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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.

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

University of New Mexico Ski Team Cut
April 14, 2017
The University of New Mexico ski team has recently been cut, in a surprise move. Supporters are asking for your help in getting the program back by signing their petition.

Endurance United Junior Scholarship Program
March 22, 2017
For athletes interested in the D-team junior program, Endurance Athlete is offering some financial assistance (funded in part from the 55K rollerski event). Funds are limited, so get your application in today.

U16 Nordic Championships Recap
March 18, 2017
Kris and Bjorn Hanson provide a recap on the recent U16 Championships in Maine, where the Midwest kids scored some top results.

USCSA Championships Results
March 14, 2017
The St. Olaf Nordic ski teams competed at the United State Collegiate Skiing and Snowboarding Association Championships last week at Mt. Bachelor, in Bend, Oregon. The men's team took fourth overall, with Spencer WareJoncas leading the Oles with a ninth place finish in the 15K freestyle. WareJoncas and Ethan Holdahl finished in a 14th-place tie in the overall standings. The women's team had the highest finish for St. Olaf placing second of nine teams overall. Bri Paulsen led the way with a third place overall finish, including a second place finish in the 15K freestyle on Friday, where she missed an individual title by just 5.6 seconds. Paulsen was also second in the 7.5K classic, and sixth in the freestyle sprint. Daisy Richmond also placed in the top ten with sixth overall.
Related:
Results: USCSA Championships
This Week in Ole Athletics

NCAA Championships Recap
March 13, 2017
Mary Kozloski provides a full recap on the 2017 NCAA Championships, with insights from the top Midwest skiers. Plus a summary of the Skinnyski coverage, made possible by support from a number individuals and organizations.

Junior Nationals Coverage
March 13, 2017
A full recap of our 2017 Junior Nationals coverage from Lake Placid. Thanks again to all the individuals and organizations that helped underwrite the trip!

U16 Nordic Championships Results
March 12, 2017
A Midwest crew of U16 skiers and support staff have been out at Titcomb Mountain, in West Farmington, Maine, competing this week in the U16 NENSA Nordic Championships. The team has scored some impressive results, including: Alice House 2nd and Lauren Lackman 3rd along with Matthew Clarke 3rd and Cooper Lennox 4th in the 5K freestyle race. In the 5K classical race, Lauren Lackman was 5th, Anni Skillicorn 8th and boys Nick Parent 7th. And wrapping things up on Sunday, the mixed relay team of Alice House, Nick House, Anni Skillicorn, and Cooper Lennox, took second place.
Related:
Results: 5K freestyle, 5K classical, 4x3K mixed relay

NCAA Championships: Freestyle Coverage
March 11, 2017
The NCAA Championships concluded on Saturday under some bitter cold conditions with a pair of freestyle mass start races at Jackon Ski Touring Center in Jackson, NH. Alayna Sonnesyn of Plymouth, MN, and Univ of Vermont, was once again the star on the day, skiing a strong race and hanging on in the womens 15K race until it became a race of just two, with Petra Hyncicova, Univ of Colorado, opening up the winning gap on the climb to the high point on the final lap, and winning by just over 20 seconds with Sonnesyn second, and Hyncicova teammate Christina Rolandsen taking third. The mens 20K came down to a five man pack sprint finish with Martin Bergstroem, Univ of Utah taking the victory, Mads Ek Stroem, Univ of Colorado, second and Moritz Madlener, Denver Univ, third. Adam Martin of NMU just lost contact with the lead pack and finished 6th. Other top Midwest results: Nichole Bathe, Univ of Alaska-Fairbanks, 12th; Kris Bourne, NMU, 13th; Luke Brown, Dartmouth, 9th; Kevin Bolger, Univ of Utah, 10th; Tom Bye, Michigan Tech, 14th. Results along with big photosets posted.
Related:
2017 Championship: Freestyle Recap
Northern Michigan's Martin Receives NCAA Skiing Elite 90 Award

Junior Nationals: Relays Results
March 11, 2017
Junior Nationals in Lake Placid, NY, wrapped up its week run with a day of relay racing on Saturday. The team of Abby Jarzin, Hannah Rudd, and Margie Freed won the FU20 title by 10 seconds over NE, and IMD. Earning podium honors: MU16 (Schneider, Nameth, Moore) 2nd; MU18 (Sonnesyn, Acton, Golin) 3rd; FU18 (McCollor, Anderson, Maijaja) 3rd. New England won the Alaska Cup title with the Midwest finishing fourth. The LNR girls won the club championship title!

