NewJunior Nationals Returns to Theodore Wirth

June 2, 2020
The 2021 US Junior Nationals competition will be held in Minneapolis in March at Theodore Wirth. The week long competition brings in top juniors from across the nation. Minneapolis last hosted Junior Nationals in 2011.

CXC Announces Regional Elite Group Athletes

May 25, 2020
CXC has posted the athletes invited for 2020 Regional Elite Group training camp. The exact plans for the camp are still in flux as the staff works through the latest pandemic restrictions and best-practices.

2020 Collegiate Tally Board

May 13, 2020
We've fired up the collegiate tally board for the class of 2020. Let us know your college plans so we care share with the rest of the skiing community!

Gogebic Community College Nordic Skiing to Start This Winter

May 11, 2020
The Gogebic Community College Board of Trustees approved the addition of Nordic Skiing as a club sport beginning this winter. The club plans to have a paid coach and compete in the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) Midwestern Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Conference (MSCA).

Collegiate Racing Recap: NCAA, USCSA Championships

March 17, 2020
Both the NCAA and USCSA Championships were interrupted last week by the coronavirus outbreak, but Luke Brown brings us a full recap on the racing that was held with some strong Midwest results.

NCAA Freestyle Race Results

March 12, 2020
The opening race for the NCAA Skiing Championships for Nordic skiing events was Thursday, featuring freestyle 5K and 10K races. The Midwest had a strong representation in the women's 5K as Sarah Goble, MTU, finished 7th and Margie Freed, UVM, was 9th. In the mens 10K, Kjetil Baanerud, NMU, had the top Midwest result in 20th place. Eveliina Piippo, DU, and Ben Ogden, UVM, took the women's and men's titles respectively. It was announced after the race that Saturday's classic race was cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Junior Nationals Cancelled Due to Coronavirus Concerns

March 12, 2020
Junior Nationals competition is the latest casuality of the coronavirus outbreak as organizers announced on Thursday morning the cancellation of the remaining events.

NCAA Freestyle Race Coverage

March 12, 2020
NCAA Championships kicks off Thursday with the freestyle races being held at Crosscut Mountain Sports in Bozeman, MT. Watch the livestream and checkout live results!

Junior Nationals: Freestyle Sprints Coverage

March 11, 2020
Wednesday at Junior Nationals featured freestyle sprints races. Another sparse day on the podium for the upper Midwest -- Gus Schatzlein was the lone Midwest representative scoring a third place finish in the boys U20 final. Molly Moening, FU16, also made the sprint finals, taking fifth. Results linked in, along with photos from Jackie Schneider.

USCSA Collegiate National Championships Start Tuesday

March 9, 2020
The U.S. Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) will host its 5-day long annual Collegiate National Championships from March 10-14th, 2020 in Lake Placid, NY. Nearly 500 competitors will compete for National collegiate titles in alpine, Nordic, snowboard and freeski events.

Junior Nationals: Classic Coverage

March 9, 2020
Junior Nationals opened on Monday in Soda Springs, CA, with classic format racing. Johanna Craig (Great Lakes) skied to the only podium for the upper Midwest teams, taking third place in the girls U20 division. Top ten performances on the day: Anabel Needram 5th (FU20), Cooper Lennox 7th (MU20), Morgan Richter 8th (FU20), and Molly Moening 6th (FU16). Other top Midwest results - MU18:Roger Anderson 12th, Colin Freed 16th; MU20: Gus Schatzlein 11th, Henry Snider 13th, James Schneider 14th; FU18: Libby Tuttle 23rd; FU20: Emma Albrecht 12th, Alice House 13th; FU16: Margo Nightingale 13th, Jordan Parent 14th; MU16: Adrik Kraftson 20th. Results linked in, photos from Jackie Schneider.

Central Regional High Performance Coach Sought

March 7, 2020
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation (ABSF), Central Cross Country Skiing (CXC), and the Loppet Foundation are working in cooperation with the intent of creating a regional high performance team based out of The Trailhead, at Theodore Wirth Park, in Minneapolis. They are currently seeking candidates for the head coaching position. Deadline for application is March 22nd!

Junior Nationals Livestream Coverage

March 7, 2020
Livestreams of the Junior Nationals competition this coming week in Truckee, CA, can be watched via the XCOUNTRYLIVE package. And as an added bonus, subscribers have a chance at a pair of Salomon skis! Racing action starts Monday, March 9th at 11 am.

World Juniors: Junior Men Gold, Junior Women Silver at World Championships

March 6, 2020
It was a historic day for Team USA at the 2020 FIS Junior Cross Country World Championships, as the junior men defended their team relay gold and the junior women’s relay team took the silver medal in Oberwiesenthal, Germany.

