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  • Diggins fourth in World Cup Freestyle | USSA - Foundation
    grove once again making bold moves throughout the race as she started 23rd and finished 14th Caitlin Patterson Anchorage AK who joined the U S Team on the World Cup circuit only a week ago earned her first World Cup points finishing 25th overall We thought that Liz would be back to her usual speedy self again today and we re happy to be right Whitcomb said I m very encouraged with her result today and mostly because she looked happy snappy and engaged Today was a really good feeling to leave Europe on and take home with me to prepare for Canada said Stephen I had the best energy I have felt all year today Erik Bjornsen Winthrop WA led the U S men for the second day finishing 35th overall just out of reach of earning World Cup points Erik was looking to capitalize on his good shape and repeat yesterday s race into the points today and nearly accomplished this finishing 35th less than five seconds out of the top 30 and seven seconds out of 26th said coach Jason Cork He s definitely racing more as we know he can and although today s result wasn t in the points HIGHLIGHTS Norway s Therese Johaug has done what only two other female skiers have done in the history of the FIS World Cup Cross Country by winning 14 competitions in one season Only Marit Bjoergen has won more in one season and she has done it twice winning 17 times in the 2011 12 season and 15 times last season It was the first FIS World Cup distance victory for Russia s Sergey Ustiugov who is known best for his sprinting ability With Caitlin Patterson claiming her first World Cup Points on Sunday those points now mean that 7 U S women have been in the distance points this year For the U S women Diggins finished 4th Stephen 14th Patterson 25th Rosie Brennan Park City UT 48th and Ida Sargent Orleans VT 67th For the U S men Bjornsen finished 35th Noah Hoffman Aspen CO 41st Simi Hamilton Aspen CO 61st Scott Patterson Anchorage AK 74th and Reese Hanneman Anchorage AK 88th QUOTES Jessie Diggins Today was an exciting race I really went for it and tried to keep up with the leaders for as long as I could and I was just a few seconds off at the halfway point but then the race started to catch up to me and I couldn t hang on any longer But I m really proud of my race effort and the weekend as a whole to have both a classic race and a skate race in the top five is encouraging before the Tour de Canada Liz Stephen Today was a really good feeling to leave Europe on and take home with me to prepare for Canada I had the best energy I have felt all year today Matt Whitcomb U S Ski Team Coach Today

    Original URL path: http://foundation.ussa.org/news/diggins-fourth-world-cup-freestyle (2016-04-30)
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  • Hoffman Top American in Oslo 50K | USSA - Foundation
    Anchorage AK proved their strength in distance classic skiing once again as they finished 24th and 32nd respectively Unfortunately Erik Bjornsen Winthrop WA started the race but did not finish due to an illness so he can rest efficiently to put full focus on his races in Falun next weekend Noah Hoffman and Scott Patterson put together a couple strong results in the Holmenkollen 50k We are really psyched for them said U S Coach Matt Whitcom For Scott to nearly crack the points on one of the hardest 50k course in the world as a World Cup rookie is very impressive He has a big future ahead of him The women s 30k classic at Holmenkollen continues Sunday Feb 7 at 6 15 a m EST HIGHLIGHTS Sundby s victory marked the first time in the 114 year history of the event that an athlete has had five consecutive podiums The 50k race in Holmenkollen Oslo has been organized since 1902 when Karl Hovelsen won the race The women s 30k classic will be streamed live Sunday Feb 7 on NBC Sports Live Extra QUOTES Matt Whitcomb U S Ski Team Coach Noah Hoffman and Scott Patterson put together a couple strong results in the Holmenkollen 50k We are really psyched for them For Scott to nearly crack the points on one of the hardest 50k course in the world as a World Cup rookie is very impressive He has a big future ahead of him Erik dropped out of the race after two laps today His plan going into the race was to decide after a lap or two whether his body was recovered and ready for the effort or not He wasn t feeling good and made the call on his own This was a mature decision

