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Donley Beats the Boys in Besh Cup Weekend in Soldotna, Alaska

Elizabeth Mans (101) leads a pack up the hill in the skate sprint in Besh Cup #3 in Soldotna, Alaska, Jan. 21, 2017. (Photo: Ariana O'Harra)

Elizabeth Mans (101) leads a pack up the hill in the skate sprint in Besh Cup #3 on Jan. 21 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo: Ariana O’Harra)

Three racers were double winners on the weekend, while a field of slightly more than 200 skiers enjoyed ideal conditions for two days of racing as the Besh Cup moved to the Tsalteshi Trails in Soldotna, Alaska, last weekend. Qualifying races began in Anchorage in December with a classic sprint and a freestyle mass start. This weekend saw a skate sprint and classic interval start races.

Conditions were unremarkable for Alaska in mid-winter: Race-time temps in the teens, light snow and sunshine. Many teams’ race wax choice for Sunday was straight Extra Blue. Easy.

But the weather was also remarkable for how much worse it could have been. That weekend it snowed 32 inches in 24 hours in Moose Pass, roughly sixty miles east of the venue. Just two days earlier, it had been –25° F in Soldotna on Thursday (and –27° F on Wednesday). Virtually the entire field presumably came in relatively fresh, following the mid-week cold snap that had sent temperatures to 20 below in Anchorage and 50 below in Fairbanks, and sent many athletes temporarily inside in both places. Racing at 12° above never felt so warm.

On Saturday, the U14 girls raced a 1.1-kilometer freestyle sprint. Quincy Donley took her first victory on the weekend, setting a qualifying time that also would have led the U14 boys over the same distance and winning the final as well. Behind her were Katey Houser and Aila Berrigan.

Jenna Difolco (c), Sadie Fox (l), and Elizabeth Mans (r) on the overall podium for the skate sprint in Besh Cup #3 in Soldotna, Alaska, Jan. 21, 2017. (photo: Cross Country Alaska)

Jenna Difolco (c), Sadie Fox (l), and Elizabeth Mans (r) on the overall podium for the skate sprint in Besh Cup #3 in Soldotna, Alaska, Jan. 21, 2017. (photo: Cross Country Alaska)

The U16 girls raced a 1.2 k skate sprint. Kaya Ratzlaff was fastest in this division, followed by Annika Hanestad and Helen Wilson. For U18 girls (also 1.2 k, racing head to head against U16 and U20), Jenna Difolco took her first victory on the weekend, followed by Elizabeth Mans and Heidi Booher.

The overall podium for U16+ was U18 racer Difolco in first, UAA skier Sadie Fox (U20) in second, and U18 Mans in third.

In the U14 boys 1.1 k skate sprint, Aaron Maves and Rowan Morse reprised their sprint podium finishes from Besh Cup #1 in Anchorage. They were followed by Konrad Renner.

The U16 boys 1.2 k sprint also saw two-thirds of a repeat podium: of George Cvancara, Eli Hermanson, and Max Beiergrohslein, Cvancara and Hermanson were second and third in last month’s classic sprint.

For U18 boys, competing head-to-head in the same 1.2 k sprint, it was Josiah Alverts, Karl Danielson, and Sam York. And the U20 men, finally, were led by Tracen Knopp, Logan Mowry, and Alex Kilby. The overall podium was Knopp, Alverts, and Mowry.

Sunday saw more of the same: Donley leading the girls and beating most of the boys as well. In the U14 girls 3-kilometer classic interval start, Donley won with a time that would have placed her third in the U14 boys race. By over a minute. Marit Flora was second and Houser was third.

The U16 girls raced a 5 k classic interval start. Kendall Kramer was first, Ratzlaff was second, and Hanestad third. It was the second podium on the weekend for both Ratzlaff and Hanestad.

For U18 girls (also 5 k classic), Difolco took her second victory on the weekend, and Booher her second podium. Emma Nelson was third.

Although there were few U20 women in the field, the overall winner in the classic race was Fox (U20), with Kramer and Ratzlaff (both U16) following.

Hunter Wonders (c), Logan Mowry (l), and Hamish Wolfe (r) on the overall podium for the 10 k classic in Besh Cup #4 in Soldotna, Alaska, Jan. 22, 2017. (photo: Cross Country Alaska)

Hunter Wonders (c), Logan Mowry (l), and Hamish Wolfe (r) on the overall podium for the 10 k classic in Besh Cup #4 in Soldotna, Alaska, Jan. 22, 2017. (photo: Cross Country Alaska)

In the U14 boys 3 k classic, Maves was the final double winner with his victory there. Morse was again second. Third was Carter Brubaker.

