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Mens marathon podium, City of Lakes Loppet, February 1, 2015

Hanna Torvi, second place, Section 5, February 4, 2015

Josh Jones moves up to 15th, Minnesota State Meet, February 12, 2015

ABC Relays, January 17, 2015

Tight finish in the junior mens 10K classical, US Nationals, January 8, 2015

Hanna Torvi, NWSC Meet, December 16, 2014

Highlights

Wisconsin Biathlon Cup #5 this Weekend
March 2, 2015
The final event of the 2015 Wisconsin Biathlon Cup Series will take place this Saturday, Mar 7th at Blackhawk Ski Club. Included will be an open race and novice event, perfect for first timers.

Birkie Establishes Award Honoring Shellie Milford
March 1, 2015
The American Birkebeiner has announced the establishment of a new award, The Shellie Milford Spirit of the Birkie Award. Milford, the director of race operations, is retiring next month after 28 years with the Birkie.

Nordic Spirit Coverage
March 1, 2015
After being rescheduled due to poor snow conditions in January, the Nordic Spirit ski races were held under much better conditions including perfect temperatures. Nikolai Anikin edged out Chris Parr for the mens 26K freestyle title, with Elaine Nelson posted the top womens time. Kendall Hill won the 14K skate with Sara Zimmer the top female. Results linked in, along with a photoset from Eve Graves.

World Championships: Mens 50K Classical
March 1, 2015
The World Championships in Falun, Sweden, concluded on Sunday afternoon with the premiere event, the mens 50K classic. Falling snow and tactics lead to a slow pace for much of the race, with a large pack of roughly 20 still in the hunt going into the final kilometers. Reclaiming his crown as the king of Nordic, Petter Northug skied a conservative race until the final 500 meters, moving up to third coming into the stadium then unreleased a brutal double pole to win! Lukas Bauer, switching to new skis for the final lap, took second with Johan Olsson settling for third. American Noah Hoffman skied much of the race near the lead pack to finish 31st.
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Results: Mens 50K Classical
Fischer: Petter Northug sprints to his 13th carreer's gold in 50k classic mass start

World Championships: Live Video Coverage Survey
March 1, 2015
Help out the US Ski Team and possibly the future of live streaming Nordic ski races like the World Championships by participating in a survey.
Related:
USSA Network Falun World Championships Video Coverage
Universal Sports Falun World Championships Full Event Replays

Squirrel Hill Skiathlon Results
February 28, 2015
Minocqua Winter Park celebrated great conditions Saturday with their Squirrel Hill Skiathlon events. In the full 24K skiathlon, Andy Keller easily skied away with the title winning by nearly three minutes. Paulette Niemi was unchallenged in the womens race, handily besting the field.

Stump Farm Race Results
February 28, 2015
Nearly 100 skiers turned out Saturday morning on the Reforestation Camp trails for the Stump Farm Races. Andrew Bailey and Paula Kastenson collected the 15K freestyle titles, as Kevin Berg and Elizabeth Slaby won the 4K races.
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Our Neighbors Race Results

Snowjourn Coverage
February 28, 2015
The 35th annual Snowjourn races were held at Buena Vista ski area on Saturday morning. The 12K freestyle titles went to Jenna Truedson and Brad Kuzel. Classic victories for Darla Lenz and Mark Walters. Results and photos posted.
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Rainbow Resort Coverage

World Championships: Womens 30K Classical
February 28, 2015
In Saturday's World Championships, the women's 30K classical featured a dominating performance by Norway's Therese Johaug. Johaug put down a blistering pace early on, shredding the field, and then held on to win by nearly minute over teammate Marit Bjoergen. Sweden's Charlotte Kalla third. The US had some solid numbers with Liz Stephen 11th, Rosie Brennan 16th, and Sadie Bjornsen 20th.
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Results: Womens 30K Classical
Fischer: Therese Johaug celebrates outstanding success in in 30k classic mass start

World Championships: Mens Relay
February 27, 2015
The mens 4x10K relay at the World Championships Friday afternoon in Falun proved to live up to billing with an exciting battle between Sweden and Norway. After a number of lead changes, it was Petter Northug dropping the hammer on the final short climb into the stadium and then out sprinting Sweden's Calle Halfvarsson for the victory. France pulled off the bronze medal, staying with the two superpowers the entire race. Canada was 10th, USA 11th.
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Results: Mens Relay
Fischer: Norwegian becomes relay World Champion ahead of Sweden and France

Pepsi Challenge Updates
February 27, 2015
Pepsi Challenge organizers are reporting ideal conditions for the big race next weekend. Online registration closes on March 5th.

World Championships: Womens Relay
February 26, 2015
The womens relay was the featured event on Thursday at the World Championships in Falun. Norway took control of the race by the third leg and never looked back as Marit Bjoergen coasted across the finish line for the team victory. Finland and Sweden fought it out for the remaining podium spots, with Sweden's young star Stina Nilsson taking the sprint finish for second. The US squad came back to finish 4th, matching their best performance ever.
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Results: Womens Relay
Nordic Combined: Impressive Day for Fletcher
Fischer: Norway's women celebrate relay title followed by Sweden and Finland

World Championships: Mens Freestyle
February 25, 2015
The World Championships mens 15K freestyle race was Wednesday afternoon in Falun, Sweden, on another warm and wet day. Sweden's own Johan Olsson topped the field. Noah Hoffman was the top US skier at 34th, Minnesotan Kyle Bratrud finished 52nd.
Related:
Video: Behind the Scenes in Falun with Fischer Nordic Racing Service
Results: Mens Freestyle
Fischer: Johan Olsson World Champion in 15k free race

Annual Yellowstone Rendezvous Race Fast Approaching
February 24, 2015
The Rendezvous Ski Race, back in West Yellowstone, MT, is coming up in less than two weeks. Organizers report great conditions and are excited for the 36th annual event!

USSA: Let's Celebrate!
February 24, 2015
USSA President Tiger Shaw celebrates the historic US podiums at the World Championships, and encourages the skiing community to show their continued support via their RallyMe campaign!
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NNF: A Dream Come True - Historic U.S. Podium in Falun

World Championships: Womens Freestyle
February 24, 2015
A truly historic day for the United States (and Minnesota!) as Jessie Diggins and Caitlin Gregg rock the world finishing second and third overall in the womens 10K freestyle at the World Championships in Falun, Sweden! Sweden's own Charolette Kalla dominated the field for the victory. Liz Stephen completed the incredible American performance with 10th!
Related:
Video: Womens 10K Freestyle Replay, Post-Race Interviews, Highlights
Results: Womens Freestyle
Salomon Congratulates Diggins - Carbon Skate Lab Skis at Gear West
ESPN: U.S. skiers win silver, bronze
Fischer: Charlotte Kalla goes for gold in adverse conditions
Star Tribune: Miracle on snow for Minnesota skiers in Sweden

Tackling the Giant at 90
February 23, 2015
The Sleeping Giant Loppet celebrates local legend O.E. (Olie) Olynyk returning to participate again this year, still enjoying the skiing at age 90. The Sleeping Giant Loppet races are March 7th in Thunder Bay, with online registration closing on March 4th.

