Highlights

NewAmerican Birkebeiner Classic Coverage

February 25, 2024
Capping an improbable week of racing in one of the worst winters on record, the American Birkebeiner held their classic technique events Sunday on the now famous 10K machine-made snow loop in Cable. A group of four elite men broke away early and sprinted it out for the three podium spots with Michigan native Reid Goble taking the victory, German Christian Winker second and David Norris third. On the women's side, Hannah Rudd, a Minnesota native, and Caitlin Patterson made it a two-person race for the title, taking it down to another sprint finish with Rudd pulling ahead for a win. A number of the skiers completed an unofficial Birkie skiathlon, racing the 50K freestyle race the day before, including Rudd, Patterson (Scott and Caitlin), and Norris. Results linked in, photos posted along with a recap video.

NewAmerican Birkebeiner Freestyle Coverage

February 24, 2024
The snow coverage may have been muted but the crowds were not for the main event of the 50th American Birkebeiner on Saturday. Ever the crowd pleaser, Jessie Diggins put on a show, racing neck and neck with France's Flora Dolci after breaking away early. However, wearing her custom sparkling bib it was Diggins day to shine as she collected her first Birkie win, beating Dolci to the line by nearly 30 seconds and thrilling the fans at the finish. Besting the chase group to secure the final spot on the podium was last year's champion, Alayna Sonnesyn. After spending much of the race in the lead group of about a dozen men, US skiing superstar Gus Schumacher left it late to deliver yet another one for the books, collecting a first Birkie win of his own. A blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment, the second, third, and fourth skiers in the men's race came crashing in seconds later, with Sam Hendry decisively taking second, and David Norris just edging out Scott Patterson for third. Results linked in, photos and video recap posted!

Loppet Cup Playday Coverage

February 19, 2024
On Monday, the Loppet Cup wrapped up the big week with bunch of activities, indoor and outdoor, celebrating Winter including a chance to ski the World Cup courses, enjoy some winter activities, check out vendors and get autographs from some of the athletes.

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World Cup Minneapolis: Freestyle Distance; Sensational Schumacher Takes the Title, Diggins in Third

February 18, 2024
Not since the days of Bill Koch, over four decades ago, has an American man stood atop the podium in a World Cup distance race, but history was made on Sunday as Gus Schumacher became only the third to win a World Cup competition. Leading in a stacked field in the men's interval-start race, Schumacher posted the fastest time on the 10K freestyle course by just a handful of seconds, taking the victory over the current overall World Cup leader, Harald Oestberg Amundsen of Norway, and his teammate, Paal Golberg. The women's race was just as much of a thriller, with Jessie Diggins pushing her body to the limit and a third place finish on the back of a chorus of cheering from the home crowd at Theodore Wirth Park. Seemingly untouchable in Minneapolis, Sweden's Jonna Sundling claimed another victory with over 15 seconds to spare, while her teammate, Frida Karlsson, held down second place on the podium. A wrap for Period IV of the World Cup, athletes will next head back overseas for the final leg of the circuit which kicks off in Lahti, Finland.

Biathlon: US Makes History Once Again In World Championships Men’s Relay

February 17, 2024
The U.S. men’s relay team makes it two historic finishes for Team USA at the 2024 IBU World Championships in Nove Mesto na Morave, Czech Republic. The team of Vincent Bonacci, Sean Doherty, Campbell Wright and Minnesotan Jake Brown raced to fifth place, marking an historic World Championships finish in the discipline and the best U.S. relay finish since 2016.

World Cup Minneapolis: Freestyle Sprints

February 17, 2024
There was no shortage of excitement on Saturday for the first of two World Cup races being held just outside of downtown Minneapolis at Theodore Wirth Park. With thousands of spectators lining the trails, skiers were elevated to stardom as they competed for one of the coveted top-30 spots in the morning's freestyle sprints qualifier. Four men and four women would make that mark for the US team, with the most celebrated of the bunch being the hometown hero Jessie Diggins who twice drew a roar from the crowd on her way to the final in the heats. Despite Diggins' determination it was a Swede, Jonna Sundling, that would take all the glory, gliding away with the victory in dominant fashion after prevailing over teammate Linn Svahn and her Norwegian competitor Kristen Stavaas Skistad, with Diggins in tow for fourth. Equally as dominant was the 'king' of Norway, Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo, who put on a show for the fans, leading in a resurgent Federico Pellegrino of Italy and another Norwegian, Haavard Solaas Taugboel, on his way to a decisive victory. While none of the American men would break out of the quarterfinals, it wasn't for lack of trying with Gus Schumacher coming the closest in 17th. Tomorrow the excitement continues with athletes taking part in an interval-start 10K freestyle event.

Biathlon: Irwin and Wright Clinch Historic Mixed Relay Result at World Championships

February 16, 2024
Wisconsin native Deedra Irwin along with Campbell Wright teamed up for the second time this season to race in the 2024 World Championships single mixed relay event, claiming a historic 7th place finish, the best U.S. result at a World Championship single mixed relay event since the discipline was introduced.

Loppet Cup Friday Preparations Coverage

February 16, 2024
Friday was practice day at Theodore Wirth for the athletes, coaches and techs in final preparation for World Cup races this weekend. Jessie Diggins, Rosie Brennan, Julia Kern and JC Schoonmaker were part of a press conference in the historic Wirth chalet, with a full room of media covering the event.

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Great Bear Chase Still On

February 15, 2024
Organizers report the Great Bear Chase is still ready for racing on March 9th! Get your registration in for this natural snow race, as divisions are filling fast.

World Cup Racing: Minneapolis Schedule

February 14, 2024
The culmination of many year's worth of blood, sweat, and tears, the World Cup touches down in the Twin Cities this weekend for two days of elite-level racing at Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis. Whether you'll be catching the action trailside or tuning in from afar, you won't want to miss this one! Freestyle sprints kick off the festivities on Saturday with athletes competing in a qualifier at 10:00 AM CST which will lead into a knockout round of heats at 12:30 PM CST. Skiers will then be going the distance on Sunday for an interval-start 10K freestyle race that will see the men's field out first at 10:30 AM CST, followed by the women's field at 12:45 PM CST.

Changes to Birkie Week 2024: Lapped Courses and Race Distance Changes

February 13, 2024
As anticipation builds for Birkie Week 2024, the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation has announced several updates to this year's 50th Slumberland American Birkebeiner anniversary celebration event. Birkie Week promises an unforgettable experience for participants and spectators alike, with the introduction of lapped courses, shortened distances, and the excitement of World Cup athletes competing on the course.

World Cup Canmore: Classic Sprints

February 13, 2024
A whirlwind weekend (and then some) of racing in Alberta, Canada concluded on Tuesday with athletes focused on the day's event: classic sprints. A group of two dozen US athletes once again lined up for the qualifiers with seven of them advancing to the heats. JC Schoonmaker and Julia Kern were the ones to make it the furthest, both sneaking into the semifinals as lucky losers, but that is ultimately where their runs would end with the two finishing 7th and 11th respectively. A packed women's final produced a Swedish response to Saturday's showboating as Linn Svahn comfortably took the title over her contentious competitor, Kristen Stavaas Skistad of Norway, with another Swede, Jonna Sundling, just falling to third in a last minute lunge with the later. The men's final was an even closer affair as France's Richard Jouve put Norway's Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo to work in the final hundred meters, but it was not meant to be for Jouve as Klaebo managed to outmuscle the Frenchman for the win. Now athletes will make their way across the boarder for what has to be the most anticipated event of the season: the World Cup in Minneapolis!

