Archives 2022

NewNNF: Drive for 25 Targets Achieved

November 29, 2022
The National Nordic Foundation expresses it's gratitude to the entire Nordic community for helping reach their fundraising targets in the Drive for 25 campaign. All totaled, over $300K was generated!

NewPrice Hikes: Vasaloppet, Noquemanon, Sisu Ski Fest, Great Bear Chase

November 28, 2022
A number of events will have price hikes to coincide with the start of December!
Jan 7 Sisu Ski Fest - The first major distance races of the citizen racing season, held in Ironwood.
Jan 28 Noquemanon - The mighty Noque offers several point-to-point races finishing at the Superior Dome.
Feb 11-12 Vasaloppet USA - Two days of racing, with that epic finish on the streets of Mora.
Mar 11 Great Bear Chase - One of the last big events of the season, offering a wide range of events on the Swedetown trails.
Register for these events by Wednesday night to avoid the next jump in fees.

World Cup Ruka: Freestyle Distance

November 27, 2022
20K freestyle pursuit races on Sunday capped off the opening weekend of World Cup racing in Ruka, Finland. In a return to form, Frida Karlsson of Sweden broke away from teammate Ebba Anderson late in the women's race to reverse their finishing order from the previous day. Meanwhile, the men's race saw Norway's Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo complete his weekend sweep, comfortably sprinting away from the lead pack on the final climb. American standouts included Rosie Brennan in 6th and Jessie Diggins in 10th of the women's contingent, and Scott Patterson finishing 14th for the men after moving up 37 positions. The second weekend of the World Cup will take place in Lillehammer, Norway, beginning with freestyle distance racing on Friday.

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Results: Freestyle Distance

Marshall Holiday Ski Camp, Dec 27-29

November 26, 2022
Marshall School's annual Holiday Ski Camp is exactly one month out from today, taking place Dec 27-29. An excellent chance for kids to receive some individualized coaching, the camp is open to children ages 5-12. Registration covers three full afternoons of learning and fun, plus rental equipment, snacks, and more!

World Cup Ruka: Classic Distance

November 26, 2022
The opening weekend of the World Cup continued in Ruka, Finland on Saturday with 10K classic races for both the men and the women. Sweden continued to headline the women's results with Ebba Anderson posting the fastest time of the field, while Norway's Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo claimed another decisive victory in the men's race, his career 50th. Crossing the line in 7th, Rosie Brennan had the best result among the US women, while Ben Ogden was the highest finisher among the US men in 28th. Midwesterners Jessie Diggins and Zac Ketterson put in strong performances as well, finishing 21st and 31st respectively. The final day of competition in Ruka will feature freestyle distance racing in a pursuit-start format.

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Results: Classic Distance

World Cup Ruka: Classic Sprints

November 25, 2022
With temperatures hovering in the teens, the 2022/2023 World Cup season officially got underway in Ruka, Finland on Friday with classic sprints. For the US, JC Schoomaker and Ben Ogden, and Julia Kern and Jessie Diggins led the way in qualifying, making the heats. Kern would be the only one to advance out of the quarterfinals, finishing 11th on the day. Sweden's Emma Ribom would go on to win the women's final, a career first, while Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo of Norway continued to show no sign of slowing down, taking it for the men. The opening weekend of the World Cup continues tomorrow with classic distance racing.

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Results: Classic Sprints

World Cup Racing: Season Preview

November 23, 2022
It's that time of year again: the start of the 2022/2023 World Cup racing circuit is this weekend in Ruka, Finland. Covering changes since last season, the schedule ahead, and who to keep an eye on, our season preview has everything you need to know to get up to speed heading into the new season.

US Elite Racing: Season Preview

November 22, 2022
The start of the SuperTour is already just one week out, calling for a preview of the US elite racing heading into the season. Covering the scene this season is Adam Bodensteiner, who has a rundown of the upcoming races, along with Midwestern names to keep an eye out for as the season gets underway.

