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Kasia Bednarski, Section 2, February 9, 2017

Paul Olson, 35K champion, Vasaloppet USA, February 11, 2017

Jessie Diggins, Quebec World Cup, March 19, 2017

Foss Kerker, Minnesota State Meet, March 16, 2017

BirkieFest, February 25, 2017

Birkie Expo, February 24, 2017

Highlights

Trail Mix Coverage
April 22, 2017
Temperatures soaring into the 60s made for warm conditions at the annual Trail Mix running races at Lake Rebecca on Saturday morning. A large field turned out to compete on the mostly turf 12.5K trail around the park, with a few sections rerouted due to the wet spring conditions. Photos up from the 25K and 50K solo races.
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Photoset: 50K Solo - 3K - 61 photos, 50K Solo - 9K - 105 photos, 25K Solo - 1K - 23 photos, 25K Solo - 3K - 99 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Trail Mix

Biathlon: Senior and Development Teams Announced For 2017-18
April 6, 2017
U.S. Biathlon's International Competition Committee has announced nominations for the 2017-18 Senior High Performance Team and Development Teams to the U.S. Biathlon Board of Directors. The Midwest is well represented: Leif Nordgren, Paul Schommer, Jake Brown, Siena Ellingson, Amanda Kautzer and Vasek Cervenka.

Bjorn Bakken Ski Championships of America this Weekend!
April 4, 2017
The annual ski party known as the Bjorn Bakken Ski Championships of America will be held this Saturday in Duluth. Registration is now open! And a 2018 Birkie Entry is one of the prizes.

US Distance Nationals: Freestyle Races
April 2, 2017
Sunday was the crowning event at Fairbanks for US Distance Nationals, with mass start long distance freestyle races. Jessie Diggins left no doubt why she is the top US skier, pulling away from the entire 30K womens field to win by 1:37 over Kikkan Randall. Scott Patterson cruised to a 3:19 margin of victory in the mens 50K, with LNR's Brian Gregg skiing to 2nd place! In the junior race, NMU's Nicole Schneider took the womens victory, with U18 skier Gus Schumacher winning the mens division. Other top Midwest results: Caitlin Gregg 4th, Rosie Frankowski 5th, Annie Hart 6th - 30K; Adam Martin 5th - 50K; Zak Ketterson 4th - 20K.
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Results: 15K, 20K, 30K, 50K Freestyle

SuperTour Finals: Mixed Relay Results
March 31, 2017
On Friday evening at Birch Hill it was all teamwork as skiers formed four-person mixed gender relay teams to battle for the title of top club team. The race eventually came down to a battle betweek APU and SMS, with Jessie Diggins moving her SMS crew from third to first and then passing off to Simi Hamilton who held off Scott Patterson for the victory. An LNR squad featuring Caitlin and Brian Gregg scored 9th. Sunday is the final day of racing, with womens 30K and mens 50K mass start freestyle races.
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Results: Mixed Relays

SuperTour Finals: Freestyle Sprints
March 29, 2017
Racing toward dusk on Wednesday evening, Birch Hill hosted freestyle sprint races as part of the SuperTour Finals. An all-star line-up in the women's field as US Ski Team members Jessie Diggins, Kikkan Randall, Sophie Caldwell and Ida Sargent were joined by Erika Flowers and Kelsey Phinney in the final, Diggins the clear winner by over two seconds over Randall with Flowers taking third. The men's final was a different story, with a number of top men out sick, as Alaska native Logan Hanneman took the victory with Evan Palmer-Charrette second, Tyler Kornfield third. Junior victories went to Hunter Wonders and Midwest's own Hannah Rudd.
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Results: Freestyle Sprints

SuperTour Finals: Skiathlon Results
March 27, 2017
The SuperTour Finals/US Distance Nationals opened on Monday with skiathlon format events at Birch Hill in Fairbanks, Alaska. Jessie Diggins left no doubt she is the top US skier, besting the women's 15K field by nearly two minutes. Scott Patterson, APU, topped the men's 22.5K field by just under 25 seconds. Top Midwest results included: Adam Martin 5th, Brian Gregg 11th, Kyle Bratrud 14th; Caitlin Gregg 8th, Annie Hart 9th, Rosie Frankowski 10th. Wednesday will feature freestyle spints.
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Results: 15K, 22.5K skiathlon

SuperTour Finals and US Distance Nationals Start Monday
March 25, 2017
The US elite racing season comes down to a big final week of racing with the SuperTour Finals and US Distance Nationals in Fairbanks, Alaska. Monday will feature womens 15K and mens 22.5K skiathlon races, Wednesday are freestyle sprints, Friday 4x5K mixed relays, and then Sunday concludes the week with womens 30K and mens 50 freestyle races. While the field size will not be as large as US Nationals back in January, the competition will be very high caliber with many of the US Ski Team members expected, as well as top skiers like Caitlin Gregg and the Northern Michigan University ski team.
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Live Results

Chequamegon Almost Full
March 23, 2017
Believe it or not, there are still a few openings for the 2017 Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival events. Act soon, these will be gone shortly.

Gregg Posts Top Results in OPA Cup Series
March 20, 2017
Caitlin Gregg lead the way for American skiers racing in the OPA Cup series in Seefield, Austria over the weekend. On Friday, Gregg won the 2.5K freestyle race, Saturday came in 7th in the 10K classical, and then posted the top time and nearly won the 10K freestyle pursuit on Sunday. Fellow Minnesotan Annie Hart also competed, posting a couple of top 20 results.
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Results: Alden Cup - OPA Cup Series

World Cup Quebec: Freestyle Pursuit Coverage
March 19, 2017
The World Cup series in Quebec wrapped up on Sunday with some exciting freestyle pursuit races. Conditions were once again spectacular, with temps in low 30s and bright sunshine, drawing huge crowds. Norway's Marit Bjoergen and Heidi Weng held off all challengers to finish 1-2 in the women's 10K with Sweden's Stina Nilsson taking the sprint out for third. The men's race pitted the crowd favorite Canada's Alex Harvey against the young phenom Johannes Høsflot Klæbo of Norway, with teammate Niklas Dyrhaug holding his own. The race eventually came down to a fantastic three sprint photo finish, with Klæbo just barely taking the victory.
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Photoset: Women's Freestyle Pursuit - 387 photos, Men's Freestyle Pursuit - 299 photos
Photoset: Top Picks - Womens Freestyle Pursuit (high res), Top Picks - Mens Freestyle Pursuit (high res)
Results: Freestyle Pursuit 10K, 15K

World Cup Quebec: Classical Coverage
March 18, 2017
A second perfect day of racing at the World Cup series in Quebec city Saturday, with mass start classical races the featured event. A huge crowd turned out, especially for the men's race featuring golden boy Alex Harvey. However, it was the youngster Johannes Høsflot Klæbo of Norway that stole the show, taking the big pack sprint finish with teammate Niklas Dyrhaug second and Russian Alexander Bessmertnykh third, favorite Harvey fourth. Erik Bjornsen skied well to take 31st for the top American male. The women's race was another page in the legend of Marit Bjoergen, after getting tangled up on the first lap Bjoergen recovered quickly and controlled the race right to the finish, taking yet another victory. Teammate Heidi Weng was second with season star Finland's Krista Parmakoski third. Skiing well for the US women, Sadie Bjornsen was in the top 10 for parts of the race, finishing eventually 15th to lead the squad.
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Photoset: Women's 10K Classical - 261 photos, Men's 15K Classical - 247 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Classical 10K, 15K

CXC Marathon Cup Final Standings
March 17, 2017
The final tally has been made in the CXC Marathon Cup series. Individual overall winners were Matt Liebsch and Isabella Howden.

