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Lebanon Hills Regional Park, January 28, 2020 (Credit: John Gamlin)
CLCF Nordic, January 27, 2020 (Credit: Russ Sobotta)
25K classic champion Nora Gilbertson, Marine O'Brien, January 26, 2020

NewWeb Roundup

January 27, 2020
The Tour - Jessie Diggins recaps her Tour de Ski experience, and the post-event wind down.
First Week - Alayna Sonnesyn covers her first week racing overseas in the World Cup.
Family Affair - Star Tribune highlighted the amazing family connections with the Forest Lake Nordic ski team.
Stockpiling - The Loppet's stockpiling efforts to ensure the Minneapolis World Cup featured by MPR.
Why We Race - New Moon has an article providing reasons for racing, for both the racer and non-racers.
Toxic Addition - Outside Magazine examines the controversy over fluorinated ski wax.
Warriors - The 2020 Birkie warriors have been announced.
Snowfall Nerd - House Method has a statistical breakdown on snowfalls in the US that should help you win trivia night.
Vaporized - Nike's Vaporfly shoe may be banned from competition for providing an unfair advantage.
Flex Test - Gear West has a feature on their ski flex testing with Zane Fields.
Shorts!? - The Atlantic looks into the reasons why some kids wear shorts thru the winter.
Icy Trails - A number of places in Canada provide ice trails (like ski trails, but for ice skating).
50K Going Nowhere - A new record was set for 50K running on a treadmill.

NewGreat Bear Chase Celebrates 40 Years

January 27, 2020
The Great Bear Chase will be celebrating its 40th anniversary with their events Saturday, March 7th. Organizers are encouraging skiers to register now, before the Feb 1st price hike and start making those lodging plans.

NewWeekend Trail Reports

January 26, 2020
A great weekend of skiing being reported around much of the region! New reports from Bally Creek, Theodore Wirth North, Lebanon Hills6, ABR2, WinMan5, Piedmont, Timberland Hills, Lester2, Hickory Ridge2, Forts Folle Avoine, Snowflake2, Black's Grove, Drugan's GC, Tilson Creek2, Sheboygan Jaycee, North Lakeland Discovery, Hiawatha GC, Goose Lake, Balsam Branch, Lake Elmo, Greenbush3, Elver, Phalen GC, Levis/Trow Mound, Teacup Lake, Sugarbush2, Zillmer2, Kinnickinnic SP, McMiller, Afterglow Lake2, Magney-Snively2, Spirit Mtn, Theodore Wirth South2, Mt. Ashwabay, Chester Woods, Lakewood XC, William O'Brien SP2, Gov Thompson SP, Murphy-Hanrehan, Birkie, Bunker Hills, Coon Rapids Dam, Al Quaal, Black River Falls SF, Viroqua Hills GC, Tower Ridge, Superior MF, Moccasin, Banadad, Green Haven GC, Anoka, CLCF2, Elm Creek, Korkki, Bridgewood2, Razorback Ridges, Nashotah, North Lakeland School, Brown Deer, Carver2, North End, Wabana, High Cliff SP, Willow River SP, Nine Mile Forest, Standing Rocks, Columbia GC and recent reports from Elm Creek, Baker, St. Croix SP, Hiawatha GC, Cottage Grove Ravine, Balsam Branch, Rock Lake, Giants Ridge2, Bagley Nature, Northland Arb, Hiram, Washburn Lake Solitude, Flathorn-Gegoka, Hidden Valley, French2, Noquemanon, Minocqua Winter, Beaver Brook, Greenbush, Wolverine, Levis/Trow Mound, Northwoods, No Achen, Washburn Lake2, ABR, Spirit Mtn, Valley Spur, Escanaba2, Superior MF, Sugarbush2, Spooner City, Gooseberry Falls SP2, Spring Rapids, Moccasin, Jay Cooke SP, French Rapids, McNaughton Lake, Nordic, Odana Hills GC, Forest Springs Camp, Tower Ridge, Willow River SP2, Lebanon Hills, Bunker Hills, McMiller, Lake Carlos SP, Terrace Oaks, Howard Wagoner2, Hormel Nature, Andes Tower Hill, Great River Bluffs SP, Mississippi National, Drummond, Chomonix GC, Theodore Wirth North2, Three Eagle, Chain of Lakes, CLCF, Coulee Experimental SF, Carver, Zillmer, Cowhorn Lake, Lapham Peak, Five Lakes, Lowes Creek, Mt. Valhalla, Raven, Lake Kegonsa SP, Battle Creek West, Legion, Pincushion Mtn, Hayward Hospital, Columbia GC, Birkie, Afterglow Lake, Reforestation Camp, Graystone, Maplelag.

