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Great Beat Chase, March 10, 2018


Alayna Sonnesyn, Colby Carnival, January 14, 2018

Stillwater's Rana Kraftson skis to victory, SEC Meet, December 19, 2017

City of Lakes Loppet freestyle marathon, February 4, 2018

Men's sprint final, City of Lakes Loppet Freestyle Sprints, January 31, 2018

Woodland Loppet, February 17, 2018

Ragnhild Bolstad, Norway, scores women's fastest 7.5K classical time, Masters World Cup , January 22, 2018

Highlights

Olympics: Team Sprint
February 21, 2018
In what instantly became Olympic legend, Jessie Diggins pulled off an incredible sprint finish against Norway's Maiken Caspersen Falla and Sweden's Stina Nilsson to capture, with her teammate veteran Kikkan Randall, America's first cross-country skiing gold medal! The race was very tight throughout, showcasing the best skiers in the world, as Diggins and Randall held their own with the leaders (with some help from the fantastic US wax techs). The US men were very competitive in their team sprint, and even with a fall by Erik Bjornsen, managed to still finished sixth. The final event of the Olympic will be the marathon classic races this weekend. (Photo: Getty Images - Nils Petter Nilsson)
Related:
Video from KTVA: Post-race Press Conference
Video from NBC: Finish Highlight
Video from NBC Olympics: Full Team Sprint Replay
NBC: U.S. ends 42-year Olympic cross-country medal drought with historic gold
NYTimes: U.S. Shocks Cross-Country Field With Sprint Gold Medal
Star Tribune: Jessie Diggins propels U.S. to first gold in cross country skiing history
Outside Magazine: The U.S. Women's Cross-Country Gold Is a Huge Deal

Midwest Junior Championships March 2-4
February 18, 2018
The Midwest Junior Championships (MJC), hosted by the Loppet Foundation and MYSL, is a weekend of competitive and festival events focused on youth and young juniors. It is a great way for all middle school school skiers that raced with their High School teams to have a chance at age group competition, as well as a friendly way to introduce younger kids to competition. Check out the full schedule of events, set for March 2-4 at Theodore Wirth.

Snowflake/Inga-lami Coverage
February 18, 2018
After some heroic shoveling efforts over the past couple of days, the Baker Park ski trails had enough natural snow to host the annual Snowflake/Inga-lami fun ski events on Sunday morning. Results pending, photos up now.

Olympics: Men's Relay
February 18, 2018
It was the men's turn on Sunday for relay racing with the 4 X 10K event at the Winter Olympics. Once again the athletes from Russia played a major role in the event, as Alexander Bolshunov ripped apart the field in the second leg of the classical portion. Norway's Olympic star Simen Hegstad Krueger managed to reel in the deficit on the first leg of the freestyle, and then Johannes Klaebo toyed with the leaders on the final leg, on some rocket fast skis. Klaebo eventually expended some energy in the last 500 meters to take gold for Norway. Russia was second, with France taking the bronze medal. The US men had a rough day, finishing last in the 14 team field.
Related:
Results: Men's Relay

Minnesota Finlandia Results
February 17, 2018
Over 130 skiers turned out Saturday for the Minnesota Finlandia races at Buena Vista ski area north of Bemidji. Wynn Roberts collected another Finlandia 50K freestyle title, with Kerrie Berg taking the women's field. The 25K Bemidjithon titles went to Cory Ellertson and Susanne Vande Vyvere. Craig Cardinal and Elspeth Ronnander won the 25K classical races, with 25K pursuit victories earned by Erik Pieh and Anna Dehler.
Related:
Woodland Loppet Coverage
Eirawen20 Results

Olympics: Women's Relay
February 17, 2018
An exciting women's relay race at the Winter Olympics on Saturday night as race positions changed frequently, sometimes dramatically, on each leg. In the end the race came down to the final leg with Sweden's young sprinter Stina Nilsson taking on Norway's veteran Marit Bjoergen. For a while it appeared Nilsson was just drafting, waiting for the final 250 meters, but it was Bjoergen that added to her own legend, keeping the tempo high to the finish and eliminating any final run from Nilsson as Norway captured gold, Sweden silver, and some athletes that happen to come from Russia, third place (for now). The US women fell behind under a tough early pace but recovered to take 5th.

Olympics: Men's 15K Freestyle
February 16, 2018
The men's turn on Friday for the distance freestyle race as they competed in a 15K interval start event at the Winter Olympics. Switzerland's Dario Cologna skied a strong race to come out 18 seconds ahead of Simen Hegstad Krueger for the gold, with RUssian Denis Spitsov collecting the bronze. Scott Patterson had the top US result finishing 21st. Canada's Alex Harvey was 7th.

Olympics: Women's 10K Freestyle
February 15, 2018
A day of dramatic and heartbreaking finishes on Thursday for the Winter Olympics in the women's 10K freestyle race. Jessie Diggins narrowly missed setting American women's history coming up less than 4 seconds short of a medal, finishing fifth. Norway's newest star on Ragnhild Haga crushed the field for the gold medal with Sweden's Charlotte Kalla taking silver and a remarkable tie between Finland's Krista Parmakoski and Norway's Marit Bjoergen for bronze. The US women had a strong showing with Sadie Bjornsen 15th and Kikkan Randall 16th.

Olympics: Classic Sprints
February 13, 2018
Another windy and cold day of racing at the Winter Olympics as skiers competed in the classic sprints. The US women qualified three for the heats: Jessie Diggins 7th, Sadie Bjornsen 9th and Sophie Caldwell 12th. Diggins advanced all the way to the final, including an impressive stretch finish in her semi-final, but it was Sweden's sprinting star Stina Nilsson that easily captured gold with Norway's Maiken Caspersen Falla silver and Russian Yulia Belorukova bronze. Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo, Norway, looked unbeatable throughout the heats and crushed the men's field on the final climb to take gold, Federico Pellegrino of Italy silver and Russian Alexander Bolshunov bronze. Simi Hamilton had the best performance for the US men, qualifying 19th with Erik Bjornsen 30th, but neither advanced from the quarterfinal stage.

West Yellowstone Annual Rendezvous Ski Race March 3rd
February 13, 2018
Ready to head back to West Yellowstone? The annual Rendezvous Ski Race on the trails in West Yellowstone is coming up on March 3rd. A great way to continue your Birkie form and enjoy a vacation out West.

Olympics: Men's Skiathlon
February 11, 2018
An amazing story unfolded for the men's skiathlon at the Winter Olympics on Sunday. In the mass start one of Norway's skiers, Simen Hegstad Krueger, crashed along with Britain's Andrew Musgrave, requiring a new pole and putting him immediately down by over 20 seconds to the field. But Kruger did not give up, eventually rejoining the lead pack, and then took things a step further, breaking away to build up a lead of over 20 seconds. Krueger was pursued by his own teammates, but held them off to take the gold medal in a legendary performance! Norway swept the podium with Martin Johnsrud Sundby silver, Hans Christer Holund bronze. USA's Scott Patterson had a phenomenal race skiing up to take 18th! Next event will be the classic sprints on Tuesday morning.