Junior Nationals: Classical Coverage
March 10, 2017
The Midwest scored one of their best days yet at Junior Nationals racing classical distance events on Friday. Mara McCollor, U18, and Hannah Rudd, U20, both scored impressive podium spots, both taking third place. Other top 10 results: Margie Freed, 9th U20; Xavier Mansfield, 5th U20; Erin Moening, 8th U18, Jenna Parent, 10th U18; Luc Golin, 9th U18; Libby Tuttle, 7th U16; Peter Moore, 6th U16, James Schneider, 9th U16. Results posted, plus photos from all the races.

NCAA Championships: Classical Coverage
March 9, 2017
The NCAA Championships Nordic skiing held their classical races on Thursday at Jackson Touring Center in New Hampshire. Minnesota native Alayna Sonnesyn, Univ of Vermont, skied herself onto the podium with a third place first (first American)! Vivian Hett, NMU, was the top skier from the Midwest region, finishing 6th (2nd American). The womens champion was Petra Hyncicova of Colorado Univ. In the mens 10K, Fredrik Schwencke, NMU, was the top Midwest finisher taking 6th, and teammate Adam Martin, was 7th and the top American. Martin Bergstroem, Univ of Utah, was the mens champion. Results linked in, along with full photosets from both races.

Junior Nationals: Classical Sprints Coverage
March 8, 2017
A long, and wild, day of racing Wednesday at Junior Nationals as skiers competed in classical sprint races. Warm, sunny weather made for snowcone conditions, except for a brief snowsquall. The Midwest did well in the qualifying rounds, advancing a lot of skiers to the heats. Margie Freed, U20 girls, was the lone skier to make the sprint finals, finishing 5th.

Junior Nationals: Freestyle Races Coverage
March 6, 2017
Competition got underway Monday at Lake Placid in the 2017 Junior Nationals with freestyle races. After some crisp temperatures over the weekend, warmer weather moved in providing very good racing conditions. While no podiums, the Midwest team scored a number of top ten performances, including: Sarah Olson, 6th U16 girls; Peter Moore, 5th U16 boys, Alex Nameth, 9th U16 boys; Luci Anderson, 5th U18 girls; Margie Freed, 6th U20 girls, Hannah Rudd, 7th U20 girls. Racing picks up again on Wednesday with classical sprints.
Related:
Wednesday Classical Sprints Qualifying Start List

NCAA Championships Preview
March 5, 2017
A brief guide to the NCAA Championships competition coming up on Thursday, March 9th and Saturday, March 11th, in Jackson, New Hampshire. A number of top Midwest juniors will be competing, including some with a very strong shot at making the podium.

Junior Nationals: Day 2
March 5, 2017
On Sunday in Lake Placid for the Junior Nationals competition, the Midwest team was able to finally ski the competition loop at the Olympic Jumping Complex. The loop consists of a very long climb from the base of the ski jumps to near the top of the jump towers, then winds back and forth before descending back to the stadium. In the evening, the opening ceremonies were held at the Olympic ice rink, known for the Miracle on Ice victory by the USA hockey team in 1980. Competition begins on Monday with the freestyle races!
Related:
Photoset: Day 2 - Morning Ski - 105 photos, Day 2 - Opening Ceremonies - 64 photos
Photoset: Junior National Trip Photos
Freestyle Start List
Junior Nationals Preview

