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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 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.

Norway Takes Team Relay In Antholz After a Long Month – US 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.

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.

New Favorite Schempp Stays Golden, Wins Another Sprint Finish in Antholz; Green 18th

Germany's Simon Schempp on the podium after his win in the men's 10 k sprint on Thursday in Antholz, Italy.

Simon Schempp of Germany picked up his third-straight individual win on the IBU Biathlon World Cup, besting three rivals in a tight sprint finish for the pursuit title in Antholz, Italy. After skiing in podium position early, Canada’s Brendan Green slipped to 18th place.

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.

Sunny Skies, Thin Air in Antholz Brings Out Season-Best Eighth for Dunklee, Win for Domracheva

Susan Dunklee races to an eighth-place finish in the women's sprint at the IBU World Cup in Antholz, Italy. (Photo: USBA/NordicFocus)

Darya Domracheva of Belarus won her 21st IBU World Cup race on Friday by nearly 27 seconds over Finland’s Kaisa Mäkäräinen in second, and Germany’s Laura Dahlmeier tallied her first podium in third in the 7.5 k sprint. Susan Dunklee executed her plan to place eighth for a season best.

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.

Borah Teamwear Expands Nordic Race Suit Selection, Over 25 Designs Available

From head to toe, Borah Teamwear has expanded its retail Nordic collection to over 25 stock XC race suit designs and matching XC Tassel hats.

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.

10 Birkie Entries Available from Life Link III

The Life Link III crew. (Photo: Life Link lll)

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Green Keeps Streak Alive: 50-for-50 on IBU World Cup with Career-Best Fifth in Antholz

Brendan Green (Biathlon Canada) celebrating fifth place in the men's 10 k sprint on Thursday at the IBU World Cup in Antholz, Italy. It topped his previous career best of eighth, which he previously achieved in the Antholz sprint a year earlier. (Courtesy photo)

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.

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?