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CityTrail Loppet approaches Hwy 55 underpass, May 22, 2016

Snake River Canoe Race, May 7, 2016

Nick Gardner, U20 mens champion, March 7, 2016

Abigail Jarzin leading her semifinal, U16 girls, Junior Nationals, March 11, 2016

Mens skiathlon podium, Minnesota Finlandia, February 27, 2016

Afternoon snowfall fight, Junior Nationals, March 6, 2016

Highlights

Midwest MTB Report
May 24, 2016
This week Jay Richards Midwest MTB Report goes out west for a first-hand report from the Gunnison Meowler, Strava rides of the week, and a wide range of interesting news and interest items, including a look at some of the eMTB products.

Birkie Board of Directors Elections/Annual Meeting Set for August 6th
May 23, 2016
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation Annual Meeting will be Saturday, August 6th. Come check out the new, permanent Birkie start venue, dedication of the new Birkie trailhead cabin, and tour the new Great Hall. Registration for the annual meeting begins this Friday, May 27th.
Related:
Video: Birkie Great Hall and New Start Area Preview

CityTrail Loppet Coverage
May 22, 2016
Bright sunshine and warm temperatures graced the race courses for the CityTrail Loppet on Sunday morning. Skiers topped the 10 mile field as Craig Cardinal edged out Brian Gregg for the victory with Matt Liebsch taking third. Josie Nelson was the womens champ, with Vivian Hett taking second in a sprint out with Martie Kuzzy and Erica Sharbono. Andrew Towne pulled away from Xavier Mansfield for the mens 10K title with Christina Roberts taking the womens division by a large margin. A small set of photos posted from the 10 mile race course.
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Photoset: 10 mile course - 39 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: 10 mle, 10K
CityTrail Loppet Recap

Midwest MTB Report
May 17, 2016
Jay Richards Midwest report on mountain biking this week covers the WORS opener, Buck Hill races (and the return of a legend), a sundry of news and interesting topics, including a new feature: Strava Ride of the Week.

Endurance Training Retreat June 3-5
May 17, 2016
Elite runner Nichole Porath (Team Nichole Coaching) is hosting her third annual Endurance Training Retreat, June 3-5, in Hayward, WI. This year, Brian and Caitlin Gregg will join up for part of the camp. Just a few spots left, so act soon!

USSA Announces Winners for Annual Awards
May 16, 2016
Minnesota native Jessie Diggins was among the honorees at the USSA Annual Awards banquet last Friday, May 13th, in Park City, Utah. Diggins received the Beck International Award for her performance in international competition, marking the first time a cross-country athlete has won this award since Bill Koch in 1982!

Midwest MTB Report
May 10, 2016
Jay Richards Midwest MTB report this week highlights the Thursday evening racing at Buck Hill, pro racer and cancer survivor Jen Hanks, a Woolly baby recap, profile on Hansi Johnson, Detroit Lakes group ride, Movil Maze trail development, and the start of the big WORS series.

Borah Epic and Trek Team Up for Custom Bike
May 10, 2016
Celebrating the upcoming Borah Epic race, Trek's project one team has created the Epic bike. Featuring Trek's Procaliber 9.8 SL build, its sports a custom color scheme and matching Borah Epic and CAMBA logos. The Borah Epic is June 4th (registration still open).

Snake River Canoe Race Coverage
May 7, 2016
It was a beautiful May morning Saturday for the annual Snake River Canoe Race in Mora. The event is the first in the Classic Series, which also includes a bike race, running race, and of course, the Vasaloppet. Pro boat victories were earned by Scott Nesvold/John Mundahl and Io Harberts/Amy McLaughlin, with Dave and Josie Nelson taking the mixed division. Kira and Craig Stolen conquered the aluminum canoe division. Mike Brumbaugh posted the top kayak time (and fastest overall).
Related:
Photoset: CR 19 Bridge - 152 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Snake River Canoe Race

Hoigaards: Rollerski 101 this Saturday
May 6, 2016
Hoigaards Andy Turnbull will be leading a beginners rollerski session this Saturday morning, May 7th, at Hoigaards. Demo equipment can be provided, please RSVP as class size is limited. There will be a second session on Saturday, May 21st.

