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Ben Popp speaking about Birkie Campaign Campaign Phase 2, November 17, 2016

MN HS Fall Coaches Assn Meeting, Vasaloppet Nordic Center, October 29, 2016

Skinny Santa Solstice, December 17, 2016

Sarah Olson, girls 5K freestyle winner, Loppet Invite, January 7, 2017

Minnesota State CX Championships, November 19, 2016

Lauren Peterson and Anna Fenske, Farmington, go 2-1 in girls class AA, Minnesota State CC Meet, November 5, 2016

Highlights

Nordic Spirit Race Update
January 20, 2017
Nordic Spirit Ski Race and Tour is still on for Sunday, Jan 29th! Organizers report a good 5-6" base and will reassess conditions midweek.

USSA: Strong U.S. Team Announced For World Champs
January 18, 2017
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association has named 17 athletes to the cross country team that will compete in the International Ski Federation's 2017 Nordic World Ski Championships Feb 22-Mar 5 in Lahti, Finland. 2015 World Championship silver and bronze medalists Jessie Diggins and Caitlin Gregg were named, as well as Kyle Bratrud.

Vasaloppet Course Grooming Underway
January 16, 2017
Organizers for the Vasaloppet USA report great progress on preparing the race courses for events upcoming on February 11th. With their new snowmaking operations, the race is all but guaranteed to be held on the trails. Get your registration in soon!
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Annual Vasaloppet Banquet and Fundraiser

Borah Epic Registration is Now Open
January 15, 2017
Celebrating 5-years, the Borah Epic opened its registration this weekend for the Saturday, June 3rd event. A total of 750 prized spots are available between the full and half race distances and racers are encouraged to register soon to ensure a spot.
Related:
Chequamegon Events Filling Fast

Weekend International Racing Recap
January 15, 2017
Rolling out hopefully a new weekly segment, we welcome Mary Kozloski as she begins covering international and midwest elite racing this season. This weekend's update covers the World Cup races in Toblach, Italy, and see the attached link for Midwest elite coverage from the Seeley Hills Classic.
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Weekend Midwest Elite Racing Recap

World Cup Toblach: Team Sprints
January 15, 2017
The World Cup featured team freestyle sprints on Sunday in Toblach, Italy. Canada's Alex Harvey skied a perfect finishing stretch to easily top the mens field with partner Lenny Valjas. The US squad of Simi Hamilton and Andy Newell placed sixth. Kikkan Randall and Sophie Caldwell were the US pairing, taking 10th. Racing action moves to Sweden for the next couple rounds.
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Results: Team Sprints
USSA: Strong Team Sprint for Men
Final 2016-17 World Cup Races Moved from Russia to Canada

Seeley Hills Classic Results
January 14, 2017
The Seeley Hills Classic drew another large crowd of striders for the annual races on the Birkie trail Saturday morning. Matt Liebsch held off Krystal Kopal to take the mens 42K title with Canadian Isabella Howden pulling ahead of Elaine Nelson for the womens victory. In the 22K race, Andrew Tilman won the mens pack sprint, Kelly Skillicorn leading the way for the women.
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Snekkevik Results
Snowjourn Results

World Cup Toblach: Freestyle Sprints
January 14, 2017
The World Cup was back in action on Saturday with freestyle sprints in Toblach, Italy. Simi Hamilton rocked the mens field, first posting the 5th fastest qualifier, then reaching the mens final where it look a photo review to determine he had lost by a hair to Norwegian Sindre Bjoernestad Skar, finishing on the podium in 2nd! The US had three women in the sprint heats, but an unfortunate accident between Sophie Caldwell and Kikkan Randall in the womens semifinal took both skiers out of contention. Many of the top women skiers sat out Saturday's sprints, presumably resting for Sunday's team sprint events. The team sprints will be streamed live at 8 am CST.
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Video: NBC Sports Live Streaming
Results: Freestyle Sprints
Fischer: Matveeva and Skar claim sprint wins in Dobbiaco

Ski Jumping: Midwest 5 Hills Tour Comes to Bloomington Jan 25
January 13, 2017
International Ski Jumping hits the Twin Cities scene Wednesday evening, Jan 25th, under the stadium lights at the Bush Lake Ski Jumps in Bloomington. It will be an Olympic atmosphere featuring elite athletes from Europe, Canada and all across USA will be taking to the skies in head to head competition.

World Cup Toblach Weekend Series
January 12, 2017
The World Cup resumes this weekend with racing back in Italy at Toblach. Featured events are freestyle sprints Saturday, finals live streaming at 7:15 am CST, and an exciting freestyle team sprint event on Sunday, streaming at 8 am CST.
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Video: NBC Sports Live Streaming
Results: FIS Live Results
USSA: Pain That Never Felt So Good

CXC Marathon Cup Opener Weekend
January 12, 2017
The CXC Marathon Cup kicks off this weekend with the Seeley Hills Classic. The Marathon Cup includes six of the biggest races across the Midwest: Seeley Hills, Noquemanon, City of Lakes Loppet, Vasaloppet, American Birkebeiner, and Great Bear Chase. Awards for award groups, teams, age-indexed, and overall -- something for everyone!

BirkieTour Draws Talent Thru the Ages
January 11, 2017
BirkieTour is this Sunday, Jan 15th in Hayward. The event is a casual, open-track style event with multiple distance options, aid stations, and support. This year, joining Olympians Caitlin and Brian Gregg will be 84-year-old Hannes Larsson who will be punching his 30th Worldloppet Master title at the BirkieTour.