World Cup Quebec: Freestyle Sprints Coverage
March 17, 2017
An absolutely perfect day Friday in Quebec for the opening for the three day World Cup series, as temperatures rose into the mid 20s under sunny skies, highlighting the fresh snowfall from earlier this week. The racing action proved quite exciting has Norway's Maiken Caspersen Falla had to make the women's final based on lucky loser format, then went head-to-head with Sweden's Stina Nilsson, Nilsson taking the victory with Falla able to collect on the World Cup overall sprint title. Canada's own Alex Harvey delivered the goods for the home country, putting together an impressive sprint final to take the mens victory. Norway's Johannes Høsflot Klæbo sealed up the World Cup overall sprint title, becoming the youngest ever. Simi Hamilton had the great day for the US, narrowly missing the podium to take 4th in the men's sprint final. Jessie Diggins had the top result for the US women, advancing to the semi-finals before getting bumped out. Saturday's racing action will feature mass start classical races.
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Photoset: Women's Qualifying - 298 photos, Men's Qualifying - 255 photos, Heats - 621 photos, Awards - 75 photos
Photoset: Top Picks - Qualifying (high res), Top Picks - Heats/Awards (high res)
Results: Freestyle Sprints

World Cup Quebec Series
March 14, 2017
The World Cup season wraps up this weekend with an exciting series of races in historic Quebec, Canada. Friday starts things off with freestyle sprints, Saturday is mass start classical races, and Sunday concludes with pursuit format freestyle races. The US is fielding a large squad including Jessie Diggings and top Junior Julia Kern.
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Video: NBC Sports Live Streaming
Sprints Qualifying Women's Start List
Sprints Qualifying Men's Start List
USSA: World Comes to Quebec City

Biathlon: U.S. Wins First Team Medal in 23 Years
March 12, 2017
World championship medalists Susan Dunklee and Lowell Bailey combined forces to win the United States' first team medal in 23 years, a silver in Sunday's single mixed relay at the BMW IBU World Cup 8 in Kontiolahti, Finland.

Brand Ambassadors Sought By Borah Teamwear in 20th Anniversary Year
March 12, 2017
Borah Teamwear is seeking 20 brand ambassadors to ride, run, or tri in its exclusive line of apparel and is offering some deals and bonus goods for those who are ready to share their sporting experiences with the brand.

Fat Bike Birkie Results
March 11, 2017
Over 1200 riders turned out Saturday for the 5th annual Fat Bike Birkie races in Cable. Jorden Wakeley won the mens 49K race over Peter Olejniczak and Will Ross by a narrow three second margin of victory. Leia Schneeberger won the womens divison. The shorter 23K races were won by Adam Altmann and Michelle Flanagan-Haag.
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Results: 23K, 49K Races
Fat Bike Birkie Draws Field of 1200 Participants from 18 States, 2 Countries

Great Bear Chase Results
March 11, 2017
A great turnout on Saturday for some unusually frigid Great Bear Chase races on Saturday morning. The mens elite 50K skiathlon race was a barn burner between Kyle Bratrud and Matt Liebsch with Bratrud taking the victory by a single second. Deedra Irwin won the womens race, a minute and a half ahead of Felicia Gesior. In the 50K freestyle, Sarah Lyle beat Paulette Niemi by just over 30 seconds while Nikolai Anikin beat out Zach Varty by just over two seconds for the mens title. The 50K classical division titles went to Matthew Egger and Anda Tanaka. Nicole Harvey and John Munger won the 25K freestyle titles, Joan Rundman and Josh Albrecht won the classic titles.
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Irwin and Bratrud take victories at 37th annual UP Health System Great Bear Chase Ski Marathon

Pioneer Midwest: Final Winter Clearance
March 11, 2017
Pioneer Midwest is running their final Winter Clearance, with many items up to 50% off, including skis, poles and boots, along with 20% off wax and tools, and 50% off in-stock footwear.

Skiwerx Series And CXC Youth Cup Standings Announced
March 10, 2017
With the conclusion of the Midwest Jr Championships, the CXC Youth Cup and Skiwerx Series have released their final point rankings.

World Cup Drammen: Classical Sprints
March 8, 2017
Racing on the streets of Drammen, Norway, the World Cup showcased classic sprint events on Wednesday. Sophie Caldwell lead the way for the US squad, finishing 9th. Jessie Diggins had the top US qualifying time but broke a pole in the quarterfinals. Andy Newell was the top American male, finishing 18th.
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Results: Classical Sprints

World Championships: Mens 50K Freestyle
March 5, 2017
The World Championships in Lahti, Finland, wrapped up on Sunday with the mens 50K freestyle. And what a wrap up it was, as Canadian Alex Harvey owned the field, putting together the perfect race and final sprint to take home the gold! Russian Sergey Ustiugov took silver and providing some host nation pride, Matti Heikkinen outsprinted Norway's Martin Johnsrud Sundby for the bronze. Tad Elliot finished 27th as the top American -- Minnesotan Kyle Bratrud was involved in a nasty crash and had to withdraw.
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Results: 50K Freestyle

Sleeping Giant Loppet Results
March 4, 2017
Near perfect conditions in Thunder Bay Saturday for the Sleeping Giant Loppet races. Evan Palmer-Charrette won the mens 50K freestyle, with Jenn Jackson topping the womens division. Classical 50K winners were Minnesotans Chris Hecker and Kerrie Berg. In the 35K freestyle, Marko Seppanen and Heidi Stewart posted the top times. Freestyle 20K champions were Laena Garrison (first overall!) and Fergus Foster.

Pepsi Challenge Results
March 4, 2017
Nearly 400 skiers turned out on Saturday morning for the Pepsi Challenge events at Giants Ridge. In the freestyle 50K, Zach Varty and Marit Sonnesyn took the titles. Classical victories went to Dave and Josie Nelson. In the one lap, 25K races, freestyle victories were earned by Andy Schakel and Anikken Alnaes, classical champs were Mark Ousdigian and Xena Huff. The 8K division saw Mark Scheller and Emma Greenlee walk away with titles.
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River View Loppet Results

World Championships: Womens 30K Freestyle
March 4, 2017
Racing action for the women culminated in the women's 30K freestyle race Saturday at the World Championships in Lahti, Finland. The Norwegian women emphasized their talent depth in taking the first four places, with America's Jessie Diggins taking 5th! Chelsea Holmes scored an impressive 13th. Caitlin Gregg was within the top 25 at the mid-point, eventually dropping back to finish 36th. The final event is the mens 50K freestyle, starting at 6:30 am CST Sunday.
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Results: 30K Freestyle
Fischer: Marit Bjørgen wins her 18th World Championship gold in 30k mass start

