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Dunklee Returns To Antholz Flower Ceremony: “There Was So Much Excitement, It Was Pretty Special”

Dunklee Returns To Antholz Flower Ceremony: “There Was So Much Excitement, It Was Pretty Special”

Susan Dunklee had her best shooting of the year to move from eighth up to sixth in the World Cup pursuit in Antholz, Italy, on Saturday, the best U.S. result of the year. Canada put two women in the top 30, and American Hannah Dreissigacker moved from 60th up to 42nd – beating former star Miriam Goessner on her final loop.

Taylor Fletcher Goes ‘Ugly Early’ for Sapporo Podium; Bryan Fletcher 8th (with Post-Race Video)

Taylor Fletcher Goes ‘Ugly Early’ for Sapporo Podium; Bryan Fletcher 8th (with Post-Race Video)

Twenty-eighth in the jump was good enough for Taylor Fletcher, as the 24-year-old U.S. Nordic Combined skier rocketed to an individual podium for the second time in his World Cup career. His older brother Bryan Fletcher placed eighth for his third-straight top 10.

Öberg Takes First World Cup Win, Diggins Claims Fifth in Rybinsk Sprint

Öberg Takes First World Cup Win, Diggins Claims Fifth in Rybinsk Sprint

It was a day of firsts for Jennie Öberg of Sweden who had her first World Cup sprint final, podium, and win in Rybinsk, Russia. Jessie Diggins skied to her best result of the season, taking fifth. The USST women placed and addition three skiers in the top 13.

Led by Hamilton, Four North Americans Ski to Top-30 in Rybinsk

Led by Hamilton, Four North Americans Ski to Top-30 in Rybinsk

After making it through the qualifier, three Americans and Canadian Alex Harvey were not able to race their way into the semifinals of Saturday’s World Cup 1.3 k freestyle sprint in Rybinsk, Russia. However, American Erik Bjornsen had his best sprint result on the World Cup and reached the heats for the first time.

New Favorite Schempp Stays Golden, Wins Another Sprint Finish in Antholz; Green 18th

New Favorite Schempp Stays Golden, Wins Another Sprint Finish in Antholz; Green 18th

Simon Schempp of Germany picked up his third-straight individual win on the IBU Biathlon World Cup, besting three rivals in a tight sprint finish for the pursuit title in Antholz, Italy. After skiing in podium position early, Canada’s Brendan Green slipped to 18th place.

Stephen Earns Historic Podium in Rybinsk; Jacobsen Notches First Win in Seven Years

Stephen Earns Historic Podium in Rybinsk; Jacobsen Notches First Win in Seven Years

Liz Stephen marked yet another historic race with a second place in the 10 k freestyle in Rybinsk, Russia. The 27-year-old not only earned her first-ever World Cup podium, she also notched the best finish by an American woman in a World Cup distance race.

Sunny Skies, Thin Air in Antholz Brings Out Season-Best Eighth for Dunklee, Win for Domracheva

Sunny Skies, Thin Air in Antholz Brings Out Season-Best Eighth for Dunklee, Win for Domracheva

Darya Domracheva of Belarus won her 21st IBU World Cup race on Friday by nearly 27 seconds over Finland’s Kaisa Mäkäräinen in second, and Germany’s Laura Dahlmeier tallied her first podium in third in the 7.5 k sprint. Susan Dunklee executed her plan to place eighth for a season best.

Cologna Denies Russians a Sweep With Victory in Rybinsk

Cologna Denies Russians a Sweep With Victory in Rybinsk

Dario Cologna was victorious in Friday’s 15 k freestyle in Rybinsk, Russia and in the process thwarted four Russians who were gunning for a home-country podium sweep.

Green Keeps Streak Alive: 50-for-50 on IBU World Cup with Career-Best Fifth in Antholz

Green Keeps Streak Alive: 50-for-50 on IBU World Cup with Career-Best Fifth in Antholz

Brendan Green couldn’t say for sure what’s brought him so much success lately — could be the venues or the minor cues he’s been working on — but his coaches have a hunch. The Canadian biathlete became the first man on the circuit in the last two seasons to shoot 50-for-50 in four-straight IBU World Cup races.

T-1 Day ‘Til IPC World Championships in Cable; U.S. Team Raring to Go

T-1 Day ‘Til IPC World Championships in Cable; U.S. Team Raring to Go

For the third time ever, the IPC World Championships are being held in the U.S. and kick off Friday with the opening ceremony in Cable, Wis. Team USA is ready, according to coach Eileen Carey. “We are thrilled to get another chance to test out some of our training and racing strategies,” she says. “Having the opportunity to do that on home snow is a great bonus for us.”

