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Wednesday Workout: The 15-15 with Double-Sprint Champ Blackhorse-von Jess

Dakota Blackhorse-von Jess (Bend Endurance Academy) clinches a nearly seven-second win in the 1.5 k classic sprint at the 2015 U.S. Cross Country Championships in Houghton, Mich. (Photo: Jake Ellingson)

The reigning double-sprint champion from 2015 U.S. nationals, Dakota Blackhorse-von Jess talks about race prep and how he practices getting up to speed in training. “Personally I have an incredibly hard time replicating a race effort,” he says. “The 15-15 is how I practice qualification.”

Freeman Strikes Late in Men’s 30 k Mass Start, Holds On for National Title

Kris Freeman (Freebird) clinches his 17th national title in the men's 30 k classic mass start, ahead of APU's Lex Treinen (left, behind), NMU's Kyle Bratrud (behind Treinen) and APU's Eric Packer (behind Freeman at right), at U.S. Cross Country Championships on Thursday in Houghton, Mich. (Photo: Christopher Schmidt)

Kris Freeman knew he couldn’t let the U.S. nationals 30 k classic mass start come down to a sprint. The seasoned veteran sat patiently throughout the three-lap race on Thursday, then attacked with 2 1/2 kilometers to go to take the title by 3.7 seconds over APU’s Lex Treinen.

Brennan Paves the Way, Keeps on Plugging for Classic-Sprint National Title (with Gallery)

Rosie Brennan (APU) celebrates her definitive win in the women's 1.5 k classic sprint on Tuesday at U.S. Cross Country Championships in Houghton, Mich., where she notched her third national title. (Photo: Jake Ellingson)

Rosie Brennan didn’t let a hefty amount of fresh snow hold her back, qualifying in second in a blizzard then dominating each of her heats, including the classic-sprint final, at U.S. nationals on Tuesday. With the exception of Becca Rorabaugh and Anne Hart, the rest of the women’s A-final achieved career bests by making it to the final.

Photo Galleries: U.S. Champs 10/15 k Freestyle

Men's 15 k freestyle, 2015 Cross Country Championships, Houghton, Michigan

Photo galleries from the first day of racing at the 2015 U.S. Cross Country Championships in Houghton, Mich. where Caitlin Gregg (Team Gregg/Madshus) and Kyle Bratrud (NMU) were crowned national champions in the 10 and 15 k freestyle interval starts.

Gregg Battles Conditions, APU Women to Notch Her First Win of Season in Houghton

Caitlin Gregg (l) of Team Gregg/Madshus leads Rosie Brennan (r) of APU on in the final lap of the 10 k freestyle at the 2015 U.S. Cross Country Championships in Houghton, Mich. Gregg won the race, while Brennan earned third place.

There was no shortage of excitement in the women’s 10 k freestyle at the 2015 U.S. Cross Country Championships on Sunday, as Caitlin Gregg earned her first win of the season after returning from Europe. It wasn’t without contest, however, as a strong APU team of Rosie Brennan, Chelsea Holmes, and Jessica Yeaton were also in the hunt.

Patterson Back to Racing After Freak Accident, Life-Threatening Blood Clots

Scott Patterson smiles during the evacuation process resulting from an impalement by Erik Bjornsen's ski in late October.  (Photo: Scott Patterson)

Since Scott Patterson (APU) was impaled by Erik Bjornsen’s ski in October he has dealt with a surgery, pulmonary embolism, and a long recovery. Despite facing what looked to be a season-ending string of health issues, Patterson is racing at U.S. Nationals in Houghton and looking to see what he can do.

Course-Side Quotes: Catching Up with U.S. Nationals Top Dogs

Rosie Brennan (Alaska Pacific University)

In the two days leading up to U.S. nationals, we caught up with several podium contenders for the races in Houghton, Mich., which start this Sunday and last through next Saturday.

Let It Snow: Despite Weather Woes, First Two NorAms in the Bag

The start of the women's 7.5 k classic at the Black Jack NorAm on Dec. 13 in Rossland, B.C. ( Saturday’s 11 k classic individual start at the NorAm opener in Rossland, B.C. (Photo: Fresh Cafe & apres/Facebook)

“Cancel” is a word no race organizer wants to entertain, and the local committees behind the first two NorAms in Rossland and Whistler, British Columbia, did everything they could to make sure their races happened — even if they had to be moved a six-hour drive inland to Sovereign Lake.

Pros of Tomorrow Presented by Fischer: Frédérique Vézina

First-year senior Frédérique Vézina, 20, of the Pierre-Harvey National Training Centre, training in Quebec.

Alex and Pierre Harvey aren’t Quebec’s only family skiing phenoms. Former Canadian national-team skier Jocelyn Vézina has a 20-year-old daughter, Frédérique Vézina, who’s one of the promising up-and-comers on the Canadian ski scene. (In English and French)

L’élite de Demain: Frédérique Vézina

Si la dynastie Harvey trône au coeur du ski de fond québécois, et fait résonner sa mémoire depuis les exploits de Pierre jusqu’aux succès récents d’Alex, une autre famille scintille depuis quelques décennies sur les terres du Mont Sainte-Anne: les […]

Weekly Roundup: Good Vibes Before the Holidays

Crawford at the flower ceremony. Photo: Christian Manzoni/NordicFocus.com.