World Cup Canmore: Classic Distance

February 11, 2024
Capping off a string of three days of racing in Alberta, Canada, athletes took to the trails at the Canmore Nordic Center on Sunday to compete in a mass-start 20K classic event. Sticking near the front of the field was crucial for both the men's and women's winners, including Frida Karlsson of Sweden who overtook Finland's Kerttu Niskanen in the final few meters of the women's race to earn her victory. Norway's Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo would attempt to do the same in the men's race, dropping the hammer on teammate Paal Goldberg coming into the finish, but Goldberg showed a surprising burst of speed to hold off yesterday's sprint champion and earn his own victory. Claiming the final podium spot in the respective races were Heidi Weng and newcomer Mattis Stenshagen, both of Norway. A dogged display by Jessie Diggins led her to the top American result in 10th, while Rosie Brennan, Sophia Laukli, and Gus Schumacher also cracked the top-20 in 13th, 14th, and 20th respectively. A break from the action tomorrow will lead into one final day of racing in Canada on Tuesday which is reserved for classic sprints.

World Cup Canmore: Freestyle Sprints

February 10, 2024
The second day of racing in Canmore saw the US well represented with two dozen athletes in the starting lineup for Saturday's freestyle sprints. Nearly half of those athletes would go on to qualify for the heats, including Jessie Diggins who progressed the furthest, making it to the women's final. A tough test greeted her there, and despite her best efforts the podium would be shared by a Norwegian, Kristen Stavaas Skistad, and two Swede's, Maja Dahlqvist and Linn Svahn, while Diggins finished 5th. Norway would also take the top spot in the men's final through a resurgent Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo who held off teammate Erik Valnes as well as Sweden's Edvin Anger for the title. Just missing out on making the final himself, Ben Ogden led the US men with a 7th place finish. Another mass-start race is on deck for tomorrow which will have athletes racing 20K in the classic technique.

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Results: Freestyle Sprints

Birkie: Final Q&A Session, Birkie Week Plans

February 10, 2024
The American Birkebeiner will be hosting their final live question and answer session this Monday, Feb 12th, at 7 pm CST. Tune in to hear the plans for events and races courses for the 50th anniversary event.

Vasabeiner Coverage

February 10, 2024
Well over 200 skiers turned out Saturday morning for a rare marathon training race, the Vasabeiner, put on by Pioneer Midwest. The mass start field did four laps of the 5K snowmaking loop, including the tricky, lightning fast descent of Boulder Ridge. Matt Liebsch (racing in his old Univ of Minnesota suit) took the men's victory with Brian Gregg second, Jakob Ellingson third. Sophia Tsu Velicer (Taipei) topped the women's field with Laura Cattaneo second and Sarah Widder third. Results posted, along with big photosets.

World Cup Canmore: Freestyle Distance; Diggins Decisive in Win

February 9, 2024
Kicking off the North American World Cup tour in style, Jessie Diggins gave American fans a reason to be loud and proud on Friday as she delivered yet another masterclass performance in the event she has become so dominant in. Racing 15 kilometers at the Canmore Nordic Center in Alberta, Canada, the women's freestyle race started en mass with relatively little commotion. That would change roughly midway through the race however when the pace started to quicken, in no small part due to Diggins' teammate, Sophia Laukli. Biding her time and putting herself in the right position, Diggins waited out several attacks until the time was right, then went with France's Delphine Claudel as she broke away up the final climb, easing past her on the ensuing downhill to confidently take the victory. Leading in the rest of the chase group, Norway's Heidi Weng would wrap up the final podium spot in third, while Laukli's strong showing saw her finish in 8th. Indecisiveness in the men's race led to little action early on with Austria's Mika Vermeulen the only athlete to attempt to separate from the rest of the field until Norway's Simon Hegstad Krueger decided to take the reins, overtaking Vermeulen to ski uncontested to the finish. Vermeulen would still be rewarded for his heroics however, earning his first World Cup podium in third behind another Norwegian, Harald Oestberg Amundsen. In the mix throughout the race, Scott Patterson was the star of the show for the US men, equalling Laukli's top-10 finish in 8th. The second of four races in five days takes place tomorrow with freestyle sprints the occasion. (Photo: Leann Bentley)

WJC/U23 Championships: Brewster Makes it Three in Four for the US

February 8, 2024
Continuing an impressive string of results at this year's Junior and U23 World Championships, Haley Brewster made it three podiums in four races for US skiers on Thursday after taking second in the U23 women's 20K freestyle race. Equally as impressive was fellow American Novie McCabe's performance which saw her finish just off the podium in 4th.

WJC/U23 Championships: Bronze for Hagenbuch in Freestyle Sprints

February 6, 2024
Just a day after Samantha Smith made the podium respresenting the US in the opening event of the Junior World Championships, John Steel Hagenbuch did the same at the U23 World Championships, taking third in the men's freestyle final.

Tour de Finn: City of Lakes Loppet Recap

February 6, 2024
Despite a season in which it seems as though every other race has been rescheduled, postponed, or just cancelled outright, the Tour de Finn is making lemonade out of lemons and celebrated the third stop in their Series this weekend at the City of Lake Loppet. Catch up with their latest race recap to get the latest updates and find out what's next for the Tour.

World Cup Racing: Canmore Schedule

February 6, 2024
And just like that, the World Cup has touched down in North America! Kicking off the much anticipated Period IV of the circuit is an extended stay in Alberta, Canada for four days of racing at the Canmore Nordic Centre, with a distance race getting things started on Friday. The women's field will race first for the 15K mass-start freestyle event at 11:40 AM CST, while the men's field will get the second shift at 1:45 PM CST. Saturday will then be devoted to freestyle sprints with athletes vying for a qualifying spot in the heats at 11:30 AM CST, while the knockout rounds themselves will take place later in the day at 2:00 PM CST. Wrapping up the weekend is a 20K mass-start classic event on Sunday where the women's field will once again get the go-ahead, racing at 11:00 AM CST, while the men's field will have to wait until 1:15 PM CST to compete. The action doesn't end there though as a final day of racing, classic sprints, will take place on Tuesday following a rest day. Qualifiers and heats for that final event are scheduled for 10:00 AM CST and 12:30 PM CST respectively.

WJC/U23 Championships: Smith Takes Silver in Freestyle Sprints

February 5, 2024
Sammy Smith of the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team started off the 2024 FIS Ski Junior World Championships with a silver medal in the first race of the championships, the skate sprint. The WJC/U23 championships are being held in Planica, Slovenia, this week.

City of Lakes Loppet Freestyle Coverage

February 4, 2024
With temperatures dipping into the low 20s overnight, the course conditions were very firm and fast for the City of Lakes Loppet freestyle races Sunday morning. After a chaotic start that saw a sizeable group crash in the opening 200 meters, the Best of Loppet/wave 1 race settled into a fast paced two laps around the snowmaking trails at Wirth. The men's race split into a trio of skiers at the front by lap 2, who then brought it down to a tight sprint finish, jostling for lanes resulting in Brian Gregg crashing with Matt Liebsch taking the another win, Caden Albrecht slipping into second. Caitlin Gregg also repeated as the women's champion, with Julie Ensrud holding off a pack of chasers for second as junior Helen Townley was the best of that pack, earning third. Results linked in, photos and video recap are up!

City of Lakes Loppet Classic Coverage

February 3, 2024
Pulling out a fast 5K course, the Loppet Foundation kicked off their City of Lakes Loppet Festival weekend with classic races Saturday morning. From the Best of the Loppet/wave 1, Matt Liebsch and Brian Gregg powered away from the field early, with Liebsch eventually moving ahead to take the victory, Gregg second, and David Joda taking third in a sprint over Caden Albrecht. Caitlin Gregg strided to the womens title with Laura Cattaneo second and Vivian Johnson third. Blake Weiss and Julie Garretson took the slightly shorter Puoli loppet titles. Results linked in, photos up from the BOTL/wave 1 race, video recap coming later today.

Loppet Cup is a Go!

February 2, 2024
Today the International Ski and Snowboard Federation (FIS) officially gave the green light to the local organizing committee during the scheduled snow control meetings, giving the go-ahead for Minneapolis' Wirth Park to host the first World Cup in the United States in more than 23 years.

