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  • Hamilton and Diggins Podium in Gatineau | USSA - Foundation
    the day with the exact same results They both started off the day strong and fast qualifying second overall Diggins finished 2 09 behind Sweden s Hanna Falk while Hamilton finished 0 45 seconds behind Norway s Petter Northug On a tough long and tactical course Hamilton and Diggins both made bold moves throughout the heats to secure third in the finals Simi Hamilton lunges for the finish line to take third Reese Brown The race course was curvy and tight making passing really challenging said Head Coach Chris Grover Once the heats began both Jessie and Simi were masterful when it came to making space in which to pass their competitors They made gaps open for themselves and timed their podium bids perfectly Competition continues Wednesday in Montreal with a 20 13k classic mass start beginning at 12 00 pm EST which will be streamed live on NBC Sports Live Extra Hamilton races in Galtineau Reese Brown HIGHLIGHTS This was Norway s Maiken Caspersen Falla s seventh win of the season Russia s Sergey Ustiugov recorded his first sprint victory since Nove Mesto in January 2014 It was the second podium this season for both France s Richard Jouve Planica and Hamilton Toblach and their third career sprint podiums The men s final had all six athletes in a photo finish First place to fourth were separated by just 0 13 seconds and fifth and sixth place were 0 71 and 0 72 also a photo finish The U S women qualified four out of 11 in a 1 7k freestyle sprint The U S men qualified two out of 11 in a 1 7k freestyle sprint Sadie Bjornsen Winthrop WA finished in the top 10 in eighth place Erik Bjornsen Winthrop WA finished 25 th overall earning him his first sprint World Cup points STREAMING SCHEDULE times EST Wednesday March 2 12 00 p m Women s 13k classic mass start Montreal LIVE NBC Sports Live Extra 2 30 p m Men s 20k classic mass start Montreal LIVE NBC Sports Live Extra Friday March 4 3 30 p m Men s and women s freestyle sprint Quebec City LIVE NBC Sports Live Extra Saturday March 5 3 00 p m Women s 10k freestyle pursuit Quebec City LIVE NBC Sports Live Extra 4 00 p m Men s 15k freestyle pursuit Quebec City LIVE NBC Sports Live Extra Tuesday March 8 3 00 p m Men s and women s classic sprint Canmore LIVE NBC Sports Live Extra Wednesday March 9 12 00 p m Women s 15k skiathlon Canmore LIVE NBC Sports Live Extra 2 30 p m Men s 30k skiathlon Canmore LIVE NBC Sports Live Extra Friday March 11 11 45 a m Women s 10k freestyle interval start Canmore LIVE NBC Sports Live Extra 3 00 p m Men s 15k freestyle interval start Canmore LIVE NB Sports Live Extra Saturday March 12 3 00 p m Women s 10k classic pursuit Canmore

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  • U23 and Junior Worlds Teams Named | USSA - Foundation
    include three additional cross country events for both men and women ages 21 to 23 If skiers perform well at the U23 Championships they will have an opportunity to join the U S Ski Team in Canada for the World Cup March 1 12 The World Junior and U23 Championships are the proving grounds for future World Cup stars said U S Ski Team Head Coach Chris Grover Many of the current U S Ski Team athletes have made their marks at these important races As a national team staff we ll be watching the results closely and cheering our talented young skiers on We have a strong squad this season and we re looking for some results that surprise the competition HIGHLIGHTS The FIS Nordic Junior World Ski Championships athletes 19 and under and U23 under 23 World Ski Championships are taking place in Rasnov Romania Feb 22 28 Athletes were selected based on results at the U S Cross Country Ski Championships presented by L L Bean in Houghton MI The 2017 FIS Nordic Junior World Championships and FIS U23 World Cross Country Championships will be held at Utah s Olympic venues in Park City and Midway The Junior Worlds has been held only once previously in America on the Olympic venues of Lake Placid in 1986 It will be the first time in the USA for the U23 Championships The National Nordic Foundation provided support for these teams 2016 FIS U23 WORLD SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS TEAM Name Hometown USSA Club Men Patrick Caldwell Lyme Center NH Stratton Mountain School Kyle Bratrud Eden Prairie MN CXC Team Logan Hanneman Fairbanks AK Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks Akeo Maifeld Carucci Bozeman MT Bridger Ski Foundation Adam Martin Marquette MI Northern Michigan University Women Kristen Bourne Lake Elmo MN Northern Michigan University Felicia Gesior Marquette MI Northern Michigan University Mackenzie Kanady Anchorage AK University of Alaska Anchorage Ski Team Heather Mooney Craftsbury Common VT Craftsbury Nordic Ski Club Kelsey Phinney Middlebury VT Middlebury College Ski Team FIS U23 WORLD SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS COMPETITION SCHEDULE Feb 21 Official Training Feb 22 Freestyle Sprints Feb 23 15 10k Classic Feb 24 Official Training Feb 25 Skiathlon 2016 FIS NORDIC JUNIOR WORLD SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS TEAM Name Hometown USSA Club Men Cully Brown Durango CO University of Vermont Henry Harmeyer S Burlington VT University of Vermont Leo Hipp Wyoming MN Northern Michigan University Zak Ketterson Bloomington MN Loppet Nordic Racing Thomas O Harra Anchorage AK APU Nordic Ski Center Ian Torchia Rochester MN Northern Michigan University Women Sarah Bezdicek Plymouth MN Northern Michigan University Vivian Hett Burnsville MN Northern Michigan University Julia Kern Waltham MA Stratton Mountain School Leah Lange Park City UT Utah Olympic Park Sports Clubs Park City Nordic Ski Club Katharine Ogden Landgrove VT Stratton Mountain School Nicole Schneider Plymouth MN Northern Michigan University FIS NORDIC JUNIOR WORLD SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS COMPETITION SCHEDULE Feb 21 Official Training Feb 22 Freestyle Sprints Feb 23 Official Training Feb 24 10 5k Classic Feb 25 Official Training

    Original URL path: http://foundation.ussa.org/news/u23-and-junior-worlds-teams-named (2016-04-30)
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  • Best Ever Relay for U.S. Women | USSA - Foundation
    U S women for second Stephen broke away from Finland in the third leg and once Stephen tagged to relay anchor Diggins she was able to add even more time to the lead between Finland s Kerttu Niskanen By the finish Diggins gained 13 8 second to claim a convincing second place An ecstatic Jessie Diggins anchors the relay to second place Getty AFP Michel Cizek My tactic for the final leg was to take it out as fast as possible to put time between myself and Finland said Diggins said Going into the second lap I skied a little more carefully once I knew it was locked in because I didn t want to bobble or make any mistakes The U S men s relay team had an impressive comeback Erik Bjornsen Winthrop WA was able to move the team up from 12th to sixth in the second leg but anchor Simi Hamilton Aspen CO was unable to hold on and was bumped back to finish eighth overall HIGHLIGHTS The U S women finished second in the 4x5k relay their fourth relay podium in the last five competitions The U S women have yet to win a relay but have finished on the podium in three of the last four World Cup relays Norway did not participate in Rybinsk so Norway is undefeated in a ladies relay in the World Cup for more than six years since Sweden beat Norway at home in Beitostølen in November 2009 Norway has won eight of the last 10 men s relays held on World Cup World Championships and Olympic Games Russia and Sweden have also won in the last 10 races QUOTES Jessie Diggins I am just so proud of our whole team My tactic for the final leg was to take it out as fast as possible to put time between myself and Finland and the second lap I skied a little more carefully once I knew it was locked in because I didn t want to bobble or make any mistakes It was such a wonderful feeling crossing that line and skiing straight into the arms of my teammates and knowing that we just accomplished something big as a team Sophie Caldwell I was really looking forward to the relay today I enjoy following people in races and trying to conserve energy so the scramble leg was a good fit for me My goal was to fight as hard as I could to stay with the group and not to blow up in order to tag Sadie off in a good place Ingvild took off the second lap but I was able to stay with our little chase pack and come into the tag right in the mix Sadie Bjornsen What a fun day today It has been an amazing vibe in our team this year so we are showing up in the start line ready to fight Soph set an amazing pace on the first leg so I knew