World Championships: Mens Relay
March 3, 2017
It was the mens turn on Friday for the relays, racing 4 x 10K at the World Championships in Lahti, Finland. Norway's Martin Johnsrud Sundby who broke open the relay on the third leg, tagging off to Finn Haagen Krogh who managed to hold off Russia's Sergey Ustiugov to collect the gold medal. The battle for the final bronze medal was another Finnish heartbreaker as Matti Heikkinen fell in the final corner during a sprint with Sweden, allowing the Swedes to take third. Minnesotan Kyle Bratrud lead off for the US men squad, which finished 10th. The womens 30K freestyle mass start race is Saturday, starting at 6:30 am CST. Jessie Diggins and Caitlin Gregg are both in the line up.
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Results: Mens Relay

Biathlon: Bailey Stays Hot With World Cup Silver in PyeongChang
March 3, 2017
Two weeks after becoming the first American world champion in biathlon, Lowell Bailey continued his torrid run by winning the silver medal in Friday's 10-kilometer sprint at the BMW IBU World Cup held at the Olympic venue in PyeongChang.

Great Bear Chase Countdown, Price Hike
March 2, 2017
The Great Bear Chase ski races are just a little over a week away and organizers are reporting great conditions. Register before Monday, March 6th to save some money by avoiding the final price hike!

Jessie Diggins: Behind the World Champs Races
March 2, 2017
Jessie Diggin's posted an update from the World Championships on Tuesday, highlighting behind the scenes activity and what a truly team effort it is.

World Championships: Womens Relay
March 2, 2017
The popular relays events started on Thursday at the World Championships with the women's 4x5K in Lahti, Finland. After a fairly close race for the first two legs, Norway's Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen broke away on her leg, handing off a big lead for Marit Bjoergen to ski a few coronation laps for a Norwegian victory. The battle for second place was intense, as two young stars, Finland's Krista Parmakoski and Sweden's Stina Nilsson took the race down to a final sprint, easily won by Nilsson. The US women skied to fourth place, 30 seconds off the podium. The men get their turn on Friday morning in a 4x10K relay starting at 5:30 am CST.
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Results: Womens Relay
Fischer: Women's relay team claims 100th ever World Championship gold for Norway

World Championships: Mens Classical
March 1, 2017
A little redemption for Finland on Wednesday at the World Championships as Iivo Niskanen won the mens 15K classical race. Norway's Martin Johnsrud Sundby was second with teammate Niklas Dyrhaug third. Erik Bjornsen had a strong performance for the US men, finishing 18th, with Midwest's own Kyle Bratrud 33rd. Next up, the womens relay Thursday morning at 7 am CST.
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Results: World Champs mens classic
USSA: USA Announces Women’s Relay Team
Fischer: Silver and bronze for Martin Johnsrud Sundby and Niklas Dyrhaug

World Championships: Womens Classical
February 28, 2017
Tuesday in Lahti for the World Championships the women's 10K classical race was the featured event. Norway's Marit Bjoergen added another medal to her vast collection, dominating the event with a win by more than 40 seconds. Charlotte Kalla, Sweden, was second with Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen, took third. Sadie Bjornsen was the top US finisher, taking 23rd. The men race Wednesday in a 15K classical event, starting at 5:45 pm CST.
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Results: 10K Classical

Fat Bike Birkie Closing Soon!
February 27, 2017
Organizers report less than 150 openings left in the 2017 Fat Bike Birkie, scheduld for Saturday, March 11th. This year's big weekend includes an expo, demos on Friday, races, demo rides and party Saturday, and guided rides on Sunday.

Hamsterbeiner Coverage
February 26, 2017
Roughly 30 skiers turned out Sunday morning for the post-Birkie cancellation Hamsterbeiner short-notice race at Elm Creek. The race came down to a battle of former Birkie champions as Matt Liebsch (2009) and Sergio Bonaldi (2013, 2015) as the pair eventually dropped the rest of the field, with Liebsch using a burst of power on the final lap to gain the advantage on Bonaldi. Elspeth Ronnander topped the womens field.

World Championships: Team Sprint
February 26, 2017
An incredible day of racing Sunday at the Lahti World Championships as the countries competed in classical Team Sprint format events. Norway's Maiken Caspersen Falla sealed the victory with teammate Heidi Weng, with Russia second, and then an awe inspiring dual between USA's Jessie Diggins and Swedish sprinter Stina Nilsson, which Diggins won for the first classical medal in the US history at the World Championships! The American men had a historic day as well, taking fifth. But the men's final was marred by a crash between Norway and Finland in the final stretch, allowing Russia to take the victory, Italy second and Finland settling for third. Next race is Tuesday morning, womens 10K classical starting at 5:45 am CST.
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Results: Team Sprints

World Championships: Skiathlon
February 25, 2017
Racing under a beautiful sunny sky on fast, firm conditions, the Lahti World Championships on Saturday featured skiathlon format races. Norway's Marit Bjoergen and Finland's Krista Parmakoski broke away from the field, with Bjoergen using the final climb to pull ahead of Parmakoski and collect yet another World Championship gold medal, Parmakoskoi second, and Sweden's Charolette Kalla third. The mens race unfolded in similar fashion, with Norway's Martin Johnsrud Sundby and Russia's Sergey Ustiugov paired up for the skate leg. Sundby self-destructed on the final climb, tripping himself up during a sprint move, allowing Ustiugov to take the gold, Sundby second, and Finn Haagen Krogh, Norway, third. Kikkan Randall was tops for the US women in 17th (Jessie Diggins DNF), Tad Elliot was the best of the US men in 48th, Kyle Bratrud 49th. Next up, classical team sprints on Sunday: womens at 3:30 am CST, men at 4:30 am.
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Results: Skiathlon

Short-notice Race: Hamsterbeiner
February 24, 2017
Pioneer Midwest is hosting a short-notice race at Elm Creek on Sunday morning. For those desperate to show off some of their marathon fitness, there will be a 25K race, or for the short-winded and speedy, a 5K event.

American Birkebeiner Ski Races Cancelled
February 24, 2017
It's official - the American Birkebeiner ski races for 2017 are cancelled. There was almost no snow overnight and officials can not provide a safe race course for the majority of participants. However, there are a number of fun events planned, including a short trail segment at the new start area for skiing/party, plus music and equipment demos.
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Photoset: Birkie Expo
Video: Birkie Friday Midday Update

Skiwerx Series And CXC Youth Cup Updates
February 24, 2017
Points have been updated in the youth series, with the big finale coming next weekend at the Midwest Junior Championships in Minneapolis. A new Wisconsin Skiwerx Series is being rolled out as well.