Short-notice: Vasabeiner Race Added

February 1, 2024
Pioneer Midwest is hoping to salvage part of the racing season by offering a 20K race on Saturday, Feb 10th, on the snowmaking loops at Hyland.

Vasaloppet USA Cancelled

February 1, 2024
The Vasaloppet USA organizers have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s races. Despite hard effort on snow farming, the warm weather has made it impossible to make new snow and maintain the course. They are planning for a Miniloppet; a casual day of skiing on Saturday, Feb 10th

Canadian Birkie Cancelled

February 1, 2024
The Canadian Birkebeiner Society Board of Directors was forced to make the difficult decision to call off the in-person Birkie ski events on Saturday, February 10 due to lack of snow. Instead, all 2024 Canadian Birkie registrants and volunteers are receiving a complimentary registration by email for the Virtual Canadian Birkie.

Biathlon: Roster Named for 2024 World Championships

January 31, 2024
The United States Biathlon Association has posted the roster of athletes who will compete for the US at the 2024 IBU World Championships in Nove Mesto na Morave, Czech Republic slated for February 7-18. Making the squad from the Midwest are Deedra Irwin and Jake Brown.

Web Roundup

January 29, 2024
No Time Like Snow Time - After nearly oversleeping, Jessie Diggins recaps her win in Sunday's race along with quotes from the rest of the podium.
A Super SuperTour - Earning her first SuperTour victory and meeting a season goal, Renae Anderson reflects on her races in Lake Placid, New York.
Tour Talk - As a guest on the Hear Her Sports podcast, Jessie Diggins breaks down what led up to her title-winning Tour de Ski, on and off the snow.
Skiing in Sweden - Part of the US team overseas for the U18 Nordic Nations Cup, Daniel McCollor looks back on the first few days of training and racing in Falun.
Game On - Jessie Diggins joins France's Richard Jouve to play a game of "guess the year" hosted by Salomon.
Lantern Lighters - Minnesota Bound covers cross-country skiing and bright ideas at the Golden Eagle Lodge on the Gunflint Trail.
A Stonegrinder at Heart - Digging into what he does best, Tom Novak of Finn Sisu divulges his latest findings after testing grinds during this winter of 'none'.
Sexual Harassment Hits Ski Team - Findings by the U.S. Center for SafeSport illustrate a pattern of sexualized behavior over the course of years by a wax tech for the US biathlon team.
The Warmest Winter - With the snow melting and ice thawing it's not hard to believe that this is a record setting winter, but is it the warmest we've ever had?
Snowmaking in Spain - A new technique being tested in Spain is shaping up to be a breakthrough for making snow in warmer conditions using fewer resources.
Breaking the Mold - Mold builds up quickly in moist environments, so the New York Times is putting out a friendly reminder to clean your reusable bottles regularly.

Iola Norseman Challenge Results

January 28, 2024
Iola Winter Sports Club squeaked out another natural snow race, hosting a 20K freestyle race on Sunday morning. Tristan Schouten took the men's victory with Olivia Dreger posted the top women's time.

World Cup Goms: Freestyle Distance; Determined Diggins Takes Win

January 28, 2024
Ending Period III of the World Cup on a high note, Sunday's mass-start freestyle race in Goms, Switzerland was yet another high point for US athletes in a season chalk full of them. The women's race started conservatively with the field resembling one long conga line through a majority of the 20K race as Jessie Diggins led the bunch. It would remain that way up until the final few kilometers when Frida Karlsson of Sweden made a move to break away and to which Diggins calmly responded to. Staying glued to her through the final turn, Diggins slingshotted around her into the final straightaway, comfortably taking the victory. After Karlsson came the Swiss crowd favorite, Nadine Faehndrich, completing the women's podium, and not long after her came two more American skiers, Sophia Laukli in 5th and Rosie Brennan in 7th, making it three in the top-10 for the US team. Playing out very similarly, the men's race came down to a late breakaway by two Norwegians, Simen Hegstad Krueger and Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo, but there was little hope for Krueger against yesterday's sprint champion. Klaebo would go on to pick up another victory while Krueger was resigned to second, and a Frenchman, Jules Lapierre, led in the rest of the field for third. In the mix at times, Gus Schumacher finished the highest of the US men in 14th, while Scott Patterson also broke into the top-20 in 18th. After a break to rest and recover athletes will be heading overseas to North America for Period IV of the World Cup, making stops in Canmore in Alberta, Canada and in our very own backyard, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Noquemanon Results

January 27, 2024
Striking a victory against an anti-snow winter, the Noquemanon pulled off all their citizen races Saturday morning, with some modifications to course and distance. Over 900 skiers participated. Taking the 50K (23K) classic titles were team Gregg, Caitlin and Brian. 50K (23K) freestyle victories were repeats of the First Chance race earlier this season, Julia Harrison and Isaac Wieber. In the original 24K divisions (now 23K), classic titles went to Amea Kam-Magruder and Wes Sumner, freestyle to Hadley Jenson and Benjamin Bauer. And the 12K (now 10K) champions: classic Maija Rourke and Nathan McCaughan, freestyle Mylie Kelly and James Kreag.

World Cup Goms: Freestyle Sprints

January 27, 2024
It was business as usual for the World Cup on Saturday as athletes geared up for freestyle sprints. Six Americans made the heats among the men and women, and of those six three advanced to the semifinals: Jessie Diggins, Ben Ogden, and JC Schoonmaker. Their progress would be stopped short by a determined field however, which included a show of Swedish strength that saw five of their six skiers advance to the women's final. Due in part to those overwhelming odds, Sweden would go on to sweep the women's podium through the likes of an increasingly impressive Linn Svahn who was joined by Maja Dahlqvist and Jonna Sundling. The tightest contest of the day would go to a come-from-behind victory in the men's final by Norway's Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo over France's Lucas Chanavat, with Haavard Solaas Taugboel rounding out the top-3. One event remains in Goms, Switzerland, a mass-start 20K freestyle race.

World Cup Goms: Mixed Team Relay

January 26, 2024
After a team relay closed out last weekend's World Cup in Oberhof, there was a feeling of deja vu on Friday as another relay opened this weekend's competitions in Goms, Switzerland. Changing things up, teams were composed of two men and two women racing alternately over 5K each. Early on the race stayed competitive with much of the field intact, but by the final leg only five teams remained in contention: Sweden I and II, Norway I and II, and Finland I. With strong anchor skiers on both teams, Sweden's teams broke away heading into the home stretch to take the first two podium positions, while Norway I would follow them in for third. A young squad for the US had hoped to make their mark on the field, but a crash during their second leg would see their efforts end early today. Freestyle sprints become the focus for the field as they look towards tomorrow.

World Cup Racing: Goms Schedule

January 24, 2024
Goms, Switzerland welcomes the World Cup this weekend as Period III of the circuit draws to a close. Picking up where we left off in Oberhof, a relay will open the occasion on Friday with the men's and women's fields coming together to represent their countries in a mixed team event which starts at 8:30 AM CST. Then freestyle sprints take the spotlight on Saturday, with athletes competing in a qualifier and elimination bracket at 6:00 AM CST and 8:30 AM CST respectively. A mass-start 20K freestyle race finishes things off on Sunday which will be led out by the women's field at 2:30 AM CST, and brought in by the men's field at 6:30 AM CST.

World Cup Oberhof: Team Relays

January 21, 2024
Closing out the World Cup races in Oberhof, Germany, teams of four lined up to represent their nations in a 4x7.5K event on Sunday. Two very different sets of tactics came into play over the course of the men's and women's races: one showing restraint, and the other dominance. The women's victors, Sweden I, took the latter, establishing an early lead that would see them comfortably glide to another team title. Finishing second, the Germany I team put in a valiant effort, making up substantial time on the Swedish leaders in their final leg to make the women's race appear closer than it was and excite the home crowd. And following them a short while later was the Finland I team who crossed the in third. The men's victors, Norway I, waited up until the final hundred meters of the race to make a decisive move and secure their win. Also skiing a strong last leg, Italy I would sneak onto the men's podium in second, with the Norway II team taking the last podium spot just behind them. With several athletes sitting out the race to recover, the US women did not field a relay team, but the US men did. Consisting of Zak Ketterson, Scott Patterson, Ben Ogden, and Gus Schumacher, together they finished 13th. Next weekend the World Cup moves to Goms, Switzerland for the second half of Period III.

