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Archives: 5/1/2017 to 2/18/2018

Coleraine JNQ Classical Sprints
February 17, 2018
Mt. Itasca was host on Saturday for classical sprints in the Midwest Junior National qualifying. Mt. Itasca's own Alex Kelling won boys U20/U18 sprint final with Peter Moore, 2nd (top U18), and Ryan Mead third. The girls U20/U18 final was all U18 as State Champ Mara McCollor took the victory, followed by Triana Willmert and Regan Duffy. Daniel Huhtala and Libby Tuttle won the U16 finals.
Related:
NCAA Regionals/SuperTour 15K, 20K Freestyle Coverage

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.

State Meet Coverage
February 15, 2018
Overcast with temps in the low 20s made for fast conditions for the morning skate races at the Minnesota high school State Meet at Giants Ridge. Mara McCollor, Wayzata, took the opening freestyle race but has some pressure from Luci Anderson, Armstrong, Hannah Bettendorf, Proctor/Hermantown, and Sarah Olson, Blaine, all within 30 seconds. The boys race was even closer with Grand Rapids star Garrett Beckrich the skate leader followed closely by Wayzata's Luc Golin and Peter Moore, SPA, both within 11 seconds, and another six skiers within 30 seconds! In the afternoon classical pursuit, Mara McCollor held the lead to the finish to win the girls title, followed closely by Hannah Bettendorf, with Sarah Olson, Blaine, taking third in a sprint finish with Regan Duffy, Forest Lake. In the boys pursuit, Garrett Beckrich kept his narrow advantage over the field and powered in to victory with Anders Sonnesyn, Wayzata and Luc Golin finishing second and third. The team races were a highly contested battle with the Wayzata boys just barely holding on to first, by two points, over Stillwater, Forest Lake third. The girls title was won by Stillwater, Forest Lake second and Robbinsdale-Armstrong third. Results posted, along with big photosets.

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.

Minnesota State Meet Preview
February 13, 2018
The Minnesota high school State Meet is this Thursday, Feb 15th, at Giants Ridge. We've got our breakdown on the top individuals and teams, including our picks, as well as some helpful resources.
Related:
Send Skinnyski Back to SOHO

Web Roundup
February 13, 2018
Annie's Olympics - Annie Hart has been posting blog updates from the Olympics, primarily from the opening ceremonies so far.
Vasaloppet -  Elspeth Ronnander of Vakava Racing shares her Vasaloppet 42K classic story.
College Skiing - Erin Moening, now with NMU, covers her experience making the transition from high school to collegiate racing.
Birkie Peaking - Gear West's latest podcast covers how to peak for the Birkie, as well as race feeds.
Birkie Fanguide - New Moon offers suggestions for the Birkie spectator or support person, including places along the course.
Gear Talk - Finn Sisu has guest writer Marje Carr-Oxley highlights some of her favorite products for the big events ahead.
Flexibility - Jake Brown's blog updates on his biathlon season as they travel to Norway and extend their racing season.
Nordic Skiing is Fun - Slate has a rebuttal to a NYT Magazine feature that drew a strong response from the skiing community.
Snow Destroyer - Reports out of the Winter Olympics claim cold snow is destroying, literally, downhill ski bases.
Ski's the Limit - Star Tribune feature on Jessie Diggins hard work and goals (just one of dozens of articles on Diggins in the last week - another from Washington Post).
Klaebo Gump - You've seen the movie 'Forrest Gump'?   And you've noticed Norwegian Klaebo's unusual classic technique?   Then enjoy this spoof video from NRK.

Send Skinnyski Back to SOHO
February 13, 2018
We are working on plans to cover Junior Nationals again this season, back at Soldier Hollow! However, this is a major financial commitment for us, so we're asking for your support. If you'd like to see us out at Junior Nationals with our usual coverage, please consider your contribution.

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.

Skinnyski.com High School Rankings - Final
February 12, 2018
The final Skinnyski.com Minnesota high school rankings are out, with some shakeup after sections. Anders Sonnesyna and Mara McCollor, both of Wayzata, remain the top ranked skiers, but Stillwater girls take over #1 team position, as the Wayzata boys glide on in front. State Meet Preview coming up hopefully Tuesday night.

Mid-February Price Hikes
February 12, 2018
A couple of price hikes coming up this week...
Feb 17-18 Gatieau Loppet - Canada's biggest event with races both Saturday and Sunday, prices go up after Feb 14th.
Mar 3 Pepsi Challenge - The big races at Giants Ridge have their next price hike on Feb 17th, register by end of day Friday to avoid.
Related:
Pepsi Challenge Races Set for March 3rd

Collegiate Racing Recap: CCSA, RMISA, EISA
February 12, 2018
Another full weekend of racing on the collegiate circuit as all the major divisions were in action. Mary Kozlowski brings us up-to-date on the winners and Midwest performances across the wide span of races.

Wisconsin High School Nordic Championship Freestyle Coverage
February 11, 2018
The Wisconsin High School Nordic Championships wrapped up Sunday with exciting freestyle pursuit races. The girls race saw Abby Jarzin, Ashwaubenon, grab the lead early on and hold it into lap 2, but it was Olivia Dreger, Wausau, that reeled her in in the final kilometer to win the girls title with Mia Case, Lakeland, second and Lauren Lackman, Wausau third. Jackson Adler, Ashwaubenon, and Kieran Mullen, Lakeland, started the boys pursuit in a virtual tie and raced together throughout the two laps and brought the event to a sprint finish with Mullen taking the victory. David Ecker, Chippewa Valley Nordic, scored third. Wausau Nordic United girls team defeated Lakeland by just two points, with the Lakeland boys winning by six over Ashwaubenon. Results linked in, along with photosets from Sunday's high school races.

CXC Cup Seeding Rules
February 11, 2018
CXC's Director of Athletics, Joe Haggenmiller, has issued an statement clarifying the CXC Cup seeding policies. The final Midwest JNQ will be next weekend at Mt. Itasca.

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.

Wisconsin High School Nordic Championship Classic Results
February 10, 2018
Ken Schoville reports: Saturday at the Wisconsin State High School Championships classic individual start was both a surprise and a thriller. A temperature delay of one hour had the wax techs pondering among 30 reasonable prospects as Johanna Craig, Lakeland was the girls' champion for the first race with a 6.5 second spread between the top four and Abby Jarzin chasing the top three. Freshman Mia Case (Lakeland) charged into second with Laura Lackman (Wausau United) right behind. Olivia Dreger (Wausau United) is also in the hunt in fifth place, just 23 seconds off the leader. In the boys classic race, history was made as Ashwaubenon's Jackson Adler bested Lakeland's Kieran Mullen by .1, the closest finish in Wisconsin history. Just behind was David Ecker (Chippewa Valley) by 27 seconds, Mark Raach (Wausau East/West) back 38 seconds, Guest Class Skier from Ironwood, MI Nick Niemeyer -56 seconds from the winner, and rounding out the minute, Kyle Thieme, Ashwaubenon just 59 seconds back from teamate Adler. Sunday will be some hot racing in cold temperatures.

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)!

Section 4 Coverage
February 8, 2018
Battle royal in Section 4 Thursday on a very difficult Battle Creek course for the championship titles. Section sisters, Forest Lake and Stillwater, took the race down to line as Forest Lake's Regan Duffy overcame a small deficit to Stillwater's Libby Tuttle to win the girls individual title while Stillwater took the team title by eight points over Forest Lake. In the boys race Forest Lake flipped that result, taking the team title in front of Stillwater led by Ryan Mead, who pulled away in the skate race for the victory. MPA boys came within nine points of upsetting the Forest Lake/Stillwater dynasty. Results linked in, photos coming later tonight.

Section 2 Coverage
February 8, 2018
In Section 2 championships at Theodore Wirth on Thursday, Edina girls nearly pulled off the upset of top ranked Minneapolis Southwest, coming up just 4 points short as both squads advance to State. Triana Willmert, Edina, answered the call in the girls race, kicking to a full minute lead, then extending it in the skate by another 25 seconds to become the section champion. The Minneapolis boys cruised to the boys title, led today by Henry Hall who had the top classical time. A realdog fight for second place team as Eden Prairie edges Edina by 5 points and Minnetonka by 6. Results linked in, plus photos from the morning classical races.

Section 7 Coverage
February 8, 2018
Section 7 hit the State Meet courses on Thursday for their championship event at Giants Ridge. A sweep of the boys podium by Grand Rapids, led by Garrett Beckrich, gave them the team title by nine points over second place Ely. Hannah Bettendorf dominated the girls field, winning the individual title by over 1:30 using an incredible classic race to pull away. Duluth East secured the girls team title with rival Ely matching their boys team with second place. Results linked in along with photos from Joe Bianco.

Olympic Coverage using Roku Device and YouTube TV/NBCSN
February 7, 2018
Looking for one of the simplest ways to record and watch all the Winter Olympic coverage? Get yourself a Roku device and a YouTube TV subscription, and you can record it all and watch live or at your leisure.

Weekend Racing
February 7, 2018
Feb 10 Vasaloppet USA - Starting and finishing right in downtown Mora, the tradition continues!   
Feb 10 Pre-Birkie - Starting on Lake Hayward and finishing at Hwy OO, with shorter options available.
Feb 10-11 North American Vasa - Two days of racing, in their 42nd year, freestyle Saturday, classic on Sunday.
Feb 11 Tour de Valley - Ely hosts 20K classic race on their Hidden Valley trails.
Feb 11 North End Classic - 12.5K and 25K classic races starting/finishing at the North End trailhead.
Make sure you check our Racing Outlook for any last minute race updates we've received.
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Wisconsin High School Nordic Championship Predictions
February 7, 2018
Once again we have Ken Schoville providing us with a breakdown on the Wisconsin State Meet this weekend in Cable. Check out his entertaining look at the event and predictions on the key players and teams.
Related:
Wisconsin State Meet: Start Lists, Live Results

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

Section 5 Coverage
February 7, 2018
Section 5 held their Minnesota high school championships on Wednesday at Theodore Wirth. Blaine's Sarah Olson cruised to a dominating victory for girls race, with Mora's Cooper Lennox holding off a charge from Ben Olson, Sarah's brother, in the boys pursuit to claim the title. Mora boys won the team title, along with the Andover girls. There was tight competition for the second girls team with Mora edging out Elk River and Coon Rapids by 4 and 6 points respectively. Blaine boys advanced to State as the second place team. Preliminary results up now, along with photos from the pursuit races.