Junior Nationals Preview
March 2, 2017
A brief guide on the upcoming Junior National competition, March 5-11th, in Lake Placid, NY, including a look at the Midwest team.
Related:
Midwest Junior National and NENSA U16 Teams Updated
Great Lakes Junior National Team Named
2017 Cross Country Junior National Championships Moved to Olympic Jumping Complex

CCSA: Midwest Skiers Earn NCAA Starts
March 1, 2017
The final rosters have been posted for Midwest skiers that will be competing at NCAA Championships next week in Jackson, New Hampshire. NMU fields full squads for both men and women, with Michigan Tech also fielding a full boys squad as well as sending two women, and St. Scholastica is represented as well.
Related:
NCAA Championships Field Announcement

Elite Racing Weekend Recap
February 20, 2017
Mary Kozloski recaps the weekend SuperTour/CCSA Regionals in Ishpeming and the Middlebury Carnival racing from the EISA series.
Related:
NCAA Central Region Skiing Championships Recap

Midwest Junior National and NENSA U16 Teams Named
February 19, 2017
With the completion of the Junior National competition this past weekend, the Midwest Junior National and NENSA U16 Championship preliminary teams have been named. Expect some changes/additions to the list over the coming week, as some decline and U20 collegiate skiers may be added.
Related:
2017 Junior Nationals (Lake Placid, NY)
2017 NENSA U16 Championships (Farmington, ME)

Minneapolis JNQ Classical Races Coverage
February 19, 2017
Theodore Wirth provided an oasis of snow one more time for the Minneapolis JNQ classical distance races on Sunday. The U18/U20 boys started the show at 8 am with glazed tracks - very fast conditions. The race proved to be one of the most exciting on the day as Madison's Cullen Chosy broke away on the final lap, only to be chased down by Xavier Mansfield on the final climb - an inadvertent miss of the lap vs finish lane left Mansfield soloing in for the victory. John Schwinghamer was third. Abigail Jarzin took control of the U18/U20 girls race in the final lap to take the title, Renae Anderson held with her for much of the race to finish second, with Mara McCollar third. The U16 titles went to Henry Hall and Kaelin Jackson. Results posted, along with photos from the JNQ races.

SuperTour/CCSA Regional: Classical Races Coverage
February 19, 2017
The CCSA Regional competition and SuperTour weekend wrapped up on Sunday with classical races at Al Quaal in Ishpeming. The men raced first, interval start format, and it was David Norris coming on top in the 10K event, besting NMU's Adam Martin by just under four seconds, with Matt Gelso third. In the womens 5K, Kaitlynn Miller led a Craftsbury Green sweep of the podium, with teammates Caitlin Patterson and Elizabeth Guiney second and third. NMU's Nicole Schneider was the top collegiate skier, finishing 11th. Results posted, plus photos from Jennifer Brisbois and Jackie Schneider.

Minneapolis JNQ Classical Sprints Coverage
February 18, 2017
After reasonable 40F weather for the morning qualifiers, temperatures soared into the upper 50s by the time the sprint heats were wrapping up at the Mayors Challenge JNQ classical sprints Saturday at Theodore Wirth. In the mens U18/U20 final, Andrew Bailey strided away on the final climb to take the win with Xavier Mansfield and Ryan Steger taking second and third. The womens U18/U20 final had Anna Johnson leading the final charge and taking the victory in front of Abigail Jarzin, with Mae Barnes edging out Renae Anderson for third. U16 titles went to Peter Moore and Isabel Seay. Results posted, along with photos from the sprint heats.

SuperTour/CCSA Regional: Freestyle Races Coverage
February 18, 2017
After superTour sprint races on Friday, the skiers returned to Al Quaal Saturday morning for freestyle distance races (not a SuperTour event). Warm weather on Friday, with a drop in temperatures overnight, generated some very fast, and for at least the girls race, somewhat dangerous conditions. Julia Kern topped the womens 15K field, with NMU's Nicole Schneider second and Annika Richardson third. The mens 20K race came down to a lead pack of four and a sprint finish as Evan Palmer-Charrette took the victory with NMU's Adam Martin second, Michael Somppi third and Rogan Brown rounding out the pack. Results posted, plus photos from Jackie Schneider and Jennifer Brisbois.