Vasaloppet USA Coverage
February 10, 2018
A beautiful 17K course of almost entirely man-made snow helped to generate some fast conditions on a crisp Saturday morning for the Vasaloppet races in Mora. Matt Liebsch easily picked up yet another 58K title, winning by five minutes. Jan Guenther skied to victory in the womens 58K division. Thomas Kendrick quickly outdistanced the 42K classical field, striding across the line with an almost 7 minute margin of victory. Brandy Stewart and Josie Nelson generated the most exciting finish on the day, drag racing down Union Street with Stewart just edging out Nelson for the women's 42K classic crown. Nathan Porath made the winning move over Mora native Paul Olson to win the 35K freestyle race, with Laura Cattaneo topping the women's race. Results linked in, photos coming later tonight.

Pre-Birkie Results
February 10, 2018
Cold temps delayed the start of the Pre-Birkie but there was still a large turnout for the events racing up the Birkie trail Saturday morning. Joel LaFrance pulled ahead of the men's lead pack to take the 42K freestyle victory with Marit Sonnesyn dominating the women's field. Erik Hendrickson and Elaine Nelson collected the 42K classical titles. Winona natives Jens Brabbit and Kelly Skillicorn took the 26K freestyle race, with Nicholas Byrne and Austyn Kimbrell winning the shorter classic division.

Olympics: Women's Skiathlon
February 10, 2018
2018 Winter Olympics got underway on Saturday with the first ski race, the women's 7.5K/7.5K skiathlon. The pace through the classic portion of the event kept nearly all the favorites in a led pack, with the group slowly starting to drop skiers at the tempo picked up a little in the skate leg. Sweden's Charlotte Kalla resumed her incredible form from early January, breaking away from the entire field in the final kilometers to ski in solo for the gold medal. Norway's queen, Marit Bjoergen looked strong as ever in taking silver with Finland's Krista Parmakoski collecting the bronze. Jessie Diggins skied with the leaders throughout, holding onto the back of the leading pack as the pace quicken, then moving up in the final stretch to finish 5th (best US women's finish in Olympic history, and less than 4 seconds off the podium)!

US Ski Team: How to Watch the Olympics
February 7, 2018
There is expected to be over 600 hours of broadcast coverage of the Winter Olympics! US Ski and Snowboard has put together an extensive viewing guide, including times, channels, and competitors.
Related:
Olympic Coverage using Roku and YouTube TV/NBCSN
Diggins Family Winter Olympics Facebook page
NBC: How to watch all Olympic cross-country skiing competitions live

City of Lakes Loppet Freestyle Coverage
February 4, 2018
Racing in some brisk temperatures and slow conditions, participants in the City of Lakes Loppet freestyle races were able to ski the point-to-point courses from Theodore Wirth down to Calhoun Village on Sunday morning. The marathon race quickly became a race of five, and eventually four by the finish as Matt Liebsch collected another title with Adam Mahar second and Joel LaFrance third in a virtual tie with Alex Reich. Bonnie Weiskopf Albrecht won the women's division by over six minutes with Jan Guenther second, Mary Beth Tuttle third. Teenager Victor Sparks won the 20K Puoli event with Susanne Vande Vyvere the top female finisher. Results linked in, along with photosets from the marathon race.

Moraloppet Results
February 3, 2018
Skiing on a 10K course of man-made snow, with fresh snow falling, over 60 skiers turned out Saturday morning for the Moraloppet 10K and 20K races. Logan Baier and Kerry Bogenreif won the 20K titles, with Thomas Mulford and Annalise Schaaf taking the 10K victories.
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Mt. Ashwabay Summit Coverage

Project Norway: Biathlon Athletes Take On Norway
February 1, 2018
Jake Brown, Paul Schommer and Max Durtschi are currently racing on the IBU Cup 6 in European, but these young guns, Jake and Paul from the Midwest, are seeking to head to Norway to compete against some of the best on the Norwegian Cup racing circuit for a month. But they need some financial sponsors to make it happen! Check the press release and then see the promotional opportunities.
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Project Norway: Promotional Opportunities

City of Lakes Loppet Freestyle Sprints Coverage
January 31, 2018
A second night of epic racing in downtown Minneapolis as skiers participated in the City of Lakes Loppet freestyle sprints Wednesday. The event turned full-on Minnesota winter by the time the adults started racing as the downtown was turned into a giant snowglobe with fresh snow falling throughout the evening. Youth over experience for the men's sprint final as high school skier Torsten Brinkema skated to victory. BethAnn Chamberlain scored the women's title. Photosets from the early youth/juniors as well as the adult sprints.

City of Lakes Loppet Classic Sprints Coverage
January 30, 2018
Tuesday evening the City of Lakes Loppet Festival took to the streets of downtown Minneapolis, competing in classic sprints over the American Birkebeiner International Bridge as part of the Super Bowl Live events. Divisions ran from U10 all the way up to adults, with those under 20 doing team sprint formats while the adults had quick elimination heats. Matt Liebsch and Kathleen DeWahl won the adult titles to close out the night. Large photosets posted.

Vasaloppet Trails Are Ready
January 28, 2018
With the Vasaloppet USA races less than two weeks away, organizers report the race courses are snow-covered and ready for the big weekend. This year's events will start and finish on the streets of downtown Mora. Check out the full press release with maps.

Marine/O'Brien Results
January 28, 2018
Marine/O'Brien participants raced on natural snow at William O'Brien State Park on Sunday for the annual ski races. In the 25K freestyle, Tyler Radtke took first place for the men with Marit Sonnesyn leading the women. Henry Wortman and Sara Zimmerman-White took the 25K classical titles. In the original one lap event, Jack Degonda and Laura Cattaneo stood atop the 12.5K freestyle podium. Short classic victories were earned by Andrew Comfort and Amelia Lehmann.
Related:
Nordic Spirit Results

World Cup Seefeld: Freestyle Mass Start
January 28, 2018
In one of her most spectacular performances to date, Jessie Diggins took on the entire Norwegian field of stars and slayed them all, breaking away on the final major climb and freeskating to victory in the women's 10K freestyle mass start race Sunday in Seefeld, Austria. Norway's Heidi Weng and Ragnhild Haga rounded out the podium. The US women had a strong showing with Sadie Bjornsen 8th, Kikkan Randall 14th and Caitlin Patterson 23rd. In the men's 15K, Canadian Alex Harvey had a great final tune up race as he finished second with Dario Colgna, Switzerland, taking first and Norway's Martin Sundby third. The US men had one of their best days this season as Erik Bjornsen finished with an incredible 9th place and Simi Hamilton was 12th. (Photo: Getty Images/AFP - Barbara Gindl)
Related:
Video: Women's 10K Full Replay
Results: 10K, 15K Freestyle
US Ski Team: USA Women: Two for Two in Seefeld
FIS: Diggins nabs final World Cup win before Olympics