Section 1 Coverage
February 6, 2018
Brian Abery reports: The temperatures were cold but the racing hot at Hyland Park Reserve where the Section 1 Championship took place on Tuesday. In the Boy's event, Senior Gus Schatzlein of Prior Lake skied to almost a 1 minute victory over 2nd place finisher Bryant Ruff of Eastview with Burnsville's Thomas Ryan another 32 seconds back taking third. The team race was a close affair with Prior Lake taking the section title over Burnsville by 6-points. In the girl's race Winona Sophomore Anni Skillicorn skied to an impressive individual title with a 45-second win over Lakeville South Sophomore, Brianne Brewster with Brewster's teammate Junior Violet Tessier taking the third spot on the podium. The team race for the girls was even closer than for the boys. After Winona skied to a lead in the classic race, the Eastview Girls closed the gap with impressive performances in the freestyle event resulting in a tie for points for the Section Championship. Using MSHSL format (total time for each team's top 4 skiers) Winona won the tie- breaker to emerge as Section Champions on the back of Skillcorn's dominating performance.

Section 3 Coverage
February 6, 2018
Racing on cold, firm trails at Theodore Wirth Tuesday, Section 3 titles were decided. Continuing the family tradition, 8th grade sensation Molly Moening of St. Paul Highland Park captured the girls title by posting the top classical and freestyle times. Teammate Celeste Alden (9th grade) held off Val Hart, SPA, to take second. In the boys race, as expected, Peter Moore, SPA, dominated the show, hammering out the fastest times on the day and winning by nearly two minutes. St. Paul Highland Park's Ben Earl-Moseley and Minnehaha Academy's Peter Carlen had a great battle, exchanging the lead with Earl-Moseley pulling ahead in the final stretch for second place. St. Paul Highland Park sweeps the team titles, with the Minneapolis South girls and Minneahaha Academy boys advancing to state as well. Results linked in, along with photo albums from the afternoon pursuit races.

Section 8 Coverage
February 6, 2018
Jay Richards reports: Cold weather greeted racers in the Section 8 Nordic Ski Championships causing a delay in the start but temps quickly climbed along with sunshine to make for a great day of racing Tuesday. Strong performances in the classic pursuit by the top skiers in the girls race shook up the final results as Sadie Hamrin, Bemidji, moved up from fourth to take the individual title and lead her team to a state berth and section title. St Cloud Tech's Gabbi Hennes took the runner up position as teammate Wren Scott-Lumbar round out the podium. Alexandria girls rode strong skate performances to earn the second team slot. St Cloud Cathedral's Alex Nemeth put on strong skate race besting last years champion Hunter Zupko by 17 seconds. Zupko would close the gap down to 10 seconds in the classic pursuit and settle for second. Hunter's teammate Colton Yorek rounded out the podium. All three skiers lead their teams to state berths, respectively. Results posted, along with photosets.

Racing Outlook
February 5, 2018
Updates on the upcoming races, including a great course planned for the Vasaloppet!

Collegiate Racing Recap: CCSA, EISA, RMISA
February 5, 2018
Collegiate racing action across the nation picked up again last weekend in all three major divisions. Mary Kozloski has the breakdown on each series, including some stellar performances by Midwest skiers.

Section 6 Coverage
February 5, 2018
The Minnesota high school sections competition began on Monday with Section 6 racing at Theodore Wirth. Top ranked Mara McCollor, Wayzata, skated the morning 5K to a 33 second lead over Armstrong's Luci Anderson and then stretched it to well over minute in taking the victory. Anderson was second, with Mara's sister, moving up from a fifth place start to finish third. Anders Sonnesyn, Wayzata, the top ranked boy posted the best times for both skate and classic to win the individual title, with teammates Luc Golin and James Schneider rounding out the podium. Wayzata and Armstrong advanced both their boys and girls teams to state. Results linked in, along with photos from the pursuit races.

Vasaloppet Course Update
February 4, 2018
Vasaloppet organizers are reporting some of the best trail conditions they've had in many years and are making final preparations for the big events this coming weekend. Check out photos from some of the new trail sections and get your registration in!

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.

Minnesota Sections Preview
February 3, 2018
Minnesota High School sectional meets start on Monday and run through Thursday. We've got our annual preview, outlining the schedule and our favorites in each section. The big State Meet comes up Thursday, Feb 15th! Note to skiers: Theodore Wirth will have all-day section meets Monday-Thursday.

Skinnyski.com High School Rankings - Round 4
February 3, 2018
Just in front of sections, we take one more crack at the rankings, taking in some of the conference championship data. Anders Sonnesyn takes over the top boys ranking with Mara McCollor in firm control for the girls. Wayzata boys and Mpls Southwest girls hold the team top spots.

World Junior/U23 Championships: Skiathlon/Relays Recap
February 3, 2018
The World Junior/U23 Championships wrapped up the week with skiathlon and relay events, including another historic medal winning performance by the US squad! Read Caroline Brisbois recap of the action and quotes from athletes, along with some photos, in her final recap.

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.
Related:
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.
Related:
Project Norway: Promotional Opportunities

Weekend Racing
January 31, 2018
Another busy weekend on the calendar!
Feb 3 Big Island and Back - Racing from downtown Excelsior onto Lake Minnesota, around Big Island and back.
Feb 3 Moraloppet - Mora hosts their tune up race, and fundraiser for breast cancer research.
Feb 3 Mt. Ashwabay Summit - A variety of race options, and pies and other baked goods as prizes!
Feb 4 City of Lakes Loppet Freestyle - Super Bowl Sunday and the Loppet is running their freestyle races point-to-point!
More races on the calendar, check the full lineup.   And review our Racing Outlook for our latest race updates.
Related:
CXC Marathon Cup: First Two Legs Complete, Next Event this Weekend
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World Junior/U23 Championships: Classical Races Recap
January 31, 2018
The US squad scored some impressive results in the classical races at the World Juniors/U23 Championships the last two days in Goms, Switzerland. Hailey Swirbul was only 14 seconds from victory, taking an historic second place finish in the women's 5K classic World Juniors race, with Ben Ogden also notching a top ten finish in the men's 10K. Caroline Brisbois provides a full recap on the classical races as well as a brief report from the Midwest's own Ian Torchia.

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.

Price Hikes Galore
January 30, 2018
A whole slew of price hikes coming over the next few days so act quickly...
Feb 4 City of Lakes Loppet Freestyle - The freestyle races of the big City of Lakes Loppet Festival closes online registration after Jan 30th and prices go up.
Feb 10 Vasaloppet USA - Starting and finishing in downtown Mora (guaranteed snow), their prices go up after Feb 1st!
Feb 17 Minnesota Finlandia - Best prizes around and course is looking great for the Minn Finn, prices jump after Jan 31st.
Mar 4 Sleeping Giant Loppet - Held at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park in Thunder Bay, prices go up after Jan 31st.
Mar 10 Great Bear Chase - Rolling on the Swedetown trails and in their 36th event, price hike after Feb 1st.

World Junior/U23 Championships: Freestyle Sprints Recap
January 29, 2018
The World Junior and U23 Championship events in Goms, Switzerland started up over the weekend with freestyle events on tap first. Caroline Brisbois has the breakdown on how the US fared, plus insights from the Midwest skiers.

Racing Outlook
January 29, 2018
The latest updates on area races: City of Lakes Loppet skate race going full course!

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.

Nordic Junior Ski Competition: Racing Recap
January 28, 2018
Minnesotan Kelly Koch and the rest of the U18 squad from the US wrapped up their Nordic Junior Competition racing in Vuokatti, Finland on Sunday. Caroline Brisbois provides a recap on the racing and talks with Koch on her races and trip experiences.
Related:
National Nordic Foundation

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!

World Junior/U23 Championships: Preview and Update
January 26, 2018
Caroline Brisbois provides an in-depth look at the upcoming World Junior and U23 Championships in Goms, Switzerland starting Sunday, Jan 28th and running through Feb 3rd. The teams have strong Midwest representation with Hannah Rudd, Zak Ketterson, Ian Torchia, Andrew Egger and Nicole Schneider all competing. Read some of their first impressions and view some great photos. Plus, links for livestreaming!

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.
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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!
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Leader-Telegram: Local skier earns place at Olympics

Nordic Junior Ski Competition: U18 Trip Update and Race Preview
January 24, 2018
Caroline Brisbios reports on the upcoming Nordic Junior Competition (U18 Trip) in Vuokatti, Finland, where the Midwest is represented by Burnsville native and LNR skier Kelly Koch.

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.

Skinnyski.com High School Rankings - Round 3
January 23, 2018
Another round of rankings are up, this time with some significant shuffling in the individual rankings after last weekend's JNQ races in Cable, WI. However, the top remains set: Mara McCollor and Luc Golin, both of Wayzata, validate their #1 rankings while the Wayzata boys and Minneapolis Southwest girls continue as the top teams.

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.

Racing Outlook
January 23, 2018
New snow has dramatically improved the skiing picture. Loppet races going full course (point to point)! CCSA events moved to Rhinelander. Check in on our latest round of updates.

Collegiate Racing Recap: CCSA, EISA, RMISA
January 22, 2018
Mary Kozloski recaps the collegiate racing action across the United States as all three major series were in action last weekend, with emphasis on some strong Midwest results. Plus photos from the EISA races from Linda Kerker.

City of Lakes Loppet's Finn Sisu Sprints Registration Deadline
January 22, 2018
The Loppet is partnering with Super Bowl Live to host its annual Finn Sisu Sprints in downtown Minneapolis on Nicollet Mall on January 30th and 31st! Register before the end of day Thursday to be in on the action!

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.

Price Hike: City of Lakes Loppet
January 21, 2018
The snow is here, it's looking like the City of Lakes Loppet will be full course -- register by the end of day Tuesday to avoid the final price hike! And online registration closes Tuesday night as well!

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.

Cable JNQ/CCSA Freestyle Coverage
January 21, 2018
Sunday in Cable, WI, skiers participated in mass start freestart races on the trails at the Birkie start area. The men's 15K event came down to a sprint finish with Michigan Tech's Tom Bye besting Kjetil Banerud, NMU, in a photo finish with Gaspard Cuenot, MTU, third, just two seconds behind. Caitlin Gregg completed the weekend sweep in taking the women's 10K with NMU's Vivian Hett finishing best of the chase pack, teammate Anikken Alnaes third. Sarah Olson, LNR, notched an impressive 7th place, top high school finisher. The boys 10K race was a showcase of Wayzata power as Anders Sonnesyn took the victory, James Schneider second, and Luc Golin, fourth. Peter Moore, EU, broke up the podium sweep, taking third. Cooper Lennox and Libby Tuttle won the U16 5K races. Results linked in, photos coming later.

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

Price Hike: Gatineau Loppet
January 20, 2018
Canadian's biggest XC ski race, the Gatineau Loppet, has their next price jump on Jan 22 -- register by end of day Sunday to avoid the fee increase. The race is set for Feb 17-18th.

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).

