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  • Hoffman Tops for USA in Skiathlon | USSA - Foundation
    came around a 180 degree corner into the stadium and crashed breaking a pole Swiss skier Dario Cologna earned the gold medal in the 15k classic x 15k freestyle race with Marcus Hellner of Sweden and Martin Johnsrud Sundby taking silver and bronze Erik Bjornsen Winthrop WA finished 42nd Brian Gregg Winthrop WA 47th and Kris Freeman Andover NH 54th Coverage of the men s skiathlon airs on NBC Sunday at 2 00 p m EST and can be streamed online at NBCOlympics com Men s and women s freestyle sprints are scheduled for Tuesday Feb 11 and will feature World Champion Kikkan Randall Anchorage in her quest to become the first American woman to ever win a cross country medal QUOTES Noah Hoffman The race today was definitely a little disappointing I was really happy with the way it started I was sitting in a very good position and feeling comfortable The pace was fast and the pack was stringing out Coming into the stadium after three of four classic laps I got tangled in the loose snow around the sharp corner I broke a pole in the fall It was not a good place to break a pole because the entire stadium is a no coaching zone My energy heading into the race was good but not great I think I can do a better job in the coming days of resting and conserving energy There has been a lot going on here in the Olympic Village so it would be good for me to build in a little more down time Erik Bjornsen There s a lot of racing ahead so the goal is to just use this as a start race The sprint and the 15k classic are my big races I had a good 15k

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  • Americans Among Favorites At 43rd Birkie | USSA - Foundation
    the fact that the Birkie is a race that is never really straight forward in terms of the most fit athletes winning Gregg said There are so many factors that could come in to play over 50k that the race could go from great to bad and likewise from bad to great On the men s side Italian Sergio Bonaldi is considered a strong pre race favorite and looking to make it three Birkebeiner wins in a row He too will be up against a powerhouse French team led by Worldloppet leader Bastien Poirrier But a strong and knowledgeable group of American men could factor into the mix including U S Ski Team veterans Kris Freeman Campton NH and and Tad Elliott Durango CO along with Matt Liebsch Minneapolis and Brian Gregg Minneapolis Elliott coming back from injury this season was the 2012 Birkie champion and recently won the 30k U S title his fourth national championship gold Liebsch won the race in 2009 After four Olympics and nine World Championships for Freeman the Birkebeiner will be a new experience This is my first year skiing the Birkie so I don t know exactly what to expect said Freeman I was able to ski the last 20k Wednesday which was really important to me But the first 30k will be a real question mark Weather is likely to play a factor in Saturday s race Crisp cold temperatures plus several dumps of fresh snow have blessed the Northwoods over the last two weeks But current forecast calls for warming temperatures and the possibility of rain on Friday the day prior to the race Action gets underway on the snow covered Main Street of Hayward Thursday afternoon with the head to head elite sprints starting at 4 30 p m CST Friday will feature youth and children s races on Main Street plus a retro ski gear competition Saturday s mass start waves in Cable will begin at 8 00 a m All of the events will be live streamed on Central Cross Country s Xcountry live channel at livestream com HIGHLIGHTS Approximately 10 000 skiers from around the world are in northwestern Wisconsin for Saturday s 43rd running of the Slumberland American Birkebeiner between Cable and Hayward Past champions Tad Elliott and Matt Liebsch along with Kris Freeman are among favorites for the men s race Caitlin Gregg is going for her record fourth Birkebeiner title She is currently tied with Austria s Manfred Nagle for the most wins at three All of the events will be streamed live on the Xcountry Live channel of livestream com QUOTES Caitlin Gregg I love the fact that the Birkie is a race that is never really straight forward in terms of the most fit athletes winning There are so many factors that could come in to play over 50k that the race could go from great to bad and likewise from bad to great It s really a journey in and of

