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This is by no means a comprehensive look at how we fared this year, just one perspective based on a single graph. One of the things that I pay closest attention to is depth: how many different skiers do we have performing at a particular level. The reason for this is that for relatively “small” [...] Related posts:

  1. Mid-Season Recap: North American Distance
  2. Mid-Season Review: North American Sprint
  3. North American WSC Assessment

Hopefully there won’t be any more posts like this for a long while. Fredrik Karlsson died recently, I guess in a snowmobile accident. I didn’t know much about him, but I guess he was on Sweden’s development team. As you might expect for someone on Sweden’s development team, he hadn’t quite made a huge splash [...] Related posts:

  1. NOW Is It Panic Time For The Norwegian Men’s Distance Team?
  2. Drammen 10/15km Classic Recap
  3. Lahti Pursuit Recap

    Unfortunately, we have a distinct theme for this week’s posts. Jenny Olsson also passed away recently, apparently from breast cancer. She raced, quite successfully, for Sweden for much of the mid-00′s: These are just her WC level distance results (she didn’t sprint much). As you can see, 2002-2003 was her best effort, but [...] Related posts:

  1. Career Retrospective: Anna Olsson
  2. Most Un-Improved: Distance 2011
  3. Career Retrospective: Petra Majdic

In some very sad news, we learned recently that Inge Braten passed away rather suddenly. It is difficult (and probably slightly foolish) to try to quantify a coach’s impact on skiing results, so let’s consider this post a rememberance, rather than an analysis. Perhaps most famously, Braten coached the Norwegian men during their “Golden Era”: (My [...] Related posts:

  1. Is It Panic Time For The Norwegian Men’s Distance Skiers?
  2. NOW Is It Panic Time For The Norwegian Men’s Distance Team?
  3. Sweden’s Men’s Sprinting

Last in the series of most improved/unimproved we finally turn to the women’s sprinters: Alena Prochazkova took a major tumble this season in sprints. She had been a fairly reliable presence in the semifinals until this season, when she appeared to often have trouble qualifying. Celine Brun-Lie also saw a major drop-off, but the much [...] Related posts:

  1. Most Unimproved Women: Distance
  2. Most Unimproved: Men’s Sprint
  3. Most Unimproved: Women’s Sprint

Moving right along to the most improved women’s sprinter (at least, according to the metric laid out in this post). Here’s the collection: As usual, you can click on it for a slightly larger version. Once again, I think we’re seeing that North America had a pretty across the board incredible year in sprinting, with [...] Related posts:

  1. Most Improved: Men’s Sprint
  2. Most Improved: Women’s Sprint
  3. Most Improved: Women’s Distance

Now we’ll finish up this series with the sprinters, starting with the most improved men. The methodology is simpler here, as we really only need to use finishing place as a metric (although we will still scale improvements so that, say, improving from 40th to 20th isn’t seen as a dramatically larger improvement than from [...] Related posts:

  1. Most Improved: Men’s Sprint
  2. Most Improved: Women’s Sprint
  3. Most Improved: Sprint 2011

I got an interesting question from a reader the other day that I though I’d follow up on: As you know, the winners of all the continental cups gets to start the World Cup season. There are also intermediate rankings during the season that allows the current continental cup leaders to join the WC’s. My [...] Related posts:

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Last in the sequence of related posts covering distance events, the most un-improved women from this season: As always, you can click through for a slightly larger version. The Slovakian Prochazkova takes the cake here with what looks like a small set of somewhat mediocre results after two fairly strong seasons. The small number of [...] Related posts:

  1. Most Improved: Women’s Distance
  2. Most Un-Improved: Distance 2011
  3. Most Improved: Men’s Distance

These are definitely less pleasant posts to write, but part of any season assessment should include what went wrong as well as what went right. Once again, you can refer to my initial post in this series for an explanation of the general methodology. That said, here’s the twelve men who took the biggest slide [...] Related posts:

  1. La Clusaz Recap: Distance Mass Start
  2. Most Improved: Distance 2011
  3. Most Un-Improved: Distance 2011

Moving on from last time to the most improved in women’s distance events…you can read that post for an explanation of the metrics I’m using, and the usual round of caveats. Here’s the top twelve: As before, you can click through for a slightly larger version. By these measures, Sweden’s Sofia Bleckur comes out on [...] Related posts:

  1. Most Improved: Men’s Distance
  2. Most Improved: Women’s Distance
  3. Most Improved: Distance 2011

Let’s start wrapping up the 2011-2012 World Cup season, shall we? First, we’ll look at skiers who made the largest jumps, either up or down, compared to last year, beginning with the men’s distance events. As always, you get somewhat different lists of skiers as the “most improved” depending on what metric you use. My [...] Related posts:

  1. Most Improved: Men’s Distance
  2. Most Improved: Women’s Distance
  3. Most Unimproved Men: Distance

Cologna won the World Cup overall, but I always feel like he’s sort of in the background compared to other top skiing personalities. Doing well in the World Cup overall rewards not just speed, but showing up at tons of races and skiing fast. For instance, let’s check out his won/loss record versus the next [...] Related posts:

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  3. Was Bjørgen vs Kowalczyk Really An Issue This Season?

If you hang around skiing in North America long enough you will eventually hear people talking about point differences between races in Europe and North America (or the US in particular). One of the most common forms of this is the complaint that penalties (and hence points) are artificially high in the US, compared to [...] Related posts:

  1. North American Race Penalties Over Time
  2. Predicting FIS Points For World Cup Races
  3. Predicting World Cup FIS Points (con’t)

If you hang around skiing in North America long enough you will eventually hear people talking about point differences between races in Europe and North America (or the US in particular). One of the most common forms of this is the complaint that penalties (and hence points) are artificially high in the US, compared to [...] Related posts:

  1. North American Race Penalties Over Time
  2. Predicting FIS Points For World Cup Races
  3. Predicting World Cup FIS Points (con’t)

Earlier this week I tweeted a little nugget I stumbled across: that Jessie Diggins now owns around half of all top 30 results for US skiers 21 years old or younger over the past two decades. In contrast, the most any single Norwegian contributes over the same time period is around 10% of all their [...] Related posts:Best Young Sprint Skiers: 2009-2010 Should Jessie Diggins Be On The A-Team? Is Sprinting A Young Person’s Game?

I received an email recently from a reader who pointed out to me that Marit Bjørgen completed the 30k classic mass start in Oslo this season in 1:26:09.8, last year at World Championships Therese Johaug did the same course, mass start, skating in only 1:23:45.1, which is only a difference of about 2.8%. Surely, skating [...] Related posts:

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  3. Drammen 10/15km Classic Recap

Since I was pondering Marcus Hellner’s season just the other day, I thought I’d take a closer look at how his result tend to shift over the course of a season. He has struggled during the later parts of this season, but has that been true before in general? Here are his results in distance [...] Related posts:

  1. Did Petter Northug Have a Slight Edge On Marcus Hellner?
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