    Original URL path: http://foundation.ussa.org/news/best-ever-relay-us-women (2016-04-30)
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  • Ski Tour Canada Kicks Off Tuesday | USSA - Foundation
    more teammates for the Ski Tour Canada growing from 14 to 24 athletes There will be 11 men and 13 women The new additions to the team are the skiers who have been finishing in the top spots in the USSA Super Tour races as well as the U S Championships this season The Ski Tour Canada kicks off with a freestyle sprint race at Jacques Cartier Park in Gatineau Canada on Tuesday March 1st STREAMING SCHEDULE times EST Tuesday March 1 1 45 p m Men s and women s freestyle sprint Gatineau LIVE NBC Sports Live Extra Wednesday March 2 12 00 p m Women s 13k classic mass start Montreal LIVE NBC Sports Live Extra 2 30 p m Men s 20k classic mass start Montreal LIVE NBC Sports Live Extra Friday March 4 3 30 p m Men s and women s freestyle sprint Quebec City LIVE NBC Sports Live Extra Saturday March 5 3 00 p m Women s 10k freestyle pursuit Quebec City LIVE NBC Sports Live Extra 4 00 p m Men s 15k freestyle pursuit Quebec City LIVE NBC Sports Live Extra Tuesday March 8 3 00 p m Men s and women s classic sprint Canmore LIVE NBC Sports Live Extra Wednesday March 9 12 00 p m Women s 15k skiathlon Canmore LIVE NBC Sports Live Extra 2 30 p m Men s 30k skiathlon Canmore LIVE NBC Sports Live Extra Friday March 11 11 45 a m Women s 10k freestyle interval start Canmore LIVE NBC Sports Live Extra 3 00 p m Men s 15k freestyle interval start Canmore LIVE NB Sports Live Extra Saturday March 12 3 00 p m Women s 10k classic pursuit Canmore LIVE NBC Sports Live Extra 4 00 p m Men s 15k classic pursuit Canmore LIVE NBC Sports Live Extra Competing U S Women Name Hometown Club Sadie Bjornsen Winthrop WA Alaska Pacific University Nordic Ski Center Sophie Caldwell Peru VT Stratton T2 Jessie Diggins Afton MN Stratton T2 Ida Sargent Orleans VT Craftsbury Green Racing Project Liz Stephen East Montpelier VT Burke Mountain Academy Katharine Ogden Landgrove VT Stratton Mountain School Caitlin Gregg Minneapolis MN Loppet Nordic Racing Anne Hart Stillwater MN Stratton Mountain School Caitlin Patterson Anchorage AK Craftsbury Green Racing Project Chelsea Holmes Girdwood AK APU Nordic Ski Team Kaitlynn Miller Lake Elmore VT Craftsbury Green Racing Project Rosie Brennan Park City UT APU Nordic Ski Team Competing U S Men Name Hometown Club Simi Hamilton Aspen CO Stratton T2 Andy Newell Shaftsbury VT Stratton T2 Erik Bjornsen Winthrop WA APU Nordic Ski Team Noah Hoffman Aspen CO Ski and Snowboard Club Vail Matt Liebsch Minneapolis MN Gear West Eric Packer Anchorage AK APU Nordic Ski Team Scott Patterson Anchorage AK APU Nordic Ski Team Brian Gregg Minneapolis MN Loppet Nordic Racing Reese Hanneman Anchorage AK APU Nordic Ski Team Dakota Blackhorse von Jess Bend OR Bend Endurance Academy Tad Elliot Durango CO Ski and Snowboard Club Vail

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  • U.S. Coach Talks Ski Tour Canada | USSA - Foundation
    at Ski Tour Canada is quite a change for the World Cup What s the vibe coming to Canada among the international teams Everyone s very excited for something new It s been a few years since we ve been to Canada and of course we ve never been there for a Tour The schedule of events and the number of venues is extremely ambitious and I think athletes are really looking forward to the challenge On top of that those athletes that have raced in Canmore before are stoked to return to one of the most beautiful venues on the World Cup For the U S Ski Team it s a time for fans to see the sport here in North America How much does the fan support mean The American fan turnout that we saw in Quebec City in 2012 was huge Given the fact that we have more races in more venues this season I expect to