Noquemanon Results
January 27, 2018
The big UP point to point race, the Noquemanon, held their races on Saturday morning. In the 50K classic, Kyle Bratrud skied away from the field to win by over 5 minutes with Caitlin Gregg easily winning the women's division and finishing 9th overall! Andy Liebner won the 50K freestyle race just ahead of Zachary Nelson, with another Olympian, Lindsey Dehlin, topping the womens field. The 26K classical titles went to Jeremy Steele and Hanna Torvi, 26K freestyle victories were earned by Joey Graci and Abby Potts.
Related:
Badger Winter Games Results

City of Lakes Loppet Classic Coverage
January 27, 2018
Friday's thaw created fast trails conditions causing organizers to retract the City of Lakes Loppet ski races back to the Wirth snowmaking loop on Saturday morning. The marathon field quickly shattered into individual races as Matt Liebsch took the pace out hard, building up eventually a four minute lead when he collected the victory, finishing 30K (double poling) in just under 70 minutes. Andrew Brown was second, Alex Reich moved up in the final lap to take third. Even more dominating was the performance of Masters World Cup champion Ragnhild Bolstad of Norway who strided to a winning margin of over seven minutes over Josie Nelson, with Margie Nelson third. Washburn high school skier Per Alexander won the Pouli Loppet with Minneapolis Southwest high school star Lily Richmond taking the girls title in a photo finish with Kathryn Scott. Results linked in, along with photos from the marathon race.

World Cup Seefeld: Freestyle Sprints
January 27, 2018
Another impressive showing by the US women as they raced in freestyle sprint events in Seefeld, Austria, Saturday. Sophie Caldwell keeps getting better with each event, today taking the women's sprint final down to the wire to tie(!) for first with Switzerland's Laurien Van Der Graaff as Norway's Maiken Caspersen Falla came in third. Sadie Bjornsen also made the women's final. Norway's Johannes Klaebo resumed his winning ways, easily taking the men's final ahead of France's Lucas Chanavat second, Sweden's Calle Halfvarsson third. Simi Hamilton had the top US result, making it to the men's semifinals before exiting.
Related:
Results: Freestyle Sprints
US Ski Team: Sprint Win for Sophie Caldwell
FIS: Caldwell and van der Graaff tie and Klaebo wins again (with photo)

Olympic XC Team Nominations: Midwest Gals
January 26, 2018
The Midwest stood proud on Friday as the US Olympic team was announced with three woman from Minnesota making the cut: Jessie Diggins, Rosie Frankowski and Annie Hart. Caroline Brisbois made the connection with Hart and Frankowski on Friday to get their reactions!

Masters World Cup: Long Distance Freestyle Coverage
January 26, 2018
The Masters World Cup wrapped up a week of racing at Theodore Wirth in Minneapolis with long distance freestyle races. Warm weather made for some slow conditions as the morning progressed, especially for the 40K skiers. Top performers: 15K fastest skiers were Minnesotan Kati Campbell, AG09, and Finn Magnar Hagen, Norway, AG10; best 30K times on the day went to Twin Cities Mary Beth Tuttle, AG05, and Norway's Einar Bertrand Vikingstad, AG08; Russian Aleksandr Pushkarev beat France's Christophe Blachet Nicoud in a photo finish for the top 40K time, coming out of AG04. Results linked in, along with over 450 photos.
Related:
Loppet Foundation grieves with the entire ski community over the passing of a fallen skier

US Ski Team: Cross-country Olympic Team Named
January 26, 2018
U.S. Ski & Snowboard Friday announced its selections for the 2018 U.S. Olympic Cross Country Skiing Team that will compete at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 beginning February 9. Midwest women will have a strong representation with Jessie Diggins, Annie Hart and Rosie Frankowski!

World Cup Seefeld Weekend Series
January 25, 2018
World Cup racing continues this weekend with racing in Seefeld, Austria. Saturday is freestyle sprints, Sunday mass start freestyle 10K and 15K races. For the US skiers, this weekend will be the last World Cup event before the Olympics. Sprints livestream on Olympic Channel website with the heats scheduled for 6:45 am CST.
Related:
Video: NBC Olympic Channel
Results: FIS Live Results

Masters World Cup: Long Distance Classical Coverage
January 25, 2018
The Masters World Cup was forced into a mid-race course correction on Thursday morning when a freight train blocked the 15K trail layout, causing some racers to ski different distances than others, and re-routing the event onto a 10K loop that contains some of the hilliest terrain. Preliminary results are up, along with photosets.

US Ski Team: Nordic Combined Olympic Team Named
January 25, 2018
Olympic Trials winner Bryan Fletcher will lead a team of five Nordic combined skiers at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang beginning Feb 9th. U.S. Ski & Snowboard today announced its selections which will be confirmed by the United States Olympic Committee when it formally names Team USA this Friday (January 26). Eau Claire, Wisconsin native Ben Loomis makes his first Olympic team!
Related:
Leader-Telegram: Local skier earns place at Olympics

Masters World Cup: Relays Coverage
January 24, 2018
The Masters World Cup resumed on Wednesday after taking Tuesday off, with the featured event 4 x 5K relays. In the women's division, the top time came down to a sprint finish with Kelly Skillicorn edging out Mary Wellington by a boot for a US women's AG03 team victory. Skillicorn's team included Elizabeth Youngman, Kelly Milligan, and Jan Guenther. American womens teams had a great day, sweeping the age group titles! In the men's division, the AG01 US squad (decked out in US Ski team uniforms) of Chris Harvey, Mark Johnson, Zach Varty, and Matthew Liebsch posted the top relay time. US men also won the AG05 and AG06 age groups. Full results linked in, along with two very large photosets.

Marine O'Brien Race Set for Sunday
January 23, 2018
The St. Croix Valley Ski Club is once again hosting the Marine O'Brien cross country ski race this Sunday, Jan 28th. Ski races throughout the day, beginning with adult races circling the park on both flat and hilly terrain. There will also be a kid's race in the afternoon.

Great Bear Chase: Clark Skiing 36th
January 22, 2018
Twin Cities skier Richard Clark will be going for his 36th Great Bear Chase race this March! Learn about one of the Great Bear Chase's founders, and register today!

Masters World Cup: Short Classic Coverage
January 22, 2018
As a major winter storm broke over the Twin Cities, the Masters World Cup held short distance classical races in the morning, followed in the afternoon with short distance freestyle events. Morning stars: Norway's Ragnhild Bolstad, AG05, bested the women's field again with the fastest 7.5K classical time; Gabriele Andersen, USA, AG09, had the top 5K women's result; Midwest's own Matt Liebsch, AG01, notched the fastest 7.5K men's time, but Truls Valmstad, NOR, AG05 (and 17 years older than Liebsch) was just nine seconds off his pace!; Finland's Alpo Virtanen, AG10, skied to the quickest 5K men's time. Afternoon performances: Italian Eugenio Bianchi, AG01, racing in the first wave of the afternoon snowstorm, posted the fastest 7.5K freestyle time; June Rognmo, NOR, AG04, had the top women's 7.5K time; 5K bests were earned by Finn Magnar Hagen, NOR, AG10, and Nadezda Poljakova, EST, AG09. Tuesday is (finally) a rest day before action resumes with relays on Wednesday. Results linked in along with over 600 images from the morning races.

