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Return to West Yellowstone!  Rendezvous Ski Race, March 5th

Ski the Legend - The Minnesota Finlandia, Feb 27, 2016


Felicia Gesior, Telemark JNQ, January 23, 2016

Alayna Sonnesyn, US Nationals, January 3, 2016

Jack Christianson, Section 4, February 4, 2016

Anders Sonnesyn, Section 6, February 1, 2016

Tamer Mische-Richter, mens champion, Twin Cities Championship, January 30, 2016

SSC Meet at Cleary Lake, December 11, 2015

Highlights

World Cup Stockholm: Classical Sprints
February 11, 2016
Racing on the streets of Stockholm, Sweden, around the Royal Palace, the World Cup skiers competed in classical sprints on Thursday. Sophie Caldwell and Jessie Diggins both qualified for the sprint heats, with Caldwell advancing to the semis before getting bumped out, Diggins edged out in the quarterfinals. Simi Hamilton and Andy Newell both made the sprint heats, but didn't advance past the quarterfinals. Norway's Maiken Caspersen Falla won for the women, Russian Nikita Kriukov topped a mens final full of Norwegians.
Related:
Results: Classical Sprints

Joes Ski Shop: Winter Clearance
February 10, 2016
Joe's Ski Shop in St. Paul is running their Winter Clearance sale, now through Feb 15th. Discounts of 40-50% on winter clothing, 30-50% on ski hardgoods and accessories, and more deals.

Origins of the Birkie Presentation at 2016 Race
February 10, 2016
Longtime American Birkebeiner public relations leader and skiing historian Tom Kelly of the U.S. Ski Team will take fans back to the origins of the Birkie, regaling the crowd with some of the legendary stories of the Birkie's roots. The free presentation will be Thursday evening, Feb 18th at the Park Square Theater in Hayward.

World Cup Stockholm, Falun
February 9, 2016
The World Cup has another extended weekend of racing, this time in Sweden. Thursday the skiers will hold classic sprints around the Royal Palace in Stockholm, and then this weekend, the athletes travel to Falun for classic races on Saturday and mass start freestyle races Sunday. Live streaming begins with the quarterfinals of the sprints Thursday at 7:45 am CST on NBC Live Extra.
Related:
Results: FIS Live Results
World Cup NBC Live Extra Streaming
Royal Palace Sprints
Royal Palace Sprints Facebook page
World Cup Falun
World Cup Falun Facebook page
Worldloppet: La Transjurassienne Cancelled Due to Poor Snow Conditions

Vasaloppet to Start and Finish in downtown Mora
February 9, 2016
Vasaloppet organizers announced on Tuesday that their snow harvesting and snowmaking operations will allow them to have the traditional finish on the streets of downtown Mora, as well as a unique start from that same location! The course will be a 10K loop that uses much of Nordic Center trails as well as part of Lake Mora, and of course, the Bell Tower climb. Online registration closes Friday afternoon!
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Racing Outlook

Vasaloppet Update
February 8, 2016
On Sunday, Vasaloppet organizers made the decision to prepare the Nordic Center trails, along with Mora Lake, as the race course for the upcoming races. They are also working on an option to bring the course off Mora Lake on onto the streets of Mora for their traditional downtown finish.
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Racing Outlook

Birkie To Host US Premiere of Birkebeinerne
February 8, 2016
The American Birkebeiner folks scored the US debut of the film 'Birkebeinerne', a dramatization of the historical events of the Birkebeiners and the rescuing of Prince Haakon! Limited number of tickets are on sale, the film will be shown Birkie weekend in Hayward!

City of Lakes Loppet Freestyle Coverage
February 7, 2016
Surviving a warm night, the City of Lakes Loppet course proved to be remarkably good conditions given temperatures in the upper 30s as over 700 skiers hit the trails Sunday morning for the City of Lakes Loppet freestyle races. In the 42K, Alex Vanias moved to the front of the race by midpoint and solo'd in for the victory, with yesterday's champ Chris Pappathopoulos, second, and Mark Johnson taking third. Alice Flanders dropped the hammer earlier and smoked the womens field, winning by over six minutes, with Natalja Naryshkina coming in second and Kim Rudd a close third. For the 21K Pouli race, the father and daughter duo of Mark and Ashley Herman took the titles. Results linked in, along with over 600 photos broken into six photosets.
Related:
CXC Marathon Cup: Pappathopoulos and Naryshkina Claim City of Lakes Loppet Minne Tour Overall Title

North End Classic Results
February 7, 2016
Andy Elvester cruised to overall title in the 25K race at the North End Classic on Sunday morning in Cable. Julie Meyer was the fastest in the womens field. In the 12K event, Zach Nemeth and Rachel Elvester logged the best times.
Related:
Erik Judeen Results and Photos Posted

World Cup Holmenkollen: Womens 30K Classic
February 7, 2016
On Sunday, it was the womens turn at the Holmenkollen venue in Norway as they raced 30K classical with huge crowds on the course. Like the mens race on Saturday, the conditions were once again very warm and even foggier! Therese Johaug skied away with the victory, posting a winning margin of nearly four minutes. The US had a trio of top 25 finishers, with Sadie Bjornsen 22nd, Liz Stephen at 23rd, and Jessie Diggins 25th.
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Results: Womens 30K classical
Fischer: Therese Johaug skies up and away at Holmenkollen

SuperTour: Annie Hart Wins Vermont SuperTour Skate
February 6, 2016
Minnesotan Annie Hart scored an impressive victory on Saturday morning, topping the womens 5K skate field in the SuperTour at Craftsbury, Vermont.

Biathlon: Burke 7th in Canmore World Cup
February 6, 2016
American Tim Burke finished 7th Saturday at the IBU World Cup in Canmore, Alberta, Canada. Burke battled toe-to-toe with the big names in the sport and turned in a season-best result in the men's 15-kilometer mass start.