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Video: Team Relays Highlights
Results: Team Relays

Ariens King of Snow Festival Results

January 21, 2024
Ariens Nordic Center celebrated winter with King of Snow Festival, hosting their first citizen ski race on Sunday morning. Collecting a pair of premium Ariens snowblowers, Brian and Caitlin Gregg took the men's and women's victories in the inaugural 10K event. The 5K champions were N Penn and Chloe Koller.

World Cup Oberhof: Classic Distance

January 20, 2024
Saturday's 20K classic race was an odds-on occasion for the favorites as athletes turned out for the mass-start event. In what has become a recurring theme and surprise to no one, a trio from Norway—Erik Valnes, Martin Loewstroem Nyenget, and Paal Golberg—swept the podium in the men's race, with Valnes picking up his second consecutive victory. Meanwhile, the women's podium was composed of three go-to classic specialists, Frida Karlsson of Sweden, hometown hero Katharina Hennig, and Kerttu Niskanen of Finland. The highlight of the day among the US athletes was a pair of top-10 finishes by Jessie Diggins (6th) and Rosie Brennan (10th), while Zak Ketterson (40th) was the fastest to finish of the men. Athletes will team up to ski four legs at 7.5K each in a relay format tomorrow, the final day of racing in Oberhof.

She de Ski Results

January 20, 2024
Well over 300 women participated in the She de Ski events Saturday at the Birkie Trailhead in Cable. The 30K freestyle was a battle of stars, with Annika Landis taking the victory, Caitlin Gregg in second and Holly Brooks third. Maggie Bowman won the women's 20K with Josie Nelson second, Margie Nelson third. Elin Hartmann took the 10K title with Wren Saveraid the best of the 5K field.

Tower Ridge 10K Coverage

January 20, 2024
A small but hardy crew turned out Saturday morning in Eau Claire for the annual Tower Ridge races, hosted by UW-Eau Claire Nordic ski team. Andy Schakel collected the 10K mens title, Rachael Jensen the win for the women. Results along with photos and a highlight video are up now.

World Cup Oberhof: Classic Sprints

January 19, 2024
Returning to action with classic sprints, the World Cup entered the third of five periods of racing on Friday. Kicking things off in Oberhof, Germany, eight Americans qualified for the heats, a season high, although it would be one of the seemingly rare occasions where none would make the podium. Ben Ogden made it the furthest, advancing all the way to the men's final where he finished 6th, while Jessie Diggins again led the women's team, making it to the semifinals and finishing 9th overall. Both the men's and women's podiums were a point of national pride, with the Norwegian team sweeping the men's podium via Erik Valnes, Ansgar Evensen, and Even Northug, while the Swedish team would do the same for the women's podium via Linn Svahn, Frida Karlsson, and Jonna Sundling. Tomorrow the classic racing action continues with a mass-start 20K race planned for both the men's and women's fields.

Ariens: King of Snow Festival this Weekend

January 18, 2024
Ariens Nordic Center will host a King of Snow festival this weekend, Jan 20-21, with fat bike races on Saturday and freestyle ski races on Sunday. Top male and female finishers in the 10K Freestyle ski race and the fat bike Elite Category race will win an Ariens 90th Anniversary Limited Edition Sno-Thro! Plus join them for a Packers viewing party Saturday evening.

Ring of Snow Challenge Coming Next Weekend

January 18, 2024
Replacing the Badger State Games, the Ring of Snow Challenge is scheduled for Jan 27th in Wausau. The event features three and six hour race divisions -- ski solo and form a team!

World Cup Racing: Oberhof Schedule

January 16, 2024
Period III of the World Cup starts up in just a matter of days, the last batch of racing before the circuit heads overseas. Spending a weekend each in Germany and Switzerland, the first stop is in Oberhof, this Friday, where classic sprints will be the opening event. Qualifiers for those sprints will be held at 5:50 AM CST, while the heats will take place a couple hours later at 8:20 AM CST. Athletes then turn their attention to a mass-start 20K classic race on Saturday where the men will compete first at 3:25 AM CST, and the women afterward at 6:30 AM CST. Finally, national pride is on the line on Sunday with teams of four dueling it out in the women's and men's team relays, taking place at 3:50 AM CST and 6:10 AM CST respectively.

Lapham Loppet Results

January 13, 2024
As a major winter storm was exiting the region, over 120 skiers came out to Lapham Peak for the annual Lapham Loppet Saturday morning. Thomas Stuber skied away from the field, taking the win a minute and half ahead of Tristan Schouten with Danny Sonnentag third. Lindsey Kriete skated to the women's victory, only 47 seconds ahead of Anne Straka (the top classic female!), with Ellie Schouten third. Nathan Burke the top men's classic time.

Seeley Hills Classic Results

January 13, 2024
Racing at the Birkie Trailhead in Cable, the Seeley Hills Classic drew in over 300 skiers for races on Saturday. In the 32K division, Brian Gregg edged out David Joda for victory with Matt Liebsch third. Caitlin Gregg made it a household sweep, Ingrid Thyr taking second and Josie Nelson third. The shorter 20K event was won by Leif Hanson with Kai Ludwig second and Norbert Koenigsfeld third. Katie Milligan Susong had the top women's time, Emily Fjorden second and Julie Garretson third. Jack Dahlby and Stella Meza won the 6K high school races.

Tour de Finn: First Chance Race Recap

January 9, 2024
After a quieter than usual start to the season, racing action throughout the Midwest is getting back underway. Mora, MN hosted the First Chance Race this past weekend which was the second opportunity to score points in the newly minted Tour de Finn Series. With the next scoring event already on the horizon, get up to date on the latest in the Series with their most recent recap.

Loppet Foundation: All Things Loppet Cup

January 8, 2024
With the World Cup races at Theodore Wirth just over a month away, the Loppet is highlighting their new Loppet Cup poster, watch parties, merchandise and lodging options.

Tour de Ski: Stage 7 Freestyle Distance; Diggins Take the Tour, Laukli Takes the Stage

January 7, 2024
The culmination of a week's worth of racing was on the line for the final stage of the Tour de Ski on Sunday. On a grueling 10K freestyle course leading to, and up, Alpe Cermis in Val di Fiemme, Italy, athletes were competing for the final podium of Period II of the World Cup, and more importantly, the overall Tour de Ski title. Jessie Diggins was the star of the show for the US squad, pushing her body to the limit up the alpine climb to finish 6th, enough to secure her second career Tour de Ski title. Not to be overshadowed by her teammate, Sophia Laukli also shown bright for the US, skiing a tactically sound race to take the stage win, her first World Cup victory. She would best Norway's Heidi Weng by over 15 seconds, with France's Delphine Claudel another 20 seconds back in third. Weng could take solace in a second place finish in the overall standings however, and Finland's Kerttu Niskanen would complete that podium, finishing third. While it seemed unlikely that anyone would be able to overtake Norway's Harald Oestberg Amundsen for the men's title, a few would try including Jules Lapierre of France and Friedrich Moch of Germany. The two would break away late, finishing in that order, with Lapierre's countryman, Hugo Laplaus, also finding the space necessary to make a third place finish. Their lead would not be enough to stop Amundsen from taking the overall title, although Moch and Laplaus would be rewarded for the efforts with a promotion to second and third place on the overall podium. Zanden McMullen and Scott Patterson finished their tour of duty for the US men's team with 36th and 42nd place finishes respectively, and additional notable performances from the women's team included a 12th place finish by Rosie Brennan and a 23rd place finish by Samantha Smith. Period III of the World Cup will get underway in just under two week's time on Jan 19th. (Photo: Leann Bentley)

