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Diggins Second in Lahti Freestyle Sprint

02/20/2016

LAHTI, Finland (Feb. 20, 2016) – Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) led the U.S. with another FIS World Cup podium result, this time in second, at the 1.6k freestyle sprint at the Lahti Ski Games.

"I’m so happy with the race today! It was a ton of fun, start to finish, and to have three girls in the top 15 and four in the heats? That’s awesome...

YOG: USA Eighth in Team Relay

02/20/2016

LILLEHAMMER, Norway (Feb. 19, 2016) – The Winter Youth Olympic Games closed the cross country competitions with a Nordic mixed team relay. The U.S. team included one female cross country skier, Hannah Halvorsen (Truckee, CA), one male cross country skier, Hunter Wonders (Anchorage, AK) and one nordic combined male, Ben Loomis (Eau Claire, WI)....

Fletcher Moves Up in Combined

02/19/2016

LAHTI, Finland (Feb. 19, 2016) - Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) made a big leap in cross country, moving up to finish 24th as the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup resumed in Lahti. Germany’s Eric Frenzel took the win in dramatic fashion to further extend his World Cup lead.

Fletcher soared 108.0 meters on his...

YOG: Wonders Top 10 in Youth Olympics

02/18/2016

LILLEHAMMER, Norway (Feb. 18, 2016) – Hunter Wonders (Anchorage, AK) led the USA in the third competition of the Winter Youth Olympic Games on Thursday, finishing eighth overall in a 10k freestyle race. Hannah Halvorsen (Truckee, CA) was in the top 20 in the women’s 5k freestyle race, finishing 17th overall.

Bickner Soars 214.5 Meters

02/18/2016

VIKERSUND, Norway (Feb. 14, 2016) - Imagine soaring nearly two and a half football fields off a towering ski jump. U.S. ski jumper Kevin Bickner (Barrington, IL/Norge Ski Club) became one of only a handful of American ski jumpers to have crested the 200-meter barrier Sunday, soaring 214.5 meters at the World Ski Flying Championships in...

Americans Among Favorites At 43rd Birkie

02/18/2016

HAYWARD, WI (Feb. 18, 2016) – A pristine track is in place between Cable and Hayward in northwestern Wisconsin for the 43rd running of the 51k Slumberland American Birkebeiner cross country ski marathon this Saturday. A host of U.S. long distance skiers are among the favorites in the International Ski Federation Worldloppet Marathon Cup event...

YOG: USA 10th in Team Jump

02/18/2016

LILLEHAMMER, Norway (Feb. 18, 2016) - Slovenia continued to roll Thursday, taking gold in the mixed gender team ski jumping event at the Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer. The USA was 10th. Germany took silver with Austria bronze.

The event included both the long man and women from each nation’s ski jumping team, plus the nordic...

YOG: Cross-Country Cross Race Debuts

02/17/2016

LILLEHAMMER, Norway (Feb. 17, 2016) – The Winter Youth Olympic Games kicked off on February 13th, with the debut of cross-country cross. USA’s Hannah Halvorsen (Truckee, CA, Sugar Bowl Ski Team and Academy) and Hunter Wonders (Anchorage, AK) finished 13th and 30th, respectively.

The new cross country discipline challenges skiers agility...

YOG: Halvorsen Sixth in Classic Sprint

02/16/2016

LILLEHAMMER, Norway (Feb. 16, 2016) – The second event of the Youth Olympic Winter Games was a 1.3k classic sprint where USA’s Hannah Halvorsen (Truckee, CA) and Hunter Wonders (Anchorage, AK) finished sixth and 15th, respectively.

“We had ideal conditions for a classic sprint, cold hard tracks and sunshine,” said coach Adam St. Pierre...

YOG: Strong Jump Performance by Larson

02/16/2016

LILLEHAMMER, Norway (Feb. 16, 2016) - Casey Larson (Barrington, IL/Norge Ski Club) soared to a strong sixth place finish on the HS100 meter hill at the Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer Tuesday. Logan Sankey (Steamboat Springs, CO/Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club) was 12th for the women. Gold medals went to Bor Pavlovcic for men and Ema...