Endurance United Junior Program Training Now Open

March 5, 2020
Registration for Endurance United's spring, summer and D-team junior Nordic ski training programs is now open.

Victor C. Dunder Award Nominations Sought

March 5, 2020
Nominations for Victor C. Dunder awards are due by March 31st. The Victor C. Dunder award is designed to get quality equipment to first year skiers in financial need.

Collegiate Racing Recap: EISA, RMISA

March 4, 2020
The collegiate conference racing circuit wrapped up its season last weekend with championship events for both EISA and RMISA. Luke Brown has all the racing action, plus great photos from Linda Kerker and Sarah Reinhardt!

MCSA Conference Championship Recap

March 3, 2020
The inaugural season of the Midwestern Conference of United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association racing wrapped up with conference championship racing in Rhinelander, Wisconsin last weekend. Drew Birschbach has a recap of the action, as well as a number of photos from the two days of racing.

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CXC Names Championship Teams

March 2, 2020
Central Cross Country Skiing (CXC) has named the Midwest and Great Lakes division teams for Junior Nationals, as well as the U16 and U18 NENSA Championship squads. The teams were selected through a series of qualifying events over the past three months. Junior Nationals is set for March 7-14th in Truckee, CA.

World Juniors: Schumacher Grabs Gold in Exciting 10K Classic

March 2, 2020
US junior star Gus Schumacher further cemented his legacy, taking a victory at the World Juniors in Oberwiesenthal, Germany, on Monday. While the 10K classic race was an individual start event, the leaders all went out in the final four positions, with Schumacher starting last, thus providing one exciting finish! The US men had a strong day as Ben Ogden was 9th, Luke Jager 10th, and Johnny Hagenbuch 25th. On the women's side, Sophia Laukli scored 13th with Minnesotan Mara McCollor 60th.

World Juniors: Kern Takes Sprint Bronze at U23 World Championships

March 1, 2020
Julia Kern won the bronze medal in the freestyle sprint at the FIS U23 Cross Country World Championships in Oberwiesenthal, Germany, Saturday. Sweden went 1-2 with Emma Ribom winning the gold, and Johanna Hagstroem taking the silver.

MCSA Northern Division Update

February 27, 2020
The Northern division of the Midwestern Conference of the United States Ski & Snowboard Association (MCSA) reports in on their results at the American Birkebeiner.

Collegiate Racing Recap: CCSA

February 26, 2020
The CCSA held their Regional Championships last weekend as the line ups for NCAA Championships were determined. Luke Brown has the full breakdown on the racing action.

Collegiate Racing Recap: EISA, CCSA, RMISA

February 19, 2020
Another busy weekend on the collegiate racing calendar as NCAA Championships are rapidly approaching. Luke Brown has the racing breakdown for EISA, CCSA and RMISA divisions. Plus Midwest skier photos from EISA by Linda Kerker.

Mayor's Challenge Classic Coverage

February 17, 2020
Racing Monday at Wirth, the Mayor's Challenge wrapped up the JNQ season with classic technique events. Adam Martin posted a scorching fast 10K time of just over 22 minutes to take the men's victory. Kaitlynn Miller collected the victory in the women's 5K. Top U20 skiers were Gus Schumacher and Canadian Anne-Marie Petitclerc. U18 titles went to Cooper Lennox and Libby Tuttle, and fastest U16 times on the day belonged to Adrik Kraftson and Molly Moening. Results linked in, photos from Jackie Schneider posted.

Mayor's Challenge Freestyle Sprints Coverage

February 16, 2020
The Loppet Foundation began their final push to the World Cup with the Mayor's Challenge freestyle sprints Sunday at Theodore Wirth. The course setup provided the organization another chance to dry-run their World Cup layout. In the senior heats, mens U20 sensation Gus Schumacher posted the top qualifying time and took each heat in route to winning the title. On the women's side, Becca Rorabaugh bested Erika Flowers in the finals. Many juniors raced in the senior heats, thus providing some opportunity for others in the junior heats. Junior titles were earned by Charlie Grabow and Lauren Loppnow, U16 titles for Adrik Kraftson and Molly Moening. Results linked in, photos by Jackie Schneider posted.

Collegiate Racing Recap: EISA, RMISA

February 11, 2020
The Eastern (EISA) and Rocky Mountain (RMISA) divisions were in play last weekend, with Midwest skiers once again posting some excellent results. Luke Brown has the full breakdown on the latest collegiate racing action and top Midwest performances.