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US Announces Period 4 World Cup Selections

Dear Cross Country Community, We are pleased to announce the Team for Period 4 of the 2023-24 World Cup season: Lahti 20 km C, Holmenkollen 50 km C, & Falun 10 km C Men Michael Earnhart                      Objective          23-24 Overall SuperTour Leader Gus Schumacher                       Objective          16th Distance World Cup Standings Scott Patterson                         Objective          30th Distance World Cup Standings Ben Ogden                                Objective          39th Distance World Cup Standings Zanden McMullen                     Discretion         29th Trondheim 10 km C David Norris                             ...

The Devon Kershaw Show: Minneapolis magic with Muzzy, Benny and an extra special guest

What a weekend. If you weren’t able to make it to Minneapolis, we had the good fortune of taping this episode of the podcast in front of a live audience at a local brewery, and we think it brings through a little of the amazing atmosphere. British skier Andrew Musgrave joined us in-person, Ben Ogden zoomed in from mono jail and a very special guest whose name ends with Schumacher joined us mid-pod. The audio...

For U.S. Skiing, Minneapolis is a High-Water Mark

This coverage is made possible through the generous support of Marty and Kathy Hall and A Hall Mark of Excellence Award. To learn more about A Hall Mark of Excellence Award, or to learn how you can support FasterSkier’s coverage, please contact info@fasterskier.com. MINNEAPOLIS — The last time cross-country ski racing’s most elite race circuit, the World Cup, traveled to the United States from Europe, Jessie Diggins was nine years old. At the time, in 2001,...

The Devon Kershaw Show: A tale of two races in Canmore distance classic

We’re grinding on with our third episode in four days. Hope you’re still listening. If you don’t get the hat reference, read our coverage. We’ll be back with another episode after the last race in Canmore. To keep you from podcast withdrawal later in the week, we’ll roll out some interviews we did with a couple of international athletes here. Then we’ll be back again from Minneapolis this weekend. Speaking of Minneapolis, if you’ll be...

Vermont Talent Jack Young Breaks Through in First-Ever World Cup start

CANMORE, ALBERTA — Jack Young’s home in Vermont is two miles from the Canadian border. So it makes sense that he skied like he was right at home in Canada on Saturday, in a smoking fast finish in his first-ever race on the World Cup—the top-level circuit that saw him lining up against a bevy of Olympic medalists. Young, 21, placed 11th in the qualifying round of Saturday’s sprint race in Canmore, and 23rd in...

The Devon Kershaw Show: fast and furious in Canmore, Day 2

We’re back, in less than 24 hours since hour last pod. Devon is burning the midnight oil in Norway to bring you this new episode recapping the excellent sprint races in Canmore today. Stay tuned for another episode after tomorrow’s race and a bonus episode where Nat will interview Sweden’s William Poromaa. Email us at devon@fasterskier.com and nat@fasterskier.com with questions, comments and race predictions. We’ll be back.

Olympic Medalists and Rookies Rub Shoulders in Canmore

CANMORE, ALBERTA — Abbey Zimmer and Natalie Meinert peered over a railing out onto the course at the cross-country ski center here Thursday, where dozens of the world’s best athletes were amidst their pre-race routines. The 14-year-olds had driven seven hours to Canmore with their parents from icy Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. They were there to ski on some snowy trails and for a weekend of watching racers that they normally only see on highlight reels. “We...

The Devon Kershaw Show: A James Clinton Canmore bonus with JC Schoonmaker

Coming in hot from Canmore, Alberta, where the World Cup circuit makes its North American return after five years away. We’ve got a preview here of sorts, featuring an interview with JC Schoonmaker, the California-raised U.S. Ski Team member who made his first World Cup podium earlier this season. We cover his rude awakening to the demands of elite-level training, his affection for his adopted home of Alaska and get some fun details about his...

The Devon Kershaw Show: A French Canadian-inflected, 90-minute recap from Oberhof

Prince of Quebec Alex Harvey and his protege on the Canadian team, Tony Cyr, check in with us after a three-day weekend of racing in Germany. We went kinda long. Also: We have a first-of-its-kind waxing and service report from U.S. Ski Team technician Eli Brown. Let us know what you think: We’re at devon@fasterskier.com and nat@fasterskier.com. We’ll be back after another weekend of racing in Switzerland before the World Cup circuit heads to North...