Pre-Birkie Results
February 6, 2016
With the Birkie just two weeks away, roughly 750 skiers turned out for the Pre-Birkie races Saturday in Hayward. In the big 42K freestyle, Duluth skiers Adam Swank and Annalisa Peterson posted victories, while the big distance classic titles went to Joseph Raebaey and Alyson Chapman. Jonathon Rulseh and Elaine Nelson won the original 26K freestyle race, with Hugh Duffy and Maria Huffy striding to the classic wins.
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Moraloppet Results Posted
Snowjourn Results and Photos Posted

City of Lakes Loppet Classical Coverage
February 6, 2016
Nearly 400 skiers participated in the classical races Saturday morning for the City of Lakes Loppet. Racing from Wirth to Uptown, skiers found the course double-tracked for much of the way, with scattered thin/icy sections on an otherwise beautiful trail system. Chris Pappathopoulos outsprinted Nick Power for the mens title, with Kyle Bratrud bringing home third for a CXC sweep. Natalja Naryshkina topped the womens field with Bonnie Weiskopf Albrecht second and Josie Nelson charging in for third. The 20K titles went to Kevin Johnson and Emily Johnson. Results posted, along with nearly 500 photos.
Related:
Loppet Classical Recap

Worldloppet: American Birkebeiner Steps in to Host 5th Stage
February 6, 2016
With horrible snow conditions in Europe, the Worldloppet has announced that the American Birkebeiner race will step in to replace the Tartu Marathon (EST) as the 5th stage of the series. The Birkie was originally scheduled to take an "off-year" for this season.

World Cup Holmenkollen: Mens 50K Classic
February 6, 2016
Racing at the famed Holmenkollen venue in Norway, the worlds best competed in the big marathon event of the season, the mens 50K classical Saturday morning. With temperatures near 40F, skiers not only battled tough waxing conditions, but a course shrouded in fog. Norway's Martin Johnsrud Sunby continued his domination of the distance events with teammate Niklas Dyrhaug second and Russian Maxim Vylegzhanin third. Noah Hoffman was the top American, finishing 24th. Sunday morning the women will race 30K, including the US squad and Minnesota's own Jessie Diggins (live coverage starts at 5:30 am).
Related:
Results: Mens 50K classical
Fischer: Martin Johnsrud Sundby celebrates his first Holmenkollen success

Pepsi Challenge Races Set for Feb 27th
February 3, 2016
Pepsi Challenge is reporting great conditions for their big races at Giant Ridge, this year coming the weekend right after the Birkie.

World Cup Drammen: Classic Sprints
February 3, 2016
A sunny and warm afternoon for classical sprints on the streets of Drammen, Norway Wednesday for the World Cup. The US women came out flying, as Jessie Diggins, Sophie Caldwell and Sadie Bjornsen all posted top 12 qualifying times. Unfortunately, the heats were a little tougher, as none of the women advanced. Simi Hamilton fared well for the US men, qualifying 12th and advancing to the semifinals before getting bumped out. Racing action continues this weekend at the famed Holmenkollen with marathon distance classic events!
Related:
Results: Classical Sprints

Fat Bike Birkie Registration Closes Tuesday Night
February 1, 2016
The registration for the Fat Bike Birkie closes this Tuesday at midnight! And if you haven't checked them out recently, they have expanded the event to a three day festival.

World Cup Drammen, Holmenkollen
February 1, 2016
The World Cup series hits the streets of Drammen, Norway, on Wednesday for some classical sprints, then moves on this weekend at the famous Holmenkollen for mens 50K and womens 30K classical marathons. As usual, NBC Live Extra will carry video streaming of the events, starting at 7:30 am CST Wednesday.
Related:
Results: FIS Live Results
World Cup NBC Live Extra Streaming
World Cup Drammen website
World Cup Drammen Facebook page
Holmenkollen Ski Festival
Holmenkollen Facebook page

Biathlon: Doherty Completes Countdown to Gold at World Juniors
January 31, 2016
American Sean Doherty completed a sequence of bronze, silver and today, gold medal performances at the IBU Youth/Junior World Championships in Romania. Minnesotans Siena Ellingson, Amanda Kautzer and Vaclav Cervenka have been competing as well. The week of competition started back on Jan 27 and wraps up on Tuesday, Feb 2.
Related:
IBU Youth/Junior World Championships Coverage
USSA: Ski Jumping - Top 10s for Wisconsin's Nita Englund

Nordic Spirit Results
January 31, 2016
Just over hundred participants for the Nordic Spirit races in Duluth Sunday morning. Adam Swank skied away with the mens 26K skate title, winning by over four minutes. Alena Tofte collected the womens victory, posting an even larger winning margin. In the 14K races, Jason Mozol and Annalisa Peterson won the skate division, Jacob Boyce and Megan Allen the classic.
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Lumberjack Jaunt Results

Twin Cities Championships Coverage
January 30, 2016
A fresh tilling of the man-made snow early morning generated some fast conditions for the Twin Cities Championships at Wirth on Saturday. A lead pack of Matt Weier, Mark Johnson, Cory Ellertson, and Tamer Mische-Richter held together peacefully for the first three laps before Ellertson and Mische-Richter broke away. Mische-Richter used the steep climb before the stadium to launch his winning attack, with Ellertson settling for second and Johnson winning the sprint with Weier for third. Margie Nelson cruised to the womens title. Results posted, along with photos.

