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‘Nothing Special, Not Terrible’ as Hoffman and Bjornsen Push Through Slush in Grueling 50 k

Hoffman at back of pack at 29 k

The 50 k classic mass start which wrapped up 2015 World Championships was punishing for everyone, and U.S. skiers Noah Hoffman and Erik Bjornsen were no exception. Hoffman didn’t feel his best and Bjornsen said he struggled with the slush and his own technique – but was trying to use the race as a learning experience. “I don’t think there’s any reason to sit out events like this,” he said.

Three in Top 20, U.S. Women Prove Their Mettle With Gritty Results in Worlds 30 k

Rosie Brennan, focused on staying on the tails of Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland at the end of the 30 k classic.

Whether it was Sadie Bjornsen leading the race at 5 k, Liz Stephen scoring the best result ever for a U.S. women in a World Champs 30 k by finishing 11th, or Rosie Brennan outsprinting Justyna Kowalczyk for 16th, the American women ended Falun World Championships on a high note.

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

Canada's Emily Nishikawa 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 […]

From the Land of Alpine Stars, French Win a Relay Medal with No Asterisk


When the French won bronze in the Sochi relay, it was the first championships-level relay medal ever in their history. But Norway had struggled then. Today they did not, and the French were still bronze. “Maybe we have some place in the newspaper tomorrow, but a little one,” Jean-Marc Gaillard said. “But that’s not the most important for us. The most important is to have fun with the team.”

U.S. Women Tie Best-Ever Championships Relay Despite Early Mishap


A Russian racer skied over Sadie Bjornsen’s tips 2.5 kilometers into the 4 x 5 k relay, but the Americans fought back strong to finish fourth. “We all skied the best we possibly could today,” said Liz Stephen. “I’m already dreaming for the next chance at a podium.”

Olsson Completes ‘Mission Impossible’ with 15 k Victory at World Championships

France's Maurice Manificat (l), Sweden's Johan Olsson (c) and Norway's Anders Gløersen (r) in Wednesday's 15 k freestyle podium at the 2015 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Falun, Sweden. Olsson won the race by 17.8 seconds over Manificat. Gløersen finished third, 19.2 seconds back. (Photo: Falun 2015)

Johan Olsson skied to a convincing victory in Wednesday’s 15 k freestyle in Falun, Sweden in front of a home crowd. The 34-year-old who focuses solely on championship race overcame what he called a “mission impossible” after facing a year of illness and time apart from his family. He was followed by Maurice Manificat who won France’s first medal in 10 years. Anders Gløersen of Norway finished third.

Statistics, Start Times, and Snowstorms: The Women’s 10 k in Falun

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Just how anomalous was the podium in the women’s 10 k freestyle at FIS World Championships on Tuesday? We find that FIS points still provide a great overall correlation to the results – and that while the five unseeded early starters had an advantage, the biggest losers in terms of snowstorm effects appeared to be the Germans, not the Norwegians.

Johaug Powers to Skiathlon Victory as Jacobsen and Kalla Battle for Second in Falun

Norway's Therese Johaug celebrates her win the 2015 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 15 k skiathlon in Falun, Sweden. She finished over five seconds ahead of teammate Astrid Jacobsen and Charlotte Kalla of Sweden who finished second and third, respectively. (Photo:

When Norwegian Therese Johaug threw down the hammer on Mördarbacken, a.k.a. “murder-hill”, in the last lap of the women’s 15 k skiathlon there was no hope for the rest of the competition. Using the hill to her advantage, Johaug skied to a World Championships gold ahead of teammate Astrid Jacobsen and Charlotte Kalla of Sweden.

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:

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.

Harvey Fifth in World Champs Sprint Qualification as Five North American Men Make Finals

Canada' Alex Harvey skiing to fifth in the qualification round of the 1.4 k classic sprint at the 2015 FIS Nordic World Championships in Falun, Sweden. (Photo: Steve Fuller/FlyingpointRoad)

Five north American men qualified for the heats of the World Championships 1.4-kilometer classic sprint. Alex Harvey led the charge in the wet and warm conditions to finish fifth overall.

World Champs Rookies: 10 Questions with Ben Saxton

Ben Saxton (SMST2) skiing to second place in the freestyle sprint at the 2014 U.S. Cross Country Championships. (Photo: All proceeds from photo sales will be directly donated to NNF.

