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Randall Now Seventh in Tour

01/03/2012

TOBLACH, Italy (Jan. 3) - It was a tough day for the U.S. Ski Team in stage five of the Tour de Ski in Toblach. Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) was 29th in a tightly fought 3.3k classic prologue to the three stages in Toblach, dropping to seventh in the overall. Norway's Marit Bjoergen took the win but remains second in the Tour behind Poland's...

Randall Up to Fourth in Tour

01/01/2012

OBERSTDORF, Germany (Jan. 1) - Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) skied a strong freestyle leg on New Year's Day to take seventh in a mixed technique skiathlon, moving up to fourth in the Tour de Ski standings after four stages. Norway's Marit Bjoergen handed Poland's Justyna Kowalcyk her first Tour loss while Petter Northug of Norway took the men's...

Despite Fall, Randall Moves Up in Tour

12/31/2011

OBERSTDORF, Germany (Dec. 31) - A fall on the final climb in the classic sprint semifinals cost Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) a spot in the finals as she finished ninth in stage three of the Tour de Ski in Oberstdorf. Justyna Kowalczyk won her third straight stage while Russian Nikita Kriukov won the men's sprint. Randall retained her World Cup...

Randall Moves Up in Stage Two

12/30/2011

OBERHOF, Germany (Dec. 30) - Action in the Tour de Ski heated up on day two, with Poland's Justyna Kowalczyk taking her second straight win and American Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) moving into sixth in the 11-day, nine-stage Tour. German Axel Teichmann took the win over prologue leader Petter Northug of Norway and is in the Tour lead. The Tour...

Randall Strong in Tour Opener

12/29/2011

OBERHOF, Germany (Dec. 29) - The U.S. Ski Team's Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) set the pace for the USA in the opening leg of the 11-day Tour de Ski. Randall was tenth in the 2.5k freestyle prologue, 7.2 seconds behind Poland's Justyna Kowalczyk. Andy Newell was 29th in the men's 3.75k behind winner Petter Northug of Norway.

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Kikkan Randall Talks Tour

12/28/2011

OBERHOF, Germany (Dec. 28) – Thursday starts a new experience for a squad of six U.S. Cross Country Ski Team athletes with the opening of the 11-day, nine-stage Tour de Ski – now in its fifth year. It's the largest contingent ever from the USA, just a year after Kikkan Randall (Anchorage), Kris Freeman (Andover, NH) and Andy Newell (Shaftsbury...

Rumford Ready for Championships

12/26/2011

RUMFORD, ME (Dec. 26) – Crews at Maine's Black Mountain have taken on Mother Nature and are winning! With an array of 14 snow guns, trails are nearing readiness for the Jan. 2-8 U.S. Cross Country Championships thanks to a dramatic effort by regional businesses to ensure the success of the event. Officials anticipate having sprint courses...

Strong U.S. Team in Tour de Ski

12/26/2011

OBERHOF, Germany (Dec. 26) – When the prestigious Tour de Ski cross country skiing stage race starts Thursday in Oberhof, the USA will be represented. The U.S. Ski Team, which is enjoying its strongest season opening in modern history, has named six athletes to compete in the Dec. 29-Jan. 8 Tour. Now in its fifth season, the Tour de Ski...

Start Crash Takes Out Randall in Finals

12/18/2011

ROGLA, Slovenia (Dec. 18) - FIS Cross Country World Cup leader Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) set the pace in the opening heats but went down hard in a start crash that took her out of Sunday's finals, finishing sixth. Norway's Maiken Caspersen Falla, who challenged Randall hard in the semifinals, won her first World Cup while Dario Cologna of...

Career Best Classic Finishes in New Snow

12/17/2011

ROGLA, Slovenia (Dec. 17) – It was a day of career bests for U.S. racers in Rogla with classic technique distance racing in heavy new snow. The U.S. Ski Team's technicians delivered the skis with Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) setting the pace finishing 11th, followed by Holly Brooks (Anchorage) 19th and Liz Stephen (E. Montpelier, VT) 22nd in the...