World Championships: Team Sprints
February 22, 2015
Sunday featured the team sprint events at the World Championships. The day was dominated by Norway, which easily swept the mens and womens titles. The US women finished 8th, with the men taking 7th.
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Results: Team Sprints
Fischer: Norway wins gold in both teamsprints

American Birkebeiner Coverage
February 21, 2015
Nearly perfect snow conditions greeted the skiers participating in the 42nd annual American Birkebeiner. Sergio Bonaldi of Italy collected top honors in a sprint men's finish for the 50K Skate while USA's Holly Brooks was the women's champion. Ole Christian Mork strided to the fastest men's spot in the 54K Classic with Natalia Naryshkina winning for the women. In the 24K Korte Skate, Daniel Pederson and Hannah Bettendorf topped the podium. Mac Fitzpatrick and Diane Meinholz posted the fastest times in the 24K Korte Classic. Results linked in, along with photosets from Double OO and the finish area.
Related:
Birkie Live Video Feed
Press Release: Brooks and Bonaldi Win the American Birkebeiner

World Championships: Skiathlon
February 20, 2015
Saturday featured the skiathlon format events at the World Championships in Falun, Sweden. Skiers raced freestyle mass start, then switched to classical equipment on the fly, halfway through the race. Norway and Sweden topped the podium for the women's 7.5K/7.5K race with 1-2 going to Norway's Therese Johaug and Astrid Jacobsen, followed by sweden's Charlotte Kalla in 3rd. The top US women's finisher was Liz Stephen in 11th. For the men, Russia's Maxim Vylegzhanin powered his way to 1st, followed by Dario Cologna of Switzerland and Canada's star Alex Harvey in 3rd. The top US male finisher was Erik Bjornsen in 38th.
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Results: Skiathlon 15K, 30K
Fischer: Therese Johaug and Maxim Vylegzhanin capture gold medals in skiathlon

Birkie Friday Coverage
February 20, 2015
A little fresh snow greeted skiers on Friday for another full day of events at the American Birkebeiner. The Junior Birkie raced in almost balmy temperatures (low teens), followed in the afternoon with the Barnebirkie and Family Tour/Nikkerbeiner events. Plus the bib pickup and the expo were busy all day. Weather looks very good, as do the trail conditions, for the 42nd annual American Birkebeiner race on Saturday morning.
Related:
Photoset: Junior Birkie/Team Relays - 200 photos, Barnebirkie, Tour - 53 photos, Expo - 27 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Junior Birkie Results

Buena Vista Snowjourn is On
February 20, 2015
The Snowjourn ski races at Buena Vista, just north of Bemidji, are on for Saturday, Feb 28th. Snowjourn features a 12K classical and skate race and a variable distance tour of up to 12km.

Birkie Thursday Coverage
February 19, 2015
The American Birkebeiner festivities were well underway on Thursday as bright sunshine and light winds made for a beautiful afternoon in Hayward. On Main Street, spectators checked out the views from the International Bridge, then watched the Barkiebirkie skijor races. As the sun began to drop, the opening ceremony was held with skiers of all age levels. Founders Jackie Lindskoog and Ernie St Germaine helped lead a procession from the bridge down Main Street to the torch lightning. The afternoon wrapped up with the hilarious Giant Ski event.
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Photoset: Thursday Events - 203 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

World Championships: Classical Sprints
February 19, 2015
The 2015 World Championships opened under warm conditions Thursday in Falun, Sweden with classical sprint events. The mens final was an impressive show of power with Canadian's Alex Harvey nearly pulling off an upset of the winner Petter Northug. Marit Bjoergen bested the womens field. Simi Hamilton and Sophie Caldwell both advanced all the way to the semi-finals before being bumped out.
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Results: Classical Sprints
Fischer: Double Triple Victory for Fischer at the World Championship Kick-off

Birkie Double Header
February 18, 2015
Cancelled due to forecast cold weather. Ever thought you wanted to ski the Birkie course from Hayward back up to Telemark? And maybe do it the morning after the official Birkie race? Now's your chance...

Biathlon: Minnesota Biathletes Race at World Junior Championships
February 18, 2015
A number of Minnesota biathletes are racing at the World Junior Championships this week in Minsk, Belarus. Siena Ellingson and Amanda Kautzer had great ski races on the first day of competition.

31st Annual Pepsi Challenge XC Race Mar 7th
February 18, 2015
The 31st edition of the Pepsi Challenge is scheduled for Saturday, March 7th at Giants Ridge. The event offers 10K, 24K, and 48K distance classic and freestyle races. Register before Monday, Feb 23rd, to avoid the next price jump.

US Ski Team Gets Funky Before the World Championships
February 18, 2015
Showcasing their prowess at producing great music videos, the US Ski Team has posted their rendition of Uptown Funk on the eve of the World Championships in Sweden! Racing action starts Thursday morning at 6 am (Midwest) with the classical sprint qualifiers, sprint finals around 8:15 am. Watch it all online, via the US Ski Team website or Falun 2015 Live Arena app (Apple App store)!
Related:
US Ski Team: Nordic Worlds Live Stream Schedule Announced
Official Falun 2015 World Championships Website

Junior Birkie Changes
February 18, 2015
Due to the forecast cold temperatures on Friday morning, the Junior Birkie will start one hour later -- 10 am.

US Ski Team: Nordic World Championships Live
February 15, 2015
The FIS Nordic World Championships kick off on Wednesday, February 18th, in Falun, Sweden. The US squad includes one of the largest Midwest representations ever, with Jessie Diggins, Caitlin Gregg, Kyle Bratrud and Ben Saxton expected to compete along with Adam Loomis in the Nordic Combined. Even better, this year you can catch all the action live online!

West Yellowstone Rendezvous Ski Race
February 14, 2015
Wind down your season the same way you ramped up... return to West Yellowstone, March 7th, for the annual Rendezvous Race. The race offers everything from 2K up to 50K, providing options for a full range of skiers. The field is limited, so register online pronto!

World Cup Oestersund: Classical Sprints
February 14, 2015
The World Cup is holding the final set of races before the World Championships next week, racing in Oestersund, Sweden Saturday. Simi Hamilton had a strong sprint, qualifying 12th and advancing to the semi-finals before getting bumped out to finish 11th. Andy Newell finished 12th on the day. Sadie Bjornsen and Sophie Caldwell finished 20th and 22nd, advancing to the quarterfinals before exiting. Canadian Alex Harvey was second in the mens final, which was won by Finn Haagen Krogh. Marit Bjoergen took the womens sprint.
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Results: Classical Sprints

Birkie Gets Bigger
February 11, 2015
Did you know the American Birkebeiner races are longer this year? The classic race now covers 55K and while the skate is a genuine 51K. Read about these, and other changes in store for the 2015 edition.

US Ski Team: Ben Saxton Added to World Championships Team
February 10, 2015
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association announced the addition of Minnesota native Ben Saxton to the Falun World Championships roster. The naming comes on the heels of a sixth place finish at the U23 World Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan last week.

MN Pursuit Championships Add Chip Timing
February 10, 2015
The Minnesota Pursuit Championships, scheduled for March 1st at Theodore Wirth, have contracted for chip timing this season. The unique event features a 5K classical race, on-the-fly equipment change, followed immediately with a 5K freestyle race.

Wisconsin Biathlon Cup #4
February 9, 2015
The fourth event of the 2015 Wisconsin Biathlon Cup will take place this Saturday, Feb 14th, at the McMiller Sports Center in Eagle, WI. There will be an open race and a novice event, perfect for first time participants.

North End Classic Coverage
February 8, 2015
Over 200 skiers turned out Sunday morning for the North End Classic races in Cable. John Wessling and Kelly Skillicorn won the two lap, 25K classic race, while John Hallet and Sydney Bramer took the 12.5K titles. Results linked in, along with a photoset from Kelly Randolph.