Elite Racing Weekend Recap
February 13, 2017
Mary Kozlowski reports on collegiate racing action from the Midwest (CCSA), East coast (EISA) and new this week, the Rockies/West Coast (RMISA) scene.
Related:
Results: Northern Michigan Sweep Menís and Womenís Podiums in Rhinelander

Rhinelander CCSA Classical Coverage
February 11, 2017
The CCSA held a make-up classical race for the cancelled event last month, on the trails at CAVOC in Rhinelander on Saturday. NMU's Adam Martin, fresh from the World U23 Championships, took the mens 10K and Vivian Hett, also NMU, won the womens 5K. Full results linked in, photos coming tomorrow.

CCSA: Distance Championships Recap
February 6, 2017
A recap of the CCSA Distance Championships last weekend on the trails at Michigan Tech.
Related:
CCSA Points List Updated

CCSA Championships - Freestyle Races Coverage
February 5, 2017
The CCSA Distance Championships held their freestyle mass start races Sunday on the trails at Michigan Tech University. In the mens race, Kyle Bratrud skied away with the 20K title, with NMU's Zak Ketterson leading the collegiate field, followed by Gaspard Cuenot, MTU, and Fredrik Schwencke, NMU. Kris Bourne had an amazing weekend: After winning the classic race on Saturday, she came back on Sunday to take the womens mass start 15K, edging out Nicole Schneider in a sprint finish. Sophie Schimpl was third, as NMU again secured the top seven places. Results linked in, photos coming by Monday afternoon.

City of Lakes Loppet Classical Coverage
February 4, 2017
Posting a victory over tough snow conditions, the Loppet Foundation pulled out a 6K course for the racing action on Saturday morning. Matt Liebsch never let off the gas as he hammered away from the field to take the mens classical marathon 30K event by two minutes over Chris Pappathopoulos with Krystof Kopal third. Felicia Gesior winning by almost a seven minute margin as Canadian Isabella Howden took second and Winona's Kelly Skillicorn third. In the shorter classical race, J.D. Downing and Kate Ellis claimed the titles. Results linked in, along with photosets from both races.

CCSA Championships - Classical Races Coverage
February 4, 2017
The CCSA held their distance classical championship race Saturday morning in Houghton, MI on the Michigan Tech trail system. In the womens 5K, Northern Michigan dominated the standings taking the top seven, led by Kris Bourne with Nicole Schneider just half a second behind, and Vivian Hett rounding out the top three, in the interval start event. The mens 10K Kyle Bratrud posted the top time with NMU sweeping the college podium as Fredrik Schwencke, Zak Ketterson, Samuel Elfstrom followed Bratrud. Results linked in, plus photos from Jennifer Brisbois and Jackie Schneider.

NNF: U18 Nation's Trip Day 11/Wrap Up
February 1, 2017
The National Nordic Foundation sponsored U18 Nation's Trip wrapped up on Wednesday with flights home. Read a final recap and misc notes from the trip.

World Junior Championships - Freestyle Races
February 1, 2017
World Junior Championships on Wednesday in Soldier Hollow featured freestyle format races. Sweden's Ebba Andersson took the womens 5K victory, with American Katharine Ogden placing 5th, less than 7 seconds off the podium. Russians swept the mens 10K podium, led by Vladislav Vechkanov, with Hunter Wonders the top American at 16th.
Related:
Results: 5K, 10K Freestyle

U23 World Championships - Classical Sprints
January 31, 2017
On Tuesday it was the U23 athletes turn at classical sprints. Sweden's Anna Dyvik was the best of the womens field, winning by over 3 seconds, while Norway's Fredrik Riseth won the mens final. For the US, Cole Morgan advanced to the semifinals and Nicole Bathe was the top Midwest skier, earning a spot in the quarterfinals.
Related:
Results: Classical Sprints

NNF: U18 Nation's Trip Day 10
January 31, 2017
The U18 Nation's Trip wrapped up their final day in Norway with a trip to a world class Nordic training facility with snowmaking and then an afternoon hike around Trondheim.

