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Diggins Eighth in 10K Classic at Ski Tour Canada

03/02/2016

MONTREAL, Canada (March, 2 2016) – Day two of the Ski Tour Canada was greeted by deep snow and frigid winds at the Parc du Mont-Royal course in Montreal on Wednesday. Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) led the U.S. Team for the second day, finishing eighth in a FIS Nordic World Cup 10.5k classic mass start race. Diggins is now fifth overall in the Ski...

Hamilton and Diggins Podium in Gatineau

03/01/2016

GATINEAU, Quebec (March 1, 2016) – Simi Hamilton (Aspen, CO) and Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) led the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team in the opening races of the Ski Tour Canada in Gatineau on Tuesday. Both Hamilton and Diggins finished third in a 1.7k freestyle sprint, making this Hamilton’s and Diggins’ second sprint World Cup podium of the season...

Halvorsen and Streinz Lead U.S. Juniors in Estonia

02/29/2016

OTEPAA, Estonia (Feb. 29, 2016) – The U18 Scandinavian Championships wrapped up Sunday in Otepaa, after three days of tough competition. The U.S. Team U18 was led by Hannah Halvorsen (Truckee, CA, Sugar Bowl Academy) and Daniel Streinz (Hersey, ME, Maine Winter Sports Center), who both had top-10 finishes.

More Than Just Being a Champion

02/29/2016

It was a restless night. As a cross country ski racer, one of the things you dread is variable weather. The day before the Slumberland American Birkebeiner between Cable and Hayward, warm temperatures and rain blanketed Northwestern Wisconsin. The rain would stop but above-freezing temps kept the 51k course soggy.

In the pre-dawn hours...

Ski Tour Canada Kicks Off Tuesday

02/28/2016

GATINEAU, Canada (Feb. 28, 2016) – Eight stages, two weeks and four venues make up the grueling Ski Tour Canada schedule, which is also the FIS Nordic Ski World Cup season finale. From March 1st through the 12th, athletes, coaches and wax techs will be put through a whirlwind of competition that will test endurance, strength and recovery.

Almaty Hill Record for Englund

02/28/2016

ALMATY, Kazakhstan (Feb. 28, 2016) - The hill record on the HS106 meter jump fell for the second day in a row Sunday, this time into the hands of American Nita Englund (Florence, WI). Englund soared 103.5 meters on her second jump to finish seventh in a FIS Ski Jumping World Cup in Almaty. Japan’s Sara Takanashi continued her winning streak...

Englund Rebounds for Eighth

02/27/2016

ALMATY, Kazakhstan (Feb. 27, 2016) - Nita Englund (Florence, WI) bounced in the second round to finish eighth in a FIS Ski Jumping World Cup in Almaty on Saturday. Sara Takanashi of Japan continued her dominance setting a new hill record of 103.0 meters on her second jump on the HS 106 meter hill.

Englund flew 91.0 meters on her first...

Fletchers Move Up in Team Sprint

02/27/2016

VAL DI FIEMME, Italy (Feb. 26, 2017) - Brother Bryan and Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) came from behind to finish sixth in a FIS Nordic Combined World Cup Friday in Val di Fiemme. Norway 1 picked up the win by 6.7 seconds over Germany 1, with France 1 in third.

The Fletcher brothers jumped to ninth then posted the third-fastest...

U.S. Coach Talks Ski Tour Canada

02/26/2016

The U.S. Cross Country Ski Team is coming off a strong period 3 of the FIS Cross Country World Cup, heading to a unique World Cup Finals in North America with the eight-stage Ski Tour Canada March 1-12. The entire Tour will be streamed live on NBC Sports Live Extra. U.S. Head Coach Chris Grover...

USA Women Eighth in World Juniors Relay

02/26/2016

RASNOV, Romania (Feb. 26, 2016) – The FIS Nordic Junior World Championships wrapped up on Friday with a 4x5k and 4x2.5k freestyle relay. These races were previously schedule for Feb. 28, but the races were pushed up due to a lack of snow. The U.S. junior women’s relay team, which consisted of Julia Kern (Waltham, MA, Stratton Mountain School),...

