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Babikov, Gregg Ski to 50/30 k Victories at U.S. Distance Nationals (Updated)

Babikov, Gregg Ski to 50/30 k Victories at U.S. Distance Nationals (Updated)

Thursday’s SuperTour Finals action welcomed the 30 and 50 k U.S. Distance Nationals, where Canada’s Ivan Babikov won over Colorado’s Rune Malo Ødegård and USST/SSCV’s Noah Hoffman, who claimed the title of national champion. Caitlin Gregg (Team Gregg/Madshus) won the 30 k by just under three minutes over USST/Burke’s Liz Stephen.

Patterson on Her World Cup Leap: ‘Nothing is Quite the Same’

Patterson on Her World Cup Leap: ‘Nothing is Quite the Same’

Coming off her European World Cup debut, Craftsbury’s Caitlin Patterson reflects on her races and experience in Finland and Norway, her 2014/2015 season in general, and what she’s aiming for next year.

APU Shows Depth with 1-2 Mixed Relay Finish at SuperTour Finals (with Gallery)

APU Shows Depth with 1-2 Mixed Relay Finish at SuperTour Finals (with Gallery)

Alaska Pacific University’s first and second teams overcame deep, new snow to claim the top two spots in Tuesday’s 4 x 5 k mixed relay at the 2015 SuperTour Finals in Sun Valley, Idaho. Stratton Mountain School T2 skied to third behind the two APU teams.

Photo Gallery: 2015 SuperTour Finals in Sun Valley

Photo Gallery: 2015 SuperTour Finals in Sun Valley

Check out our photo gallery from the classic individual starts and freestyle sprints at the 2015 SuperTour Finals in Sun Valley, Idaho.

What Smith’s Win Means in Terms of the Green for Biathlon Canada

What Smith’s Win Means in Terms of the Green for Biathlon Canada

We caught up with Canadian biathlon staff and athletes to chat about the significance of Nathan Smith’s World Cup in on Saturday, just the second in history for a Canadian man. It’s good for Smith and good for the program – but Own the Podium is unlikely to reward it with money, because the funding body only considers World Championships and Olympic medal performances.

Bjornsen Powers to Another SuperTour Finals Title; Phinney Earns First Major Podium

Bjornsen Powers to Another SuperTour Finals Title; Phinney Earns First Major Podium

Sadie Bjornsen (APU/USST) claimed her second victory in two days in the 1.2 k freestyle sprint at the 2015 SuperTour Finals in Sun Valley, Idaho. She was followed by a strong performance from Middlebury College’s Kelsey Phinney, who earned her first podium at the domestic elite level.

Newell Claims Tactical Win Over Teammate Hamilton in SuperTour Finals Sprint

Newell Claims Tactical Win Over Teammate Hamilton in SuperTour Finals Sprint

Stratton Mountain School T2 teammates Andy Newell and Simi Hamilton overcame changing conditions and a flat course to go 1-2 in Sunday’s 1.2 k freestyle sprint at the 2015 SuperTour Finals in Sun Valley, Idaho. Rounding out the podium was Dakota Blackhorse-von Jess in third.

Hudak, Masters and Soule End Season with Overall IPC World Cup Crowns

Hudak, Masters and Soule End Season with Overall IPC World Cup Crowns

Three North Americans — a 21-year-old Canadian, a 25-year-old former rower and a 35-year-old Army veteran — topped the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Overall World Cup podiums for 2014/2015, ending their seasons on Sunday at IPC World Cup Finals in Surnadal, Norway.

Eliassen Victorious in Birkebeiner Sans Kick Wax; Johaug Picks Up Win in First Try

Eliassen Victorious in Birkebeiner Sans Kick Wax; Johaug Picks Up Win in First Try

It seemed crazy: the Norwegian Birkebeiner has almost 3,000 feet of total climbing. But double-poling is what Petter Eliassen trains for, so that’s what he did- and he became the first man to win the legendary marathon without kickwax. Therese Johaug picked up a five-minute victory in the women’s race.

Bjornsen Siblings Dominate Classic Races at SuperTour Finals to Conquer Long-Time Goal

Bjornsen Siblings Dominate Classic Races at SuperTour Finals to Conquer Long-Time Goal

Sadie and Erik Bjornsen accomplished a mutual goal to both land on the top of the podium on the same day after winning their respective races at the first competition of the 2015 SuperTour Finals in Sun Valley, Idaho. They each won their respective 10/15 k races by roughly a minute.

