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Archives: 5/1/2016 to 3/28/2017

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.

Endurance United Junior Scholarship Program
March 22, 2017
For athletes interested in the D-team junior program, Endurance Athlete is offering some financial assistance (funded in part from the 55K rollerski event). Funds are limited, so get your application in today.

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.
Related:
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.
Related:
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.
Related:
Photoset: Women's 10K Classical - 261 photos, Men's 15K Classical - 247 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Classical 10K, 15K

U16 Nordic Championships Recap
March 18, 2017
Kris and Bjorn Hanson provide a recap on the recent U16 Championships in Maine, where the Midwest kids scored some top results.

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.
Related:
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.
Related:
Video: NBC Sports Live Streaming
Sprints Qualifying Women's Start List
Sprints Qualifying Men's Start List
USSA: World Comes to Quebec City

USCSA Championships Results
March 14, 2017
The St. Olaf Nordic ski teams competed at the United State Collegiate Skiing and Snowboarding Association Championships last week at Mt. Bachelor, in Bend, Oregon. The men's team took fourth overall, with Spencer WareJoncas leading the Oles with a ninth place finish in the 15K freestyle. WareJoncas and Ethan Holdahl finished in a 14th-place tie in the overall standings. The women's team had the highest finish for St. Olaf placing second of nine teams overall. Bri Paulsen led the way with a third place overall finish, including a second place finish in the 15K freestyle on Friday, where she missed an individual title by just 5.6 seconds. Paulsen was also second in the 7.5K classic, and sixth in the freestyle sprint. Daisy Richmond also placed in the top ten with sixth overall.
Related:
Results: USCSA Championships
This Week in Ole Athletics

Web Roundup
March 13, 2017
Making the Most of an Off Day - Caitlin Gregg recaps her Lahti World Championships experience, including the 30K freestyle race.
Last Three Races in Europe - Jessie Diggins reports on her final World Championship races, as well as the classic sprints in Oslo, and a new household addition.
Tour of Frankowski - Rosie Frankowski won the Tour of Anchorage last week.
Sub 2 on Track - Nike is planning to make an attempt at a sub-two hour marathon on a Formula One race track.

NCAA Championships Recap
March 13, 2017
Mary Kozloski provides a full recap on the 2017 NCAA Championships, with insights from the top Midwest skiers. Plus a summary of the Skinnyski coverage, made possible by support from a number individuals and organizations.

Junior Nationals Coverage
March 13, 2017
A full recap of our 2017 Junior Nationals coverage from Lake Placid. Thanks again to all the individuals and organizations that helped underwrite the trip!

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.

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.

U16 Nordic Championships Results
March 12, 2017
A Midwest crew of U16 skiers and support staff have been out at Titcomb Mountain, in West Farmington, Maine, competing this week in the U16 NENSA Nordic Championships. The team has scored some impressive results, including: Alice House 2nd and Lauren Lackman 3rd along with Matthew Clarke 3rd and Cooper Lennox 4th in the 5K freestyle race. In the 5K classical race, Lauren Lackman was 5th, Anni Skillicorn 8th and boys Nick Parent 7th. And wrapping things up on Sunday, the mixed relay team of Alice House, Nick House, Anni Skillicorn, and Cooper Lennox, took second place.
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Results: 5K freestyle, 5K classical, 4x3K mixed relay

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.

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

NCAA Championships: Freestyle Coverage
March 11, 2017
The NCAA Championships concluded on Saturday under some bitter cold conditions with a pair of freestyle mass start races at Jackon Ski Touring Center in Jackson, NH. Alayna Sonnesyn of Plymouth, MN, and Univ of Vermont, was once again the star on the day, skiing a strong race and hanging on in the womens 15K race until it became a race of just two, with Petra Hyncicova, Univ of Colorado, opening up the winning gap on the climb to the high point on the final lap, and winning by just over 20 seconds with Sonnesyn second, and Hyncicova teammate Christina Rolandsen taking third. The mens 20K came down to a five man pack sprint finish with Martin Bergstroem, Univ of Utah taking the victory, Mads Ek Stroem, Univ of Colorado, second and Moritz Madlener, Denver Univ, third. Adam Martin of NMU just lost contact with the lead pack and finished 6th. Other top Midwest results: Nichole Bathe, Univ of Alaska-Fairbanks, 12th; Kris Bourne, NMU, 13th; Luke Brown, Dartmouth, 9th; Kevin Bolger, Univ of Utah, 10th; Tom Bye, Michigan Tech, 14th. Results along with big photosets posted.
Related:
2017 Championship: Freestyle Recap
Northern Michigan's Martin Receives NCAA Skiing Elite 90 Award

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.
Related:
Irwin and Bratrud take victories at 37th annual UP Health System Great Bear Chase Ski Marathon

Junior Nationals: Relays Results
March 11, 2017
Junior Nationals in Lake Placid, NY, wrapped up its week run with a day of relay racing on Saturday. The team of Abby Jarzin, Hannah Rudd, and Margie Freed won the FU20 title by 10 seconds over NE, and IMD. Earning podium honors: MU16 (Schneider, Nameth, Moore) 2nd; MU18 (Sonnesyn, Acton, Golin) 3rd; FU18 (McCollor, Anderson, Maijaja) 3rd. New England won the Alaska Cup title with the Midwest finishing fourth. The LNR girls won the club championship title!

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.

Junior Nationals: Classical Coverage
March 10, 2017
The Midwest scored one of their best days yet at Junior Nationals racing classical distance events on Friday. Mara McCollor, U18, and Hannah Rudd, U20, both scored impressive podium spots, both taking third place. Other top 10 results: Margie Freed, 9th U20; Xavier Mansfield, 5th U20; Erin Moening, 8th U18, Jenna Parent, 10th U18; Luc Golin, 9th U18; Libby Tuttle, 7th U16; Peter Moore, 6th U16, James Schneider, 9th U16. Results posted, plus photos from all the races.

NCAA Championships: Classical Coverage
March 9, 2017
The NCAA Championships Nordic skiing held their classical races on Thursday at Jackson Touring Center in New Hampshire. Minnesota native Alayna Sonnesyn, Univ of Vermont, skied herself onto the podium with a third place first (first American)! Vivian Hett, NMU, was the top skier from the Midwest region, finishing 6th (2nd American). The womens champion was Petra Hyncicova of Colorado Univ. In the mens 10K, Fredrik Schwencke, NMU, was the top Midwest finisher taking 6th, and teammate Adam Martin, was 7th and the top American. Martin Bergstroem, Univ of Utah, was the mens champion. Results linked in, along with full photosets from both races.

Junior Nationals: Classical Sprints Coverage
March 8, 2017
A long, and wild, day of racing Wednesday at Junior Nationals as skiers competed in classical sprint races. Warm, sunny weather made for snowcone conditions, except for a brief snowsquall. The Midwest did well in the qualifying rounds, advancing a lot of skiers to the heats. Margie Freed, U20 girls, was the lone skier to make the sprint finals, finishing 5th.

Weekend Racing
March 8, 2017
Mar 11 Great Bear Chase - One more chance to use that Birkie fitness, plus great conditions!
Mar 11 Lappe Invite - One day, two races, at Lappe Nordic in Thunder Bay.
Check the Racing Outlook for our event updates.
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Waxing Recommendations
  

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

Junior Nationals: Freestyle Races Coverage
March 6, 2017
Competition got underway Monday at Lake Placid in the 2017 Junior Nationals with freestyle races. After some crisp temperatures over the weekend, warmer weather moved in providing very good racing conditions. While no podiums, the Midwest team scored a number of top ten performances, including: Sarah Olson, 6th U16 girls; Peter Moore, 5th U16 boys, Alex Nameth, 9th U16 boys; Luci Anderson, 5th U18 girls; Margie Freed, 6th U20 girls, Hannah Rudd, 7th U20 girls. Racing picks up again on Wednesday with classical sprints.
Related:
Wednesday Classical Sprints Qualifying Start List

NCAA Championships Preview
March 5, 2017
A brief guide to the NCAA Championships competition coming up on Thursday, March 9th and Saturday, March 11th, in Jackson, New Hampshire. A number of top Midwest juniors will be competing, including some with a very strong shot at making the podium.

Junior Nationals: Day 2
March 5, 2017
On Sunday in Lake Placid for the Junior Nationals competition, the Midwest team was able to finally ski the competition loop at the Olympic Jumping Complex. The loop consists of a very long climb from the base of the ski jumps to near the top of the jump towers, then winds back and forth before descending back to the stadium. In the evening, the opening ceremonies were held at the Olympic ice rink, known for the Miracle on Ice victory by the USA hockey team in 1980. Competition begins on Monday with the freestyle races!
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Photoset: Day 2 - Morning Ski - 105 photos, Day 2 - Opening Ceremonies - 64 photos
Photoset: Junior National Trip Photos
Freestyle Start List
Junior Nationals Preview

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

Midwest Junior Championships Coverage
March 5, 2017
Racing to avoid a final meltdown, the Midwest Junior Championships condensed their weekend racing into a single big Saturday. Photographer Jennifer Brisbois captured some of the action.

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.
Related:
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

State Meet Proposal Tabled, Spring Meeting Update
March 3, 2017
The proposal for a new Minnesota High School State Meet that would including sprints has been tabled by MSHSL (not rejected though). Efforts will now be redirected toward possible state meet venues.

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.

Junior Nationals Preview
March 2, 2017
A brief guide on the upcoming Junior National competition, March 5-11th, in Lake Placid, NY, including a look at the Midwest team.
Related:
Midwest Junior National and NENSA U16 Teams Updated
Great Lakes Junior National Team Named
2017 Cross Country Junior National Championships Moved to Olympic Jumping Complex

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

Weekend Racing
March 1, 2017
Plenty of racing action still available...
Mar 4 Pepsi Challenge - One or two laps of the Giants Ridge trail system, with conditions looking very good.
Mar 4 Sleeping Giant Loppet - Great conditions in Thunday Bay, expecting a large turnout this year!
Mar 4 River View Loppet - After Hours ski trails hold their annual spring race, with trails holding up against the warm weather.
Mar 4 Squirrel Hill Loopy Loppet - 18K freestyle or classic, or 6K mixed, all held on the trails at Minocqua Winter Park.
Mar 3-5 Midwest Junior Championships - The finale of the youth series with three days of events on the snowmaking trails at Wirth.
Check the Racing Outlook for any last minute updates we receive.
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Waxing Recommendations
  

CCSA: Midwest Skiers Earn NCAA Starts
March 1, 2017
The final rosters have been posted for Midwest skiers that will be competing at NCAA Championships next week in Jackson, New Hampshire. NMU fields full squads for both men and women, with Michigan Tech also fielding a full boys squad as well as sending two women, and St. Scholastica is represented as well.
Related:
NCAA Championships Field Announcement

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.
Related:
Results: World Champs mens classic
USSA: USA Announces Women’s Relay Team
Fischer: Silver and bronze for Martin Johnsrud Sundby and Niklas Dyrhaug

Twin Cities World Championships Relay Viewing Party
February 28, 2017
Mark Lahtinen is gathering fellow skiers (and Nordic fans) to come out Thursday, March 2nd for a viewing party of the World Championships womens relay. They will be watching the replay at noon at The Lookout in Maple Grove.

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.
Related:
Results: 10K Classical

Racing Outlook
February 27, 2017
Racing season ain't over yet! Updates on a number of Midwest races scheduled for this weekend. Put that good form to some use!

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.

Minnesota Spring High School Coaches Meeting Coming March 11th
February 27, 2017
The annual Minnesota High School Nordic Coaches Association Meeting will be held Saturday, March 11th at the Vasaloppet Center in Mora. Topics on the agenda include state meet proposal status, waxing truce, pole length, state meet banquet review, and Victor C. Dunder Award updates.

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.
Related:
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.
Related:
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.
Related:
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.
Related:
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.
Related:
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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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

Minnesota State Meet Recap
February 20, 2017
We recap the Minnesota High School Nordic Championships breaking down some numbers in the team competition and looking at the top movers, as well as fact-checking our state meet predictions.
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State Meet Lost and Found

Elite Racing Weekend Recap
February 20, 2017
Mary Kozloski recaps the weekend SuperTour/CCSA Regionals in Ishpeming and the Middlebury Carnival racing from the EISA series.
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NCAA Central Region Skiing Championships Recap

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.

Send Skinnyski Out East
February 19, 2017
With both Junior Nationals and NCAA Championships out East this March, and during the same week, we are attempting to attend both events, providing same day coverage with emphasis on the Midwest competitors. But its a major undertaking, so we are asking for your financial support to make this happen.

Midwest Junior National and NENSA U16 Teams Named
February 19, 2017
With the completion of the Junior National competition this past weekend, the Midwest Junior National and NENSA U16 Championship preliminary teams have been named. Expect some changes/additions to the list over the coming week, as some decline and U20 collegiate skiers may be added.
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2017 Junior Nationals (Lake Placid, NY)
2017 NENSA U16 Championships (Farmington, ME)

Minneapolis JNQ Classical Races Coverage
February 19, 2017
Theodore Wirth provided an oasis of snow one more time for the Minneapolis JNQ classical distance races on Sunday. The U18/U20 boys started the show at 8 am with glazed tracks - very fast conditions. The race proved to be one of the most exciting on the day as Madison's Cullen Chosy broke away on the final lap, only to be chased down by Xavier Mansfield on the final climb - an inadvertent miss of the lap vs finish lane left Mansfield soloing in for the victory. John Schwinghamer was third. Abigail Jarzin took control of the U18/U20 girls race in the final lap to take the title, Renae Anderson held with her for much of the race to finish second, with Mara McCollar third. The U16 titles went to Henry Hall and Kaelin Jackson. Results posted, along with photos from the JNQ races.

SuperTour/CCSA Regional: Classical Races Coverage
February 19, 2017
The CCSA Regional competition and SuperTour weekend wrapped up on Sunday with classical races at Al Quaal in Ishpeming. The men raced first, interval start format, and it was David Norris coming on top in the 10K event, besting NMU's Adam Martin by just under four seconds, with Matt Gelso third. In the womens 5K, Kaitlynn Miller led a Craftsbury Green sweep of the podium, with teammates Caitlin Patterson and Elizabeth Guiney second and third. NMU's Nicole Schneider was the top collegiate skier, finishing 11th. Results posted, plus photos from Jennifer Brisbois and Jackie Schneider.

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

Minneapolis JNQ Classical Sprints Coverage
February 18, 2017
After reasonable 40F weather for the morning qualifiers, temperatures soared into the upper 50s by the time the sprint heats were wrapping up at the Mayors Challenge JNQ classical sprints Saturday at Theodore Wirth. In the mens U18/U20 final, Andrew Bailey strided away on the final climb to take the win with Xavier Mansfield and Ryan Steger taking second and third. The womens U18/U20 final had Anna Johnson leading the final charge and taking the victory in front of Abigail Jarzin, with Mae Barnes edging out Renae Anderson for third. U16 titles went to Peter Moore and Isabel Seay. Results posted, along with photos from the sprint heats.

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.

SuperTour/CCSA Regional: Freestyle Races Coverage
February 18, 2017
After superTour sprint races on Friday, the skiers returned to Al Quaal Saturday morning for freestyle distance races (not a SuperTour event). Warm weather on Friday, with a drop in temperatures overnight, generated some very fast, and for at least the girls race, somewhat dangerous conditions. Julia Kern topped the womens 15K field, with NMU's Nicole Schneider second and Annika Richardson third. The mens 20K race came down to a lead pack of four and a sprint finish as Evan Palmer-Charrette took the victory with NMU's Adam Martin second, Michael Somppi third and Rogan Brown rounding out the pack. Results posted, plus photos from Jackie Schneider and Jennifer Brisbois.