Midwest MTB Report
May 3, 2016
Jay Richards Midwest mountain bike report this week features a big recap from the St. Croix Valley Woolly, info on upcoming events including a cool short MTB film festival, and more new trail development up north.

US Ski Team: 2016-17 Team Nominations
May 3, 2016
The U.S. Cross Country Ski Team has announced its nominations for the 2016-17 season, based on published selection criteria in the prior season. From the Midwest, Jessie Diggins continues her run on the A squad, with NMU's Ian Torchia joining the D (development) team.

CXC Announces 2016-17 Elite Team
May 3, 2016
Central Cross Country Skiing has announced that Felicia Gesior (NMU) and Oscar Friedman (Dartmouth) will be joining the CXC Team for the 2016-2017 season. Nichole Bathe and Kyle Bratrud will return for another season.

Birkie Events Registration Opens Monday
April 30, 2016
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation will open registration for the Birkie week events, as well as the popular Fat Bike Birkie, starting this Monday, May 2nd. And to celebrate the opening, there will be a Flash Party at Fitger's Brewhouse on Monday evening, 5-7 pm!
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May 2nd Birkie Kickoff Flash Party in Duluth

Midwest MTB Report
April 26, 2016
Spring must be here -- Jay Richards fires up the Midwest MTB report, and its chalk full of news on the area races and riders, as well as interesting tidbits from the national and international scene.

MDRA Mudball Run Coverage
April 17, 2016
With temperatures already nearing 70F, it was a warm and dry Mudball run Sunday morning at Theodore Wirth. Photos posted now, results should be up by Sunday evening.
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Photoset: Kids Race - 26 photos, 4 Mile - 128 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

Biathlon: National Team Nominations Announced for 2016-17
April 6, 2016
US Biathlon has released the nominations for the 2016-17 season teams, everything from the A team to the development groups. Minnesota once again has strong representation with Leif Nordgren on the A team, Jake Brown on the X team, and Amanda Kautzer and Vasek Cervenka on the development squads.

Bjorn Bakken Ski Championships of America Recap
April 3, 2016
Duluth News Tribune posted complete coverage on the 2016 Bjorn Bakken Ski Championships of America, including first-hand video and a number of photos. Find more coverage on the event Facebook page.
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Bjorn Bakken Championships of America Facebook Posts

CXC Marathon Cup Committee Meeting
April 2, 2016
The American Birkebeiner is hosting the CXC Marathon Cup Committee Meeting this April 22-24 in Hayward. The weekend is open to all race organizers, as it will cover topics like best practices in cross country ski event operations, marketing and promotions.

US Distance Championships: 30K, 50K Classical
March 26, 2016
Racing action wrapped up Saturday at Craftsburg, VT with the US Long Distance Championships. Jessie Diggins put the final exclamation point on her season, going out hard to take the women's 30K classical title. Ida Sargent and Caitlin Patterson rounded out the women's podium. Erik Bjornsen took the mens 50K title, with Tad Elliot pulling out a surprising second place finish, and David Norris taking third. Some other top Midwest results: Annie Hart 8th, Alayna Sonnesyn 18th; Adam Martin 9th, Luke Brown 18th.
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Results: 30K, 50K Classical

SuperTour Finals: Mixed Relays
March 24, 2016
The final event of the SuperTour Finals on Thursday was a mixed relay. Most teams were composed of two male and two female skiers, alternating, starting with two legs of classic and finishing with two legs freestyle. APU's first team took top honors, with a mixed team of Vail and Craftsbury 2nd, and SMS T2 top stars finishing 3rd. Saturday will be the US Long Distance Championships, with the women skiing 30K classic, and the men 50K.
Related:
Results: Mixed Relay

SuperTour Finals: Classical Sprints
March 22, 2016
Continuing racing action on Tuesday at Craftsbury, the SuperTour Finals classic sprint titles were awarded. Jessie Diggins again rose to the top, taking the womens final in front of Ida Sargent and Rosie Brennan, with Annie Hart finishing 4th! Erik Bjornsen won the mens title, with the Hanneman brothers, Reese and Logan rounding out the podium.
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Results: Heats, Qualifying