Ben Saxton of Stratton Mountain School T2 wasn’t initially part of the U.S. World Champs squad but was added after a sixth place finish at the U23 Champs. He answered 10 questions before his first World Championships as part of our series on World Champs rookies.

World Champs Rookies: 10 Questions with Dakota Blackhorse-von Jess

Dakota Blackhorse-von Jess  racing to 60th in the classic sprint qualifier in Östersund, Sweden last weekend (Photo: Fischer/Nordic Focus).

Bend Endurance Academy’s Dakota Blackhorse-von Jess answered 10 questions on the eve of the 2015 World Championships in Falun, Sweden, as part of our series on World Champs rookies.

World Champs Rookies: 10 Questions with Rosie Brennan

Rosie Brennan racing to 33rd in Saturday's classic sprint in Östersund, Sweden. (Photo: Fischer/Nordic Focus)

Alaska Pacific University’s Rosie Brennan answers 10 questions as she looks to build on a successful season at the 2015 World Championships in Falun, Sweden as part of FasterSkier’s series on World Champs rookies.

Krogh Comes Up Big with Second-Straight Win, First Distance Victory in Östersund World Cup

Norway's Finn Hågen Krogh in the leader's chair during the men's World Cup 15 k freestyle on Sunday on Ostersund, Sweden. Krogh won by 13.5 seconds for his second-straight win of the weekend. (Photo: FIS Cross Country/Instagram)

Finn Hågen Krogh is trying to make a case for himself to race at World Championships, and he did about all anyone could ask on Saturday and Sunday, winning the last two races before the 2015 World Championships begin in Falun, Sweden, later this week.

Diggins Rides Fast Start to 17th; Stephen 26th in Östersund 10 k

Kikkan Randall raced to 33rd in Sunday's 10-kilometer freestyle individual start in Östersund, Sweden. Here she is pictured during qualifiers in Saturday's classic sprint, where she placed 51st.  (Photo: Felgenhauer/NordicFocus)

American Jessie Diggins finished 17th after posting the fifth-fastest time at the 1.8-kilometer mark, while Liz Stephen — who finished fifth overall in the 2015 Tour de Ski — took 26th. Rosie Brennan came in 32nd and was just a few seconds from cracking the top 30, while Kikkan Randall finished 33rd.

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 […]

Kalla Untouchable in Östersund World Cup 10 k; Bjørgen Takes Overall World Cup Crown

Sweden's Charlotte Kalla came up big in front of a home crowd in Östersund, Sweden, winning Sunday's 10 k freestyle by more than 36 seconds over Norway's Marit Bjørgen. (Photo: FIS)

Sweden’s Charlotte Kalla won the last World Cup before 2015 World Championships by more than 36 seconds over Norway’s Marit Bjørgen, leading from start to finish for the clear-cut victory. It was her first World Cup win since March 2010, and Bjørgen locked up her fourth Overall World Cup crown.

90th Win in Hand, Bjørgen Still Claims Nerves on Eve of World Champs

Marit Bjoergen (NOR) going for the 5k classic Tour de Ski stage win in Cortina-Toblach, Italy (ITA). (photo: Fischer/Nordic Focus)

Marit Bjørgen took her 90th World Cup win in Sweden today, and the 12th of this season. Confidence boosted, she plans to start six competitions at World Championships – but says that she thinks six gold medals is a goal too many.

Hamilton Takes 11th, Newell 12th to Lead Americans in Östersund Sprint

Rosie Brennan racing to 33rd overall in Saturday's World Cup classic sprint Östersund, Sweden. She placed 32nd in Sunday's 10-kilometer freestyle individual start. (Photo: Fischer/Nordic Focus)

Simi Hamilton made it to the semifinals in Saturday’s World Cup classic sprint in Östersund, Sweden, to end up 11th overall, and Andy Newell took 12th for his best result of the season. Sadie Bjornsen and Sophie Caldwell made it to the quarterfinals as well and ended up 22nd and 20th overall, respectively.

Harvey Charges to Second Place; Krogh Takes World Cup Sprint Lead

Canada's Alex Harvey celebrates his third World Cup win of the season after a 0.4-second victory in Saturday's 30 k skiathlon at World Cup Finals in Falun, Sweden. (Photo: Fischer/Nordic Focus)

Canada’s Alex Harvey rocketed to his best non-stage World Cup result this season with a second-place finish in Saturday’s 1.2 k classic sprint in Östersund, Sweden. He closely followed race victor Finn Hågen Krogh, who overtook Italy’s Federico Pellegrino in the World Cup sprint standings.