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

Michigan State Championship Preview
February 16, 2017
Dan Wiitala provides a breakdown on the Michigan High School State Championships being held this weekend in Traverse City.

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

Minnesota State Meet Coverage
February 16, 2017
A beautiful morning for racing at Giants Ridge Thursday for the Minnesota High School Nordic Championships. Temperatures were in the 20s with a firm, fast skate deck for the freestyle races. Patrick Acton, Eagan, took the early lead in the boys race with a slim five second lead over Foss Kerker, Minneapolis Southwest, with Xavier Mansfield, Spring Lake Park/St.Anthony, just 15 seconds back. The northern girls rocked in the skate, with Anja Maijala, CEC, taking first, Erin Bianco, Ely, only four seconds behind, and tied in third was Anna Johnson, Mesabi East and Lucinda Anderson, Robbinsdale-Armstrong. In the boys pursuit, Mansfield came from third place to overtake Acton and Kerker for the victory, with Acton again second and Kerker third. The girls race was a near repeat of the Section 7 championship as Bianco made up the margin to Maijala and won by six seconds, with Erin Moening, St. Paul Highland Park, moving up from 7th to take third. The Ely girls pull off the upset in taking the team title, as Minneapolis Southwest repeats as boys champions. Results posted, along with over 1000 photos from the four races.
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Charlie Banks Relay Results
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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.

Minnesota State Meet Preview
February 13, 2017
The Minnesota High School Nordic Skiing State Meet is this Thursday at Giants Ridge. We've got a breakdown on meet and course info, start lists, and our annual predictions on who will be standing at the top of the podium.
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Elite Racing Weekend Recap
February 13, 2017
Mary Kozlowski reports on collegiate racing action from the Midwest (CCSA), East coast (EISA) and new this week, the Rockies/West Coast (RMISA) scene.
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Results: Northern Michigan Sweep Men’s and Women’s Podiums in Rhinelander

Skinnyski.com High School Rankings - Final
February 13, 2017
We take one last crack at trying to sort out the Minnesota High School Nordic ski rankings before the State Meet on Thursday. Kelly Koch and Xavier Mansfield remain on top along with the Mpls Southwest boys and Robbinsdale-Armstrong girls teams. Watch for our State Meet Preview (and predictions) later this week.

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.

Wisconsin State Championships Coverage
February 12, 2017
Two days of racing at the Birkie Start trailhead decided the Wisconsin high school state championships this weekend. Madison's Cullen Chosy took the boys lead after the 7K freestyle on Saturday and held it through the classical pursuit on Sunday. Lakeland's Kieran Mullen rocketed from 5th place after skate to second overall during the classical pursuit, with Jackson Alder, Ashwaubenon, moving from 8th up to third. Ashwaubenon's Abigail Jarzin dominated the girls field, taking a nearly minute lead after Saturday and expanding it to an even two minutes at the end of the classical pursuit. Wausau's Olivia Dreger held for second place with teammate Lauren Lackman moving up from fifth to third. The Lakeland boys and Wausau girls won the team titles. Results linked in, along with big photosets from the classical pursuit.

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.

Rhinelander CCSA Classical Coverage
February 11, 2017
The CCSA held a make-up classical race for the cancelled event last month, on the trails at CAVOC in Rhinelander on Saturday. NMU's Adam Martin, fresh from the World U23 Championships, took the mens 10K and Vivian Hett, also NMU, won the womens 5K. Full results linked in, photos coming tomorrow.

Glitter is Go!
February 10, 2017
Stillwater's Siri Bohacek has led an effort to allow the use of glitter at the Minnesota State Meet, which was tentatively approved on Friday!

Section 4 Coverage
February 9, 2017
Firm conditions for racers in the Section 4 Championships Thursday at Hyland Lake. Stillwater swept the team titles with rival Forest Lake taking second. In the boys individual race, Shad Kraftson held off Mounds Views Mark Ousdigian by five seconds for the victory. Forest Lake's Regan Duffy started the freestyle pursuit 16 seconds behind teammate Jenna Parent and finished ahead by five for the girls title. Results posted, plus photosets from the morning classical races.

Section 2 Coverage
February 9, 2017
Section 2 schools competed at Theodore Wirth for Thursday for the right to advance to the State Meet. Minneapolis Southwest dominated the meet with Foss Kerker and Kasia Bednarski both easily taking the individual titles, and the school sweeping the team titles. Edina took both the girls and boys second place team placings. Results linked in, photos coming tonight.

Section 7 Coverage
February 9, 2017
Racing on the State Meet course at Giants Ridge, Section 7 titles were decided on Thursday. Ely's Erin Bianco overcame an 11 second deficit to CEC Anja Maijala to take the girls title. Alex Kelling, Grand Rapids, posted the top skate and classic times to collect the boys victory. Ely girls and Grand Rapids boys won the team titles, with Duluth East taking runner up for both boys and girls. Results linked in, photos coming this evening.

Wisconsin State Championships Predictions
February 8, 2017
Ken Schoville shares with us his breakdown on the Wisconsin State Championships (high school), which is scheduled for this weekend, Feb 11-12 at the new Birkie start area.

Section 5 Coverage
February 8, 2017
Section 5 held their championship on Wednesday using the Twin Lakes and part of the snowmaking trail at Theodore Wirth for a fast single lap course. Champlin Park edged out Mora boys by a single point to take the team title, while Maple Grove bested Andover by two points for the girls title. Top ranked Xavier Mansfield, Spring Lake Park/St.Anthony, skied away from the field for the boys individual title, Champlin Park's Ian Ivens taking best of the rest. Blaine's Sarah Olson won the girls pursuit, over a minute ahead of Andover's Lauren Johnson. Results posted, along with photosets from the pursuit races.

Section 6 Coverage
February 8, 2017
While the temperatures Wednesday morning were in the single digits, bright sunshine and a very firm trail made for fast racing for the Section 6 championships at Hyland Lake. Wayzata's Anders Sonnesyn crushed the freestyle opener and held off teammate Luc Golin in the classical pursuit to top the boys field. The girls race setup for an exciting afternoon as the top four girls all started the classical pursuit within six seconds. Hopkins Renae Anderson pulled ahead of the pack to be the clear winner, with Mara McCollor coming in second. The Wayzata boys placed four in the top five to easily take the team title, with Robbinsdale-Armstrong boys besting Orono by a single point for second place. The Robbinsdale-Armstrong girls won the team title, with Hopkins a close second just three points behind. Results posted, along with photosets from the freestyle races.

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.

Section 1 Coverage
February 7, 2017
An icy early morning mist and soft conditions at Hyland on Tuesday for the Section 1 championships. Eagan's Patrick Acton spotted his teammate Ryan Steger a 15 second lead after the classical then came roaring back in the skate to take the boys individual title by just 12 seconds. Number one ranked Kelly Koch, Burnsville, hammered the girls field, taking an impressive 1:06 lead after classical and extended it to almost two minutes in the freestyle pursuit for the victory. Team titles went to the Burnsville girls and Eagan boys, with Eastview girls and Winona boys taking second. Results posted, along with photosets from the classical races.

Section 3 Coverage
February 7, 2017
Section 3 championships were held on the snowmaking loop at Theodore Wirth on Tuesday. The boys race came down to a nailbiter as St. Paul Highland Park's Harrison Pretel chased down SPA's Peter Moore during the freestyle pursuit, setting up a sprint finish which Moore won by inches. Erin Moening, Highland Park, took a lead from the morning classical race and extended it during the freestyle pursuit to capture the section title. St. Paul Highland Park swept the team titles, with St. Paul Central boys and Henry-Sibley girls earning starts at State with second place finishes. Results posted, along with photos from the freestyle pursuit races.

Section 8 Coverage
February 7, 2017
Racing in mid-winter conditions at Maplelag Resort, Section 8 held their championships on Tuesday. Kendal Hendrickson and Hunter Zupko, Little Falls skiers, dominated their respective divisions, posting the top times in both skate and classical to win the individual titles. Little Falls also qualified both their teams for State, with the girls taking first with Bemidji second, and the Little Falls boys finishing second to the team champs Brainerd. Results linked in, plus photos of the classical pursuit by Jay Richards.

CCSA: Distance Championships Recap
February 6, 2017
A recap of the CCSA Distance Championships last weekend on the trails at Michigan Tech.
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CCSA Points List Updated

Minnesota Sections Preview
February 5, 2017
The Minnesota High school Sections are this week, Tuesday thru Thursday, across the state. Read our take on each section, and review a few rules and reminders for these final meets. Note: Hyland and Wirth snowmaking trails will be occupied all three days for sections.

Skinnyski.com High School Rankings - Round 4
February 5, 2017
One last crack at the Minnesota high school rankings before sections has Kelly Koch and Xavier Mansfield still riding the top of the rankings, along with Minneapolis Southwest boys and Robbinsdale-Armstrong girls as top teams.

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

CCSA Championships - Freestyle Races Coverage
February 5, 2017
The CCSA Distance Championships held their freestyle mass start races Sunday on the trails at Michigan Tech University. In the mens race, Kyle Bratrud skied away with the 20K title, with NMU's Zak Ketterson leading the collegiate field, followed by Gaspard Cuenot, MTU, and Fredrik Schwencke, NMU. Kris Bourne had an amazing weekend: After winning the classic race on Saturday, she came back on Sunday to take the womens mass start 15K, edging out Nicole Schneider in a sprint finish. Sophie Schimpl was third, as NMU again secured the top seven places. Results linked in, photos coming by Monday afternoon.

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

City of Lakes Loppet Classical Coverage
February 4, 2017
Posting a victory over tough snow conditions, the Loppet Foundation pulled out a 6K course for the racing action on Saturday morning. Matt Liebsch never let off the gas as he hammered away from the field to take the mens classical marathon 30K event by two minutes over Chris Pappathopoulos with Krystof Kopal third. Felicia Gesior winning by almost a seven minute margin as Canadian Isabella Howden took second and Winona's Kelly Skillicorn third. In the shorter classical race, J.D. Downing and Kate Ellis claimed the titles. Results linked in, along with photosets from both races.

CCSA Championships - Classical Races Coverage
February 4, 2017
The CCSA held their distance classical championship race Saturday morning in Houghton, MI on the Michigan Tech trail system. In the womens 5K, Northern Michigan dominated the standings taking the top seven, led by Kris Bourne with Nicole Schneider just half a second behind, and Vivian Hett rounding out the top three, in the interval start event. The mens 10K Kyle Bratrud posted the top time with NMU sweeping the college podium as Fredrik Schwencke, Zak Ketterson, Samuel Elfstrom followed Bratrud. Results linked in, plus photos from Jennifer Brisbois and Jackie Schneider.

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.

U23 World Championships - Freestyle Races
February 2, 2017
The U23 skiers took to the freestyle courses on Thursday at Soldier Hollow. While Russians swept the podium in the mens 15K, led by Alexander Bolshunov, Patrick Caldwell of the US scored a top ten finishing 9th. Anna Dyvik, Sweden, took another big step forward in taking the womens 10K after winning the classical sprints earlier in the week. Midwest results on the day: Adam Martin, 22nd; Alayna Sonneson, 33rd; Nichole Bathe, 39th.
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Results: 10K, 15K Freestyle

NNF: U18 Nation's Trip Day 11/Wrap Up
February 1, 2017
The National Nordic Foundation sponsored U18 Nation's Trip wrapped up on Wednesday with flights home. Read a final recap and misc notes from the trip.

World Junior Championships - Freestyle Races
February 1, 2017
World Junior Championships on Wednesday in Soldier Hollow featured freestyle format races. Sweden's Ebba Andersson took the womens 5K victory, with American Katharine Ogden placing 5th, less than 7 seconds off the podium. Russians swept the mens 10K podium, led by Vladislav Vechkanov, with Hunter Wonders the top American at 16th.
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Results: 5K, 10K Freestyle

Coaches Association Updates
February 1, 2017
President Doug Boonstra highlights the Charlie Banks changes, standing on wax usage and pole length for the State Meet, and possible new scheduling for the annual Sprint Meeting.
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Minnesota High School All-State Academic Info

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.

U23 World Championships - Classical Sprints
January 31, 2017
On Tuesday it was the U23 athletes turn at classical sprints. Sweden's Anna Dyvik was the best of the womens field, winning by over 3 seconds, while Norway's Fredrik Riseth won the mens final. For the US, Cole Morgan advanced to the semifinals and Nicole Bathe was the top Midwest skier, earning a spot in the quarterfinals.
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Results: Classical Sprints

Racing Outlook
January 31, 2017
Updates on the upcoming races, including changes to the City of Lakes Loppet.

NNF: U18 Nation's Trip Day 10
January 31, 2017
The U18 Nation's Trip wrapped up their final day in Norway with a trip to a world class Nordic training facility with snowmaking and then an afternoon hike around Trondheim.

CCSA Points List Updated
January 31, 2017
The CCSA points listed has been updated with the results from last Saturday's freestyle races in Duluth.

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

NNF: U18 Nation's Trip Day 9
January 30, 2017
Day 9 of the U18 Nation's Trip visited two legends: the Meraker ski area and Olympic gold medalist and World Championship Frode Estil.

Duluth Invite/JNQ Freestyle Race Coverage - Day 2
January 29, 2017
Day 2 of racing at Duluth Marshall was again on skate skis, with conditions not allowing for classic tracks to be set. In the 10K, Patrick Acton notched the top U18 time and the fastest time of the field. Jack Christianson was the fastest U20 male, and Kyle Marshall posted the best collegiate result. The U16 5K field was led by Peter Moore, just seconds in front of Saturday's 5K champ, James Schneider. Abigail Jarzinen skated the fastest women's 10K of the day and led the U18 category. Dottie Anderson was the top U20 skier with Carolyn Lucca topping the collegiate field. The U16 women's race gave top honors to Sarah Olson.
Related:
CCSA: Duluth Hilltop Invite Recap

World Juniors/U23 Championships Begin Monday
January 29, 2017
The World Juniors/U23 Championships begin this Monday, Jan 30th and run through Feb 5th. The events are being held in Soldier Hollow, Utah, and this year, NNF is offering a livestream option!

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.

NNF: U18 Nation's Trip Day 8
January 29, 2017
The Junior Nordic Competition (U18 Nations) wrapped up on Sunday with a pair of exciting relay races. The team will be spending two more days in Norway, skiing and sightseeing, before flying back home.
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Photoset: Relays

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.
Related:
Results: Freestyle Sprints

NNF: U18 Nation's Trip Day 7
January 28, 2017
The second day of racing on the U18 Nation's trip featured freestyle 5K and 10K events, with the US team scoring a number of top twenty results.
Related:
Photoset: Freestyle Races

Duluth Invite/JNQ Freestyle Race Coverage
January 28, 2017
Duluth's Marshall School played host to this weekend's JNQ, starting with individual start skate competition on Saturday. Nicole Schneider and James Schneider made the 5K race a family affair, snagging the top female and male spots of the day. The fastest 10K boys time went to Gaspard Cuenot of Michigan Tech.

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.

NNF: U18 Nation's Trip Day 6
January 27, 2017
Racing action finally got underway for the U18 Nation's Trip with classical sprints Friday evening in Norway. The US squad qualified nearly all of the team for the sprint heats, with two boys advancing to the semifinals before getting bumped out. Saturday will feature freestyle distance races.
Related:
Photoset: Classical Sprints

NNF: U18 Nation's Trip Day 5
January 26, 2017
The U18 Nation's trip in Norway started to heat up on Thursday as skiers and coaches made their final preparations for the first races - classical sprints - on Friday evening.