National Masters at the Loppet
January 11, 2017
The National Masters competition is coming to the Twin Cities this February as part of the City of Lakes Loppet Festival. Skiers 30 and over from across the US will be competing in classical and short freestyle races. All of this is a build up to next winter, when the Masters World Cup will be hosted by the Loppet.
Related:
Masters World Cup Coming to Twin Cities in 2018

US Nationals: Classical Mass Start Coverage
January 10, 2017
Another snowy, warm day at Soldier Hollow for US Nationals as competitors raced in mass start classical races on Tuesday. In the opening mens 30K, Ben Lustgarten took the victory well ahead of David Norris and Kris Freeman, 2nd and 3rd overall. Brian Gregg less than 25 seconds off the podium in 5th. Canadians swept the junior mens 10K, Hunter Wonders the top American in 4th. Chelsea Holmes strided away with the women's 20K title, U20 star Katharine Ogden was 2nd, Caitlin Patterson 3rd, with the Midwest's Rosie Frankowski 4th and Annie Hart 6th. The final event, the junior womens race was extended to 7.5K, with Julia Kern 1st, Hailey Swirbul 2nd, and Annika Richardson (Canada) 3rd. Abigail Drach skied to 5th. Other top Midwest results: Adam Martin 11th (3rd U23), Frederik Schwencke 23rd; Xavier Mansfield 21st; Alayna Sonnesyn 14th, Deedra Irwin 18th, Nichole Bathe 19th, Felicia Gesior 23; Nicole Schneider 23rd, Kelly Koch 25th. Results linked in, along with some photos from Jackie Schneider, Karen Brown and Jennifer Brisbois.
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USSA: First Time Titlists In Championships Finale
US Nationals Points List (after 3 races)

Pre-Loppet Coverage
January 8, 2017
A busy morning again Sunday at Theodore Wirth as the Pre-Loppet featured kids races, citizen's freestyle race, and even a fat bike race. The 14K freestyle race used the newly configured snowmaking loop at Wirth, which didn't seem to slow Matt Liebsch down as he broke away on the fourth and final lap to take the victory, with Alex Reich second, Thomas Kendrick third. Kim Rudd skied off the front early on and was crowned the women's champion with second place going to Bonnie Weiskopf Albrecht and third to Kelly Skillicorn. The inaugural fat bike race took to the same course as the skiers, with Tom Puzak and Karen Bebchuk taking the 14K titles. Results linked in, along with photosets from both races.

Tour de Ski: Stage 7 Results
January 8, 2017
The Tour de Ski wrapped up Sunday with an uphill freestyle race on the slopes of Alpe Cermis, Val di Fiemme, Italy. The women's race once again was the major source of excitement as Heidi Weng crushed it, overtaking Stina Nilsson to post the fastest time and take the overall title. Finnish sensation Krista Parmakoski also caught Nilsson, moving up to second overall. Jessie Diggins had a good race, at one point almost catching Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg (4th), and went on to hold her 5th place overall. Liz Stephen posted the second fastest split for the day. Noah Hoffman moved up four places to finish 26th overall.
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Results: Freestyle 9K
Fischer: Tour de Ski dominator Sergey Ustiugov triumphates at Alpe Cermis

Borah Teamwear: Birchleggers, Get Suited Up!
January 7, 2017
Borah Teamwear is honored to continue its support of The Birchleggings Club with a special design collection created to compliment the Birkie race bibs and features race suits, jackets and accessories.

US Nationals: Freestyle 10K, 15K Coverage
January 7, 2017
US Nationals kicked off in Soldier Hollow, Utah, Saturday morning with a cold start that delayed events. In the women's 10K, Caitlin Gregg climbed back to the top of the podium, beating Chelsea Holmes by just two seconds to be crowned the women's National champion! Caitlin Patterson was third. Completing the Midwest sweep, Kyle Bratrud matched Caitlin's feat from two years ago, taking the men's victory with the only sub 35 minute time in the men's 15K. Tad Elliot and Moritz Madlender (Germany) rounded out the podium. Other top Midwest results: Rosie Frankowski 6th, Alayna Sonnesyn 27th, Annie Hart 29th; Lucy Anderson 5th U18; Brian Gregg 8th, Kevin Bolger 15th, Luke Brown 19th. Results linked in, along with photos from Jennifer Brisbois, Jackie Schneider and Karen Brown.
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USSA: Bratrud and Gregg Star in Opener

SISU Ski Fest Results
January 7, 2017
Braving some crisp January temperatures, over 500 skiers turned out for a big day of racing in the SISU Ski Fest in Ironwood, MI. Matt Liebsch skied away for a victory margin of almost two minutes in the 31K freestyle race, with Mary Beth Tuttle taking the womens title. In the classical 31K race, Andrew Brown dominated the field winning by almost nine minutes, as Ingrid Leask edged Kate Ellis for the womens victory. In the 15K skate, Ethan Kennedy and Christine Bruno posted the top times, and in the 15K classic, titles went to Nick Niemi and Emma Barnes.

Tour de Ski: Stage 6 Results
January 7, 2017
An excited day of racing in the Tour de Ski for stage 5 at the famed Val di Fiemme venue in Italy. The women's 10K mass start classical race had a little bit of everything with top skiers crashing (and recovering!) and some blowing up while others made big comebacks. The star at the end as Sweden's Stina Nilsson, who regained her Tour de Ski lead after faltering on Friday with a victory today. Jessie Diggins held strong, fighting to move up at the end and finish 8th on the day, and retaining her fifth place standing overall. Noah Hoffman was the lone US male, taking 30th on the day. Norway's Martin Johnsrud Sundby won the mens 15K event. Sunday is the final race, a 9K uphill time trial. Live streaming: 4:30 am CST for women, 8:30 am for men.
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Results: 10K, 15K Classical

Tour de Ski: Stage 5 Results
January 6, 2017
An incredible performance for stage 5 of the Tour de Ski Friday in Toblach, Italy, as Jessie Diggins and Sadie Bjornsen stood atop the podium of the women's 5K freestyle race in first and third place! The strong showing by Bjornsen pushed her into the top 10 of the Tour de Ski standings, where Diggins is currently 5th. Noah Hoffman was 25th the lead the US men's squad. The Tour de Ski heads to Val di Fiemme, Italy, for the final two events this weekend. Saturday's event is a mass start classical race. Live streaming: women's 10K at 7:30 am CST, men's 15K at 8:30 am.
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Video: NBC Sports Live Streaming, Highlights
Results: 5K, 10K Freestyle
FIS-OPA Planica Continental Cup: Double victory for team USA

US Nationals Preview
January 5, 2017
US Nationals starts this weekend and runs through Thursday, with National titles on the line as well as spots on international competition teams. We provide a brief guide on the event and a look at some of the Midwest favorites.

