Nordic News

Pain That Never Felt So Good


Norwegian cross country skier Heidi Weng stood atop Alpe Cermis screaming. Below, her teammate Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg was challenging Swede Stina Nilsson for third in the seventh and final stage of the Tour de Ski. The screams came with passion deep from within her burned out lungs. Two minutes earlier, she had won one of cross country ski...

First Time Titlists In Championships Finale


SOLDIER HOLLOW, UT (Jan. 10, 2017) - Ben Lustgarten (Burlington, VT) of Craftsbury Nordic skied to an impressive first U.S. title taking the men’s 30k classic at the L.L.Bean U.S. Cross Country Championships. APU Nordic’s Chelsea Holmes (Girdwood, AK) won the women’s 20k. It was the first U.S. title for both.

Lustgarten covered the 30k...

Bolger and Bender Take Wet Classic Titles


SOLDIER HOLLOW, UT (Jan. 8, 2017) - The University of Utah’s Kevin Bolger and Bridger Ski Foundation’s Jennie Bender (Bozeman, MT) both survived challenging weather and tight battles to win national classic sprint titles at the L.L.Bean U.S. Cross Country Championships at Soldier Hollow. It was Bolger’s first U.S. title and the...

Drama on Alpe Cermis


VAL DI FIEMME, Italy (Jan. 8, 2017) - In an aggressive climb up Alpe Cermis, American Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) matched the U.S. best mark of fifth in the seven-stage Tour de Ski. In dramatic fashion, Norway’s Heidi Weng skied the fastest time of the day to surpass Tour leader Stina Nilsson of Sweden on the first segment of the climb to take...
Bratrud and Gregg Star in Opener


SOLDIER HOLLOW, UT (Jan. 7, 2017) - CXC's Kyle Bratrud (Eden Prairie, MN) and Caitlin Gregg (Minneapolis) of Team Gregg each won gold as the L.L.Bean U.S. Cross Country Championships opened on the Olympic trails at the Soldier Hollow Nordic Center near Midway. Nearly 600 athletes started in the first of three U.S. Championship events at Soldier...

Top 15 for Bryan Fletcher


LAHTI, Finland (Jan. 7, 2017) - Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) put own a strong jump and parlayed it into a 15th place finish as the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup kicked off the New Year in Lahti. Germany’s Eric Frenzel broke away from the pack midway through the race and skied to the win.
The competition was a...
Diggins Poised for Strong Tour Finale


VAL DI FIEMME, Italy (Jan. 7, 2017) - After six of seven stages, the Tour de Ski is heading into its final hour with Sunday’s hill climb finale. American Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) is poised to record her best Tour, finishing eighth in Saturday’s 10k classic mass start in Val di Fiemme to remain solidly entrenched in fifth in the Tour...
Soldier Hollow Ready for Cross Country Championships


SOLDIER HOLLOW, UT (Jan. 5, 2017) - The 2002 Olympic cross country venue of Soldier Hollow near Midway, UT is preparing for a vital event as the L.L.Bean U.S. Cross Country Championships begin this Saturday, January 7. Over 600 athletes are expected to compete for U.S. titles as well as spots on upcoming World Championship teams.

Diggins Wins with Bjornsen at Side


TOBLACH, Italy (Jan. 6, 2017) - American Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) came to Toblach to successfully defend her 5k win from a year ago in the Tour de Ski, but this time with teammate Sadie Bjornsen (Anchorage, AK) at her side in third. Diggins led most of the way in the race, taking the win by 13.6 seconds over Finland's Krista Parmakoski, with...

USA Names Junior World Champs Jumping Team


PARK CITY, UT (Jan. 5, 2017) - Five men and five women have been named to the team that will represent the USA at the International Ski Federation's 2017 USANA Nordic Junior World Ski Championships Jan. 30-Feb. 5 at the Utah Olympic Park and Soldier Hollow Nordic Center. It's the first time the global junior event has been held in the USA since...

