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Repeat Titles as Championships Close


HOUGHTON, MI (Jan. 10, 2015) - Dakota Blackhorse von Jess (Bend, OR) and Rosie Brennan (Park City, UT) won the freestyle sprint event at the U.S. Cross Country Skiing Championships. For Blackhorse von Jess, it was his third national title and his second at this week’s U.S. Championships. Brennan also repeated as champion, having taken home...
Stephen Strong Heading into Tour Finale


VAL DI FIEMME, Italy (Jan. 10, 2015)- Liz Stephen (East Montpelier, VT) skied to a fifth place finish in the penultimate stage of the Tour de Ski, a 10km classic mass start. It boosted her to sixth in the Tour with one stage remaining – the terrifying climb up Alpe Cermis on Sunday, where Stephen will be among the favorites.
Career Best for Loomis


CHAUX-NEUVE, France (Jan. 10, 2015) - Wisconsin skier Adam Loomis (Eau Claire, WI) scored a career best 21st in the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup Saturday in Chaux-Neuve. It marked is first World Cup points, combining a strong balance between his ski jumping and cross country. Teammate Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) was 20th with Eric...

Hendrickson Soars to Fifth in Sapporo


SAPPORO, Japan (Jan. 10, 2015) - Sarah Hendrickson (Park City, UT) soared to fifth as the women's FIS Ski Jumping World Cup resumed after a month break. National hero Sara Takanashi took the win over Daniela Iraschko-Stolz of Austria and Spela Rogelj of Slovenia.

Her finish marked another stepping stone in her return from a devasting...

Liz Stephen Steady at Tour de Ski


TOBLACH, Italy (January 8, 2015) – Liz Stephen (East Montpelier, VT) and Kikkan Randall (Anchorage, AK) were the only two U.S. racers to compete in stage five of the Tour de Ski in Toblach, Italy. Stephan finished 14th and Randall in 25th in the 15k/35k Freestyle pursuit race. The rest of the U.S. athletes withdrew,...

Bjornsen Leads U.S. in Fourth Tour de Ski Stage


TOBLACH, Italy (January 7, 2015) – Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) again paced the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team, taking eighth place in the fourth stage of the Tour de Ski in Toblach, Italy. For the men, Erik Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) led the U.S. in 58th place.

The Norwegian women continued their dominance, sweeping the 5k...

Caldwell Tops in Val Mustair


VAL MUSTAIR, Switzerland (Jan. 6, 2014) The Tour de Ski is marked by slow gains, daily improvements and careful attention to the details of ski racing. Tuesday’s freestyle sprint in Val Mustair was the third stage in the tour and the first where U.S. results reflected their season long attention and focus even through the tough sensations of...
Tough Slow Going in Classic Sprints


HOUGHTON, MI (Jan. 6, 2015) - Rosie Brennan (Park City, UT) and Dakota Blackhorse Von Jess (Bend, OR) came for a classic sprint and left after winning what felt like a series of four short distance races.  The qualification and heats around the U.S. Cross Country Championships were long (nearly four minutes) and slowed by wind and newly...
Bratrud and Gregg Take Opening Titles


HOUGHTON, MI (Jan. 4, 2015) - With temperatures in the single digits, fresh snow and blowing winds, the conditions at the Michigan Tech Trails in Houghton, Michigan played a big role in sorting out the first winners of the week long U.S. Cross Country Championships. Titles in the 15k and 10k freestyle event went to Kyle Bratrud (Eden Prairie...
U.S. Women Steady in Tour de Ski


OBERSDORF, Germany (Jan. 4, 2015) – The seven-stage Tour de Ski entered day two with the U.S. Ski Team’s womem holding strong. Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) and Liz Stephen (East Montpelier, VT) finished 14th and 15th respectively, just two seconds from each other and fifty seconds away from the podium in a 10k classic pursuit. Norway’s...
Top 10 for Fletcher in Schonach


SCHONACH, Germany (Jan. 4, 2015) - Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) skied to another top 10, finishing ninth in a FIS Nordic Combined World Cup in Schonach. Brother Taylor was 24th as Lukas Klapfer of Austria took the win over Aikito Watabe of Japan by a second. It was Fletcher's second top 10 including his eighth in Lillehammer a month...

Strong Tour de Ski Opener for USA


OBERSDORF, Germany (Jan. 3, 2015) - Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) kicked off the seven stage Tour de Ski with a strong 3 kilometer prologue Saturday in Obersdorf. “I felt like I was going today,” Bjornsen said of the opening event in the seven-stage tour, now in its ninth year. Bjornsen led a strong day for the U.S. women, finishing seventh....
Five Things to Know About Championships


HOUGHTON, MI (Jan. 3, 2015) - Cross country ski racers from across America will be vying for titles and team spots this week as the U.S. Cross Country Championships come to Houghton at the Michigan Tech Nordic Training Center with several hundred skiers expected for the Jan. 4-10 event.
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How the Nordic Team Celebrates the Holidays


We all celebrate the holidays differently—some roast chestnuts over the fire, some sing carols with their families, and others…do intervals before everyone wakes up in the morning.

No matter who you are, we all have that favorite gift and memory of the holiday season. This year, we asked our athletes about their favorite gifts and...

Crashes Mar Davos Sprint


DAVOS, Switzerland (Dec. 21, 2014) – Kikkan Randall (Anchorage, AK) edged closer to the top of the results page in Sunday’s 1.2k freestyle sprint World Cup, finishing ninth and advancing through to the semi-final round. Randall shared her heat with teammate Sophie Caldwell (Peru, VT). The Davos event was an unexpected sprint in the World Cup...
Combined Jumps Up in Team Event


RAMSAU, Austria (Dec. 20, 2014) - On the wings of improved jumping, the USA bumped up from eighth to fifth in a FIS Nordic Combined World Cup team event Saturday in Ramsau. Action contnues Sunday with an individual event before the tour takes a holiday break.

Liz Stephen Leads US in Davos Distance


DAVOS, Switzerland (Dec. 20, 2014) - Liz Stephen (East Montpelier, VT) skied a strong 10k effort to finish a minute back from dominant Norwegian Marit Bjoergen in Saturday’s freestyle event in Davos – a big confidence booster.
Davos Redux: 8 Things to Watch this World Cup Weekend


DAVOS, Switzerland (Dec. 17, 2014) - Like nordic skiing? Love the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team? Here are eight people and points to keep your eyes peeled for when the World Cup returns to Davos, having been...

US Qualifies Four in Davos Sprint


DAVOS, Switzerland (Dec. 14, 2014) The story of Sunday’s U.S. Cross Country Ski Team begins with improvement and ends with Norway. In the first three World Cup weekends, it was easy to focus on the strength of the Norwegian team – it has won more podium positions than every other country combined since the competitive year began. In the...
US Women Close the Gap in Davos


DAVOS, Switzerland (Dec. 13, 2014) – The U.S. Cross Country Ski Team took another step forward, as the World Cup tour headed to Davos. In the regular World Cup rotation, Davos is where the sun comes out. The opening World Cup events are marked by location, deep into arctic terrain: the Ruka Triple and the Lillehammer mini tour are shaded by a...