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Randall 8th Going Into Tour Finale

01/07/2012

VAL DI FIEMME, Italy (Jan. 7) - Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) showed her continuing growth as a distance skier finishing 12th in the 10k classic in stage eight at the Tour de Ski. The finish dropped her two spots to eighth in the Tour, but kept her in reasonable striking distance for top four finish. Poland's Justyna Kowalczyk took a big win over...

Van Takes Second in First World Cup Back

01/07/2012

HINTERZARTEN, Germany (Jan. 7) – Lindsey Van (Park City, UT) took second in her first World Cup back from an ankle injury. Windy conditions led to a second round cancelation making the first jump their final result. Van placed only one point behind winner Sabrina Windmueller of Sweden. Young gun Sarah Hendrickson (Park City, UT) was ninth but...

Team Finishes Fifth in Germany

01/07/2012

OBERSTDORF, Germany (Jan. 7) – The four-man team comprised of Taylor Fletcher, Johnny Spillane, Bryan Fletcher (all Steamboat Springs, CO) and Billy Demong (Vermontville, NY) moved up three spots after jumping to eighth to finish fifth overall in the team event in Oberstdorf. Bryan Fletcher laid down another strong cross country performance...

First Gold for Hoffman

01/06/2012

RUMFORD, ME (Jan. 6) - Team CXC's Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) continued her dominance at the U.S. Cross Country Championships winning the women's 20k classic mass start for her fourth career victory. Noah Hoffman (Aspen, CO) had a breakthrough gold, taking the men's 30k by nearly a minute.

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Diggins, Elliott Strike Gold

01/05/2012

RUMFORD, ME (Jan. 5) - Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) of Team CXC picked up her second title of the week while Ski and Snowboard Club Vail's Tad Elliott (Durango, CO) took a third career U.S. gold in day two of the U.S. Cross Country Ski Championships at Black Mountain in Rumford. Elliott took a close win in the men's 15kk freestyle while Diggins...

Randall Strong Fifth in Pursuit

01/05/2012

TOBLACH, Italy (Jan. 5) - American Kikkan Randall turned in another strong performance finishing fifth in the women's 15k pursuit in stage seven of the Tour de Ski. Randall, who came into the pursuit seeded fourth, won a three-skier sprint to the finish to claim the fifth spot. Norway's Marit Bjoergen won to takeover the Tour lead from Poland's...

Randall Vaults Back to Fourth in Tour

01/04/2012

TOBLACH, Italy (Jan. 4) - A day after dropping to seventh in the Tour de Ski, Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) came roaring back with a hard fought second in the stage six freestyle sprint at the Tour de Ski in the northern Italy village of Toblach. Randall survived a high traffic semifinals to then square off against Tour leaders Justyna Kowalczyk...

Koos, Diggins Repeat U.S. Sprint Titles

01/03/2012

RUMFORD, ME (Jan. 3) - Torin Koos (Wenatchee, WA), skiing out of the Bridger Ski Foundation, and Jessie Diggins ( ) picked up opening day freestyle sprint titles as the U.S. Cross Country Championships opened at Rumford's Black Mountain. The duo both repeated their freestyle titles from 2011 at Rumford. It was the sixth career U.S. title for...

Randall Now Seventh in Tour

01/03/2012

TOBLACH, Italy (Jan. 3) - It was a tough day for the U.S. Ski Team in stage five of the Tour de Ski in Toblach. Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) was 29th in a tightly fought 3.3k classic prologue to the three stages in Toblach, dropping to seventh in the overall. Norway's Marit Bjoergen took the win but remains second in the Tour behind Poland's...

Randall Up to Fourth in Tour

01/01/2012

OBERSTDORF, Germany (Jan. 1) - Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) skied a strong freestyle leg on New Year's Day to take seventh in a mixed technique skiathlon, moving up to fourth in the Tour de Ski standings after four stages. Norway's Marit Bjoergen handed Poland's Justyna Kowalcyk her first Tour loss while Petter Northug of Norway took the men's...