World Cup Falun Series
January 26, 2017
The World Cup moves to the famed venue in Falun, Sweden this weekend. Saturday will be freestyle sprints, Sunday long distance classical mass start events. Live streaming on NBC Sports, starting with heats Saturday morning at 6:15 am CST, with mens 30K at 4:15 am and womens 15K at 7:15 am on Sunday.
Related:
World Cup Falun Website
World Cup Falun Facebook Page

Birkie Race Change Deadline is Friday Afternoon
January 26, 2017
If you need to make changes to your Birkie/Korte race, Friday is your last chance -- the opportunity closes at 4 pm.

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.

NNF: U18 Nation's Trip Day 4
January 25, 2017
The U18 Nation's trip skiers were back on snow in Norway Wednesday morning, then headed north in the afternoon for an adventure along the fjord. Official training opens Thursday, first races are Friday evening!

NNF: U18 Nation's Trip Day 3
January 24, 2017
The first full day in Norway, the U18 Nations trip skiers got some on-snow time at the race venue, Knyken Skisenter.
Related:
Live Coverage of Jr/U23 World Championships, Exclusively on NNF TV

Skinnyski.com High School Rankings - Round 3
January 24, 2017
The Cable area JNQ races last weekend provided some better comparison data for us to take another crack at the individual and team rankings for Minnesota High School Nordic skiing. No changes at the top, as Xavier Mansfield and Kelly Koch hold the individual rankings, with Mpls Southwest boys and Robbinsdale-Armstrong girls in charge.

Racing Outlook
January 24, 2017
A number of races are depending on snow Wednesday for their final decisions, follow the Racing Outlook for our latest updates.

NNF: U18 Nation's Trip Underway
January 23, 2017
Athletes from across the US made their two day journey (with time changes) Sunday-Monday to Orkdal, Norway, for the Junior Nordic Countries Competition (U18 Nations Trip). LNR has coach Chris Harvey acting as team leader, and rising Robbinsdale-Armstrong star Lucy Anderson is one of athletes that will be competing this weekend.
Related:
USSA: Utah Venues Ready For World Championships

CCSA: Birkie Trailhead Recap
January 23, 2017
A full recap on the collegiate racing action last weekend at the Birkie trailhead.

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.

Cable JNQ/CCSA Freestyle Race Coverage
January 22, 2017
Another slugfest on Sunday as skiers took to the trails at the new Birkie start area for mass start freestyle races under warm, soft conditions. In the mens 20K, Gaspard Cuenot, MTU, pulled ahead to take the victory followed closely by NMU's Adam Martin and Fredrik Schwencke. In the womens 15K, Nicole Schneider, NMU, broke away from the field to win by just over 30 seconds with Felicia Gesior, CXC, and Sophie Schimpl, NMU, rounding out the podium. Erin Moening returns to form to take the junior girls 10K in a near photo finish over Mara McCollor, with Abigail Jarzin third. Xavier Mansfield resumed top shelf for the boys, William Keker and Patrick Acton coming in 2nd and 3rd in the 10K. U16 titles went to Olivia Dreger and Noah Bodewes. Results linked in, along with photos from Jennifer Brisbois and Jackie Schneider.

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.
Related:
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 Rennet High School Results
January 21, 2017
Will Robertson reports: Slushy conditions on Friday didn't deter skiers from the Three Rivers High School Rennet at Hyland. The event included a mass start 6K skate and mass start 6k classic for both boys and girls. Winona senior Logan Swenson skied away from the pack to take the boys' classic race by almost 30 seconds while Chan-Chaska freshman Nicholas Scheller pulled away in the final kilometer to take the skate title. On the girls' side, eighth-grader Brianne Brewster (Lakeville South) skied to a commanding 30-second victory in the skate race while Prior Lake senior Gabi Brinkley got the victory in the classic race. St. Paul Highland Park took home the team titles for both the boys and girls race.

Cable JNQ/CCSA Classical Race Coverage
January 21, 2017
Like most of the region, the trail conditions at the new Birkie start were warm and wet for the JNQ/CCSA classical races on Saturday. In the men's 10K, Adam Martin topped the field, over 30 seconds ahead of teammate Fredrik Schwencke with Kyle Bratrud third. Luc Golin from Wayzata HS had an impressive day taking 8th overall as the top junior! Felicia Gesior, CXC, bested the women's field with NMU's Vivian Hett and Nicole Schneider finishing 2-3 (NMU gals took 8 of the top 10 places). A great performance by Ashwaubenon's Abigail Jarzin, taking 8th overall and posting the fastest juniors time in the 5K race. Results linked in now, photos coming later tonight.

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.
Related:
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.

World Cup Ulricehamn Weekend Series
January 19, 2017
The World Cup moves to Sweden this weekend for a pair of races: Saturday's events are 10K and 15K freestyle races, then Sunday brings another shot at the four person relay! NBC Sports Live streaming on Saturday begins at 3:30 am CST for womens 10K, and 7 am for the mens 15K.
Related:
Video: NBC Sports Live Streaming
World Cup Ulricehamn Website
World Cup Ulricehamn Facebook

CCSA: U.S. Cross Country National Championships Recap
January 19, 2017
The Central Collegiate Ski Association (CCSA) has posted a recap on Midwest collegiate performances at US Nationals last week.

Weekend Racing
January 18, 2017
Jan 21-22 Cable JNQ/CCSA - Two days of racing at the new Birkie start area, both junior and collegiate racing.
Jan 21 Three Rivers Rennet - Premiere racing at Hyland, offering both 10K and 26K distance races.
Jan 21 Laphap Loppet - Fundraiser for Lapham Peak, and a major event on the southern circuit.
Jan 22 Landgraf at St. Johns - Rare opportunity to race on the trails at St. John's University in Collegeville.
Jan 22 Boulder Lake Ski Race - Groomed up and ready to go, 11K and 32K races just north of Duluth.
There are also fat bike races at Hyland and Seeley (postponed!) this weekend.   Check the Racing Outlook for our latest race updates, especially with the warm weather on tap.
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BNS: Three Rivers Rennet Wax Service, Testing Notes
Waxing Recommendations
  

Price Hike: Nordic Spirit
January 18, 2017
Duluth's big Nordic Spirit ski race is coming up on Sunday, January 29th. The event features 14K classical and 14K, 26K freestyle races. The final price hike is coming on January 21st, so register by Friday night!

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.

CCSA Points List Posted
January 17, 2017
The CCSA has released the points listed through Jan 10th. NMU's Adam Martin and Vivian Hett led the way.

Skinnyski.com High School Rankings - Round 2
January 16, 2017
It's about time! Finally, we crank out a new set of Minnesota High School Nordic Ski rankings. Kelly Koch takes over the girls top position with Xavier Mansfield holding on tight for the boys.

Web Roundup
January 16, 2017
Post Tour-de-Ski Party - Jessie Diggins recaps her amazing Tour de Ski performance, including that brutal final hill climb, and the recovery afterward.
Middle of the Ride - Annie Hart details her US Nationals experience, providing some great inside info and take-aways from week. 
Now and Then - ABR posted a cute feature on a group of young skiers that visited their trails back in 2009, and returned on Monday, eight years later.
Recovery Camp - Noah Hoffman posted a cool video featurette on the US Ski team, including Jessie Diggins, recovering in Italy from the Tour de Ski.
Training in Tough Conditions - Finn Sisu posted an article by Jim Carlen on training in less-than-perfect conditions.

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!
Related:
Annual Vasaloppet Banquet and Fundraiser

USSA: USA Names U23 Cross Country Worlds Team
January 16, 2017
USSA has named a team of 10 athletes to represent the USA in the upcoming Under 23 Cross Country World Championships, to be held Jan 30-Feb 5 at Soldier Hollow in Utah. Midwest athletes earning their place on the team include Adam Martin, NMU, Alayna Sonnesyn, UVM, and Nichole Bathe, UAF.

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.
Related:
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.
Related:
Weekend Midwest Elite Racing Recap

Iola Invite Results
January 15, 2017
John Burke reports: The Iola Skate Invite was held Sunday at the Iola Winter Sports Club and unveiled a new challenging course for the varsity skiers, drawing some rave reviews from the skiers and coaches alike. For the boys, Lakeland and Ashwaubenon fought to a tie in the team competition but Lakeland prevailed on tie-breaker criteria. They were led by Luke and Noah Bodewes in 4th and 5th place and Kav FitzPatrick rounded out their team scoring in 7th place. The individual winner was Cullen Chosy who easily outdistanced the field to take the race. Two Ashwaubenon skiers finished in the next two spots with Jackson Adler beating his teammate, Timothy Spaulding for second. For the ladies, the Wausau Nordic United team continued their winning ways but it was a tight competition for second with three teams within a point of each other. Abby Jarzin of Ashwaubenon won the girls race with Olivia Dreger of Wausau Nordic United and Isabel Seay of Peak Nordic following in 2nd and 3th place.

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.
Related:
Results: Team Sprints
USSA: Strong Team Sprint for Men
Final 2016-17 World Cup Races Moved from Russia to Canada

Mesabi East Invite Results
January 14, 2017
After being postponed by a week due to cold weather, the Mesabi East Invite went off Saturday afternoon at Giants Ridge using a condensed interval start format. Wayzata boys took the team title ahead of Stillwater and Mora; a strong Stillwater girls squad topped the field with Mesabi East and Forest Lake rounding out the top three. Taking the freestyle titles were Mitch DeLong, Copper Country (Michigan), and Stillwater's Libby Tuttle. Striding to classic victories were Luc Golin, Wayzata, and Hannah Bettendorf, Proctor. Even with the rescheduled date, more than 750 skiers turned out.

ABC Relays Coverage
January 14, 2017
ABC Relays drew over 250 skiers for some fast racing on the snowmaking trails at Theodore Wirth Saturday morning. Armstrong boys and Henry-Sibley girls won the relay titles. Posting top splits: Ben Olson boys classic, Tres Green boys freestyle; Lucy Anderson girls classic, Dottie Anderson girls freestyle. Results posted along with photosets.

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.
Related:
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.
Related:
Video: NBC Sports Live Streaming
Results: Freestyle Sprints
Fischer: Matveeva and Skar claim sprint wins in Dobbiaco

Pioneer Midwest: Fulton Brewing Team Event
January 14, 2017
There will be a special Fulton Brewing Team Event at the Pioneer Midwest sponsored Elm Creek races on Wednesday, January 18th. Teams are composed of three skiers (or more) and must represent both genders.

USSA: Junior World Cross Country Team Named
January 13, 2017
Twelve cross country ski racers have been named to the team that will represent the USA at the Junior World Championships Jan 30-Feb. 5 at the Soldier Hollow Nordic Center. The team is missing a Midwest representative for the first time in quite a while -- Minnesotan Abigail Drach tied for the final women's position, but lost out on the tiebreaker.
Related:
Nordic Combined: USA Names Junior World Champs Combined Team
Junior Nordic Countries Competition (U18) Team Named
U18/World Juniors/U23 Trip - Nominations
U18/World Juniors/U23 Trip - Final Teams

Three Rivers Rennet Registration Deadline
January 13, 2017
Planning on racing in the Three Rivers Rennet on Jan 21st at Hyland? Registration closes on Monday night, Jan 16th, so don't delay.

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.
Related:
Video: NBC Sports Live Streaming
Results: FIS Live Results
USSA: Pain That Never Felt So Good

US Nationals: Freestyle Sprints
January 12, 2017
The racing action at Soldier Hollow on Thursday wrapped up with freestyle sprint qualifiers. This final event was not considered part of the championships, but held as a part of selection criteria for the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships. Posting top times on the day were Dahria Beatty (Canada), Hannah Halvorsen, and Caitlin Gregg for the women, and Jesse Cockney, Julien Locke, and Knute Johnsgaard, all Canadians, were top three men. Logan Hanneman was the first American, finishing 4th.

Price Hikes
January 12, 2017
Feb 18-19 Gatineau Loppet - The largest international ski race in Canada has their next price jump coming on Jan 16th.
Mar 4 Pepsi Challenge
- The popular Pepsi Challenge ski races at Giants Ridge, March 4th, will be having their next price hike on Jan 16th.

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.

Weekend Racing
January 11, 2017
Jan 14 Seeley Hills Classic - One of the premiere classical races of the season, held on the Birkie trail.
Jan 14 Snekkivik - Nine Mile should have great conditions for the 12K and 24K races.
Jan 14 ABC Relays - Four person relay teams racing the snowmaking loop at Theodore Wirth.
Jan 14 Mesabi East Invite - After being postponed due to cold weather, the massive high school race is on.
Jan 14 Snowjourn - Check out part of the Finlandia course with 12K classic and freestyle races.
Jan 15 Pine Valley Skidaddle - Short-notice race on the Pine Valley trails in Cloquet.
Jan 16 MLK Ski Race - Short-notice race at Elm Creek Monday morning.
Check the Racing Outlook for the latest event updates.
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Waxing Recommendations
  

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.
Related:
Masters World Cup Coming to Twin Cities in 2018

Web Roundup
January 10, 2017
Forged in Iron - Ironwood, MI, and its ties to skiing is featured in Silent Sports magazine.
Hat Trick - Jessie Diggins 5K freestyle victory in the Tour de Ski made it three 5K skate victories in a row, making her only the second woman in history to perform that feat.
Fastest Woman - Pedaling at 140 mph?  Denise Mueller's record setting cycling speed record covered by the Wall Street Journal.
Android Bike - LeEco showcased an Android powered road bike at the CES 2017 show.
Weekender - Can you put off your workouts til the weekend?  And is it anywhere near as beneficial as regular workouts?

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.
Related:
USSA: First Time Titlists In Championships Finale
US Nationals Points List (after 3 races)

Price Hike: City of Lakes Loppet
January 10, 2017
The City of Lakes Loppet Festival coming up, Feb 3-5, has their next price hike coming midnight this Wednesday, January 11th!
Related:
Press Release: City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival Prices Increase

Racing Outlook
January 9, 2017
Updates on upcoming races: Mesabi East, Elm Creek series, HinderBinder, ABC Relays and a new short-notice race in Cloquet!

US Nationals: Classical Sprints Coverage
January 8, 2017
A day of ups and downs at US Nationals Sunday as the weather threw a curveball, bringing in damp conditions that made kick waxing difficult, and glazed the trails for some fast conditions. A number of skiers took spills, resulting in some wide variations in the results. The men's senior finals saw another Midwest native, Kevin Bolger, collect a national title as sprint champion! NMU's Fredrik Schwencke made it to the finals as well, finishing 6th. Jennie Bender won another womens title. Annie Hart skied strong, making the women's final and finishing 5th. Wayzata native and NMU skier Nicole Schneider qualified for the junior sprints and rode that all the way to the final, taking the junior girls title! Canadian Ryan Jackson won for the junior boys. Other top Midwest results: Ben Saxton top qualifier, mens quarterfinals, Andrew Egger and Luke Brown mens quarterfinals; Rosie Frankowski, Felicia Gesior, Nichole Bathe, womens quarterfinals; Zak Ketterson and Will Bodewes junior men quarterfinals; Abigail Jarzin, junior girls quarterfinals. Results linked in, plus photos from Jackie Schneider and Karen Brown.
Related:
US Nationals Points List (after 2 races)
USSA: Bolger and Bender Take Wet Classic Titles

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.
Related:
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.