With their eyes on the prize of a holiday break (for biathletes and non-Tour de Ski participants, two weekends off of the World Cup), a number of North American skiers notched competitive results, and for some — even career bests — in the last week.

NorAm Preview: All About Racing the Best in Canada, and the U.S.

American Brian Gregg (l) and Canadian Andy Shields of the Thunder Bay National Development Centre ski alongside each other in the 11 k classic individual start last weekend at the NorAm opener in Rossland, B.C. Gregg went on to place fifth and Shields was 12th. (Photo: FRESH cafe & apres/Facebook)

With the second weekend of NorAm racing taking place Friday and Saturday at Sovereign Lake, here’s a look at who could be some of the top contenders on a regular basis throughout the season, and who could potentially earn race starts in Europe.

Despite Slow World Cup Start, Gregg Optimistic and Working Toward World Champs

Caitlin Gregg (Team Gregg) skiing to 56th place in the Davos World Cup 10 k classic, Dec. 13. (Photo: Toko)

American Caitlin Gregg had big plans to before heading to the World Cup this winter as the SuperTour leader, with qualification for World Championships at the top of the list. Disappointed in her results the last two weekends, she’s got one more World Cup weekend then will try to make a statement at U.S. nationals.

Weekend Roundup: ‘Way More is Possible’

Tim Burke on his way to 25th in the IBU World Cup 12.5 k pursuit on Sunday in Hochfilzen, Austria. (Photo: USBA/NordicFocus)

Catch up on what you may have missed this weekend, as nordic competitions across the globe are begging to heat up. Here, we recap everything from biathlon in Austria to the cross country World Cup in Switzerland and everything in between.

Photo Galleries: Bozeman SuperTour

Women's 10 k mass start (Photo: Anya Caldwell Bean)

The Bozeman, Mont. SuperTour races have come and gone but you can still re-live them through the two photo galleries featured below. With action Dec. 6-7 at the trails of Bohart Ranch in the form of a classic sprint and 10/15 k classic mass start, the country’s best gathered for the second weekend of domestic racing which proved just as exciting as the first.

Weekly Roundup: Lillehammer Mini Tour, Östersund and Bozeman

A pumped Martin Johnsrud Sundby (Norway) after winning the men's 15 k classic pursuit for the overall Lillehammer mini-tour title on Sunday in Norway. (Photo: Fischer/NordicFocus)

The first individual IBU World Cup race took place a week ago in Östersund and wrapped up this past Sunday. Here, we recap everything from biathlon in Sweden and at home in Canmore, to the Lillehammer mini tour and nordic-combined competitions, and second U.S. SuperTour stop in Bozeman, Mont.

Photos Gallery: Biathlon NorAm / WYJC Trials Mass Starts in Canmore

Patrick Johnson (Far West Elite Team/Auburn Ski Club) in the men's race.

Photos from an exciting day of mass start racing in Canmore, Alberta, on Sunday. American and Canadian men and women contested NorAms, and Canada also used the youth and junior categories as selection trials for age-group championships in Minsk, Belarus, this winter.

Strøm Surges Past Havlick to Win Bozeman SuperTour 15 k Classic

With temperatures above 40 degrees, the men take off in their SuperTour 15 k classic mass start at Bohart Ranch near Bozeman, Mont.

It was yet another men’s SuperTour race that was undecided until the finish line. This time, Mads Strøm came from behind and outsprinted Miles Havlick to win by 0.7 seconds in the Bozeman 15 k classic mass start. Matt Gelso took third for his second podium of the weekend.

Brennan Continues to Dominate SuperTour, Winning Bozeman 10 k Classic

Caitlin Patterson (Craftsbury Green Racing Project) holds a slim lead over Becca Rorabaugh (APU) during a sprint to the finish of the Bozeman SuperTour women's 15 k classic mass start.

APU teammates Rosie Brennan and Chelsea Holmes put more than a minute into the rest of the women’s field in the Bozeman SuperTour 10 k classic mass start, giving Brennan her third-straight SuperTour win. Katharine Ogden placed third to earn her second-straight SuperTour distance podium.

Brennan Rolls To Second-Straight SuperTour Win in Bozeman Classic Sprint

Rosie Brennan (APU) glides to a first-place finish during the women's SuperTour classic sprint at Bohart Ranch near Bozeman, Mont.

Rosie Brennan dominated the women’s 1.5 k classic-sprint qualifier through the final on Saturday to pick up her second SuperTour win in since owning last weekend’s distance race in West Yellowstone. In the Bozeman classic sprint, Brennan outlasted Jennie Bender and Caitlin Patterson for the win.