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Randall Named to the Alaska Ski Hall of Fame

04/23/2015

For the first time since 1999, the Alaska Cross Country Ski Hall of Fame will induct skiers, coaches and trail builder to their coveted halls at Kincaid Park, Alaska. Among the celebrated, Kikkan Randall will be named.

Randall, an Anchorage native, has had a successful cross country ski career, including four Olympics, 17 national titles...

Hoffman and Caldwell Train With Boston Youth

04/14/2015

BOSTON, MA (April 14, 2015)—The season has ended. The snow has (mostly) stopped flying and the athletes have scattered across the country to return home for the summer. But Noah Hoffman and Sophie Caldwell took a brief detour to Belmont Hill School in Boston, MA to lead more than 100 young cross country enthusiasts in a dryland training session...

Depth: The Cross Country Season in Review

04/07/2015

Athletic success is rarely linear. Press clippings and annual highlights love to portray a smooth curve of improvement and the inexorable march towards success, but there are very few careers that can be graphed on a smooth chart up and to the right. Illness, injury, age and circumstance conspire to make athletics unknowable and unpredictable—...

L.L.Bean and CRAFT Partner With Team

03/31/2015

PARK CITY, UT (March 31, 2015)  -- L.L.Bean, a leading outdoor equipment and apparel designer and merchant and CRAFT Sportswear North America, renowned for its cutting edge technology in world class competition and training wear, today announced a...

Gregg and Hoffman Claim National Distance Championships

03/26/2015

KETCHUM, Idaho (March 26, 2015) – Caitlin Gregg (Minneapolis, MN) closed out the 2015 season with a National Championship in the 30k event held at the Galena Lodge above Ketchum, Idaho. It was Gregg’s second U.S. 30k title in as many years, both won with convincing margins after fast starts. The course, a short softening loop in warm conditions...

Spring Series Returns to Sun Valley

03/20/2015

KETCHUM, ID (March 19, 2015) – Sun Valley has long been a legendary location for the U.S. cross country ski community to close out a racing season. Years of Spring Series events, great weather and a skiing culture that’s distinctly American make it every much a celebration as a race season finale. With temperatures warming towards spring and...

Banner Day for U.S. Women in Holmenkollen 30K

03/15/2015

OSLO, Norway (March 15, 2015) – A furious start to the 30k Holmenkollen event set the stage for aggressive racing and impressive performances from the U.S. women competing in the famed race to close the World Cup season. Liz Stephen (East Montpelier, VT) finished ninth, tying her own USA-best-ever 30k set at Holmenkollen in 2013. Jessie Diggins...

Gregg Leads U.S. Men in Holmenkollen 50K

03/14/2015

OSLO, Norway (Mar. 14, 2015) – Brian Gregg (Winthrop, WA) led the U.S. men in 35th place at the venerable 50K race at Oslo’s Holmenkollen venue. The race, run under sunny skies and fast tracks, stayed together for much of its length.

Norwegian Sjur Roethe took the win over Dario Cologna of Switzerland and Martin Johnsrud Sundby, also of...

Taylor Top USA in Season Finale

03/14/2015

OSLO, Norway (March 14, 2015) - Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) had another strong cross country race but the time gap off the large hill was too much to overcome, finishing 21st. Akito Watabe of Japan picked up the win over Germany's Johannes Rydzek by nine seconds. Italian Allesandro Pittin moved up from 25th to third with the fastest...

Strong Day for Hendrickson in Oslo

03/13/2015

OSLO, Norway (March 13, 2015) - Sarah Hendrickson (Park City, UT) capped a comeback season soaring to second in the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup finale at Holmenkollen in Oslo. Hendrickson flew 128.5 meters on her second jump to finish just behind Japan's Sara Takanashi.

30 Spot Bump for Fletcher

03/12/2015

TRONDHEIM, Norway (March 12, 2015) - A tough morning on the jump hill was nearly washed away as Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) moved up 30 spots in cross country to finish 14th in a FIS Nordic Combined World Cup in Trondheim. Norway's Magnus Moan took the win with the fourth fastest cross country as jump leader Eric Frenzel dropped to...

Norway Dominates Drammen Sprint

03/11/2015

DRAMMEN, Norway (March 11, 2015) – Norway made short work of the final World Cup sprint of the season, a classic race in their home country, by sweeping both the men’s and women’s podium and taking seven of the top ten places in both competitions. The U.S. team struggled in qualification with only Andy Newell (Shaftsbury, VT) and Sadie Bjornsen...

Bjornsen Siblings Lead U.S. Skiers in Lahti

03/08/2015

LAHTI, Finland (March 8, 2015) – Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) led the U.S. in the Lahti 10k classic race with a 14th place, while her brother Erik Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) led the U.S. men in 38th place. The sibling duo battled spring-like klister conditions and a deteriorating race course. Marit Bjorgen of Norway resumed her familiar place at...

Randall Returns to Podium in Lahti Sprint

03/07/2015

LAHTI, Finland (March 7, 2015) - Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) returned to the World Cup podium with a third place finish in the Lahti Freestyle Sprint. Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) finished just behind Kikkan in fourth, impressive in a sharply competitive day that saw relatively few Americans move through to the sprint heats.

Americans Still Going Strong in Lahti

03/06/2015

LAHTI, Finland (Mar. 6, 2015) - The FIS Cross Country World Cup season is a furious train that boards in Northern Scandinavia in early December, speeds through the Tour de Ski, past countless central European stops and various championships before coming to its final destinations in Sweden, Finland and Norway. This year, there are more American...

Watabe in Come from Behind Win

03/06/2015

LAHTI, Finland (March 6, 2015) - Japan's Akito Watabe slogged through deep snow to make up 54 seconds on the leaders and take a hard fought victory over Germany's World Champion Johannes Rydzek as the Lahti Ski Games opened in Finland with a FIS Nordic Combined World Cup. It was a tough day on the jumping hill for the USA, with Taylor Fletcher...

Case Studies in Conviction: Harvey & Olsson & Northug

03/02/2015

“You can say that you believe in yourself, but to actually believe in yourself is an entirely different thing,”  - U.S. Head Coach Matt Whitcomb following the U.S. women’s strong fourth place performance in Wednesday’s relay.

Diggins & Gregg - Seizing Opportunity

03/02/2015

USSA columnist Tom Kelly takes a look at Jesse Diggins and Caitlin Gregg winning World Championships medals in Falun in this week's Behind the Gold.

It was an unlikely scenario. In a raging, wet Swedish snowstorm, three athletes shivered in the cold of the finish stadium in Falun. In the middle stood Sweden’s favorite daughter,...

Women's Ski Jumping Pioneer Passes

03/01/2015

PARK CITY, UT (March 1, 2015) - The U.S. Ski Team mourned the loss Sunday of women's ski jumping pioneer and former Mayor of Salt Lake City Deedee Corradini. As the city's Olympic mayor, Corradini played a vital role in the successful organization of the Games and was a key face of the Utah Olympics. A few years later, she adopted the cause of...

Hoffman Tough in Falun 50k

03/01/2015

FALUN, Sweden (March 1, 2015) - Noah Hoffman (Aspen, CO) skied to a 31st place in a difficult 50k classic race, the close of the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships. On a track that broke down early, the race was held tightly together by the conditions. Despite early attemps from race favorites, breakaway efforts were absorbed by the heavy, slow...

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