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Fairall Receives Empowerment Grant


TRUCKEE, CA (Oct. 5, 2015) – The High Fives Foundation has awarded 26-year-old Nick Fairall (Andover, NH) an Empowerment Grant to bring the Olympic ski jumper to the CR Johnson Healing Center for specialized rehabilitative treatments this week.

Stephen Wins Ski Jump Hill Climb


PARK CITY, UT (Sept. 26, 2015) - Olympian Liz Stephen (E. Montpelier, VT) of the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team held off a hard-charging Veronika Mayerhofer of Austria to claim the win at the Red Bull 400 hill climb at the Utah Olympic Park. The event, which attracted over 400 athletes who climbed a 400-meter course up the HS134 meter ski jump...

USSA and WSJ-USA Expand Relationship


PARK CITY, UT (Sept. 21, 2015) – Following a decision by Women’s Ski Jumping USA (WSJ-USA) to focus more on its successful Fly Girls development program, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) will take on an expanded role in managing women’s elite ski jumping starting this fall. Program elements for the elite team will remain in place...

U.S. Championships Coming to Lake Placid


LAKE PLACID, NY (Sept. 16, 2015) – Lake Placid’s Olympic Ski Jumping Complex will be the site of the U.S. Ski Jumping Championships on Sunday, Oct. 11. The normal hill championship will take place on the HS100 meter hill in Lake Placid as part of a full weekend of ski jumping during the annual Flaming Leaves Festival, Oct. 10-11, which also...

Third in Grand Prix Series for Englund


ALMATY, Kazakhstan (Sept. 13, 2015) - American Nita Englund (Florence, WI) came away from the final two weekends of FIS Ski Jumping Summer Grand Prix with a big step forward in her international career, taking fifth in Sunday’s finale to finish third overall. Nina Lussi (Lake Placid, NY) was 21st, her best finish and fourth straight...

Podium for Nita in Almaty


ALMATY, Kazhakstan (Sept. 12, 2015) - Nita Englund (Florence, WI) put in one of the most impressive performances of her career, finishing second in a FIS Ski Jumping Summer Grand Prix Saturday in the Olympic bid city of Almaty. Englund soared 99.0 and 91.5 meters to finish behind Grand Prix leader Sara Takanashi of Japan on the HS106 meter jump...

Englund Leads U.S. Women in Russia


CHAIKOVSKY, Russia (Sept. 6, 2015) - The women’s FIS Ski Jumping Summer Grand Prix wrapped up Sunday in Chaikovsky with Japan’s Sara Takanashi flying 103.5 meters for back-to-back hill records and wins. For the USA it was a good weekend with Nita Englund (Florence, WI) seventh and Nina Lussi (Lake Placid, NY) in the points for the second...
Strong Day for USA in Russia


CHAIKOVSKY, Russia (Sept. 5, 2015) - The USA opened a weekend of FIS Ski Jumping Summer Grand Prix action in Russia with Nita Englund (Florence, WI) sixth and Nina Lussi (Lake Placid, NY) scoring her best World Cup level results in 22nd. Action continues for the women on the HS106-meter normal hill on Sunday. Japan's Sara Takanashi won, leading...

Taylor Moves Up in Grand Prix Finale


OBERSTDORF, Germany (Sept. 5, 2015) - The FIS Nordic Combined Grand Prix wrapped up Saturday in Oberstdorf, with Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) skiing up to 13th. Germany dominated the day, and the tour, with Fabian Riessle getting the over teammate Johannes Rydzek, who took the Grand Prix title. Akito Watabe broke up a German sweep...

Fastest Rollski for Taylor


OBERSTDORF, Germany (Sept. 4, 2015) - Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) found his roller ski groove Friday, winning the 10k race to move up from 39th after jumping to finish 19th in a FIS Nordic Combined Summer Grand Prix in Oberstdorf. Germany’s Johannes Rydzek took the win by 13 seconds over Japan’s Akito Watabe.

