Archive | February, 2011

Austria Wins Thrilling NCombined Team Event – USA Falls Short in 4th

(Oslo, Norway) – The strong Austrian Nordic Combined squad of David Kreiner, Bernhard Gruber, Felix Gottwald and Mario Stecher were in fourth following the ski jumping event on the normal hill, but turned on … READ MORE →

Bjoergen Topples Kowalczyk in 10km Classic to Claim Third Gold – USA’s Brooks 27th

(Oslo, Norway) – Not only did she collect her third gold medal, her third gold jacket, and instigate the ringing of bells across Oslo, but Marit Bjoergen was called up to visit the King and … READ MORE →

U.S. Ski Team Renews Partnership With Bjorn Daehlie Clothing

(Oslo, Norway) – Norway’s Bjørn Dæhlie clothing brand, a global leader in Nordic sports, has extended its partnership with the U.S. Ski Team through 2015. The announcement came in the heart of the 2011 … READ MORE →

Diggins Report – World Championship Pursuits

(Oslo, Norway) – Two days ago, I raced my first 15km pursuit ever… at the World Championships! Maybe not the ideal time to experiment with pacing, but it sure was fun while it lasted. … READ MORE →

Holmenkollen Insider Day 5 – Predictions, Joensson’s Parents, Graves, Swiss Ex-President and Oslo Waxing Secrets

(Oslo, Norway) – At breakfast on Sunday morning, the sun started peaking from behind the clouds and by the time we got to the stadium, the sun was shining warm and bright (check out … READ MORE →

Packer Sweeps NCAA Easterns as Brennan Upsets Series Leader

(Rumford, Maine) – Skiers reconvened at Black Mountain on Sunday for the second day of NCAA Eastern Regional Championships. The mass start classic races saw exciting action at the finish line, with skiers sprinting … READ MORE →

Uhl and Bender Score American Birkie 54km Classic Victories

(Hayward, WI) –  Burlington, Vermont’s Juergen Uhl cruised in for the 54km Classic victory with a minute to spare over Karl Nygren from Prior Lake, MN who claimed second followed by local favourite Eric … READ MORE →

Northug Blazes to 30km Pursuit Gold as Canada’s Harvey Makes Gutsy Break and Kershaw is 9th UPDATED

(Oslo, Norway) – Every Norwegian today was either at the 30km pursuit trail at Holmenkollen or parked by a TV as Norway’s Petter Northug won a dazzling gold in 1:14:10:4 and made good on … READ MORE →

American Birkie 50km Skate – More Photos

  (Hayward, WI) – Here’s a selection of more photos from Saturday’s 50km skate at the 38th annual American Birkebeiner held in very cold conditions and won by Norway’s Tore Martin Gundersen. CXC’s Bryan Cook … READ MORE →

Holmenkollen Insider Day 4 – Fog, Dancing, Predictions, VIPs, Skari and Lähteenmäki

(Oslo, Norway) – Greetings from Holmenkollen! Here’s our Day 4 (Saturday) report and the fog has not lifted at Holmenkollen. We did our best to get photos but had to rely on our other … READ MORE →

Hajkova Sweeps NCAA Western Regional Championships as Utah Wins Overall

(Park City, Utah) – The NCAA Western Regional Championships opened on Friday with the Nordic events taking place at Soldier’s Hollow in Park City, Utah, with athletes vying for a final chance to qualify … READ MORE →

SkiTrax FIS Fantasy Oslo Nordic Worlds 2011 Contest – Standings after Women’s 15km Pursuit

  (Toronto, ON) –  We are pleased to present the standings for the SkiTrax FIS Fantasy Oslo Nordic Worlds 2011 Contest following the women’s 15km Pursuit on Saturday. We’d like to thank several … READ MORE →

NCAA Eastern Regional Championships – Packer and Patterson Win

(Rumford, Maine) – The NCAA Eastern Regional Championships, hosted by Bates College, opened today with Nordic events taking place at Black Mountain in Rumford, Maine. Packed powder and a temperatures around 16-20F greeted skiers … READ MORE →

Frenzel Scores NCombined Win – USA’s Demong 7th and Lodwick 8th

(Oslo, Norway) – Germany’s Eric Frenzel, 22, leveraged his longest ski jump of the day at Midstubakken measuring 109.5 meters, to give him the advantage he needed to win the Normal Hill/10km Nordic combined … READ MORE →

Gundersen Wins American Birkie 50km Skate, USA’s Cook Just Off Podium, Compton is Top Women – Full Results UPDATED

(Hayward, WI) – In a very tight finish Tore Martin Gundersen from Norway topped the field in the 50km freestyle race at the 38th annual American Birkebeiner in very cold conditions on Saturday with … READ MORE →

Bjoergen Supreme in 15km Pursuit – Stephen Leads Three US Skiers in Top 30 UPDATED

(Oslo, Norway) – The Marit Bjoergen magic worked again in the women’s 15km Pursuit (7.5km CL + 7.5km FR) even on slow, new warm snow, along with yesterday’s fog, as all of Norway showed … READ MORE →