Loppet Invite Coverage
January 7, 2017
The Loppet Invite gave a test drive to a possible new State Meet format on Saturday morning at Theodore Wirth. The day started with team sprint semi-finals, then classical 5K and freestyle 5K, before finishing with the team sprint finals. Krista Holmstrom, Burnsville, and Ryan Steger, Eagan, won the classical races, Sarah Olson, Blaine, and Patrick Acton, Eagan, were the skate champs. Minneapolis Southwest swept the sprint relay finals. Results linked in, along with some big photosets.

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.
Related:
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.
Related:
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.

Mesabi East Invite Postponed to Jan 14th
January 5, 2017
Due to forecast cold weather, the Mesabi East Invite scheduled for this Saturday has been rescheduled to next Saturday, Jan 14th. Teams will need to re-register for the event.

Weekend Racing
January 4, 2017
A big weekend on tap...
Jan 7 SISU Ski Fest - Point-to-point races from ABR to downtown Ironwood, including 31K and 15K distances.
Jan 7 Mesabi East Invite - Postponed! The largest one day high school Nordic race in the Nation with nearly 1000 skiers expected.
Jan 7 Loppet Invite - A possible new State Meet format will be put to the test at Wirth.
Jan 8 Pre-Loppet - Tune-up for the City of Lakes Loppet with some laps on the new snowmaking layout at Wirth.
With cold weather expected for the weekend, check the Racing Outlook for the latest event updates.
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SISU Ski Fest is On!
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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.
Related:
SISU Ski Fest: Cold Weather Plans

Racing Outlook
January 3, 2017
Adjustments are already being made for possible cold weather this weekend -- check the Racing Outlook for the latest race updates.

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.
Related:
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.

NNF Announces $106K in Cross-Country Ski Funding
January 2, 2017
The National Nordic Foundation is excited to kick off the New Year by announcing $106,000 in cross-country funding, allocated by the Board of Directors for five different winter 16/17 Pillar Projects. Projects include the U18 Nordic Junior Countries Championship, U23/World Junior Skiing Championships, addition US Ski Team support for World Cup and World Championships, and live streaming coverage of the U23/World Juniors.

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

New Years Day Opportunities
December 31, 2016
Race registration for a couple of big events opens on New Years Day...
Sep 16 Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival - The big race always fills up, don't delay registering!
Sep 29-30 Birkie Trail Run - The big trail run just keeps getting bigger - 5K up to ultra marathon distances.

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

Biathlon: Teams Named for Youth/Junior International Competition
December 30, 2016
The U.S. Biathlon International Competition Committee has announced the Youth (U19) and Junior (U21) Biathlon World Championship Team, as well as the team for the IBU Junior Cup and the IBU Junior European Championship. Several Minnesota athletes earned team selections: Amanda Kautzer, Vasek Cervenka, Siena Ellingson, and Cameron Christiansen.
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USSA Formalizes Training Partnership Programs

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!

Tour de Ski
December 29, 2016
The international racing scene turns to the Tour de Ski event, an eight event stage race from Dec 31st to Jan 8th covering venues in Switzerland, Germany and wrapping up in Italy. The US Ski Team is fielding a team of six women and three men, including Minnesota's own Jessie Diggins. All the events will be streaming on NBC Sports online. The first race is this Saturday, Dec 31st, is freestyle sprints with the finals airing at 7:50 am CST.
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Video: NBC Sports Live Streaming
USSA: Veteran Lineup For Tour de Ski

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

Winter Warmup Coverage
December 24, 2016
A huge crowd Saturday morning for the inaugural Winter Warmup races at Elm Creek made for stock-car-style racing as the 10K and 5K fields overlapped. Kyle Marshall out sprinted Nick Gardner for the mens 10K title as Forest Lake high school star Regan Duffy won the womens division. Abigail Drach crushed the 5K race, posting the top time overall with Matt Omann taking second as the top male. Full results and large photoset posted.

SISU Ski Fest Update
December 23, 2016
Organizers are reporting great conditions for the upcoming Sisu Ski Fest races in early January and warn skiers that they are approaching field limits for both races, so register soon (and avoid the next price hike on Dec 29).

Great Bear Chase: Winter Has Arrived
December 21, 2016
The Great Bear Chase organizers are reporting great snow conditions with over four feet of snow already this season! Their latest update highlights the great snow conditions, offers suggestions on lodging, and mentions some of the improvements they've implemented for the race this season. Register now, before the Jan 1st price hike!

Biathlon: January 2017 World Cup and IBU Cup Teams Announced
December 20, 2016
U.S. Biathlon's International Competition Committee has announced the rosters for the first World Cup and IBU Cup events of 2017. A number of Midwest skiers have made the cut: Siena Ellingson, Paul Schommer and Jake Ellingson. Leif Nordgren is sitting out the World Cup roster due to health reasons.

SEC Conference Meet Coverage
December 20, 2016
The powerhouse SEC conference held their first battle of the season on Tuesday at Elm Creek. Shad Kraftson, coming off just one day of rest from the weekend JNQs, still managed to pull ahead in the freestyle portion of the 10K skiathlon format event to take the victory for Stillwater. Siri Bohacek, Stillwater, controlled the girls skiathlon from the opening 500 meters and won the girls race by just over 15 seconds. Both team titles also went to Stillwater. Results and photos posted.

Skinnyski.com High School Rankings - Round 1
December 19, 2016
With the opening JNQ, and not much other data to work with, we take a crack at our first round of in-season rankings. Xavier Mansfield and Erin Moening still hold the top spots, but there has already been some shuffling in the top ten individuals.

DXC: Birkie/Korte Bus
December 19, 2016
Looking for a stress-free Birkie experience? Duluth XC is offering a bus ride directly to the start line of the Birkie, and return trip from downtown Hayward. And with the new Korte date, they've added a bus trip for that event too. Reserve your spot now, space is limited.

Houghton CCSA/JNQ: Freestyle Distance Coverage
December 18, 2016
Another snowy day in Houghton with very crisp temperatures as skiers raced in freestyle distance events for the JNQ/CCSA series on Sunday. In the mens 15K, Kyle Bratrud returned to top form taking the title just ahead of Adam Martin, NMU, with Zak Ketterson, also NMU, third. In the womens 10K, Annie Hart completed the weekend sweep dominating the womens race, as Abigail Drach edged out Vivian Hett, NMU, for second place. In the best of the high school racers, Xavier Mansfield was 7th overall for the boys with Abigail Jarzin 9th for the girls. In the U16 races, Sarah Olson and James Schneider led the field.

World Cup La Clusaz: Relays
December 18, 2016
Period 1 of the World Cup wrapped up Sunday morning with a pair of relay races in La Clusaz, France. The US squad has been hobbled by illness, with the US women missing key figures in Jessie Diggins and Sadie Bjornsen, and the US men not fielding a relay team. Norway swept the relay titles, as the Norwegian women won handily while the men's race came down to a sprint finish with Finn Haugen Krogh taking the win by .2 seconds over Russia. The elite racers will be on a holiday break, picking action again on New Years eve with the start of the Tour de Ski.
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Results: Relays

Skinny Santa Solstice Coverage
December 17, 2016
Braving cold temperatures and icy roads, over 20 skiers turned out Saturday morning at Woodland trails in Elk River for Skinny Santa Solstice race. Matt Liebsch sailed away with the mens victory with Pioneer Midwest teammates Andy Brown and Joel LaFrance completing the podium sweep. Emily Flynn topped the womens field. Photos and results posted.

Houghton CCSA/JNQ: Classical Sprints Coverage
December 17, 2016
With fresh snowfall the weekend JNQ/CCSA series opened Saturday with classical sprint events. As expected, Northern Michigan dominated the tally board, but it was a pair of Midwest seniors from SMS, Ben Saxton and Annie Hart that captured the sprint titles with freshman Zak Ketterson and sophmore Sarah Bezdicek taking second and top collegiate honors. In the U20/U18 JNQ sprint final, Jack Christianson, CSS, pulled away from the field for the boys victory while Jenna Parent, Nordicwerks, topped a tough field for the gals. In the U16 final, Henry Hall beat Noah Bodewes by a hair (photo) and Leah Rudd won an all-LNR final for the girls.

World Cup La Clusaz: Freestyle Mass Start
December 17, 2016
The World Cup on Saturday featured mass start freestyle races on a tight ribbon of snow in La Clusaz, France. Norway's women stacked the podium with Heidi Weng winning over teammates Marit Bjoergen and Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg after 10K of racing. The top American woman was Rosie Brennan in 22nd. In the men's 15K competition, Norway's Finn Haagen Krogh and Martin Johnsrud Sundby held off Russian Alexander Legkov who finished 3rd. The top American male finisher was Erik Bjornsen in 20th. The US team has been hit hard with illness this week, leaving athletes such as Jessie Diggins and Sadie Bjornsen off the start line and some uncertainty over the lineup for Sunday's relay race.
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Results: 10K, 15K Freestyle
Biathlon: Dunklee 4th in Nove Mesto Pursuit; Bailey 9th in Men's Race
Fischer: Krogh beats Sundby in the final stretch

Biathlon: Dunklee Takes Bronze in Nove Mesto Sprint
December 16, 2016
Clean shooting and fast skiing by Susan Dunklee put her on the podium and just over five seconds from claiming the gold medal, taking third place, in Friday's women's 7.5-kilometer sprint at the IBU World Cup 3 in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic.
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Video: Biathlon Eurovision Live Streaming

Price Hike: Three Rivers Rennet
December 15, 2016
The Three Rivers Rennet and Fat Bike Race, coming up on Jan 20-21, both have price hikes coming up! Register before Dec 19th to save some cash.

Two Days of Holiday Racing in Hayward
December 15, 2016
The American Birkebeiner is supporting local community racing by featuring two days of racing in the Hayward area this holiday break. Action starts on Tuesday, Dec 27 with Spooner high school races, then continues Wednesday, Dec 28 with both high school and college/citizen races up at the new Birkie start area in Cable.

World Cup La Clusaz Weekend Series
December 15, 2016
Winding down Period 1 of the World Cup series, the racing action moves to another snow sparse venue -- La Clusaz, France. Organizers have laid down a ribbon of snow and changed event formats to accommodate. Saturday is now an exciting mass start freestyle race, and Sunday puts a cap on the racing action with relay races! Live streaming will be available again on NBC Sports, times for the Midwest (CST) are: Saturday womens 10K freestyle 4:15 am, mens 15K 6:30 am; Sunday mens 4x7.5K relay 5:30 am, womens 4x5K relay 8 am. (Photo: Salomon Nordic)
Related:
Video: NBC Sports Live Streaming, World Cup La Clusaz Teaser
Results: FIS Live Results
Race Program
La Clusaz Race Website
La Clusaz Facebook
FIS: Cross Country skiers head to France

Weekend Racing!
December 14, 2016
The weekend racing action turns on full-stream ...
Dec 17-18 Houghton CCSA/JNQ - Collegiate and junior skiers will race for top honors on the trails at Michigan Tech.
Dec 17 Skinny Santa Solstice - Elk River is hosting citizen and high school races this weekend, hoping to use the Woodland trail system.
As usual, check our Racing Outlook for the latest race updates.
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Elm Creek Results Posted
December 14, 2016
The Elm Creek Wednesday night race series got off to a chilly reception with temperatures around zero and windchills much cooler. Andy Schakel and Andrea Potyondy-Smith were the freestyle victors on the evening.

Metro East Conf Results
December 14, 2016
Scoring the first conference racing results of the season, Metro East skiers competed Tuesday at Lake Elmo in a 5.6K freestyle event. Jamie Herridge, Henry-Sibley, dominated the field with a time of 17:31! Trevor Caflisch, Hastings, posted the best boys time at 18:40. St. Thomas boys and Henry-Sibley girls won the team scoring.
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More High School Results

High School Coaches: Review our Guide for Submitting Race Results for tips and suggestions in compiling and submitting your results.

Vasaloppet Commits to the Trail
December 13, 2016
Vasaloppet USA has announced the end of the lake race! They now have a viable backup trail course with their new snowmaking capabilities to ensure they will not need to run the race on a lake in the future. And of course, with good snowfall the race will still run point-to-point, from Warman to downtown Mora.

Web Roundup
December 12, 2016
Erin's Guide to Injuries - Minnesota junior star Erin Moening shares some details on her shoulder injury and lessons learned.
Davos Diva - Jessie Diggins recaps her exciting week in Davos, including two top 5th World Cup finishes!
I Like to Party - Paul Schommer post a big update on his training and racing over the last month
17 for Jake
- Fasterskier interviews Minnesota native Jake Brown as he pursues a possible career with US Biathlon.
Mamas on Tour - FIS Inside the Fence looks at the new parents on the World Cup circuit this season.
Tonga Olympic Bid - Tonga's Olympic Taekwondo fighter is making plans to medal in Nordic skiing at the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Off Course - A half marathon trail runner goes off course and gets lost... for 12 hours.
Silly HR - Silly putty as a basis for a new heart rate monitor?

Racing Outlook
December 12, 2016
Wednesday night series races are firing up in the Twin Cities and Duluth! The Houghton JNQ looks solid. Holiday Relays are in search of a venue (and/or a new date), Skinnyski Santa is banking on Friday'snowstorm.

Birkie: Year End Drive to $150K
December 12, 2016
The American Birkebeiner staff and board members are putting in $50K of their own money to help achieve a goal of raising $150K for their Phase II Capital Campaign. Help them reach this year-end goal with your contribution today!

SuperTour Sovereign Lakes: Freestyle Distance
December 11, 2016
The SuperTour series at Sovereign Lakes had a strong Midwest vibe on Sunday for the freestyle distance races, especially for the women. Caitlin Gregg just missed the podium taking 4th, five seconds off the third place, with a resurgent Rosie Frankowski taking 6th, Deedra Irwin 9th, and Annie Hart 11th. Chelsea Holmes won the womens 10K, just 13 seconds ahead of top US development junior skier Katharine Ogden. In the mens 15K, Brian Gregg also notched a 4th place finish, with Kyle Bratrud 8th. Scott Patterson was the top gun.
Related:
Results: 10K, 15K Freestyle

UP Open Classical Results
December 11, 2016
Vivian Hett and Adam Martin led Northern Michigan as the Midwest collegiate skiers competed in 5K and 10K classical races on the trails at Michigan Tech on Sunday morning.

World Cup Davos: Freestyle Sprints
December 11, 2016
The World Cup on Sunday in Davos, Switzerland, featured freestyle sprint races. Minnesota native Jessie Diggins wrapped up a great weekend advancing all the way to the finals where she eventually finished 5th. Sophie Caldwell was skiing for a possible finals position as well, but fell in the final curve. Simi Hamilton was the only American to make it to the quarterfinals. Norway's sprint queen Maiken Caspersen Falla won for the women, with Russian Sergey Ustiugov taking the mens victory.
Related:
Results: Freestyle Sprints
Fischer: Falla and Ustiugov win free sprints

UP Open Freestyle Results
December 10, 2016
Michigan Tech University hosted the Midwest's collegiate opening series this weekend, with skiers from Northern Michigan and Green Bay joining the fray. Sophie Schimpl and Adam Martin, NMU, took the 5K and 10K freestyle race titles.