Junior Birkie Coverage
February 23, 2017
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation kicked off their Birkie week events with the opening of the expo at Hayward High School and Barkie Birkie, Barnebirkie and Junior Birkie races, converted into running races, at Rosie's Field on Thursday.
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Photoset: 160 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Junior Birkie

World Championships: Freestyle Sprints
February 23, 2017
An incredible opening day for the US women at the World Championships Thursday in Lahti, Finland! Jessie Diggins and Kikkan Randall took to the podium, finishing 2nd and 3rd in the freestyle sprints. Norway's Maiken Caspersen Falla won the gold. In the mens final, Italy's Federico Pellegrino was the victor with Sergey Ustiugov, Russia, second followed by Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo, Norway. The next event is Saturday morning, womens 15K skiathlon at 4 am CST, mens 30K at 6:30 am.
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Video: Womens Sprint Final, Womens Sprint Highlights
Results: Freesprint Sprints
Fischer: Maiken Caspersen Falla becomes sprint World Champion

Birkie Thursday Update
February 23, 2017
Thursday morning update from the Birkie highlights the changes to the Barnebirkie, Barkie Birkie, and Junior Birkie events. Organizers are dependent on Friday's snowstorm to pull off a ski event Saturday. A portion of the Birkie trail will be open for skiing.
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Video: Birkie Update
Racing Outlook

Rendezvous Race Ready
February 22, 2017
While snow conditions might be tough in parts of the Midwest, the Rendezvous Ski Race in West Yellowstone is reporting great conditions and ready for racing in their annual event, held next week.

USSA: Nordic World Championships Open In Finland
February 21, 2017
The World Championships in Lahti, Finland, start this Thursday, Feb 23rd, with the freestyle sprint races. A number of Midwest skiers will be competing in the events running through March 5th, including Jessie Diggins, Caitlin Gregg and Kyle Bratrud. NBC will have same day coverage with live stream and event replay. The opening freestyle sprint heats will air at 9:30 am CST on Thursday on NBC Sports Live.
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USSA: Strong U.S. Team Announced For World Champs
Video: NBC Sports Live Streaming, Welcome to Lahti
World Championships Lahti Facebook
World Championships Lahti Website
Nordic Combined: Eleven Athletes Named To World Champs Team
Twelve NNF-supported Athletes to Compete at World Champs in Lahti, Finland

Birkie Announces Friday Changes, Saturday Scenarios
February 21, 2017
Updates are coming fast and furiously as Birkie organizers scramble to adjust schedules and map out new scenarios while keeping their eye on the prospects of a Friday winter storm. The Korte has been moved to Saturday, with all Saturday events being labeled as to-be-decided. Stay tuned...
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Video: Birkie Update on Races, Birkie Trail Update Wednesday Morning
Birkie Forecast by Ed Liebsch

Birkie Announces Changes to Schedule
February 21, 2017
On Tuesday morning, after an inch of rain Monday, the American Birkebeiner organizers announced a number of changes to events. Some of the major updates: Barkie Birkie, Barnebirkie, and Junior Birkie races on Thursday will be running events. Cancelled at this point are: Elite sprints, Nikkerbeiner, and Adaptive Ski.
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Video: Birkie Update on Thursday Events

Birkie Announces Course Changes
February 20, 2017
The Birkie officials have announced that the traditional downtown finish is no longer an option, but are still looking at using part, if not most, of the Birkie trail. Watch for further updates as the week (and warm weather) progresses.
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Video: Monday Morning Update
Junior Birkie Switching to Trail Run

Back to Yellowstone: Rendezvous Ski Race March 4th
February 19, 2017
If you've enjoyed West Yellowstone in November, this could be the year to head back for their annual Rendezvous Ski Race on March 4th. There are six different races to choose from depending on your age and ability ranging from 2K to 50K freestyle, along with a 25K classic.

Biathlon: Susan Dunklee Wins Silver at World Championships
February 19, 2017
Susan Dunklee captured her first world championship medal and the second of the week for the U.S. team by finishing second in the women's 12.5-kilometer mass start at the IBU World Championships in Hochfilzen, Austria.

World Cup Otepaa: Classical
February 19, 2017
Concluding the racing action before the World Championships that begin late next week, skiers took to the classical style on Sunday for races at Otepaa, Estonia. Norway again dominated, with Marit Bjoergen and Martin Johnsrud Sundby taking the victories in 10K and 15K distance events. The US woman, minus Jessie Diggins, had two top 25 finishes as Sadie Bjornsen lead the way in 19th and Rosie Brennan was 24th. Erik Bjornsen had the best time for the US men, taking 36th.
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Results: 10K, 15K Classical

Birkie Outlook
February 18, 2017
Warm weather has put the Birkie on the ropes. We look at some of the difficult battles in the past and how they might correlate to this year and the possible options available to the organizers.
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Video: Sunday Morning Birkie Trail Update
Birkie Forecast by Ed Liebsch

Minnesota Finlandia Results
February 18, 2017
Over 150 skiers turned out Saturday morning at the Buena Vista trails north of Bemidji for the Minnesota Finlandia events. In the big 50K freestyle race, Zachary Nelson pulled away from Tyler Gilbert to win the big axe, with Chip Tabor third. Lynn Duijndam won the womens division with Kerrie Berg second, Karen Manske third. Matt Lee won a photo finish over Hans Harlane in the 25K skate, with Susanne Vande Vyvere the top woman. Classical titles went to Steven Scoles and Elspeth Ronnander. Pursuit crowns for Craig Cardinal and Ingrid Leask.

World Cup Otepaa: Freestyle Sprints
February 18, 2017
The World Cup resumed on Saturday with freestyle sprint races in Otepaa, Estonia. Jessie Diggins appears to be right on form as she made the sprint finals, finishing 5th, with the US squad all looking very strong, including Kikkan Randall qualifying 3rd, Sophie Caldwell 4th, Ida Sargent 10th, and Sadie Bjornsen 25th. Swede Stina Nillson took the womens victory. US men Simi Hamilton and Andy Newell skied well, Hamilton making it to the semifinals and Newell qualifying 16th. Norwegians dominates the mens final with four skiers, the win collected by Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo.
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Results: Freesprint Sprints

Biathlon: Lowell Bailey Is World Champion!
February 16, 2017
Lowell Bailey became the first American biathlete to capture a world championship title Thursday by winning the men's 20-kilometer race at the IBU World Championships in Hochfilzen, Austria.
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Video: World Championships Replay, Interview, Evening Interview

Birkie Spectator's Guide Online
February 14, 2017
Every wondered what all those Birkie bib colors mean? Find the answer plus a ton of other Birkie info in their Official Spectator's Guide.

Pepsi Challenge Price Hikes
February 14, 2017
The Pepsi Challenge ski races are coming up in early March, but the final price hikes are much sooner. Register by Feb 18th to avoid the last increase. And new this season, special collegiate pricing available.

North End Classic Results
February 12, 2017
Fast conditions greeted striders for Sunday's North End Classic races in Cable. Andy Elverster won the mens 25K classical race by nearly three minutes with wife Rachel Elverster taking the womens title in a close battle with Kelly Skillicorn. The 12.5K races were won by Scott Shield and Niki Reker.

Vasaloppet USA Coverage
February 11, 2017
Surviving tough snow conditions and warm weather, the Vasaloppet organizers pulled off all their races on a largely manufactured 13.5K snow loop starting and finishing in downtown Mora Saturday. Matt Liebsch broke away on the last of four laps to easily take the mens 58K title, with Andy Brown securing second by a diving toe over Cory Ellertson. Alice Flanders won the women's title. Mora native Paul Olson won the 35K race just ahead of Vakava teammate Nathan Porath. Laura Cattaneo finished in front of Ashley Herman for the womens 35K crown. In the 42K classical, Manitoba's Steven Scoles double-poled to victory with Kathleen DeWahl winning the womens division. Results linked in, along with over 750 photos.

