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Zak Ketterson, SSC Conference Championships, January 29, 2014

Amanda Kautzer, U16 sprint champion, Junior Nationals, March 5, 2014

Michigan Tech test sprints, March 29, 2014

Rocci Wohlk, Section 4 champ, February 6, 2014

Santiago Ocariz, American Birkebeiner, February 22, 2014

Sylvan Ellefson, Battle Creek Freestyle SuperTour/JNQ, February 16, 2014

Highlights

Mt. Borah Epic Prepares for a Big Year Two
April 15, 2014
The second annual Epic is being held Saturday, May 31st. The 30 mile point-to-point race through the singletrack of the CAMBA trail system will feature an expanded race field of 500 this year. And perhaps best of all, the profits benefit the CAMBA trail system.
Related:
Minnesota High School Cycling League Spring Informational Meeting Schedule

Tuesday Night Worlds Coverage
April 15, 2014
The Minnesota criterium scene started up under some brisk conditions at the State Fairgrounds for the Tuesday Night Worlds competition. Temperatures in the mid 30s were tapered by clean streets and light winds. Photos from the womens and mens 1/2/3 races.
Related:
Photoset: Womens Race - 50 photos, Mens 1/2/3 Race - 59 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

Miesville Grinder Coverage
April 13, 2014
Marsh Jones recaps the Miesville Grinder, a fun spring cycling adventure through the mostly gravel roads south of the Twin Cities. Roughly 70 riders turned out on Sunday, successfully navigating a few obstacles (snow drifts?!) and many enjoyed a post-event meal at Kings Place in Miesville.
Related:
Photoset from Marsh Jones: Miesville Grinder
Results: Iola Trail Run Results, Trail Mix 25K, 50K Results

Birkie Bonus April 1-2
March 31, 2014
Birkie Bonus special runs Tuesday and Wednesday, April 1-2 only! The unique offer allows athletes to register for 3 or 4 Birkie events and save on registration costs.

Northland Urban Sprints 2014 Coverage
March 30, 2014
Henry French reports on the Northland Urban Sprints, an epic battle across the yards and streets of Duluth Sunday.

Rogers Farm Race Coverage
March 30, 2014
Phil Rogers short-notice, late season race down on his farm in Ekso drew over 20 skiers for a fun 10K classic race on a sticky Sunday. Jake Boyce and Alena Tofte took the top times in a tightly spaced finish. Results plus a couple of photosets posted.

SuperTour Finals: Classical 30K/50K
March 28, 2014
The SuperTour Finals in Anchorage, Alaska, wrapped up Friday with the big distance event -- womens classical 30K and mens 50K. Finland's Aku Nikander (New Mexico Univ) outsprinted Noah Hoffman to take the mens title with Reese Hanneman third (and Brian Gregg fourth!). Sadie Bjornsen topped Liz Stephen for the womens victory with Kikkan Randall taking third. Minnesota's own Jeese Diggins was 4th, and Caitlin Gregg notched 7th.
Related:
Results: Classical 30K, 50K

CXC Auction Closing Soon
March 26, 2014
Just a few days left to get in on the CXC online auction. Proceeds benefit CXC, with some great deals still available.

Birkie Bonus
March 26, 2014
Birkie Bonus is a new offering that allows athletes to sign up for multiple events and save a few dollars by doing so. Plus they are offering limited edition neck warmer. But this special deal will only be available April 1-2 (no fooling).

SuperTour Finals: Classic Sprints
March 23, 2014
The SuperTour Finals continued Sunday with the classical sprint events in Anchorage. World Champion Kikkan Randall took home the womens title with Jessie Diggins posting 5th. Minnesota's own Ben Saxton had a strong showing, finishing second to Reese Hanneman.
Related:
Results: Qualifying, Heats

SuperTour Finals: 10K/15K Freestyle
March 22, 2014
The SuperTour Finals are being held this week in Anchorage, Alaska, as racing action kicked off Saturday with the 10K/15K freestyle races. Kikkan Randall, racing for the first time in her hometown since before the 2010 Olympics, won the womens 10K with Liz Stephen second and Caitlin Gregg third (just 20 seconds out of first!). In the mens 15K, Noah Hoffman toppped the field. Top Midwest results: Jessie Diggins 5th, Brian Gregg 9th, Kyle Bratrud 14th, Rosie Frankowski 17th.
Related:
Results: 10K, 15K Freestyle

Bjorn Bakken Ski Championships of America Coverage
March 22, 2014
The Midwest racing season closed out Saturday in Duluth with the 2nd annual Bjorn Bakken Ski Championships of America. The fun sprint event honors Bjorn Bakken, the first NCAA qualifier for the St. Scholastica team circa 2008. Racing on a tight, twisting and hilly singletrack just off campus, skiers raced a qualifier then competed in two-up sprint heats to crown the womens and mens champions. Sprint champions were Scott Johanik and Kelsey Dickinson. Results and photos posted.

Moose Nordic Urban Sprint Championships
March 21, 2014
Luke Brown reports in on the second annual Moose Nordic Urban Sprint Championships, held Wednesday is south Minneapolis. Over 20 top juniors competed over a brutal course, resulting in a number of spills and broken equipment.

24 Hours of Lappe
March 20, 2014
Wrapping up the season again this year, the 24 Hours of Lappe is one giant ski party, and is scheduled for March 29-30th. The event in Thunder Bay and offers 6, 12 and 24 hour relay team and individual options. The famous finnish pancakes Sunday morning are worth it alone!

Biathlon: Susan Dunklee Wins Bronze in Oslo Sprint
March 20, 2014
Susan Dunklee finished third in the women's World Cup 7.5-kilometer sprint in Oslo Thursday. With clean shooting and a time of 22:51.8, the performance marked Dunklee's first career podium and the third individual women's podium finish in US Biathlon history. Joan Smith finished second in the same event during the 1994 IBU World Cup season, and Anna Sonnerup had a World Cup silver in 1991.

Minnesotans Score Well in Biathlon Junior Nationals
March 17, 2014
The Biathlon Junior National competition wrapped up last weekend in Jericho, VT. A number of Minnesota juniors had some stellar results, including victories by Jakob Ellingson, Anna Kubek and Vasek Cervenka.

US Ski Team: Randall Tops for USA to Close Season
March 16, 2014
World Cup sprint champion Kikkan Randall skied into 13th Sunday in the 10k freestyle pursuit, closing the three-day Falun mini-tour and putting a stamp on another successful World Cup season. In addition to her third-straight World Cup sprint title, Randall finished sixth in the overall standings behind overall champion Therese Johaug of Norway, who also won Sunday's pursuit. Noah Hoffman was tops for the USA in the men's 15k pursuit, where Norway's Martin Johnsrud Sundby skied away with the victory as well as both the distance and overall World Cup titles.

Slush Rush Coverage
March 16, 2014
With conditions more like mid-January, skiers put down some blazing times for the 2014 Slush Rush races at Elm Creek. Sunny skies, temps in the mid-teens, and transformed snow resulted in winning 10K times right around 20 minutes. Zak Ketterson and Matt Liebsch lead the mens field, with Liebsch taking the sprint finish. Mattie Watts topped the womens field, finishing 9th overall. Results and photos posted.
Related:
Rainbow Rendezvous Coverage

Biathlon: Bailey Wins Bronze in Kontiolahti Sprint
March 15, 2014
Lowell Bailey posted his first career podium performance Saturday, winning bronze in the men's 10-kilometer sprint with clean shooting and a time of 24:22.9. Bailey finished 19.4 seconds back from Johannes Thingnes Boe (NOR), winning his second sprint of the competition with a time of 24:03.5 and clean shooting. Alexander Loginov (RUS) finished second (24:22/+0).

