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Gelso Bummed to Drop 50 k, but ‘Made the Right Call’

Matt Gelso around 4 k into Sunday's 50 k classic mass start at 2015 World Championships in Falun, Sweden.

Matt Gelso around 4 k into Sunday’s 50 k classic race at 2015 World Championships in Falun, Sweden.

FALUN, Sweden — After striving for years, Matt Gelso made his first World Championships team this season, traveling with the U.S. Ski Team to Falun.

The Truckee, Calif., native, who nows skis for Sun Valley, placed 54th in the 30 k skiathlon at the beginning of the Championships. He started Sunday’s 50 k classic mass start to provide the other bookend, but was disappointed to have to drop out after 22 k.

“I was feeling completely spent,” Gelso wrote in an email. “From the beginning of the race I was struggling and once I came off the main pack I went backwards quickly. I dropped the race because of how bad I felt and where I was. Not even halfway through the race and I was feeling really bad and way out the back. It was a hard course and really hard conditions and I had nothing in the tank to keep skiing, let alone race.”

Conditions were soft, slow, and sloppy, with the leaders taking 15 more minutes to finish the 50 k than they had in sunny Italy two years ago.

It was a bad day to have a bad day.

“Today was the kind of day that is really hard even when you feel good and your fitness is top notch,” Gelso wrote. “When you are feeling horrible and really struggling it is borderline impossible. I’m not proud of what I did today, but it is what it is and I made the right call.”

Women’s Ski Jumping USA President Deedee Corradini Dies at 70

(WSJ-USA press release) PARK CITY, Utah (March 1, 2015) – Women’s Ski Jumping USA has lost its tenacious and loved leader, and the world has lost a great influencer in sport equality and women’s rights. Deedee Corradini died March 1 at her home in Park City, Utah. She was 70. In a statement issued by the family: “Our amazing mother, wife, sister, aunt, friend, and mentor, died today at her home in Park City, surrounded by the light, love, and gratitude of her loved ones. She fought a fierce six-month battle with stage 4 metastasized non-small cell lung cancer (the non-smoking type).   Our lives will never be the same without her, yet we celebrate her legacy with such JOY. We feel her grace, and know she will continue to guide us deeply though her courageous spirit and extraordinary light that lives within us all.” As the only president of Women’s Ski Jumping USA…

U.S. Starters for 30 and 50 k Classic Races at World Championships

The U.S. Ski Team announced its starters for the women’s 30 k classic mass start, to be held on Saturday in Falun, Sweden, and the men’s 50 k mass start scheduled for Sunday. In the 30 k, the Americans will start Sadie Bjornsen, Rosie Brennan, Liz Stephen, and Jessie Diggins – the same lineup they used in Thursday’s 4 x 5 k relay, which placed fourth. “Right now, Sophie [Caldwell] and Ida [Sargent] are a little more focused on sprint, Caitlin [Gregg] is quite a bit stronger in skate than she is in classic, and Kikkan [Randall] came down with a cold the other day after the race,” U.S. Ski Team Head Coach Chris Grover said after Friday’s men’s relay. “So they’re gone. Then we have these four who are feeling good, in good shape, that’s why they were in the relay – so they are the four we could…

Excitement Builds Before Women’s Relay at World Champs

FALUN, Sweden — Fans are pouring into Falun’s Lugnet Ski Stadium as the world’s best cross country skiers prepare to compete in the women’s 4 x 5 k relay at the 2015 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships. The Norwegian relay team of Marit Bjørgen, Therese Johaug, Heidi Weng, and Astrid Jacobsen enter the race as heavy favorites. Tuesday’s 10 k freestyle proved the Norwegians aren’t invincible, however, as Weng skied to their top finish in 22nd after complaining of poor wax. The Swedish team featuring 10 k gold medalist Charlotte Kalla and star sprinter Stina Nilsson will look to repeat its stunning gold-medal performance in the 2014 Olympics in front of a home crowd. After a historic double podium in the 10 k freestyle by Jessie Diggins and Caitlin Gregg, the Americans are hoping to earn the U.S. Ski Team’s first medal in a relay event. The Americans’ best championships relay…