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  • Flowers and Freeman Ski To Super Tour Wins | USSA - Foundation
    second ended in a tie between Elizabeth Guiney Craftsbury Green Racing Project and Julia Kern Stratton Mountain School U S Ski Team Chelsea Holmes APU Nordic Center finished fourth In the men s 10k Kris Freeman stole first just 6 6 seconds ahead of Cole Morgan University of Vermont and Joergen Grav University of Vermont This was also Freeman s first USSA Super Tour of the season HIGHLIGHTS The 10k classic races were skied on a 2 5k loop due to limited snow and warm temperatures in Vermont Erika Flowers and Kris Freeman both claimed their first victories in a USSA Super Tour race this season Caitlin Patterson Craftsbury Green Racing Project who has been a regular on the podium in this seasons USSA Super Tour races has joined the U S Ski Team on the World Cup circuit and raced in the 30k classic at Holmenkollen in Oslo Norway on Sunday The men s race was supposed to be a 15k classic but due to low snow the race was shortened to a 10k The next USSA Super Tour race is the 52k American Birkebeiner in Hayward WI February 20th RESULTS Men s 10k Classic Women s 10k Classic

    Original URL path: http://foundation.ussa.org/news/flowers-and-freeman-ski-super-tour-wins (2016-04-30)
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  • Hoffman Leads US in Falun 15k | USSA - Foundation
    th Kyle Bratrud Eden Prarie MN racing in his first ever World Championship event finished 52 nd and Kris Freeman Andover NH finished 59 th HIGHLIGHTS Noah Hoffman finished in 34 th place in the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 15k freestyle race Erik Bjornsen finished 47 th Kyle Bratrud finished 52 nd in his first World Championship event Kris Freeman finished 59 th Johan Olsson of Sweden skied to an impressive 17 second victory over France s Maurice Magnificat Anders Gloeersen of Norway was third QUOTES Noah Hoffman Today was very average My energy felt super consistent and I believe I skied a quality race but I was consistently too slow I paced the race well It was a step in the right direction from Saturday s 30k I m hoping to build on it again in the relay and 50k Kyle Bratrud I wanted to go out relaxed then hopefully catch a ride I got a ride from Manificat for a little bit but I saw he was on the podium so he obviously took off I was wondering if Erik Bjornsen would catch me but I ended up holding him off the whole way As the race progressed it ended up just staying in front of Erik as long as possible It was a well paced race for me I m happy for my first effort at a major championship RESULTS Official results HELP THE TEAM The U S Ski Team relies solely on the support of the American public Click here to support the team 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

    Original URL path: http://foundation.ussa.org/news/hoffman-leads-us-falun-15k (2016-04-30)
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  • APU Nordic Dominates U.S. Championships | USSA - Foundation
    Nordic Racing took silver for the women with Caitlin Patterson Anchorage Craftsbury Nordic taking bronze her first U S Champs medal Athletes switch gears to compete in skate sprints on Sunday QUOTES Erik Bjornsen I love skiing races here at Soldier Hollow I ve been racing here since I was quite young trying to qualify for Junior Olympics I had good memories from the 15k last year at U S Championships and I tried to go out feeling a little confident but also I was trying to ski smooth and strong and not be too confident I knew there were a lot of fast guys I didn t actually expect to win but I m really happy that it worked out that way It s a super challenging course My skis were running really fast and I didn t want to put too much kick on them which was hard because I had to herringbone on some of the hills but I think I made the right call and the techs did an awesome job preparing the skis This is my favorite race but I also feel like I can do well in some other races this week I m looking forward to the sprint tomorrow and also the 30k mass start Reese Hanneman This is probably one of the harder courses in the country I just tried to pace it and I m really happy with how I was able to pace so I think it paid off and I was able to go fast on the last lap It s always deceptive at altitude I felt terrible in the race but obviously that doesn t really matter You just have to put it out of your mind how bad you feel and just keep going for it Kris Freeman I was racing well for the first 10k and I just couldn t hold it the last lap The young guys came through strong Becca Rorabaugh I was having trouble believing splits halfway through that I was in second I felt really strong but mostly I felt like I was racing really hard at altitude trying to hold it together so I m pretty amazed It was an awesome day It can be a difficult course but because the grooming was so nice and the tracks were so firm you could really just stride out and glide a lot The hills become a lot less intimidating when you can really ride up into the bottom of them and work all the transitions and not worry about how huge every hill is Caitlin Gregg I knew I wanted to ski into the race I ve been training a lot at altitude so I knew I d feel good on the hills but I definitely wanted to stay within myself and not get too excited I think that was a good tactic because it allowed me to move up the second lap Once I finished I felt like I could have