Balsam Basher Results
March 15, 2014
Korkki Nordic hosted the Balsam Basher Fat Bike race on Saturday morning in Duluth. Scott Kylander-Johnson easily took the mens title as Diana Mcfadden posted the top womens time.
Related:
Photoset from Dave Johnson: Balsam Basher
Results: Balsam Basher

US Ski Team: Strong Skiathlon for Liz Stephen
March 15, 2014
Liz Stephen skied a strong freestyle leg to lead the USA at 15th in the Falun mini-tour skiathlon. Stephen moved up from 37th after the 7.5k classic with a strong 7.5k freestyle leg. Kikkan Randall was 20th, Sadie Bjornsen 21st. Noah Hoffman was 18th. Norway's Therese Johaug took a 33 second win over teammate Marit Bjoergen while Canada's Alex Harvey won for the men.
Related:
Alex Harvey Wins Skiathlon Gold at World Cup Finals in Sweden

US Ski Team: Randall Sprints to 4th in Falun Opener
March 14, 2014
Newly crowned World Cup sprint champion Kikkan Randall led the USA on Friday with a fourth-place finish in the classic sprint, the final World Cup sprint of the season as well as the opening of the three-day Stage World Cup mini-tour finale in Falun. Sophie Caldwell (Peru, VT) skied to sixth in the women's final, while Norway's Marit Bjoergen took the victory. The athletes are set to take on the men's and women's skiathlon Saturday.

CXC Team Application Open
March 14, 2014
CXC is seeking skiers to join their professional racing squad. Apply online.

Birkie DVD Now Available
March 13, 2014
The 2014 American Birkebeiner video is now available for purchase on the CXC store website.

Fat Bike Birkie Recap
March 10, 2014
Saturday's Fat Bike Birkie brought more than 500 riders to the Birkie trail, making it the largest Fat Bike race to date. World mountain bike champion and Mountain Bike Hall of Fame member Ned Overend took the victory and claimed the first U.S. National Fat Bike Championship. View results, photos and video.
Related:
Balsam Basher Fat Bike Race at Korkki Nordic Saturday, March 15th

Midwest Junior Championships Coverage
March 10, 2014
Allie Rykken reports: An incredibly pleasant and sunny weekend for the Midwest Junior Championships which featured age-class races in both classic and skate, as well as mixed team relays, sprint relays, an advanced skicross course that will set new standards in the midwest skicross history, and wrapped up with the skiball tournament. High level competition, a fun atmosphere, incredible volunteers, and the smiles coming off of over a 150 Midwest Juniors ages 15 and under made this weekend a hit.

Great Bear Chase Results
March 9, 2014
A field of roughly 500 skiers took to the Swedetown trails in the UP Saturday for the annual Great Bear Chase races. In the 50K skate, Jan Myrda and Erica O'Hearn posted the top times. Victories in the 50K classical went to Ben Cogger and Malin Eriksson. The 25K skate titles were won by Darrell Morse and Elizabeth Slaby, with 25K classical winners Allen Limberg and Mary Kozloski.
Related:
Black Loppet Loppet Coverage
Springloppet Coverage

US Ski Team: Randall 12th in Oslo 30k
March 9, 2014
World Cup sprint champion Kikkan Randall put forth a solid race effort Sunday, earning a career-best 12th in the 30k classic World Cup at Holmenkollen. Sadie Bjornsen also posted a career-best 30k result in 14th. Norwegian Marit Bjoergen sped to victory with an astounding one minute, 41-second lead over second-place finisher Therese Johaug of Norway.
Related:
Biathlon: Burke 7th in Mass Start in Slovenia

US Ski Team: Hoffman Leads USA in Olso 50k
March 8, 2014
Noah Hoffman muscled through the Holmenkollen 50k classic World Cup race Saturday to earn the top result for the USA in 29th. Daniel Richardsson of Sweden skied to the victory with Martin Johnsrud Sundby of Norway in second and Alexander Legkov of Russia third.
Related:
Biathlon:10th Place for Bailey in Pokljuka Pursuit

Pepsi Challenge Coverage
March 8, 2014
Over 300 skiers turned out Saturday morning for the Pepsi Challenge races at Giants Ridge. In the 48K freestyle race, Adam Swank and Elaine Nelson took top honors. The 48K classic titles went to John Wessling and Josie Nelson. The 24K skate races were won by Reed Melicher and Ashley Herman, with 24K classic crowns for Christian Kvalseth and Ingrid Thyr. Results linked in, along with over 200 photos.
Related:
Buena Vista Snowjourn Results
Pole Pedal Pant Coverage

Cities Cup Banquet March 23rd
March 6, 2014
The Cities Cup Banquet, celebrating the winners of the Fast Wax Cities Cup as well as honoring MN Nordic Ski Association's Lifetime Achievement Award winners, will be held Sunday, March 23rd at the Theodore Wirth Chalet. Tickets can be purchased online.

US Ski Team: Randall Clinches Third Straight Title
March 5, 2014
Kikkan Randall clinched her third straight FIS World Cup sprint title Wednesday, finishing seventh in a classic sprint in Drammen. Randall missed out on a finals spot by a mere boot length in the semi-finals. Norway swept the wins in the city sprint with Ola Vigen Hattestad winning for men and Maiken Caspersen Falla for women.

US Ski Team: Randall Leads USA in Lahti 10k
March 2, 2014
Kikkan Randall took the top spot for the USA Sunday with 21st in the 10k freestyle World Cup race, the final event of the Lahti Ski Games. Randall came off her Lahti sprint victory to finish 1:36 back from race-winner Marit Bjoergen of Norway. Noah Hoffman led the U.S. with 24th in the men's 15k race, where Norway's Martin Johnsrud Sundby took the win.

Biathlon: Back to Back Gold for Doherty
March 2, 2014
Sean Doherty won his second gold medal of the 2014 IBU Junior World Championships on Sunday in the youth men's 10-kilometer pursuit. Posting a time of 28:51.8/+3, Doherty finished 1:03.6 minutes ahead of Marco Gross (GER) in second (29:55.4/+3) with Dmitrii Shamaev (RUS) third (30:54.5/+4).

Minnesota Pursuit Championships Coverage
March 2, 2014
Denny Green reports: 92 racers braved the cold for a record number of skiers in the Minnesota State Pursuit Championships Sunday afternoon. Jon Miller pulled double duty by skiing the 10K pursuit as well as the first leg of the relay for Joe's Ski Shop, and was able to win the individual title as well as help Joe's Ski Shop take home the Shop Trophy for the first time. Bonnie Weiskopf-Albrecht had a solid day finishing in the top 10 overall while taking the female title. Henry Hall and Kasia Bednarski took home the U13 5K Pursuit titles as 11 U13 skiers took to the Back 40 Loop at Wirth in the second year of this portion of the Championships. Results and videos linked in.