Junior Nordic Competition (U18) Relay Results
February 8, 2015
The Junior Nordic Competition (U18 Nations, Scando Cup) held relay races as they concluded competition Sunday. Zak Ketterson helped take the boys relay team to a fourth place finish, just 15 seconds off the podium! The girls also had a great relay race, finishing 5th but only 12 seconds from third.
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Results: Relay Results

WJC Relays Results
February 8, 2015
The World Junior Championships in Kazakhstan wrapped up on Sunday with relay races. The USA women had a solid result finishing 8th with the US men taking 11th.
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Results: Relays Results

Vasaloppet USA Coverage
February 7, 2015
Scraping together every inch of snow in the county, the Vasaloppet organizers pulled off their full series of races Saturday morning on Mora Lake. In the premiere 58K (17K) freestyle race, Matt Liebsch broke away early and won by over a minute as Greg Kilroy, Thunder Bay, finished second with Andrew Brown taking Mark Johnson in a photo finish. Natalja Naryshkina was the clear womens champion, and 17th overall. Starting the morning off, the 42K (13.6K) classical race had skiers double poling four laps (many on skate skis). Devin Arenz proved to be the strong man, taking the mens victory just seconds ahead of Nikolai Anikin. Josie Nilsson (aka. Nelson) was the womens champ. In the big 35K (10.2K) race, Mora's own Paul Olson took the finishing sprint with Nathan Porath. Kathleen DeWahl held off a late run by Ashley Herman to take the womens title. Results linked in, plus photosets from the morning races.
Related:
Big Island and Back Results

Pre-Birkie Results
February 7, 2015
The annual Pre-Birkie race in Hayward Saturday morning drew skiers looking to make their final training runs for the big show in two weeks. The 42K freestyle race came down to a sprint with Zach Handler winning in a photo finish over Jan Myrda. Gear West's own Jan Guenther was the top female. Brothers Henry and Alex Reich took first and second in the original 27K freestyle race, with Kara Salmela taking the womens title. In the classical divisions, 42K winners were Jake Boyce and Lynne Cecil, 27K striding crowns for Andy Warren and Bri Paulsen.

Junior Nordic Competition (U18) Freestyle Race Results
February 7, 2015
At the Junior Nordic Competition (U18 Nations, Scando Cup) in Sweden Saturday, skiers competed in 5K and 10K freestyle races. The Midwest's Zak Ketterson pulled out an amazing 6th place finish in the men's 10K, with teammate Mackinley FitzPatrick coming in 53rd. Hannah Halvorsen of the US Sugar Bowl Academy skied to a stellar 3rd place podium spot in the 5K while the Midwest's Nicole Schneider placed 29th for the women with Abigail Drach skating to 40th. (Photo: Rich Jortberg)
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Results: 5K, 10K Freestyle Results

U23 Skiathlon Results
February 7, 2015
Saturday the U23 skiers had their crack at the mass start skiathlon events for World Junior Championships in Kazakstan. Teammates Anne Hart and Deedra Irwin finished 33rd and 39th respectively in the 7.5K/7.5K women's race. In the 15K/15K men's race, Kyle Bratrud placed 37th with Ben Saxton finishing 41st.
Related:
Photoset from NNF: Skiathlon photos
Results: 15K, 30K Skiathlon Results

IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships Wrapup
February 6, 2015
Michael Jorgensen files a final report on the International Paralympic Committee Nordic Skiing World Championships which wrapped up in Cable last weekend. Truly a memorable and inspiring event for all who witnessed it!

Minnesota Finlandia Officially Cancelled
February 6, 2015
The lack of snowfall this winter, combined with a dry and warm forecast, has caused Minnesota Finlandia organizers to cancelled the 2015 event. Registrations will carry forward to next season.

Nordic Combined: World Champs Team Announced
February 6, 2015
Bryan and Taylor Fletcher headline a team of five nordic combined athletes named to compete in the FIS Nordic Ski World Championships in Falun, Sweden. Olympic champion Billy Demong was named to his seventh World Championship Team. In addition to the veterans, two first-time team members, Ben Berend and Adam Loomis (Eau Claire, WI) were selected.

Junior Nordic Competition (U18) Sprint Results
February 6, 2015
The Junior Nordic Competition (U18 Nations, Scando Cup) in Sweden got underway Friday with classical sprint events. For the Midwest, Zak Ketterson qualified 13th, Abigail Drach 46th, Nicole Schneider 62nd. Ketterson finished 5th in his quarterfinal. American Hannah Halvorsen made the girls sprint final, finishing 5th!
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Video: Live Replay
Results: Classical Sprints

WJC Skiathlon Results
February 6, 2015
On Friday, the World Junior Championships in Kazakstan featured mass start skiathlon format events. The American team had quite a day! Katharine Odgen posted an incredible sixth place finish, just 13 seconds back! Alayna Sonnesyn was the lone Midwest women, finishing 50th. For the men, Minnesota's own Ian Torchia put the world on notice, racing from a 60th place seed to finish 11th overall!
Related:
World Junior/U23 Championships and U18 Nations Guide
Results: WJC 10K, 20K Skiathlon Results

U23 Freestyle Results
February 5, 2015
The U23 skiers took on 10K and 15K freestyle courses Thursday at Almaty, Kazakhstan with the US men showing some impressive depth. Midwest's own Kyle Bratrud finished 19th, with two other Americans in the top 15! Paige Schmeber was the lone Midwest skier in the U23 womens racing, finishing 38th.
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Results: U23 10K, 15K Freestyle Results

WJC Freestyle Results
February 4, 2015
The World Junior Championships featured 5K and 10K freestyle races Wednesday in Almaty, Kazakhstan. A good day for the NMU skiers as Ian Torchia was the top American, finishing 35th in the mens 10K and Vivian Hett was the top Midwest gal in the womens 5K, finishing 46th.
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Results: WJC 5K, 10K Freestyle Results

Vasaloppet Offers Unique Double, Triple Vasa Opportunities
February 3, 2015
With the changes in race format due to the low snow conditions, all Vasaloppet races will be run on Mora Lake (right next to downtown Mora). As an added incentive this year, they are offering the rare opportunity to actually compete in multiple races -- coined the Lake Mora Double and Triple Vasa.

WJC/U23 Classical Sprints Results
February 3, 2015
The WJC/U23 competition in Almaty, Kazakhstan, began on Tuesday with classical sprint races. Midwest skiers Ben Saxton and Annie Hart were the top performances on the day. Saxton qualified 10th and then advanced all the way to the mens final, where he finished 6th after tangling with another skier! Hart qualified 21st for the U23 women but did not advanced from the quarterfinals.
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Results: WJC/U23 Classical Sprints Results
Pillar Project Success: Saxton Sixth at U23 Sprint

Birkie Fever Bash Set For Feb 19th
February 2, 2015
Join Ben Popp, executive director of the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation, and Birkie Founder John Kotar for the Birkie Fever Bash on Thursday, Feb 19th in Hayward (Birkie Week). Seats are limited to the first 350, get your ticket today.

Biathlon: Nordgren 19th in Open European Championships Pursuit
February 1, 2015
US biathlete Leif Nordgren posted a top-20 finish Sunday in the men's pursuit at the IBU Open European Championships in Otepaa, Estonia. Nordgren is from Marine-on-the-Croix, MN.