Pre-Loppet Adds Fat Bike Division
January 5, 2017
The Pre-Loppet will feature fat bike races this Saturday, both 17K and 8.5K races on the snowmaking trails at Wirth. The races will happen right after the morning ski races. A fat bike is being awarded to one lucky participant in either ski or fat bike race.

Tour de Ski: Stage 4 Results
January 4, 2017
Wednesday the Tour de Ski featured pursuit start freestyle races for stage 4, with skiers start times based on their Tour de Ski standing. Jessie Diggins started fifth in the 10K and held that position, as the Swedish star Stina Nilsson outsprinted Norway's best to keep her position at the top of the standings. Kikkan Randall continues to improve, moving from 19th to 10th today! Russian Sergey Ustiugov skied solo throughout the 15K race to hold off Norway's Martin Johnsrud Sundby at the head of the mens field. Canadian Alex Harvey continues to hold third overall after another solid race. Noah Hoffman is the top US male in 37th. The series now moves to Italy for the final three stages, with the next event short freestyle races Friday in Toblach. Live streaming: Mens 10K at 3:45 am CST, womens 5K at 6 am.
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Results: 10K, 15K Freestyle

Buena Vista Snowjourn Set for Jan 14th
January 3, 2017
The 37th annual Buena Vista Snowjourn races are scheduled this season for Jan 14th featuring a 12K race, along with shorter distances, on the Buena Vista trail system north of Bemidji.

SISU Ski Fest Coming this Weekend
January 3, 2017
SISu Ski Fest organizers are reporting great conditions and a field of nearly 600 skiers expected for the races this weekend.
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SISU Ski Fest: Cold Weather Plans

Tour de Ski: Stage 3 Results
January 3, 2017
Another stage in the books for the Tour de Ski, and another impressive performance by the US women. Sporting some rocket skis, Jessie Diggins and Sadie Bjornsen skied with the lead pack and took the race down to a sprint finish with Diggins just narrowly missing the victory collected by Sweden's Stina Nilsson, with Bjornsen taking 5th! Noah Hoffman led the US men in 35th. Canada had a strong showing, posting two in the top ten with Alex Harvey 4th and Devon Kershaw 10th. Racing continues Wednesday morning with freestyle pursuit races: live streaming 10K womens at 4:30 am CST, mens 15K at 5:45 am.
Related:
Video: NBC Sports Live Streaming
Results: 10K, 20K skiathlon
Fischer: Stina Nilsson and Sergey Ustiugov triumphate in skiathlon

Cable JNQ Volunteers Needed
January 2, 2017
CXC is seeking assistance in hosting the JNQ races Jan 21-22 at the new Birkie trailhead in Cable. Plenty of interesting ways to help out, lend a hand by volunteering today.

Tour de Ski: Stage 2 Results
January 1, 2017
The New Year brought mass start classical races to the Tour de Ski for the second stage. Jessie Diggins again led the way for the US squad, skiing to an 8th place finish the in 5K womens classical. Kikkan Randall had an impressive race as well, posting 19th. Erik Bjornsen was the top American male, taking 42nd. Racing action moves to southern Germany, with a travel rest day, as the next race is Tuesday and will feature a skiathlon format. Live streaming schedule - Tuesday 5:15 am CST womens 10K, 8:15 am mens 20K.
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Results: Mass Start Classical 5K, 10K

Tour de Ski: Stage 1 Results
December 31, 2016
The Tour de Ski stage race got underway on Saturday morning in Val Mustair, Switzerland with freestyle sprint races. The US women got off to strong start as Jessie Diggins made it to the sprint finals, finishing 6th, with Sadie Bjornsen, Sophie Caldwell and Kikkan Randall all finishing in the top 25. Simi Hamilton was the top US male finishing 18th. Racing action continues Sunday, New Year's Day morning, with a pair of exciting mass start classical races: men's 10K at 6 am CST and women's 5K at 9 am.
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Results: Freestyle Sprints

Three Rivers Rennet: Price Hike and Discount
December 30, 2016
Three Rivers Rennet races are January 20-21 at Hyland Park Park and will feature cross-country races for a variety of distance and athletes, as well as a Fat Bike race. Save 20% off entry fees with a special promo code if you register by Jan 3rd!

Duluth JNQ Volunteers Needed
December 28, 2016
Duluth XC is seeking volunteers for the Junior National Qualifier races, Jan 28-29 at Marshall School. There is a wide range of openings from Friday to Sunday that weekend, please consider helping out.

Double Pole Derby Coverage
December 28, 2016
The Double Pole Derby was reborn on Wednesday as a new event featuring the new Birkie start area just southeast of Cable. Over 50 skiers turned out for a very competitive race on a 7K lap course that included part of the infamous power line section of the Birkie trail. Dan DeLestry edged out Ian Liphart for the mens victory with another Wisconsin native, Amber Olivia pulling ahead of Alayna Sonnesyn for the womens title. Results linked in, along with photosets.
Related:
Hayward Invite Coverage

Winter Warmup Coverage
December 24, 2016
A huge crowd Saturday morning for the inaugural Winter Warmup races at Elm Creek made for stock-car-style racing as the 10K and 5K fields overlapped. Kyle Marshall out sprinted Nick Gardner for the mens 10K title as Forest Lake high school star Regan Duffy won the womens division. Abigail Drach crushed the 5K race, posting the top time overall with Matt Omann taking second as the top male. Full results and large photoset posted.