Tour de Ski: Stage 6 Classic Distance

January 6, 2024
A mix of rain, sleet, and snow in Toblach, Italy made for difficult racing conditions on Saturday for the penultimate event of the Tour de Ski, a mass-start 15K classic race. Due to the weather, both the men's and women's event largely became a group ski, resulting in each race being decided by whatever sprinters remained in contention. For the men's race it was the Norwegian Erik Valnes who took the helm heading into the home stretch, beating William Poromaa of Sweden and Cyril Faehndrich of Switzerland at the line. Similarly, Sweden's Linn Svahn would overtake her teammate, Frida Karlsson, in the final moments of the women's race as Germany's Katharina Hennig would cross the line in third. Right on the heels of the lead women, Jessie Diggins reached the finish in 8th, doing enough to secure a 43 second lead heading into the final stage tomorrow. Following Diggins was Rosie Brennan who finished 12th, and Sophia Laukli would also have a top-20 finish in 17th. Scott Patterson and Zanden McMullen were again the sole representatives of the US men and finished 27th and 31st respectively. Closing out the Tour de Ski and Period II of the World Cup is the 10K freestyle accent up Alpe Cermis which will start en masse for each gender Sunday.

First Chance Races Coverage

January 6, 2024
Vasaloppet organizers pulled together a 1K man-made snow trail to allow for racing action Saturday afternoon at the Nordic Center in Mora. Isaac Wieber took the men's 10K race after Alex Reich took a stumble in the final 250m, with Paul Olson, Mora native, finishing third. Julia Harrison topped the women's field, Lisa Garretson second and Allie Rykken third. Results linked in, photos up from both 10K and 5K events along with a video recap of the 10K.

World Cup Racing: Tour de Ski Stages 6 and 7 Schedule

January 5, 2024
The end of the Tour de Ski is in sight with just two stages remaining. Moving to Val di Fiemme, Italy for the final leg, the World Cup program for Saturday and Sunday calls for mass-start events on both days, with a 15K classic race on the former and a 10K freestyle race on the latter. The women will lead off on Saturday at 4:30 AM CST, followed by the men at 8:25 AM CST, and then the order will reverse for the infamous climb up Alpe Cermis on Sunday, with the men out first at 7:30 AM CST, followed by the women at 8:45 AM CST.

Tour de Ski: Stage 5 Classic Distance; Brennan and Diggins Share Podium Again

January 4, 2024
A decisive day for athletes heading into the final two races of the Tour de Ski, Thursday's pursuit-start 20K classic race would turn out to be one of the highest of high points in a season full of them for the US women. Rosie Brennan led an inspired performance, dueling with the Finnish great Kerttu Niskanen late on to take second on the day. And needing to maintain her advantage over the rest of the competition in the overall standings, Jessie Diggins overcame an early nosedive to stick with the bulk of the women's field, staying strong to the end to put her stamp on third place. With Ben Ogden bowing out of the Tour de Ski earlier in the week, and Gus Schumacher taking his leave today, only two remained for the US men, Scott Patterson and Zanden McMullen, who finished 24th and 28th respectively. On the podium for the men's race were Harald Oestberg Amundsen, Henrik Doennestad, and Martin Loewstroem Nyenget, all hailing from Norway. Following a day off on Friday, the final stages of the Tour de Ski will be held in Val di Fiemme, Italy on Saturday and Sunday.

Tour de Ski: Stage 4 Freestyle Sprints; Three in Three for Diggins, Success for Schumacher

January 3, 2024
Lining up under the lights in Davos, Switzerland, athletes competed in freestyle sprints on Wednesday as they crossed the halfway point of the Tour de Ski. Another productive outing for the US team, Kevin Bolger, Zanden McMullen, Gus Schumacher, Rosie Brennan, Jessie Diggins, Julia Kern, and Samantha Smith were among the 30 men and 30 women who qualified for the heats, a first for McMullen and Smith. Making it all the way to the women's final, Jessie Diggins held on for her third podium in as many races, finishing third behind Norway's Kristen Stavaas Skistad and the winner of the event, Linn Svahn of Sweden. Of the US men, Gus Schumacher would go on to have a career best day, not only advancing to the semifinals for the first time, but also making it to the final where he would finish in 4th. That final would be won by the resurgent Lucas Chanavat of France, followed shortly after by Sweden's Edvin Anger and Italy's Federico Pellegrino. With one more race in Davos before they hit the road again, Stage 5 tomorrow will see athletes compete in a pursuit-start 20K classic race.

World Cup Racing: Tour de Ski Stages 4 and 5 Schedule

January 1, 2024
It's on to Davos, Switzerland for the second set of World Cup races in the Tour de Ski. Stage 4 on Wednesday features freestyle sprints which will get underway with a qualifying round at 7:30 AM CST, leading into the elimination bracket at 10:00 AM CST. A pursuit-start 20K classic race then takes center stage on Thursday with the women's and men's fields on course at 3:45 AM CST and 6:00 AM CST respectively.

Tour de Ski: Stage 3 Freestyle Distance; Diggins Remains Dominant

January 1, 2024
Looking to start the new year on the right foot, athletes wrapped up the first block of Tour de Ski races with a 20K freestyle event. Starting the pursuit format race with a six second lead, Jessie Diggins did what she does best: go all out from start to finish. Putting time in to the rest of the field time check after time check, Diggins confidentiality collected the stage win with a 45-second lead in the overall standings to boot. Leading in the rest of the women's field, Victoria Carl of Germany would cross the line in second, with Linn Svahn of Sweden behind her in third. The men's race would play out a little differently as Norway's Harald Oestberg Amundsen and Erik Valnes would both start the race with over a minute lead. The two would remain uncontested for the entirety of the race, with Amundsen pulling away late on to take the stage win. A group sprint for third saw a third Norwegian, Jan Thomas Jenssen, reach the podium, while the ever improving Gus Schumacher would cross the line a few seconds back in 10th, the top finisher for the US men. After a much deserved day off, the Tour de Ski will continue on Wednesday in Davos, Switzerland for Stages 4 and 5.

Loppet Cup Trivia Night Monday Jan 8th

January 1, 2024
Gather your friends and celebrate the Loppet Cup with a trivia night at Utepils Brewing on Monday, Jan 8th. RSVP to register to team today!

Tour de Ski: Stage 2 Classic Distance; Diggins Returns to Podium

December 31, 2023
Capitalizing on their strong start yesterday, Stage 2 of the Tour de Ski was a chance for US athletes to secure their footing in the race for the title. Leading the way for the team in Sunday's interval-start 10K classic race were Jessie Diggins and Ben Ogden who both had strong results once again, with Diggins putting in a gutsy performance to stand in third on women's podium, while Ogden would fight his way into the top-10 in the men's race, finishing 9th. Rosie Brennan would also lay it all out in her race, finishing just off the podium in a 4th, and Gus Schumacher maintained his hot start to the Tour de Ski, earning a top-20 placement in 15th. No country would be happier with their teams performance than Finland however, as two of their athletes would take the top honors on the day, Kerttu Niskanen and Perttu Hyvarinen. Joining Niskanen and Diggins on the women's podium was Germany's Victoria Carl, while Norway's Erik Valnes and Harald Oestberg Amundsen accompanied Hyvarinen on the men's podium. The last day of competitions in Toblach, Italy, taking place tomorrow, is reserved for a pursuit-start 20K freestyle race.