Masters World Cup: Freestyle Distance Coverage
January 21, 2018
A warm Sunday for racing on the man-made snow trails at Wirth for the second day of the Masters World Cup races, featuring freestyle distance races. Highlights include: Local skier Bonnie Weiskopf skied the top 15K women's time of the day, racing in the AG04 division; Trina Mosmer, USA, AG09, had the fastest women's 10K result; Italian Eugenio Bianchi, Italy, AG01, posted the best 30K time, thought France's Christophe Blanchet Nicoud, AG04, appeared to be on a speedier pace until a broken pole in the final kilometers ended that; the best men's 15K time went to John Petter Harila of Norway; Finn Magnar Hagen, NOR, AG10, skated the quickest 10K time. Results linked in, along with over 650 photos.

World Cup Planica: Classical Distance
January 21, 2018
World Cup racing Sunday morning in Planica, Slovenia, featured classical technique distance races. Sweden's Charlotte Kalla returned to the World Cup circuit, and the podium, finishing second only to Finland's Krista Parmakoski in the 10K race with Norway's Heidi Weng third. Jessie Diggins had another strong classical performance to lead the US womens team in 10th. US Nationals star Caitlin Patterson had a breakout performance, placing 20th! Old man Alexey Poltoranin, Kazakhstan, topped Norwegian superstar Johannes Klaebo for the men's 15K victory with Sweden's Calle Halfvarsson third. Scott Patterson led the US men in 43rd.
Related:
10K, 15K Classical
US Ski Team: Strong Classic Weekend for Diggins

Masters World Cup: Classical Distance Coverage
January 20, 2018
The Masters World Cup kicked off on Saturday with 10K, 15K, and 30K classical races on near perfect trail conditions at Theodore Wirth. Some of the top performances on the day: Norway's Ragnhild Bolstad, AG05, fastest womens 15K; Gabriele Andersen, USA, AG09, top 10K woman; SWeden's Tommy Gustafsson, AG05, fastest mens 30K; Heikki Ruokonen, FIN, AG07, top 15K time; Richard Johan Kringhaug, NOR, AG10, fastest mens 10K. Results linked in with over 440 photos, broken into sets by bib number (division).

Three Rivers Rennet Results
January 20, 2018
Over 200 skiers turned out at Hyland Saturday morning for the Three Rivers Rennet races. Andrew Brown won the largest field, the 26K freestyle race with Jenna Ruzich taking the women's title. Andrew Tilman and Ingrid Leask won the 26K classical crowns. The 10K race saw Marc Beitz and Kelly Rogers win the freestyle division while Josh Doebbert and Caitlin Anderson won the classical events.
Related:
Lapham Loppet Results

World Cup Planica: Classic Sprints
January 20, 2018
A tough course Saturday for the classic sprints in Planica, Slovenia, with a number of climbs and some fast twisting descents for the World Cup. Jessie Diggins continued her run to the top, finishing 4th in the womens final. Stina Nilsson, Sweden, took the womens victory. Sadie Bjornsen had posted the fastest qualifying time but eliminated in the quarterfinals when another skier fell in front of her. In the mens sprint, Norwegian Johannes Klaebo won again dominated the field easily taking the win. Simi Hamilton was the top American male, finishing 19th. Sunday's racing will be classical distance events.
Related:
Results: Classic Sprints
US Ski Team: Classic Sprint Fourth for Diggins

World Cup Planica Weekend Series
January 18, 2018
Most of the US squad will be back in action in one of the final tune up races before the Winter Olympics, racing in the scenic alpine valley Planica in Slovenia. Saturday is classical sprints, Sunday classical distance races. Live coverage Saturday morning starting at 6 am streaming on Olympic Channel website.
Related:
Video: NBC Olympic Channel
Results: FIS Live Results

Vasaloppet Course Update
January 18, 2018
Vasaloppet USA organizers report great progress on their 'Mora Course' for the upcoming Vasaloppet races in early February. Next price hike will come Feb 1st!

Biathlon: Midwest Skiers Make European Teams
January 16, 2018
Skiers from the Midwest have named to teams for the upcoming Open European Championships and IBU Cup 6, including: Deedra Irwin, Paul Schommer, Jake Ellingson, as well as Jake Brown.
Related:
Biathlon: Two athletes added to Open European Championships team

Registration Open For Borah Epic
January 15, 2018
Registration is now open for the 2018 Borah Epic mountain bike race, Saturday, Jun 9th in Cable, WI. The point-to-point, single track challenge runs from Cable to Hayward, Wisconsin annually, with a registration cap of 750 riders.

Biathlon: US Olympic Squad Finalized
January 13, 2018
U.S. Biathlon has selected Leif Nordgren (Marine, Minn.) and Russell Currier (Stockholm, Maine) as the final two members of the U.S. Olympic Biathlon Team following their performances at recent IBU Cup races. The announcement finalizes the 10-member team that will compete at next month's Olympic Winter Games in South Korea.

Seeley Hills Classic Coverage
January 13, 2018
Racing under a bright ski and crisp temperatures, an amazing amount of skiers turned out Saturday for the Seeley Hills Classic. Team Gregg, Caitlin and Brian, swept the shortened marathon distance (38K) races! In the 18K events, Betsy Youngman and Quinn Duffy took the titles. Results linked in, along with a photoset from Kelly Randolph.

World Cup Dresden: Freestyle Sprints
January 13, 2018
World Cup racing resumed Saturday in the city of Dresden, Germany, with freestyle sprint events. The nearly flat course along the Elbe River provided some extremely fast racing. Federico Pellegrino, Italy, made his move on the one slight hill to jump in front of Norway's Johannes Klaebo and take the men's sprint final, with France's Lucas Chanavat third. Simi Hamilton advanced all the way to the semi-finals, finishing 10th. Even with Jessie Diggins and Sadie Bjornsen taking the weekend off, the US women continued to shine. Sophie Caldwell made the sprint finals, and survived being boxed in for most of the last 1/3 of the race to take third in a photo finish. Sweden's Hanna Falk took the victory with teammate Maja Dahlqvist second. Sunday will be team sprint freestyles races, streaming live on the Olympic Channel at 4:15 am CST.
Related:
Video: Women's Highlights, Men's Highlights
Results: Freestyle Sprints
US Ski Team: Caldwell Podium in City Sprint

US Ski Team: Junior Worlds, U23 Teams Named
January 12, 2018
The line up for the World Junior Championships and U23 Championships, to be held in Goms, Switzerland, has been announced. The Midwest is well represented -- selected are: Zak Ketterson, Ian Torchia, Andrew Egger and Nicole Schneider (along with Alayna Sonnesyn, who declined) for the U23 crew, Hannah Rudd on the WJC squad, and Ben Loomis for the U23 Nordic Combined team.

Vasaloppet: Trail Team is Phenomenal
January 8, 2018
Vasaloppet crew has been hard at work stretching our snowmaking efforts to build an incredible course in preparation for the big races coming up early next month. Have you registered yet?!