Wolf Tracks Rendezvous Results
January 30, 2016
Over 200 skiers turned out Saturday morning for the Wolf Tracks Rendezvous races at Minocqua Winter Park. The big event was the 42K freestyle, with Jan Myrda winning a sprint finish over Tristan Schouten. Robin Lauritsen took the womens title. In the 42K classic, Andy Warren strided away with the mens victory as Kim Hughes topped the womens field. For the 24K races, Chris and Cindi McGrath won the freestyle event, Gary Zimbric and Lori House the classic.
Related:
Mt. Ashwabay Summit Ski Race Results
Big Island and Back Results

CXC Marathon Cup Standings Posted
January 28, 2016
After the first two events, the Seeley Hills Classic and Noquemanon, the CXC Marathon Cup is starting to shape up. Leading the series are Nick Power and Natalia Naryshkina. The City of Lakes Loppet is the next stop in the series.

Great Bear Chase: Winter Has Arrived!
January 26, 2016
Organizers for the annual Great Bear Chase, the final event of the CXC Marathon Cup, on March 5th, are reporting excellent conditions in Calumet. Read tips on lodging and more background on the events.

Marine O'Brien Race Coverage
January 24, 2016
Continuing a long tradition, the Marine O'Brien races were held Sunday at William O'Brien State Park. The 25K skate race featured a group of about 10 lead skiers with Matt Zak pulling away for the victory. Emily Davis lead the womens field. Karl Holub and Kim Lidstone won the 25K classical titles. In the original one-lap-around-the-park race, Paul Peterson and Kathryn Williams won the skate division, with Everett Myers and Megan Weaver taking the classic. Results linked in, along with a photoset submitted by Ben Mullin.
Related:
Iola Norseman Challenge Results

Three Rivers Rennet Coverage
January 23, 2016
Three Rivers hosted their inaugural ski marathon at Hyland on Saturday morning. Matt Liebsch took the 20K freestyle title with Caitlin Gregg easily taking the womens title (and finishing 5th overall). In the 20K classical, Andrew Tilman and Josie Nelson posted the top times. Results linked in, along with photosets from the 20K and 8K events.

Noquemanon Results
January 23, 2016
Over 800 skiers turned out Saturday for the big Noquemanon events in Marquette. Kyle Bratrud strided away from the 50K classic field, with Natalia Naryshkina easily taking the womens title. In the 50K skate, Michael Brothers topped the mens field while Vicki Asmus came in first for the women. 23K classical titles went to Nick Petersen and Joan Rundman, while 23K freestyle victories were collected by Den Dehlin and Lindsey Dehlin.
Related:
CXC Marathon Cup: Bratrud and Naryshkina Claim Podiums at Noquemanon 50k Classic

World Cup Nove Mesto: Freestyle
January 23, 2016
World Cup racing picked up again this weekend with racing in the Czech Republic at Nove Mesto. Jessie Diggins once again rocked the freestyle field, finishing on the podium in third, just 9 seconds back of winner Therese Johaug, Norway. Maurice Magnificat, France, won the men's 15K with Noah Hoffman top American at 27th.
Related:
Results: 10K, 15K freestyle
Worldloppet: Newell Finishes 2nd in Dolomiten-Classic

Vasaloppet Update
January 22, 2016
Vasaloppet organizers have posted a lengthy update on their race plans, including a possibly alternate course and news on their snowmaking equipment.
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Racing Outlook

Sleeping Giant Loppet Just Six Weeks Away
January 19, 2016
The big Sleeping Giant Loppet six weeks away, coming just two weeks after the Birkie, providing a great opportunity to test the late season fitness. Held in Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, a peninsula across from Thunder Bay, it offers a number of distance options that draw numerous Midwest skiers each year.

Big Island and Back Update
January 17, 2016
The Big Island and Back event scheduled for Jan 30th is shaping up as Lake Minnetonka has frozen over. Organizers recommend registering soon, there are only a limited number of pint glasses for the early registrations!
Related:
King Boreas Winter Triathlon is National Championship

World Cup Planica: Team Sprints
January 17, 2016
Wrapping up the weekend in Slovenia, team sprints were the format for Sunday's World Cup. The US duo of Sophie Caldwell and Ida Sargent provided a fifth place showing. The pairing of Simi Hamilton and Andy Newell made it into the mens final, but were disqualified after tangling up with another team during an exchange. Teams of the top Swedish women and Italian men tool the titles.
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Results: Team Sprints

Lapham Loppet Results
January 16, 2016
Racing in almost balmy temperatures, the Lapham Loppet attracted over 120 skiers to the start line on Saturday morning. Jacob Groethe skied away with the victory, winning by over a minute in the 11K event. Robyn Lauritsen topped the womens field.

Seeley Hills Classic Coverage
January 16, 2016
With temperatures dipping just below zero, skiers raced a slightly shortened set of courses for the Seeley Hills Classic on Saturday. Brian Gregg took the mens 38K classic race in a near dead heat with training partner Matt Liebsch. Natalia Naryshkina was the womens champion. Anders Osthus and Kate Schaaf won the 18K titles. Results linked in, along with photos from Kelly Randolph.
Related:
CXC Marathon Cup: Gregg and Naryshkina Claim Podiums at Seeley Hills Classic

World Cup Planica: Freestyle Sprints
January 16, 2016
The World Cup series resumed this weekend with a pair of races in Planica, Slovenia. Sweden's Stina Nillson resumed her position on the top of the sprint podium for the women, while Italy's Federico Pellegrino collected another victory in the mens sprint. Top American performances came from Sophie Caldwell 13th and Simi Hamilton 18th. Jessie Diggins and Caitlin Compton did not compete.
Related:
Results: Freestyle Sprints
USSA: Catching Up With XC Coach Chris Grover

Borah Epic Registration is Open
January 15, 2016
With only 750 spots and going fast, the registration for the 2016 Borah Epic is now open! The Borah Epic is 35+ miles, point-to-point MTB race with 100% of race profits donated to CAMBA.