Junior Nationals: Classical Start List Posted
March 2, 2014
Monday marks the first day of competition at Junior Nationals in Stowe, VT. The opening race is a 5K/10K classical, interval start, on a 5K loop at Trapp Family Lodge trails. Follow the race results online.

Sleeping Giant Loppet Results
March 1, 2014
Delayed and slightly shortened, skiers still turned out in good numbers for the Sleeping Giant Loppet races in Thunder Bay Saturday. In the 40K freestyle, Chris Hamilton and Daphne Haggarty took the titles. The 40K classical victories were earned by Matt Lee and Kayla Billett. In the 20K, Scott Hill and Jennifer Jackson were champions.
Related:
River View Loppet Results

Squirrel Hill Pursuit Results
March 1, 2014
Racing under some crisp temperatures, the Squirrel Hill Pursuit featured a continuous pursuit format over the scenic trails at Minocqua Winter Park on Saturday morning. Chris Pappathopoulos pulled away in the freestyle portion to sail in the for the mens victory. Paulette Niemi dominated the womens division.

US Ski Team: Randall-Caldwell Land Double Podium
March 1, 2014
Two-time World Cup champion Kikkan Randall made a statement Saturday with rookie teammate Sophie Caldwell as the two took first and third at the Lahti World Cup sprints, the first-ever double podium for U.S. women. It was a career-first podium for Caldwell, as well as the first time a woman other than Randall has landed on an individual World Cup podium in the modern era.

Pepsi Challenge Planning for Warmer Weather Ahead
February 28, 2014
Pepsi Challenge is looking forward to warmer weather along with great trail conditions for the races next weekend. Online registration will be open through Wednesday, March 5th and on-site through Friday.

Biathlon: Gold for Doherty in Junior World Championships
February 28, 2014
Fresh off his Olympic debut in Sochi last week, Sean Doherty won the youth men's 7.5-kilometer sprint Friday at the IBU Junior World Championships. Doherty posted a time of 19:35.0 with four penalties to finish 1.7 seconds ahead of Marco Gross (GER) in second with a time of 19:36.7/+2. Dmitrii Shamaev (RUS) was third (19:53.9/+3).

MTB Legend Ned Overend to Ride Fat Bike Birkie
February 28, 2014
Mountain biking legend Ned Overend is just one of the stars playing to ride the second annual Fat Bike Birkie next weekend in Hayward. Only a few openings are left in the event, this year branded the National Championship for Fat Biking.
Related:
Bookkeeping/Accountant Position Opening at Birkie Foundation

Cities Cup Concludes Sunday with the MN Pursuit Championships
February 28, 2014
The Cities Cup concludes this Sunday March 2nd with the Minnesota State Pursuit Championships at Wirth Park. Perfect mid-winter snow conditions await anyone that wants to try out this Olympic skiathalon format of a mass start 5km classic loop with a pit-stop to change equipment (or relay exchange) and then out for a 5km skating loop.

Price Hike: Fat Bike Birkie
February 25, 2014
The second running of the Fat Bike Birkie is coming up on March 8th, and this year it will crown National Fat Bike Champions! The field is filling rapidly, and you can save some money by registering before March 1st.
Related:
Fat Bike Birkie Race Field Nearly Full

Olympics: Hoffman Skis Impressive 50k Finale
February 23, 2014
Noah Hoffman skied into 26th after an impressive performance Sunday at the warm and sunny 50k mass start freestyle cross country race, the final event of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games. Hoffman stuck with the lead pack for much of the race, topping out in second before falling back in the last few kilometers and posting the top US result. Alexander Legkov led a historic Russian podium sweep.

Minnesota Junior Cycling Kickoff Feb 28th
February 23, 2014
Minnesota Junior Cycling holding their annual kickoff event this Friday evening, Feb 28th. They welcome returning riders and anyone interested in learning more about their youth development through cycling program.

Olympics: Stephen Leads USA in Sochi Womens 30K
February 22, 2014
Liz Stephen led Team USA Saturday when she skied to 24th in the 30k mass start freestyle race, the final women's cross country event of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games. Spring-like temperatures settled on the Laura Cross Country Ski Center, where Norway earned a commanding sweep and Marit Bjoergen took her third gold of the Sochi Games. Jessie Diggins finished 40th.

American Birkebeiner Coverage
February 22, 2014
A cold and blustery morning greeted Birkie skiers following a massive snowfall just 24 hours prior. Groomers pulled off a heroic effort to pack and track over 100k of trails in readiness for Saturday morning's start. The 50k men's freestyle race saw a very tight finish, with top podium spots going to Tom Reichert (Germany) followed less than one second later by Italians Simone Pauli and Sergio Bonaldi. Matt Gelso (Ketchum, ID) was the first US racer in 7th position. Caitlin Gregg returned to dominate the women's 50k skate field, winning with over a minute to spare over Italy's Antonella Confortola Wyatt. The 54k classical top honors went to Santiago Ocariz of Ely and CXC's Natalja Naryshkina. The Korteloppet skate was dominated by young guns, with Rochester's Ian Torchia besting the men's field and Alayna Sonnesyn repeated her 2013 performance, capturing the fastest women's time. Keaton Long posted the best Kortie classic time for the men, and Hilary Patzer topped the women's field. Results linked in and photos from the early waves posted.

Olympics: Team USA 7th in Womens Biathlon Relay
February 21, 2014
US Biathlon reports: Susan Dunklee, Hannah Dreissigacker, Sara Studebaker and Annelies Cook placed seventh in the women's 4x6-kilometer biathlon relay Friday, the best ever Olympic women's relay finish.

Olympics: Nordic Combined Team Event
February 20, 2014
Team USA left it all out on the course Thursday, finishing sixth in the team Gundersen large hill 4x5k competition, the final nordic combined event of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games. The four-man team, including six-time Olympian Todd Lodwick, jumped into eighth place on the large hill and then gained two spots during the cross country race, where Team Norway locked in the gold.

Green Haven Ski Race Added
February 20, 2014
Green Haven golf course in Anoka is grooming new ski trails this season and will highlight them with a short 5K skate race on March 2nd.

Jakob Ellingson: Sochi!
February 19, 2014
Jakob Ellingson has spent the last few weeks in Sochi, taking in the sights and sounds of the Winter Olympics as part of the TD Ameritrade's Olympic Hopeful program. He shares those experiences and reflections in his latest update.

Olympics: Slushy Classic Team Sprints
February 19, 2014
Erik Bjornsen anchored Team USA with Simi Hamilton to ski into sixth place Wednesday during the men's team sprint classic of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games. The women's team, featuring rookie Sophie Caldwell and anchor Kikkan Randall, finished eighth in the sprint classic. Team Finland took the gold for the men while Norway notched the Olympic title for the women.

Birkie Trail Race Preparations
February 18, 2014
The new Birkie race director Ben Popp has his hands full these days, as the Birkie is rapidly approaching. We checked in with him Friday morning to get the latest on their trail conditions and grooming plans for the week.
Related:
Duluth Weather Story

Birkie Wax Recs
February 17, 2014
Birkie week waxing recs are already going up...
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Waxing Recommendations

Olympics: Dunklee Historic 12th in Mass Start Biathlon
February 17, 2014
Susan Dunklee placed a historic 12th - the top individual finish for a U.S. woman in Olympic competition - in Monday evening's 12.5-kilometer mass start event. Dunklee's time of 36:57.9, with three penalties, was the sixth fastest skiing time in the field of 30 competitors. The race also marked the first time a U.S. woman has qualified for an Olympic mass start.

