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Ransom Cleans IBU Cup Sprint to Crack Top 10 in 7th, Christian Gow 8th for Canada

Ransom Cleans IBU Cup Sprint to Crack Top 10 in 7th, Christian Gow 8th for Canada

Julia Ransom topped her previous IBU Cup career best of 11th, which she set on Tuesday, with clean shooting for seventh on Wednesday in the 7.5 k sprint in Obertilliach. Also for Canada, Christian Gow placed eighth, Scott Gow was 11th and Macx Davies 15th in the 10 k sprint.

Despite Slow World Cup Start, Gregg Optimistic and Working Toward World Champs

Despite Slow World Cup Start, Gregg Optimistic and Working Toward World Champs

American Caitlin Gregg had big plans to before heading to the World Cup this winter as the SuperTour leader, with qualification for World Championships at the top of the list. Disappointed in her results the last two weekends, she’s got one more World Cup weekend then will try to make a statement at U.S. nationals.

Wednesday Workout: Race-Ready with Rosanna Crawford

Wednesday Workout: Race-Ready with Rosanna Crawford

After a career-best finish on Sunday, Canada’s Rosanna Crawford takes us through a typical week on the IBU World Cup and explains how and when she fits in intensity sessions, a.k.a. race prep.

Weekend Roundup: ‘Way More is Possible’

Weekend Roundup: ‘Way More is Possible’

Catch up on what you may have missed this weekend, as nordic competitions across the globe are begging to heat up. Here, we recap everything from biathlon in Austria to the cross country World Cup in Switzerland and everything in between.

Hanneman, Disappointed But Undeterred, Takes World Cup Experience into World Champs Quest

Hanneman, Disappointed But Undeterred, Takes World Cup Experience into World Champs Quest

It’s tough to swallow getting destroyed by Norwegians week after week. Reese Hanneman is still absorbing a huge jump in training hours from the summer and fall, but also: “I think people really underestimate how hard it is to go from racing well in the U.S. to racing well here on the World Cup.”

Canada’s Lunder, Ransom Go 10-11 in IBU Cup Individual

Canada’s Lunder, Ransom Go 10-11 in IBU Cup Individual

After the first race weekend of their European tour was canceled due to low snow, Canadian biathletes finally got started in Obertilliach, Austria, and started out hot: Emma Lunder and Julia Ransom placed 10th and 11th in the women’s 15 k individual, and Christian Gow 18th in the men’s race.

NoCo Continental Cup in Park City: Day 1 and 2 (Photo Gallery)

NoCo Continental Cup in Park City: Day 1 and 2 (Photo Gallery)

Park City hosted the first Nordic Combined Continental Cup of the season last week with jumping at Utah Olympic Park and the 10 k races at the Gorgoza tubing hill, moved there because of a lack of snow. Taylor Fletcher posted the two best U.S. performances in fifth and eighth place, followed by Billy Demong.

Notes and Quotes: Davos World Cup Sprint

Notes and Quotes: Davos World Cup Sprint

Check out the quotes that didn’t make it into our race reports this weekend, from FasterSkier’s on-site coverage from the Davos World Cup 1.3 k sprint.

Crawford Flies from 34th to Career-Best Fifth in Hochfilzen Pursuit; Mäkäräinen Wins Again

Crawford Flies from 34th to Career-Best Fifth in Hochfilzen Pursuit; Mäkäräinen Wins Again

Rosanna Crawford had been thinking about this kind of performance for a long time, and even on Friday, after placing 34th in the Hochfilzen sprint, she predicted it was coming. She just didn’t think it would come on Sunday in the 10 k pursuit.

U.S. Women Chalk Up ‘Good’, But Not Great, Day as Sargent Leads in 16th

U.S. Women Chalk Up ‘Good’, But Not Great, Day as Sargent Leads in 16th

Three women in the quarterfinals and one just barely outside? U.S. Ski Team coach Matt Whitcomb was thrilled with Ida Sargent’s and Sophie Caldwell’s quarterfinal appearances and pleased to see Kikkan Randall a bit more like herself, he also stayed realistic: “I wouldn’t use any other word that celebrates it more than [good].”