SuperTour Sovereign Lakes: Classical Sprints
December 10, 2016
The SuperTour series crossed the border racing at Sovereign Lakes (Silver Star, BC) this weekend. Saturday was classical sprints. One of the US top development skiers, Julia Kern, won the womens 1.2K sprints while Reese Hanneman won for the men. Ben Saxton had another solid day of racing, taking the podium in 3rd and Annie Hart made it to the B finals. Top Midwest qualifying results: Felicia Gesior 2nd, Anne Hart 11th, Caitlin Gregg 15th, Deedra Irwin 21st; Ben Saxton 3rd.
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Results: Qualifiers, Heats

World Cup Davos: 15K, 30K Freestyle
December 10, 2016
Using the man-made snow loops at Davos, Switzerland on Saturday morning, the World Cup held womens 15K and mens 30K freestyle races. Jessie Diggins continued her strong form skiing to a 4th place finish and notching an historic best US womens finish at that distance. Liz Stephen posted a top 25 finish in 21st. Noah Hoffman was the sole American competing in the mens event, taking 44th. Norway's Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg and Martin Johnsrud Sundby won the events.
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Results: 15K, 30K, Freestyle
Biathlon: Dunklee Matches Career Best With 5th in Pokljuka Pursuit

USSA: 2017 Cross Country International Continental Cup Selection Guidelines
December 9, 2016
USSA has published their selection criteria for International Continental Cup competition later this season. The US Cross-Country Championships play a big factor in the selection, in combination with the USSA National Ranking.

World Cup Davos Weekend Series
December 8, 2016
The World Cup racing action continues this weekend as the skiers race in Davos, Switzerland in a freestyle distance races as well as freestyle sprints. Live Streaming on NBC again, start times in Central TZ: Saturday womens 15K 4 am, mens 30K 7:30 am; Sunday sprint qualifying 5 am, finals 7:30 am.
Related:
Video: NBC Sports Live Streaming
Results: FIS Live Results
World Cup Davos Website
World Cup Davos Facebook
Davos Race Program
World Anti-Doping Agency report details scope of massive Russian scheme

Chequamegon Registration Opens Jan 1st
December 8, 2016
A New Year's Resolution to get into the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival events? Registration opens Jan 1st.
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Chequamegon Awarded Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism.

CXC Year End Fundraising Drive
December 8, 2016
CXC is hoping you'll show your support this holiday season with a donation to their year-end fundraising driving. This is a 1:1 challenge grant, so if they can raise $30,000 they'll get a dollar for dollar match from generous benefactors.

Weekend Racing
December 7, 2016
This weekend offers the first real Midwest races... maybe...
Dec 10 Hoigaards Relays - Cancelled Annual Twin Cities kickoff races, but challenging snow conditions may postpone the event.
Dec 11 Minnesota Cup Biathlon - Biathlon races at Mt Itasca with an open/novice division.
Check the Racing Outlook for the latest updates on these and other upcoming events.
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Racing Outlook
December 5, 2016
We rollout the first Racing Outlook of the season with updates on the Elm Creek series and Hoigaards Relays.

Birkie Capital Campaign St. Paul Fundraiser this Thursday
December 4, 2016
The Birkie folks bring the latest news on improvements to the American Birkebeiner events and facilities, including the new start area as well as plans for a new Nordic Center at Hwy OO and much more. Come out Thursday evening, Dec 8th to O'Gara's Bar and Grill to hear all the details and support their Phase II Campaign.

SuperTour Yellowstone: Classical Distance
December 4, 2016
Sunday featured classical distance races at the Yellowstone SuperTour. Matthew Gelso completed a sweep for the men in taking today's 15K race with the Midwest's Kyle Bratrud just missing the podium by 2 seconds to finish 4th. Elizabeth Guiney won the womens 10K just ahead of junior star Katharine Ogden by less than 8 seconds. Caitlin Gregg had the top Midwest result taking 5th. Other top Midwest results: Brian Gregg 7th, Ben Saxton 8th, Kevin Bolger 14th, Annie Hart 14th, Rosie Frankowski 15th, Felicia Gesior 18th, Deedra Irwin 19th.
Related:
Results: Mens 15K Classical, Womens 10K Classical

World Cup Lillehammer: Classical Pursuit
December 4, 2016
The weekend series in Lillehammer wrapped up on Sunday with some exciting classical pursuit format races. Norway's Heidi Weng started first, based on the sprint and skate races, and never looked back, holding off challenges from her teammate Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg and rising Finnish star Krista Parmakoski to win the womens 10K. Jessie Diggins started 3rd and held on to finish 8th, Sadie Bjornsen skied up to 11th. The mens 15K proved to be a tight battle as Sweden's Calle Halfvarsson started first, but was reeled in by a big pack, led by Martin Johnsrud Sundby, Norway. Sundby kept the pace up, and burst away in the final 2K to take the victory as the rest of the pack sprinted for 2nd, Norway's U23 star Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo edging forward of Matti Heikkinen, Finland, to round out the podium. Noah Hoffman had the top US finish, posting 36th. Canada's Alex Harvey skied most of the race with the lead pack, finishing 9th.
Related:
Results: Classical Pursuit
Fischer: Martin Johnsrud Sundby triumphates at Lillehammer Triple
Nordic Combined: Fletcher Cracks Top 10 In Lillehammer Combined

SuperTour Yellowstone: Freestyle Sprints
December 3, 2016
After cancelling the SuperTour races in Bozeman, MT, scheduled for this weekend, the events were shifted south to be run on the trails at West Yellowstone. Saturday's racing action was freestyle sprint races. The Midwest had some strong results as Annie Hart finished 3rd in the womens sprint final, and Ben Saxton was 4th in the mens final. Caitlin Gregg was 8th (2nd in the B-final). Top Midwest qualifiers: Annie Hart 2nd, Ben Saxton 2nd, Caitlin Gregg 3rd, Brian Gregg 7th, Kyle Bratrud 15th, Felicia Gesior 16th, Deedra Irwin 17th.
Related:
Results: Womens Qualifying, Mens Qualifying, Junior Mens Final, Junior Womens Final, Mens Final, Womens Final

World Cup Lillehammer: Freestyle Distance
December 3, 2016
Day two of the Lillehammer World Cup featured freestyle distance races as racers took to another awesome course in full winter. Jessie Diggins rocked the podium, holding off Norway's best to take first in the womens 5K by less than 5 seconds over Heidi Weng! Sadie Bjornsen also raced well, finishing 14th, with Liz Stephen 26th. In the mens 10K, Sweden continues to show some resurgence as Calle Halfvarsson and Marcus Hellner went 1-2, just 0.8 seconds apart. Noah Hoffman skied well, finishing 33rd as the top American. Canada's Alex Harvey had another strong performance, taking 10th.
Related:
Video: NBC Sports Live Streaming
Results: World Cup Lillehammer freestyle
Biathlon: Bailey Leads Five Americans in Pursuit Qualification at Oestersund World Cup

The Great Northern
December 2, 2016
The City of Lakes Loppet is combining with the US Pond Hockey tournament and St. Paul Winter Carnival to create one big 10-day winter event called the 'Great Northern'. The idea was spawned from the popular South by Southwest event in Texas, and hopes to draw major attention to the wide range of winter activities, with an eye towards the 2018 Superbowl.
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Loppet to Host the 2017 AXCS National Masters Championship

World Cup Lillehammer: Classical Sprints
December 2, 2016
Starting the three day event, classical sprints were featured Friday for the Lillehammer World Cup. The US women had another strong showing as three qualified in the top 10, including Sadie Bjornsen's 1st. Jessie Diggins ended the round with the highest US finish taking 14th, Bjornsen was 17th with Sophie Caldwell 21st. Erik Bjornsen lead the way for the US men in 24th. Canada's Alex Harvey notched a 10th place finish. Norway's Heidi Weng won the womens final while Sweden's Calle Halfvarsson was victorious for the men.
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Results: Classical Sprints

Biathlon: Top-20 Finishes for Bailey and Burke in World Cup Opener
December 1, 2016
Lowell Bailey and Tim Burke got the 2016-17 World Cup season off to a strong start with a pair of top-20 finishes in Thursday's men's 20-kilometer individual race at the BMW IBU World Cup 1 in Oestersund, Sweden. Bailey placed 15th and Burke was 16th in the field of 104 athletes.

World Cup Lillehammer Series
December 1, 2016
The World Cup travels to famed Lillehammer venue in Norway for a mini-tour weekend. Friday will feature classical sprints, Saturday skate races, and Sunday finishes with an exciting classic pursuit. NBC will have live streaming: sprint finals Friday 5 am CST; Saturday mens 10K 3 am, womens 5K at 5:50 am; Sunday womens pursuit 3 am, mens pursuit 5 am.
Related:
Video: NBC Sports Live Streaming, New Season, New Suits
Results: FIS Live Results
World Cup Lillehammer Facebook Page
World Cup Lillehammer Official Site
Lillehammer Race Program
Peter Graves Honored as FIS Journalist of the Year

Midwest Racing Season Preview
November 30, 2016
With the recent warm weather, it may seem hard to believe that the first races are just weeks away. We've posted our annual breakdown on the new events, major changes, and other notes for the upcoming Midwest racing season.

Mesabi East Invite Forms Now Available
November 30, 2016
The huge Mesabi East Invite has published the event information, including online registration. The mega-race is scheduled for Saturday, Jan 7th, but teams will need to submit their forms before Christmas break to ensure a spot on the starting line.

End of Month Price Hikes
November 27, 2016
Two important price hikes coming up at the end of the month...
Jan 6-7 Sisu Ski Fest
Feb 4-5 City of Lakes Loppet
Feb 18-19 Gatineau Loppet

World Cup Ruka: Classical Distance
November 27, 2016
The weekend series at Ruka Finland wrapped up Sunday with a pair of classical races. Norway's Marit Bjoergen resumed her winning ways in taking the women's 10K classical race by just 4 seconds over Finland's Krista Parmakoski with Heidi Weng, Norway, 12 seconds from victory. The US women's squad placed three in the top 30 with Jessie Diggins at 13th, Sadie Bjornsen 17th, and Caitlin Patterson 28th. Finland's pride was strong with Iivo Niskanen topping a tough field besting Norwegian's Emil Iversen and Martin Johnsrud Sundby by 10 and 11 seconds respectively. Erik Bjornsen led the US men in 41st, while Andrew Musgrave of Great Britain notched an impressive 10th and Alex Harvey, Canada, was 11th.
Related:
Results: 10K, 15K Classical
Fischer: Marit Bjørgen triumphates in 10k classic race

Wolverine Ladies Lunch and Ski
November 26, 2016
The Wolverine Nordic Ski Club in Ironwood is hosting a Ladies Lunch and Ski event on Saturday, Dec 17th. Designs for all levels of skiers, come out for some group training and enjoy a lunch afterward.

Yellowstone Ski Festival: Classical Races
November 26, 2016
The Yellowstone Ski Festival held 5K and 10K classical races on Saturday morning. The Midwest participation level was light as most of the juniors were beginning their journey back home. Annie Hart had the top Midwest womens time again, taking 12th, less than 30 seconds off the podium in the 5K event. Wisconsin's Kevin Bolger had a great race in the mens 10K, taking 5th. Elizabeth Guiney and Scott Patterson won the races.
Related:
Results: Womens 5K Classical, Mens 10K Classical

Yellowstone Ski Festival: Freestyle Races
November 26, 2016
Some of Minnesota's best juniors had an early chance to test their racing legs as they competed in the Yellowstone Ski Festival 5K and 10K freestyle races Friday in West Yellowstone, MT. LNR's William Kerker was tops for the Midwest crew taking 28th with Xavier Mansfield just 7 seconds behind in 36th. Bill Bowler was the top citizen from the Midwest men, taking 15th. Annie Hart raced to 7th for the women with Kelly Koch, LNR, the top junior in 28th. Patrick Caldwell and Katharine Ogden won the races.
Most of the LNR athletes also took part in the annual LNR Downhill Time Trial, with William Kerker and Kelly Koch again posting the fastest times.
Related:
Results: Men's 10K Freestyle, Womens 5K Freestyle

World Cup Ruka: Classical Sprints
November 26, 2016
In the World Cup opener Saturday at Ruka, Finland, Sweden's Stina Nilsson picked up where she left off last season, narrowly defeating Norway's Maiken Caspersen Falla in the women's classical sprints. Paal Golberg, Norway, collected his first World Cup victory in taking the men's event. Sadie Bjornsen led the way for the US women, qualifying 7th and finishing 17th. Jessie Diggins qualified 13th and finished 26th. Sophie Caldwell and Ida Sargent also notched top 20 finishers for the strong women's squad. Andy Newell was the top American male, posting 40th. Sunday will feature classical distance races.
Related:
Results: Classical Sprints

World Cup Ruka Weekend Series
November 24, 2016
The World Cup season opens this weekend with a pair of classical events in Ruka, Finland. Minnesota's own Jessie Diggins will be in action, as well as the return of Kikkan Randall, as the US fields a very strong line up. Saturday's sprint classical qualifiers start at 3 am CST with finals at 5:30 am. Sunday's racing features women's 10K classical at 2:30 am and men's 15K at 5 am. Watch live streaming on NBC Sports Live.
Related:
USSA: 2017 US Cross-Country Team Named
Video: NBC Sports Live Streaming
Results: FIS Live Results
World Cup Ruka Facebook Page
Ruka Competition Program
USSA: Lapland Set for Nordic Combined Opener

Turkey Trail Trot Coverage
November 24, 2016
A record turnout Thursday morning at Battle Creek East for the annual Turkey Trot Trail run put on by Endurance United. The recent snowfall made for some sloppy and slippery conditions along the 5K course which utilized mostly ski trails.
Related:
Photoset: Lap 1 - 125 photos, Lap 2 Leaders - 88 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: 5K, 10K

USSA: 2017 US Cross-Country Team Named
November 23, 2016
The 2016-17 U.S. Cross Country Ski Team was announced today, just before the International Ski Federation (FIS) World Cup opener in Ruka, Finland on Nov. 26. A total of 16 athletes were named to the A, B and D Teams. Jessin Diggins will be joined by another Minnesotan as Rochester native Ian Torchia was named to the development squad.

Ski Hut: 62nd Anniversary Sale
November 22, 2016
Ski Hut is celebrating their 62nd anniversary with a three day sale, Nov 25-27. Deals on winter gear, plus a free day pass to Giants Ridge with any ski purchase.

World Cup, Yellowstone Races This Weekend
November 22, 2016
Big action on the elite circuit this holiday break as the World Cup officially gets underway with races in Ruka, Finland - classical sprints on Saturday and classic distance on Sunday. And back stateside, the Yellowstone Ski Festival will host a pair of FIS races - freestyle on Friday, classical on Saturday. While not currently listed, we believe there will be live streaming of the Ruka World Cup races.
Related:
Video: FIS Cross-Country Trailer, FIS World Cup Teaser
World Cup NBC SPorts Live Streaming
Ruka Competition Program
Yellowstone Ski Festival Race Info

Minnesota State CX Championships Coverage
November 19, 2016
Fresh snow and typical November weather made for a cold afternoon of racing (and spectating) at the Minnesota State Cyclocross Championships at Bassett Creek in Crystal. Corey Coogan-Cisek pulled away early in the womens Cat 1/2/3 race and went on to win by over a minute. Megan Barr and Stacy Kalemkiarian rounded out the womens podium. In the mens Cat 1/2/3 race Craig Faulkner was challenged by Mark Lalonde but pushed the pace just enough to win by 10 seconds, with Dominic Talerico third.
Related:
Photoset: Womens Cat 1/2/3 - 71 photos, Men Cat 1/2/3 - 100 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Video: Mens Cat 1/2/3 Stair Climb
Results: Day 1

Twin Cities Birkie Capital Campaign Phase 2 Coverage
November 17, 2016
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation brought the news on their Capital Campaign Phase 2 to the Twin Cites on Thursday evening at Borton Volvo. Executive Director Ben Popp shared their goals for this second round like a new Nordic Center at Hwy OO and trail upgrades including a Hwy 77 underpass, and was joined by World Champion Jessie Diggins just before she launches her 2016-17 season. The ABSF is part way to their goal, please review their plans and help them achieve their goals!
Related:
Photoset: 23 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Birkie Capital Campaign: Phase 2

CXC On Snow Juniors Camps Registration Closes Friday
November 15, 2016
Registration for CXC's On Snow Juniors Camp in Ironwood, Nov 22-27, closes this Friday, Nov 18th. The junior camp will feature on-snow technique and strength sessions, race preparation and strategies for the December JNQ races.

