Nordic News

Cross Country World Cup Underway


RUKA, Finland (Nov. 26, 2016) - Sadie Bjornsen (Anchorage) led four U.S. women into the classic sprint finals in Ruka, qualifying seventh and finishing 17th. It was the opening race of the 2016-17 FIS Cross Country World Cup season. Paul Golberg of Norway and Stina Nilsson of Sweden took the wins.


Lapland Set for Combined Opener


RUKA, Finland (Nov. 25, 2016) - The snow-covered nordic center at Ruka is ready to go for this weekend's FIS Nordic Combined World Cup opener. The USA will have a field of three for the two days of competition, including Bryan and Taylor Fletcher, plus Ben Berend (all Steamboat Springs, CO).

As the season opens, German Eric Frenzel is...

U.S. Jumpers Ready to Soar


RUKA, Finland (Nov. 24, 2016) – Three American men will hope to springboard from a strong summer of competition when the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup 0pens Saturday in Ruka near Kuusamo. Qualifying gets underway under the lights Friday with a pair of competitions on the HS142 meter hill.
Jumping for the USA will be Will...
Strong U.S. Cross Country Team Opens Season


RUKA, Finland (Nov. 23, 2016) – The U.S. Cross Country Ski Team will open its 2016-17 World Cup season this weekend in the frozen north of Finland, with the traditional opening races in Ruka outside the Lapland city of Kuusamo. A dozen Americans are expected to start including World Champion Kikkan Randall (Anchorage, AK), who joins the tour...

2017 U.S. Cross Country Ski Team Named


PARK CITY, UT (Nov. 22, 2016) – The 2016-17 U.S. Cross Country Ski Team was announced today, just before the International Ski Federation (FIS) World Cup opener in Ruka, Finland on Nov. 26. A total of 16 athletes were named to the A, B and D Teams.

Head Coach Chris Grover is anticipating a strong season with stars on both the men’s and...

Sarah Hendrickson: Time to Fly Again


Step by step, Sarah Hendrickson crawled her way up the towering 134-meter Olympic ski jump – lungs burning, every muscle aching. It was ironic. Here was a world champion ski jumper not soaring quietly through the air, but rather punishing her body in September’s Red Bull 400 by climbing up the ski hill in Park City.

Amidst the pain, her...

USANA Signs On as Title Sponsor for 2017 Nordic Junior Worlds


PARK CITY, UT (Oct. 24, 2016) – The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) and Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation (UOLF) announced today that USANA Health Sciences has signed on to be the title sponsor of the 2017 FIS Nordic Junior and U23 World Ski Championships, taking place Jan. 28 – Feb 5, 2017.

Team Inspires Girls to Stay Active


PARK CITY, UT (Oct. 12, 2016) – Fast and Female—a nonprofit organization headed up by Kikkan Randall in the U.S. with the mission of keeping young girls active through sports—is coming to the U.S. Ski Team headquarters this weekend.

The Park Record...

Geraghty-Moats Wins First U.S. Title


LAKE PLACID, NY (Oct. 9, 2016) - Tara Geraghty-Moats (W. Fairly, VT) withstood a challenge from hometown favorite Nina Lussi (Lake Placid, NY) to win her first U.S. title, taking the normal hill event at the U.S. Ski Jumping Championships on the HS100 meter jump in Lake Placid.

In the opening round, Geraghty-Moats soared 92.0 meters with...

Rhoads Sweeps U.S. Titles


LAKE PLACID, NY (Oct. 9, 2016) - Will Rhoads (Park City, UT) put down two towering jumps to win his second U.S. title of the season. Rhoads, who won the large hill gold on his home hill in Park City, took his third U.S. crown, winning the normal hill championship on Lake Placid’s HS100 meter hill.

U.S. Champs Tuneup at Flaming Leaves


LAKE PLACID, NY (Oct. 8, 2016) - The Norge Ski Club’s Mike Glasder (Cary IL) Saturday threw down a towering 103.0 meter first ride to take the win on the HS100 meter Olympic hill in Lake Placid in a warmup for Sunday’s U.S. Ski Jumping Championship...
U.S. Championships Come to Lake Placid


LAKE PLACID, NY (Oct. 6, 2016) – National titles will be on the line this weekend at the U.S. Ski Jumping Championships Sunday, Oct. 9 at Lake Placid’s Olympic Ski Jumping Complex on the HS100 meter hill. The event is a part of Lake Placid’s traditional Flaming Leaves Festival with a warm-up competition on Saturday.

The normal hill U.S....

How Randall Balances Motherhood and Training


Kikkan Randall (Anchorage, AK) may have taken last season off from racing to become a mother, but she hasn’t lost any speed. Randall sat down with Outside writer Anna Callaghan to go through a typical day, how she...

What Makes a Champ: Sadie Bjornsen


From local ski hills to the PyeongChang Olympics, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) encompasses all athletes that share a passion for skiing and snowboarding. We explore what makes each skier and rider a champion with stories from the U.S. Ski Team, U.S. Snowboarding and U.S. Freeskiing, next to kids winning a NASTAR medal,...

USA Sweeps Titles in NZ Finale


WANAKA, New Zealand (Sept. 11, 2016) - The FIS Cross Country Continental Cup wrapped up sunday at the Snow Farm near Wanaka, with the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team's Simi Hamilton (Aspen, CO) and Liz Stephen (E. Montpelier, VT) picking up wins.

Hamilton won the 10k freestyle in 26 minutes, eight seconds for a 16.9 second margin over South...

Englund Top-10 in Summer Grand Prix


CHAIKOVSKY, Russia (Sept. 10, 2016) - Nita Englund (Florence, WI) came from behind to finish a strong seventh in the FIS Ski Jumping Summer Grand Prix in Chaikovsky Saturday. Japan’s Sara Takanshi took the win under the lights.
It was a strong day for the U.S. women with Tara Geraghty-Moats (West Fairlee, VT) 13th. For...
USA Continues to Dominate NZ Nationals


WANAKA, New Zealand (Sept. 10, 2016) - The U.S. Cross Country Ski Team had another strong day at the New Zealand National Championships at the Snow Farm near Wanaka Saturday. Andy Newell (Shaftsbury, VT) won for the second day in a row, leading a U.S. sweep in the men’s 15k classic mass start. Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) took the women’s 10k,...
Sargent and Newell Take Wins in New Zealand


WANAKA, New Zealand (Sep. 9, 2016) – Vermonters Ida Sargent (Orleans, VT) and Andy Newell (Shaftsbury, VT) kicked off three days of racing with wins at the FIS Australia New Zealand Cup (ANC) classic sprint.

It was a beautiful day in New Zealand, with the sun shining brightly at Snow Farm, a cross country resort in New Zealand. In the...

USA Sweeps New Zealand Titles


WANAKA, New Zealand (Sept. 3, 2016) - Noah Hoffman (Aspen, CO) and Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) led a strong U.S. presence Saturday, taking titles at the 42k Merino Muster near Wanaka, the third stop in the global Worldloppet long distance ski series. 
Hoffman played a cat and mouse game with teammate Simi Hamilton...
Fletcher Closes Out Grand Prix Strong


OBERSTDORF, Germany (Sept. 3, 2016) - Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) put in two strong cross country performances to record 18th and ninth place finishes in a pair of FIS Nordic Combined Summer Grand Prix events in Oberstdorf Friday and Saturday. Norway’s 18-year-old sensation Jarl Magnus Riiber remained unbeatable, taking two easy...