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Six Races, Five Winners, and a Team Named for Falun after Swedish National Championships

Charlotte Kalla (R) and Ida Ingmarsdotter won the team sprint at 2011 World Championships, but finished second to Americans Kikkan Randall and Jessie Diggins in 2013. Sweden hopes to reclaim that crown on home turf in Falun in February.

Charlotte Kalla dominated distance racing, while Hanna Falk claimed a sprint title and a place on the World Championships team. In the men’s field, Marcus Hellner, Emil Joensson and Tobias Peterson made arguments that they are returning to form- but Calle Halfvarsson scored a big victory in the 15 k.

After National Championships Conclude, Norway Names 23 Skiers to World Champs Team

FIS nordic world ski championships, cross-country, individual sprint, Oslo (NOR)

After individual racing was completed at their national championships – you can find the results inside – Norway named a 23-member team for World Championships in Falun, Sweden. It includes season-long favorites as well as Kristin Størmer Steira and Astrid Jacobsen, who only just returned to the World Cup.

U.S. Boasts Large World Championships Team of Veterans and Newcomers

Team USA.

This Monday the USST announced 16 cross country athletes will represent the U.S. at the 2015 FIS Nordic World Championships in Falun, Sweden. Headlined by defending World Champions Kikkan Randall and Jessie Diggins, a mix of veterans and newcomers will take on the world’s best.

World Championships: What You Need to Know Before Monday’s U.S. Team Selection

U.S. teammates Jessie Diggins (l) and Kikkan Randall celebrate a gold medal in the freestyle team sprint at 2013 World Championships in Val di Fiemme, Italy.

As the 2015 World Championships in Falun, Sweden, draw near, the U.S. Ski Team is set to release its cross-country team selections for the event Monday, Jan. 26. Eight athletes have prequalified for the team, leaving several spots open for other American skiers to compete against the world’s best.

Russia’s Vylegzhanin Uses Teamwork, Fast Skis to Win Rybinsk 30 k

The men's 30 k skiathlon podium (from l-r):Dario Cologna (SUI) in second, Maxim Vylegzhanin (RUS) in first, and Matti Heikkinen (FIN) in third. (Photo: Fischer/Nordic Focus)

Russia’s Maxim Vylegzhanin outsprinted the field, and Switzerland’s Dario Cologna, to win Sunday’s 30 k skiathlon in Rybinsk. Finland’s Matti Heikkinen placed third, and Russia took six of the top eight.

Norway Takes Men’s Team Relay In Antholz; U.S. Eighth and Canada Ninth

The Norwegian men celebrate after winning the 7.5 k team relay in Antholz Sunday. (Photo: IBU/ChristianManzoni)

Norway took the team relay in the World Cup men’s 4×7.5 k biathlon in Antholz, Italy.

‘The old Jessie is back’ as Diggins Skis to Fifth in Rybinsk Skiathlon

Diggins and Randall get interviewed by a familiar FIS employee, Kikkan's husband Jeff Ellis.

USST athlete Jessie Diggins earned her second fifth-place of the weekend in the 7.5 k + 7.5 k skiathlon in Rybinsk, Russia. Diggins led the USST women to place four skiers in the top-20 with Liz Stephen in seventh, Sadie Bjornsen in 13th, and Rosie Brennan in 20th.

Harvey Captures Ninth in Messy 30 k Skiathlon in Rybinsk

Canada's Alex Harvey competes in the qualifier of Saturday's 1.3 k freestyle sprint in Rybinsk, Russia. He qualified 25th and ultimately finished 28th. (Photo: Fischer/Nordic Focus)

In the final race before a break in World Cup racing, Canada’s Alex Harvey recovered from a rough classic portion of the men’s 30-kilometer skiathlon in Rybinsk, Russia, to take ninth. Ivan Babikov cracked the top-20 and finished in 19th.

Tchekaleva Skis to Convincing Victory in Rybinsk Skiathlon

Women's 15 k skiathlon podium in Rybinsk, Russia (from left to right): Martine Ek Hagen of Norway (second), Yulia Tchekaleva of Russia (first), Ritta-Liisa Roponen of Finland (third) (Photo: FIS/Facebook)

Russian Yulia Tchekaleva won the women’s 15-kilometer skiathlon Sunday by 15.6 seconds, earning her first-ever World Cup victory and delivering her best result of the season on home turf in Rybinsk, Russia.

Öberg Takes First World Cup Win, Diggins Claims Fifth in Rybinsk Sprint

Jennie Öberg of Sweden celebrates her win in Sunday's 1.3 k freestyle sprint in Rybinsk, Russia. (Photo: Fisher/Nordic Focus)

It was a day of firsts for Jennie Öberg of Sweden who had her first World Cup sprint final, podium, and win in Rybinsk, Russia. Jessie Diggins skied to her best result of the season, taking fifth. The USST women placed and addition three skiers in the top 13.

Led by Hamilton, Four North Americans Ski to Top-30 in Rybinsk

Simi Hamilton competes in the qualifier of Saturday's 1.3 k freestyle sprint in Rybinsk, Russia. He qualified sixth but ended his day in 17th. (Photo: Fischer/Nordic Focus)

After making it through the qualifier, three Americans and Canadian Alex Harvey were not able to race their way into the semifinals of Saturday’s World Cup 1.3 k freestyle sprint in Rybinsk, Russia. However, American Erik Bjornsen had his best sprint result on the World Cup and reached the heats for the first time.