The U16 boys raced a 5 k classic. First was Zanden McMullen, followed by sprint podium finishers Hermanson and Cvancara.

The U18 boys and U20 men, plus a handful of senior and masters skiers, raced a 10 k classic interval start. Top U18 skiers were Tristan Wiese, Andrew Hull, and Saturday’s sprint winner Alverts. Top U20 skiers, and top three overall for all skiers U18+, were Hunter Wonders, Mowry, and Hamish Wolfe. Wonders was tuning up for the Junior World Championships to be held at Soldier Hollow next week.

Racing continues at Birch Hill in Fairbanks the first weekend of February with skate interval start and classic mass start distance races. Alaska’s team for Junior Nationals will be named on the afternoon of February 5.

Results: skate sprint | classic distance

— Gavin Kentch

JN: Rocky Mountain Boys Top Podium in J1, OJ Relays (Updated)

Note: This post has been corrected to reflect that Rocky Mountain swept both the OJ and J1 boys relays at Junior Nationals on Saturday.

MIDWAY, Utah — Rocky Mountain topped the podium in both the J1 and OJ boys 3×3 k relays on Saturday at the 2012 Cross Country Junior Nationals at Soldier Hollow.

The J1 team with Cal Deline, Christian Shanley and Max Scimgeour edged New England (Eli Hoenig, Sean Doherty and Paddy Caldwell) by 0.3 seconds in 16:43.5.

The Midwest took third (+9.1) with Sam Elfstrom, Adam Martin and Jan Ketterson.

In the OJ boys relay, Rocky Mountain won by the same narrow margin, 0.3 seconds ahead of Alaska. The winners were Charlie Von Thaden, Mike Vigers and Tucker McCrerey, and Alaska was second with Jack Novak, Stefan Hajdukovich and Forrest Mahlen. Intermountain finished third (+0.7) with Kevin Bolger, Akeo Maifeld Carucci and Sawyer Kesselheim.

Combined relay results




JN: New England J2 Girls Edge AK; Alaskan Boys Win Relay

MIDWAY, Utah — New England pulled out a photo-finish victory on Saturday at the 2012 Cross Country Junior Nationals at Soldier Hollow, winning the J2 girls 3×3 k relay by two-tenths of a second over Alaska in 20:13.4.

Julia Kern anchored the New England team, which included Zoe Snow and Katharine Ogden. Alaska was led by Sarrisa Lammer, Taryn Hunt-Smith and Lydia Blanchet in second, and the Midwest was third with Racquel Wohlk, Vivian Hett and Alayna Sonnesyn (+31.4).

J2 girls relay results

In the boys J2 race, Alaska’s Tanner Ramey, Jacob Volz and Thomas O’Harra skied away from the pack to win in 17:57.3.

Intermountain placed second (+2.5) with Sam Miller, Peter Neal and Karten Hokanson. New England was third (+17.1) with Ben Hegman, Jack Elder and Koby Gordon.

J2 boys relay results

JN: Talbot Tallies OJ Victory; Morgan Top J1 in 10 k Classic

MIDWAY, Utah — Silas Talbot (NE/Dartmouth) posted the fastest time at Soldier Hollow on Friday, winning the OJ boys 10 k classic individual start in 25:45.5. A second-year OJ, it was his first victory at Junior Nationals.

Wednesday’s mass start winner, Ben Saxton (MW/Minnesota) placed second (+20.0) and Sam Reed (NE/UNH) was third (+30.0)

Cole Morgan (IM/Sun Valley) won the J1 boys 10 k classic title in 26:02.6. Paddy Caldwell (NE/Stratton) finished second (+45.3) and Cal Deline (RM/SSC Vail) was third (+46.0).

