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Ski the Legend - The Minnesota Finlandia, Feb 17, 2018


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

Luke Brown, Colby Carnival, January 14, 2018

Minneapolis Washburn's Emily Covert takes the class AA title, Minnesota State CC Meet, November 4, 2017

Jackson Meadow CX, October 21, 2017

Hoigaards Relays, December 16, 2017

Brian Gregg on top of the podium, NorAm Mini Tour, Rossland, BC, December 15, 2017

Highlights

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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.

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

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

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


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