Nordic News

Bickner Steps Up in First Worlds


LAHTI, Finland (Mar. 2, 2017) - Kevin Bickner (Wauconda, IL), 20, made another step forward in his jumping career, leading the USA on the HS130m large hill, finishing 30th at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Lahti. It was the best men’s finish on the large hill at worlds since Alan Alborn was 27th in 1999.

The event ended with...

U.S. Women Fourth in World Championships Relay


LAHTI, Finland (Mar. 2, 2017) - In an event that has become a focal point at World Championships, the USA finished fourth Thursday in the women’s 4x5k relay. Norway took its fourth straight gold in the event with Sweden taking silver and Finland bronze.

For the American women, it was a day of intense pride mixed with disappointment. It...

Rydzek Sweeps to Third Gold


LAHTI, Finland (Mar. 1, 2017) - Johannes Rydzek of Germany put on a late move to charge to a third-straight nordic combined gold medal at the Nordic World Ski Championships in Lahti. Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) was 31st to lead the USA.

USA Qualifies Four Into Large Hill Final


LAHTI, Finland (Mar. 1, 2017) - All American ski jumpers qualified Wednesday night to go into Thursday night’s large hill World Championship medal round on the HS130m hill in Lahti. It’s the first time since 1991 in Val di Fiemme, Italy that the USA has put four men into a large hill final.

Michael Glasder (Cary, IL) went 116 meters to...

Bjornsen Strong in Lahti 15k


LAHTI, Finland (Mar. 1, 2017) - Erik Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) put in a powerhouse performance Wednesday to finish 18th in the 15k classic at the FIS Nordic Ski World Championships in Lahti to lead the USA. A week into the Championships, host Finland found gold with Iivo Niskanen who brought the crowd to its feet as he took a 17.9-second win over...

USA Announces Women’s Relay Team


LAHTI, Finland (Mar. 1, 2017) - The U.S. Cross Country Ski Team has announced its team that will compete Thursday in the women’s 4x5k relay where the Americans are expected to be contenders. Three of the four team members have won medals in the first week of the Nordic World Ski Championships in Lahti.

Bjornsen Classic Leader in 10k


LAHTI, Finland (Feb. 28, 2017) - Norway’s Marit Bjoergen won her second gold medal of the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships Tuesday with a dominating 41-second win in the women’s 10k classic. Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA), who together with Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN)...

Building Day for Combined Team


LAHTI, Finland (Feb. 26, 2017) - The USA finished eighth Sunday in the nordic combined team event at the Nordic World Ski Championships in Lahti. Germany was an easy winner of the gold, followed by Norway and Austria.


The day kicked off strong for the USA as Ben Berend (Steamboat Springs, CO)...

Classic Medal for U.S. Ski Team


LAHTI, Finland (Feb. 26, 2017) - Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) and Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) skied to bronze Sunday in the classic team sprint at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Lahti. It was the first classic technique medal for the USA since the two disciplines were established. Norway took gold with Russia winning silver.

Gold for Austria on HS100m Jump


LAHTI, Finland (Feb. 25, 2017) - Stefan Kraft of Austria took gold in the men’s HS100m ski jumping competition in dramatic fashion Saturday night in front of a packed house at Lahti Stadium to edge Germany’s Andreas Wellinger by a mere two points. Germany took silver and bronze.

It was a tough night for USA jumpers Kevin Bickner (...

Intense Action in World Champs Skiathlons


LAHTI, Finland (Feb. 25, 2017) - Over 35,000 fans packed Lahti Stadium Saturday for one of the biggest events of the 2017 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships showcasing the men’s and women’s skiathlon events. Norway’s Marit Bjoergen took gold for the women over Finland’s Krista Parmakoski. Norway’s Martin Sundby fell in the final half-kilometer...

Crash Dashes Fletcher's Medal Hopes


LAHTI, Finland (Feb. 24, 2017) – Germany swept the medals in the opening nordic combined event at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships with Johannes Rydzek taking gold. American Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) saw his medal hopes dashed just 200 meters from the finish when a crash took him out of medal contention.

Pain Hampers Hendrickson at Worlds


LAHTI, Finland (Feb. 24, 2017) - In a hotly contested competition under the lights in Lahti Friday night, Germany’s Carina Vogt came from behind with a strong final round jump to take gold over Japan’s Yuki Ito and Sara Takahashi at the 2017 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships. Sarah Hendrickson (Park City, UT), the 2013 world champion, led the...

Silver and Bronze to Open World Champs


LAHTI, Finland (Feb. 23, 2017) - American cross country skiing took another giant step forward Thursday night in Lahti, as the USA took two medals in a single race for the second straight World Championships. Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) won silver with teammate Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) taking bronze in the opening freestyle sprint at the 2017...

Nordic World Championships Open in Finland


LAHTI, Finland (Feb. 22, 2017) - Sunny skies have greeted athletes arriving in Lahti for this week's FIS Nordic Ski World Championships. Teams from all corners of the globe have been making their way to the popular nordic center where the championships open Wednesday evening with first competitions on Thursday.

Final Tune Up for World Championships


OTEPAA, Estonia (Feb. 19, 2017) – Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) led the USA in 19th at the final World Cup event before next week’s 2017 Nordic World Ski Championships in Lahti, Finland.

Norway’s Marit Bjoergen continued her torrid pace winning again over Sweden’s Charlotte Kalla in Sunday’s 10k classic. Two other American...

Diggins Leads Strong Day For USA


OTEPAA, Estonia (Feb. 18, 2017) - The USA put seven skiers into the heats Saturday in a freestyle sprint World Cup in Otepaa, with Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) coming away with fifth to lead the day. Simi Hamilton (Aspen, CO) led the U.S. men in eighth.

“The final results were solid, but what we really take away from today as we head into...

Live Coverage of Nordic World Champs on NBC


LAHTI, Finland (Feb. 15, 2017) - NBC Sports Group is offering nordic ski fans in America the most robust opportunity ever to view their sport with wall-to-wall live coverage of the International Ski Federation's 2017 Nordic World Ski Championships in Lahti, Finland. Every event will be streamed live with commentary on and for the...

Englund Strong in Olympic Test Event


ALPENSIA, South Korea (Feb. 16, 2017) - Nita Englund put down her two best competitions of the season with a pair of top 10 finishes in the Olympic test event World Cup on the HS109m hill at Alpensia in PyeongChang. Englund soared to seventh and eighth in the two test events. Sara Takahashi and Yuki Ito split the wins for Japan.


Achieving A Dream


This is a story about the dream of four teenaged girls. It's a story about best friends who came from different backgrounds in sport from across America. It's a story about inspiration and the power of sport heroes. In a way, it reads a bit like a fairytale. Except that it really did happen, just as they had dreamed.