Østberg Skis Big for First World Cup Victory in Davos Sprint

Østberg Skis Big for First World Cup Victory in Davos Sprint

Which Norwegian and by how much? That seems to be the ongoing question in the beginning of the 2014/2015 World Cup season, with Norwegian dominance for both the men and women since the first race in Ruka, Finland. Sunday in Davos, Switzerland, it was Ingvild Flugstad Østberg who came out on top in the 1.3 k freestyle sprint – and it wasn’t even close.

A Long Road Back, But Finally Valjas Makes It: 13th in Davos Skate Sprint

A Long Road Back, But Finally Valjas Makes It: 13th in Davos Skate Sprint

It has been a year and a half since Lenny Valjas last made an appearance in World Cup sprint heats. Let that sink in. The tall Canadian is thrilled that not only is he back and feeling like himself, but he didn’t just squeak in – he qualified tenth and missed a lucky loser spot in the semifinals by just 0.03 seconds.

Photo Gallery: Men’s 15 k Classic in Davos

Photo Gallery: Men’s 15 k Classic in Davos

Photos from an exciting day of World Cup racing in Davos, Switzerland. Take some lessons in classic technique from the best!

Canadian Men Tie Team-Best Sixth in Hochfilzen; Russia Drops Field by Last Lap

Canadian Men Tie Team-Best Sixth in Hochfilzen; Russia Drops Field by Last Lap

With a goal of a top eight on Saturday, the Canadians did two places better to tie a team-best sixth in the IBU World Cup men’s relay in Hochfilzen, Austria. Russia won it by 20 seconds over France, and Norway was another 7.7 seconds back in third.

Harvey, Nishikawa Lead Canada with Top-30 Davos Distance Finishes

Harvey, Nishikawa Lead Canada with Top-30 Davos Distance Finishes

Before Saturday, Canada’s Alex Harvey had never cracked the top 30 in a distance race in Davos, Switzerland, and Emily Nishikawa was shooting for her first career top-30. Both checked off those markers in the men’s and women’s classic distance races on the first day of the Davos World Cup.

Stephen, Focusing on Aggression, Snags Top-20 in Davos

Stephen, Focusing on Aggression, Snags Top-20 in Davos

Liz Stephen wants to ski like skiing really matters: “I was focused on that aggression, and wanting to win more than I’ve ever wanted to win.” That took her to 20th place in the 10 k classic, leading teammates Jessie Diggins and Sadie Bjornsen who all finished within a few seconds. Erik Bjornsen led the U.S. men in 48th place in the 15 k classic.

Sundby Takes Narrow Victory After Equipment Calculus, Decision to Stick to Classic Skis

Sundby Takes Narrow Victory After Equipment Calculus, Decision to Stick to Classic Skis

Martin Johnsrud Sundby had 99% decided to use skate skis in today’s 15 k classic World Cup race in Davos. But then at the last second, he changed his mind. The choice worked, and he earned a 6.6-second win over teammate Didrik Tønseth. Dario Cologna went with skate skis and finished third.

Sick Earlier This Week, Mäkäräinen Rolls to Second-Straight Win; Dunklee 29th

Sick Earlier This Week, Mäkäräinen Rolls to Second-Straight Win; Dunklee 29th

Down a quart heading into the IBU World Cup #2 in Hochfilzen, Finland’s Kaisa Mäkäräinen rallied to win Friday’s sprint by more than 10 seconds. Susan Dunklee led the U.S. in 29th and Canada’s Rosanna Crawford was another 5 seconds back in 34th.

Wild Card on the FIS Marathon Cup, Brooks 2nd in La Sgambeda

Wild Card on the FIS Marathon Cup, Brooks 2nd in La Sgambeda

They called her a wild card — the International Ski Federation, that is. And according to Holly Brooks, she wasn’t sure what she was capable of either. After a second-place finish in the first marathon of the season, she’s excited about what’s ahead of her.

2014 Holiday Gift Guide: Under $25

2014 Holiday Gift Guide: Under $25

Welcome to FasterSkier’s Holiday Gift Guide! The holidays are here and it’s time to go hunting for the perfect present for your favorite cross-country skiers. Whether it’s a fresh and sexy underwear or an amazing ski adventure we have recommendations for the best gifts out there. Take a look and see for yourself. You’ll walk away with some great ideas to make this ski season one to remember.