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Maine Biathletes Reel from Dual Cuts from MWSC Downsizing, U.S. National Team Roster

Russell Currier out on course. Photo: USBA/NordicFocus.

Russell Currier, Kelsey Dickinson, and Brian Halligan admit that they didn’t have great results this season – so they understand why they weren’t re-named to U.S. Biathlon Association training groups. But along with Casey Smith, who was also cut from the ‘B’ team, they have few options to improve their results and get back now that Maine Winter Sports Center is defunding travel and competition for senior athletes.

End of an Era: Sweetser Leaves MWSC After 15 Years; Club Focus Shifts from ODT to Juniors

Welly Ramsey (r) in the arms of MWSC Competitive Programs Director Will Sweetser, his coach for the last six years, during a season-ending team ski in Fort Kent, Maine, in early April. (Photo: Facebook/Welly Ramsey)

Earlier this month came the news that Will Sweetser was parting ways with the Maine Winter Sports Center and leaving his post as competitive sports director. Meanwhile, the MWSC is restructuring its Olympic Development Team, which means less money for top-tier athletes and more toward the junior and postgrad programs.

Photo Gallery: U.S. Distance Nationals

Caitlin Gregg (Team Gregg) hugs her husband, Brian, after her large win in the 30 k freestyle mass start at the 2015 SuperTour Finals in Sun Valley, Idaho.

Relive the action at the 2015 U.S. Distance Nationals with our photo gallery of the 30- and 50-kilomter freestyle mass starts that took place at Galena Lodge in Sun Valley, Idaho as part of the 2015 SuperTour Finals.

Babikov, Gregg Ski to 50/30 k Victories at U.S. Distance Nationals (Updated)

Caitlin Gregg (Team Gregg) leads the start of the women's National Championships 30 k freestyle mass start at the 2015 SuperTour Finals in Sun Valley, Idaho.

Thursday’s SuperTour Finals action welcomed the 30 and 50 k U.S. Distance Nationals, where Canada’s Ivan Babikov won over Colorado’s Rune Malo Ødegård and USST/SSCV’s Noah Hoffman, who claimed the title of national champion. Caitlin Gregg (Team Gregg/Madshus) won the 30 k by just under three minutes over USST/Burke’s Liz Stephen.

APU Shows Depth with 1-2 Mixed Relay Finish at SuperTour Finals (with Gallery)

Erik Bjornsen (APU) celebrates his relay team's victory in the 4 x 5 k mixed relay at the 2015 SuperTour Finals in Sun Valley, Idaho. (Photo: flyingpointroad)

Alaska Pacific University’s first and second teams overcame deep, new snow to claim the top two spots in Tuesday’s 4 x 5 k mixed relay at the 2015 SuperTour Finals in Sun Valley, Idaho. Stratton Mountain School T2 skied to third behind the two APU teams.

Photo Gallery: 2015 SuperTour Finals in Sun Valley

1.2 k freestyle sprint at the 2015 SuperTour Finals in Sun Valley, Idaho

Check out our photo gallery from the classic individual starts and freestyle sprints at the 2015 SuperTour Finals in Sun Valley, Idaho.

Bjornsen Powers to Another SuperTour Finals Title; Phinney Earns First Major Podium

Sadie Bjornsen follows the University of Colorado's Petra Hycicova in first women's semifinal at the 2015 SuperTour Finals in Sun Valley, Idaho.

Sadie Bjornsen (APU/USST) claimed her second victory in two days in the 1.2 k freestyle sprint at the 2015 SuperTour Finals in Sun Valley, Idaho. She was followed by a strong performance from Middlebury College’s Kelsey Phinney, who earned her first podium at the domestic elite level.

Newell Claims Tactical Win Over Teammate Hamilton in SuperTour Finals Sprint

Sunday's 1.2 k freestyle sprint podium at the 2015 SuperTour Finals in Sun Valley, Idaho. Andy Newell (1) claimed victory over teammate Simi Hamilton (2) and Bend Endurance Academy's Dakota Blackhorse-von Jess (3).

Stratton Mountain School T2 teammates Andy Newell and Simi Hamilton overcame changing conditions and a flat course to go 1-2 in Sunday’s 1.2 k freestyle sprint at the 2015 SuperTour Finals in Sun Valley, Idaho. Rounding out the podium was Dakota Blackhorse-von Jess in third.

Bjornsen Siblings Dominate Classic Races at SuperTour Finals to Conquer Long-Time Goal

Erik Bjornsen en route to his 58.5 second victory in the 15 k classic at the 2015 SuperTour Finals in Sun Valley, Idaho.

Sadie and Erik Bjornsen accomplished a mutual goal to both land on the top of the podium on the same day after winning their respective races at the first competition of the 2015 SuperTour Finals in Sun Valley, Idaho. They each won their respective 10/15 k races by roughly a minute.

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/

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.