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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...

U.S. Ski Team Unveils New L.L.Bean and CRAFT Uniforms


PARK CITY, UT (Oct. 19, 2015) – Over the past decade the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team and U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team have taken pride in their dramatic growth to become highly competitive teams in the sport. Monday, that pride was evident as athletes donned brand new uniforms in anticipation of the upcoming World Cup season from first-year...

Kikkan Randall Announces Pregnancy


PARK CITY, UT (Oct. 15, 2015) – World Champion cross country ski racer Kikkan Randall (Anchorage, AK) is planning to take a break from competition this season. Randall and husband Jeff Ellis announced to her teammates this week that they are expecting their first child in April. Randall will skip the upcoming season, but plans to come back...

First Time Titles in Lake Placid


LAKE PLACID, NY (Oct. 11, 2015) - The U.S. Ski Jumping Championships in Lake Placid produced two first time titlists as Mike Glasder (Cary, IL) of the Norge Ski Club and Nita Englund (Florence, WI) from the Kiwanis Ski Club walked away with gold in the normal hill event on the HS100 meter Olympic jump. Englund, who recently finished third in...
Bickner and Englund Win Final Tune-Up


LAKE PLACID, NY (Oct. 10, 2015) - Kevin Bickner (Wauconda, IL) and Nita Englund (Florence, WI) picked up wins Saturday in the New York Ski Education Foundation Flaming Leaves competition, a tune-up event for Sunday’s U.S. Ski Jumping Championship on the Olympic jumps in Lake Placid. Bickner soared to the win over Michael Glasder (Cary, IL) on...
Live Stream from Lake Placid Jumps


LAKE PLACID, NY (Oct. 10, 2015) – Fans can watch live this weekend as Lake Placid’s Olympic Ski Jumping Complex will be the site of a pair of USSA ski jumping events including Sunday’s U.S. Ski Jumping Championships. The live coverage will be...
Fairall Receives Empowerment Grant


TRUCKEE, CA (Oct. 5, 2015) – The High Fives Foundation has awarded 26-year-old Nick Fairall (Andover, NH) an Empowerment Grant to bring the Olympic ski jumper to the CR Johnson Healing Center for specialized rehabilitative treatments this week.

Stephen Wins Ski Jump Hill Climb


PARK CITY, UT (Sept. 26, 2015) - Olympian Liz Stephen (E. Montpelier, VT) of the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team held off a hard-charging Veronika Mayerhofer of Austria to claim the win at the Red Bull 400 hill climb at the Utah Olympic Park. The event, which attracted over 400 athletes who climbed a 400-meter course up the HS134 meter ski jump...

USSA and WSJ-USA Expand Relationship


PARK CITY, UT (Sept. 21, 2015) – Following a decision by Women’s Ski Jumping USA (WSJ-USA) to focus more on its successful Fly Girls development program, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) will take on an expanded role in managing women’s elite ski jumping starting this fall. Program elements for the elite team will remain in place...

U.S. Championships Coming to Lake Placid


LAKE PLACID, NY (Sept. 16, 2015) – Lake Placid’s Olympic Ski Jumping Complex will be the site of the U.S. Ski Jumping Championships on Sunday, Oct. 11. The normal hill championship will take place on the HS100 meter hill in Lake Placid as part of a full weekend of ski jumping during the annual Flaming Leaves Festival, Oct. 10-11, which also...

Third in Grand Prix Series for Englund


ALMATY, Kazakhstan (Sept. 13, 2015) - American Nita Englund (Florence, WI) came away from the final two weekends of FIS Ski Jumping Summer Grand Prix with a big step forward in her international career, taking fifth in Sunday’s finale to finish third overall. Nina Lussi (Lake Placid, NY) was 21st, her best finish and fourth straight...

Podium for Nita in Almaty


ALMATY, Kazhakstan (Sept. 12, 2015) - Nita Englund (Florence, WI) put in one of the most impressive performances of her career, finishing second in a FIS Ski Jumping Summer Grand Prix Saturday in the Olympic bid city of Almaty. Englund soared 99.0 and 91.5 meters to finish behind Grand Prix leader Sara Takanashi of Japan on the HS106 meter jump...

Englund Leads U.S. Women in Russia


CHAIKOVSKY, Russia (Sept. 6, 2015) - The women’s FIS Ski Jumping Summer Grand Prix wrapped up Sunday in Chaikovsky with Japan’s Sara Takanashi flying 103.5 meters for back-to-back hill records and wins. For the USA it was a good weekend with Nita Englund (Florence, WI) seventh and Nina Lussi (Lake Placid, NY) in the points for the second...
Strong Day for USA in Russia


CHAIKOVSKY, Russia (Sept. 5, 2015) - The USA opened a weekend of FIS Ski Jumping Summer Grand Prix action in Russia with Nita Englund (Florence, WI) sixth and Nina Lussi (Lake Placid, NY) scoring her best World Cup level results in 22nd. Action continues for the women on the HS106-meter normal hill on Sunday. Japan's Sara Takanashi won, leading...

Taylor Moves Up in Grand Prix Finale


OBERSTDORF, Germany (Sept. 5, 2015) - The FIS Nordic Combined Grand Prix wrapped up Saturday in Oberstdorf, with Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) skiing up to 13th. Germany dominated the day, and the tour, with Fabian Riessle getting the over teammate Johannes Rydzek, who took the Grand Prix title. Akito Watabe broke up a German sweep...

Fastest Rollski for Taylor


OBERSTDORF, Germany (Sept. 4, 2015) - Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) found his roller ski groove Friday, winning the 10k race to move up from 39th after jumping to finish 19th in a FIS Nordic Combined Summer Grand Prix in Oberstdorf. Germany’s Johannes Rydzek took the win by 13 seconds over Japan’s Akito Watabe.

Weather Plays Role in Montafon Combined


MONTAFON, Austria (Sept. 2, 2015) - The day dawned with blue skies in the Montafon valley of western Austria on Wednesday, but eventually mother nature took it’s toll with a crazy day in the FIS Nordic Combined Summer Grand Prix. Austria’s Mario Seidl claimed the the victory at the new venue of Tschagguns and...

Fletchers Lead USA in Summer Grand Prix


OBERWIESENTHAL, Germany (Aug. 30, 2015) - Olympian Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) set a torrid pace with the second fastest roller ski time to finish 12th in a FIS Nordic Combined Summer Grand Prix Sunday in Oberwiesenthal, along the Czech border. Eric Frenzel led a German sweep of the podium.

In the morning jump on...