There was a lot going on this weekend on the ski racing scene and many of our readers have better things to do then sitting in front of their computer (if you don’t that is cool too – we don’t either).
Here is a recap of the weekend’s action with links to the main stories.
World Cup Cross-Country
The big story of course was Kikkan Randall winning the individual sprint and coming back the next day to take second in the team sprint with teammate Sadie Bjornsen.
On the men’s side, Andy Newell and Devon Kershaw were eliminated in the quarterfinals in the individual sprint while Norwegian Ola Vigen Hattestad, a two-time Sprint Cup champion took the victory over Alexei Petukhov (RUS) and Paal Golberg (NOR)
In the Team Sprint, Lenny Valjas and Drew Goldsack were an impressive 5th. Teodor Peterson grabbed another podium with Jesper Modin as Sweden won the race.
World Cup Biathlon
Lowell Bailey finished a career-best 5th in the individual race, with teammate Tim Burke in 12th and Canadian Brendan Green taking 14th. Burke moved up to 9th in the pursuit while Bailey slipped to a still-strong 16th.
On the women’s side, Susan Dunklee led the US with a 28th, marking a significant step forward. Zina Kocher (CAN) placed 15th in the individual and teammate Megan Imrie 33rd.
Magdalena Neuner (GER) won the race in dramatic fashion, edging Tora Berger (NOR) by .2 seconds.
In the pursuit, Berger took revenge riding one penalty to a clear victory.
World Cup Nordic Combined
Taylor Fletcher notched a career-best 21st in the Gundersen format race on Saturday with brother Bryan bettering him with a 16th in the new penalty race. Billy Demong miscounted his penalty laps and was disqualified on Sunday, but felt good about his race.
Halvard Klementsen won the first race for Norway and German Erik Frenzel was off the front on Sunday.
A last-minute snowfall and hard work by volunteers salvaged the three race set in Bozeman, Montana.
In the Saturday morning sprint, Mike Sinnott and Jessie Diggins took the victory. In the afternoon Sylvan Ellefson won the men’s 10km freestyle and Diggins was a repeat victor in the 5k.
On Sunday, the race was shortened to 10/15k. Ellefson and Diggins were once again at the top of the heap, while Sinnott and Diggins wrapped up the overall SuperTour lead for period 1.
Women’s Overall SuperTour Standings
Men’s Overall SuperTour Standings
USST athletes Liz Stephen, Kris Freeman, Noah Hoffman, and Tad Elliot competed in a FIS race in Austria. Stpehen won and Hoffman was third.