Tour de Ski: Stage 1 Freestyle Sprints; Podium Debut for Ogden

December 30, 2023
The Tour de Ski got off to raucous start on Saturday for one of the most grueling campaigns of the World Cup season encompassing seven races in nine days. Toblach, Italy is the site of the first three races, with freestyle sprints the task at hand for Stage 1. Taking to the challenging, multi-lap course, new faces were welcomed to the podium in both the men's and women's events, including a breakthrough third place finish by American Ben Ogden, his first podium appearance. Of the rest of the podium, Sweden's Linn Svahn would make a statement securing the top spot in the women's final, followed by teammate Jonna Sundling and Norwegian Kristen Stavaas Skistad. France's Lucas Chanavat would take advantage of the absence of Norway's Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo in the men's final, and would be join by his fellow countryman and podium debutant, Jules Chappaz. All together, six made the heats for the US—Rosie Brennan, Jessie Diggins, Julia Kern, Kevin Bolger, Ben Ogden, and Gus Schumacher—with Diggins and Kern both making it as far as the semifinals. The Tour de Ski continues tomorrow with an interval-start 10K classic race for Stage 2.

Sisu Ski Fest Cancelled

December 29, 2023
Bare ground and wet conditions have forced organizers to cancel the Sisu Ski Fest races, but they plan to host a party complete with lunch, expo and race swag.

NNF: World Cup Fan Bibs Fundraiser

December 28, 2023
NNF has teamed up with Midwest manufacturers Borah Teamwear and Podiumwear to offer exclusive World Cup fan bibs! Make your $50 donation to NNF and receive one of these collector bibs, and show your support for US Nordic skiing development.

World Cup Racing: Tour de Ski Stages 1, 2, and 3 Schedule

December 27, 2023
World Cup racing returns this weekend for the start of Period II and the opening stages of the Tour de Ski. The venue for the first three stages is Toblach, Italy, where freestyle sprints will kick off the competitions on Saturday with a qualifying round set for 5:00 AM CST, and the elimination heats set for 7:30 AM CST. Athletes then have an interval-start 10K classic race to look forward to the following day, led-out by the women's field at 5:15 AM CST, followed by the the men's field at 8:00 AM CST. Lastly, a pursuit-start 20K freestyle race will ring in the new year on Monday with the men's field getting the 'go' first at 3:00 AM CST, and the women's field following suit at 5:30 AM CST. A more condensed US squad is taking to the trails for Period II of the World Cup, meaning all eyes from the Midwest will have to be on Jessie Diggins and Kevin Bolger as our representatives.

Winter Warmup Coverage

December 23, 2023
The usually warm winter seemed almost fitting on Saturday morning for the Winter Warmup races. Dense fog, mash potato snow, and big fields led to some tight racing, along with a few crashes, for both the 10K and 5K races. Olympian and NCAA champion Magnus Boee dominated the race, pulling away from Brian Gregg in the final 500m to take the men's 10K title, Gregg second and Cooper Camp moving up to third. Caitlin Gregg topped the women's field with Lauren McCollor second, Cheresa Bouley in third. Wayzata HS brought nearly their full squad out for some fun in the 5K, taking the boys and girls victories: Hudson McMillan and Lila Golomb. Full results posted, full photosets up now.

Register your Team for Loppet Cut Trivia Night

December 18, 2023
Celebrating the Loppet Cup, which will bring the world to Theodore Wirth in February, come out to Utepils Brewing on Jan 8th and bring your friends for an evening of trivia competition. RSVP to register to team today!

SuperTour Anchorage: Classic Sprints, Freestyle Distance Highlights

December 17, 2023
SuperTour racing in Anchorage, Alaska wrapped up over the weekend with athletes competing in classic sprints and a mass-start 10K freestyle race. Saturday's sprints were won by the same pair that had won the sprints just a few days prior, Samantha Smith and Julien Locke, but that trend did not carry through to Sunday's mass-start race as Sonjaa Schmidt and Michael Earnhart instead got their first wins of the season. For top performers from the Midwest, Erin Bianco and Reid Goble earned the best results on both days, with Goble reaching the podium twice through 3rd and 2nd place finishes, and Bianco breaking into the top-10 twice through 7th and 6th place finishes. Other notable standouts included Renae Anderson, who finished 10th on Saturday and 13th on Sunday, along with another three who finished inside the top-20 in the mass-start race: Margie Freed, 7th; Sarah Goble, 12th; and Michaela Keller-Miller, 18th. US Nationals are the next stop for the SuperTour, taking place just after the New Year at Soldier Hollow in Midway, Utah.

World Cup Trondheim: Classic Distance; Second for Brennan

December 17, 2023
Trondheim saved some of the best skiing for last as old favorites renewed their status and new ones found their footing in the final races of Period I. Having just made her first World Cup podium appearance the day before, Germany's Victoria Carl would take it a stride further in Sunday's interval-start 10K classic race, earning her first World Cup victory by a hearty 20 seconds over the rest of the field. The next closest skier behind her was the American Rosie Brennan who earned her second individual podium of the season, finishing just seconds ahead of Sweden's Ebba Andersson. And while it wouldn't be a podium day for Jessie Diggins, she would still put in a performance to be proud of with a 4th place finish. After getting off to what could be considered a rocky start, Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo sealed his sweep of the weekend's races in his hometown, standing atop a podium that was also swept by Norway as Paal Golberg took 2nd beside a new face, Henrik Doennestad, in 3rd. Ben Ogden again led the US men, securing an impressive top-10 finish in 8th. Athletes will now have a well earned two week break from World Cup racing action before reconvening in Toblach, Italy for the start of Period II and the Tour de Ski.

Hoigaards Relays Coverage

December 16, 2023
Some very competitive two-person team relays Saturday morning under damp, warm conditions at Elm Creek for the Hoigaards Relays. In the masters race, the pairing of Andy Brown and Brian Gregg (Team Dad Bod) had the best time with Chris Queitzsch / Jakob Ellingson edging out Spencer Davis / McEwan Rodefeld by a second for second place. Julie Lavenger and Katrin O'Grady (J.K.) had the top women's time. And the daughter/father pairing of Siri and Craig Stolen (Race it Like it's Stolen) won the mixed relay. Siri once again pulled a double shift, racing in the high school division and winning the girls field with teammate Mia Nordberg (Suns Out Guns Out). The boys combo of Franklin Doncavage and Luke O'Rourke (Team Schiesty) claimed the boys high school victory. Full results posted, along with photos by Shannon Brault.

World Cup Trondheim: Skiathlon; Diggins Skis to Second

December 16, 2023
A once-in-a-season event, Saturday's skiathlon was a chance for World Cup athletes to show their fitness in both classic and freestyle techniques over the course of 20K. Races got off to a fast start in Trondheim, and by the halfway point only a handful of athletes were left in contention, including Americans Jessie Diggins and Rosie Brennan. While Sweden's Ebba Andersson would be long gone by that point, Diggins would still put it all on the line as she led the remaining women in with a second place finish. Claiming the last podium spot was Heidi Weng of Norway, and Brennan would finish shortly after in 8th. To the delight of the the home crowd, Norway's Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo dominated the men's field for the second day in a row. However, his victory would be partially overshadowed by a breakthrough performance by a Brit, Andrew Musgrave, who bested the rest of the field, with another Norwegian, Didrik Toenseth, in tow for third. A 17th place finish by Ben Ogden would be the top finish for the US men on the day. A final day of racing in Trondheim awaits athletes on Sunday, with an interval-start 10K classic race closing out Period I of the World Cup.

Related:

Video: Skiathlon Highlights
Results: Skiathlon

World Cup Trondheim: Freestyle Sprints

December 15, 2023
It was homefield advantage for the Norwegian crowd as a weekend of World Cup races kicked off in Trondheim. Freestyle sprints were the occasion on Friday, and the favorites were out in force with Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo cooly collecting the title in the men's final, and Kristen Stavaas Skistad showing signs of the form she had last season with a victory in the women's final. Accompanying Skistad on the women's podium were Sweden's Linn Svahn and Emma Ribom, while Klaebo was joined by France's Lucas Chanavat and a fellow Norwegian, Harald Oestberg Amundsen. Six made the heats for the US team—Kevin Bolger, Ben Ogden, JC Schoonmaker, Rosie Brennan, Jessie Diggins, and Julia Kern—and three would advance to the semifinals—Bolger, Diggins, and Kern. Of those three, Diggins would be the only one to make the final, but the US streak of six races with an athlete on the podium would come to end there as she would finish the day in 4th. Another opportunity presents itself on Saturday, with a 20K skiathlon on deck for all athletes.