Cable JNQ/CCSA Classical Coverage
January 20, 2018
A big weekend of racing in Cable at the new Birkie start area with Junior National qualifying races as well as Central Collegiate Ski Association. Jacob Ajax, UWGB finished second in the mens 10K race, breaking up an NMU sweep as Kjetil Banerud and Mathias Rolid, went first and third. Ryan Mead, Nordicwerks, was the top high school skier in the field finishing 11th. The women's race had an impressive more impressive result as #1 ranked Mara McCollor of Wayzata finished second only to Caitlin Gregg in the women's 5K, with NMU's Vivian Hett third. U16 victories claimed by Cooper Lennox and Gretchen Haggenmiller. Results linked in, along with photos from Jackie Schneider.

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.
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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

NNF: Nordic Juniors Competition Team Named
January 18, 2018
The official team for the Nordic Juniors Competiton (U18 Nations, Scando trip) has been announced by National Nordic Foundation, the major underwriter of the trip. Burnsville's Kelly Koch from LNR will be representing the Midwest as the team competes in Vuokatti, Finland, Jan 26-28th.
Related:
2017 U18 Nation's Trip Coverage

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

Collegiate/Elite Racing: CXC Marathon Cup, EISA, RMISA
January 15, 2018
Mary Kozloski reviews top racing action from the Seeley Hills Classic, start of the CXC Marathon Cup, as well as the opening races for the east coast (EISA) and Rockies/west coast (RMISA) collegiate race series.

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.

Special Feature: EISA Series Colby Carnival Coverage
January 14, 2018
For years, a large percentage of Midwest juniors have been making the leap to East coast colleges, racing the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) series. This past weekend, we made a special trip out to Waterville, Maine, to feature the Colby Carnival, the first stop of the season, with an emphasis on the Midwest skiers. Warm weather (temps in the 40s) and rain generated havoc with the trails and venue Saturday, forcing organizers to cancel the races and scramble to salvage a trail section for Sunday. Organizers shoveled and groomed up a 1.7K loop for Sunday, and much colder weather and bright sunshine helped generate a fast (and somewhat tricky) course for individual start freestyle races. Minnesota's own Alanya Sonnesyn, racing for Univ of Vermont, and hot off a strong US Nationals performance, dominated the womens field, winning by almost 20 seconds. Host Colby's Zane Fields won the mens 10K, with Minnesotan Luke Brown, skiing for Dartmouth, taking third. Big photosets from Sunday's races, and we'll have a full collegiate recap from Mary Kozloski coming Tuesday.
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Photoset: Womens 5K - 351 photos, Mens 10K - 331 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res) - Womens 5K, Top Picks (high res) - Mens 10K
Results: Women's 5K freestyle, Men's 10K freestyle
EISA Official Recap: Fields Brings it home for Colby while UVM and Dartmouth teams Dominate
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World Cup Dresden: Freestyle Team Sprints
January 14, 2018
Another exciting (and beautiful) day of World Cup racing along the Elbe River in Dresden, Germany, as skiers participated in freestyle team sprints (2-person relays). The American women were part of the fireworks, taking the women's race down to the wire and a photo finish, as the duo of Ida Sargent and Sophie Caldwell came in third. Sweden took the top two steps of the podium, with the pairing of Ida Ingemarsdotter and Maja Dahlqvist first and Hanna Falk and Stina Nilsson second. The flat course also kept the men's race very tight, with six teams vying for the victory. But it was Italy's combo of Dietmar Noeckler and Saturday's winner, Federico Pellegrino that burst ahead of the pack finish. Sweden's Emil Joensson and Teodor Peterson were best of the rest, with Russian's Andrey Krasnov and Gleb Retivykh third. The US men were 8th.
Related:
Video: Men's Highlights, Women's Highlights
Results: Freestyle Team Sprints
US Ski Team: USA Sprints to Dresden Podium

ABC Relays Results
January 13, 2018
Charlie Rietschel reports: A chilly start, but the low winds, sun, and the wonderful people of Mora made for a great day of racing at ABC Relays. Victories were earned by the Mora boys and Armstrong girls. Top times on the day: Ben Olson, Blaine, in classic, Cooper Lennox, Mora, in the boys freestyle; Luci Anderson, Armstrong, for the girls classic, Maes Barnes, Armstrong, in freestyle.

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.

Boulder Lake Update
January 13, 2018
Boulder Lake organizers have spent Saturday making final course preparations for the big race on Sunday.

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.

World Cup Dresden Series
January 11, 2018
The World Cup resumes this weekend with racing in the city of Dresden, Germany. Saturday will feature freestyle sprints, Sunday freestyle team sprints (2-person), both events happening on the snow covered streets. Olympic Channel will have live coverage (streaming) on their website, starting at 5:20 am CST Saturday.
Related:
Video: NBC Olympic Channel, World Cup Dresden Preview
Results: FIS Live Results
World Cup Dresden Website

Weekend Racing
January 10, 2018
Some key events, including the start of the CXC Cup...
Jan 13 Seeley Hills Classic - The unofficial classical championships of the Midwest, first event of the CXC Cup, rolling on the Birkie trail.
Jan 13 Lappe Invitational - Afternoon races on the trails at Lappe Nordic in Thunder Bay.
Jan 13 ABC Relays - The popular high school relay series moves to the trails at the Vasaloppet Nordic Center!
Jan 14 Boulder Lake Ski Race - Beautiful trails just outside of Duluth, with 11K and 32K freestyle events.
Make sure you review the Racing Outlook for any race updates including schedule changes, especially with colder weather on tap.  And get in your big training session with the Birkie Tour on Sunday.
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Price Hikes: Birkie Tour, Seeley Hills
January 9, 2018
A big weekend on tap in Hayward area, and you can still save some money by registering for these events now.
Jan 13 Seeley Hills Classic - The big classical showdown on the rolling Birkie trail.  Price jumps one last time on Friday, register before then.
Jan 14 Birkie Tour - Grab your friends and enjoy a day on training (or touring) on the Birkie trail, with support stations and a meal afterwards.  Price jumps on Friday!
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Video: Birkie Tour Preview
New Moon: Seeley Hills, Birkie Tour Wax Clinics

Skinnyski.com High School Rankings - Round 2
January 9, 2018
Finally, round 2 of the Minnesota High School Nordic Skiing rankings. We've shaken up the rankings for both individuals and teams, but the top holds: Mara McCollor and Luc Golin for the individuals, Minneapolis Southwest girls and Wayzata boys for the teams.

Detroit Lakes Invite Coverage
January 9, 2018
Jay Richards reports: After enduring some of the coldest temperatures in the country in the recent cold spell, skiers from Northwest MN and Section 8 were greeted to balmy conditions for the 24th running of the Detroit Lakes Invitational hosted by Maplelag Resort. The course was changed from recent years for Varsity skiers whom competed on a 8km double tracked classic course utilizing the outer trail North Loop after crossing the Goat Ranch road. Fresh off his top three finish at Mesabi, Hunter Zupko dominated the boys field, posting the only sub 25 time and putting exactly a minute over fellow teammate Colton Yorek. In Girls Varsity, Sadie Hamrin of Brainerd had an impressive result in the girls race, posting the only sub 30 minute time, almost 2 minutes to the next finisher, Kate Ludwig of Moorhead.

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?!

US Nationals: Classic Sprints Recap
January 8, 2018
Winding down a big week of racing, Mary Kozloski provides a recap on the classical sprint races along with some quotes from Midwest skiers, and recaps all the Midwest juniors that qualified for the international trips.

US Nationals: Classic Sprints Coverage
January 8, 2018
US Nationals wrapped up on Monday with classic sprint events at Kincaid Park in Anchorage, Alaska. The men's sprint final was a Midwest vs. Alaska showdown with three Midwest skiers: Zak Ketterson, Kevin Bolger and Ben Saxton. Reese Hanneman collected his second sprint title of the week, followed closely by yesterday's winner, Tyler Kornfield, with Saxton moving ahead of the chase pack to take third. Felicia Gesior advanced to the women's semifinal before getting bumped out. The unstoppable Caitlin Patterson scored yet another title in taking the girls final with Jasmi Oensuu second and Kaitlynn Miller third. Results linked in, recap and some photos late tonight.
Related:
US Nationals: Trip Standings Final
US Ski Team: Golden Sweep for Patterson

US Nationals: Classical Distance Recap
January 7, 2018
Mary Kozloski has interviews with some of the top Midwest performers and a recap of the senior classical distance races at US Nationals on Sunday.
Related:
US Ski Team: Alaskans Take U.S. Titles

US Nationals: Classical Distance Coverage
January 7, 2018
US Nationals held their premiere event on Sunday with the mass start classical distance races at Kincaid Park in Anchorage, Alaska. In the women's 20K classical, Caitlin Patterson was yet again the top American, finishing second only to Hedda Baangman of Sweden, with a groundbreaking performance by the Midwest's own Rosie Frankowski finishing third (and 2nd American). Alayna Sonnesyn, another Minnesota native, also had a stellar performance, finishing 6th (4th American)! The men's 30K saw a large lead pack eventually come down to a sprint finish with Tyler Kornfield taking the win, followed by Eric Packer and Eivind Kvaale. Adam Martin cracked the top 10 finishing 9th. Hannah Halvorsen won the women's 5K with Hannah Rudd completing a great week with 8th today. The men's 10K was won by Hunter Wonders as Reid Goble had the top Midwest finisher at 9th. US Nationals comes to a completion on Monday with classical sprint events. Results linked in, along with some great photosets from Jackie Schneider.
Related:
US Nationals: Trip Standings After First Three Events (U18, WJC)
US Nationals: Trip Standings After First Three Events (U23)

Birkie Tour Approaching, Final Price Hike Friday
January 7, 2018
The Birkie Tour event is this coming weekend, January 14th in Cable. The event is a casual event, allowing skiers to hit the Birkie trail with support stations and then enjoy a post-event meal and beer! Plus you'll earn credit in your Worldloppet passport. Register by the end of the day Thursday, Jan 11th, to avoid the final price hike!

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.

Tour de Ski: Stage 7 Finale
January 7, 2018
The Tour de Ski series wrapped Sunday with the incredibly difficult uphill finish skate stage. Norway's Heidi Weng dropped her teammate Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg en route to victory, with Jessie Diggins skiing strongly to take third. In the men's event, Switzerland's Dario Colnago held on to win, but the story of the day was Norway's Martin Johnsrud Sundby moving up from 6th place to take second, with Canada's Alex Harvey moving up one to collect third!
Related:
Results: 9K Freestyle Uphill Finish
US Ski Team: Diggins on Tour Podium

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.

