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Nordic Combined: USA Nordic Announces 2018/2019 Junior National Team
May 31, 2018
USA Nordic has announced that 23 athletes from around the country have been named to the 2018/2019 USA Nordic Junior National Teams in the disciplines of Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined. Included on the roster are two Minnesota siblings, Aiden and Charolette Ripp of Cloquet, MN. Jumpers from Wisconsin, Illinois also made the squad.

Collegiate Racing: From Cross-Country Skiing to the Marine Corps
May 3, 2018
Minnesota native and Colby College skier Andrew Egger outlines his journey from cross-country skiing to the Marine Corps, and reflects on the many benefits and support he received along the way.

Junior Nationals Coverage
March 12, 2018
A summary of the coverage we featured on the 2018 Junior Nationals competition at Soldier Hollow, as well as some notes and even recipes from the cooks, Pete and Dollie Zweig.

USCSA Championship Results
March 12, 2018
Mitchell Miller reports: St. Olaf had a very successful week at the USCSA National Championship in Lake Placid, NY. Some highlights include: Tyler Radtke, 1st place Classic Sprint, 1st place 15K Classic, 2nd place overall; Erica Meyers, 3rd place Classic Sprint; Stephanie Balas, 3rd place 7.5K Skate; Women's team, 1st place Freestyle Team Sprint, 1st place overall; Men's team, 1st place Freestyle Team Sprint, 2nd place overall. Note: Minnesota native Anna Johnson, skiing for Western State won the women's classic sprint.

NCAA Championships Freestyle Recap
March 10, 2018
Mary Kozloski recaps the NCAA Championship freestyle races, including quotes from men's champion Ian Torchia.

Junior Nationals Relays Coverage
March 10, 2018
Junior Nationals competition wrapped up on Saturday with 3x3K classic relay races at Soldier Hollow in Midway, Utah. The Midwest had top ten results in the boys U20 (7th, 10th) and girls U20 (7th) races with the best result coming in the girls U18 race as the trio of Kelly Koch, Mara McCollor and Luci Anderson finished 5th. Results linked in, photosets from all six relays posted.

NCAA Championships Freestyle Coverage
March 10, 2018
An incredible day at NCAA Championships Saturday as Northern Michigan's Ian Torchia grabbed the men's 20K freestyle victory! Americans also took the top of the podium in the women's 15K at Katharine Ogden, Dartmouth, and Hailey Swirbul, Univ of Alaska-Anchorage, finished 1-2. Vivian Hett, NMU, had the top Midwest result, finishing 20th. Results linked in, along with photos from Jackie Schneider.

Junior Nationals Freestyle Coverage
March 9, 2018
A fantastic day for the Midwest squad on Friday as they overcame some brutal conditions to place skiers on four of the six podiums and scored numerous of top 20 finishes in the freestyle mass start races at Junior Nationals. The top performance on the day was Anja Maijala breaking away with teammate Erin Moening by the midpoint of the race and going on to be crowned the National 10K U20 champion, with Moening taking third! Every bit exciting, the U18 girls race saw Mara McCollor take the race by the horns from the opening gun, eventually joined by Luci Anderson, they finished third and second respectively. Xavier Mansfield podium action going in the opening race, the boys U20 15K, where Mansfield and Patrick Acton skied with the lead pack, finishing third and fourth. As the temperatures skyrocketed into the 50s, Cooper Lennox survived the U16 slog through two 2.5K laps to take second. In the two races the Midwest did not podium, they came very close: Libby Tuttle was 4th in the girls U16, and Anders Sonnesyn notched 9th in the boys U18. Results linked in, big photosets (split into individual races) posted.

NCAA Championships Classic Recap
March 8, 2018
Mary Kozloski provides a recap on the first day of the NCAA Championships as Midwest skiers cranked out top ten finishers in the high elevation and weather warm of Steamboat Sprints, Colorado, Thursday.

Junior Nationals Date Ski Day Coverage
March 8, 2018
Part of the Midwest Junior Nationals tradition is a fun "date ski" event where juniors dress up crazy and ski with someone they might not know that well. This year, with the terrain park like features on the Soldier Hollow course, a lot of skiers also took a few shots to catch some air.
Photoset: Date Ski - 102 photos, Big Air - 128 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res) - Date Ski, Top Picks (high res) - Big Air
Photoset from Kim Rudd: Date Ski

NCAA Championships Classic Coverage
March 8, 2018
The NCAA Championships held the classic individual start races on Thursday at Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs, CO on Thursday morning. Katharine Ogden, Dartmouth, returned to her top form, taking the women's 5K classic in dominating fashion, a victory margin of over 45 seconds over Norwegian Anne Siri Lervik, CU, with another American, Hailey Swirbul, UAA, third, just 4 seconds out of second place. For the Midwest, Vivian Hett, NMU, lead the way in 10th place, Alayna Sonnesyn, UVM, finished 15th, with Nicole Schneider, NMU, at 20th. In the men's 10K, foreign skiers secured the podium and top 4 spots, Martin Bergstroem, UU, first, Petter Reistad, CU, second and Dag-Frode Trolleboe, third. Minnesotan Ian Torchia, NMU, was the top American finishing 5th, with fellow Midwesterner Luke Brown second American at 9th. Results linked in, along with photos from Jackie Schneider.

