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World Championships: What You Need to Know Before Monday’s U.S. Team Selection

World Championships: What You Need to Know Before Monday’s U.S. Team Selection

As the 2015 World Championships in Falun, Sweden, draw near, the U.S. Ski Team is set to release its cross-country team selections for the event Monday, Jan. 26. Eight athletes have prequalified for the team, leaving several spots open for other American skiers to compete against the world’s best.

Taylor, Caldwell Shine at UVM Carnival

Taylor, Caldwell Shine at UVM Carnival

Exciting racing and close competition in the mountain village of Stowe, Vermont were on display at the UVM Carnival this past weekend. Annika Taylor of UNH and Paddy Caldwell of Dartmouth took top honors in both freestyle and classic events.

Russia’s Vylegzhanin Uses Teamwork, Fast Skis to Win Rybinsk 30 k

Russia’s Vylegzhanin Uses Teamwork, Fast Skis to Win Rybinsk 30 k

Russia’s Maxim Vylegzhanin outsprinted the field, and Switzerland’s Dario Cologna, to win Sunday’s 30 k skiathlon in Rybinsk. Finland’s Matti Heikkinen placed third, and Russia took six of the top eight.

Germany Takes Win in Wind-Dominated Antholz Team Relay, Canada 10th, US 12th

Germany Takes Win in Wind-Dominated Antholz Team Relay, Canada 10th, US 12th

How often do you see ten biathletes lined up at the firing range, but no one pulling the trigger? In Sunday’s World Cup women’s relay, patience was the name of the game as strong winds swirled around Antholz, Italy.

‘The old Jessie is back’ as Diggins Skis to Fifth in Rybinsk Skiathlon

‘The old Jessie is back’ as Diggins Skis to Fifth in Rybinsk Skiathlon

USST athlete Jessie Diggins earned her second fifth-place of the weekend in the 7.5 k + 7.5 k skiathlon in Rybinsk, Russia. Diggins led the USST women to place four skiers in the top-20 with Liz Stephen in seventh, Sadie Bjornsen in 13th, and Rosie Brennan in 20th.

Harvey Captures Ninth in Messy 30 k Skiathlon in Rybinsk

Harvey Captures Ninth in Messy 30 k Skiathlon in Rybinsk

In the final race before a break in World Cup racing, Canada’s Alex Harvey recovered from a rough classic portion of the men’s 30-kilometer skiathlon in Rybinsk, Russia, to take ninth. Ivan Babikov cracked the top-20 and finished in 19th.

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.

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.

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.