Diggins Holds Fifth Overall After Pursuit


OBERSTDORF, Germany (Jan. 4, 2017) - Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) skied a lonely race, but held onto her fifth place Tour de Ski overall standing in a 10k freestyle pursuit Wednesday in Oberstdorf. Sweden’s Stina Nilsson played a cat and mouse game with Norway’s Heidi Weng and Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg to eventually take the win.

Behind the Gold: Fly Girl Comes of Age


Six-year-old Anna Hoffman sat on the bar atop of the 20-meter jump at the Utah Olympic Park in Park City. Next to her was one of the leading ski jumpers in America, Lindsey Van, offering words of encouragement. Young Anna was calm and collected, helmet and goggles on her head and skis fixed to her feet, gingerly placing them into the porcelain...

Diggins Second in Stage Three Skiathlon


OBERSTDORF, Germany (Jan. 3, 2017) - Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) was second and Sadie Bjornsen (Anchorage, AK) fifth to lead an impressive U.S. finish in the women’s 5k/5k skiathlon in stage three of the Tour de Ski at Oberstdorf.

Tour leader Stina Nilsson from Sweden took the win in a finish line sprint with Diggins - the first non-...

Diggins Eighth in Tour de Ski Stage 2


VAL MUSTAIR, Switzerland (Jan. 1, 2016) - Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) welcomed in the new year with a strong classic stage in the Tour de Ski, finishing eighth in a 5k classic mass start at Val Mustair. She retained her sixth place standing in the Tour through two events.


Central Jumpers Dominate Junior Worlds Trials


PARK CITY, UT (Dec. 31, 2016) - USSA Central Division ski jumpers dominated in the final two qualifiers for spots on the USA team that will compete in the 2017 Nordic Junior World Championships to be held in early February in Utah. Casey Larson (Barrington, IL) of the Norge Ski Club and Anna Hoffman (Madison, WI) from the Blackhawk...

Diggins Strong in Tour de Ski Opener


VAL MUSTAIR, Switzerland (Dec. 31, 2016) - American Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) put in a strong performance on New Year’s Eve day to open the 11th running of the Tour de Ski finishing sixth in the freestyle sprint.

Sweden’s Stina Nilsson took the women’s win with Russia’s Sergey Ustiugov the dominant winner for men with a margin of more...

Veteran Lineup for Tour de Ski


VAL MUSTAIR, Switzerland (Dec. 30, 2016) - The U.S. Cross Country Ski Team will enter nine athletes - one of its deepest and most experienced teams ever - as the International Ski Federation’s (FIS) 2017 edition of the Tour de Ski gets underway on New Year’s Eve day in Val Mustair with a freestyle sprint.

The seven-stage tour will cover...

Illness Takes Toll On U.S. Team In France


LA CLUSAZ, France (Dec. 17, 2016) – Rosie Brennan (Anchorage) skied to a strong 22nd place Saturday to lead an illness-ravaged U.S. Ski Team in a women’s 10k freestyle mass start World Cup in La Clusaz. Heidi Weng led a Norwegian sweep of the podium. Both Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) and Sadie Bjornsen (Anchorage) were unable to start...

Diggins Fifth In Opening World Cup Sprint


DAVOS, Switzerland (Dec. 11, 2016) – After her strong fourth-place finish a day earlier in the 15k freestyle, Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) led the USA in the opening freestyle sprint of the season making finals and finishing fifth. Both Diggins and Sophie Caldwell (Peru, VT) skied into the semifinals with five Americans making the heats.

Hendrickson Comeback Continues


NIZHNY TIGIL, Russia (Dec. 11, 2016) – Veteran Sarah Hendrickson (Park City, UT) soared to a 10th place finish in the second day of a weekend FIS Ski Jumping World Cup in Nizhny Tigil. Japan’s Sara Takanashi came from behind to take the win.

Hendrickson went 87.0 meters on her first ride to stand 12th. In the second...