Olympics: Another Rough Day for Relay
February 16, 2014
The continued warm weather in Sochi played havoc with some relay teams, causing skiing superpower Norway to again miss the podium in the mens 4x10K event Sunday morning. Team USA finished 11th while Sweden appears to have figured out the winning wax combination, collecting the mens gold to go with the womens team victory yesterday.

Woodland Loppet Results
February 16, 2014
A field of just under 50 skiers raced up and down the hills in Elk River for the Woodland Loppet. John Kallemeyn and Emily Flynn were the 20K champions, 10K titles went to Nate Ley and Melissa Berman.
Related:
Beaver Dam Classic Results

Snowflake/Inga-lami Races Results
February 15, 2014
Lucy Andrews reports: A costumed crowd of more than 80 people showed up for the Inga Lami and Snowflake races on Saturday at Baker. Drew Holbrook topped the men's field, while Sara Morse took the women's title. 40 high school racers also completed a 21K ski to finish their season and earn lettering points. A few costumes stood out as near works-of-art, like a penguin ski suit, a mysterious warrior princess, two Olympic torchbearers, and a prom queen, to name a few.

Book Across the Bay Results
February 15, 2014
Over 1800 skiers raced across frozen Chequamegon Bay in the annual Book Across the Bay event Saturday night. Anders Osthus edged out Craig Hertz and Nikolai Anikin for the victory with Johanna Winters leading the way for the women.

Minnesota Finlandia Coverage
February 15, 2014
The mighty Minnesota Finlandia was held Saturday morning on some of the best trail conditions in event history. Wynn Roberts collected another 50K freestyle title, winning by over 15 minutes. Heather Hohenstein was the womens champ. In the 25K freestyle, Matt Lee held off Murray Carter for the mens title while Nicole Thorndal topped the womens field. A tight finish in the mens 25K classic as Ryan Wright took victory seconds ahead of Owen Baird, Steven Scoles and Travis Hinck. Elspeth Ronnander posted the top womens time. Pursuit titles went to Craig Cardinal and Kristin Madsen.
Related:
HinderBinder Results

Olympics: Tough Day for Relay Teams
February 15, 2014
Another brutally warm day at the Sochi Olympics had relay teams struggling to stay in contention Saturday morning. The heavy favorite Norwegians could only pull off fifth place finish, with the US woman hanging on to take ninth. Team Sweden mounted a stunning comeback in the fourth leg to earn their first Olympic relay gold medal since 1960.

Midwest Junior Championships Set for March 1-2
February 15, 2014
The Loppet Foundation and MYSL are preparing to host the Midwest Junior Championships the weekend of March 1-2. Events are open to all kids under the age of 16 include classic and freestyle ski races and relays, as well as fun events like SkiCourse and Ski-ball.

Olympics: Spring Holds Strong For Men’s 15k Classic
February 14, 2014
Springtime temperatures ruled the course for a second day in a row Friday at the men's 15k classic of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games, where Noah Hoffman took the top spot for the USA in 31st. The temperatures spiked to 50 degrees during the race, as Dario Cologna of Switzerland reigned in a gold medal despite the slushy track.

Vasaloppet moves to Saturday, Feb 7 in 2015
February 13, 2014
After 42 years, Vasaloppet USA is moving the race from Sunday to Saturday, beginning with the 2015 race. The date of the first Saturday race is February 7, 2015. [ Note: The date has been updated to reflect the correct weekend. ]

Olympics: Springtime for Womens 10K Classic
February 13, 2014
Temperatures topping 50 degrees made for soft conditions and tank top skiing as Sadie Bjornsen led the USA in the 10k classic at the Laura Cross Country Center. Poland's Justyna Kowalczyk won the race as athletes skied in short sleeves and hatless in the relentless sun.

What's New at the Birkie
February 12, 2014
The Birkie folks have issued their top 10 (11) list of new items/changes to be aware of for the 2014 event. Some of the highlights include fundraiser start area parking, new bibs, USASA drug testing, and a Fast and Female event with Caitlin Gregg.

Sawtooth Saturday
February 12, 2014
The Pincushion trail system, located high above Grand Marais, on the Gunflint trail, is hosting their annual Sawtooth races this Saturday. Events include 10K classical and 20K freestyle (and you can do both).

Olympics: Sochi Nordic Combined Opening
February 12, 2014
Nordic combined athletes converged on the RusSki Gorki Jumping Center Wednesday for the individual 10k Gundersen normal hill event, the first of three Nordic Combined events of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games. Billy Demong pulled out the strongest finish for Team USA in 24th after jumping into 31st, while Germany's Eric Fenzel won the gold medal.

Inga-lami and Snowflake Races this Weekend
February 11, 2014
Inga-lami for women and Snowflake for men races are this Saturday, Feb 15th, at Baker. And new this year, a 20k high school race.
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Gear West Offering Swix Triac 1.0 Pole Sale
Skiing with the Stars this Thursday evening, Feb 13th

Olympics: Caldwell Posts Best Ever 6th
February 11, 2014
Sophie Caldwell's star shined brightest Tuesday in Sochi for the US squad as she advanced to the womens freestyle sprint final, getting tripped up in the race to finish sixth. It was the highest finish ever by an American woman. Tough, sloppy conditions with temps in the 50s had organizers salting the course in an attempt to firm the snow up. Kikkan Randall, Jessie Diggins and Ida Sargent all qualified but didn't advance from the quarterfinals. Andy Newell and Simi Hamilton also made the quarterfinals before bowing out.
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Salt on Snow?!
Biathlon: Dunklee 18th in Olympic 10k Pursuit

Stump Farm Race this Weekend
February 10, 2014
The Bay Nordic Stump Farm Cross Country Ski Race is coming up this Saturday, Feb 15th. The race features the Brown County Reforestation Camp trails with headquarters and race start at the main lodge. Race distances of 15K and 7K freestyle races and shorter races for the kids.

Frosty 5K Fun Run and Walk
February 10, 2014
The Univ of Minnesota Nordic Ski Club is hosting a running 5K race on the Univ of Minnesota campus this Saturday, Feb 15th. Prize drawings, plus proceeds benefit the ski club.

Vasaloppet Coverage
February 9, 2014
Bright sunshine and a northerly tailwind provided some nice compensation for the single digit temperatures at the Vasaloppet races Sunday morning. Matt Liebsch secured yet another Mora 58K title, easily pulling away from the mens field in the final kilometers to win by nearly three minutes. Natalja Naryshkina beat out Kim Rudd for the womens laurel wreath. Nathan Porath won the sprint in the final pack of four for the 35K victory. Elaine Nelson held off Bonnie Weiskopf-Albrecht for the womens title. The 42K classical titles went to David Chamberlain and Hilary Patzer. Results linked with photos and some start videos posted.
Related:
North End Classic Results

Olympics: Hoffman Tops for USA in Skiathlon
February 9, 2014
Noah Hoffman skied into the top spot for the USA Sunday, finishing 35th in the Olympic skiathlon at the Laura Cross Country Ski Center. Swiss skier Dario Cologna earned gold in the 15k classic x 15k freestyle race with Marcus Hellner of Sweden and Martin Johnsrud Sundby taking silver and bronze.
Related:
Video: Mens 30K Skiathlon
Biathlon: Dunklee Posts Top Olympic Sprint Finish Ever by a US Woman

Wisconsin Biathlon Open House Feb 15th
February 8, 2014
The fourth event of the 2014 Wisconsin Biathlon Cup will take place on Saturday, February 15 at the McMiller Sports Center in Eagle, WI. A novice event is included, no experience required. Come on out and give biathlon a try!

