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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.

After the Medals with Alex Harvey: Exclusive Interview in Falun

After the Medals with Alex Harvey: Exclusive Interview in Falun

FasterSkier sat down with Alex Harvey on Monday to talk about the two medals he’s racked up in his two races so far at 2015 World Championships, and what they mean to him and for Canadian cross-country skiing.

Notes, Quotes and Photos: Pursuit Day at IBU World Youth & Junior Championships

Notes, Quotes and Photos: Pursuit Day at IBU World Youth & Junior Championships

In a busy day outside of Minsk, Belarus, Sean Doherty finished 11th for the U.S. in the junior men’s pursuit, followed by Canada’s Aidan Millar in 14th; Millar’s teammate Pearce Hanna placed 13th in the youth men’s race. We caught up with nine different North American competitors, plus have a gallery of photos by Jake Ellingson and Jane Robertson to share.

For Krogh and Northug, Team-Sprint Gold Strictly Business in Falun

For Krogh and Northug, Team-Sprint Gold Strictly Business in Falun

Finn Hågen Krogh and Petter Northug teamed up for Northug’s second gold in three races at 2015 World Championships, winning Sunday’s team sprint by more than five seconds over the Russian defending champs and Italy. Northug now has gold in every World Championships discipline.

American Men Seventh, Women Eighth in World Champs Team Sprint

American Men Seventh, Women Eighth in World Champs Team Sprint

The U.S. Ski Team finished Sunday’s team sprint in the middle of the pack, as the defending world championship team of Sophie Caldwell and Jessie Diggins skied to eighth and the American men’s team of Andy Newell and Simi Hamilton notched seventh.

Cockney, Valjas Miss Falun Team-Sprint Final by Just Over a Second for 13th

Cockney, Valjas Miss Falun Team-Sprint Final by Just Over a Second for 13th

The Canadians placed seventh in the second men’s semifinal at 2015 World Championships on Sunday, missing out on a spot in the final and placing 13th overall. “Everything worked to plan, it was just we were a little bit too far back, a second or two,” anchor Lenny Valjas said.

No Bjørgen? No Problem as Norway’s Østberg, Falla Take World Champs Team Sprint Title

No Bjørgen? No Problem as Norway’s Østberg, Falla Take World Champs Team Sprint Title

Longtime friends and teammates Ingvild Flugstad Østberg and Maiken Caspersen Falla, of Norway, were out for some redemption after their fourth-place finish in the 2013 World Championships team sprint, and they got it with a sizeable win over Sweden’s Ida Ingemarsdotter and Stina Nilsson, while Poland’s Justyna Kowalczyk and Sylwia Jaśkowiec were thrilled with bronze.

Brooks Wins Second Birkie; Bonaldi Takes Men’s Race in Dramatic Finish

Brooks Wins Second Birkie; Bonaldi Takes Men’s Race in Dramatic Finish

The 2015 American Birkebeiner 51 k freestyle marathon on Saturday offered no shortage of excitement, as Italy’s Segio Bonaldi outsprinted three French skiers to win his second Birkie by half a second. American Holly Brooks used a hard push in the final kilometers to collect her second Birkie title as well.

Harvey Does It Again with Skiathlon Bronze, Second Medal of 2015 World Champs

Harvey Does It Again with Skiathlon Bronze, Second Medal of 2015 World Champs

Alex Harvey approached Saturday’s 30 k skiathlon with a winning mindset and came out with bronze, his second medal in as many races so far at 2015 World Championships. “A medal today is as good as gold,” Canadian National Team Coach Justin Wadsworth says, “We couldn’t want anything more.” Russia’s Maxim Vylegzhanin outlasted Switzerland’s Dario Cologna for his first world title.

Johaug Powers to Skiathlon Victory as Jacobsen and Kalla Battle for Second in Falun

Johaug Powers to Skiathlon Victory as Jacobsen and Kalla Battle for Second in Falun

When Norwegian Therese Johaug threw down the hammer on Mördarbacken, a.k.a. “murder-hill”, in the last lap of the women’s 15 k skiathlon there was no hope for the rest of the competition. Using the hill to her advantage, Johaug skied to a World Championships gold ahead of teammate Astrid Jacobsen and Charlotte Kalla of Sweden.