Nordic News

Team Inspires Girls to Stay Active


PARK CITY, UT (Oct. 12, 2016) – Fast and Female—a nonprofit organization headed up by Kikkan Randall in the U.S. with the mission of keeping young girls active through sports—is coming to the U.S. Ski Team headquarters this weekend.

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Geraghty-Moats Wins First U.S. Title


LAKE PLACID, NY (Oct. 9, 2016) - Tara Geraghty-Moats (W. Fairly, VT) withstood a challenge from hometown favorite Nina Lussi (Lake Placid, NY) to win her first U.S. title, taking the normal hill event at the U.S. Ski Jumping Championships on the HS100 meter jump in Lake Placid.

In the opening round, Geraghty-Moats soared 92.0 meters with...

Rhoads Sweeps U.S. Titles


LAKE PLACID, NY (Oct. 9, 2016) - Will Rhoads (Park City, UT) put down two towering jumps to win his second U.S. title of the season. Rhoads, who won the large hill gold on his home hill in Park City, took his third U.S. crown, winning the normal hill championship on Lake Placid’s HS100 meter hill.

U.S. Champs Tuneup at Flaming Leaves


LAKE PLACID, NY (Oct. 8, 2016) - The Norge Ski Club’s Mike Glasder (Cary IL) Saturday threw down a towering 103.0 meter first ride to take the win on the HS100 meter Olympic hill in Lake Placid in a warmup for Sunday’s U.S. Ski Jumping Championship...
U.S. Championships Come to Lake Placid


LAKE PLACID, NY (Oct. 6, 2016) – National titles will be on the line this weekend at the U.S. Ski Jumping Championships Sunday, Oct. 9 at Lake Placid’s Olympic Ski Jumping Complex on the HS100 meter hill. The event is a part of Lake Placid’s traditional Flaming Leaves Festival with a warm-up competition on Saturday.

The normal hill U.S....

How Randall Balances Motherhood and Training


Kikkan Randall (Anchorage, AK) may have taken last season off from racing to become a mother, but she hasn’t lost any speed. Randall sat down with Outside writer Anna Callaghan to go through a typical day, how she...

What Makes a Champ: Sadie Bjornsen


From local ski hills to the PyeongChang Olympics, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) encompasses all athletes that share a passion for skiing and snowboarding. We explore what makes each skier and rider a champion with stories from the U.S. Ski Team, U.S. Snowboarding and U.S. Freeskiing, next to kids winning a NASTAR medal,...

USA Sweeps Titles in NZ Finale


WANAKA, New Zealand (Sept. 11, 2016) - The FIS Cross Country Continental Cup wrapped up sunday at the Snow Farm near Wanaka, with the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team's Simi Hamilton (Aspen, CO) and Liz Stephen (E. Montpelier, VT) picking up wins.

Hamilton won the 10k freestyle in 26 minutes, eight seconds for a 16.9 second margin over South...

Englund Top-10 in Summer Grand Prix


CHAIKOVSKY, Russia (Sept. 10, 2016) - Nita Englund (Florence, WI) came from behind to finish a strong seventh in the FIS Ski Jumping Summer Grand Prix in Chaikovsky Saturday. Japan’s Sara Takanshi took the win under the lights.
It was a strong day for the U.S. women with Tara Geraghty-Moats (West Fairlee, VT) 13th. For...
USA Continues to Dominate NZ Nationals


WANAKA, New Zealand (Sept. 10, 2016) - The U.S. Cross Country Ski Team had another strong day at the New Zealand National Championships at the Snow Farm near Wanaka Saturday. Andy Newell (Shaftsbury, VT) won for the second day in a row, leading a U.S. sweep in the men’s 15k classic mass start. Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) took the women’s 10k,...
Sargent and Newell Take Wins in New Zealand


WANAKA, New Zealand (Sep. 9, 2016) – Vermonters Ida Sargent (Orleans, VT) and Andy Newell (Shaftsbury, VT) kicked off three days of racing with wins at the FIS Australia New Zealand Cup (ANC) classic sprint.

It was a beautiful day in New Zealand, with the sun shining brightly at Snow Farm, a cross country resort in New Zealand. In the...

USA Sweeps New Zealand Titles


WANAKA, New Zealand (Sept. 3, 2016) - Noah Hoffman (Aspen, CO) and Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) led a strong U.S. presence Saturday, taking titles at the 42k Merino Muster near Wanaka, the third stop in the global Worldloppet long distance ski series. 
Hoffman played a cat and mouse game with teammate Simi Hamilton...
Fletcher Closes Out Grand Prix Strong


OBERSTDORF, Germany (Sept. 3, 2016) - Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) put in two strong cross country performances to record 18th and ninth place finishes in a pair of FIS Nordic Combined Summer Grand Prix events in Oberstdorf Friday and Saturday. Norway’s 18-year-old sensation Jarl Magnus Riiber remained unbeatable, taking two easy...
Utah Prepares for 2017 Nordic Junior and U23 Worlds


PARK CITY, UT (Aug. 29, 2016) – It’s been just over a year since Utah was awarded the bid for the 2017 FIS Nordic Junior and U23 World Ski Championships. The Olympic venues in Park City, UT and Midway, UT are gearing up to host the world’s best junior athletes Jan. 28 – Feb 5, 2017. With over 700 athletes expected to compete, the Juniors Worlds...

Taylor Takes Top 10 in Opener


OBERWIESENTHAL, Germany (Aug. 28, 2016) - Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) put down the gauntlet in the opening FIS Nordic Combined Summer Grand Prix, winning the roller ski segment and finishing seventh overall in Oberwiesenthal. Norway's Jarl Magnus Riiber took a 2.8 second win over Austrian Mario Seidel. Bjoern Kircheisen of Germany...

Bickner 7th After Taking First Round Lead


HAKUBA, Japan (Aug. 28, 2016) - American Kevin Bickner (Wauconda, IL) soared to one of his best performances ever Sunday, taking the first round lead and holding on for a career-best seventh in a FIS Ski Jumping Summer Grand Prix on the Olympic jumps in Hakuba. Japan's Taku Takeuchi took the win after finishing second Saturday on the HS131...

Bickner Strong Again in Grand Prix


HAKUBA, Japan (Aug. 27, 2016) - The USA's Kevin Bickner (Wauconda, IL) from Chicago's Norge Ski Club continued to show his strength, finishing 16th Saturday on the HS131 meter hill in Hakuba at a FIS Ski Jumping Summer Grand Prix. It followed on the heels of his eighth place finish in Einsiedln, Switzerland three weeks ago. Norway's Anders...

Sarah Hendrickson: What Makes A Champ


From local ski hills to the PyeongChang Olympics, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) encompasses all athletes that share a passion for skiing and snowboarding. We explore what makes each skier and rider a champion with stories from the U.S. Ski Team, U.S. Snowboarding and U.S.

Bickner Top 10 in Switzerland


EINSIEDELN, Switzerland (Aug. 8, 2016) – Kevin Bickner (Wauconda, IL; USA Nordic/Norge Ski Club) snagged a career-best finish at the FIS Grand Prix against many top World Cup jumpers, taking eighth place.

Bickner jumped 111.5 and 114.5 meters on the large hill against a strong field that included 14 nations. Maciej Kot of Poland won the...

Debut Gold for Taylor Fletcher


SOLDIER HOLLOW, UT (July 30, 2016) - Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) broke away from the pack with a kilometer remaining to take his first national title at the L.L.Bean U.S. Nordic Combined Championship at Soldier Hollow. Brother Bryan Fletcher took silver with Ben Berend (Steamboat Springs, CO) earning bronze after leading the jump....