By a Mile, Not an Inch: Smith Wins First World Cup with Stunning 24-Second Margin

By a Mile, Not an Inch: Smith Wins First World Cup with Stunning 24-Second Margin

Nathan Smith took the lead after the third shooting stage, and never gave it back – despite the best efforts of superstars like Martin Fourcade and Anton Shipulin. “It was kind of surreal,” Smith said of entering the final loop with a 37-second lead and savoring the moments leading up to his first World Cup win. Meanwhile, Martin Fourcade clinched his fourth consecutive World Cup title, a feat that has never before been accomplished in biathlon.

Despite Wacky Errors, Domracheva Dominates Khanty-Mansiysk Pursuit; Crawford 13th

Despite Wacky Errors, Domracheva Dominates Khanty-Mansiysk Pursuit; Crawford 13th

Darya Domracheva tried to shoot standing in a prone stage, then nearly dropped her rifle. But she was 100% focused when it counted, and now looks likely to capture the overall World Cup title. Rosanna Crawford of Canada shot 19-for-20 and moved from 28th up to 19th.

Renewed After World Champs, Dreissigacker Posts Career-Best 14th; Mäkäräinen Wins Khanty Sprint

Renewed After World Champs, Dreissigacker Posts Career-Best 14th; Mäkäräinen Wins Khanty Sprint

Hannah Dreissigacker rebounded from 75-percent shooting at IBU World Championships to hit 90 percent of her targets on Friday and place 14th for a career best in the final IBU World Cup sprint of the season in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. Also for the U.S., Susan Dunklee finished 26th, and Canada’s Rosanna Crawford was close behind in 28th.

Smith Back in Flower Ceremony in Fifth in Khanty Sprint; Fourcade Extends Overall Lead

Smith Back in Flower Ceremony in Fifth in Khanty Sprint; Fourcade Extends Overall Lead

Nathan Smith shot 9-for-10 and ended up fifth, 34 seconds behind winner Martin Fourcade, in Thursday’s 10 k sprint in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia, the final stop on the IBU World Cup tour. Leif Nordgren led the U.S. in 21st with 90-percent shooting as well, finishing 1:14 back despite feeling under the weather.

Birkie Seeking Media/PR/Communications Director

Birkie Seeking Media/PR/Communications Director

The Birkie is adding to its team.  Now accepting applications for a full-time Media/PR/Communications Director.

Smith Recovering After Bone-Crushing Canmore Biathlon Crash

Smith Recovering After Bone-Crushing Canmore Biathlon Crash

When Casey Smith went flying off the race course in Canmore, Alberta, he was knocked unconscious; he later found he had broken many ribs, a shoulder blade, and bones in his back, as well as puncturing a lung. The U.S. biathlete is recovering at home, a process which will be long but which he’s approaching optimistically.

Photo Gallery: 2015 NCAA Championships

Photo Gallery: 2015 NCAA Championships

FasterSkier was on-site at the 2015 NCAA Championships in Lake Placid, N.Y., where the University of Colorado won its 20th national title. Check out our photos from the nordic events.

Junior Nationals: Day 4 Classic Relay Photos and Overall Recap Video

Junior Nationals: Day 4 Classic Relay Photos and Overall Recap Video

The 2015 U.S. Junior Nationals wrapped up with the 3 x 2.5-kilometer classic relays at Auburn Ski Club in Soda Springs, Calif., where New England and Midwest both tallied two relay wins, and New England won the overall the Alaska Cup. Photo gallery by Mark Nadell and a weeklong recap video by Skyler Mullings.

Stephen Ninth as Three Americans Finish in Top 20 of Holmenkollen 30 k

Stephen Ninth as Three Americans Finish in Top 20 of Holmenkollen 30 k

A trio of Americans finished in the top 20 of the final women’s World Cup race of the season, a 30-kilometer freestyle mass start in Holmenkollen, Norway. Liz Stephen led the U.S. team in ninth, Jessie Diggins took 14th, while Caitlin Gregg capped off an eventful World Cup season with a 19th-place finish.

Semerenko Keeps Calm and Cleans for Mass Start Victory; Dunklee 20th, Heinicke 24th

Semerenko Keeps Calm and Cleans for Mass Start Victory; Dunklee 20th, Heinicke 24th

On the closing day of 2015 IBU World Championships, Ukraine’s Valj Semerenko became an individual world champion in the women’s mass start, beating Germany’s Franziska Preuss by 6.2 seconds with perfect shooting. American Susan Dunklee finished 20th with five penalties and Canada’s Megan Heinicke shot 19-for-20 to place 24th.