Loppet Invite Coverage
January 6, 2018
Crisp temperatures with bright sunshine for the Loppet Invite at Theodore Wirth on Saturday. In the classical race, Mae Barnes, Armstrong, and Ben Olson, Blaine, came out on top. Freestyle victories were earned by Highland Park's Molly Moening and Bloomington's Matthew Clarke. Highland Park girls Celeste Alden and Maeve Moening took the sprint relay title, and Eden Prairie's David De Jong and Austin Morrow took the boys crown. The Highland Park Girls and Boys teams won the team titles. Results linked in, photosets posted.

Mesabi East Invite Results
January 6, 2018
Over 900 juniors participated Saturday afternoon in the Mesabi East Invite at Giants Ridge. Cold weather delayed the start until noon, and then had skiers going out every 15 seconds. In the classical races, Stillwater's Siri Bohacek strided away with the title with Grand Rapids Emma Stertz second, Duluth East's Gretchen Haggenmiller third. Grand Rapids (and biathlon) star Garrett Beckrich showed some kick with a victory in the boys classical race, Ryan Mead, Forest Lake, second, and Hunter Zupko, Little Falls third. Hannah Bettendorf, Proctor/Hermantown (and #2 ranked) crushed the girls skate field, winning by nearly 30 seconds, Libby Tuttle, Stillwater second and Regan Duffy, Forest Lake, third. Peter Moore, SPA, scooped up the boys freestyle title, Alex Kelling, Grand Rapids was second with Matthew Bourne, Mounds Park Academy, third. Team titles went to the Forest Lake boys and Stillwater girls.

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

US Nationals: Freestyle Sprints Recap
January 5, 2018
Mary Kozloski provides a recap, along with interviews from a number of top Midwest skiers, on the second day of US Nationals which saw skiers competing for titles in the freestyle sprint races.

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.

US Nationals: Freestyle Sprints Coverage
January 5, 2018
Much better conditions Friday for US Nationals for the freestyle sprints on Friday at Kincaid Park in Anchorage, Alaska, as temperatures cooled off and the course firmed up. Reese Hanneman, APU, took the men's sprint title with Midwest native Kevin Bolger, Sun Valley, second and Tyler Kornfield, APU, third. NMU's Zak Ketterson was fourth. Anne Hart, SMS T2, posted the fastest women's qualifier, by nearly two seconds, but was bumped out in the semifinals. Caitlin Patterson picked up her second victory in taking the women's sprint title with Jasmi Joensuu second and Petra Hyncicova third. In the junior division sprints, Scott Shulz, NYSEF and Sydney Palmer-Leger, Sun Valley, collected the titles. Minnesota Kelly Koch made the junior final, finishing 6th. Top qualifiers on the day included: Alayna Sonnesyn 3rd FU23 (7th overall), Nicole Schneider 6th FU23, Sarah Bezdicek 7th FU23; Hannah Rudd 3rd FU20, Anja Maijala 7th FU20; Abigail Jarzin 3rd FU18, Leah Rudd 8th FU18, Mara McCollor 10th FU18; Andrew Egger 1st MU23, Zak Ketterson 3rd MU23 Tom Bye 5th MU23, Ian Torchia 10th MU23; William Kerker 10th MU20; Anders Sonnesyn 9th FU18. Photos by Jackie Schneider of the sprint heats up now.
Related:
US Nationals: Trip Standings After First Two Events
US Ski Team: Patterson, Hanneman Golden in Sprint

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.

Boulder Lake Race Coming Up
January 4, 2018
The Boulder Lake Ski Race is coming up next weekend, Sunday, Jan 14th in Duluth. 11K and 32K skate races as well as shorter snowshoe events. Price jumps after Friday, so register now.

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

US Nationals: Freestyle Distance Recap
January 3, 2018
Mary Kozloski provides a recap and some interviews from day 1 of US Nationals where Caitlin Gregg and Matt Liebsch earned podium spots in the 10K and 15K freestyle races.

Madshus: Tour de Ski Leaders
January 3, 2018
Ingvild Flugstad Řstberg 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).

US Nationals: 10K, 15K Freestyle Coverage
January 3, 2018
US Nationals got underway in Anchorage, Alaska Wednesday morning with 10K and 15K freestyle races. After being snowstarved most of the season, organizers set the course on a 2.5K snowmaking loop only to receive a bombardment of wet snow today. Caitlin Gregg showed she is still on form, taking second place overall, 20 seconds back of winner Caitlin Patterson, with Chelsea Holmes third, and Minnesota native Rosie Frankowski in fourth. Father and shop co-owner Matt Liebsch had an incredible performance, skating to third place in the mens 15K with only Scott Patterson and Noah Hoffman, both skiers with World Cup starts this season, in front of him. Full recap by Mary Kozloski, plus photos from Jackie Schneider.

Racing Outlook
January 3, 2018
Updates on the weekend races, including schedule changes due to cold weather!

Tour de Ski: Stage 4 Cancelled
January 3, 2018
Heavy rains and strong winds forced organizers to cancelled stage 4 of the Tour de Ski in Oberstdorf, Germany this morning shortly after the women's qualifier (Jessie Diggins had qualified 2nd).
Related:
US Ski Team: Weather Claims Oberstdorf Sprint
US Ski Team: U.S. Championships Open in Anchorage

Price Hike: City of Lakes Loppet, Boulder Lake
January 2, 2018
Jan 27-Feb 3 City of Lakes Loppet Festival - The City of Lakes Loppet events will have their next price jump on Jan 5th, so register by end of Thursday to get in on the current pricing. The Loppet has a huge set of events this weekend, spanning two weekends as they bridge between the Masters World Cup and the Super Bowl.
Jan 14 Boulder Lake Ski Race - The Boulder Lake ski race is back with 11K and 32K ski races as well as snowshoe events.  Price jumps Jan 6th, so register by Friday!

Web Roundup
January 2, 2018
Loomis - Eau Claire natives Adam and Ben Loomis finished 2-3 at the US Nordic Combined trials last week in Park City, Utah.
North Star
- The Star Tribune ran a feature on the history of the North Star Ski Touring Club.
On the Circuit - Jessie Diggins updates on the opening races of the World Cup circuit, and life traveling across Europe.
Finnish Focus - The Finnish media has a new article on Jessie Diggins and how she handles the long racing season.

Chequamegon Registration Now Open
January 2, 2018
Registration for the Chequamegon 40 and Short and Fat races, part of the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival, are now open a filing fast. Get your place on the start line secured today.

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!

US Nationals Preview
December 31, 2017
US Nationals competition starts on Wednesday in Anchorage, Alaska. We've put together a short primer on the event with loads of web links, as well as a brief review of the Midwest skiers.
Related:
US Nationals: Start Lists and Live Timing

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: Stage 1
December 30, 2017
The big Tour de Ski series got underway Saturday in Lenzerheide, Switzerland with freestyle sprint events. The US women put on another strong showing with five qualifying for the heats. Sophie Caldwell scored second place in the sprint final, losing to crowd favorite Laurien Van Der Graaff, with Norway's Maiken Caspersen Falla third. Jessie Diggins had a rough day with poles, breaking one in the quarterfinals and still coming back to advance, then breaking another in the final that dropped her out of contention. In the mens final, Russian Sergey Ustiugov outsprinted Italy's Federico Pellegrino with Lucas Chanavat of France, third. Simi Hamilton was the top US male qualifying 15th.
Related:
Results: Freestyle Sprints
US Ski Team: Caldwell Opens Tour de Ski in Second

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

Weekend Racing
December 27, 2017
The racing action is in the Hayward area this weekend...
Dec 29 Spooner Holiday Dash - High school and middie school races on the Spooner trail system (open to MN and MI skiers as well).
Dec 30 Double Pole Derby - Citizen/collegiate races as well as high school and middle race events, using the new Birkie start area.
Cool weather has generated some schedule changes, so check the Racing Outlook for the latest updates.
Related:
Sisu Ski Fest Event Update
Waxing Recommendations
  

Birkie Registration Closing Wednesday Night!
December 26, 2017
If you have plans to participate on the 2018 American Birkebeiner (and taking off from the new start area), you'll need to register before the end of the day Wednesday.

Price Hike: Sisu Ski Fest
December 26, 2017
A number of price hikes are coming up at the end of the year, first one up:
Jan 6 Sisu Ski Fest - The big races are less than 10 days away and the snow is plentiful, so register before Dec 29th to save some cash!

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.

Mora Invite Results
December 22, 2017
Peter Larsen reports: We had 440 racers from 11 teams come out to Mora on Thursday to race on a 2km manmade snow reinforced thanks to the Vasaloppet "Snow Farmers". Varsity races were 1.1km sprint format, finishing under the lights outside the Vasaloppet Nordic Center. Varsity Champions were James Woolhouse and Johanna Schwinghamer, both from Mora.

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.

Weekend Racing
December 20, 2017
Just one event on the calendar this weekend...
Dec 23 Winter Warm-up - Burn off the fruitcake and sugar cookies with 5K and 10K races at Elm Creek on Saturday.
Check the Racing Outlook for the latest event updates.
Related:
Waxing Recommendations
  

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

High School Meets Underway
December 19, 2017
A number of Twin Cities teams held high school meets on Tuesday, including races on natural snow at Phalen and Highland golf courses. Photos up from the Phalen SEC Meet.

Skinnyski.com High School Rankings - Round 1
December 19, 2017
The first Junior National Qualifier races have been held, along with a few early season meets, so we've taken a pass at the first round of in-season rankings. Mara McCollor and Luc Golin, both of Wayzata, continue at the number one ranking. The Wayzata boys and Mpls Southwest girls remain the top ranked teams.

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.

CXC: Year End Drive Under Two Weeks
December 19, 2017
CXC Year End Fundraiser Drive is quickly running down with under two weeks left. Check out the special message from Brian Gregg and consider making your contribution today.

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.

Houghton JNQ/CCSA: Classical
December 17, 2017
A beautiful day of racing Sunday on the Michigan Tech trails as the weekend series wrapped up with classical mass start events. In the men's 15K, NMU swept the top five places with Zak Ketterson 1st, Ian Torchia 2nd, and Lars Soensterud 3rd. CXC's Felicia Gesior and NMU alumni held off her previous teammates for the women's 10K win, Vivian Hett 2nd and Kris Bourne 3rd. Top juniors on the day: Mara McCollor, FU18, 11th; Amanda Kutzer, FU20, 10th; Alex Nemeth, MU18, 15th; Reid Goble, U20, 8th. Results linked in and photosets from Jackie Schneider and Chris Schmidt are up.
Related:
Biathlon: US IBU Cup Trials Dec 16-17 Coverage

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

Houghton JNQ/CCSA: Freestyle Sprints
December 16, 2017
Houghton lived up to it's reputation Saturday as snow continued to fall across the UP for the freestyle sprint races at Michigan Tech. In the mens senior division, Kevin Bolger held off NMU's Zak Ketterson for the victory with Ian Torchia third. NMU exchange student skier Anikken Alnaes topped the womens sprint final with teammates Vivian Hett second and Sarah Bezdicek third. U20/18 heats were won by Ryan Steger (CSS) and Megan Schiferl (CSS). And in the U16 division, Sam Stertz won for the boys, Elsa Viren for the girls -- both skiers from Mt. Itasca Nordic. Results linked in now, along with great photosets from Jackie Schneider and Chris Schmidt.

