There was plenty going on the nordic world this weekend, and the action started early, with sprints in two countries on Thursday: the FIS World Cup held its first-ever Moscow city sprint in Russia, while the IBU biathlon World Cup hosted its own sprints in Oslo, Norway. Both circuits took a break on Friday, while the skiers traveled to remote Rybinsk, Russia for mass start and skiathlon races on Saturday and Sunday. Biathlon competition resumed in Oslo, while the nordic combined circuit hit Val di Fiemme, Italy, Friday through Sunday.
North Americans turned in strong results at every venue, with a win by Canada’s Devon Kershaw in the Rybinsk mass start, sprint qualifier victories in Moscow by Kershaw and U.S. skier Jessie Diggins, a podium in Val di Fiemme by American Billy Demong, and top-ten finishes by American biathletes Tim Burke and Lowell Bailey, Canadian biathlete Brendan Green, U.S. nordic combiner Bryan Fletcher, U.S. cross-country skier Kikkan Randall, and Canadian skier Alex Harvey. Whew! That’s not even counting finishes in the teens….
Domestically, the focus was marathons in the U.S., with the Boulder Mountain Tour in Sun Valley, Idaho on Saturday and the City of Lakes Loppeton Sunday in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Canadians gathered in Cantley, Quebec for Eastern Canadian Championships, hosted by the Nakkertok Ski Club.
And it was easy to get buried in all the race writeups, but we also had reporting on Holly Brooks‘ wrist injury, Kristin Størmer Steira‘s weight problems, and Drew Goldsack‘s concussion.
Here’s your guide to all the action!
FIS Cross-Country World Cup, Russia
Thursday, Moscow freestyle sprints:
men’s race report | women’s race report | U.S. women’s report | U.S. men’s report | Canadian report | results
Saturday, Rybinsk 10/15 k freestyle mass start:
men’s race report | women’s race report | U.S. women’s report | Canadian report | men’s & women’s results
Sunday, Rybinsk 15/30 k skiathlon:
men’s race report | women’s race report | U.S. men’s report | U.S. women’s report | Canadian report | men’s & women’s results
IBU Biathlon World Cup, Oslo, Norway
Thursday 7.5/10 k sprints: men’s race report | women’s race report | men’s & women’s results
Saturday 10/12.5 k pursuits: men’s race report | women’s race report | men’s & women’s results
Sunday 12.5/15 k mass starts: men’s race report | North American men’s report | women’s blog post | men’s & women’s results
FIS Nordic Combined World Cup, Val di Fiemme, Italy
Friday penalty race: blog post | results
Saturday team sprint: blog post | results
Sunday large hill: race report | results
CCC Eastern Canadian Championships, Cantley, Quebec
Friday sprints: men’s race report | women’s race report | results
Saturday 10/15 k skate: men’s race report | women’s race report | results
Sunday 15/30 k pursuits: men’s and women’s race report | stage results | overall minitour results
Boulder Mountain Tour, Sun Valley, Idaho
City of Lakes Loppet, Minneapolis, Minnesota
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February 6, 2012 at 5:35 pm
Great recap, but hey, what about Diggins? She had two top-ten finishes: sixth in the Moscow sprint and fifth in the 10k mass start in Rybinsk! #minnesotapride
February 6, 2012 at 5:49 pm
Hi Tassava – I didn’t re-mention any of the athletes who had more than one top finish, except for Kershaw who had the victory and qualifier win. I figured that saying Diggins won the qualifier would get the point across that she had an exceptional weekend! If you’re really counting, Diggins along with Kershaw, Harvey, Burke, and Green all had multiple top-tens… But if I’d gotten into all the details, I would have used up a lot of space!