City of Lakes Loppet Freestyle Coverage
February 1, 2015
The City of Lakes Loppet wrapped up their three day festival on Sunday, featuring the freestyle races. In the Best of the Loppet wave, Matt Liebsch took off flying, attempting to erase a roughly 1:30 deficient to Torin Koos in hopes of winning the overall title. Liebsch performance was impressive, as he kept eating into the lead with each lap, and eventually surpassed it to win by almost two minutes, and collected the overall title. Natalia Naryshkina cruised to victory with a 1:30 margin, completing her series sweep. In the shorter Puoli division, Mark Herman and daughter Ashley (4th overall!) collected the titles. Results linked in, along with photosets from the four freestyle races.
Related:
Loppet Festival Recap

City of Lakes Loppet Classical Coverage
January 31, 2015
After an evening of sprint races and fireworks on Friday, the City of Lakes Loppet got down to the core races with classical events Saturday morning on the snowmaking loop at Theodore Wirth. The mens shortened marathon (16.5K) quickly turned into a tight duel between Matt Liebsch and Torin Koos, as the pair weaved around lap traffic at high speed. Staying together to the finish, the race was decided in a double pole dash to the line with Liebsch just ahead of Koos for the victory. Natalia Naryshkina won the womens division, with Kathleen DeWahl nipping Josie Nelson at the line for second. In the shorter Puoli event (9.9K), Rich Ryan pulled away on the second lap to take the overall, with Amelia Schurke topping the womens field (and finishing 4th overall). Full results linked in, photos coming later today.
Related:
City of Lakes Loppet Saturday Event Results
Press Release: City of Lakes Loppet Ski Races Draw Former Olympian

Wolf Tracks Rendezvous Results
January 31, 2015
Great conditions Saturday for the Wolf Tracks Rendezvous races at Minocqua Winter Park. In the 42K freestyle race, Anders Osthus finished just seven seconds ahead of Henry Reich for the win. Christi Nowak was the top female and finished 14th overall. The 42K classical was dominated by Adam Swank, winning by over four minutes, and Elizabeth Paddock was the decisive womens champ (and 7th overall). In 24 skate race, Daniel Hagen and Michelle Bjerke collected the victories, with Phillip Strong and Joanna Pace taking the 24K classical titles.
Related:
Mt. Ashwabay Summit Ski Race Results

Junior Birkie 2015 Changes
January 29, 2015
The 2015 edition of the Junior Birkie includes a number of changes, including a new venue, new race format, and online registration system. The Junior Birkie has three race divisions for juniors/youth, and will be held Feb 20th.
Related:
Junior Birkie History

Vasaloppet Moves to Mora Lake
January 29, 2015
With the low snow conditions, Vasaloppet officials have announced next weekend's ski races will be held on Mora Lake, right next to downtown Mora (not Knife Lake). The race will use a 3.2K loop, with shortened event distances. The Moraloppet, scheduled for this weekend, will now be a walking event at the beautiful Nordic Center.

IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships Report
January 28, 2015
Michael Jorgensen reports from Cable and his experiences with the incredible athletes and inspiring stories that make up the International Paralympics Nordic World Championships going on this week. There are still some events left -- don't miss your chance to see this unique international event here in the Midwest.

Excellent Conditions for Wolf Tracks Rendezvous
January 27, 2015
The Wolf Tracks Rendezvous, set for this Saturday, Jan 31st, is reporting excellent conditions for their 42K and 24K races. Registration has been rising quickly, with a field limit set at just 300 skiers.

US Ski Team: Strong XC Team Named for World Champs
January 26, 2015
Liz Stephen, Kikkan Randall, Jessie Diggins and Simi Hamilton lead a team of 16 cross country athletes named by the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association to compete in the FIS Nordic Ski World Championships Feb. 18 – March 1 in Falun, Sweden. In addition to Diggins, Caitlin Gregg and Kyle Bratrud were selected from the Midwest!
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NNF Pledges $8K Support for World Championships Team

World Cup Rybinsk: Skiathlon
January 25, 2015
Sunday wrapped up the weekend series in Rybinsk, Russia, with the unusual skiathlon format events. Racing 7.5K classical, then switching to skate for another 7.5K, Jessie Diggins capped a fantastic weekend finishing 5th! Teammate Liz Stephen was just less than 10 seconds back, in 7th, with Sadie Bjornsen 13th and Rosie Brennan 20th. Matt Gelso was the lone American in the mens 15K/15K race, finishing 48th. Champions were Russian's Yulia Tchekaleva and Maxim Vylegzhanin.
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Results: Skiathlon 15K, 30K

Noquemanon Results
January 24, 2015
Another epic Noquemanon is in the books as skiers completed the point-to-point races Saturday morning, finishing in Marquette. The 50K classical titles went to Tad Elliott and Natalia Naryshkina, while Robert Douglas (NY) and Vicki Asmus won the 50K freestyle races. In the 24K races, Benjamin Wright and Joan Rundman won the classic divisions, Logan Zueger and Erica Ohearn the freestyle events.
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Baker Shaker Results Posted

Nordic Combined: Dramatic Podium for Taylor Fletcher
January 24, 2015
Brothers Taylor and Bryan Fletcher worked together to move up in a FIS Nordic Combined World Cup in Sapporo Saturday, with Taylor coming out on the podium in dramatic fashion. Taylor was third, Bryan eighth as the USA picked up its first World Cup podium in two years.
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Biathlon: Dunklee Races to 6th at Antholz World Cup pursuit

World Cup Rybinsk: Classical Sprints
January 24, 2015
Jessie Diggins posted her best result of season Saturday in Rubynsk, Russia, making the women's classical sprint final and finishing 5th! Sophie Caldwell just missed the finals, taking 7th. Ida Sargent qualified 5th overall, with Jessie Diggins 13th, Sophie Caldwell 16th, Sadie Bjornsen 17th. The US men also had great qualifying times: Simi Hamilton 6th, Andy Newell 16th, Erik Bjornsen 20th. Sweden's Jennie Oeberg and Italy's Frederico Pellegrino took the titles.
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Results: Classical Sprints

Sleeping Giant Loppet Early-Bird Deadline Fast Approacing
January 24, 2015
The Sleeping Giant Loppet, in Thunder Bay, Canada, March 7th, is having their next price hike on Feb 2nd. With 20K, 35K and 50K distance events, there are plenty of options to choose from.

Big Island and Back 2015
January 23, 2015
The Big Island and Back race is on for 2015! This year, the race on Lake Minnetonka will include professional chip timing, prizes including brew from Excelsior Brewing Company, pint glasses, and more. Lake conditions are currently good, and official grooming will begin the week before the race.

World Cup Rybinsk: Freestyle Races
January 23, 2015
Liz Stephen skied into the history books Friday finishing second in the Rybinsk 10K freestyle World Cup, her career first podium! Jessie Diggins had a great day as well, finishing 12th with Rosie Brenann 13th. Norway's Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen won. Dario Cologna collected the mens 15K title. Erik Bjornsen was the top American at 40th. (Photo: Getty Images-AFP/Alexander Nemenov)
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Results: 10K, 15K freestyle
Biathlon: Dunklee posts season-best 8th at World Cup sprint in Italy
Nordic Combined: Fletcher Jumps Into Contention in Japan

Win An Opportunity for a 2015 Birkie Entry
January 22, 2015
The Birkie office is running a special offer on 10 entries to the 2015 Birkie, Kortie or Prince Harkon races. Be one of the first 10 people to comment on an upcoming Facebook post, make a donation to benefit Life Link lll, and you'll earn one of the prized entries.

Vasaloppet Update
January 22, 2015
Vasaloppet USA has issued an update on their early February race. While still hoping for some major snow, they are making backup plans to hold the race on Knife Lake, which currently has plenty of snow cover.

Skiwerx Series and Cities Cup Near Halfway
January 20, 2015
The Skiwerx and Cities Cup series are near the midpoint, and this weekend presents a double-points opportunity in the Twin Cities Championships events. Plus updated standings are now online.