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

Hoigaards Relays Coverage
December 16, 2017
Another big turnout for the annual Hoigaards Relays, racing at Elm Creek on Saturday morning. Teams did 6 x 1.8K relay, usually in teams of two skiers. Organizers report: The duo of Andy Brown and Matt Liebsch held off The Morgan Brothers Cole and Jake for victory in the Men's Masters Relay, while a competitive Mixed Masters field was topped by Daisy Richmond and Spencer Warejoncas. In the Junior Boys Relay, Stillwater Area High swept the podium, with Carl Bohacek and Brian Olson taking the win. Southwest Minneapolis' Zoe Camp and Katy Scott took honors in the Junior Girls Relay. In the Mixed Juniors Race, Osseo's Nick Kjome and Maple Grove's Ally Hammann teamed up for the win. Results posted, along with photos from the Junior race.

Midwest Stars
December 15, 2017
Updates on racing action this week...
Team Gregg Sweeps Day One - Brian and Caitlin Gregg took the opening freestyle races in the NorAM Mini Tour in Rossland, BC on Friday.
Ellingson's Strong Showing in IBU Cup Opener - The first day of competition at Mt. Itasca for the US Biathlon Trials saw Jakob Ellingson take third in the mens 10K sprint with sister Siena Ellingson narrowly missing the podium finishing 4th.

World Cup Toblach Series
December 14, 2017
The World Cup is in Italy this weekend, racing at Toblach (just across the border from Austria). Saturday are freestyle 10K, 15K events followed on Sunday with classical 10K, 15K pursuit format races. Some of the US Ski team will race Friday in a OPA Cup sprint race in Austria. Live coverage of the Toblach races will be streaming on Olympic Channel website or app (not broadcast). Women's 10K freestyle starts at 4:00 am CST, mens 15K skate at 6:30 am.
Related:
Video: NBC Olympic Channel
Results: FIS Live Results

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.

Spooner High School Meet Results
December 12, 2017
The Midwest high school racing got underway on Tuesday evening with Wisconsin kids racing in Spooner. David Ecker of Chippewa Valley Nordic won the boys 4.4K freestyle race, while 7th grader Fran Peterson, 4591 program, won for the girls.

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

Racing Outlook
December 11, 2017
Racing action is firing up! Updates on Houghton JNQ and Elm Creek.

UP Opener Coverage
December 10, 2017
The Midwest collegiate racing scene kicked off Sunday with a pair of classical races on the Michigan Tech trails in Houghton. NMU women picked up where they left off last season, sweeping the 10K podium: Kris Bourne, Vivian Hett and Nicole Schneider. And the same story for the NMU men: Zak Ketterson leading the way in the 15K race, followed by exchange program skiers Lars Sonsterud and Kjetil Baanerud. Results linked in, along with photosets from Chris Schmidt.
Related:
Press Release: Nordic Ski Team Hosts UP Opener at the Tech Trails

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 Klćbo sprint winner in Davos

Price Hike: Gatineau Loppet
December 8, 2017
Canada's huge race, the Gatineau Loppet runs Feb 17-18 in Ottawa at scenic Gatineau Park. Their next price hike is on Monday, Dec 11th, so register by Sunday to save some cash.
Related:
Video: Gatineau Loppet Promo Video

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

Minnesota Cup Biathlon Race this Sunday
December 6, 2017
Mt. Itasca Biathlon is hosting the Minnesota Cup #1 race this Sunday, Dec 10th, which includes a novice race division. If you've ever wanted to try biathlon, this is your chance -- plus enjoy the snowmaking loop at Mt. Itasca.

Mesabi East Invite Registration Now Open
December 5, 2017
Meet information and online registration are now available for the 2018 Mesabi East Invite, coming up on Jan 6th at Giants Ridge.

2017-18 Minnesota High School Coaches Waxing Policy
December 4, 2017
The Minnesota High School Coaches Nordic Ski Association has posted their waxing policy for the 2017-18 season.

Minnesota High School Nordic Skiing Preview and Preseason Rankings
December 3, 2017
While much of the state is still awaiting snow, the Minnesota high school Nordic ski season is underway. We take a brief look at a few changes on tap this winter and take a first crack at the rankings for individuals and teams.
Related:
2017-18 Minnesota High School Coaches Waxing Policy

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.

World Cup Lillehammer Weekend Series
November 30, 2017
The World Cup moves to Lillehammer, Norway, this weekend for classical sprints again on Saturday and a skiathlon event on Sunday. In the Midwest, the classical sprint heats will begin at 4:15 am CST Saturday, and on Sunday the womens 15K is at 3 am, the mens 30K at 4:45 am. NBC's Olympic Channel will have coverage both mornings (some might be streaming only).
Related:
Video: NBC Olympic Channel
Results: FIS Live Results
World Cup Lillehammer Facebook Page
World Cup Lillehammer Official Site

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.

NNF: Match Grant Tuesday
November 27, 2017
The National Nordic Foundation is highlighting a $5000 matching grant challenge this Tuesday, Nov 28th. Please step up to help fund our Nordic development in the US!

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

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.

End of Year Racing in NW Wisconsin
November 22, 2017
Post-Christmas racing action in NW Wisconsin:
Dec 29 Spooner Holiday Dash - Mass start high school races on the Spooner City Trails. 
Dec 30 Double Pole Derby - High school classical races in the morning, citizens freestyle racing in the afternoon.

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

FIS and Collegiate Racing Update
November 19, 2017
Mary Kozloski recaps the opening weekend of major FIS races in Norway and Sweden, as Midwesterners Nichole Bathe and Annie Hart competed. Plus a brief recap and results from the first collegiate racing action in Alaska - the Alaska Cup, with three Minnesota gals taking part.

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.

NNF Drive for 25 Campaign - Where the Money Goes
November 14, 2017
The National Nordic Foundation has released a slick video highlighted the impacts NNF funding has had on some of the top juniors. Please show your support by contributing to one of the fundraising campaigns of your favorite Midwest ambassador:
- Jessie Diggins
- Bryan Fish
- Team Gregg
- Nicole Schneider
- Yuriy Gusev
- Ian Torchia
- Abby Jarzin
- Loppet Nordic Racing
- CXC Team
- Northern Michigan Univ
- Adam Loomis
- Ben Loomis

Opening Day: Winona High School Nordic Ski Team
November 13, 2017
Minnesota's high school Nordic skiing season started on Monday! We dropped in on Winona High School for opening day practice. Under the guidance of new head coach Jacob Teichroew, the team briefly met for some introductions then headed out for a short warmup run around part of Lake Winona. Skiers then participated in a strength test session to establish a an initial benchmark for the season. The test included sets of pull ups, sit ups, box jumps, push ups and bench dips. Practice wound down with locker assignments and general first-day paperwork. The team plans to be out on their fleet of rollerskis by mid-week, and hopefully on snow at St. Mary's University by early December.
Related:
Photoset: Winona High School Nordic Ski Team - 72 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

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

Collegiate Racing: Base Camp Marquette
November 7, 2017
Mary Kozloski digs into MTG - Marquette Training Group, a group of current and former NMU skiers that spend most of their summer training in Marquette together, when not off on their own adventures.

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.

LNR JNQ and Collegiate Racing Presentation
November 6, 2017
Loppet Nordic Racing is presentation this Sunday, Nov 12th, for those interested in learning about Junior National Qualifier (JNQ) racing and XC skiing in college. LNR Coaches Chris Harvey and Piotr Bednarski led the discussion with Q&A afterwards - skiers and parents are invited!

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).

Minnesota High School State CC Meet Coverage
November 4, 2017
A rather dreary day for the Minnesota High School State Cross-Country Championships at St. Olaf College in Northfield Saturday. Temperatures stayed in the upper 30s under cloudy and misty skies. However, the racing action was still strong. In the girls AA, Minneapolis Washburn's Emily Covert topped returning champion Anna Fenske, Farmington, less than 5 seconds. Wayzata's Khalid Hussein pulled away from Roseville's Acer Iverson in the final 500m to take the victory in boys AA. Wayzata swept the AA teams titles. In the afternoon girls A race, Tierney Wolfgram, Math and Science Academy, took the lead from the starting gun and never looked back, winning by over 45 seconds. La Cresent reversed last year's finish, taking the victory in a sprint over Declan Dahlberg, Mounds Park Academy. Perham also pulled off the sweep, taking the class A titles -- the girls winning by a single point over Winona-Cotter!
Related:
Photoset: Girls AA - 173 photos, Boys AA - 155 photos, Girls A - 178 photos, Boys A - 140 photos
Photoset: Class AA - Top Picks (high res), Class A - Top Picks (high res)
Results: Girls AA, A, Boys AA, A

Price Hike: Three Rivers Ski Rennet
November 2, 2017
Three Rivers Park District's Ski Rennet (and Fat Bike Rennet) have price increases on Monday, Nov 6th. Secure your spot on the starting line and save a little by registering before Monday.

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.

Price Hikes: Vasaloppet, Sisu Ski Fest
October 29, 2017
Put big events have price hikes on November 1st!
Jan 6 Sisu Ski Fest - Ironwood's kickoff to the marathon season, racing from ABR to downtown Ironwood.
Feb 10 Vasaloppet - Snowmaking abilities and two course options ensures this famed race will continue to be held each year!

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

LNR MEA Weekend Sprints
October 21, 2017
Loppet Nordic Racing (LNR) is holding their annual MEA break camp up in Cable area. One of the big highlights was a freestyle sprint competition, complete with qualifying, heats and finals. Torsten Brinkema and Sarah Olson took home the A titles.
Related:
Photoset: LNR MEA Sprints
Video: LNR MEA Sprints
Results: LNR MEA Sprints

Jackson Meadow CX Coverage
October 21, 2017
A dark and damp day of racing at Jackson Meadow development community on Saturday, as off-and-on showers softened up the course and made for some slick conditions. Photos from the afternoon races.
Related:
Photoset: Mens Cat 1/2/3, Masters 35+ - 124 photos, Womens Cat 1/2/3, Masters 45+,55+ - 106 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Jackson Meadow CX

Sisu Ski Fest Registration Open
October 17, 2017
Sisu Ski Fest, a full weekend of events in Ironwood, Michigan, Jan 5-7th, has announced their registration is open. The fest centers around the SISU 31K and Heikki Lunta 15K point-to-point ski races originating at ABR Trails and terminating in downtown Ironwood on SISU Saturday. First price hike comes at the end of this month!