SISU Ski Fest Update
December 23, 2016
Organizers are reporting great conditions for the upcoming Sisu Ski Fest races in early January and warn skiers that they are approaching field limits for both races, so register soon (and avoid the next price hike on Dec 29).

Great Bear Chase: Winter Has Arrived
December 21, 2016
The Great Bear Chase organizers are reporting great snow conditions with over four feet of snow already this season! Their latest update highlights the great snow conditions, offers suggestions on lodging, and mentions some of the improvements they've implemented for the race this season. Register now, before the Jan 1st price hike!

Biathlon: January 2017 World Cup and IBU Cup Teams Announced
December 20, 2016
U.S. Biathlon's International Competition Committee has announced the rosters for the first World Cup and IBU Cup events of 2017. A number of Midwest skiers have made the cut: Siena Ellingson, Paul Schommer and Jake Ellingson. Leif Nordgren is sitting out the World Cup roster due to health reasons.

DXC: Birkie/Korte Bus
December 19, 2016
Looking for a stress-free Birkie experience? Duluth XC is offering a bus ride directly to the start line of the Birkie, and return trip from downtown Hayward. And with the new Korte date, they've added a bus trip for that event too. Reserve your spot now, space is limited.

World Cup La Clusaz: Relays
December 18, 2016
Period 1 of the World Cup wrapped up Sunday morning with a pair of relay races in La Clusaz, France. The US squad has been hobbled by illness, with the US women missing key figures in Jessie Diggins and Sadie Bjornsen, and the US men not fielding a relay team. Norway swept the relay titles, as the Norwegian women won handily while the men's race came down to a sprint finish with Finn Haugen Krogh taking the win by .2 seconds over Russia. The elite racers will be on a holiday break, picking action again on New Years eve with the start of the Tour de Ski.
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Results: Relays

Skinny Santa Solstice Coverage
December 17, 2016
Braving cold temperatures and icy roads, over 20 skiers turned out Saturday morning at Woodland trails in Elk River for Skinny Santa Solstice race. Matt Liebsch sailed away with the mens victory with Pioneer Midwest teammates Andy Brown and Joel LaFrance completing the podium sweep. Emily Flynn topped the womens field. Photos and results posted.

World Cup La Clusaz: Freestyle Mass Start
December 17, 2016
The World Cup on Saturday featured mass start freestyle races on a tight ribbon of snow in La Clusaz, France. Norway's women stacked the podium with Heidi Weng winning over teammates Marit Bjoergen and Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg after 10K of racing. The top American woman was Rosie Brennan in 22nd. In the men's 15K competition, Norway's Finn Haagen Krogh and Martin Johnsrud Sundby held off Russian Alexander Legkov who finished 3rd. The top American male finisher was Erik Bjornsen in 20th. The US team has been hit hard with illness this week, leaving athletes such as Jessie Diggins and Sadie Bjornsen off the start line and some uncertainty over the lineup for Sunday's relay race.
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Results: 10K, 15K Freestyle
Biathlon: Dunklee 4th in Nove Mesto Pursuit; Bailey 9th in Men's Race
Fischer: Krogh beats Sundby in the final stretch

Biathlon: Dunklee Takes Bronze in Nove Mesto Sprint
December 16, 2016
Clean shooting and fast skiing by Susan Dunklee put her on the podium and just over five seconds from claiming the gold medal, taking third place, in Friday's women's 7.5-kilometer sprint at the IBU World Cup 3 in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic.
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Video: Biathlon Eurovision Live Streaming

Two Days of Holiday Racing in Hayward
December 15, 2016
The American Birkebeiner is supporting local community racing by featuring two days of racing in the Hayward area this holiday break. Action starts on Tuesday, Dec 27 with Spooner high school races, then continues Wednesday, Dec 28 with both high school and college/citizen races up at the new Birkie start area in Cable.

World Cup La Clusaz Weekend Series
December 15, 2016
Winding down Period 1 of the World Cup series, the racing action moves to another snow sparse venue -- La Clusaz, France. Organizers have laid down a ribbon of snow and changed event formats to accommodate. Saturday is now an exciting mass start freestyle race, and Sunday puts a cap on the racing action with relay races! Live streaming will be available again on NBC Sports, times for the Midwest (CST) are: Saturday womens 10K freestyle 4:15 am, mens 15K 6:30 am; Sunday mens 4x7.5K relay 5:30 am, womens 4x5K relay 8 am. (Photo: Salomon Nordic)
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Video: NBC Sports Live Streaming, World Cup La Clusaz Teaser
Results: FIS Live Results
Race Program
La Clusaz Race Website
La Clusaz Facebook
FIS: Cross Country skiers head to France

Elm Creek Results Posted
December 14, 2016
The Elm Creek Wednesday night race series got off to a chilly reception with temperatures around zero and windchills much cooler. Andy Schakel and Andrea Potyondy-Smith were the freestyle victors on the evening.

Vasaloppet Commits to the Trail
December 13, 2016
Vasaloppet USA has announced the end of the lake race! They now have a viable backup trail course with their new snowmaking capabilities to ensure they will not need to run the race on a lake in the future. And of course, with good snowfall the race will still run point-to-point, from Warman to downtown Mora.