Midwest Racing Season Preview

November 21, 2022
Despite the official start of winter being a month out yet, it feels as though it's on our doorstep, if not already here. A week with temperatures below freezing has left a blanket of snow across the Midwest, and when there's snow on the ground there are scheduled races not that far off. As such, we've prepared a preview of this season's racing calendar, complete with highlighted major events, notes on changes big and small, and a tally of events arriving or departing in 2022/2023.

Biathlon: Pre-World Cup Camp, IBU Cup Rosters Announced

November 15, 2022
This past month U.S. Biathlon named it's lineups for both this season's Pre-World Cup Camp in Vuokatti Finland, and the first two competitions of the IBU Cup in Sjusjoen, Norway. Notable Midwestern nominees included Minnesotans Jake Brown, Vaclav Cervenka, and Amanda Kautzer, Wisconsinites Paul Schommer and Deedra Irwin, and Scholastica alumna Kelsey Dickinson.

Mpls Ski Club's Lollipop Run Results

November 12, 2022
Erin Moeing reports: It started to feel like winter this morning for the Minneapolis Ski Club's Lollipop Hill Run. The cool temperature and snowmaking at Afton's alpine hill just added to the excitement of the ski season being around the corner and the hilly course allowed for ski fitness to be tested. Eddie Snider took the win, besting Brad Moening and Torry Kraftson. On the women's side, Erica Kazin crushed the field, with Megan Snider having a strong showing in second and Abby Drach taking third. Results are up, and photos will be added later this weekend.

NNF: Introducing New Virtual Speaker Series

November 6, 2022
In an effort to promote the latest ideas in training and developmental philosophy and offer an excellent sport education opportunity, NNF is launching a virtual speaker series, and is inviting skiers, coaches, and supporters alike to attend the inaugural lecture. The first speaker will be renowned American physiologist Dr. Stephen Seiler, whose talk will take place on Friday, Nov 11th, at noon. Registration is limited, so sign up soon!

US Nationals Waxing Facility Reservations Open

November 4, 2022
Teams and groups planning to participate at the 2023 US Cross Country Ski National Championships can now reserve their waxing facilities, with three options available: self-provided wax trailers, rented portable wax trailers, and provided wax rooms. Reservations for the latter two must be made by Dec 28th.

MN Nordic Ski Coaches Association Fall Meeting Recap

November 2, 2022
The Minnesota High School Nordic Ski Coaches Association has posted the minutes from their fall meeting, held back in mid-October. A number of rule update proposals were passed as well as a push to shift the Minnesota high school season a week later, finishing with a State Meet in late February (typically Birkie week). David Paulson was elected as the new association president.

Price Hike: Birkie Races

November 1, 2022
Prices on the American Birkebeiner, Kortelopet, Prince Haakon, and Open Track events jump on Nov 4th. Get your registration in by Thursday night to save some cash and ensure your place on the starting line!

Great Bear Chase: Announcing Registration, New Bib Policy

October 31, 2022
Registration is open for the 2023 Great Bear Ski Chase, with signup fees at their lowest through the end of November. A new season brings a return to in-person norms for the race, and also a notable change: a bib collection at the end of the race so they can be reused in the following years, cutting costs and waste.

Price Hikes: Noquemanon, Sisu Ski Fest

October 28, 2022
The end of October brings price hikes on two popular UP races:
Jan 6-8 Sisu Ski Fest - Racing from ABR into downtown Ironwood, one of the great early season events.
Jan 27-28 Noquemanon - A number of point to point races, utilizing the famous Noquemanon trail and finishing at the Superior Dome.
Register before Tuesday to save some bucks!

Vasaloppet Online Auction Live, Fundraiser Saturday

October 27, 2022
Bidding is underway on an assortment of items for the Vasaloppet's online auction. Part of their annual fundraising drive, the auction runs through Oct 30th. There will also be a social event on Oct 29th at the Grand Event Center with hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, raffles, and a special 50th anniversary program. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.

NNF: Support Trail to Gold Fellowships at World Championships

October 25, 2022
NNF is teaming up to support Trail to Gold Fellowships while supporting the US athletes at this season's World Championships in Planica, Slovenia. For each traveler who books a trip to the Championships through Lumi Experiences, a portion of their fees will be donated to the Trail to Gold Fellowship. Book by Oct 31st to receive a discount.

