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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.

Methods Available, But Rarely Used, to See Doping Prevalence; Current Estimates Alarming

Virpi Kuitunen with a pair of Atomic skis, before she switched to Rossignol

Anti-doping scientists used “data triangulation” to gather many different types of evidence about doping, and concluded that between 14 and 39 percent of elite athletes dope. The number is impressive – in part because estimates of doping are rarely published. But, the authors note, “tools to evaluate the prevalence of doping use in sports are readily available; they only need to be used more often.” So why are we only talking about it?

Auburn Ski Club Training Center Seeks Program Director

auburn ski club training center

Auburn Ski Club Training Center on Donner Summit, CA. is currently seeking a program director. The ASC Training Center is a multi-discipline organization that offers Alpine, Nordic, Snowboard and Biathlon programs and competitions. ASC also operates a 20KM XC trail system open to club members and the public.

70th Annual Stowe Derby, the Legendary Downhill Cross-Country Ski Race, Set for Sunday, February 22

Stowe Derby

Stowe, Vermont – January 23, 2015 – The legendary Stowe Derby, a unique downhill cross-country ski race, will celebrate its 70th anniversary on Sunday, February 22 in Stowe, Vermont. Skiers from across North America race for the prestige of participating […]

A Visual Celebration of Winter and Snowsports By Toko


A Visual Celebration of Winter and Snowsports Winter…Our Playground!

Wednesday Workout: Rosie Brennan’s Secret to Success

Rosie Brennan leading her quarterfinal in Tuesday's 1.5 k classic sprint at U.S. Cross Country Championships in Houghton, Mich. (Photo: Christopher Schmidt)

Facing a lack of snow? Writing your training plan for next year? Here are some bounding tips from three-time 2015 national champion Rosie Brennan that will whip you into shape.

National Nordic Foundation Pledges $8,000 of Support for World Championships Team

Kyle Bratrud at the 2013 Junior World Championships in Liberec, Czech Republic. (Photo: NNF)

(Press release) SALT LAKE CITY, Utah- The National Nordic Foundation announced today $8,000 of support the Falun World Championship team named yesterday. Originally, proposed as a pillar project, one of the funded skiing development projects key to American skiing, by […]

NorAm Canadian Eastern Championships Return to Nakkertok in Gatineau/Cantley from Jan. 30-Feb. 1

(Photo: Diane Galus)

(Press release) The 2015 Haywood NorAm Canadian Eastern Championships and Buff Sprints is a prestigious cross-country skiing event which takes place on January 30, 31 and February 1, 2015, at the Nakkertok South Nordic Centre in Gatineau/Cantley, Quebec. “The Easterns,” as […]

Traverse City Highlands Beckon Winter Visitors with Lakes, Trails and Woods

Snowshoeing at Ranch Rudolf

In summertime this Lake Michigan resort community is best known for its miles of sugar-sand beaches. But when winter arrives around, the focus shifts inland – to the heavily wooded highlands that lie to the south. Minutes from the bustle […]

U.S. Cross Country Team Named for 2015 World Championships

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.

On Monday, the U.S. Ski Team (USST) announced its much-anticipated cross country selections for the 2015 FIS Nordic World Championships.

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.

Taylor, Caldwell Shine at UVM Carnival

Women's 10k Classic flower ceremony, UVM Carnival 2015

Exciting racing and close competition in the mountain village of Stowe, Vermont were on display at the UVM Carnival this past weekend. Annika Taylor of UNH and Paddy Caldwell of Dartmouth took top honors in both freestyle and classic events.

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.

Germany Takes Win in Wind-Dominated Antholz Team Relay, Canada 10th, US 12th

Shooters struggle to fire in the howling wind. (Photo: IBU/Christian Manzoni)

How often do you see ten biathletes lined up at the firing range, but no one pulling the trigger? In Sunday’s World Cup women’s relay, patience was the name of the game as strong winds swirled around Antholz, Italy.

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.

Dunklee Returns To Antholz Flower Ceremony: ‘There was so much excitement, it was pretty special’

IBU world cup biathlon, pursuit women, Antholz (ITA)

Susan Dunklee had her best shooting of the year to move from eighth up to sixth in the World Cup pursuit in Antholz, Italy, on Saturday, the best U.S. result of the year. Canada put two women in the top 30, and American Hannah Dreissigacker moved from 60th up to 42nd – beating former star Miriam Goessner on her final loop.

Taylor Fletcher Goes ‘Ugly Early’ for Sapporo Podium; Bryan Fletcher 8th (with Post-Race Video)

Taylor Fletcher (right) earned his second career podium in Sapporo, Japan, on Saturday, behind Eric Frenzel (center, GER) and Akito Watabe (left, JPN). (Photo: FIS Nordic Combined/Instagram)

Twenty-eighth in the jump was good enough for Taylor Fletcher, as the 24-year-old U.S. Nordic Combined skier rocketed to an individual podium for the second time in his World Cup career. His older brother Bryan Fletcher placed eighth for his third-straight top 10.