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Jones Tops Gällivare Women’s Classic Sprint; Harvey Second and Three Canadian Men in Final

Canada's Perianne Jones en route to the 1.2 k classic sprint victory at an opening FIS race in Gallivare, Sweden. (Photo: SportEventGallivare)

Regulars for the last week in Gällivare, the Canadians put themselves in the mix in Saturday’s classic sprints with Perianne Jones winning the women’s final, Alex Harvey taking second to Russia’s Sergey Ustiugov in the men’s final, Lenny Valjas placing fourth and Jess Cockney bringing it home in sixth.

Sundby 2 for 2 in Beito, Takes 15 k Skate Despite Feeling in Slow Mo

Martin Johnsrud Sundby racing to his second-straight win in Beitostølen on Saturday in the 10 k skate FIS race. (All photos: Inge Scheve)

Martin Johnsrud Sundby apparently doesn’t need to be 100 percent on any given day to beat some of his most competitive teammates. The 30-year-old Norwegian national-team member won Saturday’s 15 k skate by nearly 17 seconds despite feeling drained after a long Friday.

Bjørgen Stakes Claim in Beitostølen, Wins 10 k Skate By Nearly 20 Seconds

Marit Bjørgen celebrates her first win of the season in a FIS 10 k freestyle race in Beitostølen, Norway. She beat Norwegian teammate Therese Johaug by 19.7 seconds. (Photo: Inge Scheve)

FasterSkier was on site for the second day of FIS races in Beitostølen, Norway, where Marit Bjørgen had her revenge for what she determined was not-so-hot classic form on Friday. Therese Johaug placed second and Heidi Weng was third for the second day in a row.

Biathlete Lindström Tops Swedish Ski Field in Bruks 15 k; Kalla Dominant in 52-Second Win

Frederik Lindström racing at a biathlon World Cup in 2012. Today, he raced without a rifle on his back for the first time in six years - and came out on top. Photo: Fischer/

Fredrik Lindström, a biathlon World Championships medalist, hadn’t done a ski race in six years. But he beat out the Swedish national ski team in the Bruksvallarna 15 k, and had them joking about adding him to a relay team. In the women’s 10 k, Charlotte Kalla skied to a 52-second win over Maria Rydqvist.

Drama in Bruksvallarna: Olsson Capitalizes on Announcer Error; Jönsson and Haag Swap Chips

Sweden's Johan Olsson three years ago at the 2011 World Cup opener in Sjusjøen, Norway. (Photo: Inge Scheve)

Johan Olsson reigned supreme in the first FIS race of the season in Bruksvallarna on Friday, edging fellow Swedish national-team member Calle Halfvarsson by 0.4 seconds because of an announcer flub (and a self-described cocky move) at the finish. Charlotte Kalla topped the women’s field by 13.4 seconds with a surprise first-year senior, Sophia Henriksson, in second.

Johaug Bests Bjørgen in Beito FIS Opener

Norway's Therese Johaug pushes for bronze in the women's 10 k classic individual start on Thursday at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

When it comes to opening distance races, Therese Johaug is a gamer. On Friday, she won the first 10 k classic of the season for the fourth year in a row and third-straight Beitostølen distance opener — once again ahead of Norwegian teammate Marit Bjørgen.

Déjà Vu: Sundby Picks Up Where He Left Off, Wins Beitostølen 15 k

Martin Johnsrud Sundby during an interview with NRK after Friday's 15 k classic FIS race in Beitostølen, Norway.

Defending overall World Cup champ Martin Johnsrud Sundby took it to his Norwegian teammates on Friday, winning the 15-kilometer classic FIS race in Beitostølen, Norway, by nearly 23 seconds.

Far West Elite Team: Four Years in the Making

The 2014/2015 Far West Elite Team (Photo: Auburn Ski Club/Facebook)

As the Far West Elite Team heads into the 2014/2015 season, self-described program “recruiter” Martin Benes and team manager Roger Chaney reflect on the development of the team over the past four years.

Associations, National Teams See Multiple Benefits in Low-Fluoro or ‘Same-Wax’ Race Protocols

What's going on in those wax tents? Depending on the race, ski prep could be a lot less fluoro-intense for some Eastern racers.

For reasons as wide-ranging as fairness of competition, stress on athletes, health of coaches, and saving money, several North American ski and biathlon organizations have policies limiting the use of high-fluoro waxes at some competitions. And they have nothing but positive feedback from their experiences.

Wednesday Workout: Throwback ‘Freaking Hard’ Rollerski Intervals with Kershaw

Devon Kershaw going "freaking hard" at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, B.C.

Good workouts never get old. This week, we bring back a Pro Workout of the past, which Devon Kershaw wrote almost exactly four years ago, just before leaving for Europe in early November. “A great workout this time of year – especially if you are coming off some volume (at altitude or not) and feel your body needs that lactate tolerance work to ‘shock’ the system,” Kershaw writes.

