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Six U.S. Women Make Year-End Red Groups, a Record High

Americans Jessie Diggins (l) and Caitlin Gregg (r) share the women's World Championships 10 k freestyle podium with Sweden's Charlotte Kalla (c), who won the race by 41 seconds for her first individual gold on Tuesday in Falun, Sweden. Diggins took second while Gregg took third, 46.9 seconds back. Both finishes were the best distance result in history for a U.S. woman at a World Championships. (Photo: Fischer/NordicFocus)

Despite having eight different women score World Cup points this season and a record six end up in the Red Group (top 30) after period IV, the U.S. women slipped from fourth to sixth in the Nations Cup standings. Alex Harvey, Andy Newell, and Simi Hamilton were the only North American men to attain Red Group status at the end of the season.

13th in Holmenkollen 50 k, Harvey Ends ‘Really Good Season’ on a Happy Note

Canada's Alex Harvey skating his way to a bronze medal in the 30 k skiathlon at World Championships in Falun, Sweden, three weeks ago. In Oslo on Saturday, he capped off his season by placing 13th in the 50 k skate mass start. (Photo: FlyingPointRoad)

Alex Harvey hung with the main pack until just a few kilometers from the finish of the Holmenkollen 50 k, then outsprinted Toni Livers of Switzerland for 13th place. With Ivan Babikov placing 27th, the Canadian camp seemed happy with they way their 2015 season finished.

Pneumonia Ends Kershaw’s Season, But He’s Not Done Yet: ‘You can’t go out like this’

Devon Kershaw (Canadian World Cup Team) racing to 36th in the World Cup 15 k freestyle individual start on Jan. 23 in Rybinsk, Russia. (Photo: Fischer/NordicFocus)

What started out like any other cold turned into a season-ending downward spiral for Devon Kershaw, who, in the midst of what would have been his eighth World Championships, had to forgo racing and leave Sweden early to recover at his fiancée’s home in Oslo, Norway.

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.

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

Canada's Emily Nishikawa finished 23rd in the 10 k freestyle individual start in Lahti, Finland. Here she is pictured 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.

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.

Nishikawa Cracks Top 30 in Falun 10 k, Jones Tallies Another Distance Best in Last Race

Canada's Emily Nishikawa (Alberta World Cup Academy/National Development Team) racing to 30th in Tuesday's 10 k freestyle for her best World Championships result at 2015 worlds in Falun, Sweden. Nishikawa led the Canadian women with the result and Perianne Jones placed 32nd. (Photo: Fischer/NordicFocus)

With the pressure off, the Canadian women posted some career-best performances on Tuesday in the 10-kilometer freestyle individual start at 2015 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships. Emily Nishikawa took 30th, and Perianne Jones placed 32nd in what she said would probably be her final international race.

After the Medals with Alex Harvey: Exclusive Interview in Falun

Lander Karath (r) interviews Alex Harvey two days after he earned his second medal of 2015 World Championships in Falun, Sweden.

FasterSkier sat down with Alex Harvey on Monday to talk about the two medals he’s racked up in his two races so far at 2015 World Championships, and what they mean to him and for Canadian cross-country skiing.

Cockney, Valjas Miss Falun Team-Sprint Final by Just Over a Second for 13th

Norway's Petter Northug (l) leads Ales Razym of the Czech Republic (second from l), Canada's Lenny Valjas (third from l), Poland's Maciej Starega (6), American Simi Hamilton (5), and Kazakhstan's Nikolay Chebotko (r), among others, in the freestyle team-sprint semifinal at 2015 World Championships on Sunday in Falun, Sweden. Norway went on to win the heat, the U.S. was third, and Canada placed seventh. (Photo: FlyingPointRoad.com)

The Canadians placed seventh in the second men’s semifinal at 2015 World Championships on Sunday, missing out on a spot in the final and placing 13th overall. “Everything worked to plan, it was just we were a little bit too far back, a second or two,” anchor Lenny Valjas said.

Harvey Does It Again with Skiathlon Bronze, Second Medal of 2015 World Champs

Canada's Alex Harvey skating his way to a bronze medal in the 30 k skiathlon at World Championships in Falun, Sweden, three weeks ago. In Oslo on Saturday, he capped off his season by placing 13th in the 50 k skate mass start. (Photo: FlyingPointRoad)

Alex Harvey approached Saturday’s 30 k skiathlon with a winning mindset and came out with bronze, his second medal in as many races so far at 2015 World Championships. “A medal today is as good as gold,” Canadian National Team Coach Justin Wadsworth says, “We couldn’t want anything more.” Russia’s Maxim Vylegzhanin outlasted Switzerland’s Dario Cologna for his first world title.