Pre-Birkie Results
February 8, 2014
Starting out on Lake Hayward and racing up to Hwy OO on the Birkie trail, another huge field took part in the 2014 Pre-Birkie. In the 26K freestyle, Ian Torchia was again denied victory in the final meters, this year beaten out by Alex Reich. Megan Ping claimed the womens title. In the 42K freestyle marathon, Adam Swank and Niki Reker collected victories. The classical race titles for the 26K went to Jared Grootwasink and Emily Krulc, 42K champs were Jake Boyce and Alyson Chapman.

Olympics: Diggins Eighth in Opening Sochi Skiathlon
February 8, 2014
First-time Olympian Jessie Diggins skied to an impressive eighth and secured the top spot for Team USA in the women's skiathlon Saturday, the opening Sochi Olympic cross country event. Norwegian powerhouse Marit Bjoergen took her fourth career Olympic gold in the 7.5k classic x 7.5k freestyle race with Swede Charlotte Kalla winning silver and Heidi Weng of Norway bronze.
Related:
Video: Womens 15K Skiathlon
Biathlon: Ole Einar Bjoerndalen Wins Record Matching Gold

Birkie Volunteers Sought
February 6, 2014
Not skiing the Birkie this year? Or have family members involved? Be a part of the big event by becoming a Birkie volunteer! Get a unique volunteer hat and pin, plus a big party on Sunday.

Jakob Ellingson: Nova Mesto
February 5, 2014
Jakob Ellingson, top junior biathlete from Minnesota, reports on his recent racing experiences in the Czech Republic of Nova Mesto.

Gear West Adds 20K High School Race
February 5, 2014
As part of the Snowflake/Inga-lami races on Feb 15th, Gear West has added a 20K high school race.

Return to Yellowstone: Rendezvous Race March 8th
February 4, 2014
West Yellowstone offers an attractive way to celebrate March skiing with their annual Rendezvous Race on March 8th. Race distances of 10K, 25K and even 50K, all running on the famed Rendezvous ski trails.

Nicolet Norski Results
February 3, 2014
Steven Gromatka reports: The 2014 Nicolet Norski was exclaimed to be "the best skiing of the year" by participants. The citizens 36k skate fielded the largest number of competitors, in the end the title was captured by Ben Mogren and the women's champion was Johanna Winters. The citizens 36k classic winners were Carrie Kelm and Troy Kinnvnen. The citizens 7k skate titles went to Donna Hoelz and Jeff Bolwerk.

Vasaloppet Best Conditions Ever
February 3, 2014
With one of the best seasons on record, the Vasaloppet is fully expecting some great course conditions for the 42nd annual event. Vasaloppet champ Matt Liebsch will be competing for his fifth title, which would put him one shy of the record six held by Chad Giese. Registration open thru Saturday!

Baker Headlamp Race Thursday Evening
February 3, 2014
The first annual Baker Headlamp 10K is this Thursday night! Bring your headlamp and race around one lap on the smooth Baker trails. Update: Rescheduled for late February!

City of Lakes Loppet Freestyle Coverage
February 2, 2014
Racing in slightly crisper temperatures Sunday morning, a huge field of skiers participated in the 2014 City of Lakes freestyle races. With a sense of deja vu, the mens 42K race finished exactly the same as Saturday -- Matt Liebsch the winner, Mark Johnson and Chris Pappathopoulos rounding out the podium. Mary Beth Tuttle surprised the womens field, slipping away to solo to victory in front of Saturday's top skiers, Natalia Naryshkina and Jan Guenther. Results, photos and a video recap posted!
Related:
Erik Judeen Classic Coverage
Lumberjack Jaunt Results

Junior Nordic Competition (U18) Sprint Results
February 2, 2014
The freestyle sprints were held Sunday morning, after being rescheduled from Friday due to cold weather, at Rovaniemi, Finland, in the Junior Nordic Competition (U18). The US women came out smoking hot with Mattie Watts posting an incredible 5th place qualifier and Katharine Ogden 9th. Midwest's Vivian Hett was cruising as well, placing 14th. A tough start in the semis kept Watts out of the finals, but finished 10th overall. Jake Bassett was the top US male, finishing 11th overall after qualifying 14th best.
Related:
Photoset from U18 Nations Trip: Skate Sprints
Results: Womens Sprints, Mens Sprints, Qualifying
US Ski Team: Randall Fifth in Pre-Sochi Sprints

WJC Classical Results
February 2, 2014
World Junior Championships Sunday featured the classical races at Val di Fiemme, Italy. It was a great day for the Midwest as Adam Martin posted the post US time, finishing 26th in the mens 10K and Nichole Bathe did the same in the 5K womens, also finishing 26th! Monday is the final day of competition, featuring the WJC relays.

Mt. Ashwabay Summit Race Results
February 1, 2014
Scott Nesvold reports: With above zero temps, but an inch of new snow falling right before the race, conditions were a little slow for the Mt. Ashwabay Summit race. The reviews from skiers was that overall conditions were good, and that they enjoyed the challenging courses. On the boy's/men's side: Jonathon Rulseh won the 19k pursuit, Paul Schommer won the 11k skate, Ian Liphart won the 8k classic, and Derik Kozak won the 3.5k race. On the girl's/women's side: Jackie Powers won the 19k pursuit, Chelsey Youngberg won the 11k skate, Erin Bolger won the 8k classic, and Kara Jackson won the 3.5k race.
Related:
Moraloppet Results
Badger State Winter Games Ski Race Results

City of Lakes Loppet Classical Coverage
February 1, 2014
A field of roughly 500 skiers hit the trails for the new Saturday classical races as part of the City of Lakes Loppet festival. Participants enjoyed some of the most perfect classical tracks ever seen at Wirth, and in many sections, up to four tracks were set! In the 42K marathon, Matt Liebsch broke away by the midway point to win in dominating fashion. Mark Johnson and Chris Pappathopoulos rounded out the top three. CXC's Natalia Naryshkina dueled for much of the race with Alison Crocker, eventually pulling away in the Minikahda section to take the womens title. Jason Kask and Allie Rykken were the 20K champions. Results, big photosets, and a video recap are all posted.

