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After the Medals with Alex Harvey: Exclusive Interview in Falun

After the Medals with Alex Harvey: Exclusive Interview in Falun

FasterSkier sat down with Alex Harvey on Monday to talk about the two medals he’s racked up in his two races so far at 2015 World Championships, and what they mean to him and for Canadian cross-country skiing.

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

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

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.

For Krogh and Northug, Team-Sprint Gold Strictly Business in Falun

For Krogh and Northug, Team-Sprint Gold Strictly Business in Falun

Finn Hågen Krogh and Petter Northug teamed up for Northug’s second gold in three races at 2015 World Championships, winning Sunday’s team sprint by more than five seconds over the Russian defending champs and Italy. Northug now has gold in every World Championships discipline.

American Men Seventh, Women Eighth in World Champs Team Sprint

American Men Seventh, Women Eighth in World Champs Team Sprint

The U.S. Ski Team finished Sunday’s team sprint in the middle of the pack, as the defending world championship team of Sophie Caldwell and Jessie Diggins skied to eighth and the American men’s team of Andy Newell and Simi Hamilton notched seventh.

Cockney, Valjas Miss Falun Team-Sprint Final by Just Over a Second for 13th

Cockney, Valjas Miss Falun Team-Sprint Final by Just Over a Second for 13th

The Canadians placed seventh in the second men’s semifinal at 2015 World Championships on Sunday, missing out on a spot in the final and placing 13th overall. “Everything worked to plan, it was just we were a little bit too far back, a second or two,” anchor Lenny Valjas said.

No Bjørgen? No Problem as Norway’s Østberg, Falla Take World Champs Team Sprint Title

No Bjørgen? No Problem as Norway’s Østberg, Falla Take World Champs Team Sprint Title

Longtime friends and teammates Ingvild Flugstad Østberg and Maiken Caspersen Falla, of Norway, were out for some redemption after their fourth-place finish in the 2013 World Championships team sprint, and they got it with a sizeable win over Sweden’s Ida Ingemarsdotter and Stina Nilsson, while Poland’s Justyna Kowalczyk and Sylwia Jaśkowiec were thrilled with bronze.

Brooks Wins Second Birkie; Bonaldi Takes Men’s Race in Dramatic Finish

Brooks Wins Second Birkie; Bonaldi Takes Men’s Race in Dramatic Finish

The 2015 American Birkebeiner 51 k freestyle marathon on Saturday offered no shortage of excitement, as Italy’s Segio Bonaldi outsprinted three French skiers to win his second Birkie by half a second. American Holly Brooks used a hard push in the final kilometers to collect her second Birkie title as well.

Harvey Does It Again with Skiathlon Bronze, Second Medal of 2015 World Champs

Harvey Does It Again with Skiathlon Bronze, Second Medal of 2015 World Champs

Alex Harvey approached Saturday’s 30 k skiathlon with a winning mindset and came out with bronze, his second medal in as many races so far at 2015 World Championships. “A medal today is as good as gold,” Canadian National Team Coach Justin Wadsworth says, “We couldn’t want anything more.” Russia’s Maxim Vylegzhanin outlasted Switzerland’s Dario Cologna for his first world title.

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

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

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.

Stephen Leads North Americans in 11th in World Champs Skiathlon Despite Fatigue

Stephen Leads North Americans in 11th in World Champs Skiathlon Despite Fatigue

Liz Stephen was the top North American in Saturday’s 15 k skiathlon after she raced to 11th behind winner Therese Johaug. She said the result was unexpected given remaining fatigue from the prior week’s training.

Bjornsen Busts Out Season-Best Distance Result in 28th at World Champs, Top U.S. Man in Skiathlon

Bjornsen Busts Out Season-Best Distance Result in 28th at World Champs, Top U.S. Man in Skiathlon

Erik Bjornsen of the U.S. Ski Team and Alaska Pacific University notched his best-distance result of the season on Saturday in his first race of 2015 World Championships. He led the U.S. men in 28th in the skiathlon, while Noah Hoffman placed 44th, Kris Freeman was 48th and Matt Gelso finished 54th.

Doherty Makes The Jump, Earns World Juniors Bronze in Belarus

Doherty Makes The Jump, Earns World Juniors Bronze in Belarus

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

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

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.

What Silver Means for Canada: High-Performance Director Holland Explains

What Silver Means for Canada: High-Performance Director Holland Explains

A day after Alex Harvey rose to silver in the men’s classic sprint on the first official day of 2015 World Championships in Falun, Sweden, Cross Country Canada Athlete Director Colin Abbott caught up with high-performance director Tom Holland about the significance of silver.

Rydzek Realizes Every Child’s Dream as Nordic Combined World Champ; Taylor Fletcher Leads U.S. in 19th

Rydzek Realizes Every Child’s Dream as Nordic Combined World Champ; Taylor Fletcher Leads U.S. in 19th

In the first nordic-combined competition of World Championships, Germany’s Johannes Rydzek had some of the best timing all day, attacking late to drop his lone rival before the finish: Italy’s Alessandro Pittin. The U.S. saw top-20 jumps from Billy Demong and Ben Berend, and Taylor Fletcher skied up from 25th to 19th.

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

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

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.

2015 American Birkebeiner Preview: Bridges, Brooks and More

2015 American Birkebeiner Preview: Bridges, Brooks and More

There will be several things to keep an eye on during this year’s 42nd American Birkebeiner, including top competitors, like two-time U.S. Olympian Holly Brooks, and a brand-new bridge just a few kilometers from the finish. Watch it live and follow our post-race coverage.

World Champs Rookies: 10 Questions with Ben Berend

World Champs Rookies: 10 Questions with Ben Berend

At 19, Ben Berend made his World Cup debut last month in Schonach, Germany. After a whirlwind trip to Kazakhstan for Junior Worlds and Austria for the last Continental Cup, the Colorado native is set to compete in his first senior World Championships on Friday in Falun, Sweden.

Harvey Rockets from Last to Claim Second in World Champs Sprint Behind Northug

Harvey Rockets from Last to Claim Second in World Champs Sprint Behind Northug

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.

Caldwell, Hamilton Reach Semis for 10th, 12th in Falun Classic Sprint

Caldwell, Hamilton Reach Semis for 10th, 12th in Falun Classic Sprint

Out of six U.S. Ski Team members who advanced to the heats in Thursday’s World Championships classic sprint, Sophie Caldwell and Simi Hamilton went the farthest, making it to the semifinals before finishing 10th and 12th, respectively. Andy Newell placed 17th and rookie Dakota Blackhorse-von Jess led his quarterfinal at one point before ending up 30th overall. Sadie Bjornsen was 19th and Ida Sargent placed 29th.