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Patterson on Her World Cup Leap: ‘Nothing is Quite the Same’

Caitlin Patterson (Craftsbury Green Racing Project) racing to 51st the classic-sprint qualifier on March 11 in Drammen, Norway. (Photo: Fischer/NordicFocus)

Coming off her European World Cup debut, Craftsbury’s Caitlin Patterson reflects on her races and experience in Finland and Norway, her 2014/2015 season in general, and what she’s aiming for next year.

Stephen Ninth as Three Americans Finish in Top 20 of Holmenkollen 30 k

USST's Caitlin Gregg (r), Jessie Diggins (c) and Liz Stephen (r) in the finish of the 2015 Holmenkollen 30 k. Stephen led the three in ninth, while Diggins and Gregg Placed 14th and 19th. (Photo: Madshus/Nordic Focus)

A trio of Americans finished in the top 20 of the final women’s World Cup race of the season, a 30-kilometer freestyle mass start in Holmenkollen, Norway. Liz Stephen led the U.S. team in ninth, Jessie Diggins took 14th, while Caitlin Gregg capped off an eventful World Cup season with a 19th-place finish.

Bjørgen Saves Her Last Attack to Win the Holmenkollen

Bjørgen enjoyed celebrating her last victory of the season - and potentially of her World Cup career? (Photo: Fischer/

Marit Bjørgen proved once again why she is the world’s best, saving one last attack to skate past Norwegian teammate Therese Johaug to take victory in the Holmenkollen 30 k and make it a clean sweep of the sprint, distance, and overally World Cup titles. Astrid Jacobsen outsprinted Sweden’s Charlotte Kalla for third place.

Embracing the Climbs, Brian Gregg Just Outside the Points in Holmenkollen 50 k

Brian Gregg racing in the 50 k at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia. In Oslo, Norway, on Saturday, he finished 35th in the 50 k skate, the only World Cup start of his season.

Brian Gregg was surprised, but thrilled, to get a World Cup start for the legendary Holmenkollen 50 k: “If I had to pick one World Cup to do all season, this would be the one that I wanted.” He didn’t waste his chance, skiing to 35th place. U.S. teammate Noah Hoffman placed 44th.

13th in Holmenkollen 50 k, Harvey Ends ‘Really Good Season’ on a Happy Note

Canada's Alex Harvey skating his way to a bronze medal in the 30 k skiathlon at World Championships in Falun, Sweden, three weeks ago. In Oslo on Saturday, he capped off his season by placing 13th in the 50 k skate mass start. (Photo: FlyingPointRoad)

Alex Harvey hung with the main pack until just a few kilometers from the finish of the Holmenkollen 50 k, then outsprinted Toni Livers of Switzerland for 13th place. With Ivan Babikov placing 27th, the Canadian camp seemed happy with they way their 2015 season finished.

Newell 12th, Valjas 14th in Final World Cup Sprint in Drammen

FIS world cup cross-country, individual sprint, Drammen (NOR)

Andy Newell narrowly qualified in 28th, but made it into the semifinals and finished 12th overall in the season’s final World Cup sprint. Canada’s Lenny Valjas just missed out the semifinals and took 14th overall. Sadie Bjornsen was the lone North American woman to qualify and finished 26th overall after racing in the fastest quarterfinal heat.

Brandsdal Rolls to Drammen Classic-Sprint Win, But Krogh Takes Overall Sprint Globe

The all-Norwegian men's classic sprint podium in the last World Cup sprint of the season on Wednesday in Drammen, Norway: (from left to right) runner-up Finn Hågen Krogh, winner Eirik Brandsdal, and Ola Vigen Hattestad in third. 
(Photo: Fischer/NordicFocus)

Norwegians dominated the podium in the last World Cup sprint of the season on Wednesday in Drammen, Norway, with Eirik Brandsdal taking the win, but finishing behind teammate Finn Hågen Krogh in the race for the overall sprint title.