Boulder Lake Ski Race Results
January 18, 2015
A light turnout for the Boulder Lake ski race Sunday, as just under 100 skiers crossed the finish line on a very busy weekend for racing in the Midwest. Anders Osthus and Annalisa Peterson won the 32K freestyle titles, Matt Lee and Elspeth Ronnander the classical crowns. Shorter 11K freestyle victories for Joe Rauzi and Sarah Allen, classical to Kendall Hill.

Marine/O'Brien Coverage
January 18, 2015
Defying the low snow winter in the Twin Cities, the Marine/O'Brien race was successfully held on thin conditions at William O'Brien State Park Sunday morning. Organizers did trim two hill sections from the race loop, revising the distances to 10K and 20K. In the 20K classical, Tyler Gilbert and Nate Rhode broke away with Gilbert winning by nearly two minutes. Kathleen De Wahl was the womens champion. For the 20K freestyle race, Alex Reich cruised off the front to also win by nearly two minutes. Sara Graves topped the womens field. The 10K skate race featured a crop of fast Stillwater high school skiers, lead by Shad Kraftson and Fredrika Von Essen. The 10K classical titles were awarded to Jack Lange and Rachel Peterson. Results plus photos posted.
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King Boreas Results Posted

Holly Brooks Wins Dolomitenlauf
January 18, 2015
American Holly Brooks, racing on the WorldLoppet circuit, won the Dolomitenlauf in Lienz, Austria on Sunday.

World Cup Otepää: Team Sprints
January 18, 2015
Sunday on the World Cup circuit brought out the unique team sprint events, with pairs of competing in relay freestyle sprints, in Otepää, Estonia. The reign of Norwegian dominance ended, as Sweden team of Ida Ingemarsdotter and Stina Nilsson took the womens title and a pair of Russians, Alexey Petukhov and Sergey Ustiugov, won for the men. The US women nabbed sixth place with the surprising duo of Ida Sargent and Rosie Brennan (fresh from US Nationals). US men were 11th.
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Results: Team Sprints

Seeley Hills Classic Coverage
January 17, 2015
Racing with near perfect conditions, the Midwest unofficial classic crowns were handed out Saturday morning in the Seeley Hills Classic. The mens 42K race was a tight affair with Tad Elliott pulling away from Matt Liebsch and Brian Gregg to take the win. Natalia Varyshkina collected the womens 42K title. In the shorter 22K event, Santi Ocariz topped John Bauer, while Kim Rudd topped the womens field. Results linked in, along with a photoset from Kelly Randolph.
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Lapham Loppet Results Posted

World Cup Otepää: Classical Sprints
January 17, 2015
After the big Tour de Ski series, the World Cup picked up the action again with classical sprints Saturday morning in Otepää, Estonia. Sadie Bjornsen was the top US finisher, posting the 15th fastest qualifier, with Sophie Caldwell 31st. The US men also placed two in the sprint heats as Andy Newell was 21st, and Simeon Hamilton qualified 30th. None of the US skiers were able to advance from the quarterfinals. Even with a number of the Norwegian superstars absent, the Norwegians still dominated the event as Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg took the womens victory, with teammates taking third and fourth. And for the men, it was Petter's younger brother, Tommas Northug sprinting to the mens title as Norwegians put five in the finals!
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Results: Classical Sprints
Nordic Combined: Strong Race for Bryan Fletcher
Fischer: Tomas Northug celebrates surprising victory in classic sprint in Otepää

Farview Sprints Coverage
January 16, 2015
On Wednesday evening at Theodore Wirth, the Loppet Foundation held the Farview Sprints with nearly 60 Middle school racers coming out from Anwatin, Nellie Stone Johnson, Northeast, and Minnehaha Academy teams. Warm weather and good conditions made for a memorable event.

World Cup Otepää Weekend Series
January 14, 2015
The World Cup resumes this weekend with a pair of sprint races in Otepää, Estonia. Saturday will feature classical sprints, and then Sunday has Team Sprint freestyle format. The US squad should be back in action this weekend, seeking some strong results, especially in the Team Sprints.
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Video: Tour de Ski Highlights

Marine/O'Brien Race On for Sunday
January 12, 2015
The long-running Marine/O'Brien ski race is still planning to go on this Sunday at William O'Brien State Park, despite the challenging winter so far. The event features 12.5K and 25K skate and classic races, as well as some great kids events.
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Racing Outlook

CXC Marathon Team Embodies SISU in Ironwood
January 12, 2015
Andrew Poffenberger provides a report on the CXC Marathon Team's racing experience at the Sisu Ski Fest, including the course confusion that caused three of the CXC elite to ski an extra 12K.

Pre-Loppet Results
January 11, 2015
Over 200 skiers turned out Sunday morning for the Pre-Loppet event at Theodore Wirth. The race used a combination of the snowmaking loop and some of the backwoods natural snow trails to form an 8K loop, skied twice for the 16K freestyle race. The overall title was decided in a sprint finish with John Wessling holding off Erik Fagerstrom for the win. Kim Rudd posted the top ladies time.

Tour de Ski: Stage 7
January 11, 2015
The Tour de Ski wrapped up Sunday in Val di Fiemme, Italy with the exciting 9K hill climb pursuit. Liz Stephen captured fifth place (with the fourth fastest time), as Marit Bjoergen held onto her lead to win the series overall. The mens race proved to be a thriller as Martin Johnsrud Sunby overhauled Petter Northug to take the victory and series title. Stephen's performance was the best result ever by an American in the multi-stage event.
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Results: 9K freestyle uphill pursuit
Nordic Combined: Two Fletchers in Top 10

Sisu Ski Fest Results
January 10, 2015
Cold weather forced a delay and some course shortening for the Sisu Ski Fest races Saturday morning in Ironwood. In the 31K freestyle race, Matt Liebsch and Claire Luby were crowned champions. Eli Brown and Sarah Allen won the 31K classical races. The 17K freestyle titles went to Thomas Meyer and Jenna Ruzich while Seth Mares and Kate Ellis topped the 17K classical fields. Some confusion on the course for the classical race had a couple of elite skiers logging an extra 11K, but overall skiers reported great conditions and were very thankful for the delayed start, allowing for warmer temperatures.
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Snekkevik Results Posted

US Nationals: U23 Team Named
January 10, 2015
With the conclusion of racing at US Nationals Saturday, the U23 World Championship teams were named. Earning their place on the squad from the Midwest: Kyle Bratrud, Ben Saxton, Annie Hart, and Paige Schember.

Tour de Ski: Stage 6
January 10, 2015
The Tour de Ski enters the final weekend with racing action at Val di Fiemme, Italy. Saturday's events were mass start classical races. Liz Stephen, the only US skier still participating in the series, had a phenomenal race finishing 5th! Marit Bjoergen finally lost an event as she was edged out by fellow Norwegian Therese Johaug. The mens race came down to an exciting sprint finish with a nearly five wide spread as Tim Tscharnke took the victory. Sunday concludes the series with the epic hill climb pursuit.
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Results: 10K, 15K classical (mass start)
Nordic Combined: Career Best for Loomis

Tour de Ski: Stage 5
January 8, 2015
The Tour de Ski ran stage 5 in Toblach, Italy, featuring a freestyle pursuit event. The US ran a much smaller squad as they pull races out to prepare for events later this season. Liz Stephen provided the top performance for the US women, coming in 14th. Kikkan Randall took 25th, Jessie Diggins did not start due to illness. Overall victories went to Marit Bjoergen and Petter Northug.
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Results: 15K, 25K freestyle pursuit

Tour de Ski: Stage 4
January 7, 2015
Stage 4 of the Tour de Ski brought skiers to Toblach, Italy, for classical races on Wednesday morning. The US women continue to push the cusp of the podium, as Sadie Bjornsen finished 8th today, Jessie Diggins another solid race in 19th, with Liz Stephen 29th. Erik Bjornsen lead the US men, finishing The Norwegian women were once again dominate, sweeping the podium led by Marit Bjoergen. Alexey Poltoranin edged out Evgeniy Belov for the mens victory.
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Results: Classical 5K, 10K

Tour de Ski: Stage 3
January 6, 2015
The Tour de Ski resumed Tuesday with freestyle sprint races in Val Müstair, Switzerland. The US women had some great qualifying times, with Sophie Caldwell 7th, Sadie Bjoergen 8th, Kikkan Randall 12th and Jessie Diggins 26th. Simi Hamilton lead the US men, qualifying 30th. In the heats, Caldwell, Randall and Hamilton all advanced to the semifinals before getting knocked out. Marit Bjoergen and Federico Pellegrino took the sprint titles.
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Results: Classical Sprints

Belgium Adventure 2014-15: Final Days
January 4, 2015
Corey Coogan-Cisek wraps up her Belgium cyclocross adventure, recapping her final two races and looking ahead to the US National Championships next week.

Como Championships Results
January 4, 2015
Racing in very cold and windy conditions on the snowmaking loop at Elm Creek, the Como Championships titles were handed out Sunday. Andy Brown bounced back from near miss at Ahvo Klassic to take the victory for the mens race. Kathleen DeWahl scored her second victory of the week in topping the womens field.
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Peter Westra Sprints Results

Tour de Ski: Stage 2
January 4, 2015
Day 2 on the Tour de Ski circuit featured classical pursuit races, based on the skiers prologue times. Canadian Alex Harvey had a spectacular race, finishing less than a second behind winner Petter Northug, to take second place! Erik Bjornsen was the top finisher for the US men, notching 60th. USA women held their own, with Sadie Bjornsen taking 14th and Liz Stephen 15th. Marit Bjoergen extended her series lead with another victory. The Tour de Ski now moves to Switzerland, with the next event freestyle sprints on Tuesday.
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Results: Classical Pursuit
Nordic Combined: Top 10 for Fletcher in Schonach

Tour de Ski: Stage 1
January 3, 2015
The Tour de Ski event began Saturday morning in Oberstdorf, Germany with freestyle prologue races. The US women showed some of their best performances of the season to date as Sadie Bjornsen and Liz Stephen went 7th and 8th, with Jessie Diggins 14th and Kikkan Randall 22nd in the 3K race. In the mens 4K event, Simi Hamilton was 26th, with Canadian Alex Harvey 13th. Saturday's leaders were Marit Bjoergen and Dario Cologna. Sunday's day 2 events are classical pursuit races.
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Results: Prologue
FIS Tour de Ski Competition Guide

Biathlon: Teams for Youth/Junior World Championships, European Championships Named
January 1, 2015
The teams for the Biathlon Youth/Junior World Championships in Minsk-Raubichi, Belarus, and the Open European Championships in Otepää, Estonia, have been announced. From the Midwest, Siena Ellingson and Amanda Kautzer, along with Jakob Ellingson and Cam Christiansen, will all compete at the Youth/Junior World Championships in late February.

Ahvo Klassic Coverage
January 1, 2015
Reviving a Twin Cities New Year tradition, the Univ of MN Nordic ski club held their first annual Ahvo Klassic at Theodore Wirth Thursday afternoon. Course conditions proved to be a little challenging for classical skiers as 1.5K was run on the man-made snowmaking loop, and another 2.5K run on the Back 40 trails, which had a thin and bumpy natural snow coating. The race appeared to be headed for a sprint finish between Andrew Brown and Tyler Gilbert, but Brown was upended in the final corner, allowing Gilbert to coast in for the victory. Kathleen DeWahl took the women's victory just ahead of Lindsey Marshall. Results and photos posted.

Belgium Adventure 2014-15: Diegem and Loenhout
December 31, 2014
Corey Coogan-Cisek reports on epic races in Belgium, Superprestige Diegem on Dec 28th and Azencross Loenhout on Dec 30th, and is especially grateful for the support crew she is working with this trip.

Elm Creek Series - Special Team Edition Coverage
December 31, 2014
The Elm Creek series hosted a special event Tuesday evening, offering a one-time team division format and the opportunity to win (and/or sample) Fulton Beer. Team Vakava came away with the winning combination, with Gustavus second and Fulton third. Top individual times went to Andy Brown in the skate race, and David Joda in the classic. Mattie Watts posted the fastest womens times for both events. Nearly 100 skiers helped to set a new record field for the Elm Creek series. Results and point totals posted, along with a few photos.

Tour de Ski Starts this Weekend
December 31, 2014
The FIS Tour de Ski event starts this Saturday, Jan 3rd. The event compasses four venues, six races over eight days, culminating in the epic hill climb at Val di Fiemme on Jan 11th.
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FIS Tour de Ski

Happy New Year from the Birkie
December 30, 2014
Ringing out the old year, the Birkie is almost half way to their fundraising goal for Phase I. Your year-end contribution could help them cross that threshold.

Biathlon: World Junior Biathlon Trials Day 2
December 30, 2014
The US World Junior Biathlon Trials continued Monday with the pursuit format, 10km and four shooting stages for both men and women on the trails at Mt Itasca. Top midwest results included Siena Ellingson, 2nd, Amanda Kautzer 3rd youth women; Jakob Ellingson, 2nd, Gerrit Garberich, 3rd junior men; Cam Christiansen, 1st youth men.

Biathlon: World Junior Biathlon Trials Day 1
December 29, 2014
Mt. Itasca is hosting the US Biathlon World Junior Trials after the event was moved from Anchorage, Alaska, due to a lack of snow. SUnday was opening day, with some Minnesotans posting top results. Jakob Ellingson placed 2nd in Junior Men, Cam Christiansen 3rd Youth Men, with Siena Ellingson and Amanda Kautzer placing 2nd and 3rd respectively for Youth Women. Racing continues Monday and Tuesday.

Belgium Adventure 2014-15: First Days
December 27, 2014
Corey Coogan-Cisek reports in from Belgium, covering her training days in Europe and the first race.

Belgium Adventure 2014-15: Introduction
December 25, 2014
Corey Coogan-Cisek, former Maine State Nordic skiing champ and these days one of the top Midwest cyclocross riders, is heading back to Europe, to race in winter cyclocross events in the Belgium. Coogan-Cisek updates her season and some of the obstacles she's overcome to reach new heights, and preparation for the return to the Euro circuit.

Birkie Tour, Seeley Hills Combo
December 25, 2014
The Birkie and Seeley Hills have teamed up for a combo event weekend. Come put those striding skills to the test on Saturday with the Seeley Hills Classic, then relax Sunday with a fun event on the Birkie trails. Register by Dec 31st to save some cash before the next price hike.

NorthStar Development Cycling Info Session Dec 29th
December 23, 2014
NorthStar Development Cycling, an organization dedicated to developing youth cycling, is holding an information meeting next Monday, Dec 29th in Saint Paul, MN. Learn about their programs, planned trips and races, and past performances.

Biathlon: January World Cup and IBU Cup Teams Named
December 22, 2014
The U.S. Biathlon International Competition Committee has announced the teams for IBU Cups 3 and 4 and for World Cups 4, 5 and 6. Included on the list are Minnesotans Wynn Roberts (IBU) and Leif Nordgren (World Cup).