Pre-Birkie Results
February 11, 2017
A big field of nearly 900 skiers turned out Saturday morning for the Pre-Birkie races. Joel LaFrance and Adam Swank took the 42K freestyle race to the wire, finishing 1-2 with the same time. Marit Sonnesyn topped the womens field by almost 7 minutes. Tom Krenz and Bonnie Weiskopf-Albrecht collected the 42K classical titles. In the original 26K freestyle race, Jonathan Rulseh and Andy Weddle also had a photo finish, Rulseh posted first. Teenager Alyson Welch won the womens division. Classical 26K race victories went to Montgomery Mouw and Xena Huff.

Elite Racing Weekend Recap
February 7, 2017
Mary Kozloski recaps collegiate racing from the Midwest and East Coast, Midwest skiers racing in the U23 World Championships, Annie Hart kicking butt in Canada, and the Gregg's crushing it out in Colorado.

Vasaloppet USA Update
February 7, 2017
Organizers are continuing to make snow and buff out their trail as they make final preparations for the races this Saturday. The course will be closed Friday during the warmer weather to help preserve conditions for race day.

U.S. Masters Team Named
February 7, 2017
Based on results from the City of Lakes Loppet races, the 2017 US National Masters Team has been named. The team is full of Midwest skiers.

City of Lakes Loppet Freestyle Coverage
February 5, 2017
Very fast conditions were on tap Sunday morning for the City of Lakes Loppet marathon and half marathon races at Theodore Wirth. In the 5 lap, 30K race, Matt Liebsch waited til the final half lap to drop the hammer and ski away from the mens lead pack to capture his second title for the weekend. Alex Reich held off Matt Weier for second place. Felicia Gesior also swept the womens marathon titles, coming in almost a minute ahead of Alice Flanders, with Isabella Howden in third. Half marathon victories went to Piotr Bednarski and Jan Guenther. Results linked in, photosets from both races posted.

World Junior Championships - Relays
February 5, 2017
The World Junior Championships wrapped up in Soldier Hollow on Sunday with the 4-person team relays. The US girls had an awesome day as the team of Hailey Swirbul, Julia Kern, Hannah Halvorsen and Katharine Ogden took the bronze medal, beating out Scandinavian superpowers Sweden, Norway and Finland! Russian took first, with the Italian girls just 5 seconds ahead of the US squad. The US boys relay finished 9th, as Norway took the victory in a sprint finish against Russia.
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Results: Relays

World Cup PyeongChang: Team Sprint
February 5, 2017
The test events for the 2018 Winter Olympics wrapped up on Sunday in PyeongChang, South Korea, with team sprint races. The US women came out flying again, as they fielded two teams and took third and fourth - the podium combo being Ida Sargent and Sophie Caldwell. The US men nearly made the podium as well, taking fourth (Newell, Hamilton).
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Results: Team Sprint

U23 World Championships - Skiathlon
February 4, 2017
The U23 skiers got their crack at the skiathlon format on Saturday at the World Championships in Soldier Hollow. Russian Alexander Bolshunov won the mens 30K with Lotta Weng, Norway, the womens 15K champ. The US had three men in the top 15 with Patrick Caldwell 9th, John Hegman 11th and Adam Martin 15th. The top us woman was Jesse Knori at 30th with Alayna Sonnesyn right behind in 31st.
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Results: 15K, 30K Skiathlon

World Cup PyeongChang: Skiathlon
February 4, 2017
Second day of racing in PyeongChang, South Korea, site of the 2018 Winter Olympics, and Saturday featured a skiathlon format. In the womens 15K event, Liz Stephen and Caitlin Patterson went 2nd and 4th, with Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland taking the win. The mens 30K, Russia's Petr Sedov took the victory with Noah Hoffman and Scott Patterson finishing 8th and 9th.
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Results: 15K, 30K Skiathlon

World Junior Championships - Skiathlon
February 3, 2017
The World Junior Championships competition featured a skiathlon format racing on Friday at Soldier Hollow. Katherine Ogden made history with the first distance podium by the US, taking third! Wyatt Gebhardt was the top American male, taking 18th.
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Results: Skiathlon

World Cup PyeongChang: Classical Sprints
February 3, 2017
Racing at the 2018 Winter Olympic venue in PyeongChang, Korea, Ida Sargent scored her first World Cup podium taking third in the womens classical sprint! Anamarija Lampic, Slovia, took the victory. Andy Newell also made it to the sprint finals, taking 6th as Russian Gleb Retivykh was the winner.
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Results: Classical Sprints

Vasaloppet Sets Courses, Times
February 3, 2017
Vasaloppet has announced the races will start and end on the streets of Mora, with beautiful 14K loop course set up for the races. New start times have been announced as well.

Pepsi Challenge Discount for College Students
February 3, 2017
The Pepsi Challenge Ski Race is offering a special collegiate discount -- skiers must registration by postal by Feb 24th.

Elite Racing Weekend Recap
January 31, 2017
Mary Kozloski provides an extended recap of top international and national racing action involving Midwest skiers, covering last weekend's World Cup races, the Noquemanon, and both Midwest and East coast collegiate racing.

World Junior Championships - Classical Sprints
January 30, 2017
The World Junior Championships started up Monday in Soldier Hollow, Utah, with classical sprint races. Janosch Brugger of Germany and Polina Nekrasova of Russia took the opening titles. US skiers Julia Kern, Hannah Halvorsen and Bill Harmeyer all advanced to the semifinals before getting bumped out.
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Results: Classical Sprints

Nordic Spirit Race Results
January 29, 2017
The Nordic Spirit races at Spirit Mountain drew over 75 people on Sunday morning. Anders Osthus won the three way sprint over Jake Richards and Zach Varty in the 26K freestyle race. Kim Rudd led the womens field. Victories in the 14K race were collected by Jordan Woods and Ashley Herman.

World Cup Falun: Classical Mass Start
January 29, 2017
The World Cup Sunday featured distance classical races at Falun. In the mens 30K, in came down to a tight finish with Norway's Emil Iversen taking the victory in front of teammate Martin Johnsrud Sundby. In the womens race, Jessie Diggins skied to a top ten finish with Marit Bjoergen edging Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg in a near photo finish. The US women placed two more in the top 25 (Sadie Bjornsen and Rosie Brennan). Erik Bjornsen was the top US male, taking 35th.
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Results: 15K, 30K Classical

City of Lakes Loppet Moving to Wirth
January 28, 2017
All of the City of Lakes Loppet races have been relocated to Theodore Wirth. The Luminary Loppet will continue to be hosted at Lake of the Isles.

Badger State Games Results
January 28, 2017
The Badger State Games went off on Saturday under full course conditions. Classic races were won by Evan Wetzel and Kim Hughes in the 43K and by Will Ernst and Mary Hagedorn in the 21K. Skate race top podium spots went to Danny Sonnentag and Robyn Lauritsen in the 43K and to Hans Ernst and Clara Ping in the 21K.

