Cross-country Olympic Team Named
January 26, 2018
U.S. Ski & Snowboard Friday announced its selections for the 2018 U.S. Olympic Cross Country Skiing Team that will compete at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 beginning February 9. Midwest women will have a strong representation with Jessie Diggins, Annie Hart and Rosie Frankowski!

World Cup Seefeld Weekend Series
January 25, 2018
World Cup racing continues this weekend with racing in Seefeld, Austria. Saturday is freestyle sprints, Sunday mass start freestyle 10K and 15K races. For the US skiers, this weekend will be the last World Cup event before the Olympics. Sprints livestream on Olympic Channel website with the heats scheduled for 6:45 am CST.
Video: NBC Olympic Channel
Results: FIS Live Results

Masters World Cup: Long Distance Classical Coverage
January 25, 2018
The Masters World Cup was forced into a mid-race course correction on Thursday morning when a freight train blocked the 15K trail layout, causing some racers to ski different distances than others, and re-routing the event onto a 10K loop that contains some of the hilliest terrain. Preliminary results are up, along with photosets.

US Ski Team: Nordic Combined Olympic Team Named
January 25, 2018
Olympic Trials winner Bryan Fletcher will lead a team of five Nordic combined skiers at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang beginning Feb 9th. U.S. Ski & Snowboard today announced its selections which will be confirmed by the United States Olympic Committee when it formally names Team USA this Friday (January 26). Eau Claire, Wisconsin native Ben Loomis makes his first Olympic team!
Leader-Telegram: Local skier earns place at Olympics

Masters World Cup: Relays Coverage
January 24, 2018
The Masters World Cup resumed on Wednesday after taking Tuesday off, with the featured event 4 x 5K relays. In the women's division, the top time came down to a sprint finish with Kelly Skillicorn edging out Mary Wellington by a boot for a US women's AG03 team victory. Skillicorn's team included Elizabeth Youngman, Kelly Milligan, and Jan Guenther. American womens teams had a great day, sweeping the age group titles! In the men's division, the AG01 US squad (decked out in US Ski team uniforms) of Chris Harvey, Mark Johnson, Zach Varty, and Matthew Liebsch posted the top relay time. US men also won the AG05 and AG06 age groups. Full results linked in, along with two very large photosets.

Marine O'Brien Race Set for Sunday
January 23, 2018
The St. Croix Valley Ski Club is once again hosting the Marine O'Brien cross country ski race this Sunday, Jan 28th. Ski races throughout the day, beginning with adult races circling the park on both flat and hilly terrain. There will also be a kid's race in the afternoon.

Great Bear Chase: Clark Skiing 36th
January 22, 2018
Twin Cities skier Richard Clark will be going for his 36th Great Bear Chase race this March! Learn about one of the Great Bear Chase's founders, and register today!

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