Archive | February, 2009

Liberec 2009 – Nordic Combined – Demong Wins Gold

February 28, 2009 (Liberec, Czech Republic) – American Billy Demong from Vermontville, NY added to the US medal haul at the 2009 Liberec Nordic Worlds with gold on Saturday, winning the … READ MORE →

24th Winter Universiade – Dazzling Finale

February 28, 2009 (Harbin, China) – After an opening in full ‘grandeur’ last February 18th, the hopes and expectations were high and everybody expected the hosts would surpass themselves with the Closing Ceremony. And they … READ MORE →

Liberec 2009 – Women’s 30km Skate Mass Start Flash – USA’s Stephen 17th

Kowalczyk Wins

February 28, 2009 (Liberec, Czech Republic) – The USA’s Liz Stephen placed 17th while team mate Morgan Arritola was 22nd in in the women’s 30km Skate Mass Start won by Justyna … READ MORE →

Colby Carnival – Day 1 – Dartmouth Wins Classic Events

February 28, 2009 (Kingfield, ME) – Mother Nature has thrown some curve balls to the carnival circuit this year but the first day of the Colby Carnival, also the Eastern Championships, takes the … READ MORE →

SkiTrax Fantasy FIS World Cup 2009 Contest Standings after Liberec Pursuit Races

February 27, 2009 (Toronto, ON) – The current standings for the SkiTrax Fantasy FIS World Cup 2009 Contest Standings following the 15/30km Pursuit races at … READ MORE →

Freeman Report – Making the Right Choice

February 27, 2009 (Liberec, Czech Republic) – I woke up on the day of the 15km classic Nordic World Championship race to see huge wet snowflakes falling out of the sky. The temperature was … READ MORE →

Central Region Skiing Championships – Feb 28-Mar 1

All-CCSA Team and Points

February 27, 2009 – There’s more at stake than team and individual titles at the NCAA Central Region Skiing Championships this weekend in Houghton, Mich. The classic race on Saturday and freestyle event on Sunday … READ MORE →

Liberec 2009 – Men’s Team Relay Flash – Canada 5th

Norway Wins

February 27, 2009 (Liberec, Czech Republic) – The Canadian men’s relay team of Devon Kershaw, George Grey, Ivan Babikov, and Alex Harvey, skied to a fabulous 5th place finish in the 4x10km … READ MORE →

In the Shadow of the Legendary Bjorn Daehlie

February 27, 2009 (Hayward, WI) – Bjorn Daehlie is the undisputed greatest skier of all time. He is also the most decorated winter Olympian….ever. I am a recent graduate from Northern Michigan University and … READ MORE →

24th Winter Universiade – Final Day

February 27, 2009 (Harbin, China) – All the competitions ended today in Yabuli and the delegations are already busy with their departure. This will mark the end of their fantastic “Chinese experience”. All the athletes … READ MORE →

Ski to the Clouds: North America’s Toughest 10km

February 26, 2009 (Pinkham Notch, NH) – On Sunday March 8, 2009, Great Glen Trails will host Ski to the Clouds: North America’s Toughest 10k presented by Maxiglide. The race features a climb of … READ MORE →

Liberec 2009 – Women’s Team Relay – Finns Win

Team USA 14th

February 26, 2009 (Liberec, Czech Republic) – Finland’s solid performance earned them the gold in the 4x5km Team Sprint as Pirjo Muranen, Virpi Kuitunen, Riitta-Liisa Roponen, Aino Kaisa Saarinen had a comfortable lead over … READ MORE →

Liberec 2009 – Nordic Combined Team Event – Japan Wins

USA's Demong Disqualified

February 26, 2009 (Liberec, Czech Republic) – Despite the US disqualification the Nordic Combined team relay had one of the most exciting finishes of the 2009 Championship as Japan claimed the gold medal. After … READ MORE →

Lance Armstrong Memorabilia Auction to Benefit Disabled Athlete Statue

February 27, 2009 – Cara Dunne-Yates, daughter of Cross Country Ski Areas Association (CCSAA) marketing agent, Mike Dunne, was the first recipient of The Spirit of Survivorship presented by the Lance Armstrong Foundation and … READ MORE →

24th Winter Universiade – Nordic Recap

February 26, 2009 (Harbin, China) – It was again a superb sunny day in Yabuli but with a really cold and changing wind. These conditions were very hard for the Cross Country skiers competing … READ MORE →

SkiTrax Fantasy FIS World Cup 2009 Contest Standings after Liberec Classic Races

February 25, 2009 (Toronto, ON) – Here are the current standings for the SkiTrax Fantasy FIS World Cup 2009 Contest Standings following the 10/15km Classic races at the Liberec 2009 Nordic World Championships. It’s … READ MORE →

Liberec 2009 – Team Sprint – Canadian Women 6th

Finland and Norway Win

February 25, 2009 (Liberec, Czech Republic) – Canada’s Sara Renner and Perianne Jones powered to a solid 6th place in the women’s 1.3km Team Sprint on Wednesday won by … READ MORE →