J1/OJ Boys Top 20

1. Silas Talbot (NE) OJ: 25:45.5

2. Cole Morgan (IM) J1: +17.1

3. Ben Saxton (MW) OJ: +20.0

4. Sam Reed (NE) OJ: +30.0

5. Mike Vigers (RM) OJ: +32.5

6. Kevin Bolger (IM) OJ: +35.4

7. Austin Meng (FW) OJ: +35.7

8. Tucker McCrerey (RM) OJ: +39.4

9. Alex Mahoney (Canada) OJ: +43.7

10. Charlie Von Thaden (RM) OJ: +55.7

11. Sawyer Kesselheim (IM) OJ: +56.1

12. Arnud Du Pasquier (RM) OJ: +57.8

13. Pat Caldwell (NE) J1: +1:02.4

14. Cal Deline (RM) J1: +1:03.1

15. Sean Doherty (NE) J1: +1:08.1

16. Reitler Hodgert (PN) OJ: +1:08.2

17. Adam Martin (MW) J1: +1:08.9

18. Scott Johanik (MW) OJ: +1:11.3

19. Forrest Mahlen (AK) OJ: +1:11.6

20. Kyle Bratrud (MW) OJ: +1:14.2

J1/OJ boys combined 10 k results


JN: Stock Secures Third J1 Title of the Week; Hall Wins OJ 5 k Classic

MIDWAY, Utah – Corey Stock (NE/Cambridge Sports Union) secured her third victory in as many races at the 2012 Cross Country Junior Nationals at Soldier Hollow on Friday, winning the J1 girls 5 k classic individual start in 14:07.4.

Her New England teammate, Heather Mooney was second (+24.8) and Marion Woods (AK) notched her second straight podium in third (+29.9).

In the OJ girls race, which was held in conjunction with the J1 girls, Rachel Hall (NE/Stratton Mountain School) was the fastest OJ over the 5 k distance.

After placing third in Wednesday’s mass start, Hall won Friday’s race in 14:43.5. Her New England teammate, Mary Kate Cirelli (Green Mountain VS) was second (+6.2). Wednesday’s runner-up, Elizabeth Simak (MW/F.A.S.T.) was third (+9.5).

Top 20 J1/OJ

1. Corey Stock (NE) J1: 14:07.4

2. Heather Mooney (NE) J1: +24.8

3. Marion Woods (AK) J1: +29.9

4. Mary O’Connell (RM) J1: +32.7

5. Sloan Storey (IM) J1: +34.2

6. Rachel Hall (NE) OJ: +36.1

7. Nichol Bathe (MW) J1: +39.9

8. Rachel Hampton (RM) J1: +40.5

9. Mary Kate Cirelli (NE) OJ: +42.3

10. Elizabeth Simak (MW) OJ: +45.6

11. Maya MacIsaac-Jones (Canada) J1: +50.7

12. Felicia Gesior (GL) OJ: +52.8

13. Hanna Benson (NE) J1: +53.5

14. Emily Hannah (RM) J1: +55.5

15. Oli Meyerson (NE) J1: +57.4

16. Tristin Lowe (IM) J1: +58.8

17. Sarah Cresap (AK) OJ: +59.8

17. Annie Liotta (AK) OJ: +59.8

19. Paige Schember (MW) OJ: +1:02.4

20. Delaney Fitzpatrick (MW) J1: +1:03.9

Girls combined J1/OJ 5k classic results

JN: Stock on a Roll, Takes 10 k Freestyle Victory

MIDWAY, Utah — Corey Stock of New England/Cambridge Sports Union nabbed her eighth Junior Nationals victory on Wednesday, winning the J1 girls 10 k freestyle mass start at Soldier Hollow.

Stock won in 29:20.6, just 6.3 seconds ahead of Storey Sloan (IM/Sun Valley) in second. Marion Woods (AK/Alaska Winter Stars) was third (+7.2).

Top 10

1. Corey Stock (NE/Cambridge) 29:20.6

2. Sloan Storey (IM/Sun Valley) +6.3

3. Marion Woods (AK/Alaska Winter Starts) +7.2

4. Emily Hannah (RM/Steamboat) +12.5

5. Sarah Freiston (AK/Alaska Nordic) +55.5

6. Jesse Knori (IM/Sun Valley) +57.1

7. Maya MacIsaac-Jones (Canada/Rocky Mountain Racers) +1:04.7

8. Kelsey Phinney (RM/Boulder) +1:09.4

9. Margaret Pope (IM/Sun Valley) +1:10.3

10. Rachel Hampton (RM/Durango) +1:11.4

J1 girls 10 k mass start results

JN: Caldwell Opens Up, Holds on for J1 Mass Start Win

MIDWAY, Utah — New England’s Patrick Caldwell (Stratton) opened up a lead in the J1 boys 10 k freestyle mass start and held it for the last two laps to win his first title the 2012 Cross Country Junior Nationals at Soldier Hollow on Wednesday.

In Monday’s sprint, Caldwell was second. He broke away from a pack of fellow New Englanders early and went on to win by 27.9 seconds. Eli Hoening (NE/Cambridge Sports Union) was second and Fabian Stocek of Holderness Nordic helped New England sweep the top five.