Tour de Finn: Skadi's Chase Recap

December 14, 2023
Last weekend's Minnesota Nordic Ski Opener marked the start of the racing season in the Twin Cities, and also the start of the new Tour de Finn. With the first round of points officially in the books, check out their recap up to hear about how the first stop went, and about what's up next in the series.

New Moon: Tour by Day, New Moon Night Race

December 14, 2023
New Moon shares the experience of the inaugural Birkie Tour Night Race last year and highlights this year's edition coming up on Jan 27th. Plus get tips on skiing at night!

Biathlon: Irwin Finishes 8th in Lenzerheide World Cup

December 14, 2023
Wisconsin native Deedra Irwin raced to a World Cup-best eighth place in the women’s 7.5km sprint, kicking off the first-ever World Cup in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. She landed just one spot off her career-best seventh place from the 2022 Olympics in Beijing, an historic finish for U.S. Biathlon.

SuperTour Anchorage: Freestyle Sprints, Classic Distance Highlights

December 13, 2023
The 2023-2024 SuperTour started off on Tuesday for a week of racing at Kincaid Park in Anchorage, Alaska. Freestyle sprints were the focus of the first day, with the first win of the season going to an American, Samantha Smith, in the women's heats, and a Canadian, Julien Lock, in the men's heats. Of the Midwest crowd, Erin Bianco would make the final in 6th, and another three the semifinals: Margie Freed, 8th; Michaela Keller-Miller, 10th; Hannah Rudd, 12th, while John Schwinghamer would post the best result of the men with a 26th place finish. The following day was reserved for an interval-start 10K classic race which would also be won by an American and a Canadian, with Samantha Smith completing her sweep, and Maximillian Hollmann earning his first win of the season. Midwest standouts for Wednesday's race included Margie Freed, 4th, Erin Bianco, 11th, and Michaela Keller-Miller, 20th, of the women's field; and Reid Goble 21st in the men's. After a two day break, racing will resume this weekend with classic sprints on Saturday, and a mass-start 10K freestyle race on Sunday.

World Cup Racing: Trondheim Schedule

December 12, 2023
Marking the end of Period I of the World Cup, this weekend's races in Trondheim, Norway will be the final opportunity for athletes to test their fitness before heading into Period II of the circuit, the Tour de Ski, which starts just before the new year. The action in Trondheim begins with freestyle sprints on Friday, with qualifying slated for 3:00 AM CST, and the heats for 5:30 AM CST. Then a 20K skiathlon is the subject of Saturday, with the women competing first at 4:10 AM CST, and the men getting their turn afterward at 6:15 AM CST. Finally, to close out the weekend, Sunday will feature an interval-start 10K classic race for which the men's field will get the go-ahead at 4:00 AM CST, with the women's field following suit at 6:15 AM CST.

World Cup Ostersund: Freestyle Distance; Domination by Diggins

December 10, 2023
Sunday's interval-start 10K freestyle races in Ostersund, Sweden were another opportunity for Jessie Diggins to put on a dominating display, and put on a dominating display she did. Laying 23 seconds into the rest of the field, Diggins would pick up yet another World Cup win, with the next closest athletes in the women's field being Heidi Weng of Norway and Victoria Carl of Germany. The rest of the US women's team remained on form as well, with Rosie Brennan securing a 5th place finish, and Sophia Laukli an 8th place finish. Unsurprisingly, Norway's athletes were once again the one's to beat in the men's race, and none could best today's top performers: Harald Oestberg Amundsen, Simen Hegstad Krueger, and Didrik Toenseth. For the US men, their top performance came from John Steel Hagenbuch who was the latest to have a breakthrough result through a 13th place finish. Next weekend the World Cup tour of Scandinavia concludes with a trip to Trondheim, Norway for freestyle sprints, a 20K skiathlon, and a 10K classic race.

Skadi's Chase Coverage

December 9, 2023
Temperatures around freezing with a few snowflakes did little to slow things down for the opening races of the season, Skadi's Chase, at Elm Creek on Saturday morning. In the citizen 8K, the duo of Matt Liebsch and Brian Gregg broke away by the mid-point and crossed the line together, finishing 1-2. Andrew Brown collected third. Caitlin Gregg (starting with the men's field) powered to the women's victory and 8th overall. Gabby Vandendries was the best of the women's starting field, with Siri Stolen finishing third. Irondale's Stolen did double duty, racing in the high school 4K race minutes later and taking the girls victory as St. Paul Central's Henry Brandt lead throughout for the boys win. Big photosets up, video recaps posted and results linked in.

World Cup Ostersund: Classic Sprints; Third Place for Schoonmaker

December 9, 2023
It was on to a new venue and new opportunities for World Cup athletes as they geared up for classic sprints on Saturday. A blockbuster day in Ostersund for the US, four would make the finals across the men's and women's teams, with James Schoonmaker extending the American podium streak via a third place finish in his first finals appearance. Just off the steps, Ben Ogden would cross the line in 4th, as would Rosie Brennan, while Jessie Diggins would finish in 5th. It was a return to form for all other athletes as Sweden's Emma Ribom would claim her second sprint victory of the season, and Norway's Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo would retake the throne after taking the previous weekend off. To round out the women's podium Linn Svahn of Sweden completed her return from injury with a second place finish, while the Norwegian newcomer Kristine Stavaas Skistad took third. Finishing just ahead of Schoonmaker, Erik Valnes of Norway finalized the men's podium in second. Tomorrow athletes will be on course again for another interval-start 10K freestyle race.

World Cup Racing: Ostersund Schedule

December 6, 2023
It's another weekend in Sweden for the World Cup circuit as athletes migrate south for two days of racing in Ostersund. Classic sprints are on the docket for Saturday, with qualifiers taking place at 3:30 AM CST, followed by the heats themselves at 6:00 AM CST. An interval start 10K freestyle race will then close out the weekend on Sunday, with the men's field leading it out at 3:15 AM CST, and the women's afterward at 5:45 AM CST.

Tour de Finn: One Week to Go

December 4, 2023
With just a few days left until some of the first races of the season here in the Midwest, the Tour de Finn is putting out the call to jump on the bandwagon and join in for their inaugural season. The first chance to earn some points will be at the Minnesota Nordic Ski Opener this weekend, so be sure to sign up ahead of time if you're planning to score as a team.

Midwest Racing Season Preview

December 3, 2023
A new racing season is on our doorstep here in the Midwest and to get us ready for it we're going over what's new for this season. Follow along with us as we go through it all—from major competitions and racing updates, to event arrivals and departures—and get excited for what winter has in store for 2023/2024.

World Cup Gallivare: Team Relays; A Podium and Progress for Team USA

December 3, 2023
The good times kept on rolling for the US squad on Sunday as teams toed the line for a 4x7.5K relay in Gallivare, Sweden. Both the men's and women's races started fast, with the US contingent sticking right up front with the leaders. For the women's race it would stay that way until late on when Sweden and Germany pulled away from the American team of Jessie Diggins, Rosie Brennan, Sophia Laukli, and Julia Kern, who eventually earned a third place finish. The men's race played out similarly, with Norway and Sweden ultimately breaking away on the final leg to take the top two places, while Germany would round out the podium in third. Triumph for the US men's team came in the form of 5th and 8th place finishes by their two teams. The 5th place finish by the team of Ben Ogden, Gus Schumacher, Scott Patterson, and Zanden McMullen the best performance by a US men's team in 20 years. Shifting south, next weekend's round of World Cup competitions brings the circuit to Ostersund for classic sprints and freestyle distance races outside the Swedish city.

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Video: Team Relays Highlights
Results: Team Relays

Why We're Supporting the Mt. Telemark Village Campaign

December 2, 2023
John Munger highlights the major development effort Mt Telemark Village, all the benefits this project will provide the community, and why it deserves your support.