Kortelopet Registration Closes Wednesday Night
November 15, 2016
This is it -- The Birkie will be closing registration for the Kortelopet tonight, Wed Nov 16th. The 2017 edition features a brand new format: racing on Friday, starting at Hwy OO and finishing in downtown Hayward! Don't miss your chance to be part of the first running of this new format!
Related:
Birkie Capital Campaign Twin Cities Fundraiser this Thursday Evening

Minnesota High School Nordic Skiing Preview and Preseason Rankings
November 14, 2016
With the official start to the Minnesota High School Nordic Skiing season we post a season preview, touching on a few changes on tap, and then take our first crack at the rankings.

Spotlight: Cloquet-Esko-Carlton Practice
November 14, 2016
The Minnesota High School Nordic Skiing season kicked off Monday with the opening day of practice. We visited the growing program at Cloquet-Esko-Carlton (C-E-C) where Hall of Fame coach Glen Sorenson along with assistant coaches Ben Croft, Brent Smith and Arne Maijala herded the latest crop of more than 40 skiers through sign up, general practice and racing info and even a few hill bounding demonstrations. C-E-C has two top ten State Meet returning skiers in Anja Maijala and Erika Fox, along with a solid boys team seeking their own State Meet appearance.
Related:
Photoset: 54 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Photoset from Dave Johnson: Cloquet legend Joe Nowak Visitation

Rivet Run Results
November 13, 2016
Eve Graves writes: Sunday was a picture perfect day for a trail run! Temperatures started in the upper 40's and reached the mid 50's by race time. We had a record number of people registered at 115 and 98 who actually participated. The winning time was 20:35 by Seth Korhonen followed closely by Jon Lindberg in 20:36. The female winner was Brenda Swanson of Two Harbors in 23:47.
Related:
Results: Rivet Run Fall

Univ of Alaska Skiing Restored
November 13, 2016
Announced last Thursday: Men's and women's skiing at the University of Alaska Anchorage and University of Alaska Fairbanks were spared when University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen reversed his previous recommendation to the UA Board of Regents to eliminate those sports.
Related:
Video: Skiwolf Thank You

Grind Up Granite Results
November 12, 2016
A nice turnout Saturday morning in Rib Mountain for the Grind Up Granite events, including rollerski races. In the freestyle event, Mark Nienstaedt topped the field with young skiers with Olivia Dreger taking the womens title. Dreger also won the womens classic rollerski, with Nick Petersen posting the top time for the men.

Speedskating Talent ID Program
November 11, 2016
US Speedskating is seeking new stars to develop into speedskating champions. Come to one of their tryouts or send in a video, and have a chance to win a development program scholarship.
Related:
Dec 3 Talent Combine in Roseville, MN

Seeking Birkie Warriors
November 10, 2016
In homage to the race's roots, the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation (ABSF) is seeking a trio of cross-country skiers to portray two Birkebeiner warriors and Inga in the 44th American Birkebeiner Ski Marathon slated for February 25, 2017. Application deadline is Nov 30th.

Endurance United JNQ Informational Meeting Nov 14th
November 10, 2016
Endurance United will be hosting an informational meeting on the Junior Nationals Qualification series competition this coming Monday, Nov 14th in St. Paul. Any juniors (and parents) interested in learning more about the JNQ series are encouraged to attend.

Midwest MTB Report
November 8, 2016
Jay Richards wrapped up another season of reporting on MTB action in the Midwest. The final report covers The Iceman Cometh, a wide range of news items, new trail developments at Welch Village, and a look ahead to winter riding.

Birkie Phase 2 Campaign Coming to Twin Cities
November 8, 2016
The Birkie Foundation has been on tour this fall, spreading word on their Phase 2 campaign. Phase 2 includes creating new venues, like a modern Nordic Center at Hwy OO, trail and infrastructure improvements, including a Hwy 77 underpass. Join Birkie executive director Ben Popp for a presentation, good food and drinks, an auction and celebration with friends on Thursday, Nov 17th at Borton Volvo in the Twin Cities. Special guest Olympian Jessie Diggins!
Related:
Birkie Capital Campaign: Phase 2

Luminary Loppet Now Accepting Applications for New Installations
November 7, 2016
In tradition with showcasing local creative talent, the Loppet Foundation has released its official application calling for community members and artists interested in contributing to the Luminary Loppet. The big event is the first weekend in February, with an application deadline set for Nov 20th.

Save Alaska Skiing Effort
November 7, 2016
The groundswell to support skiing at the University of Alaska campuses continues to grow. Show your support by signing the petition and contacting the board of regents!
Related:
Drive for 25 Nordic Skiing
Drive for 25 Nordic Combined/Ski Jumping

Great Bear Chase Registration Now Open
November 7, 2016
The first snowfall is coming any day now ... the Great Bear Chase registration is now open! The Great Bear Chase offers a premiere March marathon event (with shorter distances available).

Up Up and Away Rollerski Race Coverage
November 6, 2016
Felicia Gesior and Chris Pappathopoulos posted the top times Saturday morning in the Up, Up and Away classic rollerski race at Blue Mound State Park. Results and photosets posted.
Related:
Nov 12 Grinding Up Granite Uphill Rollerski Race

Minnesota State CC Meet Coverage
November 5, 2016
Above average temperatures, almost balmy by afternoon, made for a great day of spectating, but a little rough on the racers in the 2016 Minnesota State High School Cross-Country Championships, held at St. Olaf College in Northfield. The opening event, the boys class A race, featured a very tight battle with Mound Park Academy's Declan Dahlberg taking the victory as the top seven all finished within 10 seconds. Tierney Wolfgram, Math and Science Academy, sailed away with the girls class A crown, winning by over 30 seconds. The Mora boys and Fairmont girls took the team titles. In the afternoon boys AA race, Edina's Patrick Roos used an impressive final kick to move from third to first and the win. Eighth grader Anna Fenske, Farmington, pulled away from teammate Lauren Peterson in the final kilometer to top the girls AA field. Wayzata boys added another team title to their trophy case, with Edina taking the girls victory.
Related:
Photoset: Boys A - 148 photos, Girls A - 176 photos, Boys AA - 149 photos, Girls AA - 185 photos
Photoset: Class A - Top Picks (high res), Class AA - Top Picks (high res)
Results: Boys A, Girls A, Boys AA, Girls AA

Frozen Thunder: Sprint Races
November 3, 2016
Racing on the man-made snow loop at the Canmore Nordic Centre wrapped up Thursday with the freestyle sprints. The event format was shortened to just a skate qualifier (no heats). Caitlin Gregg cranked out a fast loop to take third in the senior women's field. Brian Gregg was 10th for the senior men. On Tuesday, Brian competed in the classic sprints, finishing 11th in a very competitive field.
Related:
Video from Shaw TV: Classical Sprints
Results: Classical Sprints, Freestyle Qualifying Times (no heats)

Price Hike: Three Rivers Rennet
November 3, 2016
Another price hike looming -- The Three Rivers Rennet Festival features racing for high school and citizen cross-country skiers, as well as Fat Bike racing, the weekend of January 20-21. The fees jump after Nov 6th, so get signed up this weekend.

NNF: Cosmic Shift in US Skiing
November 3, 2016
Noah Hoffman shares his appreciation for the National Nordic Foundation (NNF), and how it has made a huge impact in the growth and development of Nordic racing.
Related:
Drive for 25 Nordic Skiing
Drive for 25 Nordic Combined/Ski Jumping

Birkie Price Hike Friday
November 2, 2016
The Birkie is nearly full, and the next price hike comes on Friday -- don't delay any longer if you want to get into the 2017 races!

World Junior Championships and U18 Nation Trips Staffing
November 1, 2016
Staff positions for the World Junior Championships (WJC) and the Nordic Countries Junior Competition (U18) are posted. The WJC will be held at Soldier Hollow, Jan 26-Feb 5, with the U18 in Orkdal, Norway (near Trondheim), Jan 22-Feb 1. Application deadline is Nov 12th.
- World Junior Championships application
- Nordic Countries Junior Competition (U18) application

How to Support the Sport You Love
October 31, 2016
Deb Diggins, mother to superstar Jessie, shares their passion for cross-country skiing and how you can step up to help the US achieve even more in this sport, at many different levels.
Related:
NNF: Madshus Pole Giveaway, New $10K Challenge

Marshall Holiday Ski Camp
October 31, 2016
The 11th Annual Marshall Holiday Ski Camp will be held Dec 28-30 at Snowflake Nordic Ski Center in Duluth.The camp is designed for kids ages 5­-12 and is supervised by the Marshall Nordic Ski Team Coaching Staff with instruction provided by the members of Marshall Nordic Ski Team and Alumni.

MN HS Nordic Ski Coaches Fall Meeting Recap
October 29, 2016
There was a strong turnout Saturday morning in Mora for the annual Minnesota High School Nordic Ski Coaches Association Fall Meeting, where a spirited discussion was held on a new State Meet proposal, along with approval of a new waxing policy. Read a full recap, including some initial plans for changes to high school skiing policies at Wirth this winter.
Related:
Pine Journal: Lumberjacks Nordic coach headed into Hall of Fame

Frozen Thunder: Distance Freestyle Results
October 28, 2016
Racing action on Canmore's famous Frozen Thunder loop opened on Friday with freestyle distance races. Caitlin Gregg shined for the Midwest, taking second overall just six seconds off the winner Chelsea Holmes. Deedra Irwin notched 11th. Brian Gregg skated to 14th in the mens elite field. Next week will feature classic and skate sprints at Canmore.
Related:
Results: Distance Freestyle

Birkie, Kortie Events Almost Full
October 28, 2016
American Birkebeiner officials announced Friday morning that there are less than 250 openings left for the 2017 Birkie and Kortie events! Register now before its too late...

UAF/UAA Seek to Cut Nordic Programs
October 27, 2016
On Thursday, University of Alaska officials announced plans to cut the Nordic skiing programs at UA-Anchorage and UA-Fairbanks starting next season. The proposal will need to be approved by the board of regents next month, and UAF will need a waiver to maintain their NCAA membership.
Related:
UAF seeks NCAA waiver; may cut Nordic ski programs
Petition: Save Alaska's Collegiate Skiing

Midwest MTB Report
October 26, 2016
Jay Richards Midwest MTB report this week covers Blacks Grove Crossing, the Sawtooth Challenge, updates on Minnesota and Wisconsin high school racing (as well as articles on programs out east and west), the new Otso bikes, Red Bull Rampage, and the usual look at upcoming events.

SuperFit Weekend at Finn Sisu
October 24, 2016
CXC's Super Fit series makes their first stop this season, working with Finn Sisu this weekend, Oct 28-30. Stop in and get top advice from CXC athletes and coaches, as well as the Finn Sisu experts, and bring your old equipment for evaluation.

SISU Ski Fest First Price Hike Nov 1st
October 24, 2016
The Sisu Ski Fest will have their first price hike coming up on Nov 1st. Read up on some of the changes they have planned this year, and get registered at the ground floor pricing!

LNR MEA Time Trial Coverage
October 22, 2016
Loppet Nordic Racing held an MEA weekend time trial in the Hayward area on Friday. Skiers competed on classic rollerskis over a 5.8K course. Xavier Mansfield and Kelly Koch posted the top times for the field.

Fast and Freaky 5K Fundraiser
October 21, 2016
Orono Nordic Ski Club is holding a Fast and Freaky 5K Halloween Fun Run on Saturday morning, Oct 29th. Post race activities include a bonfire, treats and awards.

Drive for 25 Matching Grant Challenge
October 20, 2016
Make your donate worth double -- contribute now to the NNF Drive for 25 campaign and help them earn a $25,000 match grant. And check out their great promotional video!
Related:
Video: Why Drive for 25?

Midwest MTB Report
October 18, 2016
Jay Richards MTB report this week covers border crossing MTB racing, Robin Williams bike collection, Steve Tilford's accident, trail repairs in Duluth, and a look ahead to Black's Grove Crossing race.

MN High School Fall Coaches Meeting Update
October 17, 2016
The Minnesota High School Fall Coaches meeting is coming up at the end of the month, and they are requesting RSVPs for those planning to attend.

State of MN HS Skiing Round Table Meeting Oct 16th
October 13, 2016
Doug Boonstra, Eden Prairie coach and President of the Minnesota High School Nordic Ski Coaches Association is hosting a round-table discussion this Sunday evening, Oct 16th, at Eden Prairie high school. A wide range of current events are on the agenda.

Midwest MTB Report
October 11, 2016
This week's Midwest MTB report by Jay Richards covers the Armageddon at Cuyuna (and how Cuyuna has helped the community), Singletracks video of the week, and a look ahead to two racing events this weekend.

Ramsey County High School Scheduling Meeting Oct 19th
October 11, 2016
Ramsey County will hold their fall high school coaches practice and meet scheduling meeting on Wednesday, Oct 19th, at the Parks and Rec Dept. The high school meet scheduling is done at the meeting, so it is important for team coaches to be in attendence.

Drive for 25 Begins!
October 10, 2016
The National Nordic Foundation kicked off their Drive for 25 event on Monday. The event is the primary fundraiser for NNF, supporting junior and elite skier development across the US and internationally as well. Become an ambassador or find your favorite skiers on the fundraising list and kick in today!

Trail Kids Adventure Race Coverage
October 6, 2016
The Trail Kids fall adventure series wrapped up Thursday evening with the final race, complete with hay bales and two river crossings (no hay bales!).
Related:
Photoset: U10 Race - 88 photos, U12/U14/U16 Race - 83 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Trail Kids Adventure Running

Midwest MTB Report
October 4, 2016
In this week's MTB report, Jay Richards covers last weekend's racing action from across the Midwest, highlights the current state of suspension forks, more on the Marji Gesick, insight into race day support at Chequamegon, and the usual look ahead.

MN High School Coaches Awards and Inductees
October 2, 2016
The Minnesota High School Nordic Coaches Association has announced the 2016 awards for Coach, Asssitant Coach. and Volunteer of the Year, as well as the Hall of Fame Inductees. There will be a recognition ceremony at the annual Fall Coaches Meeting Oct 29 in Mora.
Related:
MNHSNSCA 2016 Hall of Fame Inductees
MNHSNSCA 2016 Coach/Asst Coach/Volunteer of the Year Recognitions

Birkie Trail Run and Trek Coverage
October 1, 2016
A cool, dewy morning eventually gave away to clear skies and sunshine Saturday morning for the Birkie trail running events in Seeley. Andy Elvester pulled away from the lead trio in the second half of the marathon to post the only sub three hour time in taking the victory. Corrine Malcolm cruised to the women marathon title, finishing in 3:27 (and 7th overall). Team Gregg, Brian and Caitlin, took the half marathon titles.
Related:
Photoset: Marathon - Start - 20 photos, Marathon - Mile 3.5 - 102 photos, Marathon - Mile 10.5 - 45 photos, Half Marathon - Start - 21 photos, Half Marathon - Mile 3.5 - 119 photos, Top Finishers - 139 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Birkie Trail Run

MNHSNSCA State Meet Proposal Updates
September 30, 2016
Doug Boonstra, President of the Minnesota High School Nordic Coaches Association (MNHSNSCA) has posted revisions to the State Meet proposal that features a new Team Sprint and multi-day format. And find details on the State of MN HS Skiing round-table discussion, planned for Oct 16th.
Related:
State of MN HS Skiing Round Table Update

Midwest MTB Report
September 27, 2016
Jay Richards's latest Midwest MTB report covers the grueling Marji Gesick race, features an awesome endurance ride around Lake Tahoe, some new trail celebrations, and the usual look at upcoming events.

