As the 2015 World Championships in Falun, Sweden draw near, the USST 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.
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.
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.
Brendan Green couldn’t say for sure what’s brought him so much success lately — could be the venues or the minor cues he’s been working on — but his coaches have a hunch. The Canadian biathlete became the first man on the circuit in the last two seasons to shoot 50-for-50 in four-straight IBU World Cup races.
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.”
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?