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RMISA Season Concludes in Anchorage with Colorado Crowned Season Champs

Colorado University's Mads Stroem on his way to victory in the 7.5 k classic race at Kincaid Park, part of the University of Alaska Anchorage Invitational held last week. (Photo: Tim Whiton)

The University of Colorado was crowned champions of the RMISA college racing scene this season after championships were held in low-snow Anchorage, Alaska, on the back of the UAA Invitational. Mads Stroem and Rune Oedegaard of CU and Emilie Cedervaern of the University of New Mexico dominated the proceedings.

Halvorsen Soars to Success in Scandinavian Junior Racing

Hannah Halvorsen (Sugar Bowl Academy) racing in the 5 k at Norwegian Junior Nationals. (Photo: Skyler Mullings)

Sugar Bowl Academy’s Ambrose Tuscano recounts the recent success U18 skier Hannah Halvorsen found at the U18 Nations’ Cup in Sweden where she landed on the podium in the 5 k freestyle. She followed up the performance with a win in the U17 classic sprint at Norwegian Junior Nationals.

EISA Regionals at SLU Carnival: Mooney, Taylor Continue Battle, Caldwell Returns to Top

An aerial view of the SLU Carnival mass start (photo: Everett Sapp)

EISA racing concluded this past weekend in Lake Placid, NY. These Regional Championships, hosted by St. Lawrence University, featured a festive atmosphere and challenging courses, and served as a precursor to next week’s NCAA Championships, also hosted by SLU. Paddy Caldwell returned to dominant form in the men’s races, while Heather Mooney and Annika Taylor continued to vie for top women’s honors.

Classic Northug: Norwegian Appears from Nowhere to Claim Victory in World Champs 50 k

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Never count Petter Northug out of a ski race. In the final race of the 2015 FIS Nordic World Championships, the Norwegian never cracked the top-10 of the 50 k until the last kilometer where he out-sprinted the competition to take his fourth victory of the Championships.

Harvey Jockeys for Position, Finishes Fifth in Final 50 k Push at World Championships

Canada's Alex Harvey leads Russia's Maxim Vylegzhanin (4) and the Czech Republic's Lukas Bauer (29) up a steep hill around 29 k in the men's 50 k classic mass start at 2015 World Championships in Falun, Sweden.

Alex Harvey stayed at the front of the pack for most of Sunday’s 50 k classic mass start, the final race of 2015 World Championships in Falun, but he couldn’t quite get into the position he needed before a four-man finishing sprint — which he was just behind. Also for Canada, Graeme Killick notched a career-best 19th, and Ivan Babikov placed 30th after leading as well.

‘Nothing Special, Not Terrible’ as Hoffman and Bjornsen Push Through Slush in Grueling 50 k

Hoffman at back of pack at 29 k

The 50 k classic mass start which wrapped up 2015 World Championships was punishing for everyone, and U.S. skiers Noah Hoffman and Erik Bjornsen were no exception. Hoffman didn’t feel his best and Bjornsen said he struggled with the slush and his own technique – but was trying to use the race as a learning experience. “I don’t think there’s any reason to sit out events like this,” he said.

Three in Top 20, U.S. Women Prove Their Mettle With Gritty Results in Worlds 30 k

Rosie Brennan, focused on staying on the tails of Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland at the end of the 30 k classic.

Whether it was Sadie Bjornsen leading the race at 5 k, Liz Stephen scoring the best result ever for a U.S. woman in a World Champs 30 k by finishing 11th, or Rosie Brennan outsprinting Justyna Kowalczyk for 16th, the American women ended World Championships on a high note.

Earlier Than Planned, Johaug Runs Away with World Champs 30 k, Beats Bjørgen by 52 Seconds

Therese Johaug of Norway skiing well ahead of the pack around 19 k into the women's 30 k classic mass start at 2015 World Championships in Falun, Sweden.

Therese Johaug did what she had to do to beat Norwegian teammate Marit Bjørgen on Saturday in the final women’s race of 2015 World Championships: the 30 k classic mass start. She did so by inadvertently attacking around 7 k: “I thought, ‘Oh my God, it’s early. I have 23 kilometers to the end,'” Johaug recalled.

32nd in World Championships, Nishikawa Learning the Ropes in 30 k’s

Canada's Emily Nishikawa skiing to 32nd in the women's 30 k classic at 2015 World Championships.

FasterSkier’s coverage of the 2015 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Falun, Sweden, is brought to you by the generous support of L.L. Bean, now featuring a complete line of Kikkan Randall training wear. FALUN, Sweden — It was another almost-there day for […]

Canada 10th, U.S. 11th as North American Men Duel in World Champs Relay

Lenny Valjas of Canada leads Simi Hamilton of the United States on the last lap of the men's 4 x 10 k relay at World Championships in Falun, Sweden.

Canada and the U.S. men’s teams battled for a close 10th and 11th positions in Friday’s 4 x 10 k relay at the 2015 FIS Nordic World Championships in Falun, Sweden. While both teams acknowledged a desire for improvement, they were pleased with their respective efforts.

Northug Sticks It to Halfvarsson, Edges Swede for Norwegian Relay Win at Worlds

Sweden's Calle Halfvarsson leads Norway's Petter Northug (c) and France's Adrien Backscheider on the second-to-last major hill on the last lap of the men's 4 x 10 k relay at 2015 World Championships in Falun, Sweden. Northug went on to edge Halfvarsson by 0.6 seconds for gold, Sweden took silver and France was 8.9 seconds back for bronze.

After missing out on a podium at the 2014 Olympics, the Norwegian men put themselves back on top in Friday’s 4 x 10 k relay at World Championships in Falun, Sweden. With his characteristic finishing kick, Petter Northug outlasted Sweden’s Calle Halfvarsson for gold, and France took bronze.

From the Land of Alpine Stars, French Win a Relay Medal with No Asterisk


When the French won bronze in the Sochi relay, it was the first championships-level relay medal ever in their history. But Norway had struggled then. Today they did not, and the French were still bronze. “Maybe we have some place in the newspaper tomorrow, but a little one,” Jean-Marc Gaillard said. “But that’s not the most important for us. The most important is to have fun with the team.”

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 (U.S. Nordic Combined) racing to fifth in  while skiing with a chase pack during Thursday's 10 k at 2015 World Championships.

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

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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

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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

France's Maurice Manificat (l), Sweden's Johan Olsson (c) and Norway's Anders Gløersen (r) in Wednesday's 15 k freestyle podium at the 2015 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Falun, Sweden. Olsson won the race by 17.8 seconds over Manificat. Gløersen finished third, 19.2 seconds back. (Photo: Falun 2015)

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

Ivan Babikov (Canadian World Cup Team) on his first of two laps in the men's 15 k freestyle at 2015 World Championships in Falun, Sweden. He went on to place 20th. Two years ago, Babikov was fourth in the 15 k freestyle at 2013 World Championships.

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

Noah Hoffman (U.S. Ski Team) racing to 34th in the men's 15 k freestyle at 2015 World Championships in Falun, Sweden.

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

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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.