    Original URL path: http://foundation.ussa.org/news/hoffman-top-american-oslo-50k (2016-04-30)
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  • Diggins Third In Nove Mestro 10K Freestyle | USSA - Foundation
    Weng faded in the second lap giving Diggins a convincing third place finish just before Sweden s Charlotte Kalla On the first lap Heidi Weng was a bit ahead of her in the splits so it seemed like Jessie might have to settle for forth coach Chris Grover said But Heidi faded a little on the second lap and Jessie kept the hammer down Astrid Uhernholdt Jacobsen left of Norway Therese Johaug of Norway and Jessica Diggins of The U S celebrate after the women s 10k FIS Cross Country World Cup freestyle race Saturday Getty Images AFP Michal Cizek The U S women s team proved their depth in the 10k freestyle race as four women finished in the top 30 including Sadie Bjornsen Winthrop WA in 14 th and Liz Stephen East Montpelier VT in 17 th and Rosie Brennan Park City UT in 28 th For the U S men Noah Hoffman Aspen CO earned World Cup points finishing 34 th Competition continues Sunday in Nove Mesto with a 4x7 5k and 4x5k team relay HIGHLIGHTS The women s 10k was one of the closer ladies podiums this season with just 9 3 seconds separating the top 3 Norway s Johaug has 10 World Cup victories so far this season She needs five more wins to equal the 15 victories of Norway s Marit Bjørgen from last season Sunday s 4x5k relay team for the U S women includes Sophie Caldwell Peru VT Bjornsen Stephen and Diggins The men s 4x7 5k relay team includes Scott Patterson Anchorage AK Erik Bjornsen Winthrop WA Hoffman and Simi Hamilton Aspen CO The relays will be streamed live on NBC Sports Live Extra at 6 a m EST QUOTES Jessie Diggins I m so happy with my race today I had amazing skis and it was so exciting to have four U S girls in the points I skied the course as hard as I could and kept thinking about how I wanted to ski each section and each corner I was excited to be skiing in a snowstorm again because it felt like real winter To be less than 10 seconds out from the win in a 10k feels so great because I m finally skiing with confidence like I know I can win and starting to believe that I have what it takes to podium on the World Cup Chris Grover Great racing by all of the U S athletes today It was snowing all day and the track was a bit soft and slower than it was yesterday so it made for a grueling race Jessie has definitely reached another level in her racing She was battling for the podium the entire race On the first lap Heidi Weng was a bit ahead of her in the splits so it seemed like Jessie might have to settle for fourth But Heidi faded a little on the second lap and Jessie kept the hammer down Sadie and Liz

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  • Catching Up With XC Coach Chris Grover | USSA - Foundation
    of resilience and strength The USA staff and athletes did a great job of keeping almost everyone healthy during this Tour But the athletes have to really know themselves and understand their own limitations They must be able to know the sensations associated with mild fatigue severe fatigue the first stages of illness etc and recognize how to measure their energy output each day U S SKI TEAM Sophie had been fourth in the opening freestyle sprint but were you surprised at her win in classic CG We were all pleasantly surprised and I m guessing Sophie was as well After all this was the very first World Cup classic sprint win for a USA athlete male or female In the last few years Sophie has been working hard to improve her upper body strength and specifically her double poling Prior to the 2014 15 season she had a major setback by breaking both arms in separate dryland training accidents This year she had an excellent preparation season and was able to add muscle mass and increase strength In the Oberstdorf sprint Sophie skied each round with such smart tactics and in the finals we saw her time her winning move with absolute precision Her improved strength and double pole power allowed her to hold off the Norwegians