NewMarine O'Brien Coverage

January 26, 2020
Another big day of racing for the annual Marine O'Brien races Sunday at William O'Brien State Park. After the wooden ski competitors cut loose on the trails, the 12.5K and 25K classic races strode out, with the freestyle division taking off 30 minutes later. Craig Cardinal quickly established a commanding lead in the men's 25K classic, going on to win by over three minutes. Stillwater's own Nora Gilbertson strided to the women's title. Jakob Ellingston pulled away from Zach Handler in the final kilometer to take the 25K freestyle race with Marybeth Tuttle topping the women's division. In the one lap 12.5K races, Everett Meyers and Stella Powell were classic champions, while freestyle titles went to Ryan Houseman and Louisa Ward. Full results linked in, along with photosets from the classic and freestyle races.

NewCable JNQ/CCSA Classic Races Coverage

January 26, 2020
The Gitchi Gami Games wrapped up the Cable JNQ/CCSA meet on Sunday with individual start classic races. The men's 10K podium was an all-Norwegian party as NMU's Kjetil Banerud and Mathias Rolid finished 1-2 with CSS's Emil Book Bratbak losing to Banerud in a photo finish to collect third. MTU's Sarah Goble continued her strong season taking the women's 10K, teammate Oda Hovland, Norway, second and NMU's Malin Boergesjoe, Sweden, third. Top U16 juniors were Noah Straka and Sylvia Meza. Results linked in along with photos from Jackie Schneider of the 10K races.

NewUS Ski Team: Diggins Third, Leads Four Americans in Top 16 at Classic Sprint

January 26, 2020
Jessie Diggins snagged her second classic sprint podium of the season to lead four U.S. Ski Team athletes into the top 16 in Oberstdorf, Germany, Sunday. Sophie Caldwell was fourth, Sadie Maubet Bjornsen was ninth and Rosie Brennan was 16th.

Minneapolis World Cup Tickets Prices Jump Monday Night

January 25, 2020
The Minneapolis World Cup festival, March 14-17, has a price increase coming on the spectator tickets Tuesday. Check out their new promotional video to ramp up your fever and get those tickets by Monday night to save some bucks!

Cable JNQ/CCSA Freestyle Sprints Coverage

January 25, 2020
The Great Lakes Junior National Qualifying division along with a few of the CCSA collegiate teams competed in freestyle sprint races, the Gitchi Gami Games, at the Birkie Trailhead Saturday. Maria Schoening, UWGB, had a dominating day taking each of her heats and winning the women's final by four seconds over Mae Barnes, CSS, with Annika Viren, CSS, third. Jackson Adler, UWGB, edged out teammate Sam Myers in the men's final with Jack Christianson, CSS, third. U16 titles went to Owen Williams and Ashley Grossklaus. Results linked in, along with photos from Jackie Schneider.

Noquemanon Results

January 25, 2020
A field of more than 900 skiers turned out Saturday for the Noquemanon races in Marquette. Matt Liebsch took the men's 50K classic title by more than three minutes over Chris Pappathopoulos with Sam Holmes third. Vivian Hett won the women's division, Ellen Wiitala second and Anna Mooi third. The 50K freestyle race came down to three way fight for the victory with Zachary Nelson besting Derek Rasmussen by just over one second with Zach Varty third by seven seconds. Stacey Marion collected the women's 50K skate title, Kaitlyn Patterson second and Mari Hardel third. In the 24K events, Jordan Woods and Hanna Torvi collected the classic titles, Tryg Solberg and Lindsey Dehlin the freestyle victories.

US Ski Team: Mixed Results For Cross Country World Champs Preview

January 25, 2020
And up and down day for the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team as the FIS Cross Country World Cup continued with a skiathlon race in Oberstdorf, Germany, Saturday. Rosie Brennan led the team with a 17th place finish, Jessie Diggins was 22nd. Midwest skiers Alayna Sonnesyn was 51st, Ian Torchia DNF'd.

Frankowski: Sickness and Racing

January 22, 2020
Rosie Frankowski shares her experiences dealing with sickness and the decision to race, including at US Nationals earlier this month. Plus she offers some of her own tips on staying healthy.

World Cup Report: Nove Mesto Recap, Oberstdorf Preview

January 22, 2020
Chris Hecker, Rex World Cup wax tech, reports on last weekend's racing in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic, including a note on the plethora of yellow cards handed out. And a look ahead to this week's racing action in Obertsdorf, Germany.

Collegiate Racing Recap: CCSA, EISA, RMISA

January 21, 2020
The first big weekend of collegiate racing across the US! Luke Brown brings us all the action from the three big conferences, including Mara McCollor's continued stellar freshman season start.