BirkieTour Welcomes Olympians
January 14, 2016
Olympians Brian and Caitlin Gregg will join the big turnout Sunday for the annual BirkieTour. The BirkieTour, an untimed, non-competitive, "open-track" event, is this Sunday on the Birkie Trail. Save some money by registering online before Jan 15th!
Related:
BirkieTour One Hour Delayed Start

CXC Marathon Cup Kicks Off This Weekend
January 13, 2016
The inaugural CXC Marathon Cup series starts this weekend with the Seeley Hills Classic. The CXC Marathon Cup features six of the most prominent marathons in the Midwest and Great Lakes, and offers competition for overall, age-indexed overall, age class, and team/club.

USSA: Three Nordic Skiers Nominated to 2016 U.S. Youth Olympic Team
January 11, 2016
Two ski jumpers and one nordic combined skier have been nominated by the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association to the 2016 U.S. Youth Olympic Team that will compete in Lillehammer, Norway, February 12-21. That Nordic Combined skier is none other than Eau Claire's rising star, Ben Loomis (and brother to Adam Loomis, already a member of the World Cup team).

Pre-Loppet Coverage
January 10, 2016
Bright skies but crisp sub-zero temperatures made for a squeaky Pre-Loppet at Wirth Park on Sunday morning. Jake Morgan broke away from the lead pack of five in the final kilometers to take the victory. Siena Ellingson skied a strong race to take the womens title. Results linked in, along with photos.
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Snekkevik Results Posted

Tour de Ski: Stage 8 - Hill Climb
January 10, 2016
The Tour de Ski series concluded on Sunday with the grueling 9K uphill freestyle pursuit. Norway's Therese Johaug erased her small deficit to climb into first place for the stage as well as the series title, with teammates Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg and Heidi Weng rounding out the podium. Jessie Diggins finished 10th, Caitlin Gregg 42nd. Martin Johnsrud Sundby easily captured the mens title as teammate Finn Haagen Krough moved up to second, with Russian Sergey Ustiugov third. Top American result was Noah Hoffman at 22nd.
Related:
Results: 9K Freestyle Hill Climb Pursuit
Biathlon: Dunklee With Career-Best 6th In Ruhpolding Mass Start
Fischer: Therese Johaug and Martin Johnsrud Sundby celebrate clear Tour de Ski success

SISU Ski Fest Results
January 9, 2016
A huge turnout Saturday for the first marathon race of the season, the SISU Ski Fest in Ironwood. Matt Liebsch took the 42K freestyle title, with Jan Guenther topping the womens field. In the 42K classic, Chris Pappathopoulos and Ingrid Leask took the victories. In the 21K events, skate titles went to Josh Doebbert and Sara Morse, classic crowns for Seth Mares and Sarah Wade.

US Nationals: Classical Sprints Coverage
January 9, 2016
The week of US Nationals competition wrapped up on Saturday with classical sprint events. In the senior sprints, APU's Eric Packer took the victory by a boot over teammate Reese Hanneman with NMU's Didrik Fjeld Elset third. Kaitlynn Miller, Craftsbury, won the womens sprint with Annie Hart, SMS T2, collecting second (her second!), and Jennie Bender, Bridger, third. Junior titles went to Ian Torchia, NMU, and Ann-Cathrin Uhl, Alaska-Fairbanks with Sophie McDonald, NMU, the top American in second. Results linked in, along with photosets from Chris Schmidt.
Related:
Final Point Tally for the U23 Championships Competition
SuperTour Standings
USSA: Packer and Miller Score Classic Sprint Titles

Tour de Ski: Stage 7 - Classical Mass Start
January 9, 2016
Saturday the Tour de Ski moved to the famed Val di Fiemme venue in Italy for mass start classical races. The Norwegian women dominated the 10K, with Heidi Weng taking the victory. Martin Johnsrud Sundby continued his winning ways for the mens 15K. Sadie Bjornsen had great race, finishing 9th. Jessie Diggins was 17th, Caitlin Gregg 41st. Noah Hoffman was the top American in the mens race, taking 23rd.
Related:
Results: Classical 10K, 15K

New Moon: Clinics and Fat Bikes
January 8, 2016
New Moon's latest newsletter highlights upcoming waxing clinics with John Bauer and Dan Meyer as well a Ladies Ski Clinic in Ashland and info on fat bike pricing.

Tour de Ski: Stage 6 - Freestyle
January 8, 2016
The Tour de Ski stopped back in Toblach, Italy, on Friday for a pair of freestyle races, revisiting the site used for the World Cup a few weeks ago. In an amazing finish, USA's Jessie Diggins won the women's 5K, with Norway's Heidi Weng and Ingvild Flugstad Eestber finishing 2-3. Diggins' finish moves her into the top 10 overall in the Tour standings. In the men's 10K race, Finn Haagen Krogh and Martin Johnsrud Sundby of Norway grabbed the top two podium spots, with France's Maurice Manificat finishing third. Noah Hoffman had the strongest US finish in 19th place.
Related:
Results: Freestyle 5K, 10K

U18, World Junior and U23 Championship Teams Named
January 8, 2016
With the conclusion of the third race at US Nationals, the international trip teams were named at the Thursday night banquet. A number of Midwest skiers qualified for the World Juniors Championships, composed largely of NMU skiers! (Photo: Mary Kozloski/CXC)

Tour de Ski: Stage 5 - Classical Distance
January 6, 2016
Again skiing on almost entirely man-made snow courses, the Tour de Ski featured classical distance races. Norway's Therese Johaug collected yet another victory, but it was close as teammate Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg finished just nine seconds back in the 10K race. Jessie Diggins had the top American performance at 23rd, with Caitlin Gregg 49th. In the mens 15K race, Martin Johnsrud Sundby finally faltered as Alexey Poloranin won in a photo finish with Dario Cologna. Noah Hoffman posted the top result for the US men, finishing 41st.
Related:
Results: Classical 10K, 15K

NNF: Nationals - What's at Stake?
January 3, 2016
The National Nordic Foundation outlines what US Nationals is all about, and the various trips that top juniors can earn.