SuperTour Sovereign Lakes: Freestyle Distance
December 11, 2016
The SuperTour series at Sovereign Lakes had a strong Midwest vibe on Sunday for the freestyle distance races, especially for the women. Caitlin Gregg just missed the podium taking 4th, five seconds off the third place, with a resurgent Rosie Frankowski taking 6th, Deedra Irwin 9th, and Annie Hart 11th. Chelsea Holmes won the womens 10K, just 13 seconds ahead of top US development junior skier Katharine Ogden. In the mens 15K, Brian Gregg also notched a 4th place finish, with Kyle Bratrud 8th. Scott Patterson was the top gun.
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Results: 10K, 15K Freestyle

World Cup Davos: Freestyle Sprints
December 11, 2016
The World Cup on Sunday in Davos, Switzerland, featured freestyle sprint races. Minnesota native Jessie Diggins wrapped up a great weekend advancing all the way to the finals where she eventually finished 5th. Sophie Caldwell was skiing for a possible finals position as well, but fell in the final curve. Simi Hamilton was the only American to make it to the quarterfinals. Norway's sprint queen Maiken Caspersen Falla won for the women, with Russian Sergey Ustiugov taking the mens victory.
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Results: Freestyle Sprints
Fischer: Falla and Ustiugov win free sprints

SuperTour Sovereign Lakes: Classical Sprints
December 10, 2016
The SuperTour series crossed the border racing at Sovereign Lakes (Silver Star, BC) this weekend. Saturday was classical sprints. One of the US top development skiers, Julia Kern, won the womens 1.2K sprints while Reese Hanneman won for the men. Ben Saxton had another solid day of racing, taking the podium in 3rd and Annie Hart made it to the B finals. Top Midwest qualifying results: Felicia Gesior 2nd, Anne Hart 11th, Caitlin Gregg 15th, Deedra Irwin 21st; Ben Saxton 3rd.
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Results: Qualifiers, Heats

World Cup Davos: 15K, 30K Freestyle
December 10, 2016
Using the man-made snow loops at Davos, Switzerland on Saturday morning, the World Cup held womens 15K and mens 30K freestyle races. Jessie Diggins continued her strong form skiing to a 4th place finish and notching an historic best US womens finish at that distance. Liz Stephen posted a top 25 finish in 21st. Noah Hoffman was the sole American competing in the mens event, taking 44th. Norway's Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg and Martin Johnsrud Sundby won the events.
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Results: 15K, 30K, Freestyle
Biathlon: Dunklee Matches Career Best With 5th in Pokljuka Pursuit

USSA: 2017 Cross Country International Continental Cup Selection Guidelines
December 9, 2016
USSA has published their selection criteria for International Continental Cup competition later this season. The US Cross-Country Championships play a big factor in the selection, in combination with the USSA National Ranking.

Chequamegon Registration Opens Jan 1st
December 8, 2016
A New Year's Resolution to get into the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival events? Registration opens Jan 1st.
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Chequamegon Awarded Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism.

SuperTour Yellowstone: Classical Distance
December 4, 2016
Sunday featured classical distance races at the Yellowstone SuperTour. Matthew Gelso completed a sweep for the men in taking today's 15K race with the Midwest's Kyle Bratrud just missing the podium by 2 seconds to finish 4th. Elizabeth Guiney won the womens 10K just ahead of junior star Katharine Ogden by less than 8 seconds. Caitlin Gregg had the top Midwest result taking 5th. Other top Midwest results: Brian Gregg 7th, Ben Saxton 8th, Kevin Bolger 14th, Annie Hart 14th, Rosie Frankowski 15th, Felicia Gesior 18th, Deedra Irwin 19th.
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Results: Mens 15K Classical, Womens 10K Classical

World Cup Lillehammer: Classical Pursuit
December 4, 2016
The weekend series in Lillehammer wrapped up on Sunday with some exciting classical pursuit format races. Norway's Heidi Weng started first, based on the sprint and skate races, and never looked back, holding off challenges from her teammate Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg and rising Finnish star Krista Parmakoski to win the womens 10K. Jessie Diggins started 3rd and held on to finish 8th, Sadie Bjornsen skied up to 11th. The mens 15K proved to be a tight battle as Sweden's Calle Halfvarsson started first, but was reeled in by a big pack, led by Martin Johnsrud Sundby, Norway. Sundby kept the pace up, and burst away in the final 2K to take the victory as the rest of the pack sprinted for 2nd, Norway's U23 star Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo edging forward of Matti Heikkinen, Finland, to round out the podium. Noah Hoffman had the top US finish, posting 36th. Canada's Alex Harvey skied most of the race with the lead pack, finishing 9th.
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Results: Classical Pursuit
Fischer: Martin Johnsrud Sundby triumphates at Lillehammer Triple
Nordic Combined: Fletcher Cracks Top 10 In Lillehammer Combined

SuperTour Yellowstone: Freestyle Sprints
December 3, 2016
After cancelling the SuperTour races in Bozeman, MT, scheduled for this weekend, the events were shifted south to be run on the trails at West Yellowstone. Saturday's racing action was freestyle sprint races. The Midwest had some strong results as Annie Hart finished 3rd in the womens sprint final, and Ben Saxton was 4th in the mens final. Caitlin Gregg was 8th (2nd in the B-final). Top Midwest qualifiers: Annie Hart 2nd, Ben Saxton 2nd, Caitlin Gregg 3rd, Brian Gregg 7th, Kyle Bratrud 15th, Felicia Gesior 16th, Deedra Irwin 17th.
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Results: Womens Qualifying, Mens Qualifying, Junior Mens Final, Junior Womens Final, Mens Final, Womens Final

World Cup Lillehammer: Freestyle Distance
December 3, 2016
Day two of the Lillehammer World Cup featured freestyle distance races as racers took to another awesome course in full winter. Jessie Diggins rocked the podium, holding off Norway's best to take first in the womens 5K by less than 5 seconds over Heidi Weng! Sadie Bjornsen also raced well, finishing 14th, with Liz Stephen 26th. In the mens 10K, Sweden continues to show some resurgence as Calle Halfvarsson and Marcus Hellner went 1-2, just 0.8 seconds apart. Noah Hoffman skied well, finishing 33rd as the top American. Canada's Alex Harvey had another strong performance, taking 10th.
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Video: NBC Sports Live Streaming
Results: World Cup Lillehammer freestyle
Biathlon: Bailey Leads Five Americans in Pursuit Qualification at Oestersund World Cup