in the last few meters Jessica Diggins competes ahead of her compatriot Sadie Bjornsen during the women s 5 km Free Pursuit race during the Tour de Ski event on January 3 2016 in Lenzerheide Getty AFP Fabrice Coffrini U S SKI TEAM Jessie had already been having a strong tour but do you think Sophie s win was a motivating factor for her winning performance in the 5k freestyle CG According to Jessie her teammates results are big a motivator for her Her win in Toblach can be attributed to a number of factors including her ability to sustain the daily demands of the Tour her mental toughness great skis and a course that played to her strengths The race course in Toblach is a great one for Jessie lots of uphill V2 terrain and lots of gradual downs and flats towards the end of the course Jessie has an uncanny ability to push extremely hard with the legs towards the end of the race when she and her competitors are fatigued She s a very tough competitor and really hard to beat in the last kilometers In Toblach Jessie charged out of the gate setting one of the fastest times at the early checkpoints but it s how she closed out those last two kilometers that gave her the win over the Norwegians U S SKI TEAM Kikkan Randall is taking the year off to start her family but her presence is still felt here CG Kikkan s presence is surely felt by the Team She really set the bar for the women s group in terms of what kinds of results were possible and how an optimistic and positive

    Original URL path: http://foundation.ussa.org/news/catching-xc-coach-chris-grover (2016-04-30)
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  • Diggins Paces USA in Tour de Ski Stage 2 | USSA - Foundation
    30 seconds on teammates Petter Northug who finished second and Didrik Toenseth in third as Norway swept the podium again Noah Hoffman Aspen CO led the U S men s team making an astonishing comeback after starting 77th in the mass start and moving up to a 23rd place finish Erik Bjornsen Winthrop WA was 30th Erik Bjornsen competes ahead of France s Adrien Backscheider during the men s 30k mass start race Getty AFP Fabrice Coffrini Noah and Erik were very tough out there Whitcomb said Noah found a way to 23rd by picking apart his competitors with a fast pace on the climbs This was a really large step forward for The Hoff For Erik he entered the final lap in 33rd At the top of the last hill with only 1k of descent into the finish 30th and 31st had pulled 15 meters away from Erik That 30th place while only worth one World Cup point is one of the most important points of the season for the team Sundby leads the overall standings after two stages by 1 18 over Northhug Toenseth is currently third overall Hoffman is the top American in 25th Watch Saturday s stage at 3 p m ET on Universal HD Up next in stage three Sunday the men compete in a 10k freestyle pursuit and the women race a 5k freestyle pursuit in Lenzerheide HIGHLIGHTS Norway s Therese Johaug leads the Tour de Ski by 4 5 seconds through two stages Norway s Martin Sundby leads the Tour de Ski by 1 18 over teammate Petter Northug The U S women s team is seventh overall in the Tour de Ski standings Therese Johaug has won all five individual distance races held in the World Cup so far this season This is the first time Johaug has won five consecutive distance races in the World Cup The third stage of the Tour de Ski continues tomorrow in Lenzerheide Switzerland with a 10 5k freestyle pursuit BROADCAST times EST Saturday Jan 2 3 00 p m 30k 15k classic mass start Universal HD Sunday Jan 3 6 00 a m Men s 10k freestyle pursuit NBC Sports Live Extra 7 30 a m Women s 5k freestyle pursuit NBC Sports Live Extra QUOTES Jessie Diggins I was really happy with my race yesterday and today I ve come into the tour confident in my plan and feeling fit and rested after a great Christmas break with my teammates in Davos Today my plan was to go hard at the start to get out of the mass start chaos and then settle into a rhythm I had great kick so I was able to really get my power striding going on the long gradual climb and I got to ski with Sadie for most of the race which was super fun Sadie Bjornsen It was another incredibly tough and fun day today We re one fourth of the way into the tour and