MSC Lollipop Hill Run, Nov 12th

October 21, 2022
Minneapolis Ski Club proudly presents the first annual Lollipop Hill Run. Join them on Nov 12th at Afton State Park for a 5k running race with 450 feet of vertical climbing. This will be a great test of your fall training as this course was built for skiers, with impressive strength and endurance required. All are welcome!

Sisu Ski Fest Registration Now Open

October 19, 2022
The UP of Michigan has already received their first big snowfall of the season and plans are well underway for the Sisu Ski Fest, Jan 6-8th, in Ironwood. Registration for the events is now open, with the first price hike coming at the end of the month.

Loppet Festival Registration Now Open

October 18, 2022
Registration for the City of Lake Loppet Winter Festival and Luminary Loppet, taking place Feb 4th-5th, is now open. From cross country skiing and fat biking, to skijoring and snowshoeing, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Sign up today to avoid the price hikes later.

NNF: Applications Open for U23/World Juniors Coaches

October 18, 2022
US Ski and Snowboard is now accepting applications to coach at this season's World Junior/U23 Ski Championships taking place in Whistler, Canada from Jan 25th-Feb 2nd. The deadline to apply is Oct 31st.

US Ski Team: Cross-Country Team Named for 2022-23 Season

October 17, 2022
U.S. Ski & Snowboard has announced 22 athletes for the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team for the 2022-23 season. The team includes those active athletes who qualified based on the published selection criteria in the prior season. Midwest athletes include Jessie Diggins (A team), Zak Ketterson (B team) and Kevin Bolger (B team) along with Midwest connections in the support staff: Bryan Fish (development manager), Kristen Bourne (D team coach), and Chris Hecker (wax tech).

Minnesota High School Coaches Association Fall Meeting this Saturday

October 11, 2022
The Minnesota High School Coaches Association Fall Meeting for Nordic skiing will be this Saturday, Oct 15th, at the Vasaloppet Center in Mora. There are some very important topics on the schedule, including a number of proposed changes to the State Meet and season. Plus a new CXC Level 50 certification. Review all the meeting agenda and proposals, and RSVP.

MCSA Season Preview

October 5, 2022
Back for their fourth season after another successful year, the Midwest Collegiate Ski Association (MCSA) unveiled their official schedule for the 2022-2023 season, with one of the more notable updates being the inclusion of a sprint competition for the first time. Kicking off on Dec 17th - 18th with the Michigan Tech Pre-Nationals CXC Cup races, their season will run through Feb 25th, concluding with the American Birkebeiner.

College of St. Scholastica Nordic Ski Team Week of Giving

September 29, 2022
The College of St. Scholastica Nordic ski team is taking on the rest of the CSS athletics in a fundraising drive through this weekend. Participation will be measured by the total number of gifts, so even the smallest donation helps them win.

Midwest MTB Report

September 28, 2022
Like a traffic light changing from green to red, the colors of the leaves mark the speed of the season, although we're nowhere near a full stop yet. Races may be fewer, but that only leaves more time to reflect on this past season and enjoy the cooler riding conditions. Jay Richards checks in this week with a Midwest MTB report doing just that, starting off with an interview with Ben Olson of the Northwest Composite Wolves, accompanied by a featured article on the world's best places to ride and a notice for the upcoming Thrillseeker Enduro.

Price Hike: Noquemanon

September 28, 2022
The epic Noquemanon race weekend is Jan 27-28th in Marquette. Featuring races from 12K to 50K on the Noquemanon trail system in the UP. Prices jump on Oct 1st, so register by Friday night to save some cash.

Minnesota High School Coaches Association Fall Meeting, Oct 15th

September 22, 2022
The Minnesota High School Coaches Association Fall Meeting for Nordic skiing will be Saturday, Oct 15th, at the Vasaloppet Center in Mora. There are some very important topics on the schedule, including a number of proposed changes to the State Meet and season. Review all the meeting agenda and proposals, and RSVP.

