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Gregg Leads U.S. Men in Holmenkollen 50K

03/14/2015

OSLO, Norway (Mar. 14, 2015) – Brian Gregg (Winthrop, WA) led the U.S. men in 35th place at the venerable 50K race at Oslo’s Holmenkollen venue. The race, run under sunny skies and fast tracks, stayed together for much of its length.

Norwegian Sjur Roethe took the win over Dario Cologna of Switzerland and Martin Johnsrud Sundby, also of...

Taylor Top USA in Season Finale

03/14/2015

OSLO, Norway (March 14, 2015) - Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) had another strong cross country race but the time gap off the large hill was too much to overcome, finishing 21st. Akito Watabe of Japan picked up the win over Germany's Johannes Rydzek by nine seconds. Italian Allesandro Pittin moved up from 25th to third with the fastest...

Strong Day for Hendrickson in Oslo

03/13/2015

OSLO, Norway (March 13, 2015) - Sarah Hendrickson (Park City, UT) capped a comeback season soaring to second in the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup finale at Holmenkollen in Oslo. Hendrickson flew 128.5 meters on her second jump to finish just behind Japan's Sara Takanashi.

30 Spot Bump for Fletcher

03/12/2015

TRONDHEIM, Norway (March 12, 2015) - A tough morning on the jump hill was nearly washed away as Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) moved up 30 spots in cross country to finish 14th in a FIS Nordic Combined World Cup in Trondheim. Norway's Magnus Moan took the win with the fourth fastest cross country as jump leader Eric Frenzel dropped to...

Norway Dominates Drammen Sprint

03/11/2015

DRAMMEN, Norway (March 11, 2015) – Norway made short work of the final World Cup sprint of the season, a classic race in their home country, by sweeping both the men’s and women’s podium and taking seven of the top ten places in both competitions. The U.S. team struggled in qualification with only Andy Newell (Shaftsbury, VT) and Sadie Bjornsen...

Bjornsen Siblings Lead U.S. Skiers in Lahti

03/08/2015

LAHTI, Finland (March 8, 2015) – Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) led the U.S. in the Lahti 10k classic race with a 14th place, while her brother Erik Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) led the U.S. men in 38th place. The sibling duo battled spring-like klister conditions and a deteriorating race course. Marit Bjorgen of Norway resumed her familiar place at...

Randall Returns to Podium in Lahti Sprint

03/07/2015

LAHTI, Finland (March 7, 2015) - Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) returned to the World Cup podium with a third place finish in the Lahti Freestyle Sprint. Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) finished just behind Kikkan in fourth, impressive in a sharply competitive day that saw relatively few Americans move through to the sprint heats.

Americans Still Going Strong in Lahti

03/06/2015

LAHTI, Finland (Mar. 6, 2015) - The FIS Cross Country World Cup season is a furious train that boards in Northern Scandinavia in early December, speeds through the Tour de Ski, past countless central European stops and various championships before coming to its final destinations in Sweden, Finland and Norway. This year, there are more American...

Watabe in Come from Behind Win

03/06/2015

LAHTI, Finland (March 6, 2015) - Japan's Akito Watabe slogged through deep snow to make up 54 seconds on the leaders and take a hard fought victory over Germany's World Champion Johannes Rydzek as the Lahti Ski Games opened in Finland with a FIS Nordic Combined World Cup. It was a tough day on the jumping hill for the USA, with Taylor Fletcher...

Case Studies in Conviction: Harvey & Olsson & Northug

03/02/2015

“You can say that you believe in yourself, but to actually believe in yourself is an entirely different thing,”  - U.S. Head Coach Matt Whitcomb following the U.S. women’s strong fourth place performance in Wednesday’s relay.

Diggins & Gregg - Seizing Opportunity

03/02/2015

USSA columnist Tom Kelly takes a look at Jesse Diggins and Caitlin Gregg winning World Championships medals in Falun in this week's Behind the Gold.

It was an unlikely scenario. In a raging, wet Swedish snowstorm, three athletes shivered in the cold of the finish stadium in Falun. In the middle stood Sweden’s favorite daughter,...

Women's Ski Jumping Pioneer Passes

03/01/2015

PARK CITY, UT (March 1, 2015) - The U.S. Ski Team mourned the loss Sunday of women's ski jumping pioneer and former Mayor of Salt Lake City Deedee Corradini. As the city's Olympic mayor, Corradini played a vital role in the successful organization of the Games and was a key face of the Utah Olympics. A few years later, she adopted the cause of...

Hoffman Tough in Falun 50k

03/01/2015

FALUN, Sweden (March 1, 2015) - Noah Hoffman (Aspen, CO) skied to a 31st place in a difficult 50k classic race, the close of the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships. On a track that broke down early, the race was held tightly together by the conditions. Despite early attemps from race favorites, breakaway efforts were absorbed by the heavy, slow...

France Defends Combined Team Title

02/28/2015

FALUN, Sweden (Feb. 28, 2015) - Legs burning from the soft snow, France's Jason Lamy Chappuis summoned one final burst of energy to hold off a hard-charing Johannes Rydzek of Germany to seal a start-to-finish win for France in the team sprint at the Falun 2015 Nordic World Ski Championships. Lamy Chappuis teamed with Francois Braud to defend...

Stephen 11th in Falun 30k

02/28/2015

FALUN, Sweden (Feb. 28, 2015) – Liz Stephen (East Montpelier, VT) hung on for an 11th place result in the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 30k classic mass start, a race defined by Norway’s Therese Johaug who broke away with a sharp pace early and held on for an impressive win. Rosie Brennan (Park City, UT) and Sadie Bjornsen (...

U.S. Men 11th in Falun Relay

02/27/2015

FALUN, Sweden (Feb. 26, 2015) - The U.S. men’s team comprised of Erik Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA), Noah Hoffman (Aspen, CO), Kyle Bratrud (Eden Prarie, MN) and Simi Hamilton (Aspen, CO) finished 11th in the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 4x10k relay. Norway took a close victory over Sweden and France.

Behind the Gold: Riding the Wave

02/26/2015

You don’t become a World Champion without perseverance. It takes years to perfect your craft and fine-tune your body and mind – only to see it come crashing apart when you least expect it.

Impressive Day for Bryan Fletcher

02/26/2015

FALUN, Sweden (Feb. 26, 2015) - Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) set himself up for success with a strong jump then skied to a top five finish in the large hill nordic combined event at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Falun. It was a career best major event finish for Fletcher, who fell just 16 seconds short of the podium....

Women 4th in Worlds Relay

02/26/2015

FALUN, Sweden (Feb. 26, 2015) - The U.S. women finished fourth in the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 4x5k relay. An early fall from Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) in the opening leg put the team in a tough position early. They slipped to 8th place before Bjornsen and her teammates Rosie Brennan (Park City, UT), Liz Stephen (East...

Pioneers: Finding Precious Medals in Falun

02/25/2015

America is a country motivated by possibility. So, it was fitting that when Jessie Diggins and Caitlin Gregg made American skiing history in the 10k freestyle event at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships on Tuesday, it was done by...

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