What Silver Means for Canada: High-Performance Director Holland Explains

The men's 1.4 k classic sprint podium at the 2015 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Falun, Sweden. Canadian Alex Harvey (l) placed second, Norwegian Petter Northug (c) took first, and Northug's teammate Ola Vigen Hattestad (r) finished third. (Photo: Falun2015)

A day after Alex Harvey rose to silver in the men’s classic sprint on the first official day of 2015 World Championships in Falun, Sweden, Cross Country Canada Athlete Director Colin Abbott caught up with high-performance director Tom Holland about the significance of silver.

Harvey Rockets from Last to Claim Second in World Champs Sprint Behind Northug

Canada's Alex Harvey celebrates his second place finish in Thursday's 1.4 k classic sprint on the opening day of the 2015 World Championships in Falun, Sweden. (Photo: flyingpointroad.com)

The opening race of the 2015 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships saw Norway’s Petter Northug out lunge Canada’s Alex Harvey for victory in the 1.4 k classic sprint in Falun, Sweden. Harvey spent much of the final in last position and skied a tactical race to overcome the strong field.

Valjas 14th, Jones 24th for Canada in World Champs Sprint

Canada's Lenny Valjas (l) skis alongside Andy Newell, Teodor Petersen, and Dakaota Blackhorse-von Jess en route to a third place finish in his quarterfinal of the 1.4 k classic sprint in Falun, Sweden. Valjas finished his day in 14th. (Photo: flyingpointroad.com)

Alex Harvey wasn’t the only Canadian to race in Thursday’s World Champs classic sprint. Lenny Valjas finished 14th overall for the men after placing third in his quarterfinal, while Perianne Jones placed 24th.

Caldwell Leads Four North American Women Into Heats in World Champs Sprint Opener

Sophie Caldwell (U.S. Ski Team) racing to 21st in the women's 1.4 k classic sprint qualifier on the first day of medal competition at the 2015 World Championships in Falun, Sweden. (Photo: Flying Point Road)

Four North American women advanced to the heats on the first day of medal competition at the 2015 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, with American Sophie Caldwell leading the crew in 21st in Thursday’s classic-sprint qualifier. Poland’s Justyna Kowalczyk won the qualifier by 0.24 seconds, and Kikkan Randall missed advancing by 3.22 seconds in 36th.

Canada’s Nishikawa Glad to Be Back on World Cup, 36th in 10 k; Babikov 49th and Somppi 69th

It had been almost two months since Emily Nishikawa raced on the World Cup, yet the 25-year-old Canadian National Development Team skier picked up essentially where she left off, collecting her second-best result of the season on Sunday in the […]

World Champs Rookies: 10 Questions with Olivia Bouffard-Nesbitt

Olivia Bouffard-Nesbitt (Rocky Mountain Racers) at U23 World Championships last week in Almaty, Kazakhstan. There, the 22-year-old Bouffard-Nesbitt posted the best result of her career (12th in the 15 k skiathlon) and was thus named to the Canadian World Championships team. (Photo: Raphaël Couturier)

This weekend, Olivia Bouffard-Nesbitt, of Rocky Mountain Racers, will make her World Cup debut in Östersund, Sweden. Less than a week later, she’ll appear at her first World Championships in Falun, Sweden, where she hopes to start the classic sprint and 10 k freestyle.

World Champs Rookies: 10 Questions with Jess Cockney

Jess Cockney placed 61st in the men's 1.5 k classic sprint qualifier on Saturday in Otepää, Estonia. (Photo: Fischer/NordicFocus)

We can’t imagine anything much more exciting than making World Championships for the first time, so we contacted the North Americans living that exact dream this year. Here’s our first of the series from Canadian national-team member Jess Cockney in his first World Champs after competing at the Sochi Olympics last year.

Cross Country Canada Names Nine to 2015 World Championships Team

Cross Country Canada logo

Three of nine athletes met Cross Country Canada’s primary standards for selection to the 2015 World Championships Team, and CCC named another six skiers to the team on Monday.

Ustiugov Powers Russia to Otepää Team-Sprint Win; Canadian Men Eighth

Alexey Petukhov (r) tags Sergey Ustiugov during 
the men's 6 x 1.5 k freestyle team sprint final on Sunday in Otepää, Estonia. The two went on to win by 0.4 seconds over Norway. (Photo: Fischer/NordicFocus)

Russia’s Alexey Pethukov and Sergey Ustiugov emerged as a team-sprint force to be reckoned with in the first team sprint of the season and last one before World Championships, and Canada’s Jess Cockney and Lenny Valjas teamed up for eighth.