Top 10

1. Patrick Caldwell (NE/Stratton) 24:39.3 0

2. Eli Hoenig (NE/Cambridge) +27.9

3. Fabian Stocek (NE/Holderness)+28.2

4. Sean Doherty (NE/Mt.Washington) +39.6

5. Gino Pastore (NE/Stratton) +41.6

6. Cal Deline (RM/SSC Vail) +1:07.4

7. Jackson Hill (RM/Summit) +1:09.6

8. Max Scrimgeour (RM/Steamboat) +1:11.4

9. Patrick McElravey (FW/Auburn) +1:11.9

10. Christian Shanley (RM/Steamboat) +1:15.9

J1 boys 10 k mass start results


JN: Hokanson Wins J2 Mass Start at Home in Soldier Hollow

MIDWAY, Utah — Karsten Hokanson of the Wasatch Nordic Ski Academy (Intermountain) navigated a slick and hard-packed course to a J2 victory the 2012 Cross Country Junior Nationals on Wednesday, winning the 5 k freestyle mass start at Soldier Hollow.

Hokanson avoided crashes to win in 12:23.7.

Tanner Ramey (AK/Alaska Winter Stars) was second, 9.7 seconds back, and Peter Holmes (Tahoe XC) locked up third (+11.7).

Top 10

1. Karsten Hokanson (IM/Wasatch) 12:23.7

2. Tanner Ramey (AK/Alaska Winter Stars) +9.7

3. Peter Holmes (FW/Tahoe XC) +11.7

4. Sam Miller (IM/Bridger) +12.7

5. Jack Elder (NE/Cumberland)+14.6

6. Gavin McEwen (NE/Cambridge) +19.3

7. Thomas O’Harra (AK/APU) +20.0

8. Henry Trowbridge (RM/Summit) +21.3

9. Jacob Volz (AK/APU) +21.9

10. Ben Grodener (IM/Wasatch) +22.9

J2 boys mass start results

JN: New England’s Kern, Harmeyer Notch J2 Sprint Victories

MIDWAY, Utah — New England topped the podium in the J2 classic sprint at the 2012 Cross Country Junior Nationals on Monday, with Julia Kern (Cambridge Sports Union) and Henry Harmeyer (Mansfield Nordic) winning their respective 1.3 k A-finals at Soldier Hollow.

Kern topped NE teammate and Brooke Mooney (Stratton), who finished second. Alayna Sonnesyn (MW/Sisu SC) made the podium in third.

Harmeyer and his teammate at Mansfield Nordic, Ben Hegman, went 1-2 in the A-final. Cully Brown (RM/Durango) was third.

J2 Girls A-final

1. Julia Kern (NE/Cambridge)

2. Brooke Mooney (NE/Stratton)

3. Alayna Sonnesyn (MW/Sisu)

4. Zoe Snow (NE/Cambridge)

5. Katharine Ogden (NE/Stratton)

6. Marte Haakenstad-Braaten (CA/Rocky Mountain)

J2 girls sprint heat results

J2 Boys A-final

1. Henry Harmeyer (NE/Mansfield)

2. Ben Hegman (NE/Mansfield)

3. Cully Brown (RM/Durango)

4. Koby Gordon (NE/Stratton)

5. Kartson Hokanson (IM/Wasatch)

6. Matthew Muffoletto (AK/Alaska Winter Stars)

J2 boys sprint heat results


JN: Lustgarten, Schember Win OJ Sprint Titles

MIDWAY, Utah — Eric Lustgarten of St. Lawrence University helped New England get the ball rolling on Monday, winning the OJ boys 1.3 k classic sprint A-final at the 2012 Cross Country Junior Nationals at Soldier Hollow. Lustgarten’s victory was one of five for New England, out of six total races.

Paige Schember (F.A.S.T) picked up a win for the Midwest in the OJ girls A-final, beating the only non-Midwest skier in the final, Rachel Mason of Great Lakes/MTU.

In the boys A-final, New England swept the podium with Austin Cobb (Stratton) in second and Nick Michaud (MWSC) in third.