World Cup Davos: Freestyle Sprints
December 21, 2014
The US skiers put it into high gear Sunday morning for the Davos World Cup freestyle sprints. In the womens qualifying round, the Americans posted some of their best results this season as Sophie Caldwell and Kikkdan Randall went 8th and 9th with Jessie Diggins 17th. Simeon Hamilton lead the US men with a 17th place qualifying time. Randall and Caldwell both made it to the semifinals but had spills on the tricky snow conditions, finishing the day 9th and 11th respectively.
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Results: Freestyle Sprints

Gear West Holiday Tuneup Results
December 20, 2014
Hammering out the laps in some sugary snow at Elm Creek, St. Scholastica skier Joe Dubay outsprinted Andrew Brown and Cory Ellertson to take the win in the mens 10K. Ingrid Leask topped the womens field, with Jan Guenther and Mata Agre rounding out the podium. The 5K titles went to Nathaniel Johnson and Molly Wilson. Results and an interview with Joe Dubay, posted.

World Cup Davos: Freestyle 10K/15K
December 20, 2014
The World Cup resumed action in Davos, Switzerland, Saturday with a pair of distance freestyle races. The American women continue to improve as Liz Stephen notched a 12th place finish with teammates Jessie Diggins 27th, Sadie Bjornsen 28th. Norway remains unbeaten with Marit Bjoergen taking the victory. Germany's Nicole Fessel snuck in for second, with Norway's Heidi Weng third. In the mens race, Norway swept the podium: Anders Gloeersen, Petter Northug, and Chris Jespersen. Erik Bjornsen was the lone American, finish 54th.
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Results: Freestyle 10K/15K

Biathlon: Two Top 20 Results at Pokljuka World Cup
December 18, 2014
US Biathlon reports: The U.S. Biathlon Team got off to a strong start on Thursday as the third IBU World Cup of the 2014-15 season kicked off with the women's 7.5-kilometer sprint in Pokljuka, Slovenia. Hannah Dreissigacker and Susan Dunklee both posted top 20 finishes with Dreissigacker ending up tied for 17th and Dunklee right behind her in 19th.
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Biathlon: Bailey 16th in Pokljuka World Cup Sprint

Birkie Matching Challenge Grant Announced
December 18, 2014
The Birkie Foundation has announced a challenge grant, matching all donations made by December 31st, up to $10,000. Every dollar you donate will be doubled -- please consider help to fund Phase 1 of their future development.

World Cup Davos Weekend Series Redux
December 17, 2014
Rescheduled from La Clusaz, France, the World Cup FIS series repeats again this weekend in Davos, Switzerland. The lineup this weekend includes a womens 10K and mens 15K skate race Saturday, with freestyle sprint races on Sunday.
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Video from Ahvo Taipale: Bjorn Daehlie Interview
NNF: Davos Double Poling Distance with Chris Grover
US Ski Team: Davos Redux - 8 Things to Watch this World Cup Weekend

Nordic Spirit Registration Open
December 15, 2014
The Nordic Spirit race, Jan 11th, at the Spirit Mountain trails in Duluth, is open for registration. They are also offering Facebook promo prize for the 100th "like" to their page.

Biathlon: US IBU Cup Trails / MN Cup #2 Results
December 14, 2014
Mt. Itasca hosted two days of biathlon racing this past weekend, featuring some of the top junior and senior skiers in the country.
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Results: U.S. IBU Cup Trials / MN Cup #2

World Cup Davos: Freestyle Sprints
December 14, 2014
Sunday featured freestyle sprints in Davos, Switzerland for the World Cup. Norway continues to dominate, sweeping both podiums (including the top five women!). The US women qualified three for the heats: Ida Sargent 16th, Kikkan Randall 20th and Sophie Caldwell 22nd, but none were able to advance. Andy Newell qualified 15th, but did not make beyond the quarterfinals. The World Cup will remain in Davos for a pair of weekend races, rescheduled from France (due to low snow conditions).
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Photoset from Ahvo Taipale: Race Day - 15 photos
Video from Ahvo Taipale: Bjorn Daehlie Interview
Results: Freestyle Sprints

Hoigaards/Breadsmith Relays Coverage
December 13, 2014
Even with a bit of fog and temperatures around 40F, the Elm Creek snowmaking loop still provided a good, reasonably fast course for the Hoigaards/Breadsmith relays Saturday morning. The tandem of Leo Hipp and Zak Ketterson, both high school skiers, dished out a little lesson in dominance as they first won the masters race, then repeated again in the juniors event. A pair of Gustavus skiers Marit Sonnesyn and Mata Agre showed some college power in taking the masters womens title. Forest Lake stars Kate Schaaf and Rocci Wohlk combined for the girls junior title. Photos, videos, Facebook photos and results are posted.

World Cup Davos: Classical
December 13, 2014
Racing on a lap course involving man-made snow and snow trucked from the mountains, the World Cup skiers in Davos competed for the classical titles on Saturday. In the womens 10K race, Norwegians Therese Johaug and Marit Bjoergen took first and second, with finn Kerttu Niskanen taking third. The US women had a strong showing, as Liz Stephen, Jessie Diggins and Sadie Bjornsen went 20, 21, and 22! Norway also took the top two places in the mens 15K, with Martin Johnsrud Sundby taking another victory followed by Didrik Toenseth, as Dario Cologna took third for his adopted homeland of Switzerland. Canadian Alex Harvey was 17th, Erik Bjornsen the top American in 48th.
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Photoset from Ahvo Taipale: Race Day - 24 photos
Video from Ahvo Taipale: Pre-Race Interviews, Classical Clips
Results: Classical
Nordic Combined: Near Miss for Taylor Fletcher

World Cup Davos Weekend Series
December 10, 2014
The FIS World Cup racing action moves to Davos, Switzerland this weekend. Saturday is scheduled to feature womens 10K and mens 15K classical races, Sunday are freestyle sprints. The distances races are shorter than originally planned, due to a lower snowfall.
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Photoset from Ahvo Taipale: Venue Photos Dec 11 - 4 photos, Venue Photos Dec 12 - 5 photos
Video from Ahvo Taipale: Interview with Matt Whitcomb
Davos: Will Mother Nature Help Out?
Davos Team Rosters

Boulder Lake Registration Open
December 9, 2014
The Boulder Lake Ski Race, January 18th in Duluth, has their registration open and is offering discount pricing up through Dec 19th. Plus catch a highlight reel from last year's event.

Racing Outlook
December 7, 2014
Wednesday Night Series continues at Elm Creek this week, with a special team event planned for late December.

World Cup Lillehammer: Classical Pursuit
December 7, 2014
The Lillehammer World Cup wrapped up Sunday with the classical pursuit events. Sadie Bjornsen continues to shine for the US squad, finishing 18th in the womens 10K classical pursuit. Jessie Diggins was 44th. Erik Bjornsen again led the US men, taking 39th. Norway dominated the results, posting the top four womens and top five mens times.
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Results: Classical Pursuit
Nordic Combined: Fletcher Cracks Top-10 in Norway

World Cup Lillehammer: Freestyle
December 6, 2014
Lillehammer was hopping Saturday morning with the womens 5K and mens 10K freestyle races. The Norwegian women swept the podium with Therese Johaugh taking the victory. Jessie Diggins skated to the top US time, finishing 15th with Sadie Bjornsen 20th, and Liz Stephen 22nd. Norway swept the mens podium as well, with Martin Johnsrud Sunby taking the win. Erik Bjornsen was the top US finisher at 51st.
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Results: Freestyle
Caitlin Gregg Mini-Report: Lillehammer 5K

World Cup Lillehammer: Freestyle Sprints
December 5, 2014
Tough start for the US Ski team at the Lillehammer World Cup events Friday, as only Sadie Bjornsen was able to qualify for the freestyle sprint heats. Bjornsen posted a great qualifying time, finishing 16th, but did not advance out of the quarterfinals. Canadian Alex Harvey continues to fly, finishing 5th in the mens final! Minnesotans: Jessie Diggins 55th, Caitlin Gregg 78th.
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Results: Freestyle Sprints

World Cup: Lillehammer Weekend Series
December 3, 2014
The FIS World Cup moves to Lillehammer, Norway, this weekend for three events. Friday is freestyle sprints, Saturday freestyle 5K and 10K races, and Sunday brings classical 10K and 15K pursuit races. Team rosters have been posted.
Related:
World Cup Lillehammer: Results
World Cup Lillehammer: Website

Birkie Drive in Eau Claire, Iola
December 2, 2014
The Birkie fundraising effort, Honoring the Legacy, Ensuring the Future, continues its tour of the Midwest, this week stopping in Eau Claire on Dec 4th and Iola next week, Dec 17th. If you can't make one of the stops, then please conside making a donation online.