Swedish Mile Oct 8th

September 21, 2022
The Vasaloppet's Swedish Mile returns with a fall festival format on Oct 9th. This year's event features a 10K trail race, 5K Fun Run, Kid's Races, and food, drink, and lots of fall-focused activities for the whole family around the Vasaloppet Nordic Center with proceeds supporting snowmaking and operations.

Midwest MTB Report

September 20, 2022
The days continue to get shorter and the nights colder as we steadily march on into the fall. Two big races dominated the Midwest mountain biking scene over the weekend: the Chequamegon Mountain Bike Festival held in Cabel, WI; and the Marji Gesick held in the UP of Michigan. With recaps and interviews to boot, Jay Richards shares in-depth coverage of both races, as well as an accompaniment of photos and results, in this week's Midwest MTB report.

Northshore Inline Marathon Rollerski Race Results

September 17, 2022
Saturday saw rollerskiers descended upon the Duluth area for the 26th edition of the NorthShore Inline Marathon. Starting with a field of over 50 skiers in the 42K race, the men's title was ultimately contested by a group of six, with Xavier Mansfield taking the victory by a handful of seconds. The women's title would end up going to Jenna Ruzich who crossed the finish line with a sizeable lead over her competition.

Bangin In The Brush Results

September 17, 2022
Over 100 participants took to the trails at Korkki Nordic on Saturday for the annual 10K Bangin in the Brush trail run. With a second and a half to spare Matt Paal took top honors among the men, while Tiffany Kari held on to a comfortable lead to finish first for the women.

Crystal Grinder Oct 16th

September 12, 2022
The Crystal Community Ski Club is hosting a rollerski race on Oct 16th at Crystal Mountain, just outside of Thompsonville, MI. Featuring a 10k Masters race and a 5k Juniors race on a smooth course with no perilous downhills and a gentle uphill start, the event should provide an excellent opportunity for skiers to experience what the Lower Peninsula has to offer, especially in advance of the JNQ race being held nearby at Hickory Hills this upcoming season. Helmets are required, although technique and wheel speed will be left to the discretion of competitors.

CXC Rollerski Cup: NorthShore Inline Marathon Weekend

September 9, 2022
The NorthShore Inline Marathon, the final race of the annual CXC Rollerski Cup, is scheduled for next weekend, Sept 17th - 18th, with a point-to-point marathon and half marathon taking place on Saturday, and sprints taking place on Sunday. Unique to the sprints, competitors will get the opportunity to experience an FIS style event, with qualifying and knockout rounds seeded by U.S. Ski & Snowboard/FIS points.

US Ski Team: Diggins Wins 42K Kangaroo Hoppet

September 9, 2022
The Kangaroo Hoppet, the first stop of the Worldloppet, took place this past weekend in Falls Creek, Australia. With nearly 1,000 competitors, there was no shortage of competition for Americans Jessie Diggins and Julia Kern who had been there for several weeks training for the upcoming World Cup season. From the start the two were hot on the heels of the men's lead pack, only falling back once fellow American and men's champion, Peter Wolter, made a move to break up the group. Diggins would end up being the first woman across the line, followed shortly after by Kern in second, with Australian Casey Wright rounding out the women's podium in third.

Midwest MTB Report

September 8, 2022
Labor Day has come and gone, signalling the end of series racing and start of the school year across the Midwest. Maplelag Resort was host to the final race of the Minnesota Mountain Bike Series over the holiday weekend, and this week's Midwest MTB report from Jay Richards begins with a recap of the action, followed by first-hand accounts from the Copper Harbor Trails Festival and Dakota Five-O. Capping it all off is the customary look ahead, focusing on the upcoming Chequamegon Mountain Bike Festival and Marji Gesick.

Price Hikes: Birkie, Seeley Events

September 7, 2022
Price hikes are coming Thursday night for both the Birkie week events and the Seeley Hills Classic:
- Birkie Week Events
- Seeley Hills Classic
Register before midnight Thursday to avoid the next price increase.