Better Late Than Never: Cold Temps and Snow in Southwest Montana

West Yellowstone's PistenBully goes out for its maiden voyage of the 2014/2015 winter season on the Rendezvous Ski Trails on Friday, Nov. 14, in West Yellowstone, Mont. "8+ [inches] and still falling,” Yellowstone Ski Festival Program Director Moira Dow wrote in an email. (Photo: Moira Dow)

It has been an unseasonably warm and dry fall in Southwest Montana, with highs well above freezing and no snow events, but race directors are feeling better after the arrival of the first winter weather of the season shortly before the opening SuperTour races in West Yellowstone and Bozeman, Mont.

Bouchard-Harvey Duo Prep in Switzerland Before Meeting Canadian Team in Sweden

Alex Harvey training last week in Gällivare, Sweden. (Photo: Louis Bouchard)

Alex Harvey and personal coach Louis Bouchard were the first from the Canadian World Cup Team to arrive in Gällivare, Sweden, last Thursday. They spent the earlier part of the month acclimating to altitude in Davos, Switzerland.

Wily Bjørndalen Tops Field in Sjusjøen Mass Start with Monster Last Lap to Catch Birkeland


Curved ski poles and all, Ole Einar Bjørndalen picked up his first win of the season. The 40-year-old Norwegian biathlete showed nerves of steel with a clean final shooting stange, then kicked it in on the last lap of the Sjusjøen mass start and pass teammate Lars Helge Birkeland.

Wierer Stakes Her Claim with Another Convincing Win in Sjusjøen

Dorothea Wierer (right) scored her first World Cup podium in Pokljuka, Slovenia, last season; today she won the season-opening (non World Cup) sprint in Sjusjøen, Norway. Photo: Fischer/NordiFocus.

Not just a flash in the pan, Italy’s Dorothea Wierer outshot Tiril Eckhoff of Norway for her second straight victory in the season-opening races in Sjusjøen, Norway, today.

Os in From Left Field at Sjusjøen Season Opener; Simon Fourcade 2nd

Alexander Os interviewed by Norway's NRK television station after winning the biathlon sprint in Sjusjøen today.

Norwegian veteran Alexander Os, whose last good season (by his own estimation) was in 2008-09, has been training independently for years – and shot to the top in the men’s biathlon season opener today. Simon Fourcade of France was second and Vetle Sjåstad Christiansen of Norway third.

Biathlon Canada Wraps Up Trials, Selects World Cup and IBU Cup Teams

Nathan Smith racing to his second-straight win in two races at Biathlon Canada's World Cup/IBU Cup trials in Canmore, Alberta, which determined Canada's teams for World Cups 1, 2 and 3 this winter. Smith was prequalified. (Photo: Justin Brisbane)

Canadian World Cup and IBU selection races wrapped up Friday at Frozen Thunder, with a second-straight sprint determining which eight men and eight women would start the season on the World Cup or IBU Cup. Four were prequalified.

Wierer on Top, Italians Impress at the Norwegian Season Opener

Anais Bescond of France leads a train of competitors in a 2012 World Cup in Ruhpolding, Germany.

With Dorothea Wierer posting a 37-second win and Karin Oberhofer placing third, the Italian women started the biathlon season with a bang in Sjusjøen today. Norway, led by Tiril Eckhoff in second place, was still the strongest and deepest team, however.

For Some Countries, World University Games Offers Bragging Rights; For University of Wyoming, It’s the Trip of a Lifetime

The start of one of the World University Games races in Trentino. Photo: UW Ski Team.

You might see it as a missed development opportunity that the U.S. is the only country not to send its very fastest college athletes to the World University Games (we’ll explain why). But the Univerisity of Wyoming, races their hearts out, and also uses the opportunity for more than skiing: expanding athletes’ horizons, learning, and instilling a lifelong love of sport.

Court of Arbitration for Sport Cuts Sachenbacher-Stehle Sentence to Six Months

Germany's Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle leaving the range during the 2014 Olympic mass start race. She placed fourth, but was later disqualified after testing positive for a prohibted stimulant. Her ban was reduced from two years to six months, so she will return to competition.

Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle appealed the IBU’s 2-year ban for testing positive for a prohibited stimulant, which she argued was ingested accidentally in a supplement. The Court of Arbitration for sport agreed, saying that a six-month suspension was sufficient. Six months is up and the star can return to competition.

Smith, Crawford Win Opening Sprints of Canadian World Cup/IBU Cup Trials in Canmore (Updated)

Rosanna Crawford racing to the win in Monday's distance race at Frozen Thunder in Canmore, Alberta. (Photo: Noel Rogers/Bow Valley Photography)

Temperatures below -20 degrees Celsius didn’t keep Canada’s top biathletes from contending for spots on the World Cup and IBU Cup on Thursday, with Nathan Smith and Rosanna Crawford topping the competition in the opening sprints of trials at the Canmore Nordic Center.