Nordic Skiing a global sport? Sure is. On Friday in PyeongChang, South Korea, the men contested a 1.5 k classic sprint at the 2018 Olympic venue. Russian Gleb Retivykh won the day with both Canada’s Len Valjas and the U.S. Ski Team’s Andy Newell making the finals.
2018 is sooner than you think. The World Cup makes its pre-Olympic presence in PyeongChang, South Korea this week and the U.S. and Canadian teams are there.
Development isn’s just for athletes: BEA’s Bernie Nelson and SMS Elite Team’s Patrick O’Brien get a chance to lead and learn at Junior and U23 Worlds at SoHo.
Yellow and blue, blue and yellow: either way it comes up Sweden as Stina Nilsson (SWE) wins the 1.4 k freestyle sprint in Falun, Sweden. And it was five U.S. women into the heats as Kikkan Randall makes her first final in nearly two years.
Sound check…check, check, check. Yup, air guitar time as Harvey and Valjas strum their Fischers after winning Team Sprint in Toblach, Italy.
Canada’s Dahria Beatty set the benchmark on Thursday at Soldier Hollow as she won the U.S. Nationals skate sprint. Hannah Halvorsen is primed for World Juniors and Caitlin Gregg had a two-podium week including a win in the 10 k skate.
Craftsbury Green Racing Project’s Ben Lustgarten won his first National Championship on Tuesday skiing away from APU’s David Norris for the win.
Delivering in rain, sleet, and snow: University of Utah skier Kevin Bolger wins the classic sprint National Championships on a crazy crazy day.
The sun seems to set early at SoHo, but not so much for Kyle Bratrud who won the men’s National Championship 15 k freestyle on Saturday.
Render it all down, it’s about the human element of competition on the World Cup. In this episode of Nordic Nation, we first speak with U.S. Ski Team Head Coach Chris Grover and then with one of the team’s athletes crushing right now in the Tour de Ski, Jessie Diggins. The topic at hand: breaking down an International Ski Federation (FIS) […]
Ustiugov, Ustiugov, Ustiugov…the Russian skier has made it there wins in a row to open the Tour de Ski. Despite a wrong turn, Norway’s Sundby placed second and sits second overall. Canada’s Harvey has skied consistently — a fourth today — and is seeking an overall podium in the Tour. He’s third overall after three stages.
Sergey Ustiugov (RUS) sprints for the win and shows he’s in good form. Last year’s second place TdS overall finisher Finn Hågen Krogh was second and a certain Norwegian named Sundby was fourth. Canada’s Alex Harvey was sixth. And yes — it’s Tour de Ski time!
In this episode of Nordic Nation we talk with Norwegian journalist John Rasmussen to discuss Norway’s skiing culture in light of the Johaug and Sundby doping cases. What better way to start your holiday than with Nordic Nation and Rasmussen.
All Norway in La Clusaz and the Weng and company win the 4 x 4k relay. Finland placed second with Sweden third. The U.S. women skied to 7th and Canada placed 12th.
Sundby is usually the cat, the others his mice. Not today in La Clusaz, France — site of a 15 k mass start free. Norway’s Finn Hågen Krogh beat the master to win the day. Sundby was second, Russia’s Alexander Legkov was third. Canada’s Alex Harvey was seventh after crashing, while U.S. skier Erik Bjornsen placed 20th — his first ever skate distance points.
Cross Country Canada, the nation’s governing body for cross country skiing will have a new leader in Shane Pearsall starting January 1st. He comes to the role new to skiing, but with a background helping lead Bobsleigh Canada and Skeleton as well as ties to oil and gas, an industry tied to the nordic skiing funding pipeline in Canada. As an athlete, Pearsall was an elite hockey player and was a member of the 1980 men’s national team. Pearsall answers Nordic Nation’s questions in this episode.
Neither good news or athlete’s names were released this morning as part of WADA’s publishing of it’s second McLaren Report: the investigation into systematic Russian Doping.
A quick trajectory. That’s a succinct way of describing US Biathlon’s Clare Egan ascent onto the World Cup. She first picked up a rifle three years ago, and today you might just see her shoot clean.
Three days up, three days down. The Lillehammer mini tour ends with Norway’s Martin Johnsrud Sundby taking the win by a sliver. Canada’s Alex Harvey has let the skiing do the talking with a flurry of top-tens, finishing the 9th overall.
One down, two stages to go. Sweden’s Calle Halfvarsson has both the Lillehammer mini tour’s early lead with a win on Friday’s sprint, and an increasingly firm grip on the World Cup Overall. Canada’s Alex Harvey is happy to lurk in 12th heading into tomorrow’s skate distance race.