SuperTour Finals: Freestyle 10K, 15K
March 21, 2016
The SuperTour Finals and US Long Distance Championships kicked off Monday at Craftsbury, utilizing a 3.4K man-made snow loop. Jessie Diggins punctuated a great season with a dominating victory in the womens 10K, followed by Sadie Bjornsen and Finland star Riitta Liisa Roponen. Annie Hart made the top ten, finishing 8th. Alanya Sonnesyn posted an impressive 19th and 2nd fastest junior, just two seconds behind Katherine Ogden. The mens 15K podium went to Noah Hoffman, Scott Patterson, and Patrick Caldwell. Adam Martin, NMU, skied strongly to finish 7th. Ian Torchia was the top junior, taking 21st.
Related:
Results: Womens 10K, Mens 15K

Birkie Introduces Major Changes in 2017 Event
March 18, 2016
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation has published their schedule for the 2017 events, and it contains some big changes. One of the key changes, and possibly the most controversial, is the movement of the Kortelopet and Prince Haakon races from Saturday to separate Friday events! With the change in date, the Kortelopet will also change courses, starting at Hwy OO and finishing on Main St Hayward. The new Birkie start area will be introduced with the 2017 event as well.

Ski Tour Canada: Stage 8 - 10K/15K Classic Pursuit
March 12, 2016
The Canadian Ski Tour put a wrap on its 8th and final event Saturday with the 10K and 15K classic pursuit races. Jessie Diggins continued her amazing season, notching another 5th place finish. Teammate Sadie Bjornsen finished just outside of the top 10, in 11th overall. Norway's Therese Johaug dominated the race, overtaking teammate Heidi Weng to collect 1st place with over a minute's breathing room. In the men's race, Norway's Martin Sundby also had a dominant performance, launching himself from the 3rd starting position to claim the race win over the day's leader, Sergey Ustiugov of Russia. Noah Hoffman and Erik Bjornsen were the top finishers for the US men in 34th and 42nd.
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Results: 10K/15K Classic Pursuit

Ski Tour Canada: Stage 7 - 10K/15K Freestyle
March 11, 2016
The Canadian Ski Tour closed out stage 7 of 8 on Friday with the 10K and 15K individual start skate races. Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg bested the women's field by over 20 seconds. Jessie Diggins continued her strong performance, collecting the top US women's spot with a 5th place finish. Teammate Sadie Bjornsen crossed in 17th with Caitlin Gregg cracking the top 20 in 19th position. For the men, Finland's Matti Heikkinen brought home the gold, with the top US finish posted by Noah Hoffman in 23rd place.
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Results: 10K/15K Freestyle

Ski Tour Canada: Stage 6 - Skiathlon
March 9, 2016
The Ski Tour Canada had a grueling day of racing on Wednesday with womens 15K and mens 30K skiathlon (classic and skate) events. Jessie Diggins once again was the top American woman, skiing to 11th place. A number of Midwest skiers had strong days with Caitlin Gregg finishing 31st and Anne Hart 34th. Noah Hoffman led the US mens field, finishing 35th.
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Results: Skiathlon 15K/30K

Ski Tour Canada: Stage 5 - Classical Sprints
March 8, 2016
Moving across Canada, Ski Tour Canada began the final phase with racing in Canmore. Tuesday was classical sprints in 40 degree weather. Jessie Diggins once again was the top American, advancing to the womens final where she came in 6th. The womens squad skied well, placing four in the heats: Sadie Bjornsen, Diggins, Sophie Caldwell, and Ida Sargent. The US men had a tougher day, as Simi Hamilton withdrew and no other skiers made the heats. Federico Pellegrino, Italy, and Maiken Falla, Norway, won the titles.
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Results: Classical Sprints

Gear West St. Patrick's Day Stumble
March 8, 2016
The Gear West St. Patrick's Day Stumble 5k Fun Run and Walk will be on St. Patrick's Day (Mar 17th) evening in Long Lake. They have partnered to offer consumable awards, including a number of interesting divisions like best costume, along with door prizes and food.