World Cup Falun: Freestyle Sprints
January 28, 2017
Saturday in Falun, Sweden the World Cup skiers competed in freestyle sprint events. Kikkan Randall's form continues to improve, today she made it to the womens final, taking 5th! The strong womens squad qualified five skiers for the heats, including Jessie Diggins who had the 5th fastest qualifying time and advanced to the semifinals. The US men were led by Andy Newell and Simi Hamilton, who both made it into the quarterfinals. Sweden's Stina Nilsson and Italy's Federico Pellegrino took the victories.
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Results: Freestyle Sprints

Noquemanon Ski Race Results
January 28, 2017
Challenging conditions forced course changes for the 2017 Noquemanon, shortening the 51K race to 31K and altering the original start and finish locations. Zachary Nelson of St Paul nudged out Jacob Beste of Minneapolis to take the men's 50K (31K) skate by 1 second. Duluth's Jenna Dickson crossed first for the women's field. The 50K (31K) classic race also saw a tight finish, with Kyle Bratrud gaining a 1 second advantage over Chris Pappathopoulos for the win. Isabella Howden of Ontario gathered top honors for the women's long classic field. 23K Classic top spots went to Andy Liebner and Joan Rundman. Daniel and Lindsey Dehlin repeated their 2016 results as the top 23K Skate winners.

City of Lakes Loppet Course Update
January 25, 2017
With only a couple inches of snowfall on Wednesday, race organizers are working on developing a direct route course from the snowmaking loop to the lakes, providing roughly a 26K course for the race.

Elite Racing Weekend Recap
January 22, 2017
Mary Kozloski provides an extended recap of top international and national racing action involving Midwest skiers, covering World Cup races, SuperTour, and both Midwest and East coast collegiate racing.

Boulder Lake Ski Race Results
January 22, 2017
Over 50 skiers turned out at Boulder Lake for the 32K skate race on Sunday morning, north of Duluth. Anders Osthus edged out Zach Nelson for the men's title, as Cheryl DuBois topped the women's field. Jesse Coenen and Beth Bernhardt won the 11K skate races.

World Cup Ulricehamn: Relays
January 22, 2017
Huge crowds lined the course on Sunday in Ulricehamn, Sweden, for World Cup four-person relay races. The Canadian men scored their first relay podium in a spectacular race, taking third and narrowly missing second, as superpowers Norway and Sweden went 1-2. The US women had a solid performance, racing in the pack for second place, but was nudged off the podium as Sweden and Germany took the sprint for second behind Norway. The Us women placed 4th, with the mens squad taking 10th. Racing in Sweden continues next weekend at Falun.
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Results: Relays
CCC: Canadian Men Win Historic Bronze at World Cup Relay in Sweden
Fischer: 22nd victory on Swedish ground for Marit Bjørgen

Biathlon: US Squad Named for World Championships and Open European Championships
January 21, 2017
U.S. Biathlon announced the rosters for the upcoming IBU World Championships in Hochfilzen, Austria, beginning on Feb 6th along with the team for next week's IBU Open European Championships in Duszniki Zdroj, Poland, beginning on Jan 25th. Midwest athletes were prominent in the team composition: World Champs - Leif Nordgren; Open European Champs - Paul Schommer, Leif Nordgren, Jakob Ellingson.

Three Rivers Ski Rennet Coverage
January 21, 2017
Warm and damp conditions on the Hyland snowmaking loop Saturday for the Three Rivers Ski Rennet races. Cory Ellertson broke away on the second of four laps and skied in for the solo victory in the 26K (20K) freestyle race. Caitlin Gregg skied strongly, finishing third overall (Alex Reich second) to easily capture the women's title. In the classical marathon, both Andrew Tilman and Josie Nelson broke away early to take the victories. Full results linked in, along with some big photosets.

Lapham Loppet Results
January 21, 2017
Over 70 skiers turned out Saturday morning for SE Wisconsin racing on the snowmaking loop at Lapham Peak. Sean Straka distanced himself from the field, taking the victory by over a minute in the 8.75K freestyle event. Aniya Langjahr was the top woman, just little over 30 secs ahead of youngster Ella Reinemann.

World Cup Ulricehamn: Freestyle
January 21, 2017
An incredible performance by Canada's Alex Harvey as he won the mens 15K freestyle race Saturday in Ulricehamn, Sweden! The US women skied well with Jessie Diggins tops at 7th, Sadie Bjornsen 12th, Liz Stephen 16th, and Rosie Brennan 24th. Erik Bjornsen led the US men, notching a top 30 finish at 28th. Sunday will feature the team relays - Live streaming begins at 4:30 am CST for the womens relay, 6 am for the mens.
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Results: Freestyle 10K, 15K
CCC: Alex Harvey Wins Back-to-Back Gold at Cross-Country Skiing World Cup in Sweden
Biathlon: Quick-Shooting Bailey 10th in Antholz 20K

Nordic Spirit Race Update
January 20, 2017
Nordic Spirit Ski Race and Tour is still on for Sunday, Jan 29th! Organizers report a good 5-6" base and will reassess conditions midweek.

USSA: Strong U.S. Team Announced For World Champs
January 18, 2017
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association has named 17 athletes to the cross country team that will compete in the International Ski Federation's 2017 Nordic World Ski Championships Feb 22-Mar 5 in Lahti, Finland. 2015 World Championship silver and bronze medalists Jessie Diggins and Caitlin Gregg were named, as well as Kyle Bratrud.

Vasaloppet Course Grooming Underway
January 16, 2017
Organizers for the Vasaloppet USA report great progress on preparing the race courses for events upcoming on February 11th. With their new snowmaking operations, the race is all but guaranteed to be held on the trails. Get your registration in soon!
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Annual Vasaloppet Banquet and Fundraiser

Borah Epic Registration is Now Open
January 15, 2017
Celebrating 5-years, the Borah Epic opened its registration this weekend for the Saturday, June 3rd event. A total of 750 prized spots are available between the full and half race distances and racers are encouraged to register soon to ensure a spot.
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Chequamegon Events Filling Fast

Weekend International Racing Recap
January 15, 2017
Rolling out hopefully a new weekly segment, we welcome Mary Kozloski as she begins covering international and midwest elite racing this season. This weekend's update covers the World Cup races in Toblach, Italy, and see the attached link for Midwest elite coverage from the Seeley Hills Classic.
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Weekend Midwest Elite Racing Recap

World Cup Toblach: Team Sprints
January 15, 2017
The World Cup featured team freestyle sprints on Sunday in Toblach, Italy. Canada's Alex Harvey skied a perfect finishing stretch to easily top the mens field with partner Lenny Valjas. The US squad of Simi Hamilton and Andy Newell placed sixth. Kikkan Randall and Sophie Caldwell were the US pairing, taking 10th. Racing action moves to Sweden for the next couple rounds.
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Results: Team Sprints
USSA: Strong Team Sprint for Men
Final 2016-17 World Cup Races Moved from Russia to Canada