Fletcher on Podium Again in Soldier Hollow

12/14/2011

SOLDIER HOLLOW, UT (Dec. 14) - Germany's Mark Schlott picked up his first FIS Nordic Combined Continental Cup win with a narrow one second margin over the U.S. Ski Team's Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO). It was Fletcher's fourth straight podium in the international series at the Utah Olympic Park and Soldier Hollow. Three Americans...

First International Win for Fletcher

12/11/2011

SOLDIER HOLLOW, UT (Dec. 11) - The U.S. Ski Team's Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) made a statement Sunday, coming from a huge one minute 50 seconds back after the jump to win the FIS Nordic Combined Continental Cup at Soldier Hollow by 16.9 seconds. It was his first international win and came at the expense of strong skiers from...

Big Margin Win for Kikkan Randall

12/11/2011

DAVOS, Switzerland (Dec. 11) - The U.S. Ski Team's Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) turned on the afterburners in the backstretch and left the field stranded as she won her second straight FIS Cross Country World Cup sprint in the Swiss resort of Davos. Randall, who qualified first, swept every heat by large margins as she won by 1.7 seconds over...

Lodwick Paces USA in Ramsau

12/11/2011

RAMSAU, Austria (Dec. 11) - Olympic medalist Todd Lodwick (Steamboat Springs, CO) returned to the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup this weekend, finishing 23rd on Sunday. Lodwick, who was 23rd on the jump, had the 27th fastest cross country time and held his position. Billy Demong (Vermontville, NY) moved up to finish 26th. Defending World Cup...

Team Podium for Fletcher, Hendrickson

12/10/2011

SOLDIER HOLLOW, UT (Dec. 10) - The U.S. Ski Team's Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) and Nick Hendrickson (Park City, UT) came from behind to strike the podium in a three way battle with France and Germany in a team sprint Saturday at Soldier Hollow. Germany's Michael Duenkel anchored his team to victory, pulling away from France's...

Demong Leads in Ramsau

12/10/2011

RAMSAU, Austria (Dec. 10) - Olympic champion Billy Demong (Vermontville, NY) skied to his best finish since the Olympic season, finishing 11th in a FIS Nordic Combined World Cup in Ramsau. Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) was 21st with Olympic medalist Todd Lodwick (Steamboat Springs, CO) returning to the World Cup to finish 29th. Norway'...

Career Best for Brooks in Davos

12/10/2011

DAVOS, Switzerland (Dec. 10) - APU Nordic skier Holly Brooks (Anchorage) skied to a career best 13th Saturday in the 15k freestyle in Davos with three Americans in the points. Norway's Marit Bjoergen won by an amazing 42 seconds. Tad Elliott (Durango, CO) scored his first World Cup points in 27th as Norway's Petter Northug took the victory....

Fletcher Close Second in FIS Continental Cup

12/09/2011

SOLDIER HOLLOW, UT (Dec. 9) - The U.S. Ski Team's Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) made up nearly two minutes in cross country but it wasn't quite enough to get past Slovenian Marjan Jelenko who took the win in a FIS Nordic Combined Continental Cup on the 2002 Olympic venues. Jelenko won his second career Continental Cup on the strength...

Nordic Combined Comes to Utah

12/06/2011

PARK CITY, UT (Dec. 5) – Olympian Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) will lead the U.S. Ski Team this weekend in a three-day FIS Nordic Combined Continental Cup series on the 2002 Olympic venues at the Utah Olympic Park and Soldier Hollow. Around a dozen nations are expected to participate. Fletcher, a Steamboat native who lives and trains...

Podium for Randall, Bjornsen

12/04/2011

DUESSELDORF, Germany (Dec. 4) - The U.S. Ski Team's Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) and Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) combined for an historic FIS World Cup podium Sunday in a sprint relay in Duesseldorf. The U.S. team turned in a strong performance, finishing just 1.6 seconds behind Norway in the freestyle sprint. The podium came just a day after...

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