Ski Tour Canada: Stage 4 - Freestyle Pursuit
March 5, 2016
Racing continued Saturday afternoon in Quebec City as the Ski Tour Canada showcased freestyle pursuit start format races. Jessie Diggins resumed her top form in the womens 10K, taking 5th with Sadie Bjornsen hitting 10th. A little tougher day for the US men in the 15K race, with Erik Bjornsen posting the top result at 32nd. Sergey Ustiugov and Heidi Weng (in a photo finish over Therese Johaug) were the top skiers.
Related:
Video from Holly Hart: Womens highlights
Results: 10K, 15K freestyle pursuit

Great Bear Chase Results
March 5, 2016
A record field Saturday as over 650 skiers turned out for the Great Bear Chase races on the Swedetown trails in Calumet, MI. Nick Power and Rosie Frankowski won the 50K skiathlon events (classic then skate). In the 50K freestyle, mountain biker Tristan Schouten won the mens race with Paulette Niemi taking the womens title. Luke Bodewes and Chandra Ziegler skied to 50K classical victories. In the 25K events, Nathan Koch and Joellen Torresani won the skate with Peter Scheller and Nicole Gilman winning the classical events.
Related:
Sleeping Giant Loppet Results

Fat Bike Birkie Results
March 5, 2016
Birkie organizers report: It was a glorious, 28 degree day in Cable, Wisconsin for the 4th annual 45NRTH Fat Bike Birkie Presented by Freewheel Bike. The finish of the 2016 47K race was akin to an instant replay from 2015. Will Ross, 2016 champion, repeated his first place 2015 finish, and Jenna Rinehart three-peated her championship podium with wins in 2014, 2015, and again in 2016.
Related:
Photoset from Kelly Randolph: Fat Bikes in Cable
Results: Fat Bike Birkie

Hoigaards Slush Rush Coverage
March 5, 2016
The 2016 edition of the Hoigaards/Breadsmith Slush Rush was held Saturday in not-so-slushy, but mostly crunchy conditions, on the manmade snow loop at Hyland Lake Park Preserve. In the Masters Mens 10K race, Wayzata high school sophomore Luc Golin held off Thomas Matush and Craig Stolen for the win. For the Masters Women, Sara Galbreath took the title. Luc Golin came back to race again to take home a second win in the Juniors 5K race. Results posted, along with some photos from Odd Osland and Hoigaards.
Related:
Midwest Junior Championships Results

Ski Tour Canada: Stage 3 - Freestyle Sprints
March 4, 2016
Racing in mid-winter conditions in Quebec City, the Ski Tour Canada featured freestyle sprints on Friday. The US ski team came out flying once again, as Sadie Bjornsen notched the fastest qualifying time, Jessie Diggins 4th, and were joined in the heats by Sophie Caldwell and Ida Sargent. The men qualified three skiers: Simi Hamilton, Andy Newell, and Erik Bjornsen. The heats proved to be a bumpy road for the US, as a number of skiers took a tumble or got bumped around. Sophie Caldwell, Sadie Bjornsen and Simi Hamilton made it to the semifinals before getting knocked out. Frenchmen Baptiste Gros was the mens surprise winner, with Sweden's young star Stina Nilsson taking the womens title in a near photo finish.
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Results: Freestyle Sprints

Fat Bike Birkie Events This Weekend
March 3, 2016
The Fat Bike Birkie this Saturday, March 5th, is expected to draw over a thousand cyclists to race in this unique Birkie trail event. There are also criterium races on Friday and equipment demos on Sunday. Read their full press release, including a list of some of the favorites.
Related:
Fat Bike Birkie Race Guide

Ski Tour Canada: Stage 2 - Classical 10K/20K
March 2, 2016
Racing shifted to Montreal on Wednesday for the Ski Tour Canada series for some chilly, and windy, classical races. Norway continued its domination of the event, with Therese Johaug and Emil Ivensen taking the victories. Jessie Diggins had another awesome race, taking 8th in the 10.5K! Erik Bjornsen was the top American finisher in the mens 17.5K, taking 31st.
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Results: 10K, 20K classical

US Ski Team: I'm Ready!
March 1, 2016
Check out the 2016 music video from the US Nordic Ski Team, showing they're all ready for the Ski Tour Canada!

