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Babikov, Gregg Ski to 50/30 k Victories at U.S. Distance Nationals (Updated)

Caitlin Gregg (Team Gregg) leads the start of the women's National Championships 30 k freestyle mass start at the 2015 SuperTour Finals in Sun Valley, Idaho.

Thursday’s SuperTour Finals action welcomed the 30 and 50 k U.S. Distance Nationals, where Canada’s Ivan Babikov won over Colorado’s Rune Malo Ødegård and USST/SSCV’s Noah Hoffman, who claimed the title of national champion. Caitlin Gregg (Team Gregg/Madshus) won the 30 k by just under three minutes over USST/Burke’s Liz Stephen.

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.

APU Shows Depth with 1-2 Mixed Relay Finish at SuperTour Finals (with Gallery)

Erik Bjornsen (APU) celebrates his relay team's victory in the 4 x 5 k mixed relay at the 2015 SuperTour Finals in Sun Valley, Idaho. (Photo: flyingpointroad)

Alaska Pacific University’s first and second teams overcame deep, new snow to claim the top two spots in Tuesday’s 4 x 5 k mixed relay at the 2015 SuperTour Finals in Sun Valley, Idaho. Stratton Mountain School T2 skied to third behind the two APU teams.

Photo Gallery: 2015 SuperTour Finals in Sun Valley

1.2 k freestyle sprint at the 2015 SuperTour Finals in Sun Valley, Idaho

Check out our photo gallery from the classic individual starts and freestyle sprints at the 2015 SuperTour Finals in Sun Valley, Idaho.

Jackson Ski Touring Celebrates Spring with 2015-16 Season Passes on Sale Now

Jackson Ski Touring is celebrating the arrival of spring with their early bird season pass rates.

What Smith’s Win Means in Terms of the Green for Biathlon Canada

Nathan Smith celebrates after becoming just the second Canadian man to ever win a biathlon World Cup, after winning Saturday's 12.5 k pursuit in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. (Photo: Biathlon Canada/NordicFocus.com)

We caught up with Canadian biathlon staff and athletes to chat about the significance of Nathan Smith’s World Cup in on Saturday, just the second in history for a Canadian man. It’s good for Smith and good for the program – but Own the Podium is unlikely to reward it with money, because the funding body only considers World Championships and Olympic medal performances.

Bjornsen Powers to Another SuperTour Finals Title; Phinney Earns First Major Podium

Sadie Bjornsen follows the University of Colorado's Petra Hycicova in first women's semifinal at the 2015 SuperTour Finals in Sun Valley, Idaho.

Sadie Bjornsen (APU/USST) claimed her second victory in two days in the 1.2 k freestyle sprint at the 2015 SuperTour Finals in Sun Valley, Idaho. She was followed by a strong performance from Middlebury College’s Kelsey Phinney, who earned her first podium at the domestic elite level.

Newell Claims Tactical Win Over Teammate Hamilton in SuperTour Finals Sprint

Sunday's 1.2 k freestyle sprint podium at the 2015 SuperTour Finals in Sun Valley, Idaho. Andy Newell (1) claimed victory over teammate Simi Hamilton (2) and Bend Endurance Academy's Dakota Blackhorse-von Jess (3).

Stratton Mountain School T2 teammates Andy Newell and Simi Hamilton overcame changing conditions and a flat course to go 1-2 in Sunday’s 1.2 k freestyle sprint at the 2015 SuperTour Finals in Sun Valley, Idaho. Rounding out the podium was Dakota Blackhorse-von Jess in third.

Hudak, Masters and Soule End Season with Overall IPC World Cup Crowns

Brittany Hudak (Canadian Para-Nordic Ski Team) at 2015 IPC World Cup Finals in Surnadal, Norway. Hudak took silver in Saturday's 5 k cross-country sitting to clinch the 2014/2015 World Cup Overall Cross-Country title. (Photo: IPC Nordic Skiing/Facebook)

Three North Americans — a 21-year-old Canadian, a 25-year-old former rower and a 35-year-old Army veteran — topped the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Overall World Cup podiums for 2014/2015, ending their seasons on Sunday at IPC World Cup Finals in Surnadal, Norway.

Eliassen Victorious in Birkebeiner Sans Kick Wax; Johaug Picks Up Win in First Try

Therese Johaug of Norway said it had been a dream to compete in the Birkebeiner ever since she was a little girl. On Saturday her dream came true... and not only did she win, she set a five-minute course record. (Photo: Swix Ski Classics/Instagram)

It seemed crazy: the Norwegian Birkebeiner has almost 3,000 feet of total climbing. But double-poling is what Petter Eliassen trains for, so that’s what he did- and he became the first man to win the legendary marathon without kickwax. Therese Johaug picked up a five-minute victory in the women’s race.

