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EISA Regionals at SLU Carnival: Mooney, Taylor Continue Battle, Caldwell Returns to Top

EISA Regionals at SLU Carnival: Mooney, Taylor Continue Battle, Caldwell Returns to Top

EISA racing concluded this past weekend in Lake Placid, NY. These Regional Championships, hosted by St. Lawrence University, featured a festive atmosphere and challenging courses, and served as a precursor to next week’s NCAA Championships, also hosted by SLU. Paddy Caldwell returned to dominant form in the men’s races, while Heather Mooney and Annika Taylor continued to vie for top women’s honors.

Classic Northug: Norwegian Appears from Nowhere to Claim Victory in World Champs 50 k

Classic Northug: Norwegian Appears from Nowhere to Claim Victory in World Champs 50 k

Never count Petter Northug out of a ski race. In the final race of the 2015 FIS Nordic World Championships, the Norwegian never cracked the top-10 of the 50 k until the last kilometer where he out-sprinted the competition to take his fourth victory of the Championships.

Harvey Jockeys for Position, Finishes Fifth in Final 50 k Push at World Championships

Harvey Jockeys for Position, Finishes Fifth in Final 50 k Push at World Championships

Alex Harvey stayed at the front of the pack for most of Sunday’s 50 k classic mass start, the final race of 2015 World Championships in Falun, but he couldn’t quite get into the position he needed before a four-man finishing sprint — which he was just behind. Also for Canada, Graeme Killick notched a career-best 19th, and Ivan Babikov placed 30th after leading as well.

‘Nothing Special, Not Terrible’ as Hoffman and Bjornsen Push Through Slush in Grueling 50 k

‘Nothing Special, Not Terrible’ as Hoffman and Bjornsen Push Through Slush in Grueling 50 k

The 50 k classic mass start which wrapped up 2015 World Championships was punishing for everyone, and U.S. skiers Noah Hoffman and Erik Bjornsen were no exception. Hoffman didn’t feel his best and Bjornsen said he struggled with the slush and his own technique – but was trying to use the race as a learning experience. “I don’t think there’s any reason to sit out events like this,” he said.

Three in Top 20, U.S. Women Prove Their Mettle With Gritty Results in Worlds 30 k

Three in Top 20, U.S. Women Prove Their Mettle With Gritty Results in Worlds 30 k

Whether it was Sadie Bjornsen leading the race at 5 k, Liz Stephen scoring the best result ever for a U.S. women in a World Champs 30 k by finishing 11th, or Rosie Brennan outsprinting Justyna Kowalczyk for 16th, the American women ended Falun World Championships on a high note.

Earlier Than Planned, Johaug Runs Away with World Champs 30 k, Beats Bjørgen by 52 Seconds

Earlier Than Planned, Johaug Runs Away with World Champs 30 k, Beats Bjørgen by 52 Seconds

Therese Johaug did what she had to do to beat Norwegian teammate Marit Bjørgen on Saturday in the final women’s race of 2015 World Championships: the 30 k classic mass start. She did so by inadvertently attacking around 7 k: “I thought, ‘Oh my God, it’s early. I have 23 kilometers to the end,'” Johaug recalled.

Canada 10th, U.S. 11th as North American Men Duel in World Champs Relay

Canada 10th, U.S. 11th as North American Men Duel in World Champs Relay

Canada and the U.S. men’s teams battled for a close 10th and 11th positions in Friday’s 4 x 10 k relay at the 2015 FIS Nordic World Championships in Falun, Sweden. While both teams acknowledged a desire for improvement, they were pleased with their respective efforts.

Northug Sticks It to Halfvarsson, Edges Swede for Norwegian Relay Win at Worlds

Northug Sticks It to Halfvarsson, Edges Swede for Norwegian Relay Win at Worlds

After missing out on a podium at the 2014 Olympics, the Norwegian men put themselves back on top in Friday’s 4 x 10 k relay at World Championships in Falun, Sweden. With his characteristic finishing kick, Petter Northug outlasted Sweden’s Calle Halfvarsson for gold, and France took bronze.

From the Land of Alpine Stars, French Win a Relay Medal with No Asterisk

From the Land of Alpine Stars, French Win a Relay Medal with No Asterisk

When the French won bronze in the Sochi relay, it was the first championships-level relay medal ever in their history. But Norway had struggled then. Today they did not, and the French were still bronze. “Maybe we have some place in the newspaper tomorrow, but a little one,” Jean-Marc Gaillard said. “But that’s not the most important for us. The most important is to have fun with the team.”

U.S. Women Tie Best-Ever Championships Relay Despite Early Mishap

U.S. Women Tie Best-Ever Championships Relay Despite Early Mishap

A Russian racer skied over Sadie Bjornsen’s tips 2.5 kilometers into the 4 x 5 k relay, but the Americans fought back strong to finish fourth. “We all skied the best we possibly could today,” said Liz Stephen. “I’m already dreaming for the next chance at a podium.”