Pre-Loppet Coverage
January 7, 2018
Ideal weather Sunday for the Pre-Loppet races at Theodore Wirth. Temperatures finally climbed back into the 20s, and combined with a well groomed course, provided some great racing conditions. Thomas Kendrick, Andrew Brown and Zach Varty broke away from the field early and raced right to the finish with Kendrick taking the victory, followed by Brown and Varty. Erin Moening skated away with the womens title, Bonnie Weiskopf second and Kim Rudd edging out Kelly Skillycorn for third. Results and photosets posted.

SISU Ski Fest Results
January 6, 2018
Over 400 skiers took to the trails in Ironwood for the SISU Ski Fest events on Saturday morning. In the 31K freestyle race, Olympian John Bauer nipped Joel LaFrance at the finish for the win with Adam Swank third. Marit Sonnesyn won the womens division by almost eight minutes over Jan Guether, Kierstin Andresen third. Freshman Mark Ousdigian won the 31K classical race with Kate Ellis topping the womens field. The 15K freestyle race Andy Liebner and Maria Gesior were the champions, 15K classical titles for Marc Beitz and Britta Schroeter.

Tour de Ski: Stage 6
January 6, 2018
Skiing on much better conditions, the Tour de Ski resumed Saturday in Val di Fiemme, Italy, for mass start classical races in the sixth stage of the series. Jessie Diggins yet again showed her classical improvement, skiing with the leaders throughout much of the race, eventually finishing fourth! Norwegian Heidi Weng put down the hurt late in the race, breaking her own teammate Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg to take the women's 10K victory with Finland's Krista Parmakoski second just ahead of Austrian Teresa Stadlober. Sadie Bjornsen was 10th. The men's 15K race eventually dwindled to a pack of four with Canadian star Alex Harvey taking frequent pulls at the front. In the end, Kazakhstan's Alexey Poltoranin bested Russian Andrey Larkov for the victory with Harvey securing third on the podium. Patrick Caldwell was the lone US male, finishing 48th. The series finishes Sunday morning with the grueling uphill stage.
Related:
Results: 10K, 15K Classical
US Ski Team: Diggins Challenging for Tour Podium

Biathlon: Burke Narrowly Misses Podium in Oberhof
January 5, 2018
USA's Tim Burke finished in 4th place Friday at the Oberhof World Cup races in Germany. It was Burke's best result since a podium position back in the 2013/14 season.

Masters World Cup Registration Deadline Extended
January 5, 2018
Originally scheduled to close this weekend, the Masters World Cup registration has been extended now through January 15th. Getting in some extra training sessions and reserve your spot on the start line with skiers from across the world.

Masters World Cup Volunteer Openings Still Available
January 4, 2018
The Masters World Cup event, Jan 19-26, will bring in skiers from across the globe to compete on the trails at Theodore Wirth. You can be part of this rare event by signing up for a volunteer shift. Help is especially needed with the race events: Stadium, Course and Competition Control.

Tour de Ski: Stage 5
January 4, 2018
The Tour de Ski on Thursday morning resembled the Tour de France as athletes raced in big pack formation on an icy fast course, resulting in a fair amount of crashes and broken equipment, and some wild sprint finishes for the mass start freestyle races. The womens race saw Norway's Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg take the lead with teammate Heidi Weng into the finish, but Weng crashed, allowing another teammate, Maiken Caspersen Falla, to take second with Krista Parmakoski, Finland, third. Jessie Diggins had been near the front much of the race, but crashed out of contention. The mens race also came down to a big sprint with Norwegians Emil Iversen and Sindre Bjoernestad Skar 1-2 and Italian Francesco De Fabiani third. Top US finishers on the day were Jessie Diggins, 24th, and Erik Bjornsen, 32nd. Racing action now moves to Italy for the final two stages this weekend.
Related:
Results: 10K, 15K Freestyle
US Ski Team: Crashes Mar Tour de Ski Stage 5

Madshus: Tour de Ski Leaders
January 3, 2018
Ingvild Flugstad Østberg and Heidi Weng are headed into the meat of the 2018 FIS Tour de Ski with a solid overall lead on the rest of the pack after a stellar opening weekend to the 7-stage event in Lenzerheide (SUI).

Big Island and Back Winter Event Update
January 1, 2018
Lake Minnetonka is freezing up well and preparations for the Big Island and Back events are coming well. Read the latest update and find out what your registration gets you.

Tour de Ski: Stage 3
January 1, 2018
Another day, another podium for the US women at the Tour de Ski series. Sunday featured a pursuit start freestyle race based on results from the prior sprints and classical races. Ingvild Oestberg, Norway, went out first and held on tightly to win the women's 10K freestyle pursuit with teammate Heidi Weng second, and Minnesota's own Jessie Diggins third. Sadie Bjornsen skied well, taking 5th. In the mens 15K, Dario Cologna, SWitzerland, and Sergey Ustiugov, Russia, started together but Cologna eventually broke away to take the pursuit title by just over 17 seconds. Ustiugov took second with teammate Alexander Bolshunov third. Erik Bjornsen had a good performance, moving up from 25th to finish 22nd as the top American. The series moves to Oberstdorf, Germany and resumes on Wednesday with classical sprints.
Related:
Results: 10K, 15K Freestyle Pursuit
US Ski Team: Diggins Gets to Podium in Tour de Ski Pursuit

Last Call to Register for Masters World Cup
January 1, 2018
The Masters World Cup, coming to Minneapolis at Theodore Wirth Park, Jan 19-26, will close register for the events on Sunday, January 7th. Register before Sunday to compete with some of the best master skiers in your age class from around the world!

Tour de Ski: Stage 2
December 31, 2017
Another great day of racing for the US women as the Tour de Ski held stage 2 in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. Sadie Bjornsen skied herself onto the 10K classical podium, only bested by Norwegians Ingvild Oestberg and Heidi Weng. Jessie Diggins clocked a strong performance as well, striding to 7th, and setting herself up well for the freestyle pursuit on Monday. Erik Bjornsen led the way again for the US men, posting a 27th place finish. Dario Cologna, Switzerland, scored a narrow victory over Russian Alexey Poltoranin by less than a second with Norway's Martin Johnsrud Sundby third.
Related:
Results: 10K, 15K Classical
US Ski Team: Two Stages, Two Podiums - Bjornsen Follows Caldwell in Tour de Ski

Biathlon: Minnesota Skiers Qualify for Youth/Junior World Championships
December 30, 2017
Five biathletes from Minnesota were named by US Biathlon to the US Team to the Youth and Junior Championships later this season, after competing at the trials this week at Mt Itasca in Coleraine, MN. Making the team: Amanda Kautzer, Emma Stertz, Cam Christiansen, Vasek Cervenka and Garrett Beckrich.
Related:
Teams Named for 2018 Youth/Junior Worlds, IBU Cup 3 & Junior European Championships

Double Pole Derby Coverage
December 30, 2017
Bright sunshine did little to compensate for sub-zero temperatures as a hardy group of skiers turned out Saturday afternoon for the Double Pole Derby races. In the citizens 9K event, Daniel DeLestry repeated as the men's champion, pulling away from co-leader Mark Ousdigian in the final kilometers. Emma Barnes won the women's division, with Kelly Skillicorn striding to second place. In the earlier high school race, David Ecker of CVN broke away for the boys classical title with Mia Case, Lakeland, easily topping the girls field. Results linked in, along with photosets from all the races.