Bjornsen Siblings Dominate Classic Races at SuperTour Finals to Conquer Long-Time Goal

Erik Bjornsen en route to his 58.5 second victory in the 15 k classic at the 2015 SuperTour Finals in Sun Valley, Idaho.

Sadie and Erik Bjornsen accomplished a mutual goal to both land on the top of the podium on the same day after winning their respective races at the first competition of the 2015 SuperTour Finals in Sun Valley, Idaho. They each won their respective 10/15 k races by roughly a minute.

By a Mile, Not an Inch: Smith Wins First World Cup with Stunning 24-Second Margin

Smith celebrating his first trip to the very top step of the podium. (Photo: Biathlon Canada/NordicFocus.com)

Nathan Smith took the lead after the third shooting stage, and never gave it back – despite the best efforts of superstars like Martin Fourcade and Anton Shipulin. “It was kind of surreal,” Smith said of entering the final loop with a 37-second lead and savoring the moments leading up to his first World Cup win. Meanwhile, Martin Fourcade clinched his fourth consecutive World Cup title, a feat that has never before been accomplished in biathlon.

Despite Wacky Errors, Domracheva Dominates Khanty-Mansiysk Pursuit; Crawford 13th

Darya Domracheva of Belarus, here winning a pursuit in Antholz, Italy, was at it again, capturing the penultimate win of the 2014-2015 season in a pursuit in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. (Photo: Fischer/NordicFocus)

Darya Domracheva tried to shoot standing in a prone stage, then nearly dropped her rifle. But she was 100% focused when it counted, and now looks likely to capture the overall World Cup title. Rosanna Crawford of Canada shot 19-for-20 and moved from 28th up to 19th.

Renewed After World Champs, Dreissigacker Posts Career-Best 14th; Mäkäräinen Wins Khanty Sprint

Susan Dunklee (US Biathlon) racing to 26th in the IBU World Cup 7.5 k sprint on Friday in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. (Photo: USBA/NordicFocus)

Hannah Dreissigacker rebounded from 75-percent shooting at IBU World Championships to hit 90 percent of her targets on Friday and place 14th for a career best in the final IBU World Cup sprint of the season in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. Also for the U.S., Susan Dunklee finished 26th, and Canada’s Rosanna Crawford was close behind in 28th.

Smith Back in Flower Ceremony in Fifth in Khanty Sprint; Fourcade Extends Overall Lead

On Thursday after winning the 10 k sprint, Fourcade enjoyed a reindeer-drawn victory lap in Khanty Mansiysk, Russia. He now has a crystal globe to celebrate as well. (Photo: IBU/Evgeny Tumashov)

Nathan Smith shot 9-for-10 and ended up fifth, 34 seconds behind winner Martin Fourcade, in Thursday’s 10 k sprint in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia, the final stop on the IBU World Cup tour. Leif Nordgren led the U.S. in 21st with 90-percent shooting as well, finishing 1:14 back despite feeling under the weather.

Birkie Seeking Media/PR/Communications Director

(Photo: James Netz)

The Birkie is adding to its team.  Now accepting applications for a full-time Media/PR/Communications Director.

Custom Toko Ski Ties

Ski Clip Freeride - super long and with tab for easy opening

Custom TOKO ski ties with a Toko logo on one side and your logo on the other are perfect for ski shops, event organizers, and ski clubs. There are 4 models to choose from including Nordic Sleeve Style ($3.00 per pair), Nordic Wrap Around ($2.50 per pair), Alpine Ski Clip ($3.00 per pair), and Ski Clip Freeride ($3.50 per pair). Ski ties are yellow with a black Toko logo and your logo in black. Pricing includes set up fees.

APU Accepting Applications for Summer Bridge Program

APU Nordic Ski Center team

APU Nordic Ski Center is accepting new members for the Summer-only Bridge Program. What:  The Bridge program is geared for college age student-athletes (high school graduates through U23), but for those with other academic commitments from Fall to Spring. The […]

Smith Recovering After Bone-Crushing Canmore Biathlon Crash

Casey Smith (Maine Winter Sports Center/U.S. Biathlon "B" Team) competing in a NorAm in Canmore, Alberta, in early December. (Photo: Jake Ellingson)

When Casey Smith went flying off the race course in Canmore, Alberta, he was knocked unconscious; he later found he had broken many ribs, a shoulder blade, and bones in his back, as well as puncturing a lung. The U.S. biathlete is recovering at home, a process which will be long but which he’s approaching optimistically.

Craft North America Hires New Agency To Drive Sales in the Northeast

CRAFT North America has hired DS Specialty Sports to represent New York, New Jersey, Delaware and Eastern Pennsylvania.