World Cup Gallivare: Freestyle Distance; Win Number Fifteen for Diggins

December 2, 2023
It would be Jessie Diggins' day to shine as World Cup athletes lined up for a 10K freestyle race in Gallivare, Sweden on Saturday. Laying down a blistering pace in the individual-start event, the American would cruise to a comfortable 23-second victory over a trio from the host nation which included Ebba Andersson in second, and Moa Ilar in third. Of her now fifteen World Cup victories, six have come in this exact discipline and distance. The rest of the US women's team were not to be left out either as three more would finish in the top-20: Rosie Brennan (6th), Sophia Laukli (13th), and Julia Kern (18th). In the men's race it was another testament to the depth of the Norwegian team, with all seven of their starters finishing inside the top-10, including a podium sweep by Paul Goldberg, Harald Oestberg Amundsen, and Iver Tildheim Andersen. And of the US men, Gus Schumacher was once again the standout for the team, finishing inside the top-20 in 16th. Tomorrow athletes will get their first taste of a team event this season with a 4x7.5K relay on deck.

World Cup Racing: Gallivare Schedule

November 29, 2023
The World Cup circuit moves on to Gallivare, Sweden this weekend for it's second stint of racing action, kicking off with an interval-start 10K freestyle race. Starting at 2:45 AM CST on Saturday, the women's field will be on course first, followed a short while after by the men's field at 5:00 AM CST. Then it's on to a 4x7.5K relay on Sunday which will feature the women's teams first at 2:50 AM CST, and the men's teams a bit later at 5:00 AM CST.

World Cup Ruka: Freestyle Distance; Diggins, Brennan Go 2-3

November 26, 2023
Saving the best for last, the final day of World Cup competitions in Ruka held no punches with drama unfolding in both the women's and men's mass-start 20k freestyle races. On course first, the women's race was largely contested by a group of 20 or so athletes up until the final climb into the stadium when all heck broke loose. Finding herself in a favorable position at the front of the group, Sweden's Moa Ilar would crest the hill first, with the US' Jessie Diggins (who had just lost a pole and corresponding glove not more than a kilometer ago) and Rosie Brennan in tow. Barehanded, Diggins would give Ilar a run for her money approaching the finish line, but Ilar would hold on in the end to claim her debut World Cup podium and victory, with Diggins taking second, and Brennan third. In a similar fashion the men's race would be settled on the final climb, with Michal Novak leading the charge ahead of the Norwegian newcomer, Jan Thomas Jenssen, and his teammate, Harald Oestberg Amundsen. With an impressive burst of speed Jensen would overtake Novak, earning his own debut World Cup podium and victory, while Novak would settle for second in front of Amundsen in third. A top-20 finish by Gus Schumacher (16th) and Scott Patterson (20th) in the men's race, as well as by Sophia Laukli (14th) in the women's race, would round out an impressive day for the US team. Next stop: Gallivare, Sweden for the second weekend of World Cup racing action.

World Cup Ruka: Classic Distance; Career Best for Brennan

November 25, 2023
Day 2 of racing in Ruka for the World Cup season opener was reserved for an interval-start 10K classic race with the women's field getting the competition underway. The event would be tightly contested with the podium ultimately coming down to the Swedish duo of Ebba Anderson and Frida Karlsson, separated by five seconds on either side by Rosie Brennan of the US, her best finish to date in the event. The men's race would go down similarly, with the Finnish favorite Iivo Niskanen serving as the separator between two Norwegians, Martin Loewstroem Nyenget and Erik Valnes, who were all within ten seconds of each other. Among the rest of the US crowd, other notable results included a strong 11th place finish by Jessie Diggins, and a 22nd place finish by Gus Schumacher. A mass-start 20k freestyle race on Sunday concludes the competitions in Ruka for the opening weekend of the World Cup.

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Results: Classic Distance

World Cup Ruka: Classic Sprints

November 24, 2023
Cold weather, clear skies, and classic sprints kicked off the start of a new World Cup season in Ruka, Finland on Friday. Opening day for the Americans saw five qualify for the heats—Rosie Brennan, Jessie Diggins, Julia Kern, Ben Ogden, and JC Schoonmaker—with the first four advancing as far as the semifinals, a good showing for the group. For the women's final, Sweden's Emma Ribom, last year's winner, took first, followed closely by teammate Jonna Sundling, and Kristine Stavas Skistad of Norway. And in the men's final, it was not to be another victory for Johannes Hosflot Klaebo of Norway, but instead one for teammate Erik Valnes, with the aforementioned finishing third and France's Richard Jouve separating the two in second. The opening weekend action continues with interval-start 10K classic races on Saturday, starting at 3:00 AM CST for the women and 5:15 AM CST for the men.

World Cup: Ruka Weekend Series

November 22, 2023
The World Cup seasons opens this weekend at Ruka Nordic in Kuusamo, Finland! Events include classic sprints Friday, classic 10K on Saturday, with an exciting mass start 20K freestyle Sunday. Most of the US squad is expected to compete, including a trio Minnesotans: Jessie Diggins, Alayna Sonnesyn, and Zak Ketterson. Live streaming on the Ski and Snowboard app, starting with the heats Friday morning at 5:30 am CST.

Biathlon: World Cup, IBU Cup Rosters Announced

November 20, 2023
The United States Biathlon Association has posted the World Cup and IBU Cup rosters for the first trimester. The IBU World Cup season starts Nov 25th in Oestersund, Sweden with the IBU Cup kicking off in Kontiolahti, Finland on Nov 30th. Midwest athletes are strongly represent with Deedra Irwin, Margie Freed and Jake Brown on the World Cup circuit and Michaela Keller-Miller, Anna French Vaclav Cervenka and Luke Brown on the IBU Cup team.

World Cup Streaming Discount

November 17, 2023
Live streaming of the World Cup season will once again be handled through US Ski and Snowboard Live. The prices are up from last year, but they are offering a 15% until Nov 24th, when you use the code EARLYBIRD2023. The first races are Thanksgiving weekend at Ruka, Finland!

Biathlon: Season Preview 2023-24

November 8, 2023
US Biathlon has released a preview of the upcoming World Cup season, highlighting the selection process, key athletes, and important events including a World Cup race at Soldier Hollow in March!

Loppet Cup Lead Up This Saturday

November 6, 2023
The Loppet Foundation invites you to put your pre-season training to the test and join them this Saturday, Nov 11th, for the Loppet Cup Lead Up presented by Concept2. Try out their new SkiErgs and learn about preparation for hosting a COOP FIS Cross Country World Cup! Register today.

Tour de Finn Race Series Announced

November 5, 2023
A new race series, Tour de Finn, fires up this winter featuring races across the Midwest, including a number of smaller field events. Individual and team competitions along with weekly recaps and scoring updates.

Turkey Birkie Festival Just Weeks Away!

November 3, 2023
Get ready to gear up and embrace a laid-back, enjoyable experience at Turkey Birkie from Nov 24-26! Enjoy the Thanksgiving weekend with some early-season skiing, reconnect with nature, and savor the holiday spirit!

Birkie Seeks Birkebeiner Warriors, Inga and Prince Haakon

November 1, 2023
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation (ABSF) seeks a trio of cross country skiers to represent two Birkebeiner warriors and Inga, mother of Prince Haakon, in the 50th American Birkebeiner Ski Marathon this February. Toss your ring in the hat -- register by Nov 30th!

Biathlon: Athletes Named for European Pre-Season Camp

October 31, 2023
After an exciting weekend of trials in Utah mid-October, U.S. Biathlon has announced the roster for the European pre-season camp to take place in Vuokatti, Finland. A large number of Midwest athletes have been selected for the camp: Deedra Irwin, Margie Freed, Cheresa Bouley, Michaela Keller-Miller, Anna French, Paul Schommer, Vaclav Cervenka, Jake Brown and Luke Brown.