Rendezvous Race – Registration Deadline March 5th

February 25, 2009 (West Yellowstone, MT) – The Birkie is over and it’s now time to Rendezvous! On March 7, West Yellowstone will host the 30th annual Yellowstone Rendezvous marathon race on … READ MORE →

Gatineau Loppet – A Technical Delegate’s Perspective

February 25, 2009 (Gatineau, QC) – This past week I had the pleasure of being the Technical Delegate at the Gatineau Loppet, Canada’s largest cross-country ski race. Some of you know it as … READ MORE →

USSA Blog – Hey, It’s No Huge Surprise

February 25, 2009 – Peter Graves, a former U.S. Ski Team coach, is a noted Nordic television commentator for Universal Sports, columnist for Ski Racing Magazine and a longtime follower of the Nordic scene, … READ MORE →

Q&A With Nordic Worlds Silver Medalist Kikkan Randall

February 24, 2009 (Liberec, Czech Republic) – The U.S. Ski Team’s Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) wrote a page in the history books of cross country skiing Tuesday as the first American woman to win a … READ MORE →

Liberec 2009 – Women’s Sprint Flash – Randall 2nd, Newell 12th

Follis and Hattestad Win

February 24, 2009 (Liberec, Czech Republic) – Kikkan Randall (USA) has added to the American medal count scoring silver on Tuesday in the women’s 1.3km Sprint competition won by … READ MORE →

American Birkebeiner – Rebecca’s Dream Comes True

February 23, 2009 (Hayward, WI) – Words are hard to describe what a victory at the 36th American Birkebeiner means to Rebecca Dussault of Gunnison, CO. Ever since she started ski racing as a … READ MORE →

Chest Medicine Fairbanks Distance Series

Deutschland Uber Alles

February 23, 2009 (Fairbanks, Alaska) – The brother-sister combo of Marius and Aurelia Korthauer accomplished on Sunday what they had twice just missed accomplishing on February 7-8 at the Besh Cup races — twin victories … READ MORE →

Video Interviews with Todd Lodwick and Billy Demong

U.S. Leads Nordic Worlds Medal Count

February 22, 2009 (Liberec, Czech Republic) – World Champion Todd Lodwick (Steamboat Springs, CO), bronze medalist Billy Demong (Vermontville, NY) and U.S. Nordic Program Director John Farra couldn’t be more thrilled with how … READ MORE →

Liberec 2009 – Men’s 30km Pursuit Flash – Northug Wins

Harvey 22nd

February 22, 2009 (Liberec, Czech Republic) – Petter Jr. Northug (Nor) has won the men’s 30km Pursuit (15km Classic + 15km Free) title on Sunday over Anders Soedergren (Swe) in second with … READ MORE →

2009 Biathlon Worlds – Team Relay

Canada 16th, USA 21st

February 22, 2009 (Pyeong Chang, Korea) – The North American’s struggled on the shooting range Sunday in the men’s 4×7.5km team relay with Canada missing 15 shots and the USA 19. It was perhaps … READ MORE →

USA’s Lodwick Wins Second Gold at Liberec 2009

Demong Takes Bronze

February 22, 2009 (Liberec, Czech Republic) – In an historic day for the USA, Todd Lodwick (Steamboat Springs, CO) took his second Nordic Combined World Championship gold and teammate Billy Demong (Vermontville, NY) took … READ MORE →

American Birkebeiner 2009 Results, Photos

Bjorn Daehlie 2nd

February 22, 2009 (Hayward, Wis.) – The 36th Annual American Birkie was held on Saturday with Gus T Kaeding (Marquette, MI USA) taking the men’s 53km classic over special … READ MORE →

TD Banknorth Silver Fox Trot – Espy and Freeman Win

February 22, 2009 (Hanover, NH) – Adele Espy, home from representing the United States at World Junior Championships, and Olympian Justin Freeman earned victory at Saturday’s TD Banknorth Silver Fox Trot Eastern Cup … READ MORE →

Middlebury Carnival – Days 1-2

February 22, 2009 (Ripton, VT) – The first day of the Middlebury Carnival dawned bright and beautiful with diffused sunlight filtering through trees draped in new fallen snow. Yet the … READ MORE →

Liberec 2009 – Women’s 15km Pursuit – Kowalczyk Wins

Stephen 15th, Renner 21st

February 21, 2009 (Liberec, Czech Republic) – Justyna Kowalczyk (Pol) brought Poland its second Nordic Worlds medal winning the women’s 15km Pursuit (7.5 km Classic + 7.5 km Free) on Saturday in Liberec. … READ MORE →

Gravey’s Grapevine: Memorable Day at Liberec Nordic Worlds

February 21, 2009 – Yesterday will be a day I’ll never forget. Filled with enough drama for a Hollywood screenplay, there were so many feel-good background stories and comeback moments to make a darn … READ MORE →