US Nationals: Classical Distance Coverage
January 3, 2016
US Nationals opened on Sunday with the mens 15K and womens 10K classical races on the trails at Michigan Tech University. Scott Patterson, APU, claimed the mens title ahead of Canadian Kevin Sandau with NMU's own Adam Martin third (2nd US). Other top Midwest results: Brian Gregg 5th, Ian Torchia 7th, Matt Liebsch 9th, Michael Somppi 10th. In the womens 10K, Caitlin Patterson, Craftsbury, strided to the national title, with teammate Kaitlynn Miller in 2nd, and Chelsea Holmes, APU, 3rd. Other top Midwest results: Anne Hart 8th, Alayna Sonnesyn 12th, Vivian Hett 13th. With temperatures in the mid 20s, and recent snowfalls, the conditions were close to perfect for racing, as well as spectating. Full results linked in and big photosets posted.
Related:
Start List Posted for Freestyle Sprints
USSA: Patterson Siblings Sweep Classic Titles

Battle Creek Opener Results
January 2, 2016
Racing on natural snow at Battle Creek, Endurance United hosted a series of freestyle races on Saturday morning. In the citizens 15K race, Cory Ellertson pulled away from the mass start field to win by over a minute. Ingrid Leask top the womens division, also by over a minute. Results posted.

Tour de Ski: Stage 2 - Classical Mass Start
January 2, 2016
Picking up after evening sprint finals on Friday, the Tour de Ski featured mass start classical skiing Saturday. In the womens 15K race, Jessie Diggins led the way for the US finishing a strong 12th, with Sadie Bjornsen right behind her in 13th and Liz Stephen 20th. Caitlin Gregg had a solid result, posting 39th. The mens 30K was a grueling event on the manmade snow course, with Noah Hoffman posting the top US time, finishing 23rd. Norway's Therese Johaug and Martin Johnsrud Sundby dominated the field.
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Results: Classical Distance

Tour de Ski: Stage 1 - Freestyle Sprints
January 1, 2016
The epic Tour de Ski stage race kicked off the new year as skiers competed in a freestyle sprint races at Lenzerheide, Switzerland. Sophie Caldwell's quick times propelled her to the final round for the US women and a 4th place finish, but Norway and Sweden rose to the top of the field, with Maiken Caspersen Falla (NOR), Ida Ingemarsdotter (SWE), and Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg (NOR) capturing the podium spots. Federico Pellegrino of Italy continued his strong sprint performance to finish first in the men's final round. Sergey Ustiugov (RUS) and Finn Haagen Krogh (NOR) rounded out the top three.
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Results: Freestyle Sprints

Teams Named For Youth/Junior Worlds & Youth Olympic Games
December 31, 2015
The Youth/Junior World Team Trials and Youth Olympic Games Trials were completed Dec. 27-30 in Anchorage, Alaska, despite warm temperatures and driving winds. Minnesotans Amanda Kautzer, Siena Ellingson, and Vasek Cervenka all qualified for international competitions.

MYSL/Hoigaard’s Team Sprint Series is On
December 30, 2015
The MYSL/Hoigaards Team Sprint Series will start up Jan 6th at Wirth. New this year, a Master-Blasters series allowing shop teams and local clubs to compete head to head.

Interview: Tom Jorgenson
December 29, 2015
Former St. Olaf ski coach Tom Jorgenson has had a whirlwind 2015, joining up with Team Gregg and providing coaching and support as they compete on the US and World Cup racing circuits. Mark Parman interviews Jorgenson on his new role and experiences this season.

Wednesday Night Warmup Coverage
December 23, 2015
Over 50 skiers turned out on Wednesday evening for the inaugural Wednesday Night Warmup, hosted by Salomon and Gear West. Rain/snow mix, with cooling temps made for some fast, slushy trails for the skate and classical events. Results and photos posted.

USSA: 2016 U.S. Cross Country Champs Set for Jan. 3-9
December 23, 2015
Cross country ski racers from around America will converge on Michigan's Upper Peninsula as Michigan Tech University Nordic Training Center in Houghton will play host to the U.S. Cross Country Championships presented by L.L.Bean January 3-9. The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) has confirmed the event after recent snowfall in the Keweenaw Peninsula allowed organizers to prepare trails.

World Cup Toblach: Classic
December 20, 2015
Wrapping up period 1 in Europe, the US squad competed in the classic races at the World Cup in Toblach, Italy Sunday. Sadie Bjornsen and Jessie Diggins led the womens team, taking 19th and 20th respectively. Caitlin Gregg skied to 44th. For the US men, Andy Newell posted the top result at 55th. Norway's dominance continued with Therese Johaug and Martin Sundby collecting yet another set of titles.
Related:
Results: World Cup Toblach
Fischer: Martin Johnsrud Sundby and Therese Johaug continue winning

World Cup Toblach: Freestyle Sprints
December 19, 2015
Toblach Italy hosted the World Cup Freestyle Sprint on Saturday with an amazing podium finish by USA's Simeon Hamilton! Hamilton bounced from a 16th place qualifier to snag the #2 podium spot behind Italy's Federico Pellegrino. The US women opened the with some flying qualifier results - Sadie Bjornsen, Jessie Diggins and Sophie Caldwell all qualified in the top ten! However, the Norwegians remained dominant in the finals, with Maiken Caspersen Falla snatching the top spot over teammate Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg and Sweden's Stina Nilsseon.
Related:
Results: World Cup Toblach
Biathlon: Top-10 Pursuits for Burke and Dunklee in Pokljuka

Biathlon: Dunklee Powers to 6th at Pokljuka World Cup
December 18, 2015
US biathlete Susan Dunklee turned in one of the top performances of her career, finishing sixth in the women's 7.5-kilometer sprint at the IBU World Cup in Pokljuka, Slovenia on Friday.