Seeley Hills Classic Results
January 14, 2017
The Seeley Hills Classic drew another large crowd of striders for the annual races on the Birkie trail Saturday morning. Matt Liebsch held off Krystal Kopal to take the mens 42K title with Canadian Isabella Howden pulling ahead of Elaine Nelson for the womens victory. In the 22K race, Andrew Tilman won the mens pack sprint, Kelly Skillicorn leading the way for the women.
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Snekkevik Results
Snowjourn Results

World Cup Toblach: Freestyle Sprints
January 14, 2017
The World Cup was back in action on Saturday with freestyle sprints in Toblach, Italy. Simi Hamilton rocked the mens field, first posting the 5th fastest qualifier, then reaching the mens final where it look a photo review to determine he had lost by a hair to Norwegian Sindre Bjoernestad Skar, finishing on the podium in 2nd! The US had three women in the sprint heats, but an unfortunate accident between Sophie Caldwell and Kikkan Randall in the womens semifinal took both skiers out of contention. Many of the top women skiers sat out Saturday's sprints, presumably resting for Sunday's team sprint events. The team sprints will be streamed live at 8 am CST.
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Video: NBC Sports Live Streaming
Results: Freestyle Sprints
Fischer: Matveeva and Skar claim sprint wins in Dobbiaco

Ski Jumping: Midwest 5 Hills Tour Comes to Bloomington Jan 25
January 13, 2017
International Ski Jumping hits the Twin Cities scene Wednesday evening, Jan 25th, under the stadium lights at the Bush Lake Ski Jumps in Bloomington. It will be an Olympic atmosphere featuring elite athletes from Europe, Canada and all across USA will be taking to the skies in head to head competition.

World Cup Toblach Weekend Series
January 12, 2017
The World Cup resumes this weekend with racing back in Italy at Toblach. Featured events are freestyle sprints Saturday, finals live streaming at 7:15 am CST, and an exciting freestyle team sprint event on Sunday, streaming at 8 am CST.
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Video: NBC Sports Live Streaming
Results: FIS Live Results
USSA: Pain That Never Felt So Good

CXC Marathon Cup Opener Weekend
January 12, 2017
The CXC Marathon Cup kicks off this weekend with the Seeley Hills Classic. The Marathon Cup includes six of the biggest races across the Midwest: Seeley Hills, Noquemanon, City of Lakes Loppet, Vasaloppet, American Birkebeiner, and Great Bear Chase. Awards for award groups, teams, age-indexed, and overall -- something for everyone!

BirkieTour Draws Talent Thru the Ages
January 11, 2017
BirkieTour is this Sunday, Jan 15th in Hayward. The event is a casual, open-track style event with multiple distance options, aid stations, and support. This year, joining Olympians Caitlin and Brian Gregg will be 84-year-old Hannes Larsson who will be punching his 30th Worldloppet Master title at the BirkieTour.

National Masters at the Loppet
January 11, 2017
The National Masters competition is coming to the Twin Cities this February as part of the City of Lakes Loppet Festival. Skiers 30 and over from across the US will be competing in classical and short freestyle races. All of this is a build up to next winter, when the Masters World Cup will be hosted by the Loppet.
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Masters World Cup Coming to Twin Cities in 2018

US Nationals: Classical Mass Start Coverage
January 10, 2017
Another snowy, warm day at Soldier Hollow for US Nationals as competitors raced in mass start classical races on Tuesday. In the opening mens 30K, Ben Lustgarten took the victory well ahead of David Norris and Kris Freeman, 2nd and 3rd overall. Brian Gregg less than 25 seconds off the podium in 5th. Canadians swept the junior mens 10K, Hunter Wonders the top American in 4th. Chelsea Holmes strided away with the women's 20K title, U20 star Katharine Ogden was 2nd, Caitlin Patterson 3rd, with the Midwest's Rosie Frankowski 4th and Annie Hart 6th. The final event, the junior womens race was extended to 7.5K, with Julia Kern 1st, Hailey Swirbul 2nd, and Annika Richardson (Canada) 3rd. Abigail Drach skied to 5th. Other top Midwest results: Adam Martin 11th (3rd U23), Frederik Schwencke 23rd; Xavier Mansfield 21st; Alayna Sonnesyn 14th, Deedra Irwin 18th, Nichole Bathe 19th, Felicia Gesior 23; Nicole Schneider 23rd, Kelly Koch 25th. Results linked in, along with some photos from Jackie Schneider, Karen Brown and Jennifer Brisbois.
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USSA: First Time Titlists In Championships Finale
US Nationals Points List (after 3 races)

Pre-Loppet Coverage
January 8, 2017
A busy morning again Sunday at Theodore Wirth as the Pre-Loppet featured kids races, citizen's freestyle race, and even a fat bike race. The 14K freestyle race used the newly configured snowmaking loop at Wirth, which didn't seem to slow Matt Liebsch down as he broke away on the fourth and final lap to take the victory, with Alex Reich second, Thomas Kendrick third. Kim Rudd skied off the front early on and was crowned the women's champion with second place going to Bonnie Weiskopf Albrecht and third to Kelly Skillicorn. The inaugural fat bike race took to the same course as the skiers, with Tom Puzak and Karen Bebchuk taking the 14K titles. Results linked in, along with photosets from both races.

Tour de Ski: Stage 7 Results
January 8, 2017
The Tour de Ski wrapped up Sunday with an uphill freestyle race on the slopes of Alpe Cermis, Val di Fiemme, Italy. The women's race once again was the major source of excitement as Heidi Weng crushed it, overtaking Stina Nilsson to post the fastest time and take the overall title. Finnish sensation Krista Parmakoski also caught Nilsson, moving up to second overall. Jessie Diggins had a good race, at one point almost catching Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg (4th), and went on to hold her 5th place overall. Liz Stephen posted the second fastest split for the day. Noah Hoffman moved up four places to finish 26th overall.
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Results: Freestyle 9K
Fischer: Tour de Ski dominator Sergey Ustiugov triumphates at Alpe Cermis

Borah Teamwear: Birchleggers, Get Suited Up!
January 7, 2017
Borah Teamwear is honored to continue its support of The Birchleggings Club with a special design collection created to compliment the Birkie race bibs and features race suits, jackets and accessories.

US Nationals: Freestyle 10K, 15K Coverage
January 7, 2017
US Nationals kicked off in Soldier Hollow, Utah, Saturday morning with a cold start that delayed events. In the women's 10K, Caitlin Gregg climbed back to the top of the podium, beating Chelsea Holmes by just two seconds to be crowned the women's National champion! Caitlin Patterson was third. Completing the Midwest sweep, Kyle Bratrud matched Caitlin's feat from two years ago, taking the men's victory with the only sub 35 minute time in the men's 15K. Tad Elliot and Moritz Madlender (Germany) rounded out the podium. Other top Midwest results: Rosie Frankowski 6th, Alayna Sonnesyn 27th, Annie Hart 29th; Lucy Anderson 5th U18; Brian Gregg 8th, Kevin Bolger 15th, Luke Brown 19th. Results linked in, along with photos from Jennifer Brisbois, Jackie Schneider and Karen Brown.
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USSA: Bratrud and Gregg Star in Opener

SISU Ski Fest Results
January 7, 2017
Braving some crisp January temperatures, over 500 skiers turned out for a big day of racing in the SISU Ski Fest in Ironwood, MI. Matt Liebsch skied away for a victory margin of almost two minutes in the 31K freestyle race, with Mary Beth Tuttle taking the womens title. In the classical 31K race, Andrew Brown dominated the field winning by almost nine minutes, as Ingrid Leask edged Kate Ellis for the womens victory. In the 15K skate, Ethan Kennedy and Christine Bruno posted the top times, and in the 15K classic, titles went to Nick Niemi and Emma Barnes.

