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.
Here’s your guide to all the action!
FIS Cross-Country World Cup, Russia
Thursday, Moscow freestyle sprints:
Saturday, Rybinsk 10/15 k freestyle mass start:
Sunday, Rybinsk 15/30 k skiathlon:
IBU Biathlon World Cup, Oslo, Norway
FIS Nordic Combined World Cup, Val di Fiemme, Italy
CCC Eastern Canadian Championships, Cantley, Quebec
Boulder Mountain Tour, Sun Valley, Idaho
City of Lakes Loppet, Minneapolis, Minnesota