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Bjørgen Stays Vigil on an Icy Davos Course for 1st Distance Win of Season

Bjørgen Stays Vigil on an Icy Davos Course for 1st Distance Win of Season

Marit Bjørgen had a lot of history riding on Saturday’s 10 k freestyle — if she or any other Norwegian woman won it, their team could go down in the record books with the longest World Cup winning streak. But mostly Bjørgen was looking for her first distance win of the season.

Stephen Just Out of Top 10, Leads Small U.S. Contingent in Davos

Stephen Just Out of Top 10, Leads Small U.S. Contingent in Davos

Liz Stephen entered Saturday’s 10 k freestyle in Davos, Switzerland with a goal of placing in the top-10. While she missed her target by 4.9 seconds and earned a 12th place on the day, the result was a promising step for the 27-year-old as she continues to improve with every race.

Shooting ‘So Easy’ for Svendsen; Burke Top North American in Pokljuka Pursuit in 21st

Shooting ‘So Easy’ for Svendsen; Burke Top North American in Pokljuka Pursuit in 21st

Emil Hegle Svendsen won his second race of the season on Saturday, again with perfect shooting, in the 12.5 k pursuit in Pokljuka, Slovenia. Cleaning was easier said than done, especially for the North American men, all of which had at least three misses.

In the Spotlight, Crawford Pulls Off Seventh in Pokljuka Pursuit; Domracheva Comes Out Strong (Updated)

In the Spotlight, Crawford Pulls Off Seventh in Pokljuka Pursuit; Domracheva Comes Out Strong (Updated)

Darya Domracheva was the big winner on Saturday in the IBU World Cup 10 k pursuit, but there were some personal victories Canadians Rosanna Crawford and Megan Heinicke achieved throughout the race as well. For one, Crawford clawed her way back into seventh after two early misses, and Heinicke went from 41st to 14th as one of two women to clean.

Gløersen Earns First World Cup Distance Victory as Alternate

Gløersen Earns First World Cup Distance Victory as Alternate

Anders Gløersen had planned to sit out Saturday’s World Cup 15-kilometer freestyle interval start in Davos, Switzerland in order to rest for Sunday’s sprint. However, as fate would have it, several teammates came down with illness and Gløerson was placed on the start list. It turns out fate was in the Norwegian’s favor, as he earned his first World Cup distance victory in convincing fashion.

Shipulin Finds His Mojo in Pokljuka Sprint; Bailey Cleans for 16th

Shipulin Finds His Mojo in Pokljuka Sprint; Bailey Cleans for 16th

Not only was Russia’s Anton Shipulin 100-percent on-target in the men’s IBU World Cup sprint on Friday, he was also the fastest, leading him to a nearly 12 second win over Austria’s Dominik Landertinger. All but one man (Martin Fourcade) in the top nine cleaned, and Lowell Bailey shot flawlessly as well for 16th.

Scott Gow Lands on Podium in ‘Perfect Day’ in Obertilliach; Vaillancourt Cleans for 7th

Scott Gow Lands on Podium in ‘Perfect Day’ in Obertilliach; Vaillancourt Cleans for 7th

Scott Gow found himself on the podium just 1.6 seconds behind the winner of Friday’s 10 k sprint on the third day of racing at the IBU Cup in Obertilliach, Austria. Audrey Vaillancourt also shot clean to lead the Canadian women in seventh in the 7.5 k sprint.

NorAm Preview: All About Racing the Best in Canada, and the U.S.

NorAm Preview: All About Racing the Best in Canada, and the U.S.

With the second weekend of NorAm racing taking place Friday and Saturday at Sovereign Lake, here’s a look at who could be some of the top contenders on a regular basis throughout the season, and who could potentially earn race starts in Europe.

Soukalova Back on Top in Pokljuka; Crawford One-Ups Herself with Fourth Place

Soukalova Back on Top in Pokljuka; Crawford One-Ups Herself with Fourth Place

Confidence builds on itself. Despite having a cold earlier this week, Rosanna Crawford took Sunday’s fifth-place finish on the biathlon World Cup and turned it into a fourth-place follow up, finishing the 7.5 k sprint 36 seconds behind winner Gabriela Soukalova of the Czech Republic.