Tour de Ski Series
December 28, 2017
The huge Tour de Ski seven stage series starts this Saturday, December 30th, with freestyle sprints in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, followed by classical races Sunday and freestyle pursuit on Monday. The series moves to Oberstdorf, Germany, Jan 3-4 for classical sprints and mass start freestyle races. And as usual, the series wraps up with two races in Val di Fiemme, Italy: a mass start classic race, finishing with the uphill freestyle pursuit, Jan 6-7. Because of the Olympics this season, a number of top athletes will either skip the series or only participate in some of the early events. Live streaming is expected on the Olympic Channel.
Related:
US Ski Team: Four Stage Winners Highlight USA Tour de Ski Team
Video: NBC Olympic Channel

Winter Warmup Coverage
December 23, 2017
Appropriately colder weather on Saturday morning for the Winter Warmup races at Elm Creek. Temperatures were in the single digits as both the 10K and 5K events featured large fields. Jakob Ellingson and Foss Kerker brought the 10K race down to an exciting sprint finish photo finish (Kerker by a toe?). Wayzata high school star Mara McCollor won the women's division, Eliska Albrigtsen taking second. Winners of the 5K race were Joshua Albrecht and Abigail Drach. Results posted, along with photos.

Biathlon: U.S. Biathlon Names Teams for January IBU Cups
December 21, 2017
Three midwest men have been named to compete at the IBU Cup events in Brezno-Osrblie, Slovakia, and Arber, Germany, this January, with possible qualification for the US Olympic squad on the line. Minnesotans Leif Nordgren and Jake Ellingson along with Wisconsin native Paul Schommer are part of the four man IBU squad. The Olympic roster will be announced on January 15th!

US Ski Team: Four Stage Winners Highlight USA Tour de Ski Team
December 21, 2017
Four stage winners will highlight athletes named by the U.S. Ski Team to compete in the upcoming Tour de Ski. The Team heads into the seven-stop tour with optimism based on strong early season results with two different athletes on World Cup podiums. The Tour opens Dec. 30 in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. All events will be streamed live on OlympicChannel.com and broadcast daily on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA with the finale also on NBCSN.

Birkie Bridge Coming to the Super Bowl
December 20, 2017
The American Birkebeiner and Loppet Foundation are combined forces to bring the Birkie's International Bridge to Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis, complete with snowmaking, for the Super Bowl week in late January, early February!
Related:
American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation and Lumberjack World Championships Foundation to Join Forces

Sisu Ski Fest Races Just Weeks Away
December 19, 2017
The season's first marathon ski race, the Sisu SKi Fest, is coming up in just weeks. The event features 31K and 15K distance races, starting at ABR and finishing in downtown Ironwood, scheduled for January 6th.

Collegiate/Elite Racing: Houghton, Alaska, and British Columbia Racing
December 18, 2017
Mary Kozloski reports on three major events featuring Midwest skiers last weekend: The Houghton CCSA races, Besh Cup races in Alaska, and elite racing at the NorAm MiniTour series in Rossland, BC.

World Cup Toblach: Classical Pursuit
December 17, 2017
The Norwegian world turned right on Sunday as many of their top skiers climbed to the podium in the classical pursuit races at the Toblach World Cup. Sweden's Charlotte Kalla was captured by the chasing pack of five Norwegians within the first 4K of the women's 10K event and eventually dropped, as Marit Bjoergen took the victory just ahead of Ingvild Oestberg and Heidi Weng. The US women skied very well, Jessie Diggins winning the chase sprint to take 7th, Sadie Bjornsen right behind in 9th. Superstar Johannes Klaebo, Norway, returned to his A-game quickly closing the 35 second gap to ski with the leaders before breaking away in the final kilometer to take the victory. Russian Sergey Ustiugov was second, Alexey Poltoranin third. Erik Bjornsen moved up from 29th to 26th as the top American in the mens 15K.
Related:
Video: Women's Highlights, Men's Highlights
Results: 10K, 15K Classical Pursuit
US Ski Team: Diggins Leads the Pack in Toblach Finale

World Cup Toblach: Freestyle Distance
December 16, 2017
A surprising day on the World Cup circuit Saturday as Great Britian scored a podium with Andrew Musgrave taking third in the mens 15K freestyle (while Norwegian star Klaebo finished 10th)! Norway's Simen Krueger collected the victory with France's Maurice Manificat second and Canadian Alex Harvey scores fourth! Top US man was Erik Bjornsen at 29th. In the womens 10K, Sweden's Charolette Kalla continue her strong season with another victory followed by Norway's Ragnhild Haga and Heidi Weng. Jessie Diggins led the way for the US women at 7th while Sadie Bjornsen was 9th. Sunday will feature a classical pursuit format.
Related:
Video: Women's Highlights, Men's Highlights
Results: 10K, 15K Freestyle
US Ski Team: Diggins, Bjornsen Crack Top 10 in Toblach

Great Bear Chase Registration Open
December 14, 2017
The big Great Bear Chase, set for March 10th on the Swedetown trails, has opened their registration. This year's event will bring back the 50K skiathlon division, offers Swix hats for participants as well as cloth race bibs.

Biathlon: Minnesota Cup #1 Results
December 11, 2017
Mt. Itasca hosted the first biathlon race of the season with the Minnesota Cup #1 race on Sunday. Youngster Vasek Cervenka took the 10K mens mass start title with Siena Ellingson easily topping the 7.5K womens race.
Related:
Results: Minnesota Cup #1

SuperTour Sovereign Lakes Series
December 10, 2017
The SuperTour series is racing at Sovereign Lakes in British Columbia, Canada this weekend. Saturday was classical sprints with Kaitlynn Miller and Bob Thompson collecting the titles, Ben Saxton a close second in the mens final. Sunday featured interval start skate races, with NMU's own Ian Torchia taking the men's 15K race! Caitlin Patterson won the women's 10K event with Rosie Frankowski 2nd and Caitlin Gregg 3rd. Other top results: Kevin Bolger 4th, Adam Martin 5th, Matt Liebsch 9th; Anne Hart 7th.
Related:
Results: Classical Sprints, 10K, 15K Freestyle

World Cup Davos: Freestyle Distance
December 10, 2017
The World Cup series in Davos wrapped up Sunday with 10K and 15K freestyle races. The US women showed remarkable, consistent strength placing four skiers in the top 20, led by Sadie Bjornsen at 12th (Diggins 15th). Norway's Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg took the women's victory. The men's race was won by veteran Maurice Manificat of France. Patrick Caldwell was the top American, finishing 41st.
Related:
Results: 10K, 15K Freestyle
US Ski Team: Women's Depth Showcased at Davos