U23 Skiathlon Results
February 1, 2014
Val di Fiemme competition at the World Juniors/U23 Championships Saturday featured the U23 skiathlon races (classic switching to freestyle). Midwest's own Rosie Frankowski lead the way for the US women, finishing 26th. Scott Patterson was the top US male, posting 18th. Ben Saxton was 42nd.
Related:
US Ski Team: Stephen 11th in Toblach 10k

Junior Nordic Competition (U18) Classical Results
February 1, 2014
After cold weather forced a rescheduling of the Friday sprints events to Sunday, the Junior Nordic Competition (U18) in Rovaniemi, Finland got underway with the classical races on Saturday morning. Katharine Ogden posted top ten result for US womens in the 5K, finishing 8th! Midwest gals Vivian Hett 13th, Mattie Watts 22nd. In the mens 10K, Max Donaldson lead the way with another top ten, notching 9th overall.
Related:
Photoset from U18 Nations Trip: U18 Trip Classic Races
Results: Womens 5K, Mens 10K

WJC Skiathlon Results
January 31, 2014
Racing continued Friday morning at the World Junior Championships with the womens 5K and mens 10K skiathlon event (classic switching to skate). Patrick Caldwell posted an excellent time, cracking the top 10 in 10th place. The Midwests own Adam Martin was 40th. Sloan Storey was the top womens finisher at 39th. Nichole Bathe was 47th.
Note: Junior Nordic Competition (U18) in Finland has rescheduled their events due to cold weather.
Related:
Midwest Juniors Take On the World

Fat Bike Birkie Named the U.S. National Fat Bike Championship
January 30, 2014
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation Fat Bike Birkie on March 8th, has been named the U.S. National Fat Bike Championship race. Part of the Great Lakes Fat Bike Series and the Wisconsin State Fat-Bike Race Series, the Fat Bike Birkie is the final race of the season and offers the opportunity for America’s top fat bike athletes to compete in the U.S. National Fat Bike Championship race.

Birkie Gift Bag Available Now
January 29, 2014
This year the American Birkebeiner is going green, making their gift bag virtual, and even better, available right now! Find more than 40 deals, discounts, contest prizes, and more.

City of Lakes Loppet Course Preview
January 26, 2014
This season the City of Lakes Loppet expands to a full-fledged two day format, with classic on Saturday and freestyle on Sunday. Along with this change, they've upped the ante by boosting the course distances to 42K. We provide an in-depth look at a new feature to the 42K course, the exclusive Minikahda Club trails.

Marine/O'Brien Race Coverage
January 26, 2014
Racing against the weather, participants in the Marine/O'Brien Race Sunday skied their one or two laps around the big William O'Brien State Park while hoping to beat the high winds and plummeting temperatures. A fresh 2-3" of snow was groomed out before race time, providing a mostly firm skate deck and tracks. Tyler Gilbert rocketed away from the mens 25K classical field to win by over four minutes. Bonnie Weiskopf Albrecht was the womens champ. In the 25K skate, Derek Wallen solo'd to victory with Mary Beth Tuttle taking the womens field by nearly five minutes. In the shorter 12.5K races, classic titles went to Jackson Sokolowski and Cheryl Dubois, freestyle victories for Nick Sokolowski and Rebecca Ireland. Results and photos posted.

Noquemanon Results
January 25, 2014
Epic conditions for the Noquemanon races Saturday morning with fresh snow overnight, resulting in near whiteout conditions during the race (and of course, cold temperatures). Karl Nygren stomped out a strong victory in the mens 50K classic, as Claire Luby made it a Twin Cities native sweep. Michael Brothers and Diana Finkel are listed as 50K freestyle champs. In the shorter 24K races, skate titles went to Logan Zueger and Jordyn Ross, classic victories for Erik Soderman and Kyia Anderson.
Related:
Baker Shaker Results

Seeley Hills Classic Results
January 25, 2014
With crisp morning temperatures, skiers competed in a shortened Seeley Hills Classic event Saturday morning on the Birkie trails. Matt Liebsch, fresh from his Olympic run, captured the mens 32K classic title with Niki Reker leading the way for the women. In the 18K event, Henry Reich and Kelly Skillicorn collected top honors.

Nicolet Norski Coming Feb 2nd
January 23, 2014
The Nicolet Norski is scheduled for Sunday, Feb 2nd, on the trails at Lakewood XC. Along with chip timing for the 36K and 7K events, racers will be treated to free food afterwards!

Fast Wax Cities Cup Series at Midway
January 22, 2014
The midway point of the Fast Wax Cities Cup will be the 6th race coming up this Saturday Jan 25th; the Baker Shaker at Baker Park in Medina. The 20k event will be the points event.

43rd Annual Marine O'Brien Cross-Country Ski Race Sunday
January 22, 2014
The 43rd annual Marine O'Brien race is this Sunday. Addition incentives include a Birkie entry raffle, ski hats (limited quantity), and their usual assortment of great awards.

US Ski Team: Olympic Cross Country Athletes Announced
January 22, 2014
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association announced the nomination of 14 cross country athletes Wednesday morning. World Champions Kikkan Randall and Jessie Diggins will lead the team that includes seven athletes with Olympic experience. Twin Cities own Brian Gregg also made the team, but unfortunately Caitlin Gregg and Matt Liebsch missed out.
Related:
Nordic Combined: Olympic Nordic Combined Athletes Announced

Noquemanon Seeking Volunteers
January 20, 2014
Noquemanon is looking to have their best course conditions ever, but would love a helping hand from the skiing community to put on their best event!

Boulder Lake Ski Race Results
January 19, 2014
Nearly 200 skiers turned out Sunday for the Boulder Lake ski races near Duluth. In the mens 31K freestyle, biathlete Mark Johnson nipped Adam Swank to take the victory by a half second. Elaine Nelson won the womens division. Jake Boyce and Leslie Hale were 31K classical champions. In the 11K division, Kyle Sagedahl and Janna Radtke won skate titles and Tom Urbanski and Kelly Rogers were the classical winners.

US Ski Team: Stephen Career Best Sixth
January 19, 2014
Liz Stephen skied to her career best FIS World Cup finish in sixth in the women’s 10k classic mass start Sunday in Szklarska Poreba, Poland. Ida Sargent also posted a career best finish in ninth, while Justyna Kowalczyk took the victory in her Polish hometown. Diggins was 24th, Caitlin Gregg listed as DNF.
Related:
Nordic Combined: Fletcher Fifth in Seefeld Finale

Lapham Loppet Results
January 18, 2014
Over 100 skiers turned out Saturday morning at Lapham Peak for the annual Lapham Loppet race. The mens 11K race came down to a sprint finish with Thomas Stuber edging out Chris Pappathopoulos for the win. Kim Hughes took the womens title.
Related:
ABC Relays Results

King Boreas Coverage
January 18, 2014
Fresh snow overnight was nicely groomed up by race time for the King Boreas events at Phalen Saturday morning. A familiar face at the front, Andrew Brown broke away from a lead pack on the second lap of the 15K race to solo in the mens victory. Eleanor Magnuson held off Jan Guenther and Lynne Cecil to win the womens division in a close finish. Results up, photos coming this evening.
Related:
Balsam Vinterfest Results

US Ski Team: Randall Sweeps Szklarska Sprints
January 18, 2014
World Cup champion Kikkan Randall topped every one of her heats Saturday to take the victory in the Szlarska Poreba World Cup sprints. It was the second win in a week for Randall, moving her up from third to second in the World Cup sprint standings just behind Denise Herrmann of Germany, who took second. In the men’s sprints, Andy Newell (Shaftsbury, VT) took the top finish for the USA in sixth. The men and women take on a 15k/10k classic mass start race on Sunday in Szklarska Poreba.

Biathlon: Historic 4th Place for Dunklee in 7.5km Sprint
January 16, 2014
With perfect shooting and a time of 20:40.9, Susan Dunklee finished 4th in Thursday's 7.5-kilometer sprint at World Cup 6 in Antholz, Italy. A personal best for Dunklee, just three weeks before the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games, it marked the third time a US female biathlete has finished in the top 4 at a World Cup.