OJ boys A-final

1. Eric Lustgarten (NE/St. Lawrence)

2. Austin Cobb (NE/Stratton)

3. Nick Michaud (NE/Maine WSC)

4. Silas Talbot (NE/Dartmouth)

5. Sawyer Kesselheim (IM/Bridger)

6. Hans Halvorsen (NE/Green Mountain)

OJ boys heat results


OJ girls A-final

1. Paige Schember (MW/F.A.S.T.)

2. Rachel Mason (GL/MTU)

3. Sharmila Ahmed (MW/GoTraining)

4. Elizabeth Simak (MW/F.A.S.T.)

5. Claire Galvin (MW/GoTraining)

6. Alice Flanders (MW/Sisu SC)

OJ girls heat results

Diggins 12th in World Junior Women’s Pursuit, Despite Crash

Jessie Diggins chasing after crashing at the start of the women's pursuit.

The U.S.’s Jessie Diggins led the North American women in Sunday’s 10 k pursuit at the World Junior Championships in Otepaa, Estonia, finishing 12th.

However, a crash in the first kilometer left her with a broken pole, putting her out of contention on a day on which she otherwise seemed to ski well enough to contend for the podium.

Norwegians took the top two spots, with Heidi Weng and Martine Ek Hagen snaring gold and bronze. Germany’s Helene Jacob was third.

In addition to Diggins, American Joanne Reid had a strong race in 24th, while Annika Hicks led the Canadians.

Link to full results.

Cockney Best North American with Sixth in U-23 Classic Sprint

Canadian Jesse Cockney led the North American men and women with sixth place in the U-23 World Championships classic sprint on Saturday.

His teammate Len Valjas was a favorite in the event, but was eliminated in the quarterfinals after choosing a slow, powdery lane on a blustery, snowy day in Otepaa, Estonia.

Russian Alexander Panzhinskiy won the men’s race, while Finland’s Kerttu Niskanen took women’s gold.

Timo Andre Bakken and Magnus Moholt rounded out the men’s podium, while Norway’s Britt Ingunn Nydal and Sweden’s Jennie Oeberg took silver and bronze for women.

Canada’s Alysson Marshall was the only North American to advance past the quarters—she was last in her semifinal to finish 12th on the day. Americans Ida Sargent, Jennie Bender, and Sadie Bjornsen did not escape their quarterfinal heats.

Full, exciting reports to come on both races.

Women’s qualifying results. Women’s final results.

Men’s qualifying results. Men’s final results.

Two Russians Top U-23 15k, Hoffman 20th; 13th for Top Canadian

Stanislav Perliak (RUS) on his way to second place in the men's 15k classic

Stanislav Perliak (RUS) on his way to second place in the men's 15k classic

With little recovery, some big climbs, and a layer of new snow, the 3.75k course here in Hinterzarten is a tough one. By the time the U-23 men here had been around it four times, they got to know it pretty well.

Today’s 15k demanded not just fitness, but restraint and smart pacing, and the winner here, Vladislav Skobelev (RUS), clearly had that mastered. Back in seventh place after one lap, Skobelev worked his way up through the field over the next three circuits to win by 20 seconds over teammate Stanislav Perliak. Gennadly Matviyenko (KAZ) was another second behind in third.

Noah Hoffman led the way for the Americans in 20th. He skied a restrained race, something he’s been practicing, he said.

“It was better than what I’ve been doing recently-still not great yet,” he said.

Kevin Sandau was the top Canadian finisher, in 13th.

Full report, photos, and video to come.

Niskanen Takes U-23 10k, Webster in top 10; Americans miss top 20

R-L Ida Sargent, and U.S. coaches Janice Sibilia, Scott Johnstone, and Matt Whitcomb

R-L Ida Sargent, and U.S. coaches Janice Sibilia, Scott Johnston, and Matt Whitcomb

After a day of respite, nature hit back at the U-23 Championships this morning with a four-inch dose of snow, then with the same wet fog that already plagued two of three races here.

The fluffy snow that fell made for some tricky skiing, but it didn’t seem to upset the hierarchy here in Hinterzarten, and it was a Finn, Kerttu Niskanen, who rose to the top. She was followed by two Russians, Alevtina Tanygina and Svetlana Nikolaeva.

Brittany Webster of Canada had a strong day, skiing to a top-ten finish. FasterSkier caught her for a post-race interview.

According to Matt Whitcomb, one of the American coaches here, the four American women struggled with pacing. A number of them had strong starts, but he said that it looked like all of them faded out of the top-20.

Results, report, and photos to follow.

Sargent Just Misses U-23 Sprint Podium; Hamilton Loses Pole Grip, Out in Quarters

Ida Sargent in her quarterfinal heat in the freestyle sprint at the U-23 Championships, Hinterzarten, Germany

Ida Sargent in her quarterfinal heat in the freestyle sprint at the U-23 Championships, Hinterzarten, Germany

When Simi Hamilton lost a pole and was bounced from his quarterfinal heat, it was up to Ida Sargent to salvage the American hopes in the U-23 skate sprint. She didn’t disappoint.