The Great Northern
December 2, 2016
The City of Lakes Loppet is combining with the US Pond Hockey tournament and St. Paul Winter Carnival to create one big 10-day winter event called the 'Great Northern'. The idea was spawned from the popular South by Southwest event in Texas, and hopes to draw major attention to the wide range of winter activities, with an eye towards the 2018 Superbowl.
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Loppet to Host the 2017 AXCS National Masters Championship

World Cup Lillehammer: Classical Sprints
December 2, 2016
Starting the three day event, classical sprints were featured Friday for the Lillehammer World Cup. The US women had another strong showing as three qualified in the top 10, including Sadie Bjornsen's 1st. Jessie Diggins ended the round with the highest US finish taking 14th, Bjornsen was 17th with Sophie Caldwell 21st. Erik Bjornsen lead the way for the US men in 24th. Canada's Alex Harvey notched a 10th place finish. Norway's Heidi Weng won the womens final while Sweden's Calle Halfvarsson was victorious for the men.
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Results: Classical Sprints

Biathlon: Top-20 Finishes for Bailey and Burke in World Cup Opener
December 1, 2016
Lowell Bailey and Tim Burke got the 2016-17 World Cup season off to a strong start with a pair of top-20 finishes in Thursday's men's 20-kilometer individual race at the BMW IBU World Cup 1 in Oestersund, Sweden. Bailey placed 15th and Burke was 16th in the field of 104 athletes.

World Cup Lillehammer Series
December 1, 2016
The World Cup travels to famed Lillehammer venue in Norway for a mini-tour weekend. Friday will feature classical sprints, Saturday skate races, and Sunday finishes with an exciting classic pursuit. NBC will have live streaming: sprint finals Friday 5 am CST; Saturday mens 10K 3 am, womens 5K at 5:50 am; Sunday womens pursuit 3 am, mens pursuit 5 am.
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Video: NBC Sports Live Streaming, New Season, New Suits
Results: FIS Live Results
World Cup Lillehammer Facebook Page
World Cup Lillehammer Official Site
Lillehammer Race Program
Peter Graves Honored as FIS Journalist of the Year

Midwest Racing Season Preview
November 30, 2016
With the recent warm weather, it may seem hard to believe that the first races are just weeks away. We've posted our annual breakdown on the new events, major changes, and other notes for the upcoming Midwest racing season.

World Cup Ruka: Classical Distance
November 27, 2016
The weekend series at Ruka Finland wrapped up Sunday with a pair of classical races. Norway's Marit Bjoergen resumed her winning ways in taking the women's 10K classical race by just 4 seconds over Finland's Krista Parmakoski with Heidi Weng, Norway, 12 seconds from victory. The US women's squad placed three in the top 30 with Jessie Diggins at 13th, Sadie Bjornsen 17th, and Caitlin Patterson 28th. Finland's pride was strong with Iivo Niskanen topping a tough field besting Norwegian's Emil Iversen and Martin Johnsrud Sundby by 10 and 11 seconds respectively. Erik Bjornsen led the US men in 41st, while Andrew Musgrave of Great Britain notched an impressive 10th and Alex Harvey, Canada, was 11th.
Related:
Results: 10K, 15K Classical
Fischer: Marit Bjørgen triumphates in 10k classic race

Yellowstone Ski Festival: Classical Races
November 26, 2016
The Yellowstone Ski Festival held 5K and 10K classical races on Saturday morning. The Midwest participation level was light as most of the juniors were beginning their journey back home. Annie Hart had the top Midwest womens time again, taking 12th, less than 30 seconds off the podium in the 5K event. Wisconsin's Kevin Bolger had a great race in the mens 10K, taking 5th. Elizabeth Guiney and Scott Patterson won the races.
Related:
Results: Womens 5K Classical, Mens 10K Classical

Yellowstone Ski Festival: Freestyle Races
November 26, 2016
Some of Minnesota's best juniors had an early chance to test their racing legs as they competed in the Yellowstone Ski Festival 5K and 10K freestyle races Friday in West Yellowstone, MT. LNR's William Kerker was tops for the Midwest crew taking 28th with Xavier Mansfield just 7 seconds behind in 36th. Bill Bowler was the top citizen from the Midwest men, taking 15th. Annie Hart raced to 7th for the women with Kelly Koch, LNR, the top junior in 28th. Patrick Caldwell and Katharine Ogden won the races.
Most of the LNR athletes also took part in the annual LNR Downhill Time Trial, with William Kerker and Kelly Koch again posting the fastest times.
Related:
Results: Men's 10K Freestyle, Womens 5K Freestyle

World Cup Ruka: Classical Sprints
November 26, 2016
In the World Cup opener Saturday at Ruka, Finland, Sweden's Stina Nilsson picked up where she left off last season, narrowly defeating Norway's Maiken Caspersen Falla in the women's classical sprints. Paal Golberg, Norway, collected his first World Cup victory in taking the men's event. Sadie Bjornsen led the way for the US women, qualifying 7th and finishing 17th. Jessie Diggins qualified 13th and finished 26th. Sophie Caldwell and Ida Sargent also notched top 20 finishers for the strong women's squad. Andy Newell was the top American male, posting 40th. Sunday will feature classical distance races.
Related:
Results: Classical Sprints

Wolverine Ladies Lunch and Ski
November 26, 2016
The Wolverine Nordic Ski Club in Ironwood is hosting a Ladies Lunch and Ski event on Saturday, Dec 17th. Designs for all levels of skiers, come out for some group training and enjoy a lunch afterward.