Birkie Under the Gun
January 15, 2014
One of the big changes at this year's Birkie, besides the new start times, is the switch from chip time back to gun time for the race timing. We provide a full breakdown on the change - what it means, and why they returned to the old format.
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Birkie Tour Prize Drawings

SISU Ski Fest Results
January 14, 2014
Jonathon Rulseh reports: In the Men’s 42K classic, Doug DeBold took the victory in a photo finish over Santiago Ocariz. Chris Pappathopoulos was third, less than a second behind. The women’s 42 k classic, Kelly Skillicorn won in 2:43.55, Audrey Weber placed second, 16 minutes later. The freestyle mens marathon went to Adam Swank who finished nearly 2 minutes ahead of Anders Osthus, and Jacob Groethe, while on the women’s side, Claire Luby was victorious over Jan Guenther, and Christi Nowak.

Birkie Tour Prize Drawings
January 13, 2014
Are you registered for this weekend's Birkie Tour? As an added incentive, the Birkie has announced five prizes including VIP treatment, free race entries, and the big one: a Concept2 SkiErg machine!

Biathlon: 2014 Olympic Team Nominations Announced
January 12, 2014
US Biathlon’s International Competition Committee annnounced the nominations for the 2014 Olympic squad. Included in the list is Minnesota's own Leif Nordgren. All nominations are subject to approval by the United States Olympic Committee.

Nordic Spirit Results
January 12, 2014
Battling changing conditions, including some freezing rain, skiers participated in the Nordic Spirit races at Spirit Mountain Sunday morning. In the new 38K classical race, Adam Swank won by nearly two minutes, with Alena Tofte crusing to an 11 minute margin of victory. For the 25K race, biathlete Mark Johnson strided to the mens win with elite mountain bike Sara Kylander-Johnson taking the womens title. The 13K race was dominated by the Scholastica team with Ryan Wright edging out Jake Richards for the mens title and Sharmila Ahmed collecting the womens crown.

US Ski Team: Randall Takes Nove Mesto Sprint
January 11, 2014
World Cup champion Kikkan Randall sealed her 10th career FIS World Cup victory Saturday, winning the freestyle sprint at Nove Mesto. She edged ahead of Swiss skier Laurien Van Der Graaff in a close final heat. Andy Newell posted the top result for U.S. men in 17th, while Russian Sergey Ustiugov took the win.

US Ski Team: USA Five-Six in Team Sprints
January 12, 2014
Andy Newell anchored an impressive team effort with Simi Hamilton to break into the top five in the FIS World Cup classic team sprint Sunday in Nove Mesto. The Russia 1 team took the team victory. Sophie Caldwell teamed up with Ida Sargent to take sixth in the women’s sprint behind the winning team, Norway 1.
Related:
Nordic Combined: USA Seventh in Chaux Neuve Combined

Pre-Loppet Coverage
January 11, 2014
With the largest field ever, skiers enjoyed nearly balmy weather for the Pre-Loppet Saturday morning. A competitive men's field broke down to a lead pack of three, holding together for a final sprint across Wirth Lake. Andrew Brown collected the victory with Luke Brown second, Zach Handler third. Niki Reker broke away early and held off Bonnie Weiskopf for the women's title. Results and photos posted.

Pepsi Challenge Price Hike on January 11th
January 9, 2014
Pepsi Challenge issues a reminder on their first price hike, along with race goodies like free luncheon and door prizes.

IPC Nordic World Championships Coming Cable in 2015
January 8, 2014
CXC has announced that the 2015 IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships will be held in Cable, WI, Jan 21-Feb 2, 2015. CXC, a Community Olympic Development Program and Paralympic Sport Club, will be the host organizer for the event.

Belgium Adventure: Final Days
January 5, 2014
Corey Coogan Cisek puts the wraps on her European cyclocross tour with some final races in Belgium and the Netherlands, along with an unexpected day in Brussels.

Waukesha County Ski Race Results
January 5, 2014
Over 100 skiers turned out Saturday morning at Nashotah Park for the annual Waukesha County ski races. Matthew Dugan won the sprint finish over Chris Pappathopoulos, Lindsey Kriete posted the top womens time, in the 12K skate race.

Tour de Ski: Stephen Best Ever USA Tour Finish
January 5, 2014
Liz Stephen posted the USA's best overall Tour de Ski finish in history with seventh, skiing the third-fastest time of the day as she battled rain, sleet and snow for 9k up Alpe Cermis on Sunday. World Champion Jessie Diggins finished a career best Tour 13th, while Therese Johaug led a Norwegian sweep.
Related:
Nordic Combined: Fletcher Fastest Again in Chaikovski
Biathlon: Burke 9th in Oberhof Mass Start

Tour de Ski: Diggins Career Best Classic
January 4, 2014
World Champion Jessie Diggins earned a career-best World Cup classic result Saturday, skiing into 10th in the Val di Fiemme 5k, the sixth stage of the Tour de Ski. The result makes Diggins the top U.S. athlete in the Tour standings in 11th, while teammate Liz Stephen is 14th. Stephen finished 21st while Norway’s Therese Johaug took the day’s victory. The Tour wraps up Sunday with the infamous 9k pursuit race up Alpe Cermis, where Stephen was second fastest a year ago.
Related:
Nordic Combined: Fletcher Fastest in Chaikovski Combined

Twin Cities Championships Coverage
January 4, 2014
A windy morning, but with almost mild temperatures and some fast snow, for the Twin Cities Championships mass start classical races at Battle Creek Saturday. The mens race came down to one sprint finish with Kyle Marshall edging out Doug Debold. In the womens race, Sharmila Ahmed and Niki Reker eventually broke free, with Ahmed pulling ahead for the victory. In the afternoon pursuit, Mark Johnson (top biathlete) stormed to the front, hooking up with Doug Debold and Luke Brown, then taking the sprint over Brown to collect the pursuit title. Niki Reker went unchallenged to win the womens overall. Results along with video recaps from the morning races and photosets from the afternoon races online now.

Nordic Spirit Fast Approaching
January 3, 2014
The Nordic Spirit races are coming up fast on the calendar -- Sunday, January 12th! There's still time to register and even save a little cash.

Tour de Ski: Stephen up to 12th in Tour de Ski
January 3, 2014
Liz Stephen posted the fifth-fastest time of the day Friday, starting from 22nd to finish 12th in the 15k pursuit stage of the grueling seven-stage Tour de Ski. Noah Hoffman also skied an impressive race, sealing the second-fastest time of the day in the men’s 35k pursuit and moving up from 69th to finish 27th. On Saturday the men and women move to Val di Fiemme, Italy to ski a 10k and 5k classic race.

Twin Cities Championships Switching to Single Day Event
January 2, 2014
Due to the forecasted cold weather for Sunday, Twin Cities Championships has been rescheduled as a single day event. The pursuit skate race will now happen Saturday afternoon, just a few hours after the classical race.
Related:
Hodag Nordic Challenge Rescheduling to Single Day Event

Jakob Ellingson: World Junior Trials
December 31, 2013
Jakob Ellingson recaps his recent World Juniors Trials racing as he qualifies for the World Junior Championships, as well as the European Championships.

Belgium Adventure: Diegem
December 31, 2013
Continuing her Belgium cyclocross adventure, Corey Coogan Cisek reports on her second big race, as well as the big league, nearly Superbowl atmosphere, of the mens top class race.