City of Lakes Loppet Update
December 17, 2015
The Loppet Foundation has issued a brief update on winter plans for the upcoming City of Lakes Loppet Festival, Feb 5-7, assuring skiers (and other participants) that they have contingency plans, should they be needed.

World Cup Toblach Weekend Series
December 17, 2015
One more weekend series before the holidays... The World Cup comes to Toblach in far northern Italy, just across the border from Austria. Saturday will feature freestyle sprints, with the finals scheduled for 5:30 am CST, and then Sunday is mens 15K classical at 4:15 am, and womens 10K at 6:30 am. Coverage again on NBC Live Extra. Minnesotans Jessie Diggins and Caitlin Gregg look to continue their strong early season form.
Related:
Results: FIS Live Results
World Cup NBC Live Extra Streaming
World Cup Toblach Website
World Cup Toblach Facebook Page

Registration Now Open For Great Bear Chase
December 15, 2015
Snow is falling in the UP and registration is now open for the Great Bear Chase, March 5th, 2016. They have a number of new announcements including the return of the 50K skiathlon, more age groups, and new start times!

Nordic Combined: Victory for Taylor Fletcher
December 14, 2015
American Taylor Fletcher summoned every ounce of energy, cutting off 25 seconds in the last three kilometers to catch tour leader David Pommer of Austria at the finish for a FIS Nordic Combined Continental Cup win at Soldier Hollow Sunday. Fletcher's victory snapped the win streak of Pommer who had been dominant in races Friday and Saturday.

Nordic Combined: Fletcher Takes Austrian to the Line
December 13, 2015
Taylor Flecter narrowly missed victory on Saturday in the Continental Cup event in Solder Hollow, Utah, being edged out at the line by Austria's David Pommer in a photo finish. Ben Loomis has a breakthru day, posting a fantastic jump that had him starting just 8 seconds back in the skate race and skiing with the leaders to finish just off the podium in fourth.

World Cup Davos: Freestyle Sprints
December 13, 2015
The World CUp weekend in Davos, Switzerland, wrapped up Sunday with freestyle sprint events. The US women posted strong results again as Sophie Caldwell finished 6th in the womens final, Jessie Diggins was 9th, and Sadie Bjornsen 17th. Andy Newell was the top American male finishing 23rd. Norway's dominance was shaken with victories by Sweden's Stina Nilsson and Italy's Federico Pellegrino.
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Results: World Cup Davos

Nordic Combined: Fletcher Breaks Up Austrian Podium
December 12, 2015
The U.S. Ski Team's Taylor Fletcher came from a minute, 20 seconds back after the jump earn a spot on the podium with third place at the Continental Cup competition Friday in Soldier Hollow, Utah. Austria took five of the top six places. Ben Loomis was 16th.

World Cup Davos Weekend Series
December 10, 2015
The World Cup series continues with weekend with racing in Davos, Switzerland. The events this weekend include womens 15K and mens 30K freestyle race Saturday and freestyle sprints on Sunday. Tough conditions have force organizers to use a single 5K loop for the distance races. In addition to Jessie Diggins and Caitlin Gregg competing, Caitlin's husband Brian Gregg has earned a spot on the starting line! Saturdays races will be on NBC Live Extra starting at 4:15 am CST for the women's 15K and 7 am for the men's 30K.
Related:
Results: FIS Live Results
World Cup NBC Live Extra Streaming
World Cup Davos Website
World Cup Davos Facebook
Nordic Combined: Continental Cup Comes to Utah
USSA: Behind the Gold: Making History as a Team

Elm Creek Wednesday Night Field Sets Record
December 9, 2015
More than 75 skiers turned out for a jam packed evening of racing at Elm Creek for the Wednesday Night Series. High school skiers provided the extra boost, with Sam Myers of Minnehaha Academy winning both the skate and classic races, just holding off Shad Kraftson, Stillwater, in the skate and his own teammate, Tyler Radtke in the classic. Stillwater star Siri Bohacek won the girls skate just in front of teammate Rana Kraftson, while Libby Tuttle, Mahtomedi, posted the fastest classic time for the girls.

World Cup Lillehammer: Relay
December 6, 2015
An incredible relay hammered out by the US women, with Jessie Diggins taking the team from 5th to the 3rd place and a podium spot, at Lillehammer, Norway, on Sunday. It marks only the third time that the USA has earned a relay podium. Norway dominated the mens relay, sweeping the podium with three teams, and the Norwegian women won the nearly two minutes, with Finland just eight seconds ahead of the US. Erik Bjornsen had a great second leg to put the mens US team in 5th place, but tough competition had them finishing 12th.
Related:
Video: Womens Recap
Results: World Cup Lillehammer
Fischer: Therese Johaug and Martin Johnsrud Sundby dominate first season's skiathlon

World Cup Lillehammer: Skiathlon
December 5, 2015
Another strong showing for the US women as they placed four skiers in the top 30 Saturday morning in the Lillehammer skiathlon World Cup race. Sadie Bjornsen was 20th with Jessie Diggins 26th and Caitlin Gregg 30th. Noah Hoffman was the top American in the mens event, finishing 25th. SUnday are relay races.
Related:
Results: World Cup Lillehammer
Nordic Combined: Fast Opener for Combined in Lillehammer

World Cup Lillehammer Weekend Series
December 3, 2015
The next round in the World Cup comes to the famed venue of Lillehammer, Norway this weekend. Saturday features skiathlon races, and Sunday are relays. Live streaming on NBC Extra (cable/satellite subscription), with racing action starting at 3 am CST each day.
Related:
Results: FIS Live Results
World Cup NBC Live Extra Streaming
Noah Hoffman Fantasy Cross Country League
World Cup Lillehammer Facebook Page
World Cup Lillehammer Official Site
FIS Interview wth Kikkan Randall
Nordic Combined: Combined Tried Again in Lillehammer