Dreissigacker Career-Best 17th in Pokljuka World Cup, Dunklee Joins Her in Top 20

Dreissigacker Career-Best 17th in Pokljuka World Cup, Dunklee Joins Her in Top 20

Biathlon is a roller coaster, but the beauty is that lows can turn into highs: Hannah Dreissigacker wenf from placing 78th in her last World Cup competition to cleaning all ten targets and finishing 17th in today’s sprint, good for her first top-20. Susan Dunklee placed 19th with two penalties.

A Buffalo On Tour: Du Pasquier Uses Military Service Requirement to Hit the World Cup

A Buffalo On Tour: Du Pasquier Uses Military Service Requirement to Hit the World Cup

Arnaud Du Pasquier, a member of Colorado University’s 2014 squad to NCAA Championships, will be a senior next year. For now, though, he’s taking a year to complete his mandatory military service in his native Switzerland – which he’s doing by skiing full-time, including in the Nations Group at the Davos World Cups.

Ransom Cleans IBU Cup Sprint to Crack Top 10 in 7th, Christian Gow 8th for Canada (Updated)

Ransom Cleans IBU Cup Sprint to Crack Top 10 in 7th, Christian Gow 8th for Canada (Updated)

Julia Ransom topped her previous IBU Cup career best of 11th, which she set on Tuesday, with clean shooting for seventh on Wednesday in the 7.5 k sprint in Obertilliach. Also for Canada, Christian Gow placed eighth, Scott Gow was 11th and Macx Davies 15th in the 10 k sprint.

Despite Slow World Cup Start, Gregg Optimistic and Working Toward World Champs

Despite Slow World Cup Start, Gregg Optimistic and Working Toward World Champs

American Caitlin Gregg had big plans to before heading to the World Cup this winter as the SuperTour leader, with qualification for World Championships at the top of the list. Disappointed in her results the last two weekends, she’s got one more World Cup weekend then will try to make a statement at U.S. nationals.

Wednesday Workout: Race-Ready with Rosanna Crawford

Wednesday Workout: Race-Ready with Rosanna Crawford

After a career-best finish on Sunday, Canada’s Rosanna Crawford takes us through a typical week on the IBU World Cup and explains how and when she fits in intensity sessions, a.k.a. race prep.

Weekend Roundup: ‘Way More is Possible’

Weekend Roundup: ‘Way More is Possible’

Catch up on what you may have missed this weekend, as nordic competitions across the globe are begging to heat up. Here, we recap everything from biathlon in Austria to the cross country World Cup in Switzerland and everything in between.

Hanneman, Disappointed But Undeterred, Takes World Cup Experience into World Champs Quest

Hanneman, Disappointed But Undeterred, Takes World Cup Experience into World Champs Quest

It’s tough to swallow getting destroyed by Norwegians week after week. Reese Hanneman is still absorbing a huge jump in training hours from the summer and fall, but also: “I think people really underestimate how hard it is to go from racing well in the U.S. to racing well here on the World Cup.”

Canada’s Lunder, Ransom Go 10-11 in IBU Cup Individual

Canada’s Lunder, Ransom Go 10-11 in IBU Cup Individual

After the first race weekend of their European tour was canceled due to low snow, Canadian biathletes finally got started in Obertilliach, Austria, and started out hot: Emma Lunder and Julia Ransom placed 10th and 11th in the women’s 15 k individual, and Christian Gow 18th in the men’s race.

NoCo Continental Cup in Park City: Day 1 and 2 (Photo Gallery)

NoCo Continental Cup in Park City: Day 1 and 2 (Photo Gallery)

Park City hosted the first Nordic Combined Continental Cup of the season last week with jumping at Utah Olympic Park and the 10 k races at the Gorgoza tubing hill, moved there because of a lack of snow. Taylor Fletcher posted the two best U.S. performances in fifth and eighth place, followed by Billy Demong.

Notes and Quotes: Davos World Cup Sprint

Notes and Quotes: Davos World Cup Sprint

Check out the quotes that didn’t make it into our race reports this weekend, from FasterSkier’s on-site coverage from the Davos World Cup 1.3 k sprint.

Crawford Flies from 34th to Career-Best Fifth in Hochfilzen Pursuit; Mäkäräinen Wins Again

Crawford Flies from 34th to Career-Best Fifth in Hochfilzen Pursuit; Mäkäräinen Wins Again

Rosanna Crawford had been thinking about this kind of performance for a long time, and even on Friday, after placing 34th in the Hochfilzen sprint, she predicted it was coming. She just didn’t think it would come on Sunday in the 10 k pursuit.