Tour de Ski: Stage 6 Results
January 7, 2017
An excited day of racing in the Tour de Ski for stage 5 at the famed Val di Fiemme venue in Italy. The women's 10K mass start classical race had a little bit of everything with top skiers crashing (and recovering!) and some blowing up while others made big comebacks. The star at the end as Sweden's Stina Nilsson, who regained her Tour de Ski lead after faltering on Friday with a victory today. Jessie Diggins held strong, fighting to move up at the end and finish 8th on the day, and retaining her fifth place standing overall. Noah Hoffman was the lone US male, taking 30th on the day. Norway's Martin Johnsrud Sundby won the mens 15K event. Sunday is the final race, a 9K uphill time trial. Live streaming: 4:30 am CST for women, 8:30 am for men.
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Results: 10K, 15K Classical

Tour de Ski: Stage 5 Results
January 6, 2017
An incredible performance for stage 5 of the Tour de Ski Friday in Toblach, Italy, as Jessie Diggins and Sadie Bjornsen stood atop the podium of the women's 5K freestyle race in first and third place! The strong showing by Bjornsen pushed her into the top 10 of the Tour de Ski standings, where Diggins is currently 5th. Noah Hoffman was 25th the lead the US men's squad. The Tour de Ski heads to Val di Fiemme, Italy, for the final two events this weekend. Saturday's event is a mass start classical race. Live streaming: women's 10K at 7:30 am CST, men's 15K at 8:30 am.
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Video: NBC Sports Live Streaming, Highlights
Results: 5K, 10K Freestyle
FIS-OPA Planica Continental Cup: Double victory for team USA

US Nationals Preview
January 5, 2017
US Nationals starts this weekend and runs through Thursday, with National titles on the line as well as spots on international competition teams. We provide a brief guide on the event and a look at some of the Midwest favorites.

Pre-Loppet Adds Fat Bike Division
January 5, 2017
The Pre-Loppet will feature fat bike races this Saturday, both 17K and 8.5K races on the snowmaking trails at Wirth. The races will happen right after the morning ski races. A fat bike is being awarded to one lucky participant in either ski or fat bike race.

Tour de Ski: Stage 4 Results
January 4, 2017
Wednesday the Tour de Ski featured pursuit start freestyle races for stage 4, with skiers start times based on their Tour de Ski standing. Jessie Diggins started fifth in the 10K and held that position, as the Swedish star Stina Nilsson outsprinted Norway's best to keep her position at the top of the standings. Kikkan Randall continues to improve, moving from 19th to 10th today! Russian Sergey Ustiugov skied solo throughout the 15K race to hold off Norway's Martin Johnsrud Sundby at the head of the mens field. Canadian Alex Harvey continues to hold third overall after another solid race. Noah Hoffman is the top US male in 37th. The series now moves to Italy for the final three stages, with the next event short freestyle races Friday in Toblach. Live streaming: Mens 10K at 3:45 am CST, womens 5K at 6 am.
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Results: 10K, 15K Freestyle

Buena Vista Snowjourn Set for Jan 14th
January 3, 2017
The 37th annual Buena Vista Snowjourn races are scheduled this season for Jan 14th featuring a 12K race, along with shorter distances, on the Buena Vista trail system north of Bemidji.

SISU Ski Fest Coming this Weekend
January 3, 2017
SISu Ski Fest organizers are reporting great conditions and a field of nearly 600 skiers expected for the races this weekend.
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SISU Ski Fest: Cold Weather Plans

Tour de Ski: Stage 3 Results
January 3, 2017
Another stage in the books for the Tour de Ski, and another impressive performance by the US women. Sporting some rocket skis, Jessie Diggins and Sadie Bjornsen skied with the lead pack and took the race down to a sprint finish with Diggins just narrowly missing the victory collected by Sweden's Stina Nilsson, with Bjornsen taking 5th! Noah Hoffman led the US men in 35th. Canada had a strong showing, posting two in the top ten with Alex Harvey 4th and Devon Kershaw 10th. Racing continues Wednesday morning with freestyle pursuit races: live streaming 10K womens at 4:30 am CST, mens 15K at 5:45 am.
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Video: NBC Sports Live Streaming
Results: 10K, 20K skiathlon
Fischer: Stina Nilsson and Sergey Ustiugov triumphate in skiathlon

Cable JNQ Volunteers Needed
January 2, 2017
CXC is seeking assistance in hosting the JNQ races Jan 21-22 at the new Birkie trailhead in Cable. Plenty of interesting ways to help out, lend a hand by volunteering today.

Tour de Ski: Stage 2 Results
January 1, 2017
The New Year brought mass start classical races to the Tour de Ski for the second stage. Jessie Diggins again led the way for the US squad, skiing to an 8th place finish the in 5K womens classical. Kikkan Randall had an impressive race as well, posting 19th. Erik Bjornsen was the top American male, taking 42nd. Racing action moves to southern Germany, with a travel rest day, as the next race is Tuesday and will feature a skiathlon format. Live streaming schedule - Tuesday 5:15 am CST womens 10K, 8:15 am mens 20K.
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Results: Mass Start Classical 5K, 10K

Tour de Ski: Stage 1 Results
December 31, 2016
The Tour de Ski stage race got underway on Saturday morning in Val Mustair, Switzerland with freestyle sprint races. The US women got off to strong start as Jessie Diggins made it to the sprint finals, finishing 6th, with Sadie Bjornsen, Sophie Caldwell and Kikkan Randall all finishing in the top 25. Simi Hamilton was the top US male finishing 18th. Racing action continues Sunday, New Year's Day morning, with a pair of exciting mass start classical races: men's 10K at 6 am CST and women's 5K at 9 am.
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Results: Freestyle Sprints

Three Rivers Rennet: Price Hike and Discount
December 30, 2016
Three Rivers Rennet races are January 20-21 at Hyland Park Park and will feature cross-country races for a variety of distance and athletes, as well as a Fat Bike race. Save 20% off entry fees with a special promo code if you register by Jan 3rd!

Duluth JNQ Volunteers Needed
December 28, 2016
Duluth XC is seeking volunteers for the Junior National Qualifier races, Jan 28-29 at Marshall School. There is a wide range of openings from Friday to Sunday that weekend, please consider helping out.

Double Pole Derby Coverage
December 28, 2016
The Double Pole Derby was reborn on Wednesday as a new event featuring the new Birkie start area just southeast of Cable. Over 50 skiers turned out for a very competitive race on a 7K lap course that included part of the infamous power line section of the Birkie trail. Dan DeLestry edged out Ian Liphart for the mens victory with another Wisconsin native, Amber Olivia pulling ahead of Alayna Sonnesyn for the womens title. Results linked in, along with photosets.
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Hayward Invite Coverage


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