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World Champion Out for Season


PARK CITY, UT (Aug. 26, 2015) - World champion ski jumper Sarah Hendrickson (Park City, UT) underwent knee surgery this week and will be out for the season. Hendrickson, who injured her right knee in a training accident in August 2013 leading up to the Sochi Olympics, reinjured the knee during jump training in June.

Diggins Top 10 in Final Toppedrittsveka Stage


TRONDHEIM, Norway (Aug. 22, 2015) – In front of a packed crowd that felt more like a winter World Cup than a summer roller ski race, Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) led the U.S. Ski Team in the 15k pursuit finale at the Toppidrettsveka stage race that concluded Saturday in downtown Trondheim. Diggins finished 10th, just ahead of Kikkan Randall (...

Day 2: Stephen + Randall Top-10 at Toppidrettsveka


ORKDAL, Norway (Aug. 21, 2015) - Liz Stephen (E. Montpelier, VT) and Kikkan Randall (Anchorage, AK) cracked the top 10 in the third stage of Toppidrettsveka—a 15k skiathlon at the Knyken ski center in Orkdal on Friday.

Norway’s Heidi Weng took the win over teammate Terese Johaug, with Germany’s Denise Hermann finishing third. Andy Newell...

Day One: Caldwell Takes 5th in Toppidrettsveka


AURE, Norway (Aug. 20, 2015) – Olympian Sophie Caldwell (Peru, VT) opened the three-day Toppidrettsveka roller ski stage race, finishing fifth in a classic sprint. Topidrettsveka is an annual weekend festival that this year has attracted the top World Cup cross country ski racers from Norway, Italy, Germany and the U.S. Ski Team. Norway’s Heidi...

Cross Country Team to Compete at Toppidrettsveka


AURE, Norway (August 18, 2015) – The U.S. Cross Country Ski Team will kickoff its 2015-16 season on wheels. Eight members of the team are training in Norway in anticipation of this weekend’s three-day Toppidrettsveka roller ski competition, which will feature a World Cup-caliber field. It’s the first year the Team has been invited to the...

Englund Top American in Grand Prix


COURCHEVEL, France (Aug. 14, 2015) - American Nita Englund (Florence, WI) opened the FIS Summer Grand Prix tour Friday finishing 23rd in Courchevel on the HS96-meter Olympic hill. Japan’s Sara Takanashi took the win. Takanashi's teammate Yuki Ito was second with Austria’s Daniela Iraschko-Stolz third.

USSA Names New Nordic Director


PARK CITY, UT  (Aug. 6, 2015) – The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) has named longtime nordic business leader and enthusiast Robert Lazzaroni as its new nordic domestic program director. Lazzaroni will be responsible for administering domestic programs in partnership with USSA nordic clubs, including membership, club development,...

Birkie History Featured in New Museum


HAYWARD, WI (Aug. 6, 2015) – Each February, more than 10,000 cross country skiers gather in Cable and Hayward, Wisconsin to take part in North America’s greatest ski race, the American Birkebeiner. For more than 40 years, the Birkie has helped shape the lives of tens of thousands of participants. On Wednesday, August 12, longtime Birkie...
Repeat Title for Bryan Fletcher


SOLDIER HOLLOW, UT (Aug. 1, 2015) - On a hot summer evening on the Olympic trails of Soldier Hollow, Olympian Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) notched a repeat national title at the U.S. Nordic Combined Championships. The jump leader from the Utah Olympic Park HS134-meter large hill earlier in the day, Fletcher held off a hard-charging...

First Titles for Rhoads and Lussi


PARK CITY, UT (Aug. 1, 2015) - Will Rhoads (Park City, UT; Park City Nordic) and Nina Lussi (Lake Placid, NY; New York Ski Educational Foundation) soared to first-time titles during the U.S. Ski Jumping Championships at the Utah Olympic Park on the HS134-meter Olympic hill. Rhoads, a member of the 2015 World Championship Team, edged Kevin...

Bickner Wins Springer Tournee


PARK CITY, Utah (July 31, 2015) - Kevin Bickner (Wauconda, IL; Norge Ski Club) put together the two longest rides of the day to take a win Friday in the HS100-meter competition at the 17th annual Springer Tournee at the Utah Olympic Park. Bickner soared 96.5 and 97.0-meters to overtake Canadian Maken Boyd-Clowes 256.0 to 248.5....

Utah Olympic Venues to Host U.S. Championships


PARK CITY, UT (July 30, 2015) – The Olympic venues at the Utah Olympic Park and Soldier Hollow will play host to the U.S. Ski Jumping Championships and U.S. Nordic Combined Championships this Saturday (August 1). The event will attract the top Olympic ski jumpers and nordic combined athletes in America. Jumping will take place Saturday morning...

Work Out Like a U.S. Ski Team Member


Senior Strength and Conditioning Coach Tschana Schiller works at the U.S. Ski and Snowboarding Association Center of Excellence every day, training high-performance athletes like Simi Hamilton, Liz Stephen, Noah Hoffman and more.

Schiller talks about the importance of dynamic athletic...

Will There Be Ski Jumping at Copper Peak Again?


Copper Peak in Ironwood, MI is the only ski flying hill outside of Europe and the world’s smallest FIS-homologated ski flying hill. It has everything—stunning views of Lake Superior, an amazing history of international competitions, a great local vibe—so why hasn’t it been used in the last 21 years?


Q&A: Meet Paddy Caldwell


Patrick "Paddy" Caldwell will race his second season on the U.S. Ski Team this year. From a history of strong cross country racers—his dad was a World Cup racer in the 1970-80s and his cousin is Sophie Caldwell—Caldwell has shown his stripes. Some highlights? During the 2014-15 season, he finished in the top 20 in both distances races at the...

Jumpin’ and Jammin’ in Steamboat


STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO (July 10, 2015) - Over Fourth of July weekend, the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team drove from Park City, UT to Steamboat Springs, CO for the fifth annual Jumpin’ and Jammin’ Ski Jumping Competition at Howelsen Hill.

2017 Nordic Junior Worlds Coming to Utah


PARK CITY, UT (June 22, 2015) – The International Ski Federation (FIS) has awarded the 2017 FIS Nordic Junior World Championships and FIS U23 World Cross Country Championships to Utah’s Olympic venues in Park City and Midway. The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association put forward the joint bid with the Utah Olympic Park and Solider Hollow, both of...

Randall Talks FIS Decisions in Bulgaria


At the beginning of June, Kikkan Randall packed her bags and headed back to Europe. This time, it wasn't for a freezing ski race in Norway or training in Italy. Instead, she headed to the beach in Varna, Bulgaria for FIS Council meetings.

Randall is the elected Athletes' Committee Chair and the FIS Athlete Representative on the Cross...

Cross Country Team Names Season Goals


The U.S. Cross Country Ski Team took over the Craft Sportswear Instagram account and shared their goals for the upcoming season with the hashtag #myracestartshere. Read through to see a few of the athletes’ objectives.


Fairall Updates Fans on Condition


Olympic ski jumper Nick Fairall suffered serious injuries in a fall while ski jumping in Bischofshofen, Austria in January. As the month of June began, he updated his fans on his well-being and steady recovery.

Due to the crash, the 25 year old fractured two ribs, punctured his lung, bruised his kidney, had internal bleeding and...