World Cup Davos: Freestyle Sprints
December 9, 2017
A great first day of racing in Davos, Switzerland, Saturday as the athletes competed in freestyle sprint races. The US women continued to show they are some of the best in the world, qualifying *five* in the top 11 and eventually three into the women's final! Stina Nilsson, Sweden, and Maiken Falla, Norway, picked up where they left off last season, dominating the final with Kikkan Randall showing impressive form to take third (Jessie Diggins 4th!). On the mens side, Norway's Johannes Klaebo easily won the qualifying and sprint final. Andy Newell and Simi Hamilton qualified 10th and 12th, with Hamilton finishing 9th in the semifinals. Sunday will be distance skate races.
Related:
Results: Freestyle Sprints
US Ski Team: Randall Back on Sprint Podium in Davos
Fischer: Nilsson and Klæbo sprint winner in Davos

World Cup Davos Weekend Series
December 7, 2017
The World Cup continues this weekend with racing action in the scenic Switzerland resort of Davos. Saturday will feature freestyle sprints, Sunday womens 10K and mens 15K freestyle distance races. Racing action begins on Saturday at 6:15 am with the sprint heats, streaming on Olympic Channel app or website. Sunday has the womens race at 4:30 am, the mens at 6:45 am.
Related:
Video: NBC Olympic Channel
Results: FIS Live Results
World Cup Davos Website
SuperTour Sovereign Lakes Weekend Series

SuperTour West Yellowstone: Classical
December 3, 2017
The first big SuperTour weekend wrapped up Sunday in West Yellowstone, MT, with classical distance races. Brian Gregg strided to victory over a strong 15K field, with David Norris 2nd, Benjamin Lustgarten 3rd. Posting top ten results as well, Kyle Bratrud 4th and Ian Torchia 8th. In the womens 10K race, Hedda Baangman placed 1st, Kaitlynn Miller 2nd, with Caitlin Patterson third. Top Midwest women included Rosie Frankowski 4th, Caitlin Gregg 6th, and Felicia Gesior 7th.
Related:
Results: Women's 10K Classical, Men's 15K Classical

World Cup Lillehammer: Skiathlon
December 3, 2017
An absolutely gorgeous morning for racing in Lillehammer, Norway, Sunday with temps in the upper teens under sunny skies -- and the racing matched that, with some spectacular performances! In the women's race, Sweden's Charlotte Kalla dropped Norway's Heidi Weng in the final kilometers to easily take the victory, with Weng's teammate Ragnhild Haga storming up to take third. Jessie Diggins had a great day, leading the chase for much of the race and finishing fifth. Sadie Bjornsen took 10th, with Kikkan Randall 16th, to complete a strong showing for the US women. In the men's race, the legend of Johannes Klaebo grew by leaps and bounds as he made an incredible final push to chase down a breakaway by Martin Sundby and keep his string of victories intact for the season. Hans Holund completed the Norwegian podium sweep. Erik Bjornsen had strong result, finishing 20th. Racing action moves to Davos, Switzerland next weekend.
Related:
Video: Women's Highlights, Men's Highlights
Results: Skiathlon
US Ski Team: Personal Bests for USA in Skiathlon
Biathlon: Bailey skis to top 20 finish in Ostersund pursuit

SuperTour West Yellowstone: Freestyle Sprints
December 2, 2017
The SuperTour series cranked up in West Yellowstone on Saturday with a series of freestyle sprint events. Annie Hart took the womens title with Caitlin Gregg 5th (1st in qualifying). Nicholas Michaud won the mens sprint final with Kevin Bolger 4th, Ben Saxton 5th (3rd in qualifying). Ben Gregg also scored a top ten placing, taking 9th. Sunday will feature classic distance races.
Related:
Results: Freestyle Sprints

World Cup Lillehammer: Classical Sprints
December 2, 2017
A very impressive start for the Lillehammer World Cup for the US women Saturday morning as they qualified three skiers in the top ten! Sadie Bjornsen had the top qualifying time and advanced to the womens final, along with Jessie Diggins (qualified 7th), with Bjornsen taking third to Norway's Maiken Falla first, and Finland's Krista Parmakoski second. Diggin's was sixth, with Sophie Caldwell 9th. The young superstar Johannes Klaebo won a tough sprint final over a pair of Russians. Erik Bjornsen again had the top time for the US men, finishing 35th. Sunday will be a skiathlon format race.
Related:
Video: Women's Highlights, Men's Highlights
Results: Classical Sprints
US Ski Team: Bjornsen on Classic Podium Again

US Ski Team: Livestreaming West Yellowstone SuperTour
December 1, 2017
U.S. Ski & Snowboard, in a newly established content partnership with Central Cross Country Ski Association (CXC), will live stream all of the events from this weekend's opening cross country SuperTour event in West Yellowstone.

CXC Team Announced
November 30, 2017
CXC announces their 2017-18 race team, most of whom will be racing this weekend back in West Yellowstone for the SuperTour series.

US Ski Team: Anchorage to Host 2018 US Nationals
November 27, 2017
Top cross country skiers from across America will compete for national titles, FIS Junior World Championship spots and potential Olympic berths at the 2018 U.S. Cross Country Championships, Jan 3-8th. All events will take place at Kincaid Park in Anchorage, Alaska.

World Cup Ruka: Freestyle Pursuit
November 26, 2017
A spectacular finale to the Ruka World Cup on Sunday with two exciting pursuit races! In the womens 10K freestyle, Sweden's Charlotte Kalle dropped Norway star Marit Bjoergen with about 1.5K to go in an impressive show of power, as she collected the overall title. Bjoergen retained second, with Ragnhild Haga taking third (and posting the top time on the day!). Sadie Bjornsen moved up one to finish 10th, Jessie Diggins up four to finish 12th. Kikkan Randall posted the 8th fastest time on the day, moving from 48th up to 25th. In the mens race, Norway superstar Johannes Klaebo appeared to faulter as the chase pack caught him just past half way into the race, led by Martin Sundby. Canada's own Alex Harvey gave a serious shot at taking the race on the final climb, but Sundby and Klaebo surged back, with Klaebo somehow finding just enough in the tank to comeback for the victory! Sundby second, Russian Alexander Bolshunov edging out Harvey for third. Top American male on the day was Erik Bjornsen, finishing 26th. Patrick Caldwell had the 19th fastest time on the day, moving up from 78th to finish 55th.
Related:
Video: Women's Highlights, Men's Highlights
Results: 10K, 15K Freestyle Pursuit
US Ski Team: Bjornsen, Diggins Lead in Ruka Finale
Fischer: Awesome weekend for the Fischer Race Family in Ruka and Östersund

Yellowstone Freestyle Race Results
November 25, 2017
Racing on some fast conditions, elite skiers participated in 5K and 10K freestyle races Saturday morning in West Yellowstone, MT. Caitlin Gregg took the women's race by a mere 9/10s of a second over Caitlin Patterson, with top collegiate skier Petra Hyncicova third. Kyle Bratrud made it a Midwest sweep of the titles with an even smaller margin of victory, just 6/10s of a second over Rogan Brown, with Wisconsin native Kevin Bolger third. Other top results: Felicia Gesior 9th, Luci Anderson 16th (top U18), Brian Gregg 6th, Ian Torchia 14th, Adam Loomis 15th.
Related:
Results: Womens 5K, Mens 10K