Collegiate Racing: Midwest Skiers Summer Training
October 15, 2017
Highlighting the wide range of summer training options for Midwest collegiate skiers, Mary Kozloski interviews skiers Alayna Sonnesyn, Hannah Rudd and Caroline Brisbois about their unique experiences.

Minnesota Fall Coaches Association Meeting Recap
October 14, 2017
A brief recap on the Minnesota High School Nordic Skiing Coaches Association Meeting held Saturday at the Vasaloppet Center in Mora. Big topics on the day included waxing restrictions, rule book development, and future state meet venues.
Related:
Nov 5 U.S. Paralympics Nordic Coaches Education Clinic (Bloomington, MN)

Vasaloppet Unveils Two Race Plans, New Names
October 10, 2017
Vasaloppet organizers have moved to ensure the future of their event by developing two separate race plans, and matching names, for the annual ski races in February. The original Vasaloppet, running from Warman to downtown Mora will now be known as the Legacy course, while the newer roughly 14K loop course (with snowmaking option) will be known as The Mora. They've also coined new names for the race divisions.

Tour de Essex Trail Run Oct 21st
October 10, 2017
The Rochester Active Sports Club (RASC) is hosting a fall trail running event at Essex Park, Oct 21st. The day-of-race registration of $5 helps fund trail maintenance.

Masters World Cup Registration Opens!
October 9, 2017
Registration for the highly anticipated Masters World Cup races is now open! The world is coming to Theodore Wirth this January for a week of racing, and anyone ages 30 and above can compete. Sign up now.

LNR Time Trial Coverage
October 8, 2017
After a rain delay Saturday, Loppet Nordic Racing hosted a warm October Sunday afternoon rollerski time trial on the backroads north of Afton. Posting top times in the 7.5K freestyle race were Henry Hall and Sarah olson. Results posted along with photos.

Swedish Mile Results
October 8, 2017
Jon Larson reports: Sunday saw the inaugural running of the Swedish Mile, a fundraising event supporting the Vasalopppet Nordic Center complex, Snow making and Trail development. The course utilized many of the Vasaloppet traditional ski trail as well as some less traveled loops and included newly developed single track sections. With 5 inches of rain in the week prior to the race, there was a few water hazards and plenty of mud for everyone. Spencer Davis and Stephanie Sathre took the titles in the first year event.
Related:
Results: Swedish Mile

World Cup Returns to Quebec in 2019, 2020
October 6, 2017
With the annual FIS Technical Committee and FIS Cross-Country Committee meetings still underway in Zurich, it has been confirmed that the FIS Cross-Country World Cup Finals will be coming back to Canada in March 2019 and 2020.

Price Hike: Seeley Hills Classic
October 3, 2017
The Midwest's unofficial classical skiing championship, Seeley Hills Classic, has their first price hike on Friday, Oct 6th.   Register before Friday to get the ground floor pricing!

Bergkonig: Mountain King Run Coming Nov 11th
October 1, 2017
The Bergkönig ("mountain king") 5K and 10K trail runs at Lapham Peak is scheduled for November 11th. Challenging course with hills, technical sections and even a flight of stairs. Registration is still open!

Birkie Trail Run Coverage
September 30, 2017
A cold and dewy morning gave way to ideal running conditions for the Birkie Trail Run Festival events Saturday in Cable. Joseph Gray held off a persistent Justin Grunewald to take the USATF half marathon title with Tyler Sigl rounding out the podium. Ashley Brasovan cruised to the womens half marathon title, notably her first trail running event, with Dani Moreno second and Amber Kranz third. Andy Elvester and Michelle Pratt won the full marathon events.
Related:
Photoset: Marathon Start - 13 photos, Marathon Mile 3.75 - 131 photos, Half Marathon Start - 131 photos, Half Marathon Mile 3.75 - 49 photos, Half Marathon Mile 7 - 49 photos, Half Marathon Finish - 68 photos, Awards - 8 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Birkie Trail Run

Annual Fall Coaches Meeting
September 27, 2017
The annual Minnesota High School Coaches Association Fall Meeting will be held Saturday, Oct 14th at the Vasaloppet Nordic Center in Mora. Topics on the agenda include waxing policies, pole length implementation, rules book clarification, Adaptive Nordic, CXC Coaches Education, and voting for the next Association President.

Biathlon: Elk River Race Coverage
September 26, 2017
Last weekend Minnesota Biathlon held a race at the Woodland trails in Elk River. Bill Meyer reports: The Men's 11.4 km Pursuit Format race was dominated by Jakob Ellingson, Mt Itasca Biathlon, who also had the best shooting of the day with only 2 misses. The Women's 9.3 km race was more closely contested with Siena Ellingson, Mt Itasca Biathlon holding off Emma Stertz, also of Mt Itasca, but only by 27 sec. Results and photos posted.
Related:
Biathlon: Aug 24 Elk River Race Coverage

Wisconsin State Meet Update
September 25, 2017
An update on the Wisconsin high school state meet including discussion on format and schedule changes, updates at the Birkie start area, trail changes, and living streaming again.

Trail Loppet Coverage
September 23, 2017
Temperatures in the 80s and high dewpoints made for some difficult running conditions Saturday for the annual Trail Loppet events at Theodore Wirth. Craig Cardinal took the half marathon title with Eric Giandelone second and Joel LaFrance closing for third. Josie Nelson collected another womens title, winning by over three minutes as Heather Hlavaty took second and Lindsay Annis rounded out the podium in third. Brian and Caitlin Gregg won the 13.1K race titles. Victories in the 5K went to James Zacchini and Brittani Lamb. Photos posted from the half marathon and 13.1K events, race results linked in.
Related:
Photoset: Half Marathon - Start - 67 photos, Half Marathon - Mile 3.25 - 100 photos, Half Marathon - Wirth Lake/Hwy 55 - 19 photos, 13.1K - Mile 2.75 - 79 photos, 13.1K - Quaking Bog - 82 photos, 13.1K - Finish - 29 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Trail Loppet

Midwest MTB Report
September 19, 2017
The Midwest MTB Report by Jay Richards this week has extensive covered from the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival, including a first-hand report (with some interesting training) from womens winner Kyia Anderson, and an interview with third place finisher Jeff Hall, and a look forward to a busy set of events.

Michigan Tech Twin Cities Engagement Event this Weekend
September 19, 2017
Michigan Tech University is holding an alumni and friends of the MTU Varsity Cross Country, Nordic Ski, Track & Field Team event in the Twin Cities this weekend, Sep 23-24. Come out and cheer on the team at the Roy Griak races Saturday morning, then hit the trails at Hyland Park in the afternoon with food and drink afterwards.

LNR Time Trial Coverage
September 17, 2017
Loppet Nordic Racing held a fall time trial Saturday morning in a NW Twin Cities suburb. Primarily junior racers, with some elite invites as well. Matt Liebsch posted the fastest 10K time with Torsten Brinkema the top junior. In the 7.5K race, Victor Sparks and Kasia Bednarski tied for the winning time. Results and some video highlights posted.

Bangin in the Brush Coverage
September 17, 2017
Nearly 70 runners turned out Saturday for the Bangin in the Brush 10K trail run at Korkki Nordic in Duluth. Danny Whipple took the mens victory with a time of 46:46 while Anna Lathi topped the womens field, as well as finishing 7th overall.
Related:
Photoset from Dave Johnson: Bangin in the Brush
Results: Bangin in the Brush

Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival Results
September 16, 2017
First-time Chequamegon rider, but top pro, Payson McElveen won the mens Chequamegon 40 on Saturday in Cable, crossing the line just eight seconds in front of former champs Brian Matter and Jeff Hall, with last year's winner Corey Stelljes coming in 4th, just four seconds back. Minnesotan Kyia Anderson captured the womens title by a three minute margin, marking her second Cheq 40 victory. Jill Cederholm and Lindsey Kriete rounded out the womens podium. Over 1700 riders finished the 40 mile course. Short and Fat victories were earned by teenagers Daxton Mock and Anna Christian.
Related:
Photoset from Chequamegon: Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival
Results: Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival
Press Release: First-timer takes the top of the podium at 35th Annual Chequamegon Fat Tire

Northshore Inline Marathon Results
September 16, 2017
Just under 40 participants raced in the rollerski division of the Northshore Inline Marathon, Saturday morning in Duluth. Zach Nelson edged out Chris Hecker and Gary Johnson take the victory. Jenna Ruzich was the womens champion.

Trails Kids Adventure Race Coverage
September 14, 2017
On a hot Thursday evening, the Loppet Foundation's Trail Kids program took to some of the new singletrack near the Wirth Chalet for one of the Adventure Race series events.
Related:
Photoset: Warm Up - 12 photos, U10/U12 - 74 photos, U14/U16 - 72 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Trail Kids Adventure Race
Loppet: Trail Kids Program

Midwest MTB Report
September 12, 2017
In this week's Midwest MTB report Jay Richards has recaps from the epic 150 mile Maah Daah Hey MTB race in the Dakotas, the Copper Peak Trails Fest events, and Kappel's Challenge up in Detroit Lakes, as well as a short preview of the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival 40.

Midwest JN and U16 Coaching Openings
September 12, 2017
CXC and Midwest junior committee has posted openings for Midwest Junior National and NENSA U16 Coaching positions for the big events coming in March 2018. Application deadline is mid-October.
Related:
Job Opening: Ski Technician at NTDC in Thunder Bay

Yellowstone Ski Festival Registration Now Open
September 11, 2017
The Yellowstone Ski Festival in November has rolled out their schedule of clinics for this season. A wide range of offerings are available, from learning to skate ski to improving your technique and even coaching certification.

US Ski Team: Podiums Abound in Winter Games NZ Cross Country Races
September 11, 2017
The U.S. Ski Team collected podium spot after podium spot through two solid days of cross country racing at New Zealand's Snow Farm as a part of the Winter Games NZ. Minnesotans lead the way for the team with Jessie Diggins taking the womens 5K freestyle and 10K classical, Ben Saxton winning the mens classical sprints, Adam Martin 2nd in the mens 15K classical and Brian Gregg 3rd in the mens 10K free.
Related:
Winter Games NZ: Freestyle Race Recap
Winter Games NZ: Classical Sprints Recap
Winter Games NZ: Classical Mass Start Recap

Vasaloppet: The Swedish Mile October Run
September 8, 2017
Vasaloppet USA has announced their newest event, a fall running race called The Swedish Mile! Scheduled for Oct 7th, it will feature 5K and 10K divisions with proceeds benefiting their snowmaking and trail development efforts.

Price Hikes: Birkie, Loppet
September 6, 2017
Price hikes are already here!
City of Lakes Loppet - Price hike on Thursday night, Sep 7th.
American Birkebeiner - Price hike also on Thursday night, Sep 7th!