World Cup Ruka: Classical Pursuit
November 29, 2015
The opening World Cup events at Ruka, Finland, wrapped up on Sunday with classical pursuit format racing. Sadie Bjornsen led the US women again today, skiing well to finish 14th. Jessie Diggins finished 38th with Caitlin Gregg at 68th. The top American male was Erik Bjornsen at 46th. Norway's Therese Johaug and Martin Sundby took the victories. Racing action resumes next weekend in Lillehammer.
Related:
Results: Ruka World Cup
Nordic Combined: Wind Takes Out Ruka Weekend
Fischer: Therese Johaug and Martin Johnsrud Sundby win Ruka Triple in Kuusamo

SuperTour Yellowstone: Freestyle Results
November 28, 2015
Another crisp morning in West Yellowstone caused the freestyle races to be delayed, but the weather warmed quickly for some fast racing. The "old men" came out in force Saturday as Minnesota's own Brian Gregg and Matt Liebsch went 1-2 in the mens 10K race. In the womens 5K, junior sensation Katherine Ogden topped the field with Chelsea Holmes 2nd, and NCAA champion Emilie Cedervaern third. Rosie Frankowski, 7th, Deedra Irwin, 11th, and Annie Hart 14th, were the top Midwest results.
Related:
Results: Mens 10K, Womens 5K

World Cup Ruka: Freestyle
November 28, 2015
World Cup racing at Ruka in Kuusamo, Finland, continued Saturday morning with the ladies 5K and mens 10K freestyle races. The US women showed their depth with Sadie Bjornsen taking 14th and Jessie Diggins 16th and three more, including Caitlin Gregg, finishing in the top 50. For the men, Simi Hamilton lead the way in 49th. Canada's Alex Harvey had a spectacular race, finishing on the podium in 2nd!
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Results: Ruka World Cup

SuperTour Yellowstone: Freestyle Sprints
November 27, 2015
The SuperTour series in West Yellowstone, MT, on Friday battled some crisp morning temperatures, delaying by an hour the freestyle sprint events. Jennie Bender again showed her sprinting prowess in taking the womens title over young upstart Hannah Halvorsen, with Dahria Beatty third. The Hanneman brothers, Logan and Reese, took first and second in the mens final with Dakota Blackhorse-Von Jess settling for third. Top Midwest results from qualifying: Ben Saxton 10th, Deedra Irwin 6th, Rosie Frankowski 13th, Annie Hart 15th.
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Results: Mens Sprint Qualifying, Womens Sprint Qualifying

World Cup Ruka: Classical Sprints
November 27, 2015
The World Cup season opened Friday at Ruka in Kuusamo, Finland, with classical sprint events. Andy Newell showed remarkable form, narrowly missing the podium as he came in fourth in the men's sprint final (just a second behind Petter Northug). The US women did well in the qualifiers, placing four in the top 30. Ida Sargent and Sadie Bjornsen both advanced as far as the semifinals. Saturday will be freestyle 5K and 10K races. Winners on the day were Norwegians Sondre Turvoll Fossli and Maiken Caspersen Falla.
Related:
Results: Ruka World Cup

USSA: Nordic Combined Team Named for 2016
November 25, 2015
Olympians Bryan and Taylor Fletcher were named to the 2016 U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team. They will open the 2015-16 season this weekend with the kickoff to the International Ski Federation's Nordic Combined World Cup tour in Ruka, Finland. Eau Clarie's own Adam Loomis will also be part of the squad competing on the World Cup circuit this season, including the opening series in Ruka this weekend.

SuperTour Yellowstone Starts Friday
November 25, 2015
The Yellowstone Ski Festival comes to a culmination this weekend as skiers get a chance to test their fitness with citizen and SuperTour races. Friday will feature freestyle sprints, Saturday are freestyle distance races. Two of the top Midwest collegiate graduates, Kyle Bratrud and Alice Flanders will be shooting for a podium position.
Related:
CXC Team Naming Announced

World Cup Ruka Weekend Series
November 24, 2015
The FIS World Cup series launches this weekend with three days of competition in Ruka, Finland. Friday will feature classical sprints, Saturday freestyle individual start 5K and 10K races, and Sunday is classical pursuit 10K and 15K events. Minnesotans Jessie Diggins and Caitlin Gregg will be competing. Most of the events will be early morning hours in the Midwest, and may be streamed on NBC Live Extra (requires cable/satellite subscription).
Related:
Results: FIS Live Results
World Cup Ruka Facebook Page
World Cup NBC Live Extra Streaming
Noah Hoffman Fantasy Cross Country League
USSA: Head Coach Chris Grover's 2015-16 Season Preview
USSA: USA Takes Momentum into Ruka Opener

USSA: 2016 Cross Country Team Named
November 24, 2015
The 2015-16 U.S. Cross Country Ski Team was announced Tuesday, just before the International Ski Federation (FIS) World Cup opener in Ruka, Finland. A total of 16 athletes were named to the A, B and D Teams, including 2015 World Championship medalists Jessie Diggins and Caitlin Gregg.

FIS: Gallivare Freestyle Results
November 22, 2015
Another amazing day in Sweden Sunday as the American women continue to show great form early season. Jessie Diggins won the womens 10K freestyle with Caitlin Gregg collecting third! Liz Stephens and Rosie Brennan also had top results, finishing 4th and 5th. Canada's Alex Harvey was second in the mens 15K race, with Noah Hoffman the top American at 6th.
Related:
Results: 10K, 15K Freestyle

US Stars in Action this Weekend
November 19, 2015
World Championship medalists Caitlin Gregg and Jessie Diggins will get their first racing action of the season this weekend in Gallivare, Sweden with some early FIS racing. Saturday is classical sprints while Sunday will be freestyle distance events.
Related:
Results: FIS Live Results

CXC Marathon Cup Just Months Away
November 17, 2015
There is just two months left before the first CXC Marathon Cup race, the Seeley Hills Classic. The series brings the six most prominent marathons from three states (MN,WI,MI) into one cohesive competition. Register today to secure your series scoring (team or individual).

