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Americans Still Going Strong in Lahti

03/06/2015

LAHTI, Finland (Mar. 6, 2015) - The FIS Cross Country World Cup season is a furious train that boards in Northern Scandinavia in early December, speeds through the Tour de Ski, past countless central European stops and various championships before coming to its final destinations in Sweden, Finland and Norway. This year, there are more American...

Watabe in Come from Behind Win

03/06/2015

LAHTI, Finland (March 6, 2015) - Japan's Akito Watabe slogged through deep snow to make up 54 seconds on the leaders and take a hard fought victory over Germany's World Champion Johannes Rydzek as the Lahti Ski Games opened in Finland with a FIS Nordic Combined World Cup. It was a tough day on the jumping hill for the USA, with Taylor Fletcher...

Case Studies in Conviction: Harvey & Olsson & Northug

03/02/2015

“You can say that you believe in yourself, but to actually believe in yourself is an entirely different thing,”  - U.S. Head Coach Matt Whitcomb following the U.S. women’s strong fourth place performance in Wednesday’s relay.

Diggins & Gregg - Seizing Opportunity

03/02/2015

USSA columnist Tom Kelly takes a look at Jesse Diggins and Caitlin Gregg winning World Championships medals in Falun in this week's Behind the Gold.

It was an unlikely scenario. In a raging, wet Swedish snowstorm, three athletes shivered in the cold of the finish stadium in Falun. In the middle stood Sweden’s favorite daughter,...

Women's Ski Jumping Pioneer Passes

03/01/2015

PARK CITY, UT (March 1, 2015) - The U.S. Ski Team mourned the loss Sunday of women's ski jumping pioneer and former Mayor of Salt Lake City Deedee Corradini. As the city's Olympic mayor, Corradini played a vital role in the successful organization of the Games and was a key face of the Utah Olympics. A few years later, she adopted the cause of...

Hoffman Tough in Falun 50k

03/01/2015

FALUN, Sweden (March 1, 2015) - Noah Hoffman (Aspen, CO) skied to a 31st place in a difficult 50k classic race, the close of the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships. On a track that broke down early, the race was held tightly together by the conditions. Despite early attemps from race favorites, breakaway efforts were absorbed by the heavy, slow...

France Defends Combined Team Title

02/28/2015

FALUN, Sweden (Feb. 28, 2015) - Legs burning from the soft snow, France's Jason Lamy Chappuis summoned one final burst of energy to hold off a hard-charing Johannes Rydzek of Germany to seal a start-to-finish win for France in the team sprint at the Falun 2015 Nordic World Ski Championships. Lamy Chappuis teamed with Francois Braud to defend...

Stephen 11th in Falun 30k

02/28/2015

FALUN, Sweden (Feb. 28, 2015) – Liz Stephen (East Montpelier, VT) hung on for an 11th place result in the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 30k classic mass start, a race defined by Norway’s Therese Johaug who broke away with a sharp pace early and held on for an impressive win. Rosie Brennan (Park City, UT) and Sadie Bjornsen (...

U.S. Men 11th in Falun Relay

02/27/2015

FALUN, Sweden (Feb. 26, 2015) - The U.S. men’s team comprised of Erik Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA), Noah Hoffman (Aspen, CO), Kyle Bratrud (Eden Prarie, MN) and Simi Hamilton (Aspen, CO) finished 11th in the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 4x10k relay. Norway took a close victory over Sweden and France.

Behind the Gold: Riding the Wave

02/26/2015

You don’t become a World Champion without perseverance. It takes years to perfect your craft and fine-tune your body and mind – only to see it come crashing apart when you least expect it.

Impressive Day for Bryan Fletcher

02/26/2015

FALUN, Sweden (Feb. 26, 2015) - Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) set himself up for success with a strong jump then skied to a top five finish in the large hill nordic combined event at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Falun. It was a career best major event finish for Fletcher, who fell just 16 seconds short of the podium....

Women 4th in Worlds Relay

02/26/2015

FALUN, Sweden (Feb. 26, 2015) - The U.S. women finished fourth in the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 4x5k relay. An early fall from Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) in the opening leg put the team in a tough position early. They slipped to 8th place before Bjornsen and her teammates Rosie Brennan (Park City, UT), Liz Stephen (East...

Pioneers: Finding Precious Medals in Falun

02/25/2015

America is a country motivated by possibility. So, it was fitting that when Jessie Diggins and Caitlin Gregg made American skiing history in the 10k freestyle event at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships on Tuesday, it was done by...

Hoffman Leads US in Falun 15k

02/25/2015

FALUN, Sweden (Feb. 25, 2015) - Noah Hoffman (Aspen, CO) led the U.S. contingent in Wednesday's FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 15k freestyle race with a 34th place finish. Hoffman, who spent the season sidelined with a leg injury, went early as bib seven in the interval start race. Erik Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) finished 47th. ...

Diggins and Gregg Take Historic Podium at Worlds

02/24/2015

FALUN, Sweden  (Feb. 24, 2015) – In heavy falling snow, Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) and Caitlin Gregg (Minneapolis, MN) took advantage of fast skis to finish second and third at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 10K individual freestyle race. Gregg, wearing bib three, skied a balanced, even race to finish before a snowstorm set...

Back to Racing with Women's 10k

02/24/2015

FALUN, Sweden (Feb. 24, 2015) - After a one-day break, racing action continues Tuesday at Lugnet in Falun with the women's 10k freestyle. It’s the fourth cross country competition of the FIS Nordic Ski World Championships and the U.S. roster has been selected for the women’s 10K freestyle. Liz Stephen, Jessie Diggins, Kikkan Randall and...
Hendrickson Finds her Groove in Team Event

02/22/2015

FALUN, Sweden (Feb. 22, 2015) - Sarah Hendrickson (Park City, UT) soared to two of her best jumps of the season in the mixed gender team event, as the USA finished seventh. Her teammate Nita Englund (Florence, WI) was also strong. A crash by Nick Alexander (Lebanon, NH) spoiled his best ride of the night and sent him to the hospital for...

Fletchers Lead USA in Combined Team Event

02/22/2015

FALUN, Sweden (Feb. 22, 2015) - Brothers Taylor and Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) led the USA Sunday with the squad finishing seventh in the team event behind gold medalists Germany. Bryan led off the 4x5k relay finishing second, while Taylor posted the fastest time in his second leg run. The USA had been the defending bronze medalists...

U.S. Solid in Worlds Team Sprint

02/22/2015

FALUN, Sweden  (Feb. 22, 2015) – The U.S. skiers finished seventh on the men’s side and eighth for the women in the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Falun. Andy Newell and Simi Hamilton skied well in their qualifying rounds, advancing to the final in the lucky loser position, but the short turn around proved to be too much for the U.S. men...

Rhoads Looks Ahead After Opening Jump

02/21/2015

FALUN, Sweden (Feb. 21, 2015) - USA ski jumper Will Rhoads (Park City, UT) is looking forward to the remaining schedule at World Championships after being bumped from Saturday's HS100-meter ski jumping final on a suit violation. Rhoads had earned a spot in the finals with a strong...

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