Midwest MTB Report
September 5, 2017
The Midwest MTB Report this week from Jay Richards covers racing action at Copper Harbor, Giants Ridge, South Dakota and Maplelag Resort plus a look ahead including World Championships highlights.

Laddies Loppet Short Track Coverage
September 3, 2017
Maplelag wrapped up a weekend of racing with short track format events on Sunday for Laddies Loppet. The popular racing style produced a number of close finishes, especially in the mens comp division.
Related:
Photoset: Kids Comp - 46 photos, Citizen - 42 photos, Sport - 99 photos, Expert Women/Comp Men - 93 photos, Expert Men - 83 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Laddies Loppet ST

Diggins Wins Merino Muster Worldloppet Race
September 2, 2017
With many of the US Ski Team members and Olympic hopefuls in New Zealand getting some on-snow training, they did a little "pick up" on Saturday racing in the Merino Muster Worldloppet races. Jessie Diggins was the top female in the 42K, and fourth overall (behind two Olympian men), for another strong showing. Brian Gregg was second only to Simi Hamilton, and by a single second, in the 42K. Caitlin Gregg had a matching performance in the 21K race, finishing second to Sophie Caldwell, as the girls went 1-2 overall!
Related:
Results: Merino Muster

Laddies Loppet XC Coverage
September 2, 2017
A heavy rainfall on Friday provided some greasy conditions for Saturday's cross-country races in the Laddies Loppet event at Maplelag. Veterans Jeff Hall and Sara Kylander-Johnson took the titles in the expert race.
Related:
Photoset: Kids Comp - 47 photos, Citizen - 69 photos, Sport - 146 photos, Expert/Comp - 125 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Laddies Loppet XC

Loppet Seeking Marketing/Communications Help
August 28, 2017
The Loppet Foundation in Minneapolis is looking for a highly qualified individual to help lead in their marketing and communication efforts.

Fat Tire Tri Coverage
August 26, 2017
Cloudy and damp conditions Saturday in Hayward for the Fat Tire Triathlon event. In the Olympic division Chris Pappathopoulos and Dawn Kittleson took top honors. Sprint titles went to Scott Brown and Jenny Swift. Results linked in, along with photos from Kelly Randolph.
Related:
Photoset from Kelly Randolph: Fat Tire Tri
Results: Fat Tire Tri
Fat Tire Tri Press Release

Midwest MTB Report
August 22, 2017
Jay Richards Midwest MTB report this week covers the Seeley Pre-Fat, Great Deer Chase, Cuyuna Crusher and Reforestation Rambler races from last week and looks ahead to Laddies Loppet and WORS Treadfest events.

Mighty Miss Paddle Race Coverage
August 20, 2017
Race Director Roland Ring-Jarvi reported another successful Mighty Miss race as paddlers raced down the Mississippi River, from 55 miles down to 12 miles, to finish in Champlin. Read his full recap, view some photos and the results.

North American Rollerski Biathlon Championships Recap
August 16, 2017
Minnesota Biathlon's Bill Meyer has posted a recap of the recently completed North American Biathlon Rollereski Championships, held out in Vermont. Minnesota had a strong showing, especially among the junior/youth skiers. Check out a recap with results and a few photos.

Midwest MTB Report
August 15, 2017
Jay Richards Midwest MTB Report this week features racing reports from Great Hawk Chase, Ore to Shore, and the infamous Leadville 100. And check out three events coming up this weekend.

Minnesota State Time Trial Championships Coverage
August 12, 2017
Postcard perfect weather again on Saturday as cyclists competed on the quiet roads west of St. Peter for the Minnesota State Time Trial titles. Photosets up, results linked in.
Related:
Photoset: 20K and under - 159 photos, 40K - 255 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Minnesota State Time Trial

Ringer Roll Coverage
August 11, 2017
Another perfect weather Ringer Roll event on Friday morning as the morning fog cleared for bright sunshine and temps in the 60s. Zak Ketterson topped the mens skate field, almost a minute ahead from Brian Gregg with Joel LaFrance third. Caitlin Gregg led the womens field with high school stars Sarah Olson second and Mara McCollor third. Erica Meyers and Tamer Mische-Richter had the fastest classical times. Full results along with photos.

Price Hike: Birkie Trail Run Festival
August 10, 2017
Save some money on your Birkie Trail run entry by registering on Thursday (today) -- price jumps starting on Friday!

Midwest MTB Report
August 8, 2017
Covering the Midwest (and some National) MTB news this week, Jay Richards has a recaps Hixon Forest Epic and Duluth Enduro series, as well as updates from Maah Daah Hey and Red Dirt Fest, plus the usual look ahead to upcoming events.

Ringer Roll this Friday
August 6, 2017
The Loppet Foundation's Ringer Roll rollerski race is this Friday morning at Baker Park. The rollerski race is an annual summer tradition, and winds down the summer junior training season while kicking off the masters transition to ski training. Online registration is open until Wednesday evening (morning of registration available too).

Firehouse 50 Coverage
August 5, 2017
John Kunert took the Firehouse 50 road race title in a photo finish over Dean Hodge in front of a field of more than 230 riders on Saturday morning. Jenny Youngwerth topped the womens field, along with the only sub two hour time in their field. Time trial victories went to Mike Johnson and Beth Emerson.
Related:
Photoset from Kelly Randolph: Road Race, Time Trial
Results: Firehouse 50

Midwest MTB Report
August 1, 2017
In this week's Midwest MTB report by Jay Richards: reports from Boston Pro XCT and Gamehaven, highlights on Spirit Mtn Divas, Tour Divide race, best trails in the world, and the usual look ahead to upcoming events.

Minnesota State Road Race Coverage
July 29, 2017
It was a hot afternoon as temperatures climbed into the mid-80s for the Minnesota State Road Race events near Richmond on Saturday. In the top division mens Cat 1-2-3 race, Peter Olejniczak crested the finishing climb in first with Sam Fritz close in second and Levon Kalemkiarian taking third. Carlyn Jackson pulled away for the womens Cat 1-2-3 title with Anna Luckow and Sonia Pond rounding out the top of the podium. Results linked in along with photos from the afternoon races.
Related:
Photoset: Mens Cat 1-2-3 - 54 photos, Mens Cat 4-5 - 67 photos, Womens Cat 1-2-3 - 53 photos, Womens Cat 4-5/Jrs - 46 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Minnesota State Road Race

Midwest MTB Report
July 25, 2017
Jay Richards Midwest MTB report this week covers National MTB Championships, Red Earth Classic, Duluth Enduro, and the recently completed Cuyuna Camp for junior development.

MWC: Organizing Committee Mid-Year Meeting Update
July 25, 2017
The Masters World Cup organizing committee met earlier this month to review planning efforts for the upcoming 2018 event. Race course maps have now been posted as the excitement continues to build.

Nordicwerks/Endurance United Time Trial Coverage
July 25, 2017
On Monday evening in Scandia, Nordicwerks and Endurance United junior programs held a combined rollerski time trial. Ryan Mead dominated the boys field, with Charlie Brown posting an impressive result to take the girls division. After the time trial, skiers regrouped for a workout on an agility course. Results posted, along with photos.
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Photoset: Warm Up - 53 photos, Time Trial - 110 photos, Agility Drills - 37 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Nordicwerks/Endurance United Time Trial

Tri-Loppet Coverage
July 23, 2017
With its new July date, the Tri-Loppet managed to avoid the recent heat wave and had pleasant weather in the 70s for the races on Sunday morning in south Minneapolis. Repeating as champions were Matt Liebsch and Josie Nelson, Liebsch posting a winning margin of 10 minutes while Nelson held off Kim Rudd by just under a minute. Results linked in, along with two big photosets this week.
Related:
Photoset: Paddling - 122 photos, Running - 59 photos, Biking - 114 photos
Photoset from Margaret Adelsman: Paddling - 68 photos, Running - 48 photos, Biking - 127 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Photoset from Margaret Adelsman: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Tri-Loppet

Summer Biathlon Series - Elk River Recap
July 22, 2017
Bill Meyer provides a recap on the first summer biathlon race of the season, held at Elk River on Thursday, Jul 20th, along with photos from Brian Wray and results. Top times on the day went to Vasek Cervenka and Siena Ellingson.

Borah Epic Donates $15K to CAMBA Trails
July 20, 2017
The Borah Epic held its fifth annual event this past June and generated a $15,000 donation to benefit the CAMBA trails, which totals over $72,000 since the race was founded in 2013.

Midwest MTB Report
July 18, 2017
In this week's Midwest MTB Report by Jay Richards find first-hand reports from Lake Rebecca Classic and Miners Revenge, updates on Welch Village's new trails, and great motivation video on girls MTB, and a look ahead to a number of fun races.

River Run Summer Coverage
July 16, 2017
Eve Graves reports: An awesome lake breeze provided temps in the low 60's with no humidity, a slight breeze and sunny skies for the 5k Trail Rivet Run/Walk at Pattison State Park in Superior, Wisconsin Sunday. All the funds from the event go towards the trails in the park. Our "official" limit is 100, but we had 104 who finished the event. Today's overall winner was 15 year old Kieren Johnson whose time of 21:46 edged out previous 2 time champion 23 year old Seth Korhonen by a second. Seth ran the 26 mile Curnow trail race Saturday too! Our female winner capturing her second overall win, was 31 year old Laura Gubelman with a time of 26:06 with Andrea Carroll, 60 in second place almost 3 minutes back. The next event will be November 12th.
Related:
Photoset: River Run Summer
Results: River Run Summer

Loppet: Age Gap Relays
July 13, 2017
Tuesday evening at Theodore Wirth the Loppet Foundation had a great turnout roughly 100 youth and adults for the Age Gap Relay mountain bike race. The final event of the summer will be August 3rd at Elm Creek.
Related:
Results: July 11th, Age Groups
Age Gap Relays

Midwest MTB Report
July 11, 2017
The Midwest MTB Report this week covers the WORS Cup and Border Crossing events with first-hand accounts, as well as the usual look ahead.

Border Crossing Coverage
July 9, 2017
Avoiding most of the rain, the MN MTB Series held their sixth event on Sunday at White Trail Ridge Corporate park in River Falls, Wisconsin. Photos from the morning races: Kids Comp, Citizen and Sport races.
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Photoset: Kids Comp - 42 photos, Citizen - 212 photos, Sport - 182 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Border Crossing

Ringer Roll Coming August 11th
July 8, 2017
The annual Ringer Roll rollerski race is scheduled for Friday, August 11th, at Baker Park. The 10K race draws many of the top metro juniors, as well speedy seniors and master skiers. Registration is now open.