Bryan Fletcher Puts Himself in Medal Hunt, Finishes Career-Best Fifth at World Champs

Bryan Fletcher Puts Himself in Medal Hunt, Finishes Career-Best Fifth at World Champs

Bryan Fletcher leapt into contention in the large hill/10 k individual at 2015 World Championships with the 13th-best jump to start the race within 44 seconds of first. In the fight for third until the last few hundred meters, he placed fifth for U.S. Nordic Combined’s best individual result at World Championships since 2009.

Norway Finds Redemption in Women’s Relay Victory

Norway Finds Redemption in Women’s Relay Victory

After a fifth-place in the 2014 Olympic relay, Norway came back with vengeance to take the 4 x 5 k relay at the 2015 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Falun, Sweden. The Swedish team, featuring Charlotte Kalla and Stina Nilsson, overcame Finland to earn a silver medal in front of a home crowd.

After the Medals with Jessie Diggins and Caitlin Gregg: FasterSkier Exclusive in Falun

After the Medals with Jessie Diggins and Caitlin Gregg: FasterSkier Exclusive in Falun

FasterSkier sat down with Jessie Diggins and Caitlin Gregg on Wednesday to talk about their surprise double podium in the 10 k freestyle at the 2015 World Championships, and what it means to them and U.S. cross country skiing.

Olsson Completes ‘Mission Impossible’ with 15 k Victory at World Championships

Olsson Completes ‘Mission Impossible’ with 15 k Victory at World Championships

Johan Olsson skied to a convincing victory in Wednesday’s 15 k freestyle in Falun, Sweden in front of a home crowd. The 34-year-old who focuses solely on championship race overcame what he called a “mission impossible” after facing a year of illness and time apart from his family. He was followed by Maurice Manificat who won France’s first medal in 10 years. Anders Gløersen of Norway finished third.

Babikov Kicks Late for 20th in World Champs 15 k Skate, Killick Just Outside Top 30 for Canada

Babikov Kicks Late for 20th in World Champs 15 k Skate, Killick Just Outside Top 30 for Canada

Ivan Babikov couldn’t believe what he was hearing early in the 2015 World Championships 15 k freestyle. Two years after placing fourth in that race, he was in danger of finishing near last if he didn’t speed up. Babikov turned it on for his second lap, which ended up being 24 seconds after than his first, to place 20th. Also for Canada, Graeme Killick placed 32nd and Jess Cockney was 57th in his first distance race in almost three months.

Hoffman Top U.S. Man in 34th in Falun 15 k Freestyle

Hoffman Top U.S. Man in 34th in Falun 15 k Freestyle

While the American men missed their personal marks in Wednesday’s 15 k freestyle at World Championships, some, like Kyle Bratrud, were more satisfied with their performances than others.

Statistics, Start Times, and Snowstorms: The Women’s 10 k in Falun

Statistics, Start Times, and Snowstorms: The Women’s 10 k in Falun

Just how anomalous was the podium in the women’s 10 k freestyle at FIS World Championships on Tuesday? We find that FIS points still provide a great overall correlation to the results – and that while the five unseeded early starters had an advantage, the biggest losers in terms of snowstorm effects appeared to be the Germans, not the Norwegians.

Diggins, Gregg React to Historic Double Podium in Falun; U.S. Lands Four in Top 15

Diggins, Gregg React to Historic Double Podium in Falun; U.S. Lands Four in Top 15

Americans Jessie Diggins and Caitlin Gregg discuss how they were able to take advantage of the opportunities in Tuesday’s 10 k freestyle individual start at the 2015 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships. The USST also boasted a day where all of its four starters landed in the top 15 with Liz Stephen in 10th and Kikkan Randall in 15th.

Kalla Untouchable in Snowy World Champs 10 k; Diggins and Gregg Surprise with U.S. Double Podium

Kalla Untouchable in Snowy World Champs 10 k; Diggins and Gregg Surprise with U.S. Double Podium

Charlotte Kalla made for a happy local crowd on Tuesday with a 41-second win in the 10 k freestyle at 2015 World Championships in Falun, Sweden. Two Americans joined her on the podium for a historic first in a women’s distance race at a World Championships: Jessie Diggins in second and Caitlin Gregg in third.

Nishikawa Cracks Top 30 in Falun 10 k, Jones Tallies Another Distance Best in Last Race

Nishikawa Cracks Top 30 in Falun 10 k, Jones Tallies Another Distance Best in Last Race

With the pressure off, the Canadian women posted some career-best performances on Tuesday in the 10-kilometer freestyle individual start at 2015 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships. Emily Nishikawa took 30th, and Perianne Jones placed 32nd in what she said would probably be her final international race.