Nordic News

First International Win for Fletcher


SOLDIER HOLLOW, UT (Dec. 11) - The U.S. Ski Team's Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) made a statement Sunday, coming from a huge one minute 50 seconds back after the jump to win the FIS Nordic Combined Continental Cup at Soldier Hollow by 16.9 seconds. It was his first international win and came at the expense of strong skiers from...

Big Margin Win for Kikkan Randall


DAVOS, Switzerland (Dec. 11) - The U.S. Ski Team's Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) turned on the afterburners in the backstretch and left the field stranded as she won her second straight FIS Cross Country World Cup sprint in the Swiss resort of Davos. Randall, who qualified first, swept every heat by large margins as she won by 1.7 seconds over...

Lodwick Paces USA in Ramsau


RAMSAU, Austria (Dec. 11) - Olympic medalist Todd Lodwick (Steamboat Springs, CO) returned to the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup this weekend, finishing 23rd on Sunday. Lodwick, who was 23rd on the jump, had the 27th fastest cross country time and held his position. Billy Demong (Vermontville, NY) moved up to finish 26th. Defending World Cup...

Team Podium for Fletcher, Hendrickson


SOLDIER HOLLOW, UT (Dec. 10) - The U.S. Ski Team's Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) and Nick Hendrickson (Park City, UT) came from behind to strike the podium in a three way battle with France and Germany in a team sprint Saturday at Soldier Hollow. Germany's Michael Duenkel anchored his team to victory, pulling away from France's...

Demong Leads in Ramsau


RAMSAU, Austria (Dec. 10) - Olympic champion Billy Demong (Vermontville, NY) skied to his best finish since the Olympic season, finishing 11th in a FIS Nordic Combined World Cup in Ramsau. Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) was 21st with Olympic medalist Todd Lodwick (Steamboat Springs, CO) returning to the World Cup to finish 29th. Norway'...

Career Best for Brooks in Davos


DAVOS, Switzerland (Dec. 10) - APU Nordic skier Holly Brooks (Anchorage) skied to a career best 13th Saturday in the 15k freestyle in Davos with three Americans in the points. Norway's Marit Bjoergen won by an amazing 42 seconds. Tad Elliott (Durango, CO) scored his first World Cup points in 27th as Norway's Petter Northug took the victory....

Fletcher Close Second in FIS Continental Cup


SOLDIER HOLLOW, UT (Dec. 9) - The U.S. Ski Team's Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) made up nearly two minutes in cross country but it wasn't quite enough to get past Slovenian Marjan Jelenko who took the win in a FIS Nordic Combined Continental Cup on the 2002 Olympic venues. Jelenko won his second career Continental Cup on the strength...

Nordic Combined Comes to Utah


PARK CITY, UT (Dec. 5) – Olympian Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) will lead the U.S. Ski Team this weekend in a three-day FIS Nordic Combined Continental Cup series on the 2002 Olympic venues at the Utah Olympic Park and Soldier Hollow. Around a dozen nations are expected to participate. Fletcher, a Steamboat native who lives and trains...

Podium for Randall, Bjornsen


DUESSELDORF, Germany (Dec. 4) - The U.S. Ski Team's Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) and Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) combined for an historic FIS World Cup podium Sunday in a sprint relay in Duesseldorf. The U.S. team turned in a strong performance, finishing just 1.6 seconds behind Norway in the freestyle sprint. The podium came just a day after...

Bryan Fletcher Tops in Lillehammer


LILLEHAMMER, Norway (Dec. 4) - Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) led the way for the U.S. Ski Team, finishing 16th Sunday in the first trial of the new penalty race format nordic combined World Cup in Lillehammer. Germany's Eric Frenzel led both the jump and cross country to take the win with no penalty rounds.


Taylor Fletcher Career Best in Lillehammer


LILLEHAMMER, Norway (Dec. 3) - The U.S. Ski Team's Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) scored a career best 21st Saturday in a FIS Nordic Combined World Cup in Lillehammer. Fletcher, who was relagated to the 45th position at the cross country start based on provisional jump results, skied the second fastest 10k to move up over 20 places....

Women's Jumping World Cup to Debut


LILLEHAMMER, Norway (Dec. 1) - Ski jumping will hit another milestone this weekend with the debut of the International Ski Federation's World Cup for women. Jessica Jerome, Sarah Hendrickson, Alissa Johnson and Abby Hughes (all Park City, UT) will represent the USA on the 1994 Olympic jumps in Lillehammer.

Randall Sixth in Ruka Triple Stage Race


KUUSAMO, Finland (Nov. 27) - Another strong early season performance Sunday by the U.S. Ski Team's Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) put her in sixth place in the Ruka Triple mini stage race in Kuusamo. Randall was 16th fastest in the finale pursuit to finish strongly among the powerhouse athletes of the sport in the three-day event, also keeping her...

Demong, Fletcher Move up in XC


KUUSAMO, Finland (Nov. 26) - The weatherman dealt a tough break to the Americans Saturday. High winds forced cancelation of the nordic combined jump, with officials reverting to Friday's provisional round for seeding. Billy Demong (Vermontville, NY) and Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) moved up in the cross country race to finish 19th and...

Randall, Brooks Strong in 5k


KUUSAMO, Finland (Nov. 26) – Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) continued her strong season start, finishing 12th in a 5k freestyle race in the second leg of the weekend-long Ruka Triple in Kuusamo. The finish left her in fifth place in both the Ruka Tripla and FIS World Cup behind Norway's Marit Bjoergen, who swept to her third straight win...

Fletcher Leads USA in Opener


KUUSAMO, Finland (Nov. 25) – Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) led the U.S. Ski Team finishing 18th in the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup in Kuusamo. Fletcher jumped to 11th but dropped back seven spots in cross country. Olympic champion Billy Demong (Vermontville, NY), meanwhile, moved up nine spots from 29th...

Randall Scores Best Classic Sprint


KUUSAMO, Finland (Nov. 25) – The U.S. Ski Team's Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) scored a career best classic sprint finish, coming in fourth in the first stage of the Ruka Triple in Kuusamo, high up on the Arctic Circle of Finland. Qualifying 15th, Randall powered through to the finals after beating Poland's Justyna Kowalczak to the line in the...

Randall Leads USA in Relay


SJUSJOEN, Norway (Nov. 20) - The U.S. Ski Team's Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) skied to second in her leg, recording one of the fastest times of the day, as the USA finished ninth in the 4x5k mixed technique relay in Sjusjoen. Randall, skiing the second classic leg, was 13.5 seconds back. Liz Stephen (Montpelier, VT) was sixth fastest in her third...

Randall, Stephen Open With Career Bests


SJUSJOEN, Norway (Nov. 19) – The U.S. Ski Team's Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) scored a career best non-sprint finish as the FIS Cross Country World Cup opened in Sjusjoen. Randall, who was third in the season-long World Cup sprint standings last year, was eighth in the opening 10k freestyle technique race. Liz Stephen (Montpelier, VT) matched her...

Stacked 2012 Nordic Teams Named


PARK CITY, UT (Oct. 24) - Decorated Olympic and World Championship medalists Billy Demong (Vermontville, NY), Johnny Spillane (Steamboat Springs, CO) and Todd Lodwick (Steamboat Springs, CO) highlight a roster of some of the world's top athletes for the just-named 2012 U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team.

Further adding to the strength of the...