Ski Tour Canada: Stage 1 - Freestyle Sprints
March 1, 2016
Firing up the nearly two week long Ski Tour Canada World Cup series, freestyle sprints provided the opening fireworks in Gatineau, Canada Tuesday. The morning qualifiers showcased the strong US squad as Jessie Diggins and Simi Hamilton both hammered out the second fastest times! Also qualifying for the afternoon sprint heats: Sadie Bjornsen 8th, Sophie Caldwell 26th and Ida Sargent 28th, as well as Erik Bjornsen 27th. After some bumps and slips in the heats, Jessie Diggins and Simi Hamilton ski great races to both take 3rd place in the finals!
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Results: Freestyle Sprints
World Cup NBC Live Extra Streaming

NSC Announces Spring-Summer Class Schedule
February 29, 2016
The National Sports Center has announced their spring-summer training sessions to learn how to ride fixed gear bikes and racing on the world class Velodrome in Blaine, MN. Open to all ages, no bike needed.

Great Bear Chase Countdown
February 29, 2016
Organizers are reporting great conditions on the Swedetown trails for the Great Bear Chase this weekend. The event is also the final race in the CXC Marathon Cup series. Online registration open closes Thursday night!
Related:
Racing Outlook

Ski Tour Canada Starts Tuesday
February 28, 2016
The long anticipated Ski Tour Canada series kicks off this Tuesday with freestyle sprints in Gatineau, Canada. Ski Tour Canada will feature eight stages over almost two weeks as they race at venues across Canada, wrapping up the World Cup season. A large number of American skiers have been selected, including from the Midwest: Jessie Diggins, Caitlin Compton, Annie Hart, Matt Liebsch, and Brian Gregg! The races will be streamed live on NBC Live Extra.
Related:
Ski Tour Canada Website
USSA: U.S. Coach Talks Ski Tour Canada
Fundly: Matt Liebsch Fundraising for Ski Tour Canada

Minnesota Pursuit Championships Results
February 28, 2016
Racing under fast conditions on the snowmaking loop at Wirth, titles for the Minnesota Pursuit Championships were awarded Sunday. Tamer Mische-Richter from fourth place after the classic leg to rocket to first in the skate for the men. Nora Gilbertson used a dominating classic race to easily capture the womens event. Finn Sisu won the Top Shop trophy, St. Olaf won the College Cup Challenge.

Minnesota Finlandia Coverage
February 27, 2016
Very nice conditions for the annual Minnesota Finlandia races at Buena Vista Saturday. Elite biathlete skier Wynn Roberts logged a training session in the 42K freestyle race, winning by over 20 minutes. Kate Ellis topped the womens field, also by large margin. The 22K continuous pursuit titles went to Craig Cardinal, just besting junior Isaac Miller, and Brittney Dorn, the top woman. In the 22K freestyle, another elite biathlete and teammate of Roberts, Jake Dalberg, won for the men with Anne Ellefson cruising to the women's victory. Topping the podium in the 22K classical race were Steven Scoles and Elspeth Ronnander. Full results linked in, along with photos.
Related:
Stump Farm Race Results
River View Loppet Results

NJC U18: Classical Races
February 27, 2016
The US fared very well in the second day of events at the Nordic Junior Countries Competition (also known as U18 Nations or Scando Cup) in Otepaa, Estonia on Saturday. Hannah Halvorsen skied to 5th place, just 5 seconds off the podium in the girls 5K classical. The US boys had an incredible day of racing in a 10K classical event, placing four skiers in the top 15: Daniel Streinz 8th, Hunter Wonders 9th, Gus Schumacher 13th, and Peter Wolter 15th. On Friday, Halvorsen finished 4th in the freestyle sprints, Streinz was 11th.
Related:
Video: Girls 5K classical, Boys 10K classical, Sprint Heats
Results: Girls 5K classical, Boys 10K classical, Girls Freestyle Sprints, Boys Freestyle Sprints
LNR/EU Juniors Team Sprints/SkiCross Results

