Nordic News

Fletcher Jumps Into Contention in Japan


SAPPORO, Japan (Jan. 23, 2015) - Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) soared to his best jump of the season, putting him into contention for the win before ending up ninth in a FIS Nordic Combined World Cup in Sapporo Friday. Germany's Eric Frenzel took the win over Norway's Jan Schmid in an intense battle that saw a full field sprint for the...

Q&A: Noah Hoffman Recovering from Injury


BRECKENRIDGE, CO (Jan. 19, 2015) - When Noah Hoffman took a bad crash in the opening World Cup in Kuusamo, Finland, he didn’t expect to find his season in jeopardy. A broken fibula and a quick trip home meant just that. Now, Hoffman is putting himself back together and he's not counting anything out yet. We asked him a few questions on his...

Fletcher Top 10 in Seefeld Triple


SEEFELD, Austria (Jan. 18, 2015) - Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) scored his fourth top-10 of the season, finishing ninth in the Seefeld Triple. Germany’s Eric Frenzel remained unbeaten, repeating as champion of the three-day mini-tour.
Fletcher continued to improve on his jumping, which has been a difference...
Brennan and Sargent Sixth in Otepää Team Sprint


OTEPAA, Estonia (Jan. 18, 2015) – Ida Sargent (Orleans, VT) and Rosie Brennan (Park City, UT) skied to a sixth place in today’s World Cup freestyle team sprint. Brennan, fresh from two wins in both the classic and freestyle sprints at the U.S. Cross Country Championships was teamed with Sargent without much warning after Kikkan Randall (...

Winds Mix Up Results in Zao


ZAO, Japan (Jan. 18, 2015) - Jessica Jerome (Park City, UT) persevered through swirling winds Sunday to lead the U.S. women, finishing tenth in a FIS Ski Jumping World Cup in Zao. Carina Vogt of Germany took the win. The competition was reduced to just one jump with winds wreaking havoc all weekend.

U.S. Sprinters Flat in Otepää Sprint


OTEPAA, Estonia (Jan. 17, 2015) – Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA), Simi Hamilton (Aspen, CO), and Andy Newell (Shaftsbury, VT) qualified in today’s classic sprint, the first World Cup event for each since they departed the Tour de Ski after its fourth stage. Each skier failed to progress beyond their quarterfinal heat with Bjornsen leading the...

Strong Race for Bryan Fletcher


SEEFELD, Austria (Jan. 17, 2015) - Germany's Eric Frenzel remained invicible in Seefeld, skiing to a second straight win in the Seefeld Triple. Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) skied up from 25th in the jump to finish 11th, with the fourth fastest cross country time. Billy Demong (Vermontville, NY) was 21st. The mini-tour wraps up Sunday...

Seefeld Triple Opens in Austria


SEEFELD, Austria (Jan. 16, 2015) - Germany’s Eric Frenzel continued where he left off in last year’s inaugural Seefeld Triple, winning his sixth straight FIS Nordic Combined World Cup in Seefeld. Billy Demong (Vermontville, NY) moved up from 30th in the jump to 28th after the 5k cross country. The Seefeld Triple is an innovative nordic...
History for Liz Stephen in Tour


VAL DI FIEMME, Italy (Jan. 11, 2015) – Liz Stephen (East Montpelier, VT) powered up the Alpe Cermis hill climb to finish fifth overall in the seven-stage Tour de Ski Sunday, the best result ever by an American in the multi-stage event.
“This is my favorite event of the year,” Stephen said of the Tour de Ski’s final 9k...
Two Fletchers in Top 10


CHAUX-NEUVE, France (Jan. 11, 2015) - Bad weather forced a change in format at the Chaux-Neuve FIS Nordic Combined World Cup Saturday, switching from a team sprint to an individual race. The USA took advantage, with Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) skiing to fifth and brother Bryan eighth. It was Bryan's third individual top ten of the...

Career Best Jump for Nita Englund


SAPPORO, Japan (Jan. 11, 2015) - Sarah Hendrickson (Park City, UT) capped the weekend in Sapporo with an eighth place World Cup finish. Nita Englund (Florence, WI) continued her strong season, scoring a career best 11th. Jessica Jerome (Park City, UT) was 12th as Japan's Sara Takanshi made it two straight.

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...