Tour de Ski: Tour Stage Win for Simi Hamilton
December 31, 2013
Simi Hamilton led qualifying and powered his way through the freestyle sprint heats for an historic win, taking a World Cup stage victory in the Tour de Ski at Lenzerheide. It was the first win ever by an American man in the grueling Tour. In a strong day for the U.S. Ski Team, Sophie Caldwell made her first finals, finishing sixth.
Related:
Tour de Ski Video Recaps

Belgium Adventure: Trofee - Azencross
December 30, 2013
Corey Coogan Cisek gets a full-on cyclocross euro-style experience in her first C1 race in Belgium. Check out the lessons learned in her race recap.

Biathlon: US World Junior Biathlon Team Named
December 30, 2013
The US Biathlon Association has approved nomination of the World Junior Biathlon and European Championship Teams. Included in the ranks are Minnesotans Anna Kubek, Siena Ellingson, Jake Dahlberg, Jakob Ellingson and Tyler Gustafson.
Related:
Photoset from Jakob Ellingson: World Junior Trials

US Biathlon Jr World Team Trials: Day 2
December 29, 2013
Piotr Bednarski reports: Day 2 of the US Biathlon Jr World Team Trials in Presque Isle, Maine was a good one for Minnesota athletes! Anna Kubek of Duluth won the overall Junior/Youth competition, with Siena Ellingson, Minnetonka, placing 2nd. In the combined Junior/Youth men, Jake Dahlberg, Ely, and Jakob Ellingson, Minnetonka, along with Tyler Gustafson, Grand Rapids, placed 2nd, 3rd and 4th respectively. Racing concludes on Monday with the 7.5km and 6.0km sprint events. The Junior World Championships will take place Feb 28-March 8 in Presque Isle, Maine.
Related:
Results: Day 1, Day 2

Belgium Adventure: First Days
December 28, 2013
Corey Coogan Cisek recaps her first few days on European soil as hunts for food on Christmas day and gets in her first race (and victory) in Belgium!

Como Championships Coverage
December 28, 2013
Beautiful morning in St. Paul Saturday for the Como Championships as the temperatures rose into the low 30s under a sunny sky. The mens 10K race was a big pack event with a lead group of 12 on the first lap eventually winnowing down to just four for the final K, with Andrew Brown pulling ahead to take the victory. In the womens race, it was Sharmila Ahmed putting the pressure on early but high school senior Mattie Watts eventually moved ahead to sail in for the womens title. Results and photos posted.

Tour de Ski: Diggins Fifth in Tour de Ski 3k Prologue
December 28, 2013
World Champion Jessie Diggins issued a strong opening statement Saturday with a fifth-place finish at Tour de Ski 3k prologue. Norway’s Marit Bjoergen took the victory. The Tour continues Sunday with men’s and women’s sprints instead of the usual distance races due to warm temperatures and very limited snow.
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Nordic Olympic Suits Unveiled
Canadians Alex Harvey and Devon Kershaw Win Historic Gold and Silver in Tour de Ski Opener
Tour de Ski: Newell 10th in Oberhof Sprint

Nordic Combined: Olympic Trials Begin Saturday
December 27, 2013
Olympic gold medalist Billy Demong and other U.S. Nordic combined athletes finished up their final training Friday on the cross country track in preparation of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Nordic Combined at Utah Olympic Park. Top U.S. athletes will compete Saturday for a single spot on the 2014 Nordic Combined Olympic team with a jump at Utah Olympic Park and a cross country race on the track nearby at Kimball Junction. NBC will have coverage on Sunday.
Related:
NBC Nordic Combined Olympic Trials Preview
Nordic Combined: Lodwick Headed to Historic Sixth Olympics

US Ski Team: Tour de Ski Opens in Oberhof
December 27, 2013
Cross country ski racin's most grueling nine days begins Saturday with the opening of the Tour de Ski starting in Oberhof, Germany. Athletes will ski seven stages in nine days across courses in Germany, Switzerland and Italy. Midwest hero Jessie Diggins is scheduled to compete.

Twin Cities Evening Team Sprint Series
December 27, 2013
Hoigaards and MYSL are hosting two nights of team sprint racing in the Twin Cities this winter. The Wednesday night series at Theodore Wirth starts on January 1st, while a new Monday evening series at Hyland starts on January 6th.

Belgium Adventure
December 24, 2013
Corey Coogan Cisek is traveling to Europe to compete in top level cyclocross racing, in the hotbed of cyclocross - Belgium. She files her introductory article as she (finally) boards her flight across "the pond".

Meet The Birkie Warriors and Inga for 2014
December 23, 2013
Birkie Foundation has announced the winners of the 2014 American Birkebeiner Warriors & Inga Contest. Ryan Harden of Carlton, MN; Erik Julsrud, of Duluth, MN; and Jennifer Julsrud of Duluth, MN will re-enact the 800-year-old legend that inspired the creation of the American Birkebeiner.

US Ski Team: USA 5th in Asiago Team Sprint
December 22, 2013
Kikkan Randall and Sadie Bjornsen teamed up to finish fifth in a FIS World Cup classic technique team sprint Sunday in Asiago. Finland took the women's win with Norway victorious for the men.
Related:
Nordic Combined: Fletcher Takes Top Ten in Schonach

Skinny Santa Solstice Coverage
December 21, 2013
Great conditions Saturday morning in Elk River for the Skinnyski Santa Solstice races on the Woodland trails. Temperatures in the mid-teens combined with a firm skate deck provided a reasonable fast course (albeit hilly!). Matt Liebsch was a rocket out of the gate, flying around two laps and finishing 5 minutes ahead of the field for the win! Ingrid Leask held off Christy Nowak to take the womens 20K. Results and photos posted.

US Ski Team: Sargent Top 10 in Asi
December 21, 2013
Ida Sargent led the USA Saturday with a strong 10th in a classic sprint in Asiago, Italy. Four American women and two men qualifed for finals including Andy Newell, who was fifth fastest. Only Sargent advanced past the quarterfinals. Russia's Nikita Kruikov took the men's win with Poland's Justyna Kowalczyk powering to victory for the women.

Nordic Combined: Demong Cruises to Continental Cup Victory
December 19, 2013
Olympic Champion Billy Demong finished strong on the final day of the FIS Nordic Combined Continental Cup at Soldier Hollow with a commanding win over Austria’s Tomaz Druml. Demong started the day winning the jump with a massive 95.5 meter ride, giving him a 40 second lead going into the cross country race. Demong maintained his lead throughout the entire race. Because of Demong’s success over the weekend, the USA earned a fifth World Cup spot for the remainder of the season.

Biathlon: Nordgren Added to the 2014 U.S. Olympic Team
December 19, 2013
As the first trimester of the IBU World Cup season comes to a close, US Biathlon has announced that Annelies Cook (Saranac Lake, NY) and Leif Nordgren (Marine, MN) have been nominated to the 2014 U.S. Olympic Team.

Cities Cup/Skiwerx Series Kickoff
December 18, 2013
The Cities Cup (previously the Twin Cities Ski Series) starts this Saturday with the Skinny Santa Solstice Race in Elk River. The Skiwerx Series, for racers 19 and younger, will begin in January with the Twin Cities Championships.


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