Minnesota Paddling Championships, Sep 10-11th

August 31, 2022
Minnesota Paddling Championships are set for Sep 10th and 11th in Bemidji. Saturday will feature tandem canoe and kayak races, Sunday will be solo race events.

Biathlon: Max Cobb to Head International Biathlon Union

August 30, 2022
U.S. Biathlon President and CEO Max Cobb has been named by the International Biathlon Union (IBU) as its new secretary general. The highly-respected biathlon leader will be leaving U.S. Biathlon this fall to take the helm of the international sports federation based in Salzburg, Austria.

Midwest MTB Report

August 27, 2022
Fall is just around the corner as the final days of August pass us by and we prepare to welcome in September. While series racing took a backseat to longer events this past week, there was plenty of racing action to go around with the likes of the Seeley Lions Pre Fat, Giants Ridge GRIND, and Great Deer Chase being just a few of the races that took place. Not to be forgotten, Cuyuna hosted the second to last race of the Minnesota Mountain Bike Series, which will move to Maplelag for the final race of the season, part of the look ahead in this week's Midwest MTB from Jay Richards.

Ski Hut: Women's Enduro Race Coming Sept 13th

August 24, 2022
The COGGS Duluth Enduro Series is thrilled to announce the first inaugural Women’s Enduro Race, presented by Ski Hut and Ursa Minor Brewing, taking place at Lester Park on Tuesday evening, Sept 13th.

CXC Rollerski Cup: Grinding Up Granite this Sunday

August 24, 2022
The annual CXC Rollerski Cup will be making its next stop with the Grinding Up Granite Race in Wausau, set to take place on Sunday, Aug 28th. Grind up Granite will feature classic and skate race options to race to the top of Rib Mountain with a total climb of 700 feet in 2.5 miles.

Midwest MTB Report

August 16, 2022
We're midway through August and, despite the local racing series starting to wind down, there is still plenty of racing to be found near and far. The antepenultimate race of the Minnesota Mountain Bike Series took place over the weekend, along with the Ore to Shore and the Leadville 100, all of which are covered in Jay Richards' Midwest MTB report for this week. Closing out the report are a trip to Maplelag Resort by the Stillwater Mountain Bike Team and the requisite look ahead.

Midwest MTB Report

August 9, 2022
August is upon us and with it a spell of rainy weather to bring the temps back down and wet the trails. Rain or shine, races were taking place all over the Midwest this past week, and Jay Richards has the coverage to back it up. Featured races in this week's report include the Bike Duluth Festival, the Refo Ramble of the Wisconsin Off Road Series, and the Maah Dah Hey 100, with a special nod to a Minnesotan making his start on the World Cup and a look at a couple of upcoming races rounding it all out.

Minnesota Coaches Association August Update

August 7, 2022
Paula Anderson, interim President of the Minnesota High School Nordic Ski Coaches Association, has released an August update. One of the biggest topics is a number of proposed changes to the new State Meet format.

US Cross Country Ski Championships Return to Houghton

August 3, 2022
Michigan Tech will host the 2023 Toyota U.S. Cross Country Ski National Championships at the Tech Trails from January 2-7, 2023. The championship spans a week and consists of three different national championship race days and concludes with a SuperTour race day. Events include skate 10K interval start distance, classic sprints, and classic 10/20K mass start distance, and skate sprints.

CXC Rollerski Series: Up, Up and Away Set for Aug 13th

August 3, 2022
The next stop in the CXC Rollerski Cup will be August 13th at Blue Mound State Park in southern Wisconsin. There are 6K and 10K classic rollerski divisions, racing to the high point.

Midwest MTB Report

August 2, 2022
With a relatively quiet weekend behind us on the racing front, Jay Richards drops by with a quick update on some of the local happenings—the Bemidji High School Mountain Bike Team fundraiser event at Movil Maze and a trip to the White Earth State Forest—along with an article of note and a look ahead at upcoming racing action, all in this week's Midwest MTB report.