The Devon Kershaw Show: It’s time for the yearly bag ‘o mail, and it’s a good bag

Did Devon Kershaw once jump over a cattle guard, on rollerskis, at 40 miles an hour? Is a seven-and-a-half hour classic ski a wise choice in the middle of the racing season? Where are Tiril Udnes Weng and Simone Mocellini? These are among the many questions Devon and Nat fielded during the 2024 edition of the show’s yearly mailbag episode. We had fun with your submissions; we hope you enjoy our answers. Email us more...

The Devon Kershaw Show: What do Jessie Diggins and Ron DeSantis have in common?

The Iowa caucuses were this week, and on this edition of The Daily, we have a recap of the results with our political correspondent, Reid Epstein. Wait, sorry, we got confused. This is still a cross-country skiing podcast. But this is, in fact, the crossover xc-politics content you’ve been waiting for. Epstein, a friend of the pod who is really a political correspondent for the New York Times, interviewed Jessie Diggins a few days ago...

US Team Announced for Period 3 World Cups

Dear Cross Country Community,   We are pleased to announce the Team for Period 3 of the 2023-24 World Cup season: Oberhof Sprint C Men Michael Earnhart                      Objective          23-24 Overall SuperTour Leader Ben Ogden                                Objective          8th World Cup Sprint Standings JC Schoonmaker                        Objective          16th World Cup Sprint Standings Gus Schumacher                       Objective          26th World Cup Sprint Standings Kevin Bolger                             Objective          31st World Cup Sprint Standings Zanden McMullen                     Discretion         25th Davos Sprint F Luke Jager                                Discretion         1st...

The Devon Kershaw Show: Laukli, Diggins crown a historic Tour de Ski finish for USA

They’ve reached the summit — the athletes, have, anyway. Devon certainly has not, thanks to frozen pipes in his Oslo apartment. He and Nat persevere to bring you the recap of this year’s final Tour de Ski stages, which featured some spicy and sloppy racing in Italy. Stay tuned til the end for an ode to Le Gruyère cheese. Next week, during the break from the World Cup, we’ll have a mailbag episode. Send us...

The Devon Kershaw Show: Davos delivers flamethrowers, snow squalls and U.S. podiums

We’re in deep to the Tour de Ski now, after a couple of legitimately rad days of racing in Davos, Switzerland. Mikael Gunnulfsen of Norway joins us to talk about the stunning performance of Henrik Doennestad, and of course we catch you up on the latest successes of Americans Jessie Diggins and Rosie Brennan and, oh yeah, Gus Schumacher. Get at us at nat@fasterskier.com and devon@fasterskier.com. We’ll be back once the athletes hit the top...

The Stifel U.S. Cross Country Ski Team Announces the Team for Period 2 of the 2023-24 World Cup Season & Tour de Ski

  Dear Cross Country Community, We are pleased to announce the Team for Period 2 of the 2023-24 World Cup season – the Tour de Ski:   2023-24 Tour de Ski Men Michael Earnhart                      Objective          23-24 Overall SuperTour Leader Ben Ogden                                Objective          7th World Cup Sprint 23-24 JC Schoonmaker                        Objective          10th World Cup Sprint 23-24 Gus Schumacher                       Objective          18th World Cup Distance 23-24 Kevin Bolger                             Objective          33rd World Cup Sprint 23-24 Zanden McMullen                     Objective          34th...

The Devon Kershaw Show: Recapping a soggy, fluoro-free weekend in Trondheim

Eli Brown, a member of the U.S. Ski Team’s waxing and ski service staff, joins us this week to talk about his job and the new enforcement of the rules banning fluorocarbons on the World Cup circuit. We recap another strong weekend for American athletes, along with all the hijinks that happened in Trondheim, Norway at the test event for next season’s World Championships. The World Cup takes a break next weekend before the Tour...

The Devon Kershaw Show: Stars are born in Ostersund, with guest Luke Jager

Multiple U.S. podiums. Near-misses. Coaches barging into the classic track. This past weekend was pretty fun. We get up-and-coming Alaska star Luke Jager to join us for a recap and go through it all. Reach us with your questions, comments and feedback at devon@fasterskier.com and nat@fasterskier.com. We’ll be back next week after Trondheim.

The Devon Kershaw Show: She’s second in the world right now. Rosie Brennan joins us.

American skier Rosie Brennan is second in the World Cup standings right now, after a double podium in the season’s first weekend of racing. She’s a veteran with numerous podiums to her name and top-fives at championship events. Brennan joins us from Sweden to talk about her hot start to the season. Check out our past coverage of Brennan’s career here. Reach us at devon@fasterskier.com and nat@fasterskier.com. We’ll be back after this weekend’s races.