Price Hike
November 30, 2014
The City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival has their next price hike coming up! Register by midnight Dec 4th to save some cash on one of the most popular events of the season.

SuperTour: Yellowstone Freestyle
November 29, 2014
The Yellowstone SuperTour held the skate races Saturday in West Yellowstone. Brian Gregg had a great performance, posting the second best time on the day, less than 10 seconds back of winner Matt Gelso. Matt Liebsch was in the mix as well, finishing 9th, and Ben Saxton rocking in 11th. In the womens race, Rosie Brennan took the victory with rising star Katherine Ogden second.
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Results: SuperTour, Citizen

US Ski Team: Ruka World Cup Sprints
November 29, 2014
The Nordic World Cup opener fired up Saturday morning in Ruka, Finlandia with classical sprint events. Ida Sargent started the season strong, finishing fifth to a tough Norwegian team that put three skiers in the top four. The Norwegian men were just as dominate, sweeping the top four with Eirik Brandsdal taking the victory. Kikkan Randall had the top US qualifying time in 12th. Jessie Diggins finished 64th. Simeon Hamilton had sped to the 16th fastest mens qualifying time as the top American.
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Results: Classical Sprints
Nordic Combined: Big Jump in XC for Fletcher

SuperTour: Yellowstone Classic Sprints
November 29, 2014
The SuperTour series opened Friday with classical sprints at the popular Yellowstone Ski Festival. Ben Saxton posted the top qualifying time, but it was Dakota Blackhorse-Von Jess taking the mens sprint final. Canadian Alysson Marshall topped the womens sprint field, with Jennie Bender taking third. Other top Midwest qualifying results: Brian Gregg, 15th; Gordon Vermeer, 16th; Annie Hart, 10th; Paige Schember, 15th. Racing continues Saturday with freestyle races.
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Results: Qualifying, Mens Heats, Womens Heats

CXC Youth Cup and Skiwerx Series
November 28, 2014
Central Cross Country Ski Association and the Minnesota Youth Ski League have partnered to bring together a regional Youth Cup that compliments the metro Skiwerx Series for young racers.

Solstice Chase Fat Bike Race
November 28, 2014
Cyclova XC is hosting a Fat Bike race on the trails at Big Rock Creek near St. Croix Falls on December 20th. Register by Nov 30th to save some cash prior to the next price hike.

Nordic Combined: US Team Named
November 28, 2014
USSA reports: Three Olympians were named to the 2015 U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team that opens its FIS World Cup campaign this weekend in Ruka, Finland. The team includes Olympic champion Billy Demong along with World Championship medalists Bryan and Taylor Fletcher.
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US Ski Team: XC Team Ready for Ruka Opener

Minnesota Finlandia Registration Now Open
November 26, 2014
The Minnesota Finlandia registration is now open. The Finlandia has released a homebrewed promotional video to help get your amped up for the big races on February 14, 2015.

World Cup: Nordic Opener this Weekend
November 26, 2014
The FIS World Cup season opens this weekend in Ruka, Finland with a pair of events. Saturday, Nov 29th, will be classical sprints, and Sunday, Nov 30th, are womens 10K and mens 15K classical races. Minnesotans Jessie Diggins and Caitlin Gregg are scheduled to compete as well and many of the top stars in the World Cup, including Kikkan Randall.
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Video: Livesteam and Recaps
World Cup 2014-15 Season Preview
Ruka World Cup - Nordic Opener

NNF/WYSEF Masters Race in West Yellowstone
November 25, 2014
The National Nordic Foundation and the West Yellowstone Ski Education Foundation have joined to offer a masters ski race on Saturday, Nov 29th. The event will be a short 5K skate race, with interval starts.
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A Thank You from NNF Executive Director, Dave Knoop

US Ski Team: Cross Country Team Named
November 24, 2014
The 2014-15 U.S. Cross Country Ski Team was announced today on the eve of the International Ski Federation (FIS) World Cup opener this weekend in Ruka, Finland. Midwest skiers include Jessie Diggins (A Team) and Ben Saxton (D Team).

Minnesota CX Championships Coverage
November 22, 2014
Given the cold November, relatively warm temperatures on Saturday generated some slick conditions for the Minnesota Cyclocross Championships at Bassett Creek. Still waiting for official results online, but former Maine cross-country skiing champ Corey Coogan-Cisek popped a great race to finish second overall in the womens cat 1/2/3 race. Photos from the Saturday afternoon races are up.
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Photoset: Womens Cat 1/2/3 - 167 photos, Mens Cat 1/2 - 231 photos

Birkie: Honoring the Legacy - Ensuring the Future
November 13, 2014
Twin Cities skiers and supporters will have a chance to learn firsthand about the steps the Birkie Foundation is taking to preserve the race legacy, including the Telemark start, as well as significant updates to the course and finish area (like a new skier bridge). Please join them Thursday, Nov 20th, and support the legacy! Limited tickets available.

Short-notice: Rock Skate Race at Spirit
November 11, 2014
Nikolai Anikin is going full-tilt with the new snowfall, organizing a an informal, short-notice race at Spirit Mountain for this Wednesday evening, Nov 12th! Bring your headlamp and rock skis.

Illinois Roller Ski Race Series Results
November 9, 2014
The Illinois Rollerski Race Series wrapped up Sunday with the final event in the four month series. Chris Pappathopoulos posted the top time and locked in his title as the overall series champion. Maxim Glyuka was crowned the junior champion.

Rivet Run Coverage
November 9, 2014
Eve Graves reports: Sunday's Rivet Run 5k trail run/walk at Pattison State park drew nearly 100 participants (double the previous event!). With temperatures hovering around freezing and sunny skies participants had a great experience. Rett Moreland won with a time of 21:21 while Kaelyn Williams won for the women with a time of 22:25. The first Master's male was Dan Duff with a time of 23:08 and the first Master's female was Jen Vos Benkowski with a time of 26:51.
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Photoset from Eve Graves: Rivet Run
Results: Rivet Run

Vakava Time Trial Coverage
November 9, 2014
Squeezing in perhaps the last rollerski of the season in the Twin Cities, the Vakava training group held a pair of rollerski time trials on some quiet backroads near Afton Sunday morning. Temperatures were in the upper 30s for the interval start 5K skate race, followed shortly afterwards with a 5K classical event. Photos and results are up.

Arctic Commando Results
November 8, 2014
St. Paul Central ski team held their annual trail running races at Battle Creek Saturday morning. Craig Cardinal and Allie Rykken collected top honors, with Cardinal posting the only sub 20 minute time on the hilly 5K course.
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Results: Arctic Commando Results


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