Midwest MTB Report

July 26, 2022
We're now well into the dog days of summer and the racing season as temperatures soar and competitions can be found in abundance each weekend, including this past one. With recaps aplenty, Jay Richard has coverage from a selection of events that took place recently, including the most recent Minnesota and Wisconsin series races, with a look ahead to what's coming up on the calendar included as well.

Midwest MTB Report

July 21, 2022
Another round of hot and sticky weather made for challenging racing over the weekend as Jay Richards took on the Rock Splitter Challenge for this week's Midwest MTB report. Including a synopsis of his experience at the inaugural event, he also highlights visits to a few newer trail systems in Northern Minnesota, alongside a few links and a look ahead.

Midwest MTB Report

July 12, 2022
Busy is where we find ourselves as the summer days fly by, and busy is the theme of this week's Midwest MTB report from Jay Richards. Covering the recent Minnesota and Wisconsin series races, upcoming events, and relevant articles, including one about an NHL bound local rider, this week's report is jam-packed and sure to have something for just about everyone.

Machinery Hill Rollerski Criterium Coverage

July 12, 2022
Hitting the Minnesota State Fairgrounds a month early, rollerskiers were treated to some fast criterium style racing along the streets of the famous venue. Daniel McCollor dominated the junior mens/masters race. Caitlin Gregg pulled away with the women's title. And Brian Gregg scooped up the men's victory. Results linked in, photos posted, plus some video clips.

Junior CXC Cup Schedule Published

July 10, 2022
CXC has published the preliminary schedule for the Junior National Qualifying CXC Cup this season, with stops in Duluth, Houghton, Coleraine, Traverse City, and Minneapolis.

Shoreline Sprints Freestyle Results

July 9, 2022
The Shoreline Sprints wrapped up on Saturday with scenic freestyle rollerski races along the waterfront in downtown Rice Lake. Ingrid Thyr and Graham Ritchie won the sprint titles.

Shoreline Sprints Classic Coverage

July 8, 2022
The Shoreline Sprints rollerski racing weekend kicked off on Friday afternoon on a quiet county road east of Rice Lake, with strong sunshine matching the heat generated on a challenging course. Michaela Keller-Miller powered away from the women's field along the final climbs to capture the women's title with fellow Minnesota natives Ingrid Thyr and Amanda Kautzer rounding out the top three. Canada's Graham Ritchie took the men's title, even after losing a pole tip in the final stretch, with Pierre Grall-Johnson second and Brian Gregg breaking the Canadian block for third. Results linked in, along with photosets from both races. Racing continues on Saturday with freestyle sprint races in downtown Rice Lake.

Price Hike: Birkie Races

July 7, 2022
Prices on the American Birkebeiner, Kortelopet, Prince Haakon and Open Track events jump this Friday. Get your registration in by Thursday night to save some cash and ensure your place on the start line!

Midwest MTB Report

July 6, 2022
Great riding and racing abound as we roll into a new month and approach the midpoint of the season. After a long Fourth of July weekend, this week's Midwest MTB report catches up with the Wisconsin Off-Road Series as it reaches its halfway point and features a couple articles from around the web, in addition to a look ahead to the next race in the Minnesota Mountain Bike Series, the St. Croix Woolly.

Out There: Shoreline Rollerski Races This Weekend

July 5, 2022
The Shoresline Sprints rollerski event expands this July with two days of racing, including a new classic distance race on Friday and then skate sprints on Saturday. Pro, senior and junior athletes are all invited to participate, with spectators encouraged to come out and cheer! Races are this Friday and Saturday, July 8th and 9th.

Loppet Rollerski Criterium on Machinery Hill Set for July 12th

July 4, 2022
The Loppet Foundation is hosting the CXC Rollerski Series kickoff event on Tuesday, July 12th at Machinery Hill on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds! The event will use matched pair rollerskis with a limited set available so register now!

Midwest MTB Report

June 28, 2022
The last weekend of June saw riders flock to the North Shore for the Lutsen 99er, the spotlight of this week's Midwest MTB report. A quick update from Jay Richards delivers coverage of the race from the perspective of both the women's and men's champions, as well as updates from an Alexandria rider taking on the Tour Divide, and highlights from the opening ceremony for new trail at Cayuna.