Pepsi Challenge Results
February 27, 2016
Over 250 skiers hit the trails Saturday at Giants Ridge for the Pepsi Challenge races. In the 48K skate, Olympian John Bauer showed he still has it, taking the title with a five minute margin of victory. High school skier Hannah Bettendorf was the surprise of the day, topping the womens field by six minutes! In the grueling 48K classical, David Joda and Josie Nelson earned top honors. For the 24K freestyle, Santiago Ocariz just beat out Andy Schakel for the win, with collegiate skier Caroline Brisbois finishing 9th overall to win the womens title. Young skiers filled the top ranks of the 24K classic, with high school skier Josh Albrecht posting the top time for the men, while Margie Nelson lead the womens field.
Related:
Squirrel Hill Skiathon Results

Great Bear Chase Volunteers Request
February 24, 2016
The Great Bear Chase is looking to fill a few remaining volunteer positions for their big event coming up the weekend of March 5th.

MNJRC Kickoff Meeting Friday Feb 26
February 22, 2016
Minnesota Junior Cycling (MNJRC) will hold their annual kickoff meeting this Friday, Feb 26th, at the KSTP Channel 5 studios in St. Paul. MNJRC welcomes all junior cyclists, including those racing the Minnesota high school MTB series.

Youth Olympic Games: Biathlon Mixed Relay Team Finished 7th
February 21, 2016
The 2016 Youth Olympic Games wrapped up in Lillehammer on Sunday with the mixed relay. The U.S. team of Chloe Levins (Rutland, VT), Amanda Kautzer (Plymouth, MN), Vasek Cervenka (Grand Rapids, MN) and Eli Nielsen (Stehekin, WA) placed seventh in the field of 18 countries.

World Cup Lahti: Skiathlon
February 21, 2016
The Lahti World Cup events wrapped up on Sunday with skiathlon format races. Sadie Bjornsen led the US finishing 15th, with Jessie Diggins in 17th. Erik Bjornsen was tops for the US men, placing 27th. Norwegian's Martin Sundby and Therese Johaug took the titles.
Related:
Results: Skiathlon 15K/30K
Fischer: Norwegian triple in Lahti

American Birkebeiner Coverage
February 20, 2016
Americans claimed the top spot in both the women's and men's 43rd American Birkebeiner 51K skate race. Caitlin Gregg skied with a strong pack of women for much of the race, breaking away with Aurelie Dabudyk of France in the final kilometers to claim 1st with Dabudyk a close 2nd. Erika Flowers crossed in 3rd position. Gregg's result is a historic 4th American Birkebeiner win for her. The leading elite men skied as a pack right to the finishing stretch, with APU's David Norris posting the top time, followed closely by Ivan Perrillat Boiteux and Benoit Chauvet, both of France. In the 55K Classic, Welly Ramsey of Maine skied away from the field for the fastest men's spot. Nick Power and Murray Carter rounded out the podium. For the classic women's 55K, Deedra Irwin won over Isabel Caldwell and Josie Nelson. Anders Sonnesyn and Abigail Drach took top Kortie skate honors, with Mackinley Fitzpatrick and Erin Moening besting the Kortie Classic field. Results linked in, along with over 1200 photos broken into seven photosets.
Related:
All American Sweep at the 43rd Slumberland American Birkebeiner
CXC Marathon Cup: David Norris and Caitlin Gregg Claim American Birkebeiner Victories

World Cup Lahti: Freestyle Sprints
February 20, 2016
The World Cup is in Lahti, Finland, for the final set of European races this weekend before heading to North America next week. On Saturday freestyle sprints were the featured event. Jessie Diggins had yet another spectacular day, breaking up a pack of four Norwegian women to take second place! Sophie Caldwell was 6th in qualifying, Sadie Bjornsen 12th, with Bjornsen making it to the semis. Simi Hamilton qualified 10th for the men but was bumped out in the quarterfinals. Victories went to Norways's Emil Iversen and Maiken Caspersen Falla.
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Results: Freestyle Sprints

Youth Olympic Games: Wonders Top 10 in Freestyle Race
February 18, 2016
Hunter Wonders (Anchorage, AK) led the USA in the third competition of the Winter Youth Olympic Games on Thursday, finishing 8th in the 10k freestyle race. Hannah Halvorsen (Truckee, CA) was 17th in the women's 5k freestyle race.