Tofte Trek Results
July 4, 2017
Racing over a wet course on a beautiful sunny morning on the Northshore, Adam Swank and Kaelyn Williams took the titles in the annual Tofte Trek 10K race Tuesday. Over 170 athletes participated in the annual Fourth of July event.
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Results: Tofte Trek

Canada 150 Rollerski Race Coverage
July 1, 2017
Celebrating the 150th anniversary of Canada Day, the National Team Development Centre of Thunder Bay hosted a unique rollerski race in the heart of downtown on Saturday afternoon. Using a set of more than 50 matched skate rollerskis, the event started with every skier completing two laps of a roughly 750 meter course which was then used to seed skiers into race groups. Caitlin Gregg notched the top qualifying time for the women. Evan Palmer-Charrette had the fastest time for the men with Brian Gregg taking 4th. In the womens elite race, Caitlin Gregg pushed the pace early and never let up, eventually eliminating half the field as she lapped them, collecting all the primes and cruising to the womens title. The mens race was much closer, and after 15 laps the event came down to a sprint finish with Brian Gregg getting narrowly edged out by Evan Palmer-Charrette. Results linked in, along with a number of photosets.

Hoigaard's Paddle Derby Mid-Series Results
June 30, 2017
Reaching the mid-point of the Hoigaard's Paddle Derby season, there are now five races down, with five to go. The series is averaging a good turnout of 40+ boats on the starting line each week and they welcome any new paddlers to the races remaining, from rookie to pro.
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Results: Hoigaard's Paddle Derby Results

Midwest MTB Report
June 27, 2017
In this week's jam packed Midwest MTB report, Jay Richards covers WORS and MNMBS series events, Duluth Enduro, Lutsen 99er, NICA Conference, an interview with Rebecca Sauber, toast to Steve Tilford event, and the usual look ahead to upcoming events.

USSA: SuperTour Schedule Announced
June 27, 2017
Top U.S. cross country athletes will race in seven cities across North America in the 2017-18 iteration of the SuperTour. The tour is a series of International Ski Federation (FIS)-sanctioned cross country events across America produced by U.S. Ski & Snowboard together with its divisions and clubs. The Midwest stops are Ishpeming, Feb 15-18th, and Hayward (Birkie), Feb 24th.

Price Hike: Tri-Loppet, Trail Loppet
June 27, 2017
Prices for the entry fees on the Tri-Loppet (July 23) and the Trail Loppet (Sept 23) both jump after June 28 (Wednesday).

Price Hike: American Birkebeiner, Kortie, Prince Haakon
June 25, 2017
The first price hike for the Birkie week events is coming this Friday! Plus this will be your final chance to guarantee one of the cool new Birkie backpacks.
Related:
Birkie T-Shirt Design Contest Deadline July 1st

Midwest MTB Report
June 20, 2017
In Jay Richards Midwest MTB Report this week: Coverage on the Menacing 40, Red Wing Classic, and Mt. Morris Challenge events, and a look ahead to MN, WI series and Lutsen events.

Midwest MTB Report
June 13, 2017
Jay Richards Midwest MTB report this week covers a wide range of gravity events, Welch trail development and the usual look ahead to upcoming events.

Tom Smith Announced as Michigan Tech Nordic Coach
June 13, 2017
Tom Smith has been named the head coach of the Michigan Tech men's and women's Nordic ski teams MTU athletic director Dr. Suzanne Sanregret announced today. Smith, a native of Bend, Oregon, comes to Houghton after serving as the Head Coach of the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation in Ketchum, ID, and brings 14 years of coaching experience.

Chippewa Triathlon Results
June 10, 2017
Sweltering conditions Saturday in Cass Lake for the annual Chippewa Triathlon race. Top solo participants were Jonah Lidberg and Deanne Kivi. Fastest doubles times went to Chuck Lindner, Maria Schilling and Kerrie Berg. Team relay title went to Wolfpack and Pup.
Related:
Photoset from John Arenz: 89 photos, 23 photos
Photoset from Allan Olson: Chippewa Triathlon
Results: Chippewa Triathlon, Smiling Joes Canoe Race

Midwest MTB Report
June 6, 2017
Jay Richards Midwest MTB Report this week is full of race recaps, coverings MNMBS and WORS series, as well as the Borah Epic, and also highlights on the major Ride the Divide event, a review of the new Afton Alps MTB trails, and riding Strawberry Mountain.

The 2017 Borah Epic is in the books
June 4, 2017
A record field traversed the Borah Epic point-to-point course Saturday on ideal trail conditions to finish in Hayward. Top spots for the Full Epic included women's champ, Kyia Anderson, posting a time of 3:08.48, while Jesse Lalonde sealed the men's title once again, at 2:38.47.

New Bri Tri Coverage
June 3, 2017
Warm conditions for the 12th annual New Bri Tri at Long Lake Park in the north metro Saturday morning. One of the season's early events, the triathlon consisted of a 1/2 mile swim, 14 mile bike and 3 mile run.
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Photoset: Swim - 16 photos, Bike - 156 photos, Run - 83 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: New Bri Tri

Vasaloppet Seeking Race Coordinator
June 2, 2017
The Vasaloppet USA organizers in Mora are seeking candidates to help the organization with race coordination. Position is part-time, with full-time hours in January/February.

Hoigaard's Paddle Derby Results
June 2, 2017
Hoigaard's Paddle Derby kickoff on Thursday night drew more than 60 participants for a warm evening of racing on the chain of lakes in Minneapolis. In the racing division, the mixed team of Kate Ellis and Devin Arenz just edged out the mens pairing of Chris Broderson and Joe Manns by a single second for the win.
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Results: Hoigaards Paddle Derby

Chippewa Triathlon One Week Out
June 1, 2017
The popular Chippewa Triathlon in Cass Lake is coming up next weekend, June 10th. In addition to the usual paddling, mountain bike and trail run triathlon, this year they are offering paddling races on Sunday.

Midwest MTB Report
May 30, 2017
Jay Richards Midwest MTB report this week covers the Ride the Keweenaw event, trail building in Fargo-Moorhead, upgrades coming for Cuyuna, teaching MTB skills in Duluth (help wanted), incredible MTB action in Peru, and the usual look ahead to upcoming events.

Hoigaard's Paddle Derby Starts Thursday
May 30, 2017
Hoigaard's annual Paddle Derby series fires up this Thursday, June 1st at Lake Calhoun. Registration begins at 5:45 pm, the starting gun goes off at 6:45 pm. Organizers are expecting gorgeous weather for the first of ten paddlesport races. Canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards are all welcome.

Joy Memorial Criterium Coverage
May 29, 2017
Cool temperatures, breezy conditions with even a few sprinkles were on tap Monday for the Joy Memorial Criterium. The course consisted of an almost entirely flat loop around a quick industrial park in New Hope. Photos from the morning races.
Related:
Photoset: Womens 4/5, Junior Women - 40 photos, Mens Cat 4/5 - 58 photos, Masters 50/60 - 35 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Joy Memorial Criterium

Voting Open for High School Nordic Coach, Assistant Coach and Volunteer of the Year
May 26, 2017
Minnesota High School Nordic Skiing Coaches Association members can now vote on the candidates for the high school coach, assistant coach and volunteer of the year awards. Voting will closed at noon on Wednesday, May 31st.

Weekend Events
May 24, 2017
May 27 Stillwater Half Marathon - Half marathon with 10K and 5K events as well, all point-to-point races finishing in historic Stillwater.
May 27 Palmyra Road Race - WCA series continues with road race cycling action in SE Wisconsin.
May 27-28 Run Madtown - Twilight running races Saturday evening, and half marathon event on Sunday.
May 27-28 Med City Marathon - Two days of running races in Rochester, including half and full marathon events on Sunday.
May 29 Joy Memorial Crit - Minnesota cycling with Memorial Day event at Victory Park in New Hope.
May 29 Brian Kraft Memorial 5K - Racing around Lake Nokomis, fast 5K event.

Midwest MTB Report
May 23, 2017
Highlights from this week's Midwest MTB Report by Jay Richards: Recaps on MNMBS and WORS series races, national praise for Duluth trails, and a look ahead to WEM series race this weekend.

Borah Epic Less Than Two Weeks Away
May 21, 2017
Less than two weeks to go until the 5th annual Borah Epic point-to-point MTB challenge. Race organizers are expecting a sellout field (750 riders), but spots are still available in both race distances, including discounted rates for juniors.

US Ski Team Nominations Announced
May 17, 2017
The 2017-18 season US Nordic Ski Team nominations have been posted. As expected, the strong women's team returns with Jessie Diggins leading the way. Ian Torchia is the other Midwest representative, as a member of the development squad.

Midwest MTB Report
May 16, 2017
Jay Richards's MTB report this week covers a wide range of topics from how MTB is helping small towns, to helibiking, health related issues, and the usual look at upcoming events.

Go Spring Trail Run Coverage
May 13, 2017
A warm morning Saturday for the Go Spring Trail running races at Battle Creek, as temperatures soared into the 70s. Photos up from the 10K and 5K races.
Related:
Photoset: 10K Race - 134 photos, 5K Race - 88 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Go Spring Trail Run

Midwest MTB Report
May 9, 2017
Jay Richards's Midwest MTB report this week catches the action for the WORS and MNMBS series last weekend, the dusty Tinker Classic, junior racer Josie Welch, Duluth trails, and the usual look at upcoming events.

Snake River Canoe River Coverage
May 6, 2017
A picture perfect morning Saturday for the Snake River Canoe Race as sunny skies, light winds, and temperatures rising to the 60s, along with good water levels, made for another great event in the Mora Classic Series.
Related:
Photoset: 194 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Snake River Canoe Race

New Marathon Time Just Misses Two Hour Mark
May 6, 2017
Eliud Kipchoge was 26 seconds from making history on Saturday but the Olympic champion finished just short of becoming the first person to run a marathon in less than two hours. The Nike sponsored event was run on a Formula One race track in Italy.

Midwest MTB Report
May 2, 2017
Jay Richards cranks up the Midwest MTB report for the season, covering a wide range of topics including the passing of Steve Tilford, Midwest race series, Decorah Time Trials, a number of related articles from the web, and the start of the Minnesota and Wisconsin series.

Machinery Hill Criterium Coverage
May 2, 2017
The Tuesday Night Worlds / Machinery Hill Criterium started up in mid-April on the State Fairgrounds in Falcon Heights. With the return to normal temperatures, big fields turned out Tuesday evening for the race series.
Related:
Photoset: Cat 4/5 Race - 74 photos, Womens Race - 49 photos, Mens Cat 1/2/3 Race - 69 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

2016-17 Season Highlights
May 1, 2017
Catch highlights plus full results and photos from the 2016-2017 collegiate racing season.

2016-17 Season Highlights
May 1, 2017
Catch highlights plus full results and photos from the 2016-2017 high school racing season.


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