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Sadie Bjornsen Leads USA in Ruka 10k

11/30/2014

RUKA, Finland (Nov. 30) – Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) led the U.S. Ski Team with a 17th place in the 10k classic individual event in Ruka. Norway’s Therese Johaug took the win over teammate Marit Bjoergen  and Poland’s Justyna Kowalczyk. In the men’s race, 22 year old Iivo Niskanen of Finland skied early to a strong lead and held on to win...

Big Jump in XC for Fletcher

11/29/2014

RUKA, Finland (Nov. 29) - Olympian Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) made up for a disappointing jump to boost himself from 32nd up to 17th in the opening FIS Nordic Combined World Cup in Finland. High winds in Ruka prevented a competition jump Saturday, so officials reverted to Friday's provisional round. Germany's Johannes Rydzek took...

Career Best World Cup for Sargent

11/29/2014

RUKA, Finland (Nov.29) - Ida Sargent (Orleans, VT) skied to a fifth place finish in the cross country classic sprint World Cup opener Saturday, earning a career best individual finish. Norway’s Marit Bjoergen won her 67th career World Cup, finishing just ahead of Kajta Visnar (SLO) and Maiken Caspersen Fall (NOR.) In the men’s competition...
Team Ready for Ruka Opener

11/28/2014

RUKA, Finland - Once again in 2014, Ruka will play host to the opening World Cup cross country event and the first test internationally for U.S. athletes. Unlike four previous editions, competitions in Ruka will not have the format of a stage-event but of two regular World Cup races. Cold conditions and ample snow promise strong conditions...
Cross Country Team Named

11/24/2014

PARK CITY, UT (Nov. 24) – The 2014-15 U.S. Cross Country Ski Team was announced today on the eve of the International Ski Federation (FIS) World Cup opener this weekend in Ruka, Finland. All 10 members of the A and B Teams are past members of Olympic and World Championship teams, including defending World Champions Kikkan Randall (Anchorage, AK...

Billy Demong NYC Marathon Milestone

11/06/2014

On Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014,  U.S. Nordic Combined athlete Billy Demong ran the race of his life at the New York City Marathon. Running a marathon has been on his bucket list for a long time, says Demong. Having run cross country as a kid, he knew he had it in himself to finish. Demong only gave himself two months to train leading up to the...

First U.S. Title for Bryan Fletcher

10/12/2014

LAKE PLACID, NY (Oct. 12) - Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) added another jewel to an already star-studded nordic combined career, winning his first national title at the U.S. Nordic Combined Championships in Lake Placid. Fletcher parlayed a strong jump to take the win in roller skiing over  brother Taylor, who won the roller ski. Adam...
Titles for Fairall and Hendrickson

10/12/2014

LAKE PLACID, NY (Oct. 12) - Sarah Hendrickson (Park City, UT) flew back into the spotlight, capping a strong fall return to competition with her third career national title. Hendrickson won the K95 U.S. Ski Jumping Championship at the Flaming Leaves Festival on the Lake Placid Olympic jump. Nick Fairall (Andover, NH) took his second...

Lake Placid to Host U.S. Championships

09/29/2014

LAKE PLACID, NY (Sept. 29) – America’s top ski jumpers and nordic combined athletes will compete in the U.S. Ski Jumping Championships (normal hill) and U.S. Nordic Combined Championships during the Flaming Leaves Festival in Lake Placid on Sunday, October 12. The event will pit the best ski jumpers and nordic combined skiers against each other...

Sarah Hendrickson Returns to Podium

09/27/2014

TRONDHEIM, Norway (Sept. 28) - World champion Sarah Hendrickson (Park City, UT) returned to competition this weekend, soaring to a pair of second place finishes in a FIS Continental Cup event in Trondheim behind World Cup champion Sara Takanashi. They were her first international podiums in over a year since finishing second in a FIS Grand Prix...

