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2016 Cross Country Team Named


PARK CITY, UT (Nov. 24, 2015) – The 2015-16 U.S. Cross Country Ski Team was announced today, just before the International Ski Federation (FIS) World Cup opener in Ruka, Finland. A total of 16 athletes were named to the A, B and D Teams, including 2015 World Championship medalists Jessie Diggins and Caitlin Gregg.

Diggins Wins Again in Gaellivare


GAELLIVARE, Sweden (Nov. 22, 2015) — On a cold day in Sweden, Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) secured another win this Sunday in Gaellivare during a 10km freestyle FIS race, with Petra Novakova of the Czech Republic following closely behind to claim second and Caitlin Gregg (Minneapolis, MN) third. Liz Stephen (East Montpelier, VT) and Rosie Brennan...

USA Strong in FIS Opener


GAELLIVARE, Sweden (Nov. 21, 2015) Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) raced her way to a win in a 1.2k classic sprint race Saturday while Sophie Caldwell (Peru, VT) took second on the tough tracks of Hellner Stadium in Gaellivare. For the men, Russia’s Sergey Ustiugov was the overall winner finishing just ahead of Andy Newell (Shaftsbury, VT) who...
Early Jump Opening at Utah Olympic Park


PARK CITY, UT (Nov. 20, 2015) – With good early season snowmaking temperatures, the Utah Olympic Park this week again became one of the first ski jumps in the world to open for on-snow training. The early opening gave the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team an edge in jump preparation before it headed over to the opening International Ski...
Behind the Gold: Andy Newell's Life on the Road


Sitting back on his Delta flight bound for Europe, Andy Newell’s mind drifted to the friends and family he left behind. It would be nearly four months until he hung out with them again at Stratton. In the cargo hold was a lone U.S. Ski Team High Sierra duffel bag—his personal closet on the road across a dozen countries until March. Such is the...

5 Best Moments of the Park City Fall Camp


D-Teamer Ben Saxton had an unreal summer training around world. However, the last camp at Park City left a strong impression on him to kick off the season. Here are Saxton's top five moments at the recent Park City camp. 

I’m sitting in the cold and the rain, it’s pitch black out, and it’s only 5 p.m. which can only mean one...

Newell Inspires Fourth Graders in Vermont


After wrapping up camp in Park City, Andy Newell (Shaftsbury, VT) traveled home to Vermont for a quick two-week break before the World Cup season kicks into action. But it wan't all relaxation for Newell, who took time on Monday to speak...

Behind the Gold: Learning to Thrive


As Bryan Fletcher battled for the lead at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships last March in Sweden, his mind kept racing back to that day as a 6-year-old cancer victim in Steamboat Springs when he finally convinced mom to let him ski jump. Bryan finished fifth in Falun – another milestone to go with his 2012 King’s Cup win, a 2013 World...

Team Wraps Training and Mini-Tour in Park City


On Friday, the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team wrapped their second camp this fall in Park City to prep for the upcoming season. The athletes looked strong for the quickly approaching season, which was indicated in a three-day rollerski mini-tour at Soldier Hollow to wrap the camp.

Bryan Fletcher Works to Redefine Cancer Survival


As a nordic combined athlete, reigning U.S. national champion, King’s Cup winner and Olympian, Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) definitely knows how to fight. What fewer people know is that Fletcher had to develop these skills early in life: when he battled Leukemia from age three onwards.

Liz Stephen's Summer Training


A veteran of 10 seasons on the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team, Liz Stephen has established herself as one of the best distance racers in the world and a terror on the Alpe Cermis at the Tour de Ski. She was fifth overall in the Tour last year, and has earned the respect of her peers. As the 2015-16 season approaches, Liz walks through the...

Athletes Star in National TV Spot


PARK CITY, UT (Oct. 23, 2015) – The U.S. Cross Country Ski Team is wrapping up its final pre-season training camp in Park City, but they’re also keeping an eye glued to the TV to see its starring role in a national TV spot from new partner L.L.Bean. The spot kicks off with world champion snowboarder and L.L.Bean testing and design partner Seth...

U.S. Ski Team Unveils New L.L.Bean and CRAFT Uniforms


PARK CITY, UT (Oct. 19, 2015) – Over the past decade the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team and U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team have taken pride in their dramatic growth to become highly competitive teams in the sport. Monday, that pride was evident as athletes donned brand new uniforms in anticipation of the upcoming World Cup season from first-year...

Kikkan Randall Announces Pregnancy


PARK CITY, UT (Oct. 15, 2015) – World Champion cross country ski racer Kikkan Randall (Anchorage, AK) is planning to take a break from competition this season. Randall and husband Jeff Ellis announced to her teammates this week that they are expecting their first child in April. Randall will skip the upcoming season, but plans to come back...

First Time Titles in Lake Placid


LAKE PLACID, NY (Oct. 11, 2015) - The U.S. Ski Jumping Championships in Lake Placid produced two first time titlists as Mike Glasder (Cary, IL) of the Norge Ski Club and Nita Englund (Florence, WI) from the Kiwanis Ski Club walked away with gold in the normal hill event on the HS100 meter Olympic jump. Englund, who recently finished third in...
Bickner and Englund Win Final Tune-Up


LAKE PLACID, NY (Oct. 10, 2015) - Kevin Bickner (Wauconda, IL) and Nita Englund (Florence, WI) picked up wins Saturday in the New York Ski Education Foundation Flaming Leaves competition, a tune-up event for Sunday’s U.S. Ski Jumping Championship on the Olympic jumps in Lake Placid. Bickner soared to the win over Michael Glasder (Cary, IL) on...
Live Stream from Lake Placid Jumps


LAKE PLACID, NY (Oct. 10, 2015) – Fans can watch live this weekend as Lake Placid’s Olympic Ski Jumping Complex will be the site of a pair of USSA ski jumping events including Sunday’s U.S. Ski Jumping Championships. The live coverage will be...
Fairall Receives Empowerment Grant


TRUCKEE, CA (Oct. 5, 2015) – The High Fives Foundation has awarded 26-year-old Nick Fairall (Andover, NH) an Empowerment Grant to bring the Olympic ski jumper to the CR Johnson Healing Center for specialized rehabilitative treatments this week.

Stephen Wins Ski Jump Hill Climb


PARK CITY, UT (Sept. 26, 2015) - Olympian Liz Stephen (E. Montpelier, VT) of the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team held off a hard-charging Veronika Mayerhofer of Austria to claim the win at the Red Bull 400 hill climb at the Utah Olympic Park. The event, which attracted over 400 athletes who climbed a 400-meter course up the HS134 meter ski jump...

USSA and WSJ-USA Expand Relationship


PARK CITY, UT (Sept. 21, 2015) – Following a decision by Women’s Ski Jumping USA (WSJ-USA) to focus more on its successful Fly Girls development program, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) will take on an expanded role in managing women’s elite ski jumping starting this fall. Program elements for the elite team will remain in place...