    Original URL path: http://foundation.ussa.org/news/apu-nordic-dominates-us-championships (2016-04-30)
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  • Freeman Wins Distance National | USSA - Foundation
    S Distance National Champion He set the pace for the majority of the 50k classic mass start race but broke away in the last 10k lap and finished 30 seconds ahead of teammate Andy Newell Shaftsbury VT Newell took the second spot and Einar Ulsund Norway of the University of Utah Ski Team finished third This was the final race of the U S Distance Nationals and the final cross country race of the season for the U S Ski Team HIGHLIGHTS Kris Freeman Andover NH became the men s 2013 U S Distance National Champion Thursday at Royal Gorge Ski Area in California He set the pace for the majority of the 50k classic mass start race but broke away in the last 10k lap and finished 30 seconds ahead of teammate Andy Newell Shaftsbury VT Newell took the second spot and Einar Ulsund Norway of the University of Utah Ski Team finished third Tad Elliott Durango CO lost a last minute sprint to Canadian Knute Johnsgaard Elliott finished the race in fifth Spring temperatures and plentiful sunshine provided a pleasant event for spectators but created slow snow for the racers This was the final race of the U S Distance Nationals and the final cross country race of the season for the U S Ski Team RESULTS Official Results LINKS Facebook Twitter USSA Network HELP THE TEAM U S Ski Team athletes rely on the support of the American public the U S Ski Team has no government support If you believe in helping athletes achieve their goals c lick here to support the team 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

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  • Hoffman Leads at Holmenkollen | USSA - Foundation
    in the early laps to gain valuable World Cup points The World Cup wraps up with a mini tour stage race in Sweden starting with a classic sprint in Stockholm Wednesday and finishing with distance racing in Falun site of the 2015 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships QUOTES Noah Hoffman I am psyched to be headed to World Cup Finals instead of the original plan of going home tomorrow Today s race was hard I felt that the pace was high from the beginning It is definitely easier in a World Cup mass start to take points at the intermediate sprints than it is at the finish My plan was to be patient and wait for later in the race to worry about the sprints but I found myself near the front on the lead up to the first sprint I did the same on the next two laps before fading from the lead of the group I am happy to have skied back up to 24th after falling to 39th after the third ski exchange I am happy with my fitness and energy and am looking forward to the races this coming weekend Chris Grover Cross Country Head Coach Big day for Noah Hoffman He needed some points in order to move into the World Cup top 50 and make the World Cup Finals So he set out on a mission to grab those sprint bonus points and he did it going through the bonus in fourth fourth and sixth on the first 3 laps Now he is 47th overall and headed to Sweden for finals He continues to demonstrate that he can ski with the best men in the World and each race he gets a bit more comfortable doing it RESULTS Official Results LINKS Facebook Twitter USSA

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  • Hoffman 27th in Sunny 50k | USSA - Foundation
    Overall USA ranked fourth in the medals count with two gold and one bronze Jessie Diggins Afton MN and Kikkan Randall Anchorage AK won gold in the women s team sprint Sarah Hendrickson Park City UT soared to gold in the individual jump Veteran Billy Demong Vermontville NY Todd Lodwick Taylor Fletcher and Bryan Fletcher all three of Steamboat Springs CO lead the USA to bronze in the nordic combined team event Next week the team returns to the World Cup in Lahti Finland QUOTES Noah Hoffman I wanted to take it out patiently I maybe didn t do that I was just kind of following people and at times near the front or at the front At one point it seemed like we got a little bit of a gap three or four or five of us maybe and I was tempted to try to keep that going Today I thought the plan should be flexible If I m feeling good we ve got a little gap and if I can get away that s sweet even though it s super early in the race But that move ended up not really sticking and I was back in the fold feeling pretty relaxed Then I kind of faded at the end I started dealing with some cramping trying to stop my stomach from cramping My energy stayed pretty good A little disappointing result maybe but a good experience I m looking forward to another one in two weeks Tad Elliott That was long It was hot But yea it was alright As it gets warmer it s harder to kick and as I get tired it s harder to kick It was good A day like this is really hard on our coaches and our staff because we have

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