World Cup Ruka: Classical Distance
November 25, 2017
Ruka World Cup action continued on Saturday with the women's 10K and men's 15K classical races. Jessie Diggins led the way for the US with a strong 10th place finish as Norwegian legend Marit Bjoergen took first with Norway sweeping the podium. Norway's Johannes Klaebo made it 2-for-2 this weekend, taking the men's race. Erik Bjornsen was again the top American male, finishing 26th, with Canadian Alex Harvey 13th. Sunday is the final event -- a freestyle pursuit format race.
Viewing notes: The womens race will be on the Olympic Channel TV at 3 am CST (maybe 2:30 am), and the mens race will only be on Olympic Channel app and website (not TV) at 5 am CST (maybe 4:30 am).
Related:
Video: Womens Highlights, Mens Highlights
Results: Classical 10K, 15K
US Ski Team: Diggins Top-10 in Ruka 10k

World Cup Ruka: Classical Sprints
November 24, 2017
An incredible start to the World Cup racing season as American Sadie Bjornsen took second place in the women's classical sprints at Ruka, in Kuusamo, Finland on Friday! Stina Nilsson, of SWeden, held off a final charge by Bjornsen to take the victory. Sophie Caldwell also had a good run, making it to the semi-finals and finishing 8th. Jessie Diggins just missed the heats, finishing 34th. Johannes Klaebo, Norway, dominated the sprints easily taking the mens title. Erik Bjornsen had the best showing for the US men, making it to the quarterfinals and finishing 24th.
Related:
Video: Womens Highlights, Mens Highlights
Results: Classical Sprints
US Ski Team: Bjornsen Second In World Cup Opener

World Cup Ruka Weekend Series
November 22, 2017
The World Cup seasons opens this weekend in at Ruka Nordic in Kuusamo, Finland! Events include classical sprints Friday, classsical 10K/15K on Saturday, with an exciting freestyle pursuit 10K/15K format on Sunday. Most of the US squad is expected to complete, including Minnesota's own Jessie Diggins. Live streaming on NBC's Olympic Channel, starting with the heats Friday morning at 5:30 am CST.
Related:
Video: NBC Olympic Channel
Results: FIS Live Results
World Cup Ruka Facebook Page
World Cup Ruka Competition Program
World Cup Ruka Website
US Ski Team: Wall-to-Wall Nordic Coverage from NBC Sports Group

CXC Marathon Cup Ready for Third Season
November 22, 2017
The CXC Marathon Cup kicks off the series on January 13th with the Seeley Hills Classic in Hayward. The series offers a number of competitions, allowing for skiers of all ages to participate.

Minnesota State CX Championships Coverage
November 18, 2017
Sunny Saturday for the Minnesota State Cyclocross Championships at Bassett Creek in Crystal. Pro rider Bjorn Selander broke away early to easily capture the mens 1/2 division title. Racing action continues Sunday.
Related:
Photoset: Mens 1/2 - 143 photos, Womens 1/2/3 - 60 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Day 1

Biathlon: Roster Announced for Opening World Cups
November 14, 2017
The U.S. Biathlon International Competition Committee met today and named Paul Schommer to join Lowell Bailey, Tim Burke, Leif Nordgren and Sean Doherty on the men's World Cup Team for World Cups 1-3. Additionally, trials winner Kelsey Dickinson along with Emily Dreissigacker were named to join Susan Dunklee and Clare Egan for the women's World Cup Team for World Cups 1-3.

Midwest Racing Season Preview
November 12, 2017
With the ski season already underway for some and racing action starting up in less than a month, we present our annual Midwest Racing Season Preview. Find out about some of the new events and changes this season, as well as a few that will drop off, and start making your plans for the season!

Rivet Run Coverage
November 12, 2017
Eve Graves reports: Sunday morning's Rivet Run event went off without a hitch despite having icy, snowy conditions thanks to hard working volunteers who sanded, salted, shoveled and used an ice pick to make the trail safe for participants. We had 93 participants ranging in age from 11 to 76 who all finished safely. Paul Gucinski, 37, won this year's event in 25:50 and 11 year old Sofia Brandis, of Ashland, WI was 5th overall and the first female with a time of 27:18. Proceeds from benefit the trails at Pattison State Park.
Related:
Photoset from Eve Graves: Rivet Run
Results: Rivet Run

Skiers Needed to Re-enact Historic Birkebeiner Journey at Birkie 2018
November 6, 2017
The American Birkebeiner is seeking a trio to portray Birkebeiner warriors, Torstein & Skervald, and Inga, mother of Prince Haakon - the three characters that played a pivotal role in Norwegian history. The three skiers reenact the historic flight on wooden skis and in full period costume along the entire 55K classic cross-country race course. Applications are due by Nov 30th.

Up Up and Away 10K Coverage
November 5, 2017
Chris Pappathopoulos reports: The Up Up and Away 10K 11K rollerski race Saturday had to move to plan C after the standard course was freshly chip sealed shortly before the race and plan B had road construction. Taking top honors in the high school division were Eli Gore of Madison Nordic Ski Team (Madnorski) and Abby Jarzin of Ashwaubenon Nordic Ski Team (ANST).

Frozen Thunder
November 1, 2017
Canmore Nordic Centre in Alberta, Canada, is hosting their annual Frozen Thunder event this week. The event uses manmade snow stored from last season to create an early season loop. Wednesday was classical sprints, Friday will be freestyle distance. Kevin Bolger and Brian Gregg are in Canmore, finishing 12th and 23rd in the sprint qualifiers, with Bolger making all the way to the finals, placing 4th. On Friday, Brian Gregg finished 7th, Kevin Bolger 8th, in the freestyle distance races.
Related:
Results: Qualifiers, Kings Court, Freestyle Distance
Classical Sprints Recap
Freestyle Distance Recap

Price Hike: Birkie!
October 31, 2017
The final price hike for the American Birkebeiner events is coming this Friday, Nov 3rd. If you want to avoid the price hike on the Korte, Birkie and Prince Haakon events, register before Friday.
Related:
Nov 9 Birksgiving - Phase 2 Capital Campaign (West Allis, WI)

Biathlon: Fall Festival Recap
October 31, 2017
Last weekend Minnesota Biathlon held their final rollerski event of the season on the trails at Elk River. The Ellingson siblings, Jakob and Siena, took the overall titles on a cold weekend, with snow still evident. Results and photos posted.

Karma Cross Coverage
October 28, 2017
Friday's snowstorm left an inch of wet snow, generating sloppy conditions on a cold Saturday for the Karma Cross races in New Brighton. Photos up from the morning events.
Related:
Photoset: Mens/Womens 3/4, Womens Singlespeed - 84 photos, Juniors, Womens 4/5 - 63 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Karma Cross


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