Weather Plays Role in Montafon Combined


MONTAFON, Austria (Sept. 2, 2015) - The day dawned with blue skies in the Montafon valley of western Austria on Wednesday, but eventually mother nature took it’s toll with a crazy day in the FIS Nordic Combined Summer Grand Prix. Austria’s Mario Seidl claimed the the victory at the new venue of Tschagguns and...

Fletchers Lead USA in Summer Grand Prix


OBERWIESENTHAL, Germany (Aug. 30, 2015) - Olympian Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) set a torrid pace with the second fastest roller ski time to finish 12th in a FIS Nordic Combined Summer Grand Prix Sunday in Oberwiesenthal, along the Czech border. Eric Frenzel led a German sweep of the podium.

In the morning jump on...

World Champion Out for Season


PARK CITY, UT (Aug. 26, 2015) - World champion ski jumper Sarah Hendrickson (Park City, UT) underwent knee surgery this week and will be out for the season. Hendrickson, who injured her right knee in a training accident in August 2013 leading up to the Sochi Olympics, reinjured the knee during jump training in June.

Diggins Top 10 in Final Toppedrittsveka Stage


TRONDHEIM, Norway (Aug. 22, 2015) – In front of a packed crowd that felt more like a winter World Cup than a summer roller ski race, Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) led the U.S. Ski Team in the 15k pursuit finale at the Toppidrettsveka stage race that concluded Saturday in downtown Trondheim. Diggins finished 10th, just ahead of Kikkan Randall (...

Day 2: Stephen + Randall Top-10 at Toppidrettsveka


ORKDAL, Norway (Aug. 21, 2015) - Liz Stephen (E. Montpelier, VT) and Kikkan Randall (Anchorage, AK) cracked the top 10 in the third stage of Toppidrettsveka—a 15k skiathlon at the Knyken ski center in Orkdal on Friday.

Norway’s Heidi Weng took the win over teammate Terese Johaug, with Germany’s Denise Hermann finishing third. Andy Newell...

Day One: Caldwell Takes 5th in Toppidrettsveka


AURE, Norway (Aug. 20, 2015) – Olympian Sophie Caldwell (Peru, VT) opened the three-day Toppidrettsveka roller ski stage race, finishing fifth in a classic sprint. Topidrettsveka is an annual weekend festival that this year has attracted the top World Cup cross country ski racers from Norway, Italy, Germany and the U.S. Ski Team. Norway’s Heidi...

Cross Country Team to Compete at Toppidrettsveka


AURE, Norway (August 18, 2015) – The U.S. Cross Country Ski Team will kickoff its 2015-16 season on wheels. Eight members of the team are training in Norway in anticipation of this weekend’s three-day Toppidrettsveka roller ski competition, which will feature a World Cup-caliber field. It’s the first year the Team has been invited to the...

Englund Top American in Grand Prix


COURCHEVEL, France (Aug. 14, 2015) - American Nita Englund (Florence, WI) opened the FIS Summer Grand Prix tour Friday finishing 23rd in Courchevel on the HS96-meter Olympic hill. Japan’s Sara Takanashi took the win. Takanashi's teammate Yuki Ito was second with Austria’s Daniela Iraschko-Stolz third.

USSA Names New Nordic Director


PARK CITY, UT  (Aug. 6, 2015) – The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) has named longtime nordic business leader and enthusiast Robert Lazzaroni as its new nordic domestic program director. Lazzaroni will be responsible for administering domestic programs in partnership with USSA nordic clubs, including membership, club development,...

Birkie History Featured in New Museum


HAYWARD, WI (Aug. 6, 2015) – Each February, more than 10,000 cross country skiers gather in Cable and Hayward, Wisconsin to take part in North America’s greatest ski race, the American Birkebeiner. For more than 40 years, the Birkie has helped shape the lives of tens of thousands of participants. On Wednesday, August 12, longtime Birkie...