Volunteers Needed for 2016 US Nationals
November 16, 2015
Michigan Tech is seeking volunteers to help with the 2016 US Nationals in January. The event consists of four race days: classic distance races on Jan 3, freestyle sprint races on Jan 4, freestyle distance races on Jan 7 and classic sprints on Jan 9.

Birkie Video Challenge Grant Announced
November 16, 2015
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation is excited to offer a $2500 youth racing development grant for junior ski clubs or teams (kids 13-18 years of age). The focus of the grant is for groups that encourage junior racing and training. To enter the grant contest, please submit a video that expresses what a healthy, active Birkie lifestyle means to you, your training, your team, and your life.
Related:
Video: Annie Hart Birkie Grant Announcement

Up Up and Away Coverage
November 14, 2015
Roughly a dozen skiers participated Saturday morning in a rollerski time trial up the infamous Blue Mound road just west of Madison. Chris Pappathopoulos posted the top time, with Abby Jarzin clocking the fastest female time. Results and some photos posted.

Registration Open for Wolf Tracks Rendezvous
November 10, 2015
Registration is now open for Minocqua's Wolf Tracks Rendezvous, coming up January 30th. Pricing is still at the ground floor.

Theodore Wirth CX Coverage
November 8, 2015
An unseasonably warm day Saturday for the cyclocross races at Theodore Wirth as temperatures quickly rose into the upper 50s. This year's course featured a fair amount of singletrack, but not the infamous staircase climb of seasons past. We captured images from the morning races.
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Photoset: Mens Cat 3/4 - 90 photos, Womens Cat 3/4, Juniors - 51 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

Ice Artists Sought for the Luminary Loppet
November 5, 2015
Showcasing local creative talent, the Loppet Foundation is encouraging community members and artists interested in contributing to the Luminary Loppet by developing sculptures for both large scale and smaller group exhibits.
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2016 City of Lakes Loppet Posted Unveiled

Birkie Seeks Birkebeiner Warriors, Inga and Prince Haakon
November 5, 2015
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation (ABSF) seeks a trio of cross country skiers to represent two Birkebeiner warriors and Inga, mother of Prince Haakon, in the 43rd American Birkebeiner Ski Marathon slated for February 20, 2016. Toss your ring in the hat -- register by Nov 30th. Winners will be selected by former Inga and warrior participants.

Midwest MTB Report
November 3, 2015
As the weather continues to run warm, we feature another "post-season" MTB report from Jay Richards. This week's article includes reports from Collegiate Nationals, a new trail review in Duluth mountain bike trail system and some incredible mountain biking in Iceland.

Midwest Racing Season Preview
November 1, 2015
November is here and we've rolled out our nearly complete Midwest Racing Calendar! Check out our season preview to get the scoop on changes this season (and there are some big ones!), as well as new events and a few goodbyes as well.
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Full Racing Calendar

Three Rivers Ski Rennet Price Hike Coming Nov 2nd
October 29, 2015
Three Rivers will bust out their own major tier ski race this winter with the Twin Cities Orthopedics Ski Rennet at Hyland on Saturday, January 23rd. Register by November 1st to get in the ground level pricing!
Related:
Three Rivers Ski Passes Available Now

Grind Up Granite Rollerski and Run Scheduled for Nov 14th
October 29, 2015
The inaugural Grind Up Granite Races is to be held November 14th at Rib Lake State Park in Wausau. It features a nearly two mile hill climb event for runners, walkers, rollerskiers and cyclist and is hosted by the Wausau East/West Nordic Ski Team.

Frozen Thunder Begins
October 26, 2015
The annual Frozen Thunder event kicked off on Monday at Canmore with classical sprint races. The unique event utilizes snow stored from last season to provide a short, early season ski loop at Canmore Nordic Centre. Canmore will be part of the huge Ski Tour Canada event to end the World Cup season in March.

Midwest MTB Report
October 20, 2015
Jay Richards checks in with a final special report on the Midwest MTB scene, covering the Black's Grove Crossing and touching on some new trail developments.

Going, Going ... Birkie Is Nearly Full!
October 20, 2015
If you'd held off registering for the 2016 American Birkebeiner events, don't wait any longer - there are less than 500 openings left for the big events! It could well fill before the end of the month...

Green Acres CX Coverage
October 17, 2015
A crisp fall morning, complete with blue skies and great fall colors, was on display Saturday morning for the Green Acres cyclocross races. The morning started off with mens Cat 3/4 races and was followed by the juniors and womens Cat 3/4. Racing action at Green Acres repeats on Sunday.
Related:
Photoset: Mens Cat 3/4 - 194 photos, Womens Cat 3/4, Juniors - 150 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Day 1

USSA: Kikkan Randall Announces Pregnancy
October 15, 2015
World Champion cross country ski racer Kikkan Randall is planning to take a break from competition this season as Randall and husband Jeff Ellis announced this week that they are expecting their first child in April. Randall will skip the upcoming season, but plans to come back strong next year.

Biathlon: Midwest Athletes Earn Early-Season World Cups and Training Camps
October 14, 2015
U.S. Biathlon International Competition Committee has announced team nominations for the three World Cup races in December, as well as those athletes invited to this month's training camp at Soldier Hollow in Midway, Utah, and to the November training in Lake Placid, N.Y. Minnesotan Leif Nordgren comes off strong trials and qualified for all the events, while Jakob Ellingson earned a trip to the Lake Placid training camp.


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