Minnesota Finlandia Ski Marathon Ready
February 18, 2016
The Minnesota Finlandia is reporting good conditions for their big races coming up on February 27th. The Finlandia awards some of the best prizes in the Midwest with rosemaled axes for the winners, woolen jackets and blankets for second place, and rice crock and locally grown wild rice for third place.

World Cup Lahti Series
February 18, 2016
The final set of World Cup events in Europe runs this weekend in Lahti, Finland. Saturday features freestyle sprints, Sunday is skiathlon. NBC Live Extra Streaming begins at 5:30 am for the womens sprint heats Saturday.
Related:
World Cup NBC Live Extra Streaming
Lahti Ski Games
Lahti Ski Games Facebook Page
Lahti Ski Games Youtube

Birkie 2016
February 17, 2016
Ken Schoville provides his own take on the Birkie, offering some sage advice to conquer the 2016 edition.

Youth Olympic Games: Cervenka and Levins 6th in Biathlon Mixed Relay
February 17, 2016
The American duo of Vasek Cervenka (Grand Rapids, MN) and Chloe Levins (Rutland, VT) placed a strong sixth among the 27-team field in Wednesday's single mixed relay at the Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer. Their time of 42 minutes and 29.2 seconds was just 53.8 seconds behind the time of gold medalist China.
Related:
Youth Olympic Games: Cross-Country Cross Race Debut

Official Birkie Course Status
February 16, 2016
American Birkebeiner Event Director Allan Serrano reports on the course status and grooming plans for the big race on Saturday.
Related:
Birkie Grooming Update from Head Groomer Chris Campbell
Madison Magazine: Warmup has Birkie skiers fretting
Hayward Area Ski Trails (alternatives to Birkie Trail)

Youth Olympic Games: Loomis Takes Silver in Nordic Combined!
February 16, 2016
Eau Claire native Ben Loomis scored a silver medal with an incredible performance at the Youth Olympic Games on Tuesday! Loomis finished second in the jumping phase, then skied for gold, just losing contact on the final hill.
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Results: Gundersen NH/5km
Youth Olympic Games: Halvorsen Sixth in Classic Sprint

Birkie Blast: Race Week Details
February 15, 2016
The Birkie has published a big update highlighting the key information you need for Birkie week, including bib pickup, parking info, info for spectators, course closures, chats and demos, and much more!
Related:
Birkie On-Snow Ski and Bike Demo Sunday
American Birkiebeiner Elite Skiers List
Birkie Named Next FIS Worldloppet Cup Race
Birkie Trail Closed Thursday/Friday

Youth Olympic Games: Cervenka Moves up to 20th in Biathlon
February 15, 2016
Piotr Bednarski reports: In the Men's 10km Pursuit at the Youth Olympic Games Monday, Vasek Cervenka of Grand Rapids, MN started from a 36th position from Sunday's 7.5km Sprint, and with fast skiing and almost perfect shooting (0,0,0, 1) moved up to 20th position, recording the 7th fastest split of the day! Chloe Levins of Rutland, VT also had a incredible shooting day, shooting clean (0,0,0,0) and moving up from 20th to 4th position, 27 seconds off the podium. Amanda Kautzer of Plymouth, MN finished in 27th place after shooting (3,2,1,2). Competition resumes with the Single Mixed Relay on Wednesday, and the Mixed Relay on Saturday.
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Results: 7.5K, 10K Pursuit

Youth Olympic Games: Kautzer 10th in Biathlon
February 14, 2016
Piotr Bednarski recaps: Amanda Kautzer finished 10th on Sunday shooting (1,1) in the Women's 6km Sprint at the Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, NOR. She finished 58.9 seconds out of first, setting her up well for tomorrow's 7.5km Pursuit race (4 shooting stages). Vasek Cervenka of Grand Rapids, MN finished 36th shooting (1, 3). He will also be competing in tomorrow's 10km Pursuit.
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Results: 6K, 7.5K Sprint Format

Boulder Lake Ski Race Results
February 14, 2016
Avoiding the coldest weather for the weekend, the Boulder Lake Ski Race enjoyed good conditions for the races on Sunday. Clayton Keim reports: Mark Johnson won the men's 32 km skate by just 2 seconds over Adam Swank. There was a big battle for 4th place man in the 32 km skate that came down to a sprint of 6. Alena Tofte was the womens champion.

