MIDWAY, Utah. — Most were swallowed in seconds, the steady stream of snowflakes on Thursday serving a magician-like purpose: a curtain of snow through which the first five starters all appeared, only to disappear once again. All except one. A speck of red bobbing through the Soldier Hollow’s (SoHo) new sprint course, sporting bib 5 and the Canadian […]
MIDWAY, Utah. — As she headed up Soldier Hollow’s infamous Hermod’s Hill for her fifth and final time, there wasn’t another skier in sight. At least none of the ones she started with. Chelsea Holmes, of Alaska Pacific University (APU), was fine with that. She never liked sprints to the finish, and on Tuesday, Holmes […]
MIDWAY, Utah — There was a dampness in the room, and an odor that clung to the walls like plastic. Yet athletes continued to enter, with one after another pulling open the doors to the Soldier Hollow venue (SoHo) volunteer building. Once inside, many made a beeline for the race committee’s makeshift front desk. Race […]
MIDWAY, Utah — With four grueling uphills per lap, the new U.S. Cross Country Championships women’s 10-kilometer course at Soldier Hollow (SoHo) totals some 400 meters of solid incline. Divide those 400 meters by eight and what do you get? The hill metric Caitlin Gregg, based in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn., has used as a race-season springboard […]
A little more than four years ago, a group of women clad in all black race suits and bib 3 huddled in an athlete warming room. The muffled voice of an announcer speaking in Swedish could be heard broadcasting outside, an English translation relaying the same message: 10 minutes to start. The quartet departed the building, four blondes […]
Could Russia’s Sergey Ustiugov be the first cross-country skier to perform a seven-stage sweep? He’s certainly well on his way, after collecting his fourth Tour de Ski win in a row on Wednesday in the men’s 15-kilometer freestyle pursuit in Oberstdorf, Germany. Ustiugov’s four-stage streak alone is unprecedented. Until this year, no other nordic skier in the […]
Maybe it was because she wanted redress. Maybe it was because there was less pressure to perform. Or maybe it was because the yellow Tour de Ski (TDS) leader’s bib was with Sweden, calling her Norwegian name. Whatever it was, when Ingvild Flugstad Østberg lined up for the women’s 5-kilometer classic mass start on Sunday […]
Shaking out white, sand-filled training shorts is hardly a thing many skiers find themselves doing prior to an autumn morning interval session. Nor is swimming with sea turtles a typical regular-recovery run substitute. However, this past October, U.S. Nordic Combined A-team member Taylor Fletcher did a little of both. The 26 year old’s ‘spring break’ […]
U.S. Ski Team B-team member hasn’t made many big changes to his training plan this year.
Eight years ago, France’s Maurice Manificat and Jean-Marc Gaillard waved to the French cheers of their country’s fans as they climbed onto the men’s World Cup relay podium in La Clusaz, France. The two — along with their former national-team teammates, Vincent Vittoz and Emmanuel Jonnier — had secured the final podium spot by less than […]
A little less than twenty seconds into Saturday’s 10-kilometer freestyle mass start, American Rosie Brennan was facing the wrong way. A collision in the first 100 meters had left her spinning and when she finally came to a stop, all that lay before her was the small section of course she had already covered. A […]
At the start of last season, Canadian cross-country skier Andy Shields specified two goals on his personal blog: 1.) to be the NorAm leader and earn World Cup starts by 2016, and 2.) to race the Ski Tour Canada. Though several of his fellow Canadian competitors may have had similar ambitions, Shields was one of the […]
After qualifying 29th in the men’s 1.6-kilometer freestyle sprint on Sunday, Russia’s Sergey Ustiugov made his way to the top of the results, winning his first sprint of the FIS season and besting two Norwegians–Finn Hågen Krogh and Sindre Bjørnestad Skar–in the process. “I knew I had power to win. It is great to win here in Davos,” Ustiugov said.
The second day of SuperTour racing in West Yellowstone came to a close on Sunday with the men’s and women’s distance classic events. Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation skier, Matt Gelso took his second win in a row, claiming the men’s 15-kilometer classic race title, while the Craftsbury Green Racing Project’s Liz Guiney garnered her first ever SuperTour win.
The 2016/2017 SuperTour race series opened on Saturday with a men’s and women’s 1.3-kilometer freestyle sprint. Taking his first ever SuperTour sprint victory was Matt Gelso of the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation. In a photo finish, Jennie Bender of the Bridger Ski Foundation bested SMST2 skier Erika Flowers for the women’s win.
The opening World Cup races came to a close this Sunday, with Finland’s Iivo Niskanen taking the overall win in the men’s 15-kilometer classic race for the second time in a row. The Finnish skier held off the likes of Norway’s Martin Johnsrud Sundby in order to secure the victory. “This was a really important victory, because last year was so difficult,” Niskanen said during a T.V. interview.
The first races of the 2016/2017 World Cup season opened with a 1.4-kilometer classic sprint in Ruka, Finland. Besting some of Russia and Norway’s top sprinters was Sweden’s Stina Nilsson, who raced to her first ever classic win on Saturday. “This is…my first victory in classic so I’m very, very happy,” Nilsson said during a T.V. interview.
The opening SuperTour races of the 2016/2017 ski season scheduled to take place next weekend, Dec. 3 and Dec. 4 in Bozeman Mont. at Bohart Ranch were recently canceled and rescheduled to take place in West Yellowstone, Mont.
Looking for a workout that will not only bring you individual NCAA Champions, but the national title? After taking the overall at the 2016 NCAA Skiing Championships in Steamboat Springs, Colo., Denver University (DU) provides a workout that–perhaps to no surprise–combines an alpine skier’s agility and strength along with the cardio-fitness and adventure-loving-attitude often exhibited among nordic athletes.
After making the US Biathlon national team three years in a row, but missing out on qualifying for the 2015/2016 season, Russell Currier is back and ready to race the World Cup. “It was a huge relief,” Currier said of his renomination this November.