Midwest MTB Report

June 23, 2022
And just like that, we're officially past the solstice and into summer. Aligning with the longest days of the year are some of the longest races of the year as this week's Midwest MTB report covers both the Chequamegon 100 and Epic Bike Fest that took place these past few weeks, and also looks ahead to the Lutsen 99er happening this weekend. Included as well: clinics, camps, and more; all courtesy of Jay Richards.

Worldloppet Bans Russia Skiers, Events

June 18, 2022
As part of the Worldloppet Annual General Meeting, this year held in-person in Mora, Sweden, it has been announced that Russian (and Belarus) athletes will be barred from Worldloppet events, and the Demino Skimarathon has been suspended as a Worldloppet series event. The American Birkebeiner and the Gatineau Loppet are both Worldloppet events.

CXC Announces Coaching Excellent Award for Team Birkie's Caitlin Gregg

June 17, 2022
Each year CXC recognizes one of its great coaches with the Igor Badamshin Coaching Excellence Award. This year’s recipient of the Igor Badamshin Coach of the Year Award goes to Caitlin Gregg, a driving force behind the creation of Team Birkie, the newest professional cross country ski team in the Central region.

Olympics: Nordic Combined May Be Cut From 2026 Winter Games

June 16, 2022
Nordic Combined could be dropped from the Winter Olympic Games as one possible outcome of resolving gender equity issues. It is the only Olympic sport without women and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is due to make a decision soon about whether to allow women to compete in Nordic combined at the 2026 Milan-Cortina d’Ampezzo Games. Men in Nordic combined have been publicly pushing on social media and elsewhere for women to be included.

Chippewa Triathlon Results

June 12, 2022
Just over a month after the lakes and rivers thawed out in Cass Lake, the Chippewa Triathlon took place on Sunday, drawing in a sizeable crowd from across the Midwest. Chris Godwin and Deanne Hart were the fastest finishers in the solo category, while John Kallemeyn and Maria Janowiak retained their titles from the previous year in the doubles category. First place in the 2-4 person relay went to the Michigan Paddlers, Ryan Harris and Jim Harwood.

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Results: Chippewa Triathlon

Team Birkie Returns After Successful First Season

June 9, 2022
After a standout inaugural season, Team Birkie is reaching for new heights during the 2022-2023 cross country ski season. The team expands with four additions: Renae Anderson, Erin Bianco, Xavier Mansfield, and Gus Schatzlein, all Minnesota natives. Consider helping fund their efforts this season with an individual donation.

Biathlon: Distinguished Career - Leif Nordgren

June 6, 2022
US Biathlon featured Minnesota native Leif Nordgren and his storied career, along with his plans for the future, in a recent podcast.

Athlete Updates

June 5, 2022
Altitude Training - Zak Ketterson writes a guide to altitude training as he heads out west for a training block with Team Birkie.
April Adventures - Alayna Sonnesyn recaps a whirlwind post-season vacation, hitting Jamaica and Europe before getting back on the skis in Bend, OR.
Recap and Reflections - Michaela Keller-Miller recaps the second half of her season, including the big races at the Birkie and up in Whistler.
Back to Square One - Top junior Greta Hansen shares some of a brief history with Nordic skiing, including overcoming a serious medical issue.
Tech to the Stars - Chris Hecker covers his season as wax tech for the US Ski Team.

US Ski Team: Bourne Joins Cross Country Team As D-Team Coach

June 2, 2022
U.S. Ski & Snowboard announces that Kristen Bourne, a Twin Cities native, will join the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team staff as D-Team coach. Bourne, who has worked with the team on several projects as a ski technician and coach, replaces Kate Johnson, who coached the D-Team for the past two seasons.

Midwest MTB Report

May 25, 2022
Racing action is in full swing across the Midwest with stops in both the Minnesota Mountain Bike Series and the Wisconsin Off-Road Series taking place over the weekend alongside smaller events like The Log Jam in Cloquet. Jay Richards has highlights from those races, as well as excepts from a handful of articles from around the web in this report for the last week of May, with a look ahead to some events beginning in June to cap it all off.