2009 Biathlon Worlds Mass Start and Women’s Relay – Bailey 18th

Canada 9th, USA 10th

February 21, 2009 (Pyeong Chang, Korea) – It was a busy day Saturday at the 2009 IBU Biathlon World Championship which saw the men’s 15km Mass Start and the women’s 4x6km relay contested. For the … READ MORE →

SkiTrax Fantasy FIS World Cup 2009 Contest Standings after Valdidentro Updated

Win Fabulous Prizes

February 20, 2009 (Toronto, ON) – Here are the current standings for the SkiTrax Fantasy FIS World Cup 2009 Contest Standings following the XC World … READ MORE →

2009 SIA Show – Nordic Village Party

February 20, 2009 (Las Vegas, Nevada) – Here’s the final video of the Nordic Village Party in our series of coverage from the 2009 SIA Show in Las Vegas from … READ MORE →

Liberec 2009 – Lodwick Wins Nordic Combined Gold

February 20, 2009 (Liberec, Czech) – The U.S. Ski Team’s Todd Lodwick (Steamboat Springs, CO) laid down two lengthy jumps and led the cross country to win the Nordic Combined gold during a … READ MORE →

Liberec 2009 – Men’s 15km Classic Report, Results – Freeman 4th

Veerpalu Wins Gold

February 20, 2009 (Liberec, Czech Republic) – Kris Freeman (USA) had a fabulous ski on Friday placing 4th in the men’s 15km Classic, only two seconds off the … READ MORE →

Liberec 2009 – Women’s Ski Jumping 10km – USA’s Van Wins Gold

Jerome 6th, de Leeuw 11th

February 20, 2009 (Liberec, Czech Republic) – Park City, Utah’s Lindsey Van has made history as the winner of the first FIS Nordic Worlds Women’s Ski Jumping event held in Liberec on Friday. … READ MORE →

Haley Johnson Report – On Target in Pyeong Chang

February 20, 2009 (Pyeong Chang, South Korea) – I have yet to really expound to many the full details of what it is like to race a Biathlon World Cup or Championship event, so … READ MORE →

Liberec 2009 – Jumps Postponed – Lodwick, Demong 1-3 in XC

US Women Jumpers Train

February 19, 2009 (Liberec, Cze) – Due to continuous snowfall and wind, both the men’s Nordic Combined mass start ski jumping and Ski Jumping training had to be cancelled on Thursday, February 19. The … READ MORE →

Liberec 2009 – Women’s 10km Classic – Renner 9th

Saarinen Wins Gold

February 19, 2009 (Liberec, Czech Republic) – Finland’s Aino-Kaisa Saarinen has claimed the first gold medal at the 2009 FIS Nordic World Championships in Liberec in the Women’s 10km Classic … READ MORE →

2009 Biathlon Worlds – France Wins Mixed Relay

February 19, 2009 (Pyeong Chang, Korea) – On Thursday in the mixed relay event at the 2009 Biathlon World Championships France pulled off an upset win over powerhouses Germany, Norway and Russia. Despite having top … READ MORE →

Canadian Skier Videos From Valdidentro World Cup

February 19, 2009 (Valdidentro, Italy) – Here are some excellent videos on YouTube posted by Shane Munro of Ascent Physical Therapy from Canmore. Munro was traveling as the physio therapist for the Canadian National … READ MORE →

Universal Sports to Broadcast Liberec Nordic Worlds

February 18, 2009 (Los Angeles, CA) – U.S. Olympians Kikkan Randall and Andy Newell lead the cross-country team and recent World Cup winners Billy Demong and Lindsey Van headline the Nordic combined team when Universal … READ MORE →

Saab Salomon Factory Team Talks Birkie Fever

February 19, 2009 (Hayward, WI) – The Saab Salomon Factory Team has plenty of experiences with the American Birkie. It has been the focal point for our team for the past 15 years. With … READ MORE →

Interview with Walter Hofer – FIS Ski Jumping Race Director

February 19, 2009 (Liberec, Czech) – Women’s Ski Jumping will debut at the 2009 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Liberec (CZE). Walter Hofer, FIS Race Director for Ski Jumping, answered some questions about … READ MORE →

Liberec 2009 – Nordic Worlds Preview, Schedule, Photos

USA's Smyth Wins Qualification

February 18, 2009 (Liberec, Czech Republic) – The 2009 FIS Nordic World Championships will officially being Thursday, February 19 in the Czech city of Liberec. The women’s … READ MORE →

2009 Biathlon Worlds Korea – USA’s Johnson 23rd

Kocher 35th

February 18, 2009 (Pyeong Chang, Korea) – Haley Johnson (Lake Placid, NY) turned in an outstanding 23rd place today in the Women’s 15km Individual at the Biathlon World Championships. The 23rd place is a … READ MORE →

Freeman Report – Valdidentro and Liberec

February 18, 2009 (Liberec, Czech Republic) – My preparation for the 15km classic in Valdidentro was different from any other race I have done before. My compartment syndrome has limited me to ten hours … READ MORE →