Tiger Shaw Reflects on Birkie

02/26/2016

In an effort to mutually grow awareness for the healthful active outdoor lifestyle of cross country skiing, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association and Slumberland American Birkebeiner have begun a partnership that could have profound impact on the sport. This past weekend, USSA President and CEO Tiger Shaw took part in his first cross country...

Ogden and Torchia Top 15 at World Champs

02/25/2016

RASNOV, Romania (Feb. 25, 2016) – Two U.S. juniors finished in the top 15 for men and women’s 15/10k individual freestyle races at the FIS Nordic World Junior and U23 Championships on Thursday. The freestyle races replaced the previously schedule skiathlon, due to a lack of snow. Katharine Ogden (Landgrove, VT, Stratton Mountain School) led the...

Strong Start for Good at Junior Worlds

02/24/2016

RASNOV, Romania (Feb. 23, 2016) - Jasper Good (Steamboat Springs, CO, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club) opened the FIS Nordic Junior Ski Championships strong on Monday, finishing 11th in the opening nordic combined event. Austria’s Bernhard Flaschberger took gold. It was a career best Junior Worlds finish for Good and matched the sixth best...

Ogden Top U.S Finisher in 13th at Junior Worlds

02/24/2016

RASNOV, Romania (Feb. 23, 2016) – Warm temperatures greeted the athletes and coaches on day two of competition for the FIS Nordic World Junior and U23 Championships, making for very tough classic races. Despite the conditions, two U.S. Junior women skied to a top 20 finish in a 5k classic individual start and three U.S. U23 men were in the top...

Fletcher Blazes Cross Country to Finish 12th

02/23/2016

KUOPIO, Finland (Feb. 23, 2016) - Johannes Rydzek of Germany skied to a win as the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup tour came back to Kuopio after an absence of 15 years. Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) posted the second fastest cross country time to finish 12th. Brother Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) was 25th.

Bryan...

Fletchers Score in Lahti

02/23/2016

LAHTI, Finland (Feb. 21, 2016) - Germany’s Fabian Riessle knocked off his teammate and World Cup leader Eric Frenzel in a FIS Nordic Combined World Cup Sunday, the second individual event in Lahti, site of the 2017 World Championships. Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) led the USA in 25th, with brother Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs,...

Hanneman and Kern Lead U.S. in Freestyle Sprint

02/22/2016

RASNOV, Romania (Feb. 22, 2016) – The FIS Nordic World Junior and U23 Championships kicked off on Monday with a 1.3k freestyle sprint in warm, wet and sloppy conditions. Logan Hanneman (Anchorage, AK, Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks), a U23, and Julia Kern (Waltham, MA, U.S. Ski Team D Team/Stratton Mountain School), a junior, led the U.S. men and...

Bjornsen 15th in World Cup Skiathlon

02/21/2016

LAHTI, Finland (Feb. 21, 2016) – The final race in Lahti was greeted by tough conditions as Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) led the U.S. team with a 15th place finish in a FIS World Cup 7.5kx7.5k skiathlon race on Sunday. Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) followed close behind in 17th.

“I felt really good today, but didn't feel like I was able to...

Norris and Gregg Victorious at Birkebeiner

02/20/2016

HAYWARD, WI (Feb. 20, 2016) - It was an All American sweep at the 43rd running of the Slumberland American Birkebeiner as David Norris (Fairbanks, AK) and Caitlin Gregg (Minneapolis) skied to close wins on a fast 52k track between Cable and Hayward. Gregg’s fourth Birkie victory put her into the record books with the most wins ever, man or...

Diggins Second in Lahti Freestyle Sprint

02/20/2016

LAHTI, Finland (Feb. 20, 2016) – Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) led the U.S. with another FIS World Cup podium result, this time in second, at the 1.6k freestyle sprint at the Lahti Ski Games.

"I’m so happy with the race today! It was a ton of fun, start to finish, and to have three girls in the top 15 and four in the heats? That’s awesome...

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