    Original URL path: http://foundation.ussa.org/news/diggins-paces-usa-tour-de-ski-stage-2 (2016-04-30)
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  • Caldwell Leads U.S. In Tour de Ski Opener | USSA - Foundation
    s Finn Krogh finished third 1 25 seconds behind Pellegrino The U S qualified four out of seven women into the heats Ida Sargent Orleans VT qualified 26th and advanced to the quarterfinals but did not move Jessie Diggins Afton MN Sadie Bjornsen Winthrop WA and Sophie Caldwell all advanced through to the semifinals Bjornsen and Diggins met head to head in the second semifinals heat but did not move on as Bjornsen was narrowly edged out of a qualifying spot in the finish lunge by a mere two hundredths of a second Jessica Diggins competes in the women s 1 5 km sprint qualification at the Tour de Ski event on January 1 2016 in Lenzerheide Getty AFP Fabrice Coffrini The U S men qualified two out of four in the sprints Erik Bjornsen Winthrop WA and Noah Hoffman Aspen CO did not qualify while Simi Hamilton Aspen CO and Andy Newell Shaftsbury VT advanced into the quarterfinals Newell did not move further after the quarterfinals as well as Hamilton due to an unfortunate fall during the heats The second stage of the Tour de Ski continues Saturday with a 30 15k classic mass start in Lenzerheide Switzerland at 7 00 a m EST HIGHLIGHTS Federico Pellegino is now the most successful sprinter of all time from Italy after his win today in a 1 5k freestyle sprint in Lenzerheide Switzerland U S had three women in the top eight overall Sophie Caldwell fourth Sadie Bjornsen seventh and Jessie Diggins eighth Ida Sargent was 20th Rosie Brennan Park City UT finished 47th Caitlin Gregg Minneapolis MN 49th and Liz Stephen 68th overall Andy Newell led the U S men s team in 19th Simi Hamilton finished 27th Erik Bjornsen 69th and Noah Hoffman 85th The last eight editions of the Tour de Ski have started with a prologue stage The only previous edition to start with a sprint race was the first ever Tour de Ski organized in 2006 07 After one stage the U S women stand fourth in the team standings behind Norway Sweden and Switzerland Saturday the Tour moves into its first distance race with a 30k mass start for men and 15k for women Live streaming on NBC Sports Live Extra begins at 7 00 a m EST Coverage of Friday s opening sprint will air on Universal HD at 4 30 p m EST continuing with same day coverage each day throughout the Tour de Ski LIVE STREAM EST NBC Sports Live Extra Saturday Jan 2 7 00 a m Women s 15k classic mass start 9 00 a m Men s 30k classic mass start QUOTES Sophie Caldwell I was really happy with fourth place The course in Lenzerheide is another two lap course that provides a good mix of terrain I felt really strong in my qualifier My legs still felt great going into the second lap and I was psyched to qualify second my best qualifier ever In both my semi

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  • Stephen Leads 11-Member U.S. Team at Tour de Ski | USSA - Foundation
    10 5k freestyle pursuit January 3 With one day of recovery and travel the teams head to Oberstdorf Germany for a 10 5k skiathlon and classic sprint January 5 and 6 then Toblach Italy for a 10 5k freestyle race January 8 The Tour de Ski concludes in Val di Fiemme with a 15 10k classic mass start on January 9 and the demanding 9k Alpe Cermis hill climb on the 10 HIGHLIGHTS Justyna Kowalczyk has more overall Tour wins than any other athlete with four Dario Cologna has the most overall wins of the Tour de Ski for the men with three Among women Norway has the most podium places overall in the Tour de Ski with nine Norway s Petter Northug has the most Tour de Ski stage podiums with 29 for the men and Poland s Justyna Kowalczyk has 28 for the women Liz Stephen East Montpelier VT finished fifth overall in the 2015 Tour de Ski the best result every by an American in the multi stage event Simi Hamilton Aspen CO is the defending champion of the Lenzerheide freestyle sprint race from 2013 Starters for the U S Cross Country A and B teams for the Tour de Ski include Liz Stephen Jessie Diggins Afton MN Sadie Bjornsen Winthrop WA Caitlin Gregg Minneapolis MN Rosie Brennan Park City UT Ida Sargent Orleans VT Sophie Caldwell Peru VT Noah Hoffman Aspen CO Andy Newell Shaftsbury