World Cup Falun: Freestyle Mass Start
February 14, 2016
Sunday in Falun, Sweden, featured the mass start freestyle races. The US women posted three in the top 25, with Jessie Diggins just missing the podium in fourth, Liz Stephen in 11th, and relative newcomer Caitlin Patterson 25th. The top US men were Erik Bjornsen in 35th and Noah Hoffman, 41st. Top podium spots went to Norway's Therese Johaug and Russia's Sergei Ustiugov.
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Results: 10K, 15K freestyle

Rendezvous Race on March 5th
February 14, 2016
Finish the season like you started -- return to West Yellowstone in just a few weeks for the Rendezvous Race the weekend of March 5th. The event uses the Rendezvous trail system and offers distances from 5K up to 50K!

Book Across the Bay Results
February 13, 2016
Over 1100 skiers braved the frozen surface of Lake Superior for the annual Book Across the Bay race on Saturday evening. Steven Mueggenberg won the pack sprint, with Zachary Nelson and Erik Haaversen finishing second and third. Bailey Roberts was the womens champion.

Vasaloppet USA Coverage
February 13, 2016
Light winds and bright sunshine helped to mute an otherwise chilly start as the Vasaloppet races rolled out of downtown Mora on Saturday morning. After a week of manufacturing and harvesting snow, the Vasaloppet crew had put together a fantastic 10K loop that featured the farmlands, woods and swamps north of town, as well as a cruise past the Nordic Center and an epic start and traditional finish in downtown Mora. In the 58K race (shortened to 48K), Matt Liebsch pulled away from the lead pack on the final lap, then just held off a late charging Andrew Brown for the victory. Natalja Naryshkina collected another victory this season as the womens 58K champ. Nathan Porath used similar tactics in the 35K race (30K), making a move well before town to solo in for the win. Ashley Herman and Angie Robinson brought the womens race to a sprint finish with Herman taking the womens title. The 42K classic (40K) became to a two horse race early on, with Karl Holub and Steven Scoles fighting it out down Union Street, Holub just pulling ahead for the victory. Josie Nelson and Kathleen DeWahl also paired up early, and sprinted the finish with Nelson collecting another title. Daniel Mathews and Olivia Jacobson won the 13K (10K) dala horses. Results linked in, along with over 500 photos.
Related:
CXC Marathon Cup: Liebsch and Naryshkina Claim Vasaloppet 58k Freetyle Victories

World Cup Falun: Classical
February 13, 2016
The World Cup continued its Scandinavian tour moving on to Falun for a pair of races this weekend. Saturday was the classical 5K and 10K events. The US women continued their strong performances, with Jessie Diggins taking 5th and Sadie Bjornsen 7th! Norway dominated the event taking the first four places, led by Therese Johaug. In the mens 10K, Erik Bjornsen had a very good result posting 21st. Maxim Vylegzhanin won the mens event, with Norway having a rare day off the podium.
Related:
Results: Classical 5K, 10K

Minnesota Pursuit Championship Set for Feb 28th
February 13, 2016
The Minnesota Pursuit Championship is coming up on Sunday, Feb 28th, at Theodore Wirth. A 10K continuous pursuit, there are divisions for single skier, teams, shop and college programs. Online registration ends Feb 21st.
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Tour DuLuth Event Planned for Feb 27

NNF: Southam to Step Down as Director
February 12, 2016
NNF posts an interview with James Southam has he prepares to step down from the Director role after four years. The NNF will conduct a search for James' replacement beginning this month.
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NNF: What is the NNF Auction?

Midwest Junior Championships March 4-6, 2016
February 12, 2016
The Midwest Junior Championships are coming up fast... the weekend of March 4-6 at Theodore Wirth. The MJC is a weekend of competitive and festival events focused on youth and young juniors (ages 4-15). The next price hike is scheduled for Thursday, Feb 18th.

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!
Related:
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.
Related:
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.
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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.
Related:
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.
Related:
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.
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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.


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