Team Sprint Day at World Champs

FALUN, Sweden — Fans are lining the sprint course as 2015 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships welcomes another day of racing in the form of the 1.2 and 1.4 k freestyle team sprints. The American women, the defending world champions in the women’s team sprint, will field a new team at the 2015 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships. Sophie Caldwell will join Jessie Diggins as the U.S. attempts to defend its title in a field that features fierce competition in the form of Norway’s Maiken Caspersen Falla and Ingvild Flugstad Østberg and Sweden’s Stina Nilsson and Ida Ingemarsdotter. Read more about the decision to start Diggins and Caldwell here. In the men’s 1.4 k freestyle team sprint, the Americans will start Andy Newell and Simi Hamilton while the Canadians will feature Jesse Cockney and Len Valjas. Racing begins at 12:30 CET (6:30 EST). Start lists: women | men  

Thousands Pour into Falun for World Champs Skiathlon

FALUN, Sweden — Organizers of the 2015 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships estimate that roughly 50,000 fans will descend upon the Falun Lugnet Ski Stadium Saturday for the sold-out women’s 15 k and men’s 30 k skiathlons. If the thousands of fans who have already staked-out positions in the stands and on course are any indicator, it appears as if the estimates are well on their way to being met. Huge lines for buses as 50,000 fans descend on Lugnet for skiathlons. #Falun2015 pic.twitter.com/V6kFEU7ZFU — USSA Nordic (@USSA_Nordic) February 21, 2015 Marit Bjørgen will look to claim her second win of the week in the 15 k. The Norwegian is the large favorite – she’s won eight of her last 12 skiathlon starts. If she skis to victory in Saturday’s race, she will tie Elena Välbe of Russia for the most gold medals (14) in World Championships competition. After Thursday’s sprint win, she…

Excitement Builds Minutes Before World Champs Sprint

FALUN, Sweden — Thousands of bustling fans are pouring onto the trails of Falun for the first day of the 2015 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships. The women’s and men’s classic sprint qualification is set to begin at 1 pm CET, with American Ida Sargent as the first starter of the day. Three other american women will compete against the world’s best, including Sophie Caldwell, Sadie Bjornsen, and Kikkan Randall. Perianne Jones is the lone Canadian woman on Thursday’s start list. They will have to battle with the likes of Norwegian Marit Bjørgen, who is one podium away from earning the most World Championships medals by any skier, nordic or alpine. She is currently tied with Bjørn Daehlie at 29 medals. The Canadian men will field Alex Harvey, Len Valjas, and Jesse Cockney while the Americans will start Andy Newell, Simi Hamilton, Dakota Blackhorse-von Jess and Ben Saxton. Start lists: women |…

U.S. Ski Team Finds Its Funk in Falun (Video)

The U.S. Ski Team is getting funky in Falun, Sweden. On the eve of the 2015 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, the Americans released their newest music video to Mark Ronson’s Uptown Funk. Likely choreographed by Jessie Diggins, the video was filmed across Europe over the past weeks of the 2015 season and features everything from gold chains to a shirtless Simi Hamilton. The suave dance moves follow the USST’s 2013 music video to Taylor Swift’s I knew You Were Trouble.  Don’t believe us? Just watch… below or here.

USSA Announces Nordic Worlds Live Stream Schedule

(Press release) FALUN, Sweden (Feb. 18, 2015) – A full schedule of medal events will be streamed live to the USA from the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships starting in Falun Feb. 18-March 1, opening with classic sprints for men and women on Thursday. The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, in partnership with presenting sponsor L.L.Bean, has announced the full schedule of events to be live streamed over the next 11 days of competition. The Feb. 18-Mar. 1 World Championships will mark the first time U.S. fans have had comprehensive free access to an English language broadcast of World Championships. Each event will stream live on usskiteam.com, with parallel transmission on universalsports.com. Video highlights will also be available on the USSA Network on YouTube. Fans in the USA and Canada can also follow the action live on the Falun2015 Live Arena mobile app for iOS devices developed by Falun 2015…

World Champs to Be Streamed Live From Falun

(press release) Live action from the 2015 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Sweden is coming to America Feb. 18-March 1. Fans across the USA and Canada will be able to follow the action at the World Championships with both live and video on demand highlights through an innovative new partnership from the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association. Every cross country, nordic combined and ski jumping event will be streamed live on usskiteam.com, as well as through the official Falun2015 Live Arena app. The Feb. 18-Mar. 1 World Championships will mark the first time U.S. fans have had comprehensive free access to an English language broadcast of World Championships. Each event will stream live on usskiteam.com, with parallel transmission on universalsports.com. Video highlights will also be available on the USSA Network on YouTube. L.L.Bean will be the presenting sponsor of the live coverage from Falun. L.L.Bean has always had a…