see a lot of Americans in the crowd The Team definitely feeds off of their energy As you may recall Kikkan Randall won the individual sprint when we were last in Quebec City and then teamed up with Jessie Diggins to win the team sprint as well I know the American athletes are ready to give the fans more to cheer about this year Ski Tour Canada is actually a pretty grueling schedule with eight stages across two weeks and four different venues How do the athletes prepare The best preparation for a Tour of this nature is rest If an athlete carries any residual fatigue into the Tour they won t make it to the end Once the Tour begins the name of the game is recovery Those athletes that can stay healthy and manage to find recovery in strange places like on a bus to the next venue are the ones who will be successful at the end Sleep massage therapy nutrition hydration stretching and putting a bad race behind you staying positive and forward looking are all key to winning There are some fascinating stops on Ski Tour Canada Can you highlight some of the key stages We ve never raced World Cup in Ottawa or Montreal so I don t know exactly what to expect from those venues We have of course raced in Quebec City and the backdrop of the beautiful old city makes the venue such a special stop With two skate sprints and a distance skate race in the first four stages in Eastern Canada the American athletes can target some of their strongest events When we move out to Canmore we ll be presented once again with some of the most awe inspiring scenery of the season and hands down some of the hardest trails on the World Cup Look for our pure distance skiers athletes like Liz Stephen and Noah Hoffman to start to really shine when we get going in Canmore The USA has an expanded quota with spots being

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  • Tiger Shaw Reflects on Birkie | USSA - Foundation
    was incredible to see so many juniors racing up Main Street smiles on their faces and parents and family members in tow For me standing in the rain cheering on the Barnebirkie kids was memorable really heartwarming and a great indicator for the future of the sport and event How was your race experience What really struck me from the start was the camaraderie among competitors There was a nervous anxiety at the start which ultimately translated into heart rate breathing and getting in line up those hills I did a lot of herringboning But the SAG volunteers were a real highlight always ready able and helpful for every single skier The USSA runs many major events What did you think of the logistics at the Birkie Running an event like the Birkie is akin to building a city and moving it 52 kilometers through the forest under challenging weather conditions The organization was as good as anything I have ever seen as were the attitudes and smiles Really fun Your wave was just starting when the elite were finishing It was a good day for the USA It was especially gratifying to see the USA results against such a strong international Worldloppet field this year David Norris had just won a pair of USSA SuperTour events and really came in with momentum It was fun to watch Caitlin Gregg pursue her goal of a record fourth title with such passion She s a great athlete and does a wonderful job taking her enthusiasm out to her kids program in Minneapolis Tiger Shaw cheers on Birkie finishers USSA What did you hear from skiers at the Birkie Expo It was fun to come into the Expo on Friday and see the huge lines forming for autographs with Kikkan Randall plus

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  • Diggins Fifth in 10k Pursuit | USSA - Foundation