VT Erik Bjornsen Winthrop WA and Simi Hamilton QUOTES Matt Whitcomb women s cross country coach The team is healthy and ready to take on the Tour We re coming off of a good holiday preparation camp in which everyone tapered a bit More than ever this is a team that believes it will succeed STREAMING SCHEDULE times EST Friday Jan 1 9 55 a m Men s and Women s 1 5k freestyle sprint finals NBC Live Extra LIVE STREAM Saturday Jan 2 7 00 a m Women s 15k classic mass start 9 00 a m Men s 30k classic mass start Sunday Jan 3 5 45 a m Men s 10k freestyle pursuit 7 20 a m Women s 5k freestyle pursuit TOUR DE SKI SCHEDULE Friday Jan 1 Lenzerheide Switzerland 1 5k Freestyle Sprints Saturday Jan 2 Lenzerheide Switzerland 30 15k Classic Mass Start Sunday Jan 3 Lenzerheide Switzerland 10 5k Freestyle Pursuit Tuesday Jan 5 Oberstdorf Germany Classic Sprint Wednesday Jan 6 Oberstdorf Germany 15 10k Classic mass start Friday Jan 8 Toblach Italy 10 5k Freestyle Individual Start Saturday Jan 9 Val di Fiemme Italy 15 10k Classic Mass Start Sunday Jan 10 Val di Fiemme Italy 9k Freestyle Pursuit Top Nordic News Stories Historic Podium in Lillehammer Tour Win for Caldwell Diggins Wins First Individual World Cup 2016 Cross Country Team Named Hamilton and Diggins Podium in Gatineau U23 and Junior Worlds Teams Named Best Ever Relay for U S Women Ski Tour Canada Kicks Off Tuesday U S Coach Talks Ski Tour Canada

    Original URL path: http://foundation.ussa.org/news/stephen-leads-11-member-us-team-tour-de-ski (2016-04-30)
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  • USA Takes Momentum into Ruka Opener | USSA - Foundation
    opener As a stage race a key is consistency across the weekend and accumulating The winner of the sprint is awarded 30 bonus seconds which will be subtracted from the cumulative race time over the weekend Half the normal World Cup points are awarded each day with each stage winner getting 50 instead of 100 World Cup points Winners of the Ruka Triple get a bonus of 200 World Cup points U S STARTERS Men Erik Bjornsen Winthrop WA Kris Freeman Andover NH Simi Hamilton Aspen CO Noah Hoffman Aspen CO Andy Newell Shaftsbury VT Women Sadie Bjornsen Winthrop WA Rosie Brennan Park City UT Sophie Caldwell Putney VT Jessie Diggins Afton MN Caitlin Gregg Minneapolis Ida Sargent Orleans VT Liz Stephen E Montpelier VT Ruka Triple Schedule All times EST Friday Nov 27 3 45 a m Classic sprint qualification 6 15 a m Classic sprint heats Live NBC Sports Live Extra Saturday Nov 28 4 15 a m Women s 5k freestyle Live NBC Sports Live Extra 6 00 a m Men s 10k freestyle Live NBC Sports Live Extra Sunday Nov 29 4 15 a m Women s 10k classic pursuit Live NBC Sports Live Extra 5 30 a m Men s 15k classic pursuit Live NBC Sports Live Extra All Races will be streamed live on NBC Sports Live Extra http www nbcsports com live extra 2015 11 27 QUOTES Liz Stephen Our prep camp in Gaellivare went really well last week Most of us had not been on snow since July in New Zealand so it was nice to be able to have a low stress week of training followed by some test races before the opening World Cup weekend here in Ruka We had a long but relatively easy day of travel yesterday and a lot of us did some light intensity this morning to get the travel out of our legs and get some early practice on the courses at race pace before all the teams show up tomorrow and life becomes busy Andy Newell I m fired up to jump into this first mini tour especially for the sprint competition I feel like I m a lot more prepared for these races than I was last year both mentally and physically Having a weekend of racing in Sweden before heading over here was a perfect way to get the engines going before the first hard race weekend I know there will be some challenges out there this weekend the 10k skate being a tough event for me on the World Cup But I m hoping for strong results in the spring and classic It s my goal to start out the season with an A Final appearance in the classic sprint Top Nordic News Stories Historic Podium in Lillehammer Tour Win for Caldwell Diggins Wins First Individual World Cup 2016 Cross Country Team Named Hamilton and Diggins Podium in Gatineau U23 and Junior Worlds Teams Named Best Ever Relay for U S

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