Falla Wins Season’s Last Sprint In Drammen, But Bjørgen Clinches Sprint Title

Maiken Caspersen Falla (NOR, left) leading a quarterfinal heat in Val Mustair, Switzerland, earlier this season. On Wednesday, Falla picked up the final sprint win of the season. (Photo: Fischer/Nordic Focus)

Maiken Caspersen Falla shook off a slow start and problems with heat selection to win in Drammen, Norway, the last sprint competition of the World Cup season. Norwegian teammate Marit Bjørgen added the Sprint Cup title to her overall World Cup crystal globe, which is already clinched with one competition to go.

Canada’s Harvey 17th in 15 k, Nishikawa Tallies Career-Best 23rd in Lahti 10 k Classic

Canada's Alex Harvey finished 17th in the men's World Cup 15 k classic individual start in Lahti, Finland, on Sunday, 35.7 seconds off the pace of winner Francesco de Fabiani of Italy. (Photo: Fischer/NordicFocus)

After winning two medals at the 2015 World Championships, Alex Harvey finished 17th in Sunday’s 15 k freestyle in Lahti, Finland. Meanwhile, Emily Nishikawa led the Canadian women in the 10 k and earned her best World Cup result of the season.

Bjornsen, Diggins Earn Top-20 Finishes for U.S. in Lahti 10 k Classic

Sadie Bjornsen led all Americans at the World Cup on March 8, placing 14th in the women's 10 k classic individual start in Lahti, Finland. (Photo: Fischer/NordicFocus)

In the last classic-distance race of the season, Sadie Bjornsen placed 14th and Jessie Diggins took 17th on Sunday in the women’s 10-kilometer freestyle individual start in Lahti, Finland. Erik Bjornsen led the American men in 38th.

Norway’s Marit Bjørgen Doubles Up in Lahti, Caps Weekend with 10 k Win

Norway's Marit Bjørgen striding to a 17-second win on March 8 in the final classic distance race of the season, the women's 10 k classic at the World Cup in Lahti, Finland. (Photo: Fischer/NordicFocus)

Marit Bjørgen topped Norwegian teammate Heidi Weng by 17.3 seconds to win the last classic-distance race of the season and complete her sweep of the World Cup weekend in Lahti, Finland.

De Fabiani Breaks Through for Italy with 15 k Classic Win, First-Ever Podium

Francesco de Fabiani racing to his first World Cup win in the Lahti World Cup 15 k classic on March 8, which was Italy's first victory in a classic-distance race since 1997. (Photo: Fischer/NordicFocus)

Francesco de Fabiani broke through an 18-year barrier for Italy with a World Cup classic-distance win in the men’s 15-kilometer individual start in Lahti, Finland. Also on Sunday, Norway’s Martin Johnsrud Sundby clinched his second-straight Overall World Cup title.

Randall Returns to Podium as Bjørgen Claims Victory in Lahti Skate Sprint

From l-r, Kikkan Randall (USA), Hanna Falk (SWE), Marit Bjørgen (NOR), and Ingvild Flugstad Østberg (NOR) in the final stretch of the 1.5-kilometer freestyle sprint in Lahti, Finland (Photo: Fischer/Nordic Focus) © Laiho/NordicFocus. Every downloaded picture is fee-liable.

American Kikkan Randall finally found her old groove and raced to her best World Cup result of the season, finishing in third in Saturday’s freestyle sprint in Lahti, Finland. In a close finish, Marit Bjørgen of Norway won yet another World Cup race, expanding her lead in the overall standings and the sprint standings.

Norway’s Brandsdal Wins Crash-Filled Lahti Skate Sprint, Newell Eighth for U.S.

FIS world cup cross-country, individual sprint, Lahti (FIN)

Norway’s Eirik Brandsdal stayed ahead to avoid turmoil and seized the win in Saturday’s World Cup freestyle sprint in Lahti, Finland, while American Andy Newell won his quarterfinal and finished fourth in his semifinal for his best result of the season.

‘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. woman in a World Champs 30 k by finishing 11th, or Rosie Brennan outsprinting Justyna Kowalczyk for 16th, the American women ended World Championships on a high note.

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

Canada's Emily Nishikawa finished 23rd in the 10 k freestyle individual start in Lahti, Finland. Here she is pictured skiing to 32nd in the women's 30 k classic at 2015 World Championships.

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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.