    Nilsson by 2 1k making Norway s Ingvild Oestberg her next point of attack With Oestberg starting 29 seconds ahead of Diggins Diggins had time to make up and intense determination to make it happen With less than five kilometers to go Diggins caught Oestberg and was able to hold her off to the finish just 3 9 seconds ahead I love being on the chase and I just went out going for as many people as possible said Diggins Bjornsen also made an amazing effort skiing in the second chase pack which was the battle for the final spots in the top 10 Bjornsen skied in ninth for the majority of the race until the final stretch until she had to settle for tenth in a lunge for the finish with Sweden s Charlotte Kalla Stephen was the next American finishing in 29th Rosie Brennan Park City UT was 32nd Chelsea Holmes Girdwood AK 39th Ida Sargent Orleans VT 40th Sophie Caldwell Peru VT 42nd Caitlin Gregg Minneapolis MN 44th Kaitlynn Miller Lake Elmore VT 47th Katherine Ogden Landgrove VT 54th Anne Hart Stillwater MN 55th and Jennie Bender Johnson VT 59th Liz Stephen cracked the top 30 finishing 29th Reese Brown In the men s 15k pursuit Russia s Sergey Ustiugov secured another win to extend his overall tour lead by 22 7 seconds over Norway s Petter Northug Ustiugov led the entire race to eventually finish first 17 7 seconds over Northug Norway s Emil Iversen finished third Erik Bjornsen Winthrop WA led the U S men once again in an impressive battle for a spot in the top 30 Bjornsen skied the majority of the race in 29th but in the final stretch to the finish Bjornsen ended up 32nd overall Behind Bjornsen Simi Hamilton Aspen CO was 40th Noah Hoffman Aspen CO 44th Scott Patterson Anchorage AK 53rd Eric Packer Anchorage AK 68th Reese Hanneman Anchorage AK 72nd Tad Elliott Durango CO 75th Dakota Blackhorse von Jess Bend OR 77th Matthew Liebsch Minneapolis MN 79th Brian Gregg Minneapolis MN 80th and Andy Newell Shaftsbury VT 81st Competition continues Tuesday March 8 in Canmore with a classic sprint The races will be streamed live beginning at 3 00 p m EST at NBC Sports Live Extra HIGHLIGHTS Jessie Diggins had the fourth fastest time and Sadie Bjornsen had the fifth fastest time of the day in the women s 10k pursuit Russia s Sergey Ustiugov and Norway s Heidi Weng both held on to their overall tour leads in the pursuit Ustiugov extended his lead by 22 7 seconds over Norway s Petter Northug while Weng extended her lead by 5 1 seconds over teammate Therese Johaug This was Ustiugov s fourth consecutive podium of the Ski Tour Canada World Cup overall leader Martin Johnsrud Sundby of Norway recorded the fastest time of the day but still sits over two minutes back in the Tour standings STREAMING SCHEUDLE times EST Tuesday March 8 3 00 p

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  • Wonders and Halvorsen Headed to Youth Olympics | USSA - Foundation
    youth The 2016 U S Youth Olympic Team will be formally named by the United States Olympic Committee in late January Modeled after the Olympic Games the Youth Olympic Games debuted its winter event in 2012 at Innsbruck Austria Held every four years the Winter Youth Olympic Games will feature over 1 100 athletes aged 15 to 18 from around the world Cross country events will include cross country cross classic sprints 5 10k skate and a nordic relay which includes one male cross country skier one female cross country skier one male ski jumper one female ski jumper and one male nordic combined athlete Coupled with the competition the Learn Share program will offer young athletes the opportunity to become ambassadors of their sport through workshops and exercises based around five major themes Olympism Social Responsibility Skills Development Expression and Well Being and Healthy Lifestyles 2016 U S Youth Olympic Team Cross Country Nominees Men Hunter Wonders Anchorage AK 17 APU Nordic Ski Center Wonders will be joining the international competitions for the first time due to his outstanding efforts at the U S Cross Country Ski Championships In addition to competing at the Winter Youth Olympic Games Wonders will also be joining the USA U18 team in Rasnov Romania February 22 28 Women Hannah Halvorsen Truckee CA 17 Sugar Bowl Ski Team and Academy A senior at Sugar Bowl Academy Halvorsen has seen big improvements in her endurance this year making her a threat in both distance and sprinting results Highlighting the 2015 16 season so far she took top 15s and a top five at the U S Cross Country Ski Championships and advanced to three SuperTour sprint finals Halvorsen has qualified for Junior World Championships twice Highlights The 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games will be held

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