Junior Nationals Freestyle Sprints Coverage
March 7, 2018
A stronger showing for the Midwest team on Wednesday in the freestyle sprint races. Luci Anderson had the top result, narrowly missing the podium in the girls U18 final to finish 4th. Torsten Brikema, U20, and Anders Sonnesyn, U18, made their respective finals, both finishing 5th. Anja Maijala, U20, also made the finals, finishing 6th. Other Midwest skiers making the B finals: Libby Tuttle, FU16; Foss Kerker, MU20; Peter Moore, MU18; Erin Moening, Samantha Benzing, FU20; Kelly Koch, Leah Rudd, Sarah Olson, FU18. Results linked in, along with photosets from qualifiers and heats.

Junior Nationals Classic Coverage
March 6, 2018
Junior Nationals racing at Soldier Hollow in Utah fired up Tuesday morning with individual start classic races. Crisp temperatures overnight followed by a bright, sunny day provided a fast, firm course for the opening races, slowing down a little by the time the boys U18/20 field rolled out in the afternoon. Libby Tuttle scored the first Midwest podium, taking third in the U16 division. Other top 20 results on the day: Lauren McCollor, 20th, FU16; Mara McCollor, 15th, FU18, Kelly Koch, 18th, FU18, Luci Anderson, 19th, FU18; Erin Moening, 5th, FU20, Anja Maijala, 6th, FU20, Samantha Benzing, 19th, FU20; Victor Sparks, 13th, MU16, Cooper Lennox, 18th, MU16; Peter Moore, 20th, MU18; Xavier Mansfield, 7th, MU20, Patrick Acton, 11th , MU20, Mark Ousdigian, 19th. Results linked in, plus Midwest and Great Lakes photosets.

NCAA Championship Preview
March 5, 2018
A brief summary on the NCAA Championships including schedule, course maps, live stream, and a look at some of the favorites.

Junior Nationals Preview
March 3, 2018
The 2018 edition of Junior Nationals fires up this week beginning on Tuesday. We highlight a few non-race changes this year and provide a breakdown on the team along resources for following the action.

Midwest Juniors Team Sprints Coverage
February 28, 2018
With the Midwest Junior National team flying out to Soldier Hollow, Utah, on Saturday, many of the skiers got together on Wednesday afternoon for one last group practice before packing up their gear. Using pairings assigned from the coaches to "level the playing field", the athletes did their best Jessie Diggins impression with team sprint relays. A cool down and some refueling, and many of the skiers went back out to pair up with MYSL skiers for a Skiing with the Stars fun race to wrap up the evening.
Photoset: Team Sprints - 218 photos
Photoset from Loppet Foundation: Skiing with the Stars

Collegiate/Elite Racing: EISA, RMISA Regionals
February 26, 2018
The collegiate regional racing season wrapped up last weekend in the East coast (EISA) and Rocky Mountain (RMISA) divisions, with skiers earning their start line positions at the NCAA Championships coming up in March. Caroline Brisbois provides a summary of the racing action, along with highlights and interviews with the Midwest skiers from those divisions. Plus some photos from the EISA races, by Linda Kerker.
NCAA Skiing Championships Qualifiers

Final Rosters for Junior National and U16 Championship Teams Named
February 22, 2018
The Central Cross Country Skiing (CXC) together with the Midwest and Great Lakes Junior Committees are pleased to announce this year's Midwest and Great Lakes Junior National Teams that will be competing at the 2018 US Ski & Snowboard Cross Country Junior National Championship March 4-11th at Soldier Hollow (Utah), along with the U16 Championship Team competing at Gore Mountain Nordic Center in North Creek, New York.

Collegiate Racing Recap: CCSA, EISA
February 19, 2018
The Midwest collegiate scene, under CCSA, wrapped up its regional racing a series in Ishpeming, while the East coast college skiers raced in the Williams Carnival, as they have just one more weekend of racing left. Mary Kozloski has the recaps and quotes from Midwest skiers.
Collegiate Racing Reflection: Kayla Billett

Midwest Junior National and U16 Championship Teams Announced
February 19, 2018
After the final JNQ races at Mt. Itasca on Sunday, the points were tallied up and the Midwest team was announced, along with the preliminary roster for the U16 Championships. Note that this list will likely change some as there may be a few collegiate skier additions, and possibly some declines.
Midwest Junior National Team Info, Forms

Coleraine JNQ Freestyle Races
February 18, 2018
Wrapping up the JNQ series on Sunday, Mt. Itasca hosted 5K and 10K freestyle races. Luci Anderson skied to the top of the women's 5K field, posting the only sub 17 minute time with Mara McCollor just 3 seconds back. Showing the depth of the men's U18 field, Peter Moore took the 10K race today with James Schneider second, along with two Mt. Itasca skiers, Alex Kelling and State Champ Garrett Beckrich, who all skied under 30 minutes. U16 victories went to Cooper Lennox and Mia Case.
NCAA Regionals/SuperTour 5K, 10K Classical Results

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.
NCAA Regionals/SuperTour 15K, 20K Freestyle Coverage

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
National Nordic Foundation

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!

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.

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.

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