Holmenkollen Insider Day 3 – Museums, Ski History, Norwegian Chapel, Bjoergen’s Tiger

(Oslo, Norway) – There was not so much action on the cross-country skiing side of things on Friday. Skiers were out training and technicians and coaches were testing waxes. The weather has changed from … READ MORE →

SkiTrax FIS Fantasy Oslo Nordic Worlds 2011 Contest – Standings after the Freestyle Sprints REVISED

  (Toronto, ON) – We are pleased to announce that a total of 250 contestants from 19 countries have registered for the SkiTrax FIS Fantasy Oslo Nordic Worlds 2011 Contest as the championships … READ MORE →

Watch the Birkie Live Webcast on Feb. 26 at 9am – Don’t Miss It

(Hayward, WI) – Watch the only live webcast via of the 2011 American Birkebeiner on Saturday, Feb. 26 from 9am-12pm right here at including up-to-date commentary with your host Dennis Kruse. Catch … READ MORE →

Lodwick Leads US NCombined Team in Oslo as Defending World Champ

(Oslo, Norway) – Saturday is opening day at the 2011 Nordic Ski World Championships at Holmenkollen in Oslo for the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team. Veteran Todd Lodwick comes in as the reigning champion … READ MORE →

Austria’s Iraschko Wins Women’s Ski Jumping Gold in Thick Fog – USA’s Jerome 14th UPDATED

(Oslo, Norway) – On a day that the women’s best ski jumpers had to compete against each other, they also had to deal with Mother Nature on the famed Midstubakken normal hill. Austrian flyer … READ MORE →

Interview with Dave Wood – New Nordic Academy Launched

(Rossland, BC) – Dave Wood was Canada’s most successful National Team cross-country ski coach, with career highlights including Beckie Scott’s legendary Olympic pursuit gold in 2002, Sara Renner’s sprint bronze at the Nordic World … READ MORE →

Fischer Interview with World Champion Marcus Hellner

(Oslo, Norway) – Check out this Fischer video interview with 2011 World Champion Marcus Hellner (SWE). A true competitor, Hellner won the men’s 1.5km sprint yesterday in Oslo and snatched two gold medals at … READ MORE →

Holmenkollen Insider Day 2 – News Bites, Dental Hygiene, Petterson vs Northug, Hot Dogs…

(Oslo, Norway) – Greetings from Norway and our Day 2 insider report…Ahvo, coach of many successful international level Minnesota skiers and owner of FinnSisu Inc. in Saint Paul, MN, and Ritva Taipale, … READ MORE →

Hellner Roars to Sprint Victory in Oslo – Harvey 7th, Newell 10th UPDATED

(Oslo, Norway) – Despite the partisan crowd of Norwegians at the Holmenkollen, it was the Swedes who dominated the men’s 1.5km sprint from the qualifications to the final with Jesper Modin setting the fastest … READ MORE →

OSLO 2011 – Bjoergen Wins Gold in Crash-Filled Sprint – Randall, Crawford Out UPDATED

(Oslo, Norway) – Marit Bjoergen is nearly everywhere on the streets of Oslo, smiling from countless posters with her Norwegian version of a Cheshire Cat smile. If she was the Queen of Vancouver after … READ MORE →

Opening Ceremonies in Oslo!

(Oslo, Norway) – Tonight I got to experience the crowds lining the most famous street in Oslo, that leads from the palace past the National Theatre. People showed up to cheer and wave flags … READ MORE →

OSLO 2011 – Freestyle Sprints – USA-CAN Qualify 10 Skiers

(Oslo, Norway) – The USA’s Kikkan Randall and Canada’s Alex Harvey lead a strong contingent of 10 North American skiers that qualified for the 1.3/1.5km freestyle sprints on Thursday as the 2011 Nordic World … READ MORE →

Holmenkollen Insider Day 1 – Diggins, Randall, Wadsworth, Canadian/Finnish Wax Rooms, Northug Fan Club…

(Oslo, Norway) – Greetings from Norway! Ahvo, master’s coach, coach of many successful international level Minnesota skiers and owner of FinnSisu Inc. in Saint Paul, MN, and Ritva Taipale, PhD student and club-level junior … READ MORE →

Diggins Report – The Holmenkollen

(Oslo, Norway) – Holmenkollen venue, Oslo, Norway. It’s just too amazing! Yesterday was my first training day at the venue, and my eyes were WIDE open the whole time. We are staying at a … READ MORE →

OSLO 2011 – French Team’s New Oslo Worlds Kit

(Oslo, Norway) – The day before the 2011 Oslo World Championships begin the French team presented its new racing suit made for them by One Way from Finland especially for the Nordic Worlds. Here’s … READ MORE →

SkiTrax FIS Fantasy Oslo Nordic Worlds 2011 Contest – FINAL Chance

  (Toronto, ON) – Today is the final day for contestants to make selections for the biggest event on the Nordic ski calendar this winter and to be eligible to win lots … READ MORE →