Strong Weekend for Rhoads

09/08/2014

EINSIEDELN, Switzerland (Sept. 7) - Will Rhoads (Park City, UT) flew to a career best fourth and fifth in FIS Cup jumps this weekend on the 117 meter hill in Einsiedeln. Rhoads moved from ninth to fifth Sunday, winning the second round with the longest jump. Swiss Lukas Mueller won on Saturday with Poland's Andrzej...

Englund Scores FIS Cup Podium

08/30/2014

FRENSTAT, Czech Republic (Aug. 30) – Nita Englund (Iron Mountain, MI) soared to a career best international FIS Cup finish, capping a two-event weekend with a third place finish in Frenstat on Aug. 30. Englund was fourth a day earlier. Nina Lussi (Lake Placid, NY) was fifth both days as the two Visa Women's Ski Jumping Team athletes had a...

Debut Jump Title for Friberg

08/03/2014

PARK CITY, Utah (Aug. 3) - Fresh off a pair of top FIS Cup finishes in Europe, St. Paul Ski Club jumper Christian Friberg (St. Paul, MN) picked up his first U.S. title Sunday in the large hill event at the U.S. Ski Jumping Championships at the Utah Olympic Park in Park City. Olympian Jessica Jerome (Park City, UT) won her 11th U.S....

U.S. Ski Jumpers Compete for Champs Title

08/01/2014

PARK CITY, UT (Aug. 1) – U.S. Ski Team ski jumping and nordic combined athletes will be vying for the title of U.S. Champion this weekend at the U.S. Ski Jumping Championships at the Utah Olympic Park (UOP) in Park City Sunday, Aug. 3. The event is part of the UOP’s 16th annual Springer Tournee. Defending champion Nick Fairall is...

Athlete Spotlight: Erik Bjornsen

07/21/2014

As the second half of the Bjornsen nordic clan, Erik Bjornsen continues to carve out his own niche on the U.S. Cross Country Team, making his Olympic debut in 2014 and competing in six events.

2015 Cross Country Team Nominated

06/02/2014

PARK CITY, UT (June 2) – World Cup sprint champion Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) headlines a  powerhouse team of women nominated to the 2015 U.S. Cross Country Ski Team. All five A Team women reached the World Cup podium during the 2014 season. On the men’s side, veteran sprinter Andy Newell (Shaftsbury, VT) and rising talent Simi Hamilton (Aspen...

Bjornsen-Hoffman Claim U.S. Distance Titles

03/29/2014

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (March 29) – U.S. Cross Country Ski Team athletes Noah Hoffman (Aspen, CO) and Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) both capped their respective seasons Friday with U.S. distance titles to wrap up the 2014 U.S. Cross Country Championships. Hoffman battled with Finnish skier Aku Nikander (University of New Mexico) throughout the men’s...

Jerome Fifth in Large Hill Finale

03/22/2014

PLANICA, Slovenia (March 22) – Jessica Jerome (Park City, UT) jumped into the top five Saturday, taking advantage of the second large hill competition of the year and making a statement at the final World Cup of the 2014 season. Jerome soared to 117 and 124 meters, scoring 232 points behind the day’s winner and World Cup champion Sara Takanashi...

Randall Tops for USA to Close Season

03/16/2014

FALUN, Sweden (March 16) – World Cup sprint champion Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) skied into 13th Sunday in the 10k freestyle pursuit, closing the three-day Falun mini-tour and putting a stamp on another successful World Cup season. In addition to her third-straight World Cup sprint title, Randall finished sixth in the overall standings behind...

Wind Cancels Jumping in Falun

03/16/2014

FALUN, Sweden (March 16) – Strong wind gusts on the jump hill created impossible conditions for the nordic combined and ski jumping athletes Sunday, forcing officials to cancel the final nordic combined World Cup of the season. A women’s normal hill jumping competition was also canceled earlier in the day. Jessica Jerome (Park City, UT) now...

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