YOG: Combined Silver For Loomis

02/16/2016

LILLEHAMMER, Norway (Feb. 16, 2016) - The USA’s Ben Loomis (Eau Claire, WI/Flying Eagles Ski Club) parlayed a strong jump into a silver medal in the Youth Olympic Games individual nordic combined Tuesday in Lillehammer. Germany’s Tim Kopp took gold.

Loomis set himself up for success, jumping to second with a 98.5 meter ride, starting...

Diggins fourth in World Cup Freestyle

02/14/2016

FALUN, Sweden (Feb. 14 2016) – Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) led the U.S. team for the second day, finishing fourth in a FIS World Cup 10k freestyle mass start on Sunday. This was Diggins second top-five performance of the weekend in Falun.

“I’m really proud of my race effort and the weekend as a whole - to have both a classic race and a...

Diggins and Bjornsen Lead U.S. in Sweden

02/13/2016

FALUN, Sweden (February 13, 2016) – Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) led the U.S team on Saturday in a FIS World Cup 5k individual classic race, finishing fifth as teammate Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) followed close behind in seventh.

“I’m so very happy with my race today, and with the whole team’s day,” said Diggins. “We had awesome skis...

Englund Jumps to Seventh in Slovenia

02/13/2016

LJUBNO, Slovenia (Feb. 13, 2016) - The USA’s Nita Englund (Florence, WI) soared to seventh in a FIS Ski Jumping World Cup in Ljubno. Slovenia’s Maja Vtic took an upset win over Japan’s Sara Takanashi, who was second.

“Today was fun, but I need to catch my timing and improve my landings,” Englund said. “I loved the atmosphere here in...

Caldwell 11th in Stockholm City Sprint

02/11/2016

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (Feb. 11, 2016) – Sophie Caldwell (Peru, VT) led the U.S. team on Thursday in a FIS World Cup 1.2k classic sprint around the Royal Palace in Stockholm, finishing 11th as teammate Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) finished 15th.

“Today was my first time ever competing in the Stockholm city sprint,” said Caldwell. “It's still a...

Fletcher 15th at Holmenkollen

02/10/2016

OSLO, Norway (Feb. 6, 2016) - Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) moved up from 20th to 15th Saturday in the King’s Cup, one of the most prestigious events on the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup tour at Holmenkollen in Oslo. Norway’s own Jarl Magnus Riiber took the win, leading the jump and holding to defeat Japan’s Akito Watabe by 16 seconds...

Origins of the Birkie Presentation at 2016 Race

02/09/2016

HAYWARD, WI (Feb. 9, 2016) – Race participants and fans at this year’s American Birkebeiner cross country ski race will have an opportunity to learn more about the great history of the Birkie. On the eve of this year’s race, longtime Birkebeiner public relations leader and skiing historian Tom Kelly of the U.S. Ski Team will take fans back to...

Flowers and Freeman Ski To Super Tour Wins

02/07/2016

CRAFTSBURY, VT (February 7, 2016) – The USSA Super Tour races wrapped up at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center Sunday with a 10k classic individual start race for both the men and women. Erika Flowers (Stratton Mountain School) and Kris Freeman (Freebird) grabbed their first USSA Super Tour victories of the season.

Bjornsen Paces U.S. In Soggy Oslo

02/07/2016

OSLO, Norway (February 7, 2016) – A blanket of fog and challenging snow conditions greeted racers at Holmenkollen for the second-straight day as Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) led the U.S. women’s team in 22nd in Sunday’s 30k FIS World Cup classic race.

Bjornsen, Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) and Liz Stephen (East Montpellier, VT) worked...

Hart and Caldwell Grab Super Tour Wins

02/06/2016

CRAFTSBURY, VT (February 6, 2016) – The Trapp Family Lodge had to relocate the USSA Super Tour races to Craftsbury, Vermont due to a bad spell of warm weather and rain up until the races. Despite the quick change of plans the USSA Super Tour 10/5k freestyle races went on successfully on Saturday, where Annie Hart (Stratton Mountain School) and...

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