Trail Loppet Coverage
September 24, 2016
Recent rains and cloudy skies made for a damp and sometimes muddy Trail Loppet Saturday at Theodore Wirth. Ben Cogger broke away from the mens half marathon field early and won by over four minutes. Josie Nelson topped the womens field. In the 13.1K event, the duo of Brian and Caitlin Gregg scored the titles.
Related:
Photoset: Half Marathon Start - 69 photos, Half Marathon Mile 2.75 - 55 photos, Half Marathon Mile 3.5 - 55 photos, Half Marathon Mile 8.5 - 58 photos, 13.1K Mile 2.5 - 30 photos, 13.1K Mile 4.5 - 90 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Trail Loppet

Midwest MTB Report
September 20, 2016
In his MTB report this week, Jay Richards scoops an interview with Chequamegon 40 rookie (and 4th place finisher!) Samuel Elson, finds time to score his own win at Keppel's Challenge, and has a number of interesting tidbits from around the web.

Minnesota State HS Coaches Association Fall Meeting and Proposals
September 20, 2016
The Minnesota State High School Nordic Coaches Association has scheduled their annual Fall Meeting for Oct 29th, at the Vasaloppet Center in Mora. Ahead of the meeting, they have released details on the new State Meet format (with Team Sprints), and are hoping to hold a roundtable meeting in mid-October to discuss the State of MN HS Skiing. Check out the proposal details and fall meeting agenda for more details.
Related:
Oct 21-23 CXC/Wayne Fish Coaches Certification and Conference

SISU Ski Fest Registration Now Open
September 18, 2016
The SISU Ski Fest in Ironwood, Jan 6-8, has announced several changes for the 2017 event, including revamped courses. Registration is now open!

Bangin the Brush Results
September 18, 2016
Over 70 participants came out Saturday morning for the annual Bangin the Brush 10K trail run at Korkki Nordic. Andre Watt topped the mens field with a time of 52:32, and Kim Holak was the first female, and fourth overall, finishing at 58:25.
Related:
Results: Bangin the Brush

NorthShore Inline Marathon Rollerski Results
September 18, 2016
A field of just under 25 competed in a damp rollerski race at the NorthShore Inline Marathon on Saturday morning. The mens race came down to a field of four, with Tamer Mische-Richter taking the victory by two seconds over Dan Rasmussen. Andrea Potyondy-Smith was the womens champion.

Chequamegon Coverage
September 17, 2016
A cool and misty morning for the annual Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival races Saturday in Hayward. The damp conditions, along with some course reroutes, lead to a tough 2016 edition of the Chequamegon 40. Corey Steljes, from Eau Claire, broke away from an elite mens field to solo in for the victory. Abby Krawczyk, St. Paul, pulled away for the womens title. Short and Fat victories went to Bjorn Larson and Rebecca Ireland.
Related:
Photoset: Start - 44 photos, Pirate Hill (Mile 20) - 237 photos, Early Finishers - 216 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Chequamegon Fat Tire Fesitval

CXC Seeking Applicants for Junior Nationals, U16 Championships Trips
September 16, 2016
The Midwest Coaches Committee is opening the application process for both the 2017 Junior National Championships in Lake Placid, NY as well as the U16 NENSA Trip in Farmington, ME. This application process is for Head Wax Coaches, Assistant Wax Coaches, Age Group Coaches, and Support Staff.

Birkie Trail Run Announces New Race Designation, Hydration Perk
September 14, 2016
In conjunction with the 15th anniversary Birkie Trail Run, organizers are pleased to announce a new USATF Marathon designation, exciting new steps toward a clean cup-free race, along with a robust new Birkie Vendor Fair. The big event is Oct 1st this year.

Midwest MTB Report
September 13, 2016
In Jay Richards Midwest MTB Report this week: reports from the Inspiration 100 and Treadfest, looking ahead to this weekend's Chequamegon races, Kappels Challenge and Mari Gesick, along with a number of key events down the road.

Headwaters Canoe Race Coverage
September 11, 2016
The Headwaters canoe Race took place in Bemidji on Saturday. Post the fastest time on the day was the combination of Maria Schilling and Joe Manns. Photos and results submitted.
Related:
Photoset from John Arenz: 71 photos
Results: Headwaters Canoe Race

USSA: USA Continues to Dominate NZ Nationals
September 10, 2016
The U.S. Cross Country Ski Team had another strong day at the New Zealand National Championships at the Snow Farm near Wanaka Saturday. Andy Newell won for the second day in a row, leading a U.S. sweep in the men's 15k classic mass start. Jessie Diggins took the women's 10k, also heading a full USA podium. Minnesota's own Ben Saxton showed strong form, posting one of his best placings in taking second.
Related:
Jumping: Englund Top-10 in Summer Grand Prix

Weekend Events
September 7, 2016
Sep 10 EU 55K Rollerski - Endurance United hosts a big rollerski event, rolling from Minneapolis all the way to downtown Stillwater (almost entirely bike trails).
Sep 10 Trout Trot - River Falls, on the scenic Kinnikinnic River, holds 5K, 10K and half marathon running races.
Sep 10 Apple Dumping Day Races - Elroy celebrates Apple Dumpling Days with a number of running races, most of which feature the famous tunnel trails.
Sep 11 Treadfest - WORS comes to Lake Geneva for an event billed as the toughest courses on the Wisconsin circuit.
Sep 11 City of Lakes Half Marathon - One of the grand fall races in the Twin Cities, and frequent tuneup for the Twin Cities Marathon.
Sep 11 Cross of the North - Wisconsin's cyclocross season in in full swing, this Sunday racing at Sunny Vale Park in Wausau.

Birkie Price Hike
September 7, 2016
The next price hike for the Birkie and Korte events is Friday, Sep 9th. Register by midnight Thursday to save some cash (and be aware the waves are filling fast).

Midwest MTB Report
September 6, 2016
After a long weekend hosting the Laddies Loppet MTB series, Jay Richards still manages to crank out his weekly report, providing in-depth coverage of the weekend racing, plus highlights on top trails and the upcoming Treadfest.

Vasaloppet Announces Major Trail Changes and New Start Times
September 6, 2016
Vasaloppet organizers have announced some big changes to the 58K course, using more of the northern loops. But fear not, the races will continue to be point-to-point events from Warman to downtown Mora, with a safety net plan of a man-made snow course similar to the 2016 event in low-snow years. Also checkout the new start times.
Related:
New Vasaloppet Course Map

Laddies Loppet Short Track Coverage
September 4, 2016
Two days of racing at Maplelag Resort wrapped up Sunday morning with high speed short track races. Kyia Anderson broke away early in the womens race for the expert division victory. In the mens expert race, a pack of 5-7 riders exchanged the lead throughout the race with Kasey Bacso punching forward to take the mens title.
Related:
Photoset: Kids Comp - 40 photos, Citizen - 45 photos, Sport - 51 photos, Comp/Expert Women - 85 photos, Expert Men - 74 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

Laddies Loppet XC Coverage
September 3, 2016
Breezy conditions with temps in the 70s provided the perfect setup for Saturday's Laddies Loppet cross-country races at Maplelag. The day started with kids comp races and progressed through the MN MBS series categories, wrapping up with the expert events in the afternoon. Veterans Jeff Hall and Sara Kylander-Johnson collected the titles in the expert field. Sunday will feature short-track format racing.
Related:
Photoset: Kids Comp - 60 photos, Citizen - 79 photos, Sport - 114 photos, Comp/Expert - 134 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

Mora Bike Tour Sept 17th
September 2, 2016
Part of the Mora Classic Series, the annual Mora Bike Tour will be held on Saturday, Sept 17th. The event features bike routes of 25 and 50 miles, with lunch afterwards at the Nordic Center in Mora. Routes roll through the generally flat terrain of Kanabec County.

Midwest MTB Report
August 30, 2016
Bringing you the latest Midwest MTB news, Jay Richards this week covers the Cuyuna Crusher, some interesting news stories, the Strava Ride of the Week, and a brief look ahead to a big weekend of racing at Maplelag.

Deedra Irwin Wins Australian Worldloppet
August 30, 2016
Former Michigan Tech star, Deedra Irwin, took the 42K Kangaroo Hoppet last Saturday in Falls Creek, Australia. Matt Gelso won the mens race, completing a sweep for the Sun Valley athletes.

St. Cloud State Reinstates Nordic Skiing
August 30, 2016
St. Cloud Times reports: St. Cloud State University will reinstate temporarily its women's Nordic ski team as part of an ongoing lawsuit filed by women's tennis players who alleged Title IX violations.

Price Hikes
August 30, 2016
A couple of end of month price hikes....
Oct 1 Birkie Trail Run 
Feb 3-5 City of Lakes Loppet

Nordic Combined: Taylor Takes Top 10 in Euro Opener
August 29, 2016
USSA reports: Taylor Fletcher put down the gauntlet in the opening FIS Nordic Combined Summer Grand Prix, winning the roller ski segment and finishing seventh overall in Oberwiesenthal, Germany, on Sunday. Norway's Jarl Magnus Riiber took a 2.8 second win over Austrian Mario Seidel. Bjoern Kircheisen of Germany was third.
Related:
Utah Prepares for 2017 Nordic Junior and U23 Worlds

Web Roundup
August 29, 2016
Int'l Camp Recap - A video recap of the recent International Junior Camp in Norway.
Leadville - Gear West has a report by Josh Riff on his rookie experience with the infamous Leadville 100 trail race.
End of Summer - Jessie Diggins covers her last week of training in Vermont (and a recipe for perfect pasta sauce), as she heads to NZ and snow.
Hed Prospers - Star Tribune update on Hed Cycling posted last month, highlighting their continued success after the death of founder Steve Hed.
Fitness Study Primer - Breaking Muscle has a guide to interpreting fitness study news.
Oh Deer - Running into a deer -- during a triathlon!

Cyclocross Season Spinning Up
August 29, 2016
The cyclocross season is getting underway, and here are a couple of events to mark on your calendar:
Sep 24-25 Duluth CX Series - Racing at Mont du Lac and Marshall School in Duluth.
Oct 15-16 Green Acres CX - Two days of racing uphills, around ponds and through corn fields at Green Acres.

Midwest MTB Report
August 23, 2016
Jay Richards MTB report this week includes recaps from the Great Deer Chase, the Seeley Pre-Fat, and mountain bike access in National Wilderness areas along with other news, and the look ahead.

Midwest MTB Report
August 16, 2016
In his MTB report this week, Jay Richards offers a recap from Ore to Shore, his own first-hand report from the Great Hawk Chase, news on the Leadville 100, the Strava Ride of the Week, Olympic MTB watching, and his usual round-up of upcoming events.

Mighty Miss Results
August 15, 2016
Roland Ring-Jarvi reports: Perfect conditions with high water led to record times for the 55 mile and 12 mile Mighty Miss races Saturday. 50 paddlers in 32 boats competed in the three events. Dan Luoma and Patrick Nelson won the 55 mile race from St. Cloud to Champlin with a time of 6:09:17 breaking the old record by 20 minutes. Joe Zellnar was first on a surf ski and third overall beating Josh Flatten by a second. In the 12 mile race Doug Berg and Greg Zophy won in a record time of 1:23:21 beating the mixed team of Dave Dahl and Mary Bauer by only 22 seconds.
Related:
Results: Mighty Miss

Deux Pipe Canoe Race Results
August 14, 2016
Eve Graves reports: We had picture perfect conditions Saturday for the Deux Pipe Canoe race in Duluth. Jason and Caley Larsen won the short 8 mile course race by hundredths of a second in a last minute sprint with two other boats in a time of 1:03:52. Fred Kueffer and Kira Stolen beat out the rest of the boats by a hair in the Long 12 mile Course in a time of 1:37:48. The first women's team to finish in the Long course were Maria Schilling and Emily Johnson in a time of 1:40:53.
Related:
Results: Deux Pipe Canoe Race

Ringer Roll Coverage
August 12, 2016
The annual Ringer Roll rollerski race at Baker Park Friday morning drew another large field. Clouds kept the temperatures down for the race. After completing the 10K course, many skiers tested their skills on a new agility course while waiting for the awards ceremony. Posting the top junior times (stock skis) on the day: Hannah Rudd and Xavier Mansfield.

Minnesota Coaches Association Website Overhaul
August 11, 2016
The Minnesota High School Nordic Ski Coaches Association website has been completely revamped.  Two important proposals to check out:
State Meet Proposal - New proposal introduces a team sprint element, used for qualifying for sections and at the State Meet.
Wax Truce Proposal - A proposal to limit the use of expensive flurocarbon waxes in regular conference meets.
Update:  The State Meet proposal is undergoing additional revisions, watch for a new proposal later this fall.

Midwest MTB Report
August 9, 2016
In the weekly Midwest MTB recap, Jay Richards posts stories from the Maah Daah Hey 100, Minnesota and Wisconsin MTB series, a new Strava Ride of the Week, along with a number of other news tidbits and a look at upcoming events.

Maria Stuber Named Head Coach at St. Scholastica
August 9, 2016
The College of St. Scholastica announced the hiring of Maria Stuber as the school's next head men's and women's nordic ski coach on Monday. Stuber has been the Nordic Program Director of Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club since 2013.

Ringer Roll Friday
August 8, 2016
The annual Ringer Roll rollerski race is this Friday Aug 12th at Baker Park. The 10km event is an end of summer training tradition and offers both skate and classic options. New this year, there will be an optional agility course competition in the parking lot with prizes for the top 3 boys and girls.

Stockyard Days Sprints Coverage
August 7, 2016
New Brighton's Stockyard Days rolled out a new criterium race for the northern suburbs, with riders doing circuits on a short rectangle just east of Long Lake Park. Photos from the final two races on the day.
Related:
Photoset: Womens Cat 1/2/3 - 31 photos, Mens Cat 1/2/3 - 100 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Stockyard Days Sprints

Firehouse 50 Coverage
August 6, 2016
Over 400 cyclists participated Saturday in the annual Firehouse 50 events in Grand View, WI. The big 50 mile citizens race came down to a two person breakaway as Adam Hanson edged out Matt Muyres for the victory, with both riders posting the only sub two hour times. Angela Engel was the top womens finisher. In the time trial, Jason Frank rocketed to a winning time of 1:53, more than six minutes faster than the next rider. Deanna Willems topped the womens field, just five seconds ahead of Judy Schmidt.
Related:
Photoset from Kelly Randolph: TT/Ride the Divide, Race
Results: Firehouse 50

Hoigaards Paddle Derby Finale
August 3, 2016
The last Hoigaard's Paddle Derby of the 2016 series is this Thursday evening, August 4th. Their goal is to have 50 plus boats at the starting line so invite everyone to show up! Following the race they will move to Hoigaard's for a Paddler's Potluck and awards presentation. Hoigaard's will be grilling, so bring a dish to share and celebrate paddling in Minnesota!

Midwest MTB Report
August 2, 2016
In the Midwest MTB Report this week, Jay Richards has reports from the Singletrack Six and Yeti Tribal Annual Gathering, plus notes on a Midwest Rio Olympic star, MTB camps at Cuyana and Lebanon, a new MTB trail being developed near Cohasset, and a look ahead to some of the weekend events.

