Two Russians cleaned Thursday’s sprint at the IBU World Cup in Antholz, Italy, and both landed on the podium. Olga Podchufarova captured her first World Cup win, finishing 8 seconds faster than Italian runner-up Dorothea Wierer, and Russia’s Ekaterina Yurlova hit every target for third. Meanwhile, three North Americans qualified for the pursuit: Rosanna Crawford in 33rd, Susan Dunklee in 37th and Julia Ransom in 46th.
The women’s overall podium at the 2016 Tour de Ski on Sunday was all red. Norway swept the top three, with Therese Johaug taking the overall title from Ingvild Flustad Østberg on the final climb, and Heidi Weng retained third. For the U.S., Jessie Diggins locked up 10th, Sadie Bjornsen was 14th and Liz Stephen posted the third-fastest time of day.
Germany’s Laura Dahlmeier came from fourth place to take the top spot in Saturday’s 10-kilometer pursuit at the biathlon World Cup in Ruhpolding, Germany. In the final push to the finish, Susan Dunklee drew inspiration from the recent U.S. team’s Tour de Ski successes to outlunge Italy’s Oberhofer for 15th.
Anchorage-area high-school ski coaches agreed to ban the use of fluorinated waxes in non-championship races this season, citing health, cost and time saved as the primary reasons.
The Italian women took their first-ever win in a World Cup relay Sunday in Hochfilzen, Austria, with Italy’s Dorothea Wierer besting Germany’s Franziska Preuss by two tenths of a second in an all-out sprint to the finish.
While Rosanna Crawford missed five targets in Sunday’s IBU World Cup pursuit, she shot quickly — fifth-fastest overall — and ended up 23rd to lead Canada in Östersund, Sweden. Her teammate Megan Tandy rose from 46th to 25th with near-perfect shooting, and Julia Ransom placed 36th.
Ninth on Saturday, Nathan Smith placed 10th in Sunday’s pursuit, the final race of the IBU World Cup in Östersund, Sweden, and another Canadian, Macx Davies finished in the top 30 in his first World Cup pursuit.
Nathan Smith did the expected and placed ninth in Saturday’s IBU World Cup sprint, despite two misses. Meanwhile, another Canadian, Macx Davies, turned heads as the only man in the 100-plus field to shoot clean. He finished 10th for his career-best result by 30 places.
FasterSkier contributor Seth Adams was on-scene with his camera at the 2015 Mount Marathon in Seward, Alaska to capture the racing and the antics.
Contributor Seth Adams recounts his recent experience in a point-to-point wilderness race across the north side of the eastern Alaska Range called AlaskAcross.
An East Coast native but no stranger to Alaska, Nick Crawford will head take over the University of Alaska Fairbanks nordic and cross-country running teams in July following the departure of Scott Jerome, who was put on administrative leave in January.
In April, FasterSkier contributor Seth Adams joined the volunteer ranks of NANANordic and headed north to Noorvik — a remote city in the Alaska’s Northwest Arctic. The following is his editorial recapping the experience.
An intimate look at first-timer Seth Adams’ adventures with NANANordic, which introduces youth to nordic skiing in remote regions of Northwest Alaska.
Coming off her European World Cup debut, Craftsbury’s Caitlin Patterson reflects on her races and experience in Finland and Norway, her 2014/2015 season in general, and what she’s aiming for next year.
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 took the team relay in the World Cup men’s 4×7.5 k biathlon in Antholz, Italy.
France’s Martin Fourcade used a cushion from fast skiing to allow for a relaxed-shooting pace. It was an investment that paid off, being the day’s only perfect shooter, earning him first place with a comfortable margin.
Dario Cologna may have won two Olympic gold medals in Sochi, but it’s been a heck of a long time since he won an actual World Cup. By besting the field in Saturday’s 4.4 k prologue by 5 seconds, he did just that. Calle Halfvarsson of Sweden bested Norway’s Petter Northug for second place.
The Anchorage community lost an extremely influential coach, skier and volunteer on Dec. 12 when Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage President Lars Spurkland unexpectedly passed away.
Before Saturday, Canada’s Alex Harvey had never cracked the top 30 in a distance race in Davos, Switzerland, and Emily Nishikawa was shooting for her first career top-30. Both checked off those markers in the men’s and women’s classic distance races on the first day of the Davos World Cup.