Pellegrino Wins in Rybinsk, Sets Consecutive Sprint Record

Men's 1.3 k freestyle sprint podium in Rybinsk, Russia (from l-r): Andrey Parfenov (RUS) third, Federico Pellegrino (ITA) first, and Sergey Ustiugov (RUS) second. (Photo: Fischer/Nordic Focus)

Italy’s Federico Pellegrino skied himself into the history books after his victory in Saturdays sprint race in Rybinsk, Russia, denying Russians a victory at home for the second day in a row.

Stephen Earns Historic Podium in Rybinsk; Jacobsen Notches First Win in Seven Years

Liz Stephen (U.S. Ski Team) racing in the Tour de Ski prologue in Oberstdorf, Germany, last weekend. (Photo: Marcel Hilger)

Liz Stephen marked yet another historic race with a second place in the 10 k freestyle in Rybinsk, Russia. The 27-year-old not only earned her first-ever World Cup podium, she also notched the best finish by an American woman in a World Cup distance race.

Cologna Denies Russians a Sweep With Victory in Rybinsk

Dario Cologna of Switzerland celebrates his win in Friday's 10 k freestyle in Rybinsk, Russia (Photo: Fischer/Nordic Focus)

Dario Cologna was victorious in Friday’s 15 k freestyle in Rybinsk, Russia and in the process thwarted four Russians who were gunning for a home-country podium sweep.

Harvey Leads North American Men in Rybinsk 15 k

Alex Harvey (Canadian World Cup Team) racing to 10th in the men's 15 k freestyle on a chilly day in Rybinsk, Russia, on Friday. (Photo: Fischer/NordicFocus)

Canadian Alex Harvey took 10th in the World Cup 15 k freestyle individual start in Rybinsk, Russia, taking 10th, while Ivan Babikov placed 22nd and Devon Kershaw finished 36th for Canada. The American men finished 40th and 50th with Erik Bjornsen and Matt Gelso, respectively.

T-1 Day ‘Til IPC World Championships in Cable; U.S. Team Raring to Go

(L-R) Dan Cnossen, Omar Bermejo and Oksana Masters are three members of the U.S. team who will be competing at the IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships in Cable, Wisconsin. (Photo: U.S. Paralympics)

For the third time ever, the IPC World Championships are being held in the U.S. and kick off Friday with the opening ceremony in Cable, Wis. Team USA is ready, according to coach Eileen Carey. “We are thrilled to get another chance to test out some of our training and racing strategies,” she says. “Having the opportunity to do that on home snow is a great bonus for us.”

How to Score Points and Win Money on the World Cup (Hint: Be Norwegian)

FIS Cross Country prize money earned, by country, so far in the 2014-2015 season. A pot of 710,000 Swiss Francs (CHF) has been paid out to each of the women's and men's fields.

Not only has Norway dominated cross country World Cup podiums, but their skier have also taken home more than half of the available prize money. Marit Bjørgen alone has won 1/3 of the total money available to the women’s field. How does everyone else stack up, and how does this relate to World Cup points?

USA II’s Sargent, Brennan in the Money in Sixth in Otepää Team Sprint

Ida Sargent racing earlier this month in the opening prologue of the 2015 Tour de Ski in Obertsdorf, Germany. (Photo: Marcel Hilger)

In her second-ever team sprint (and first one since 2009), Rosie Brennan teamed up with Ida Sargent to advance to the final, where they placed sixth of 10 teams. The U.S. women’s first team, Sadie Bjornsen and Sophie Caldwell placed 11th, as did the U.S. men’s second team (Erik Bjornsen/Matt Gelso), and Andy Newell and Simi Hamilton ended up 19th after a late semifinal crash.

Ustiugov Powers Russia to Otepää Team-Sprint Win; Canadian Men Eighth

Alexey Petukhov (r) tags Sergey Ustiugov during 
the men's 6 x 1.5 k freestyle team sprint final on Sunday in Otepää, Estonia. The two went on to win by 0.4 seconds over Norway. (Photo: Fischer/NordicFocus)

Russia’s Alexey Pethukov and Sergey Ustiugov emerged as a team-sprint force to be reckoned with in the first team sprint of the season and last one before World Championships, and Canada’s Jess Cockney and Lenny Valjas teamed up for eighth.

Sweden’s Nilsson Snags Team-Sprint Victory Over Norway

The World Cup women's 6 x 1.2 k freestyle team sprint podium on Sunday in Otepää, Estonia, with Sweden (c) in first (Ida Ingemarsdotter/Stina Nilsson), Norway (l) in second (Maiken Caspersen Falla/Ingvild Flugstad Østberg), and Poland in third (Justyna Kowalczyk/Sylwia Jaskowiec). (Photo: FIS Cross-Country/Otepää World Cup)

Sweden’s Stina Nilsson surged past Norway’s Ingvild Flugstad Østberg to win the World Cup women’s 6 x 1.2 k freestyle team sprint in Otepää with the same crew that won the Olympic bronze medal at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia.