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In Their Eyes: A Norwegian Junior Team’s International Exchange with Sugar Bowl

A team photo of the Heming IL junior contingent that competed at 2015 Junior Nationals in Truckee, Calif.., taken in front of Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. (Courtesy photo)

What’s it like hosting a crew of Californians in Oslo, Norway? A junior coach with Heming IL and the Norwegian College of Elite Sports explains. He also brought a select group to the West Coast for U.S. Junior Nationals in Truckee, Calif.

Junior Nationals: Day 4 Classic Relay Photos and Overall Recap Video

(Photo: Mark Nadell/MacBeth Graphics)

The 2015 U.S. Junior Nationals wrapped up with the 3 x 2.5-kilometer classic relays at Auburn Ski Club in Soda Springs, Calif., where New England and Midwest both tallied two relay wins, and New England won the overall the Alaska Cup. Photo gallery by Mark Nadell and a weeklong recap video by Skyler Mullings.

Junior Nationals: Day 3 Classic Mass Start Photos

(Photo: Mark Nadell/MacBeth Graphics)

Thomas O’Harra won the day after his 19th birthday, and Brooke Dunnagan, Katharine Ogden and Emily Hyde repeated as 2015 champions on the third day of racing at U.S. Junior Nationals. Photos courtesy of Mark Nadell/MacBeth Graphics.

Junior Nationals: Day 2 Freestyle Individual Start Photos & Video (Updated)

The U18 men's podium from Wednesday's 10 k freestyle at 2015 U.S. Junior Nationals at Auburn Ski Club in Soda Springs, Calif. (Photo: Mark Nadell/MacBeth Graphics)

Photos and a video from the second day of racing at 2015 U.S. Junior Nationals, with podium shots from the 5- and 10-kilometer freestyle individual races at Auburn Ski Club in Soda Springs, Calif.

2015 U.S. Junior Nationals: Day 1 Skate Sprint Photos & Videos (Updated)

Julia Kern (New England/Cambridge Sports Union) won the U18 women's freestyle sprint A-final on Monday at 2015 U.S. Junior Nationals at Auburn Ski Club in Soda Springs, Calif. (Photo: Mark Nadell/MacBeth Graphics)

The 2015 U.S. Cross-Country Junior Nationals kicked off Monday at Auburn Ski Club in Soda Springs, Calif., with the 1.3-kilometer freestyle sprints. Here are a couple videos, one of which recaps Day 1 (by Far West’s Skyler Mullings), and photos courtesy of Mark Nadell/MacBeth Graphics.

Notes, Quotes and Photos: Pursuit Day at IBU World Youth & Junior Championships

Photo: Jake Ellingson.

In a busy day outside of Minsk, Belarus, Sean Doherty finished 11th for the U.S. in the junior men’s pursuit, followed by Canada’s Aidan Millar in 14th; Millar’s teammate Pearce Hanna placed 13th in the youth men’s race. We caught up with nine different North American competitors, plus have a gallery of photos by Jake Ellingson and Jane Robertson to share.

Doherty Makes The Jump, Earns World Juniors Bronze in Belarus

The podium for the 10 k sprint at biathlon World Junior Championships: Aleksandr Dediukhin of Russia (center) took the win, followed by Fabien Claude of France (left). Sean Doherty (USA) earned bronze, his first international medal at the junior level. (Photo: IBU/Evgeny Tumashov)

Conway, New Hampshire, might not be surprised that yet again, Sean Doherty is bringing home a medal in his luggage from a major international competition. But after two years of winning at the youth level, making the podium as a junior is still a big accomplishment. Doherty starts Sunday’s pursuit ten seconds out of first place.

Aidan Millar Posts Career-Best with Eighth in World Juniors Sprint; First Canadian Top-10

Canada's Aidan Millar racing in the individual competition earlier this week at World Junior Championships. (Photo: Jane Robertson)

Stepping up from youth to junior racing is supposed to be hard – but in doing so, Canmore’s Aidan Millar turned in his best result ever in international championship racing. “I’m finding it hard to believe that I was actually able to get that result,” he wrote of finishing 8th in the 10 k sprint in Belarus.

Vermont’s Levins 18th in World Youth Champs Sprint, In Second International Race of Career

Chloe Levins of Rutland, Vermont, used clean shooting to skate her way to 18th place in the 6 k sprint at World Youth Championships in Raubichi, Belarus, on Friday. (Photo: U.S. Biathlon)

When Chloe Levins arrived in Belarus, she had been sick and missed a training block. She wasn’t thrilled with her first race, but by the time round two rolled around she was ready: Levins cleaned all ten targets to place 18th. Pearce Hanna led the Canadian team by finishing 34th in the men’s 7.5 k sprint.

Challenges Both New and Familiar For American TD of Junior/U23 World Championships in Kazakhstan

The "red loop" of the Almaty race trails before the skiathlon competitions. (Photo: Matt Pauli)

Anchorage’s Matt Pauli served as the FIS Technical Delegate for Junior and U23 World Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan, in early February. He reports back that though the local committee was hardworking and accommodating of challenges with snowpack, the venue was brand new – and not, he believes, ideal to host an Olympic Games. Luckily, the Soldatskoe venue where he worked at Asian Winter Games in 2011 is a good alternative.

Photo Gallery: Tam Von Burg, Churchill Take Wins on First Day of Canada Games

Photo: Daniel Guay.

Benjamin Churchill of Alberta took a “wildly unexpected” win in the 15 k individual, while Leilani Tam Von Burg of Ontario won the 12.5 k in the first day of biathlon competition in Prince George, British Columbia.

Photo Gallery: Almaty Junior Worlds in Review, Through the Eyes of U.S. Skiers

From l-r, Vivian Hett (NMU), Kristen Bourne (NMU), Julia Kern (CSU), and Hailey Swirbul (Aspen Valley) after the classic sprint at Junior World Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan (Photo: Vivian Hett)

At the end of Junior World Championships, several U.S. athletes submitted their favorite photos from their experiences in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

U.S. Women Eighth in Junior Worlds Relay; Russia and Norway Victorious

The venue in Almaty, Kazakhstan, was faced with problems of snow shortages during Junior and U23 World Championships in early February. Here, American Thomas O'Harra (back left) staying with the leaders during the first leg of the junior men's relay; his team would go on to finish 11th. (Photo: Logan Heinemann)

Russia asserted its dominance once again by winning the men’s relay, while Norway earned a narrow victory in the women’s relay on the last day of Junior World Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The U.S. women were eighth and the men placed 11th, while the Canadian men’s and women’s teams both finished 10th.

Ogden Ties Best U.S. Junior Distance Result in Sixth; Stewart-Jones in 14th in Skiathlon

Katharine Ogden (10) on her way to a sixth-place finish in the women's 10 k skiathlon at the Junior World Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan (Photo: Bryan Fish/USSA)

Katharine Ogden, racing in her first-ever Junior World Championships, earned the best distance result for any American at junior worlds since 2002. She placed sixth in Friday’s 10 k skiathlon, while Katherine Stewart-Jones led the Canadian women in 14th.

Russians Dominate Skiathlon at Junior Worlds as Torchia Takes 11th, Dumas 18th

Ian Torchia (NMU) on his way to an 11th-place finish in the 20 k skiathlon at the 2015 Junior World Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan  (Photo: Bryan Fish)

American Ian Torchia led the North American men on Friday, placing 11th in the 20 k skiathlon at Junior World Championships, while Alexis Dumas of Canada finished 18th. Meanwhile, the Russians swept the podium for the second-consecutive race.

Ogden 11th in Junior Worlds Debut; Russians Sweep Men’s Podium as Dumas Leads North Americans

Katharine Ogden (SMS) placed 11th in Wednesday's 5 k freestyle in the Junior World Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan. (Photo: Bryan Fish)

17-year-old American Katharine Ogden finished an impressive 11th in her first-ever race in the Junior World Championships, while Katherine Stewart-Jones led the Canadian women and took 25th. In the men’s race, Canada’s Alexis Dumas placed 30th and was the top North American in a race dominated by the Russian team.

O’Harra 14th in Classic Sprint for Junior Worlds Best; Stewart-Jones Leads Three Canadian Women in Heats

Canadian National Junior Team members Katherine Stewart-Jones (19) and Maya MacIsaac-Jones (29) chase Russia's Natalia Nepryaeva (2) in the quarterfinal of the 1.3 k classic sprint on the opening day of 2015 Junior World Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan. (Photo: Lisa Patterson/CCC)

Last year in his Junior World Championships debut, Thomas O’Harra placed 54th in the freestyle sprint. The 18-year-old APU skier placed 14th on Tuesday in the opening race of 2015 Junior Worlds in Almaty, Kazakhstan — the 1.3-kilometer classic sprint — and three Canadian women made the quarterfinals as well.

USBA Adds Five Athletes to World Youth & Junior Champs Roster; Photo Gallery from Trials

Jake Pearson (Casper Mountain Biathlon Club)

The United States Biathlon Association expanded its selections for World Youth and Junior Championships from eight to 13 athletes, and named four who will also get to compete at Open European Championships. Plus, some action shots by Lake Superior Biathlon coach Daniel Guay.

Eight Biathletes Named to U.S. Squad for World Youth and Junior Championships in Belarus

Brian Halligan (Maine Winter Sports Center/USBA Development Team) competing in the NorAm mass start in Canmore, Alberta, on December 7. Halligan later swept all three junior men's races at World Youth and Junior Trials in Mount Itasca, Minnesota. (Photo: Jakob Ellingson.)

Eight biathletes, hailing from New England through Minnesota to the West Coast, have been named to the U.S. team for World Youth and Junior Championships in Minsk, Belarus, in mid-February. Team namings came after a three-race trials series in Mount Itasca, Minnesota. Additional discretionary picks are anticipated after January 1st.

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.