Birkie Museum Grand Opening this Friday
August 1, 2016
The public is welcome to attend the Grand Opening of the Tony Wise Museum of the American Birkebeiner this Friday evening, August 5th, in Hayward. Members of the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation, the Wise family, and race fans, will gather for the landmark event. There is no fee for admission to the museum or the Grand Opening event. And on Saturday, there will be a celebration of the new American Birkebeiner Trailhead/start area, just before the annual meeting.
Related:
ABSF Annual Meeting Aug 5-6
New American Birkebeiner Permanent Start And Trailhead a Reality

USSA: Debut Gold for Taylor Fletcher
July 31, 2016
Taylor Fletcher broke away from the pack with a kilometer remaining to take his first national title at the U.S. Nordic Combined Championship at Soldier Hollow on Saturday. Brother Bryan Fletcher took silver with Ben Berend earning bronze after leading the jump. The Loomis brothers, Adam and Ben from Eau Claire, WI, finished 4th and 5th.

Midwest MTB Report
July 26, 2016
Jay Richards Midwest MTB Report this week covers the recent racing action in the Minnesota and Wisconsin series, a short update from Telluride 100 from a Midwest racer, the Strava Ride of the Week, a number of interesting bike related news, and the usual look ahead to upcoming events.

LNR Time Trial at Soldier Hollow Coverage
July 25, 2016
Loppet Nordic Racing juniors have been out in Utah, training at Soldier Hollow, in part as preparation for US Nationals and possibly the World Junior Championships. On Sunday, LNR joined Wasatch Nordic for a skate rollerski time trial. Results and photos posted.

Nordeast Grind Coverage
July 23, 2016
Bike racing action came to the streets of Northeast Minneapolis Saturday for the Nordeast Grind, part of the new Big Waters Classic three day series. After a steamy morning, the water finally broke out on the field for the womens Cat 4 race and most of the afternoon events as well. Photos from most of the morning races, with results linked in.
Related:
Photoset: Cat 5/Citizen - 65 photos, Mens Cat 4/5 - 57 photos, Juniors - 94 photos, Womens Cat 4 - 99 photos
Results: Nordeast Grind

Midwest MTB Report
July 19, 2016
This week's Midwest MTB Report has a major international flavor as Jay Richards writes about an epic trip to Iceland, including participating in their National MTB Championship. Plus catch up on the local races, some national stars, the Strava Ride of the Week, and the upcoming events.

Spotlight: Nordicwerks Program
July 18, 2016
On a warm Monday evening Nordicwerks training program hosted a combined workout and rollerski time trial with Endurance United elite members. After an easy warm up rollerski tour around the time trial course, the teams got down to business with an interval start skate rollerski time trial. Endurance United's Jack Christianson passed Tamer Mische-Richter in the final meters to post the top time on the evening. Fellow teammate Erin Moening raced to the top time for the women. After the time trial wrapped up, skiers finished with a warm down on the quiet backroads near Scandia.
Related:
Photoset: 210 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Video: Warmup

Rivet Run Coverage
July 17, 2016
Eve Graves reports: The impending storms luckily stayed away for Sunday's 5k Trail Rivet Run/Walk at Pattison State Park. We had light rain pre-race and sunny skies with temps in the lower 70's during the event. Participants ranged in age from 3 to 67, with well over 100 registered and 82 starting and finishing. Braden Curnow was the first overall male in a time of 20:36 (and he ran the 26 mile grueling Curnow trail race yesterday too!). Laura Mueller was the first female to cross the line in 28:13.
Related:
Photoset: Rivet Run
Results: Rivet Run

USSA: Bryan Fletcher Talks Future in Nordic Combined
July 8, 2016
USSA reports: After winning the annual Fourth of July nordic combined cup on Howelsen Hill, soon-to-be-dad Bryan Fletcher talked with Joel Reichenberger of Steamboat Today about his Olympic history, his hopes for future medals...and why he was wearing a hot pink suit.

Birkie Price Hike
July 6, 2016
Get in on the ground floor for Birkie/Kortie fees -- the first price hike comes this Friday, July 8th! Register by Thursday night to get the best pricing.
Related:
Birkie T-Shirt Contest Voting

Midwest MTB Report
July 5, 2016
This week's Midwest MTB report by Jay Richards covers a wide range of topics, from Buck Hill races to the World Championships, viral videos and bear attacks, and of course, the Strava Ride of the Week and a look at the upcoming events.

Wisconsin High School Nordic Championship Venue Change
July 5, 2016
The Wisconsin State High School Nordic Championships have announced they will help christen the new Birkie start area with their big event scheduled their for early February.

Afton Trail Run Coverage
July 2, 2016
Beautiful conditions Saturday morning for the annual Afton Trail Run events at Afton State Park. Temperatures were in the low 60s to start and rose into the upper 70s by late morning as runners did one (25K) or two laps around the big park. In the 50K, Kurt Keiser took the lead early and stretched it to a five minute margin of victory. Annika Hempel won the womens division, just a minute ahead of runner up Lisa Dunnigan. Matthew Berens also had a strong performance for the men in the 25K, winning by over three minutes. Kate Pallardy cruised to nearly a five minute lead over the womens 25K field.
Related:
Photoset: 50K - 264 photos, 25K - 414 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res) - 50K Race, Top Picks (high res) - 25K Race
Results: Afton Trail Run

Hoigaards Paddle Derby: C1 Day
June 29, 2016
The weekly Thursday evening paddle race series at Lake Calhoun, the Hoigaards Paddle Derby, this week highlights the solo canoes with a C1 derby division. Plus Paddler's Potluck this week!

Spotlight: Loppet Nordic Racing Summer Juniors
June 29, 2016
Loppet Nordic Racing (LNR) is one of the largest programs in the country. We caught up with them Wednesday morning in south Minneapolis. The group did a overdistance rollerski, splitting into a number of small groups with coaches to pair up skiers with similar abilities. Most of the advanced and immediate girls headed east, crossing the Mississippi River and skiing to downtown St. Paul, lead by Olympian Caitlin Gregg and head coach Piotr Bednarski. Most of the groups finished the 2-3 hour workout with some running and short drills.
Related:
Photoset: Overdistance Rollerski - 95 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Video: Overdistance Rollerski

Midwest MTB Report
June 28, 2016
Jay Richards has a jam-packed MTB report this week, covering the Lutsen 99er, the Duluth Enduro series, and WORS Firecracker races, the Strava Ride of the Week, and a look at some upcoming races and clinics.

Price Hike: Birkie Trail Run
June 28, 2016
The Birkie Trail Run and Trek will be on October 1st this fall. Save some money on the registration fees by registering before the end of June!

Web Roundup
June 27, 2016
Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda - Finn Sisu features skiing advice from the old and new:  Jim Carlen and Tom Woolhouse share some of the things they'd do differently in hindsight.
Back At It - Nichole Bathe checks in with an update on her recent vacation and summer training.
Headwind - Annie Hart reflects on perceptions and training, enjoying the time with teammates and some sun. 
Training with the Enemy - Norwegian VG spotlights Jessie Diggins's training with the Norwegian womens team.
Coach Babikov - Canadian's Russian import, Ivan Babikov, has announced his retirement and the start of a career in coaching.
Motivation Monday - The fierce competition level of Petra Majdic, overcoming some major injuries was featured on the Olympic website.
Shocko Choco - A recent study uses electrical shocks to generate a healthier (and tastier) version of chocolate.
Doping - HBO Humorist John Oliver takes on dopers in a recent Last Week Tonight segment.

USSA Announces Seven Stop Super Tour for 2016-17
June 27, 2016
Top cross country athletes from across America will participate in 16 races at seven different stops as part of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association's (USSA) annual USSA SuperTour. There will be two stops in the Midwest this season: Feb 17-19 in Ishpeming, MI and Feb 25 at the Birkie.

Tri-Loppet Coverage
June 25, 2016
A very steamy 2016 edition of the Tri-Loppet for racers on Saturday morning as temperatures soared into the upper 80s with dewpoints in the 70s. Matt Liebsch scored the mens individual title with Brian Gregg 2nd and Jonah Lidberg 3rd. Josie Nelson held off Jan Guenther for the womens individual title with Karen Bebchuk third. The top time on the day went to the Gear West corporate team relay.
Related:
Photoset: Paddling - 116 photos, Running - 96 photos, Cycling - 88 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Tri-Loppet Results

Spotlight: Endurance United Juniors Summer Program
June 23, 2016
A surprisingly cool morning Thursday for a Endurance United juniors summer workout in Afton. The group started off with an easy warm up rollerski along River Rd, before the big focus: 5-7 skate rollerski L3 intervals up the Afton coulee.
Related:
Photoset: Afton Workout - 121 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Video: Afton Intervals

Midwest MTB Report
June 21, 2016
Jay Richards Midwest MTB Report this week covers racing action from Chequamegon 100, Keweenaw Tread Fest, and even the Missoula PRO XCT. Plus check out the Strava ride of the week and the look ahead.

Web Roundup
June 20, 2016
Risky Business - Rosie Frankowski juggles work, training, and more as she reflects on the start of her second season as a pro.
Better Together
- Jessie Diggins extols the SMS team atmosphere as she updates on her early summer training (as a special upcoming trip).
Throwback Camp - Brian Gregg updates on summer training at Cresthill Resort and the summer routine.
Project Rollerskiing - NNF shares an update from Park City and the NTG podium training group.
Eagle Glacier - Eric Packer and friends crank out another highlight training video, this one of June skiing on the Eagle Glacier.
Its the Shoes - Study sheds new light on the impacts of footwear on running muscles.
Work It Out - Exercise after studying shown to improve memory retention.
Headdope? - New headphones claim to improve the effectiveness of athletic training sessions.

Midwest MTB Report
June 14, 2016
The Midwest MTB report this week, by Jay Richards, covers last weekends WORS and MNMBS series races, the Strava Ride of the Week, a couple of interesting news items, and the usual look ahead to upcoming events.

Spotlight: Minneapolis Ski Club Summer Juniors Program
June 14, 2016
Most of the Twin Cities summer junior training programs kicked off officially this week. We caught up with the Minneapolis Ski Club east side juniors on Tuesday morning. Coach Kevin Brochman led the group through some strength training drills, then skiers put on the classic rollerskis and warmed up on the Greenway trail before splitting into two groups. The advanced group wound their way down to the base of the Franklin hill, then worked on classic technique before wrapping up with a distance ski.
Related:
Photoset: East Side Summer Juniors - 109 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

Chippewa Triathlon Results
June 11, 2016
Warm conditions Saturday for the annual Chippewa Triathlon event in Cass Lake. John Kallemeyn posted the top time on the day with Dave Nelson taking second and Ryan Peterson and Jonah Lidberg posting the same times in third. Maria Janowiak won the womens overall with Emily Johnson not far behind.
Related:
Photoset from John Arenz: Canoe Segment - 45 photos
Results: Chippewa Triathlon

Midwest MTB Report
June 7, 2016
Featured in Jay Richards Midwest mountain biking report this week: Detroit Mountain, Mt. Borah Epic, and Battle of Camrock recaps/first-hand reports, the Strava Ride of the Week, and the usual look ahead on events.
Related:
Official Borah Epic Recap

ABSF Phase 2 Kickoff Event at Rivers Eatery, June 27th
June 6, 2016
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation kicks off their Phase 2 capital campaign with an event at the Rivers Eatery in Cable on Monday, June 27th. Besides getting all the details on the new developments, you'll enjoy pizza, a custom pint glass, live music, and auction.

Hoigaards Paddle Derby Results
June 4, 2016
Hoigaards held their first paddling race of the season on Thursday. Brent Arenz and Matt Liebsch combined for the mens racing victory, with Sarah Tokos and Cheryl Dubois taking the womens division.
Related:
Hoigaards Paddle Derby

Gear West SUP Events
June 3, 2016
Gear West is hosting a pair of stand-up paddle (SUP) events coming July 23rd at Long Lake. Sup-Athlon is a 5K run combined with a 5K SUP paddle race, while the Sup-Tour is a friendly 5K tour.

Midwest MTB Report
May 31, 2016
Driving home his Midwest MTB report this week, Jay Richards climbs on the saddle for some first-hand racing action in Canada, highlights the upcoming Lutsen 99er, Mt Borah Epic, new Longass ride event, and MN and WI series races, as well as news on Chloe Woodruff's Olympic bid, and the Strava Ride of the Week.

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.
Related:
Photoset: 10 mile course - 39 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: 10 mle, 10K
CityTrail Loppet Recap

CXC: Top Junior Skiers Will Come Together for the 2016 REG Camp
May 19, 2016
The 2016 Regional Elite Group camp is scheduled for July 5-11 in Marquette, bringing together over 20 of the top Juniors from the Midwest.
Related:
2016 CXC Dream Camp Athletes Named

City Trails Loppet Volunteers Needed Sunday
May 19, 2016
Volunteers are still needed for the City Trails Loppet Sunday, May 22. Assistance in the areas of Aid Stations, Finish Area, Start Area, T-shirt Distribution, Finish Food, Beer Ticket Sales and Green Team. All volunteers will receive a commemorative t-shirt, Surly beer, hot dog, and a big thank you!

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!

St. Scholastica: Salmela Stepping Down as Nordic Coach
May 16, 2016
Chad Salema has announced he will be stepping down as College of St. Scholastica's head Nordic ski coach to take up a new position as the head cross-country running and assistant coach for distance running at St. Scholastica. Salmela and the school will work to hire a replacement Nordic coach in the coming months.

Moose Valuable Skier Nominations
May 14, 2016
Moose Nordic is seeking nominations for their Moose Nordic Moose Valuable Skier of the year. This award will be presented to a Nordic athlete who lives the four core values of sportsmanship, humility, empowerment, and integrity. The winner will be announced at the Moose Nordic Picnic on Tuesday, May 31st.

Head Coaches for Junior Nationals and U16 Championships Announced
May 14, 2016
The head coach and trip leaders for the Midwest and Great Lakes teams for Junior Nationals, as well as the U16 Championships, have been named. Piotr Bednarski and Andy Keller will lead the Midwest squad, while Tom Wood and Nick Baic direct the Great Lakes team.

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).

CXC Announces New College Summer Residency Program
May 9, 2016
CXC has announced a new summer residency training program at Northern Michigan University for current, past and developing college athletes. The program will be led by Andy Keller and Shane MacDowell, and also provides living, studying and training options.

Survey: Opinions on SuperTour and Points
May 8, 2016
Annie Hart is soliciting opinions on the SuperTour structure and system for qualifying for international trips with a short online survey. The opinions will help with discussions coming up at the USSA Congress later this month.

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.

Midwest Junior Committee Meeting Recap
May 2, 2016
The Midwest Junior Committee Meeting was held in late April in Eau Claire. Among the topics discussed were the JNQ schedule, bylaw amendments on scoring, team composition, and waxing restrictions, and election of new head coach, Piotr Bednarski. Read the full meeting summary for more details.

MN Spring Coaches Association Meeting Minutes
May 2, 2016
The annual spring Minnesota High School Nordic Ski Coaches Association meeting was held back on April 16th at the Vasaloppet Center in Mora. The meeting covered a broad range of topics, including a proposal for on a new State Meet format, as well as one to limit high school conference racing to non-fluro waxes. Doug Boonstra was named the new president. Full meeting minutes posted.

2015-16 Season Highlights
May 1, 2016
Catch highlights plus full results and photos from the 2015-2016 collegiate racing season.

2015-16 Season Highlights
May 1, 2016
Catch highlights plus full results and photos from the 2015-2016 high school racing season.


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