How to Score Points and Win Money on the World Cup (Hint: Be Norwegian)

How to Score Points and Win Money on the World Cup (Hint: Be Norwegian)

Not only has Norway dominated cross country World Cup podiums, but their skier have also taken home more than half of the available prize money. Marit Bjørgen alone has won 1/3 of the total money available to the women’s field. How does everyone else stack up, and how does this relate to World Cup points?

Wednesday Workout: The Hetland Speed Drill with Michael Somppi

Wednesday Workout: The Hetland Speed Drill with Michael Somppi

NorAm leader Michael Somppi shares a tool that can be used as a race-day warmup or post-interval cool down, and it’s one Canadian World Cup coach Tor-Arne Hetland shared with him. “The recipe is 4 x 15 seconds on/45 seconds off, and the key to doing this effectively is the pacing,” Somppi explains.

EISA Racing Begins in Rumford

EISA Racing Begins in Rumford

The EISA racing season began this past weekend in Rumford, Maine. Cold weather and fast skiing set the stage for some of the highest level of competition in the country.

USA II’s Sargent, Brennan in the Money in Sixth in Otepää Team Sprint

USA II’s Sargent, Brennan in the Money in Sixth in Otepää Team Sprint

In her second-ever team sprint (and first one since 2009), Rosie Brennan teamed up with Ida Sargent to advance to the final, where they placed sixth of 10 teams. The U.S. women’s first team, Sadie Bjornsen and Sophie Caldwell placed 11th, as did the U.S. men’s second team (Erik Bjornsen/Matt Gelso), and Andy Newell and Simi Hamilton ended up 19th after a late semifinal crash.

Schempp Stuns in Mass Start Barnburner; Green Completes Perfect Shooting Weekend in 18th

Schempp Stuns in Mass Start Barnburner; Green Completes Perfect Shooting Weekend in 18th

Simon Schempp lives and trains in Ruhpolding, Germany, and now he can say he has won a biathlon World Cup there too – by just 8 centimeters in a three-man photo finish and one of the most exciting races of the season. Brendan Green of Canada completed a perfect 40-shot weekend to snag his second top 20.

Sprint Smørebom Banished, Dunklee Flies High in Ruhpolding Mass Start; Domracheva Wins, Heinicke 23rd

Sprint Smørebom Banished, Dunklee Flies High in Ruhpolding Mass Start; Domracheva Wins, Heinicke 23rd

Missing the wax meant that Susan Dunklee’s good feelings about Friday’s sprint didn’t show up on the results sheet. But the U.S. biathlete turned it around in the mass start, taking her now-fast skis all the way up to third before falling to 16th place, still a season best. Megan Heinicke, in the first mass start of her career, finished 23rd for Canada.

Canada’s Green Cleans for 16th, Scott Gow Achieves 27th in Snowy Ruhpolding Sprint

Canada’s Green Cleans for 16th, Scott Gow Achieves 27th in Snowy Ruhpolding Sprint

The Canadian men showed some more depth despite heavily falling snow on Saturday, with competitive finishes from Brendan Green and Scott Gow in the IBU World Cup 10 k sprint. In 16th, Green qualified for Sunday’s mass start.

Americans Go 15th, 16th, 17th with Bittersweet Feelings After Otepää Sprint

Americans Go 15th, 16th, 17th with Bittersweet Feelings After Otepää Sprint

Three Americans made the quarterfinals on Saturday in the second World Cup classic sprint of the season: Sadie Bjornsen, Simi Hamilton and Andy Newell. None of them advanced to the semifinals, and while it wasn’t a bad day, most were left wanting more.

Østberg Carries the Torch for Norway with First Classic Sprint Win in Otepää

Østberg Carries the Torch for Norway with First Classic Sprint Win in Otepää

Without the big show of Marit Bjørgen in Saturday’s classic sprint, Norway’s Ingvild Flugstad Østberg rose to the occasion, notching her first World Cup classic-sprint victory and fourth podium of the season.

Tomas Northug Gets His, Wins First World Cup in Otepää Classic Sprint

Tomas Northug Gets His, Wins First World Cup in Otepää Classic Sprint

If he hadn’t been a Northug, one might have wondered what that 24-year-old Norwegian was doing in the men’s 1.5 k classic-sprint final on Saturday.