World Cup Ruka Weekend Series
November 24, 2016
The World Cup season opens this weekend with a pair of classical events in Ruka, Finland. Minnesota's own Jessie Diggins will be in action, as well as the return of Kikkan Randall, as the US fields a very strong line up. Saturday's sprint classical qualifiers start at 3 am CST with finals at 5:30 am. Sunday's racing features women's 10K classical at 2:30 am and men's 15K at 5 am. Watch live streaming on NBC Sports Live.
Related:
USSA: 2017 US Cross-Country Team Named
Video: NBC Sports Live Streaming
Results: FIS Live Results
World Cup Ruka Facebook Page
Ruka Competition Program
USSA: Lapland Set for Nordic Combined Opener

Turkey Trail Trot Coverage
November 24, 2016
A record turnout Thursday morning at Battle Creek East for the annual Turkey Trot Trail run put on by Endurance United. The recent snowfall made for some sloppy and slippery conditions along the 5K course which utilized mostly ski trails.
Related:
Photoset: Lap 1 - 125 photos, Lap 2 Leaders - 88 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: 5K, 10K

USSA: 2017 US Cross-Country Team Named
November 23, 2016
The 2016-17 U.S. Cross Country Ski Team was announced today, just before the International Ski Federation (FIS) World Cup opener in Ruka, Finland on Nov. 26. A total of 16 athletes were named to the A, B and D Teams. Jessin Diggins will be joined by another Minnesotan as Rochester native Ian Torchia was named to the development squad.

Ski Hut: 62nd Anniversary Sale
November 22, 2016
Ski Hut is celebrating their 62nd anniversary with a three day sale, Nov 25-27. Deals on winter gear, plus a free day pass to Giants Ridge with any ski purchase.

World Cup, Yellowstone Races This Weekend
November 22, 2016
Big action on the elite circuit this holiday break as the World Cup officially gets underway with races in Ruka, Finland - classical sprints on Saturday and classic distance on Sunday. And back stateside, the Yellowstone Ski Festival will host a pair of FIS races - freestyle on Friday, classical on Saturday. While not currently listed, we believe there will be live streaming of the Ruka World Cup races.
Related:
Video: FIS Cross-Country Trailer, FIS World Cup Teaser
World Cup NBC SPorts Live Streaming
Ruka Competition Program
Yellowstone Ski Festival Race Info

Minnesota State CX Championships Coverage
November 19, 2016
Fresh snow and typical November weather made for a cold afternoon of racing (and spectating) at the Minnesota State Cyclocross Championships at Bassett Creek in Crystal. Corey Coogan-Cisek pulled away early in the womens Cat 1/2/3 race and went on to win by over a minute. Megan Barr and Stacy Kalemkiarian rounded out the womens podium. In the mens Cat 1/2/3 race Craig Faulkner was challenged by Mark Lalonde but pushed the pace just enough to win by 10 seconds, with Dominic Talerico third.
Related:
Photoset: Womens Cat 1/2/3 - 71 photos, Men Cat 1/2/3 - 100 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Video: Mens Cat 1/2/3 Stair Climb
Results: Day 1

Twin Cities Birkie Capital Campaign Phase 2 Coverage
November 17, 2016
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation brought the news on their Capital Campaign Phase 2 to the Twin Cites on Thursday evening at Borton Volvo. Executive Director Ben Popp shared their goals for this second round like a new Nordic Center at Hwy OO and trail upgrades including a Hwy 77 underpass, and was joined by World Champion Jessie Diggins just before she launches her 2016-17 season. The ABSF is part way to their goal, please review their plans and help them achieve their goals!
Related:
Photoset: 23 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Birkie Capital Campaign: Phase 2

Grind Up Granite Results
November 12, 2016
A nice turnout Saturday morning in Rib Mountain for the Grind Up Granite events, including rollerski races. In the freestyle event, Mark Nienstaedt topped the field with young skiers with Olivia Dreger taking the womens title. Dreger also won the womens classic rollerski, with Nick Petersen posting the top time for the men.

Rivet Run Results
November 13, 2016
Eve Graves writes: Sunday was a picture perfect day for a trail run! Temperatures started in the upper 40's and reached the mid 50's by race time. We had a record number of people registered at 115 and 98 who actually participated. The winning time was 20:35 by Seth Korhonen followed closely by Jon Lindberg in 20:36. The female winner was Brenda Swanson of Two Harbors in 23:47.
Related:
Results: Rivet Run Fall

Speedskating Talent ID Program
November 11, 2016
US Speedskating is seeking new stars to develop into speedskating champions. Come to one of their tryouts or send in a video, and have a chance to win a development program scholarship.
Related:
Dec 3 Talent Combine in Roseville, MN

Seeking Birkie Warriors
November 10, 2016
In homage to the race's roots, the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation (ABSF) is seeking a trio of cross-country skiers to portray two Birkebeiner warriors and Inga in the 44th American Birkebeiner Ski Marathon slated for February 25, 2017. Application deadline is Nov 30th.

Midwest MTB Report
November 8, 2016
Jay Richards wrapped up another season of reporting on MTB action in the Midwest. The final report covers The Iceman Cometh, a wide range of news items, new trail developments at Welch Village, and a look ahead to winter riding.

Birkie Phase 2 Campaign Coming to Twin Cities
November 8, 2016
The Birkie Foundation has been on tour this fall, spreading word on their Phase 2 campaign. Phase 2 includes creating new venues, like a modern Nordic Center at Hwy OO, trail and infrastructure improvements, including a Hwy 77 underpass. Join Birkie executive director Ben Popp for a presentation, good food and drinks, an auction and celebration with friends on Thursday, Nov 17th at Borton Volvo in the Twin Cities. Special guest Olympian Jessie Diggins!
Related:
Birkie Capital Campaign: Phase 2

Luminary Loppet Now Accepting Applications for New Installations
November 7, 2016
In tradition with showcasing local creative talent, the Loppet Foundation has released its official application calling for community members and artists interested in contributing to the Luminary Loppet. The big event is the first weekend in February, with an application deadline set for Nov 20th.

