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Career First Podium for Taylor Fletcher


SEEFELD, Austria (Jan. 20) - Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) brought another podium to the Fletcher family trophy case, finishing third in the Seefeld FIS Nordic Combined World Cup for his first career top three. Fletcher moved up from 21st after the jump to come within 2.9 seconds of winner Eric Frenzel of Germany. Brother Bryan, who...

Strong World Champs XC Team Named


PARK CITY, UT (Jan. 19) – Kikkan Randall (Anchorage/APU Nordic) heads a team of 13 cross country athletes named by the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association to compete in the FIS Nordic Ski World Championships Feb. 20-March 3 in Val di Fiemme, Italy. Randall, a silver medalist in the World Championship sprint four years ago, leads a team that...

Fletcher Nears Podium in Seefeld


SEEFELD, Austria (Jan. 19) - The U.S. Ski Team's Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) scored the fastest cross country clocking for the third time this season posting a personal best fifth overall in a FIS Nordic Combined World Cup on the Olympic trails of Seefeld. Fletcher moved up from 28th in the jump to finish just two seconds away from...

Stephen Leads Strong USA Surge


LA CLUSAZ, France (Jan. 19) - Liz Stephen (E. Montpelier, VT) led a strong U.S. Ski Team surge with four women in the top 30 in a 10k classic mass start World Cup in La Clusaz. Andy Newell (Shaftsbury, VT) was 28th to lead the men in a 15k. Norway's Marit Bjoergen won the women's race in her first race back since before the Tour de Ski while...

Athlete Spotlight: Bryan Fletcher


Nordic combined skier Bryan Fletcher is a cancer survivor whose tenacity and get-it-done outlook have taken him to the top of his sport. In 2012, Fletcher won the King’s Cup at Holmenkollen, topped the USA rankings and made regular top-10 appearances on World Cup podiums. Fletcher almost didn't make it to the world stage, though, having been...

Seventh for Team Fletcher in France


CHAUX-NEUVE, France (Jan. 13) - Brothers Bryan and Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) paired up to finish seventh in a FIS Nordic Combined World Cup team sprint in Chaux-Neuve. The brothers jumped to 13th and slowly moved up through the pack for the top 10 finish. The World Cup now heads to Seefeld, Austria for a pair of events next...

Sargent, Bjornsen Strong in Team Sprint


LIBEREC, Czech Republic (Jan 13) - Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) and Ida Sargent (Orleans, VT) combined to lead the U.S. Ski Team finishing seventh in a freestyle team sprint in Liberec. Norway's Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg and Maiken Caspersen Falla picked up the women's win while Russia dominated the men's with Nikolay Morilov and Mikhail...

Hendrickson Second to Cap Strong Weekend


HINTERZARTEN, Germany (Jan. 13) - Reigning FIS World Cup ski jumping champion Sarah Hendrickson (Park City, UT) capped a strong weekend finishing second to Japan's Sara Takanashi Sunday in Hinterzarten. Hendrickson posted rides of 103.0 and 101.5 meters but was not able to match Takanashi's towering 105.0 meter second jump for the win. The...

Newell Strong in Classic Sprint


LIBEREC, Czech Republic (Jan. 12) - Andy Newell (Shaftsbury, VT) skied to his best classic sprint finish in three seasons, taking sixth in Liberec. He was the only American to qualify for the heats. Sprint leader Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) took a planned weekend off to recover from the Tour de Ski but retained the World Cup sprint lead. Theodor...

Sarah Back on Top with Win


HINTERZARTEN, Germany (Jan. 12) - Sarah Hendrickson (Park City, UT) launched a 98.5 meter ride on her second jump to move up and take her second win of the season in Hinterzarten. Five Americans finished in the top 22. The World Cup continues with a second meet Sunday in Hinterzarten.


Top 10 for Taylor Fletcher


CHAUX-NEUVE, France (Jan. 12) - Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) continued his torrid cross country skiing pace, coming back from 34th in the jump to finish tenth in a FIS Nordic Combined World Cup in Chaux-Neuve. Fletcher had the fasest cross country time as German Tino Edelmann took the win. Action continues on Sunday with a team...

U.S. Titles for Bjornsen, Blackhorse


SOLDIER HOLLOW, UT (Jan. 8) - APU Nordic's Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) won her second gold of the week while Dakota Blackhorse von Jess (Bend, OR) of Bend Endurance took a career-first title as the U.S. Cross Country Ski Championships came to a close at Soldier Hollow. it was a third career gold for Bjornsen, who also won Sunday's classic...

Koos, Bjornsen Classic Distance Winners


SOLDIER HOLLOW, UT (Jan. 6) - Torin Koos (Wenatchee, WA) of the Bridger Ski Foundation and APU Nordic's Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) were winners Sunday on day three of the U.S. Cross Country Ski Championships at Soldier Hollow. Koos won the men's 30k classic with a final sprint to breakaway from the field in the last kilometer. APU Nordic's...

Fletchers Lead USA in Schonach



SCHONACH, Germany (Jan. 6) - Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) jumped to 11th and led the U.S. Ski Team in 22nd overall at a FIS Nordic Combined World Cup in Schonach. France's Jason Lamy Chappuis won by 1.9 seconds over Japan's Akito Watabe. Bryan's brother Taylor had the fifth fastest cross country time to finish 26th...

Hendrickson Jumps to Fifth


SCHONACH, Germany (Jan. 6) - Sarah Hendrickson (Park City, UT) soared to fifth in the second weekend World Cup in Schonach. Norway's Anette Sagen won her first individual World Cup. The finish left Hendrickson in fourth place in the World Cup standings. The tour now heads to Hinterzarten, Germany for a pair of competitions next weekend.

Randall, Stephen Top 15 in Tour


VAL DI FIEMME, Italy (Jan. 6) - Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) and Liz Stephen (E. Montpelier, VT) combined to place two Americans in the top 15 as the seven-stage Tour de Ski came to a close on the staggering climb up the Alpe Cermis in Val di Fiemme. It was an impressive performance by Stephen, who was second fastest up the climb, and jumped from...

World Cup Podium for Combined Team


SCHONACH, Germany (Jan. 5) - Memories of Olympic silver in Vancouver were rekindled Saturday as the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team charged back onto the podium finishing third. It was an historic first World Cup team event podium for the U.S. Ski Team. The USA started sixth in cross country, 57 seconds behind Norway, which ultimately went on to...

Randall 7th Going Into Tour Finale


VAL DI FIEMME, Italy (Jan. 5) - It's down to just one stage, the final climb up Alpe Cermis, with Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) of the U.S. Ski Team standing seventh behind runaway leader Justyna Kowalczyk. Randall was 11th in Saturday's 10k classic mass start as Kowalczyk padded her lead to over two minutes. Randall remained over three minutes...

Hendrickson Leads USA as Tour Resumes


SCHONACH, Germany (Jan. 5) - Sarah Hendrickson (Park City, UT) led the USA finishing 11th on the 106-meter hill as the FIS World Cup Ski Jumping tour resumed in Schonach after the holiday break. Japan's Sara Takanashi continued her dominace of the World Cup with her third win of the season. Hendrickson leads the USA in fourth in the World Cup...

First U.S. Titles for Bjornsen, Brennan


SOLDIER HOLLOW, UT (Jan. 4) - APU Nordic had a strong day at the U.S. Cross Country Ski Championships with Erik Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA/APU Nordic) and Rosie Brennan (Park City, UT/APU Nordic) taking their first U.S. titles. Bjornsen won the men's 15k freestyle individual start in 37:02.7, a six second margin over U.S. Ski Team teammate Tad...