CCSA Points List Updated
January 31, 2017
The CCSA points listed has been updated with the results from last Saturday's freestyle races in Duluth.

NNF: U18 Nation's Trip Day 9
January 30, 2017
Day 9 of the U18 Nation's Trip visited two legends: the Meraker ski area and Olympic gold medalist and World Championship Frode Estil.

Duluth Invite/JNQ Freestyle Race Coverage - Day 2
January 29, 2017
Day 2 of racing at Duluth Marshall was again on skate skis, with conditions not allowing for classic tracks to be set. In the 10K, Patrick Acton notched the top U18 time and the fastest time of the field. Jack Christianson was the fastest U20 male, and Kyle Marshall posted the best collegiate result. The U16 5K field was led by Peter Moore, just seconds in front of Saturday's 5K champ, James Schneider. Abigail Jarzinen skated the fastest women's 10K of the day and led the U18 category. Dottie Anderson was the top U20 skier with Carolyn Lucca topping the collegiate field. The U16 women's race gave top honors to Sarah Olson.
Related:
CCSA: Duluth Hilltop Invite Recap

NNF: U18 Nation's Trip Day 8
January 29, 2017
The Junior Nordic Competition (U18 Nations) wrapped up on Sunday with a pair of exciting relay races. The team will be spending two more days in Norway, skiing and sightseeing, before flying back home.
Related:
Photoset: Relays

Duluth Invite/JNQ Freestyle Race Coverage
January 28, 2017
Duluth's Marshall School played host to this weekend's JNQ, starting with individual start skate competition on Saturday. Nicole Schneider and James Schneider made the 5K race a family affair, snagging the top female and male spots of the day. The fastest 10K boys time went to Gaspard Cuenot of Michigan Tech.

NNF: U18 Nation's Trip Day 7
January 28, 2017
The second day of racing on the U18 Nation's trip featured freestyle 5K and 10K events, with the US team scoring a number of top twenty results.
Related:
Photoset: Freestyle Races

NNF: U18 Nation's Trip Day 6
January 27, 2017
Racing action finally got underway for the U18 Nation's Trip with classical sprints Friday evening in Norway. The US squad qualified nearly all of the team for the sprint heats, with two boys advancing to the semifinals before getting bumped out. Saturday will feature freestyle distance races.
Related:
Photoset: Classical Sprints

NNF: U18 Nation's Trip Day 5
January 26, 2017
The U18 Nation's trip in Norway started to heat up on Thursday as skiers and coaches made their final preparations for the first races - classical sprints - on Friday evening.

NNF: U18 Nation's Trip Day 4
January 25, 2017
The U18 Nation's trip skiers were back on snow in Norway Wednesday morning, then headed north in the afternoon for an adventure along the fjord. Official training opens Thursday, first races are Friday evening!

NNF: U18 Nation's Trip Day 3
January 24, 2017
The first full day in Norway, the U18 Nations trip skiers got some on-snow time at the race venue, Knyken Skisenter.
Related:
Live Coverage of Jr/U23 World Championships, Exclusively on NNF TV

NNF: U18 Nation's Trip Underway
January 23, 2017
Athletes from across the US made their two day journey (with time changes) Sunday-Monday to Orkdal, Norway, for the Junior Nordic Countries Competition (U18 Nations Trip). LNR has coach Chris Harvey acting as team leader, and rising Robbinsdale-Armstrong star Lucy Anderson is one of athletes that will be competing this weekend.
Related:
USSA: Utah Venues Ready For World Championships

CCSA: Birkie Trailhead Recap
January 23, 2017
A full recap on the collegiate racing action last weekend at the Birkie trailhead.


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