Price Hike: Birkie Races

May 24, 2022
Prices on the American Birkebeiner, Kortelopet, Prince Haakon and Open Track events jump this Friday. Get your registration in by Thursday night to save some cash and ensure your place on the start line!

North End Trail Run Saturday

May 24, 2022
The North End Ski Club in Cable will present the fourth annual running of the North End Trail Run on Saturday, May 28th. The Trail Run is a low key, low-frills event intended to provide a community building event and an opportunity to enjoy the local trails and a positive trail experience. Distance include 5K, 10K and half marathon and utilize the singletrack bike trail and segments of the North End ski trail.

Out There: Shoreline Rollerski Races July 8-9

May 23, 2022
The Shoresline Sprints rollerski event expands this July with two days of racing, including a new classic distance race on Friday and then skate sprints on Saturday. Pro, senior and junior athletes are all invited to participate, with spectators encouraged to come out and cheer!

Midwest MTB Report

May 18, 2022
With conditions improving and trail systems opening back up, we return to Jay Richard's coverage of the happenings in and around the Midwest. This week's report dives into an assortment of national news and articles, in addition to local developments such as new trails coming to Minocqua Winter Park. The racing action continues as well, with the Big Mountain Enduro Series kicking off this past weekend, and Minnesota Mountain Bike Series and Wisconsin Off-Road Series on deck for this coming weekend.

Minnesota High School Canoe and Kayak Championships Set for June 12th

May 18, 2022
The Minnesota Canoe Association and TwoPaddles.org invites all high school students (grades 9-12) to participate in the Minnesota High School Canoe and Kayak Championships on Sunday June 12th in Coon Rapids. No experience necessary and all equipment is provided.

US Ski Team: Cross-Country Team Nominated for the 2022-23 Season

May 10, 2022
U.S. Ski & Snowboard has announced 22 athletes nominated to the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team for the 2022-23 season. In addition to established veterans, including three-time Olympic medalist Jessie Diggins and two-time Olympians Rosie Brennan and Scott Patterson, the team includes five new members. Moving up to the A Team for the coming season are 2022 Olympians JC Schoonmaker, Julia Kern, Novie McCabe, Ben Ogden and Patterson. Midwest athletes making the list include Zak Ketterson (B team) and Kevin Bolger (B team).

Snake River Canoe Race Results

May 8, 2022
Beautiful Saturday morning in Mora for the annual Snake River paddling races with over 125 entries competing. Pro Boat winners were Devin Arenz and Mike Vincent for the men, Jessica Kozarek and Patti Bohaty for the women, and Josie and Dave Nelson the top mixed pairing.

Minnesota High School Coaches Association Spring Meeting Minutes

May 5, 2022
Minutes have been posted for the Spring Meeting of the Minnesota High School Nordic Ski Coaches Association. Plus review amended bylaws, update your contact info, and reasons to join the association.

Midwest MTB Report

May 3, 2022
Rolling on despite a delayed start to the season in some places, Jay Richards in here to bring us up to speed on where the wheels are moving throughout the Midwest. Early season racing recaps, ongoing and upcoming skill clinics, an article of the week, and a look ahead to events on the horizon are all featured in this week's MTB report.

2022 Collegiate Tally Board

May 2, 2022
We've fired up the collegiate tally board, tracking high school Nordic skiing seniors and their future plans. Find out who's skiing in college, and contribute to the board.

Birkie Registration Now Open

May 2, 2022
Registration for the Slumberland American Birkebeiner, Kortelopet, Prince Haakon, Birkie Tour, and Open Track Birkie opened on May 1st. Secure your wave placement and get in on early pricing by registering now!

2021-22 Season Highlights

May 1, 2022
Catch highlights plus full results and photos from the 2021-2022 high school racing season.

2021-22 Season Highlights

May 1, 2022
Catch highlights plus full results and photos from the 2021-2022 collegiate racing season.