Nordic News

Fletchers Blaze in Cross Country


CHAUX-NEUVE, France (Jan. 23, 2016) - After a month long break, the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup finally got back underway at Chaux-Neuve in the Jura Mountains. Americans Bryan and Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) led the way, finishing 19th and 20th. Taylor recorded the fastest cross country time, with Bryan third.

Diggins Third In Nove Mestro 10K Freestyle


NOVE MESTO, Czech Republic (Jan. 23, 2016) – Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) led the U.S. team with a third-place finish in Saturday’s FIS World Cup 10k freestyle.

“To be less than 10 seconds out from the win in a 10k feels so great because I'm finally skiing with confidence, like I know I can win, and starting to believe that I have what it...

Caldwell and Sargent Fifth in Team Sprint


PLANICA, Slovenia (January 17, 2016) – Sophie Caldwell (Peru, VT) and Ida Sargent (Orleans, VT) led the U.S. with a fifth-place finish in the World Cup 1.2k freestyle team sprints on Sunday.

“Ida and I have done three team sprints together, and this is our best result yet,” Caldwell said. “We're picking our way to that podium!”

Comeback Nets Englund Top 10


SAPPORO, Japan (Jan. 17, 2016) - Nita Englund (Florence, WI) came from behind on her second jump to finish seventh, her best result of the season, in a FIS Ski Jumping World Cup in Sapporo. Japan's Sara Takanashi continued her winning streak to remain the World Cup leader.

In the opening round of Sunday's competition, Englund went 85.0...

Caldwell and Hamilton Top 20 in Planica Sprints


PLANICA, Slovenia (January 16, 2016) – Sophie Caldwell (Peru, VT) led the U.S. team in the 1.2k freestyle sprints at the FIS Cross Country World Cup, finishing 13th, as Simi Hamilton (Aspen, CO) led the men’s team in 18th.

Sweden’s Stina Nilsson, the overall World Cup sprint leader, won the women’s race, with Norway’s Astrid Uhrenholtd...

World Cup Resumes in Sapporo


SAPPORO, Japan (Jan. 16, 2016) - Tara Geraghty-Moats (W. Fairlee, VT) led the USA finishing 21st as the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup women’s tour resumed after a monthlong break in Sapporo. Japan’s Sara Takanashi took her third victory in four events.
Geraghty-Moats got off to a strong start in the opening round, soaring...
Wonders and Halvorsen Headed to Youth Olympics


PARK CITY, UT (Jan. 15, 2016) - Two young Americans have been nominated to the cross country ski team slated to compete in the 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway February 12-21.

Headlining the 2016 U.S. cross country team are Hunter Wonders (Anchorage, AK), who will be participating in his first international...

Catching Up With XC Coach Chris Grover


GroverChris Grover, the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team’s head coach, has had a heck of a year so far. With two stage wins at the Tour de...

U23 and Junior Worlds Teams Named


PARK CITY, UT (Jan. 12, 2016) – After the 2016 U.S. Cross Country Ski Championships presented by L.L. Bean concluded on January 9th, 10 athletes were named to the FIS U23 World Ski Championships Team and 12 U20 athletes were named to the FIS Nordic Junior World Ski Championships Team. The U23 team and Junior Worlds team will represent the U.S....

Carrying On A Family Tradition


Meet Olympian Sophie Caldwell. She’s the one who stands out in the room as the composed young woman – the one with poise. Quiet and maybe a bit understated, almost studious. Her eyes connect with you, and you feel comfortable in her midst.

Three Nordic Skiers Nominated to 2016 U.S. Youth Olympic Team


PARK CITY, UT (Jan. 11, 2016) – Two ski jumpers and one nordic combined skier have been nominated by the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association to the 2016 U.S. Youth Olympic Team that will compete in Lillehammer, Norway, February 12-21. Casey Larson, 17, (Barrington, IL/Norge Ski Club) was nominated to the men’s ski jumping team, with Logan Sankey...

Top 10 Tour for Diggins


VAL di FIEMME, Italy (Jan. 10, 2016) – Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) and Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) skied to career-best Tour de Ski overall finishes on Sunday's final stage. Diggins and Bjornsen charged up the grueling Alpe Cermis 9k hill climb to take 10th and 14th overall in the eight-stage Tour. Liz Stephen (East Montpelier, VT) had the...

Packer and Miller Score Classic Sprint Titles


HOUGHTON, Michigan (January 9, 2016) – On the final day of the U.S. Cross Country Ski Championships presented by L.L. Bean, Eric Packer from APU Nordic Ski Center and Kaitlynn Miller from Craftsbury Racing Project claimed the National classic sprint titles.


Strong Classic Stage for Bjornsen


VAL di FIEMME, Italy (January 9, 2016) – Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) led the U.S. team to a top 10 finish in stage seven of the Tour de Ski Saturday. Bjornsen finished ninth in the women’s 10k classic mass start and moved up to 12th in the overall Tour standings with one stage remaining.

“I struggled with classic in...

Diggins Wins First Individual World Cup


TOBLACH, Italy (January 8, 2016) – Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) became the second American in three stages to take a Tour de Ski win Friday in Toblach. Diggins skied to an historic victory in the women’s 5k freestyle individual start, just three days after Sophie Caldwell (Peru, VT) claimed a win in a classic sprint. Diggins’ win moved her back...

Patterson Doubles Up at National Championships


HOUGHTON, Michigan (January 7, 2016) - Day three of U.S. Cross Country Ski Championships presented by L.L. Bean resulted in a double National title for Caitlin Patterson (Craftsbury Green Racing Project), who also won the women’s 10k classic earlier this week, and a dominating comeback victory for Tad Elliot (Vail Ski and Snowboard Club) in the...

Diggins Remains USA Leader at Tour de Ski


OBERSTDORF, Germany (January 6, 2016) – Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) led the U.S. women’s team finishing 23rd with Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) following close behind in 26th in a 10k classic mass start on Wednesday. After five stages of the Tour de Ski, Diggins and Bjornsen still remain in the top 15 standing 12th and 14th ...

Fairall Returns to Bischoshofen


BISCHOFSHOFEN, Austria (Jan. 6, 2015) - A courageous Nick Fairall returned to the towering ski jump in Bischoshofen Tuesday, seeking closure and to say thanks on the one year anniversary of a training accident while preparing for the final round of the Springertournee. Fairall, who won the Olympic Trails for the USA in 2014, took a ride to the...

Tour Win for Caldwell


OBERSTDORF, Germany (January 5, 2016) – Sophie Caldwell (Peru, VT) scored a career first World Cup win Tuesday in a 1.2k classic sprint, out lunging Norway’s Heidi Weng in the finals of the Tour de Ski stage in Oberstdorf. It was the first time a U.S. skier has won a classic sprint and left Caldwell in third position in the Tour de Ski sprint...

Bender and Hanneman Grab Sprint Titles


HOUGHTON, Michigan (January, 4 2016) – Jennie Bender, of Bridger Ski Foundation, and Reese Hanneman, of Alaska Pacific University Nordic Center, ruled the 1.5k freestyle sprints in day two of the U.S. Cross Country Ski Championships presented by L.L. Bean.