Nordic News

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...
Near Miss for Taylor Fletcher


PARK CITY, UT (Dec. 13, 2014) - Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) just missed closing the gap to the podium, moving up from 20th in jumping to finish fifth in a FIS Nordic Combined Continental Cup competition at Gorgoza Park outside Park City. Austria's Tomaz Droml swept the weekend wins, this time in a narrow head-to-head battle with...

Austria Sweeps Continental Cup


PARK CITY, Utah (Dec. 12, 2014) - It was a grueling day at the Gorgoza Park tubing hill with tough and icy 10k cross country course. Defending FIS Nordic Combined Continental Cup champion Tomaz Druml came from behind to lead an Austrian podium sweep in the season-opener in Park City Friday. Druml came from a 40-second deficit to teammate Lukas...

Stage Set for Wild XC Leg


PARK CITY, UT (Dec. 11) - Subtle, swirly winds wreaked a bit of havoc with the ski jumping field, as Austria's Lukas Greiderer soared to 92.5 meters to take the lead in a FIS Nordic Combined Continental Cup at the Utah Olympic Park in Park City. American Billy Demong (Vermontville, NY) tied for eighth, with an 84.5-meter ride and will start one...

Global Field for Utah Nordic Event This Week


PARK CITY, UT (Dec. 11) – Olympic champion Billy Demong (Vermontville, NY) will highlight the field as a dozen nations come to Park City this week for an International Ski Federation Nordic Combined Continental Cup. A field of 55 international athletes is expected for the two-event program Dec. 11-13 event to be held at the Utah Olympic Park...
Fletcher Cracks Top-10 in Norway


LILLEHAMMER, Norway (Dec. 7) - Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) came from deep in the pack, moving up from 36th after the jump to finish eighth after scoring the second fastest cross country time. Norway's Mikko Kokslien, however, came up even further, starting 38th after jumping and scoring the fastest cross country leg to win. Adam...

Bjornsen Leads USA in Lillehammer


LILLEHAMMER, Norway (Dec. 7) – Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) skied strong, giving up only one position to finish 18th overall in Sunday’s 10k pursuit race, the last of the Lillehammer World Cup mini tour. Bjornsen, 25, led the U.S. results through the second weekend of World Cup racing and demonstrated a more balanced level of skiing....
Diggins Leads in Lillehammer 5k


LILLEHAMMER, Norway (Dec. 6) – Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) led the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team with a gutsy 15th place finish in the 5k freestyle second stage of the three-day Lillehammer World Cup mini tour. Diggins was an early starter and skied into the strong finish after a conservative start. Teammate, Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) also...
Bjornsen Leads Tough Day for USA


LILLEHAMMER, Norway (Dec. 5) - Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) led the U.S. Ski Team with a 21st place finish in the opening event of the three-day Lillehammer World Cup mini tour in a freestyle sprint. Norway was dominant in the race with Marit Bjoergen leading a sweep of the women’s event and teammate Pal Golberg narrowly winning over Russia’s...

Sarah Top 10 in Lillehammer


LILLEHAMMER, Norway (Dec. 5) - World Champion Sarah Hendrickson (Park City, UT) came from behind to finish ninth in the opening FIS Ski Jumping World Cup of the season. Jessica Jerome (Park City, UT) was 11th with Nita Englund (Steamboat Springs, CO) 18th. Slovenia’s Spela Rogen won with Daniela Iraschko-Stolz of Austria second. Sara Takanashi...

Opening Weekend for Ski Jumping Team


LILLEHAMMER, Norway  (Dec. 4) – On the eve of the International Ski Federation’s Ski Jumping World Cup tour opener, the U.S. Ski Team has named three women to its 2014-15 team. The women’s tour opens this weekend on the Olympic jumps in Lillehammer, Norway. The three named include World Champions Sarah Hendrickson and Lindsey Van, along with...
Fletchers Top USA in Team Sprint


RUKA, Finland (Nov. 30) - Bryan and Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) move up from 18th after the jump to finish 13th in a FIS Nordic Combined World Cup team sprint in Ruka. Norway topped the podium over Germany and France. Brett Denney (Steamboat Springs, CO) and Adam Loomis (Eau Claire, WI) were 19th. The tour now heads to Lillehammer,...

Sadie Bjornsen Leads USA in Ruka 10k


RUKA, Finland (Nov. 30) – Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) led the U.S. Ski Team with a 17th place in the 10k classic individual event in Ruka. Norway’s Therese Johaug took the win over teammate Marit Bjoergen  and Poland’s Justyna Kowalczyk. In the men’s race, 22 year old Iivo Niskanen of Finland skied early to a strong lead and held on to win...

Big Jump in XC for Fletcher


RUKA, Finland (Nov. 29) - Olympian Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) made up for a disappointing jump to boost himself from 32nd up to 17th in the opening FIS Nordic Combined World Cup in Finland. High winds in Ruka prevented a competition jump Saturday, so officials reverted to Friday's provisional round. Germany's Johannes Rydzek took...

Career Best World Cup for Sargent


RUKA, Finland (Nov.29) - Ida Sargent (Orleans, VT) skied to a fifth place finish in the cross country classic sprint World Cup opener Saturday, earning a career best individual finish. Norway’s Marit Bjoergen won her 67th career World Cup, finishing just ahead of Kajta Visnar (SLO) and Maiken Caspersen Fall (NOR.) In the men’s competition...
Team Ready for Ruka Opener


RUKA, Finland - Once again in 2014, Ruka will play host to the opening World Cup cross country event and the first test internationally for U.S. athletes. Unlike four previous editions, competitions in Ruka will not have the format of a stage-event but of two regular World Cup races. Cold conditions and ample snow promise strong conditions...