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Birkie History Featured in New Museum


HAYWARD, WI (Aug. 6, 2015) – Each February, more than 10,000 cross country skiers gather in Cable and Hayward, Wisconsin to take part in North America’s greatest ski race, the American Birkebeiner. For more than 40 years, the Birkie has helped shape the lives of tens of thousands of participants. On Wednesday, August 12, longtime Birkie...
Repeat Title for Bryan Fletcher


SOLDIER HOLLOW, UT (Aug. 1, 2015) - On a hot summer evening on the Olympic trails of Soldier Hollow, Olympian Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) notched a repeat national title at the U.S. Nordic Combined Championships. The jump leader from the Utah Olympic Park HS134-meter large hill earlier in the day, Fletcher held off a hard-charging...

First Titles for Rhoads and Lussi


PARK CITY, UT (Aug. 1, 2015) - Will Rhoads (Park City, UT; Park City Nordic) and Nina Lussi (Lake Placid, NY; New York Ski Educational Foundation) soared to first-time titles during the U.S. Ski Jumping Championships at the Utah Olympic Park on the HS134-meter Olympic hill. Rhoads, a member of the 2015 World Championship Team, edged Kevin...

Bickner Wins Springer Tournee


PARK CITY, Utah (July 31, 2015) - Kevin Bickner (Wauconda, IL; Norge Ski Club) put together the two longest rides of the day to take a win Friday in the HS100-meter competition at the 17th annual Springer Tournee at the Utah Olympic Park. Bickner soared 96.5 and 97.0-meters to overtake Canadian Maken Boyd-Clowes 256.0 to 248.5....

Utah Olympic Venues to Host U.S. Championships


PARK CITY, UT (July 30, 2015) – The Olympic venues at the Utah Olympic Park and Soldier Hollow will play host to the U.S. Ski Jumping Championships and U.S. Nordic Combined Championships this Saturday (August 1). The event will attract the top Olympic ski jumpers and nordic combined athletes in America. Jumping will take place Saturday morning...

Work Out Like a U.S. Ski Team Member


Senior Strength and Conditioning Coach Tschana Schiller works at the U.S. Ski and Snowboarding Association Center of Excellence every day, training high-performance athletes like Simi Hamilton, Liz Stephen, Noah Hoffman and more.

Schiller talks about the importance of dynamic athletic...

Will There Be Ski Jumping at Copper Peak Again?


Copper Peak in Ironwood, MI is the only ski flying hill outside of Europe and the world’s smallest FIS-homologated ski flying hill. It has everything—stunning views of Lake Superior, an amazing history of international competitions, a great local vibe—so why hasn’t it been used in the last 21 years?


Q&A: Meet Paddy Caldwell


Patrick "Paddy" Caldwell will race his second season on the U.S. Ski Team this year. From a history of strong cross country racers—his dad was a World Cup racer in the 1970-80s and his cousin is Sophie Caldwell—Caldwell has shown his stripes. Some highlights? During the 2014-15 season, he finished in the top 20 in both distances races at the...

Jumpin’ and Jammin’ in Steamboat


STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO (July 10, 2015) - Over Fourth of July weekend, the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team drove from Park City, UT to Steamboat Springs, CO for the fifth annual Jumpin’ and Jammin’ Ski Jumping Competition at Howelsen Hill.

2017 Nordic Junior Worlds Coming to Utah


PARK CITY, UT (June 22, 2015) – The International Ski Federation (FIS) has awarded the 2017 FIS Nordic Junior World Championships and FIS U23 World Cross Country Championships to Utah’s Olympic venues in Park City and Midway. The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association put forward the joint bid with the Utah Olympic Park and Solider Hollow, both of...

Randall Talks FIS Decisions in Bulgaria


At the beginning of June, Kikkan Randall packed her bags and headed back to Europe. This time, it wasn't for a freezing ski race in Norway or training in Italy. Instead, she headed to the beach in Varna, Bulgaria for FIS Council meetings.

Randall is the elected Athletes' Committee Chair and the FIS Athlete Representative on the Cross...

Cross Country Team Names Season Goals


The U.S. Cross Country Ski Team took over the Craft Sportswear Instagram account and shared their goals for the upcoming season with the hashtag #myracestartshere. Read through to see a few of the athletes’ objectives.


Fairall Updates Fans on Condition


Olympic ski jumper Nick Fairall suffered serious injuries in a fall while ski jumping in Bischofshofen, Austria in January. As the month of June began, he updated his fans on his well-being and steady recovery.

Due to the crash, the 25 year old fractured two ribs, punctured his lung, bruised his kidney, had internal bleeding and...

Utah Bids for 2017 Junior Nordic Worlds


PARK CITY, UT (June 2, 2015) – The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) is making a formal bid for the International Ski Federation’s (FIS) 2017 FIS Nordic Junior World Championships and FIS U23 World Cross Country Championships. The event will be awarded to a host city during annual FIS Calendar Conference meetings, taking place June 3-8...

USSA Nordic 2015-16 Team Nominations


USSA Nordic has announced its nominations for the 2015-16 season. Nominations include those active athletes who qualified based on published selection criteria in the prior season.

Each athlete accepting the nomination to USSA Nordic receives a high level of world class program support, along with access to athletic...

Randall Named to the Alaska Ski Hall of Fame


For the first time since 1999, the Alaska Cross Country Ski Hall of Fame will induct skiers, coaches and trail builder to their coveted halls at Kincaid Park, Alaska. Among the celebrated, Kikkan Randall will be named.

Randall, an Anchorage native, has had a successful cross country ski career, including four Olympics, 17 national titles...

Hoffman and Caldwell Train With Boston Youth


BOSTON, MA (April 14, 2015)—The season has ended. The snow has (mostly) stopped flying and the athletes have scattered across the country to return home for the summer. But Noah Hoffman and Sophie Caldwell took a brief detour to Belmont Hill School in Boston, MA to lead more than 100 young cross country enthusiasts in a dryland training session...

Depth: The Cross Country Season in Review


Athletic success is rarely linear. Press clippings and annual highlights love to portray a smooth curve of improvement and the inexorable march towards success, but there are very few careers that can be graphed on a smooth chart up and to the right. Illness, injury, age and circumstance conspire to make athletics unknowable and unpredictable—...

L.L.Bean and CRAFT Partner With Team


PARK CITY, UT (March 31, 2015)  -- L.L.Bean, a leading outdoor equipment and apparel designer and merchant and CRAFT Sportswear North America, renowned for its cutting edge technology in world class competition and training wear, today announced a...

Gregg and Hoffman Claim National Distance Championships


KETCHUM, Idaho (March 26, 2015) – Caitlin Gregg (Minneapolis, MN) closed out the 2015 season with a National Championship in the 30k event held at the Galena Lodge above Ketchum, Idaho. It was Gregg’s second U.S. 30k title in as many years, both won with convincing margins after fast starts. The course, a short softening loop in warm conditions...