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Bjornsen Leads Americans in Ruka


RUKA, Finland (Nov. 28, 2015) - Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) and Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) led the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team with solid 14th and 16th place finishes, after the second-stage of the Ruka Triple in a 5k freestyle race on Saturday. The finish boosted Bjornsen into 11th in the standings after two stages of the mini-tour.

Ruka Wind Hampers Jumping


RUKA, Finland (Nov. 28, 2015) - Winds continued to hamper jumping in Ruka, with both nordic combined and ski jumping schedules being rewritten daily. High winds forced cancelation of Saturday's opening FIS Nordic Combined World Cup. The qualification and provisional competition round on Friday was also canceled. Officials are looking at Sunday...

USSA SuperTour Kicks Off in Montana


WEST YELLOWSTONE, MT (Nov. 27, 2015) – On a day that began with delayed races due to subzero temperatures, the USSA SuperTour opened with the 1.3k freestyle sprint on Friday. Jennie Bender (Bridger Ski Foundation) - a two-time sprint national champion - dominated in the women’s race and Logan Hanneman (Alaska Pacific University) stole first...

Newell Takes Fourth at Ruka Sprint


RUKA, Finland (Nov. 27, 2015) – Andy Newell (Shaftsbury, VT) skied his best World Cup since 2013, finishing fourth in a classic sprint in tough conditions on Friday.

USA Takes Momentum into Ruka Opener


RUKA, Finland (Nov. 26, 2015) After a successful prep camp and several podium finishes at the Gaellivare Premiere races in Sweden this past weekend, the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team looks strong going into the opening World Cup races in Ruka, Finland beginning Friday. A dozen U.S. athletes will start. The events will be streamed live on NBC...
Nordic Combined Team Named for 2016


PARK CITY, UT (Nov. 24, 2015) – Olympians Bryan and Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) were named to the 2016 U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team. They will open the 2015-16 season this weekend with the kickoff to the International Ski Federation’s Nordic Combined World Cup tour in Ruka, Finland.

Noah Hoffman’s Fantasy Cross Country


During the first World Cup of the 2014-15 season, 26-year-old Noah Hoffman broke his leg. Normally, this is a terrible thing for a U.S. Cross Country Ski Team member, but the ever-positive Hoffman took it as a gift. That positivity paid off, as not only was it not a season-ending injury—he made it back to race the 2015 World Champs—but it gave...

Head Coach Chris Grover's 2015-16 Season Preview


It’s been a solid summer and fall of preparation and now it’s time to race. U.S. Cross Country Ski Team Head Coach Chris Grover takes a look at the 2015-16 season and the opportunities for the U.S. team.

2016 Cross Country Team Named


PARK CITY, UT (Nov. 24, 2015) – The 2015-16 U.S. Cross Country Ski Team was announced today, just before the International Ski Federation (FIS) World Cup opener in Ruka, Finland. A total of 16 athletes were named to the A, B and D Teams, including 2015 World Championship medalists Jessie Diggins and Caitlin Gregg.

Diggins Wins Again in Gaellivare


GAELLIVARE, Sweden (Nov. 22, 2015) — On a cold day in Sweden, Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) secured another win this Sunday in Gaellivare during a 10km freestyle FIS race, with Petra Novakova of the Czech Republic following closely behind to claim second and Caitlin Gregg (Minneapolis, MN) third. Liz Stephen (East Montpelier, VT) and Rosie Brennan...

USA Strong in FIS Opener


GAELLIVARE, Sweden (Nov. 21, 2015) Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) raced her way to a win in a 1.2k classic sprint race Saturday while Sophie Caldwell (Peru, VT) took second on the tough tracks of Hellner Stadium in Gaellivare. For the men, Russia’s Sergey Ustiugov was the overall winner finishing just ahead of Andy Newell (Shaftsbury, VT) who...
Early Jump Opening at Utah Olympic Park


PARK CITY, UT (Nov. 20, 2015) – With good early season snowmaking temperatures, the Utah Olympic Park this week again became one of the first ski jumps in the world to open for on-snow training. The early opening gave the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team an edge in jump preparation before it headed over to the opening International Ski...
Behind the Gold: Andy Newell's Life on the Road


Sitting back on his Delta flight bound for Europe, Andy Newell’s mind drifted to the friends and family he left behind. It would be nearly four months until he hung out with them again at Stratton. In the cargo hold was a lone U.S. Ski Team High Sierra duffel bag—his personal closet on the road across a dozen countries until March. Such is the...

5 Best Moments of the Park City Fall Camp


D-Teamer Ben Saxton had an unreal summer training around world. However, the last camp at Park City left a strong impression on him to kick off the season. Here are Saxton's top five moments at the recent Park City camp. 

I’m sitting in the cold and the rain, it’s pitch black out, and it’s only 5 p.m. which can only mean one...

Newell Inspires Fourth Graders in Vermont


After wrapping up camp in Park City, Andy Newell (Shaftsbury, VT) traveled home to Vermont for a quick two-week break before the World Cup season kicks into action. But it wan't all relaxation for Newell, who took time on Monday to speak...

Behind the Gold: Learning to Thrive


As Bryan Fletcher battled for the lead at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships last March in Sweden, his mind kept racing back to that day as a 6-year-old cancer victim in Steamboat Springs when he finally convinced mom to let him ski jump. Bryan finished fifth in Falun – another milestone to go with his 2012 King’s Cup win, a 2013 World...

Team Wraps Training and Mini-Tour in Park City


On Friday, the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team wrapped their second camp this fall in Park City to prep for the upcoming season. The athletes looked strong for the quickly approaching season, which was indicated in a three-day rollerski mini-tour at Soldier Hollow to wrap the camp.

Bryan Fletcher Works to Redefine Cancer Survival


As a nordic combined athlete, reigning U.S. national champion, King’s Cup winner and Olympian, Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) definitely knows how to fight. What fewer people know is that Fletcher had to develop these skills early in life: when he battled Leukemia from age three onwards.

Liz Stephen's Summer Training


A veteran of 10 seasons on the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team, Liz Stephen has established herself as one of the best distance racers in the world and a terror on the Alpe Cermis at the Tour de Ski. She was fifth overall in the Tour last year, and has earned the respect of her peers. As the 2015-16 season approaches, Liz walks through the...

Athletes Star in National TV Spot


PARK CITY, UT (Oct. 23, 2015) – The U.S. Cross Country Ski Team is wrapping up its final pre-season training camp in Park City, but they’re also keeping an eye glued to the TV to see its starring role in a national TV spot from new partner L.L.Bean. The spot kicks off with world champion snowboarder and L.L.Bean testing and design partner Seth...