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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.

Stewart-Jones Outlunges Saxton to Win Bozeman SuperTour Classic Sprint

Patrick Stewart-Jones (AWCA) holds a narrow lead over (from r-l) Kris Freeman (Team Freebird), Ben Saxton (SMS), and Matt Gelso (SVSEF) during the charge to the finish in the men's SuperTour sprint classic final in Bozeman, Mont.

On a spring-like day at Bohart Ranch, Canadian Patrick Stewart-Jones narrowly edged out Stratton’s Ben Saxton and Sun Valley’s Matt Gelso to take the men’s classic-sprint title on the first day of the Bozeman SuperTour.

Catching up with USST Head Coach Chris Grover in West Yellowstone

U.S. Ski Team Head Coach Chris Grover with his wife Svea and one of his daughters at the Rendezvous Ski Trails last week in West Yellowstone, Mont.

U.S. Ski Team Head Coach Chris Grover was in West Yellowstone for the first time in nine years last week, and FasterSkier checked in with him to get his take on the races. “This is my first time actually seeing the younger athletes in particular, so it’s exciting to see who’s coming up,” he explained.

Wednesday Workout: Gelso’s Throwback Pre-Race Warmup

Matt Gelso (SVSEF) racing in West Yellowstone in November 2011. There, he placed fourth in both the 15 k freestyle and 10 k classic. Last week, Gelso, 26, nabbed his first West Yellowstone SuperTour win in the 15 k freestyle.

This gem comes from Matt Gelso, which he wrote three years ago after taking fourth in two distance races in West Yellowstone. Gelso, now 26, made the podium at this year’s SuperTour opener with a 15 k skate victory in West last Friday. “I require a longer and very substantial warm-up, some simply need a few minutes to move around,” Gelso explained. “It is important that you find your own unique methods and progression that gets you perfectly warmed up before a race.”

Weekend Roundup: Goodbye Ruka and West, Hello Rest of 2014/2015

Ida Sargent racing to a career-best fifth in Saturday's classic sprint at the World Cup opener in Kuusamo, Finland. She placed 51st in the 10 k classic the next day. (Photo: Fischer/Nordic Focus)

Before the first stop on the IBU World Cup circuit continues in Östersund on Wednesday, we bring you a synopsis of last weekend’s racing action and links to full reports.

Photo Gallery: Opening SuperTour Weekend in West Yellowstone

Ben Saxton (SMST2) en route to a first place finish in the qualifier of Friday's sprint. Saxton ended the day in 11th.

Highly anticipated SuperTour racing kicked off Friday in West Yellowstone, Mont. with a weekend of freestyle races and FasterSkier was on-site to document it all! Check out our photo gallery of the weekend, and if you haven’t already, make sure to read our SuperTour preview and recaps of each race.

Gelso Outlasts Surging Gregg to Earn Victory in SuperTour 15 k

Matt Gelso (SVSEF) en route to a 9.6 second win over Brian Gregg (Team Gregg/Madshus) in Saturday's 15 k freestyle in West Yellowstone, Mont.

Saturday’s 10/15 k freestyle individual starts marked the final day of racing in the SuperTour opener in West Yellowstone, Mont. In the men’s race it was a game of strategy which ultimately favored Matt Gelso (SVSEF), who won the race by 9.6 seconds of Brian Gregg (Team Gregg/Madshus).

Brennan Holds Off Ogden to Take Women’s SuperTour 10 k in West Yellowstone

Rosie Brennan (APU) took the lead in the first of two laps and held on to win the women's 10 k individual start freestyle in West Yellowstone, Mont.

It wasn’t easy, but Rosie Brennan of Alaska Pacific University maintained an impressive pace to win the season’s second SuperTour race, a 10 k individual start freestyle in windy West Yellowstone, Mont.

Canadian Women Dominate SuperTour Sprint; Bender Narrowly Claims Third

Alysson Marshall (AWACA/NST) racing to a 4th place finish in the qualification round of Friday's SuperTour freestyle sprint in West Yellowstone, Mont. Marshall went on to win the event.

SuperTour racing began Friday with a 1.5 k freestyle sprint in West Yellowstone, Mont. With warm temperatures and strong winds, two Canadians, Heidi Widmer and Alysson Marshall, were able to top the American women’s field led by Jennie Bender.

Blackhorse-von Jess Outlasts CU Skiers to Win SuperTour Sprint in West Yellowstone

Dakota Blackhorse-von Jess of Bend Endurance Academy (r) leads (from r-l) Mads Stroem (CU), Rune Oedegaard (CU), and Eric Packer (APU) in the A-final of Friday's Super Tour freestyle sprint in West Yellowstone.

Men’s SuperTour racing kicked off Friday with a 1.5 k freestyle sprint in West Yellowstone, Mont. Dakota Blackhorse von-Jess was able to outlast the surging Norwegians from the University of Colorado, to claim the first victory of the 2014/2015 season.

U.S. SuperTour Preview: Anyone’s for the Taking

The U.S. women's classic sprint podium with Rosie Brennan (APU) as the top American (second overall), Nichole Bathe of the University of Alaska-Fairbanks (l) in second, and Becca Rorabaugh (APU) in third. (Photo: Tom Kelly/U.S. Ski Team)

How will domestic skiers qualify for World Championships? Who’s racing this year? What an we expect from the 2015 SuperTour? To answer these questions and more here is FasterSkier’s SuperTour preview, which gives you and in-depth look at how competition will shape up on the domestic front.

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/nordicfocus.com.

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.