Nordic News

Hoffman and Diggins Win at SuperTour Finals


CRAFTSBURY, VT (March 21, 2016) – The 2016 USSA SuperTour Finals and L.L. Bean U.S. Long Distance National Championships kicked off on Monday at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center, with a 15/10k individual freestyle race. Coming off of strong World Cup seasons, Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN, U.S. Ski Team/SMS T2) and Noah Hoffman (Aspen, CO, U.S. Ski...

Kern Podiums Twice at Spring OPA


TOBLACH, Italy (March 13, 2016) – Julia Kern (U.S. Ski Team/Stratton Mountain School) led the U.S. team once again, with two podium finishes in the final weekend of racing at the U.S. Spring OPA trip in Toblach, March 11-13, to take second overall in the tour.

Diggins Finishes Fifth Overall at Ski Tour Canada


CANMORE, Alberta (March 12, 2016) – Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) pulled out all the stops in the eighth and final stage to claim a coveted spot in the top-five overall at Ski Tour Canada Saturday.

Diggins Fifth into Tour Finale


CANMORE, Alberta (March 11, 2016) – With one stage remaining in the Ski Tour Canada, Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) continues to hold on to fifth overall in the Tour standings, after her efforts on Friday. Diggins led the U.S. team in a FIS World Cup 10k individual freestyle race,...

Diggins 11th in Ski Tour Canada Skiathlon


CANMORE, Alberta (March 9, 2016) – After the sixth stage of the Ski Tour Canada, Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) moved back up to fifth in the overall Tour standings, while Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) moved to 11th. Diggins led the U.S. team once again, finishing 11th overall in a 15k FIS World Cup skiathlon on Wednesday.

Kern Third in Spring OPA Cup


ARBER, Germany (March 9, 2016) – Julia Kern (Stratton Mountain School) led the USA with a third place finish as the first two races of the U.S. Spring OPA trip kicked off March 5-6 in Germany.


Diggins Leads U.S. Team in Classic Sprint


CANMORE, Canada (March 8, 2016) – In the final sprint of the season, Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) led the U.S. team in a FIS World Cup 1.5k classic sprint, finishing sixth overall Tuesday in the fifth stage of Ski Tour Canada. With three stages remaining, Diggins currently sits sixth overall and Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) is ninth overall....

Telemark Hosting Junior Nationals


CABLE, WI (March 6, 2016) – Telemark in Cable, WI will play host to yet another prestigious race to be added to the repertoire, the annual 2016 USSA Cross Country Ski Junior National Championships, March 6-12. The hallowed trails of Telemark have hosted cross country ski races since 1973 including the first ever World Cup, the American...

Fletcher 23rd in Final World Cup Combined


SCHONACH, Germany (March 6, 2016) - The FIS Nordic Combined World Cup season wrapped up Sunday, with a two-jump and 15k cross country format. American Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) took advantage of the longer cross country race to set the fastest pace, moving up to finish 23rd. Brother Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) was 29th...

Diggins Fifth in 10k Pursuit


QUEBEC, Canada (March 5, 2016) – Two U.S. women skied to a top-10 finish in a FIS World Cup 10k freestyle pursuit in the Ski Tour Canada on Saturday. Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) finished fifth overall while Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) finished 10th. These efforts also moved Diggins and Bjornsen up to fifth and 10th in the overall Tour...

Frenzel Continues to Dominate


SCHONACH, Germany (March 5, 2016) - Germany’s Eric Frenzel continued to dominate, taking a strong 15-second win over Norway’s Jan Schmid in Schonach Saturday in a FIS Nordic Combined World Cup. Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) led the USA in 27th.

Fletcher was 49th in the jump, but skied the sixth-fastest 10k cross country leg to...

Bjornsen and Hamilton Eighth in Freestyle Sprints


QUEBEC CITY, Canada (March 4, 2016) – Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) and Simi Hamilton (Aspen, CO) led the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team in a FIS World Cup 1.5/1.7k freestyle sprint - the third event of the Ski Tour Canada - both finishing eighth on Friday.

“Today was an incredibly fun day and a great day for my skate skiing confidence as I...

Diggins Eighth in 10K Classic at Ski Tour Canada


MONTREAL, Canada (March, 2 2016) – Day two of the Ski Tour Canada was greeted by deep snow and frigid winds at the Parc du Mont-Royal course in Montreal on Wednesday. Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) led the U.S. Team for the second day, finishing eighth in a FIS Nordic World Cup 10.5k classic mass start race. Diggins is now fifth overall in the Ski...

Hamilton and Diggins Podium in Gatineau


GATINEAU, Quebec (March 1, 2016) – Simi Hamilton (Aspen, CO) and Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) led the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team in the opening races of the Ski Tour Canada in Gatineau on Tuesday. Both Hamilton and Diggins finished third in a 1.7k freestyle sprint, making this Hamilton’s and Diggins’ second sprint World Cup podium of the season...

Halvorsen and Streinz Lead U.S. Juniors in Estonia


OTEPAA, Estonia (Feb. 29, 2016) – The U18 Scandinavian Championships wrapped up Sunday in Otepaa, after three days of tough competition. The U.S. Team U18 was led by Hannah Halvorsen (Truckee, CA, Sugar Bowl Academy) and Daniel Streinz (Hersey, ME, Maine Winter Sports Center), who both had top-10 finishes.

More Than Just Being a Champion


It was a restless night. As a cross country ski racer, one of the things you dread is variable weather. The day before the Slumberland American Birkebeiner between Cable and Hayward, warm temperatures and rain blanketed Northwestern Wisconsin. The rain would stop but above-freezing temps kept the 51k course soggy.

In the pre-dawn hours...

Ski Tour Canada Kicks Off Tuesday


GATINEAU, Canada (Feb. 28, 2016) – Eight stages, two weeks and four venues make up the grueling Ski Tour Canada schedule, which is also the FIS Nordic Ski World Cup season finale. From March 1st through the 12th, athletes, coaches and wax techs will be put through a whirlwind of competition that will test endurance, strength and recovery.

Almaty Hill Record for Englund


ALMATY, Kazakhstan (Feb. 28, 2016) - The hill record on the HS106 meter jump fell for the second day in a row Sunday, this time into the hands of American Nita Englund (Florence, WI). Englund soared 103.5 meters on her second jump to finish seventh in a FIS Ski Jumping World Cup in Almaty. Japan’s Sara Takanashi continued her winning streak...

Englund Rebounds for Eighth


ALMATY, Kazakhstan (Feb. 27, 2016) - Nita Englund (Florence, WI) bounced in the second round to finish eighth in a FIS Ski Jumping World Cup in Almaty on Saturday. Sara Takanashi of Japan continued her dominance setting a new hill record of 103.0 meters on her second jump on the HS 106 meter hill.

Englund flew 91.0 meters on her first...

Fletchers Move Up in Team Sprint


VAL DI FIEMME, Italy (Feb. 26, 2017) - Brother Bryan and Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) came from behind to finish sixth in a FIS Nordic Combined World Cup Friday in Val di Fiemme. Norway 1 picked up the win by 6.7 seconds over Germany 1, with France 1 in third.

The Fletcher brothers jumped to ninth then posted the third-fastest...