Great Bear Chase Registration Now Open
November 7, 2016
The first snowfall is coming any day now ... the Great Bear Chase registration is now open! The Great Bear Chase offers a premiere March marathon event (with shorter distances available).

Up Up and Away Rollerski Race Coverage
November 6, 2016
Felicia Gesior and Chris Pappathopoulos posted the top times Saturday morning in the Up, Up and Away classic rollerski race at Blue Mound State Park. Results and photosets posted.
Related:
Nov 12 Grinding Up Granite Uphill Rollerski Race

Frozen Thunder: Sprint Races
November 3, 2016
Racing on the man-made snow loop at the Canmore Nordic Centre wrapped up Thursday with the freestyle sprints. The event format was shortened to just a skate qualifier (no heats). Caitlin Gregg cranked out a fast loop to take third in the senior women's field. Brian Gregg was 10th for the senior men. On Tuesday, Brian competed in the classic sprints, finishing 11th in a very competitive field.
Related:
Video from Shaw TV: Classical Sprints
Results: Classical Sprints, Freestyle Qualifying Times (no heats)

How to Support the Sport You Love
October 31, 2016
Deb Diggins, mother to superstar Jessie, shares their passion for cross-country skiing and how you can step up to help the US achieve even more in this sport, at many different levels.
Related:
NNF: Madshus Pole Giveaway, New $10K Challenge

Frozen Thunder: Distance Freestyle Results
October 28, 2016
Racing action on Canmore's famous Frozen Thunder loop opened on Friday with freestyle distance races. Caitlin Gregg shined for the Midwest, taking second overall just six seconds off the winner Chelsea Holmes. Deedra Irwin notched 11th. Brian Gregg skated to 14th in the mens elite field. Next week will feature classic and skate sprints at Canmore.
Related:
Results: Distance Freestyle

Midwest MTB Report
October 26, 2016
Jay Richards Midwest MTB report this week covers Blacks Grove Crossing, the Sawtooth Challenge, updates on Minnesota and Wisconsin high school racing (as well as articles on programs out east and west), the new Otso bikes, Red Bull Rampage, and the usual look at upcoming events.

SuperFit Weekend at Finn Sisu
October 24, 2016
CXC's Super Fit series makes their first stop this season, working with Finn Sisu this weekend, Oct 28-30. Stop in and get top advice from CXC athletes and coaches, as well as the Finn Sisu experts, and bring your old equipment for evaluation.

SISU Ski Fest First Price Hike Nov 1st
October 24, 2016
The Sisu Ski Fest will have their first price hike coming up on Nov 1st. Read up on some of the changes they have planned this year, and get registered at the ground floor pricing!

LNR MEA Time Trial Coverage
October 22, 2016
Loppet Nordic Racing held an MEA weekend time trial in the Hayward area on Friday. Skiers competed on classic rollerskis over a 5.8K course. Xavier Mansfield and Kelly Koch posted the top times for the field.

Fast and Freaky 5K Fundraiser
October 21, 2016
Orono Nordic Ski Club is holding a Fast and Freaky 5K Halloween Fun Run on Saturday morning, Oct 29th. Post race activities include a bonfire, treats and awards.

Midwest MTB Report
October 18, 2016
Jay Richards MTB report this week covers border crossing MTB racing, Robin Williams bike collection, Steve Tilford's accident, trail repairs in Duluth, and a look ahead to Black's Grove Crossing race.

Midwest MTB Report
October 11, 2016
This week's Midwest MTB report by Jay Richards covers the Armageddon at Cuyuna (and how Cuyuna has helped the community), Singletracks video of the week, and a look ahead to two racing events this weekend.

Trail Kids Adventure Race Coverage
October 6, 2016
The Trail Kids fall adventure series wrapped up Thursday evening with the final race, complete with hay bales and two river crossings (no hay bales!).
Related:
Photoset: U10 Race - 88 photos, U12/U14/U16 Race - 83 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Trail Kids Adventure Running

Midwest MTB Report
October 4, 2016
In this week's MTB report, Jay Richards covers last weekend's racing action from across the Midwest, highlights the current state of suspension forks, more on the Marji Gesick, insight into race day support at Chequamegon, and the usual look ahead.

Birkie Trail Run and Trek Coverage
October 1, 2016
A cool, dewy morning eventually gave away to clear skies and sunshine Saturday morning for the Birkie trail running events in Seeley. Andy Elvester pulled away from the lead trio in the second half of the marathon to post the only sub three hour time in taking the victory. Corrine Malcolm cruised to the women marathon title, finishing in 3:27 (and 7th overall). Team Gregg, Brian and Caitlin, took the half marathon titles.
Related:
Photoset: Marathon - Start - 20 photos, Marathon - Mile 3.5 - 102 photos, Marathon - Mile 10.5 - 45 photos, Half Marathon - Start - 21 photos, Half Marathon - Mile 3.5 - 119 photos, Top Finishers - 139 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Birkie Trail Run

Midwest MTB Report
September 27, 2016
Jay Richards's latest Midwest MTB report covers the grueling Marji Gesick race, features an awesome endurance ride around Lake Tahoe, some new trail celebrations, and the usual look at upcoming events.

Trail Loppet Coverage
September 24, 2016
Recent rains and cloudy skies made for a damp and sometimes muddy Trail Loppet Saturday at Theodore Wirth. Ben Cogger broke away from the mens half marathon field early and won by over four minutes. Josie Nelson topped the womens field. In the 13.1K event, the duo of Brian and Caitlin Gregg scored the titles.
Related:
Photoset: Half Marathon Start - 69 photos, Half Marathon Mile 2.75 - 55 photos, Half Marathon Mile 3.5 - 55 photos, Half Marathon Mile 8.5 - 58 photos, 13.1K Mile 2.5 - 30 photos, 13.1K Mile 4.5 - 90 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Trail Loppet


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