OSLO 2011 Nordic Worlds – Set to Open

(Oslo, Norway) – The excitement is expected to build to a crescendo this evening, not far from the Royal Palace in downtown Oslo, as the 2011 FIS World Nordic Championships are set to kick … READ MORE →

OSLO 2011 – Koons and Berthelsen Dominate Individual Classic 5/10km Qualifications

(Oslo, Norway) – Anticipation is mounting as the FIS XC Worlds draw nearer. Today saw qualifications in the individual classic 10km men’s and 5km women’s events with the top 10 skiers advancing. The story … READ MORE →

Swix’s American Birkebeiner Preliminary Wax Recommendations

– The wax techs at Swix US have compiled a preliminary wax recommendation report in anticipation of this weekend’s American Birkebeiner, taking into account current weather forecasts and course conditions. Stay tuned with more … READ MORE →

Watch the Birkie Live Online

(Hayward, WI) – Watch the only live webcast of the 2011 American Birkebeiner on Saturday, February 26, 9:00am – 12:00pm. will be streaming the elite men’s and women’s finish, classic and skate waves … READ MORE →

U.S. Biathlon Names 2011 World Championship Squad

(New Gloucester, Maine) – The U.S. Biathlon Association’s International Competition Committee is pleased to announce the roster for the 2011 IBU World Championships, March 3-13, 2011 in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. The eight-member squad is comprised … READ MORE →

OSLO 2011 – The Final Countdown

(Oslo, Norway) – With light snow falling and the downtown area festooned with banners, flags and conviviality, the 2011 FIS World Nordic Championships are slated to begin Wednesday with qualifying rounds and gala opening … READ MORE →

Toko’s American Birkebeiner Wax Tip 2011

(Hayward, WI) – Below is the American Birkebeiner Wax Tip 2011. Sorry, on a personal note, I am really sick and will not be able to make it out to the Birkie this … READ MORE →

Drammen World Cup – More Photos

(Drammen, Norway) – Here’s a selection of additional photos from the FIS XC World Cup competitions held this past weekend in Drammen, Norway, the final stop before the 2011 Nordic World Championships get underway … READ MORE →

USSA Junior Olympics for Nordic Combined and Special Jumping – Feb 22-26

(Salisbury, CT) – Formally known as the USSA Junior Championships, the Junior Olympics are the premier national event for jumpers ages 12-17 who showcase their skills over five days of Ski Jumping and Nordic … READ MORE →

Bend 2011 SprinterFest Results, Photos, Videos

(Bend, OR) – The 2011 SprinterFest was held in conjunction with the US Cellular Rail Jam at Winterfest from Friday through Sunday in the Old Mill District in Bend, OR. Presented by Therapeutic Associates … READ MORE →

Kikkan Randall’s Race Tails: A Fast Finish in Drammen

(Drammen, Norway) – This past weekend was the final World Cup races before the World Championships begin in Oslo on Thursday.  On tap were a 10/15k classic and a skate sprint, both events that … READ MORE →

SkiTrax FIS Fantasy Oslo Nordic Worlds 2011 Contest – Deadline Feb. 23

  (Toronto, ON) – The deadline for contestants to make selections for the biggest event on the Nordic ski calendar this winter and to be eligible to win lots of great prizes is … READ MORE →

Kershaw’s Drammen Report – You Can’t Always Get What You Want…

(Drammen, Norway) – Sitting in the ice bath willing my sore/tired body to recover I picked an old Rolling Stones diddy to keep me company and keep my mind off the 10 degree water … READ MORE →

My First World Cup

(Drammen, Norway) – I get it now…why people work so hard, train for so many years, push themselves right to the edge in races. It’s just so exciting to be a part of the … READ MORE →

33rd Gatineau Loppet Wraps Up with an Electrifying Finish

(Gatineau, QC) – Close to 700 skiers showed up on Sunday morning for the 51km and the 28km freestyles. Unlike yesterday’s mass start, Sunday’s took place under a magnificent blue sky and bathed in … READ MORE →

Stock and O’Brien Win 2011 TD Bank Eastern Cup Titles – New England JO Team Named

(Plymouth, NH) – Even though Patrick O’Brien and Corey Stock fell just short of victory in today’s TD Bank Cheri Walsh Memorial, they each grabbed enough points with their 2nd place finishes to win … READ MORE →

Sprint Silver for Canada’s Harvey as Joensson Wins in Drammen – Valjas Makes Semis UPDATED

(Drammen, Norway) – Canada’s Alex Harvey showed his other side on Sunday demonstrating a powerful sprint kick winning both his quarter and semi final heats to land in the men’s 1.6km freestyle sprint final … READ MORE →

USA’s Randall Scores Sprint Gold in Drammen UPDATED

(Drammen, Norway) – US sprint star Kikkan Randall was hoping for a final sprint match up against Norwegian queen Marit Bjoergen before Oslo and she got it. Bjoergen, seemingly invincible this season, resumed her … READ MORE →