Despite Fall, Randall Moves Up in Tour

12/31/2011

OBERSTDORF, Germany (Dec. 31) - A fall on the final climb in the classic sprint semifinals cost Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) a spot in the finals as she finished ninth in stage three of the Tour de Ski in Oberstdorf. Justyna Kowalczyk won her third straight stage while Russian Nikita Kriukov won the men's sprint. Randall retained her World Cup...

Randall Moves Up in Stage Two

12/30/2011

OBERHOF, Germany (Dec. 30) - Action in the Tour de Ski heated up on day two, with Poland's Justyna Kowalczyk taking her second straight win and American Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) moving into sixth in the 11-day, nine-stage Tour. German Axel Teichmann took the win over prologue leader Petter Northug of Norway and is in the Tour lead. The Tour...

Randall Strong in Tour Opener

12/29/2011

OBERHOF, Germany (Dec. 29) - The U.S. Ski Team's Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) set the pace for the USA in the opening leg of the 11-day Tour de Ski. Randall was tenth in the 2.5k freestyle prologue, 7.2 seconds behind Poland's Justyna Kowalczyk. Andy Newell was 29th in the men's 3.75k behind winner Petter Northug of Norway.

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Kikkan Randall Talks Tour

12/28/2011

OBERHOF, Germany (Dec. 28) – Thursday starts a new experience for a squad of six U.S. Cross Country Ski Team athletes with the opening of the 11-day, nine-stage Tour de Ski – now in its fifth year. It's the largest contingent ever from the USA, just a year after Kikkan Randall (Anchorage), Kris Freeman (Andover, NH) and Andy Newell (Shaftsbury...

Rumford Ready for Championships

12/26/2011

RUMFORD, ME (Dec. 26) – Crews at Maine's Black Mountain have taken on Mother Nature and are winning! With an array of 14 snow guns, trails are nearing readiness for the Jan. 2-8 U.S. Cross Country Championships thanks to a dramatic effort by regional businesses to ensure the success of the event. Officials anticipate having sprint courses...

Strong U.S. Team in Tour de Ski

12/26/2011

OBERHOF, Germany (Dec. 26) – When the prestigious Tour de Ski cross country skiing stage race starts Thursday in Oberhof, the USA will be represented. The U.S. Ski Team, which is enjoying its strongest season opening in modern history, has named six athletes to compete in the Dec. 29-Jan. 8 Tour. Now in its fifth season, the Tour de Ski...

Start Crash Takes Out Randall in Finals

12/18/2011

ROGLA, Slovenia (Dec. 18) - FIS Cross Country World Cup leader Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) set the pace in the opening heats but went down hard in a start crash that took her out of Sunday's finals, finishing sixth. Norway's Maiken Caspersen Falla, who challenged Randall hard in the semifinals, won her first World Cup while Dario Cologna of...

Career Best Classic Finishes in New Snow

12/17/2011

ROGLA, Slovenia (Dec. 17) – It was a day of career bests for U.S. racers in Rogla with classic technique distance racing in heavy new snow. The U.S. Ski Team's technicians delivered the skis with Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) setting the pace finishing 11th, followed by Holly Brooks (Anchorage) 19th and Liz Stephen (E. Montpelier, VT) 22nd in the...

Fletcher on Podium Again in Soldier Hollow

12/14/2011

SOLDIER HOLLOW, UT (Dec. 14) - Germany's Mark Schlott picked up his first FIS Nordic Combined Continental Cup win with a narrow one second margin over the U.S. Ski Team's Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO). It was Fletcher's fourth straight podium in the international series at the Utah Olympic Park and Soldier Hollow. Three Americans...

First International Win for Fletcher

12/11/2011

SOLDIER HOLLOW, UT (Dec. 11) - The U.S. Ski Team's Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) made a statement Sunday, coming from a huge one minute 50 seconds back after the jump to win the FIS Nordic Combined Continental Cup at Soldier Hollow by 16.9 seconds. It was his first international win and came at the expense of strong skiers from...

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