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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 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.

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)

For the 2015 Birkie, Kortelopet, or Prince Haakon (Press release) HAYWARD, Wisconsin (January 21, 2015) –You may never need medical support at the Birkie, and that’s good. But, it’s also good to know that the Birkie, Kortelopet, and Prince Haakon […]