After qualifying in fourth, Sargent advanced easily through the quarters and semis, faltering only in the middle of the A-final. After some bad luck and tactical errors by the Americans over the last two days, you could almost hear the sigh of relief from her coaches and teammates.

“Before that A-final, I thought Ida could win that thing,” said Pat Casey, head coach of the American U-23 squad. “I talked to her about it, and she thought she could win that thing, too.”

Sargent was blazing off the line all day, and the final was no different-she was in second going into the first corner. But as she headed up the final big hill, Sargent was running out of gas.

“I got a little tired on the second hill, so I lost some time there,” she said, “but I was able to pull it together for the finish. I feel like I’m right in there, so it was a really fun day.”

Finnish Biathlete Mari Laukkanen held onto her top qualification position for the win, and she did not trail in either of her last two heats. Sargent actually came closest to beating her, in the pair’s semifinal. Denise Herrmann (GER) and Kathrine Rolsted Harsem (NOR) were second and third, respectively.

None of the three other American women made it out of the quarters. Both Rosie Brennan and Sadie Bjornsen were third in their heats, but neither advanced as lucky losers. And Becca Rorabaugh found herself in the snow after getting tangled up on the first climb.

Hamilton’s day ended just as quickly. After a mishap in Canada, he said that he’d secured his pole grips on with “about a pound” of glue. It still wasn’t enough.

Leading his heat through the initial fast downhill, a Norwegian skied over one of Hamilton’s baskets as he came out of a tuck. The grip came off, and the whole pack went by.

Hamilton was left screaming at the fans on the right side of the trail for a new pole, and he finally grabbed one from an unsuspecting Russian woman who was looking the other way. But by then it was far too late.

Simi Hamilton gestures for a pole after losing a grip in his quarterfinal heat

Simi Hamilton gestures for a pole after losing a grip in his quarterfinal heat

“I thought that I had learned my lesson and put on a ton of glue last fall when I was building my poles up,” said Hamilton afterwards. “I had a good qualifier, which I’m really psyched about…It just sucks that [the mishap] had to happen here.”

Ole-marius Bach (NOR) held off Martin Jaeger (SUI), who looked strong all day and appeared to have the race in the bag until the final stretch, when Bach passed him. Andrey Parfenov (RUS) was third.

Peter Kling was the only other American in the heats, and he failed to advance. Canada’s Len Valjas made the B-final.

For a video interview with Ida Sargent, click here

Full reports to follow shortly.

Swede Takes Women’s WJ Sprint; Americans Out in Quarters

Sweden's Hanna Brodin at the finish of the women's freestyle sprint in Hinterzarten, Germany

Sweden's Hanna Brodin at the finish of the women's freestyle sprint in Hinterzarten, Germany

One misstep and one mistake, and it was all over for the American women here in Hinterzarten.

50 meters into her quarterfinal, Jessie Diggins found herself on the ground, seeing stars. Sophie Caldwell lasted longer, and was in contention to advance, but lost crucial ground coming into the final turn that she could not make up in the finishing sprint.

Sprinting never leaves a lot of margin for error, but the races here were especially tight. Many stayed together for their duration, separating only in the last few hundred meters.

“There were a lot of tactics involved today,” Caldwell said.

Sweden’s Hanna Brodin took the final, avenging last year’s loss to today’s second place finisher, Invild Flugstad Oesberg of Norway. Kari Oeyre (NOR) was third.

Updates to follow.

Jessie Diggins on her way downards

Jessie Diggins on her way downwards

Northug (no, the other one) Wins World Junior Sprint

Tomas Northug after winning the World Junior Championships freestyle sprint in Hinterzarten, Germany

Tomas Northug after winning the World Junior Championships freestyle sprint in Hinterzarten, Germany

Different race, different Northug, same result. With a finishing kick eerily similar to the one his brother has made famous, Norway’s Tomas Northug won the championship in the World Junior Sprint in dominating fashion today.

The resemblance between the two brothers is striking-Tomas has the same blazing speed and Casco headwear made famous by Petter.

Their attitudes are similar, too. When asked if he had stepped out of his brother’s shadow today, Tomas said no.

“My brother’s shadow was back of me,” Northug told FasterSkier after the race, clarifying that he would have dropped his brother had he been here.

Paal Golberg (NOR) and Federico Pellegrino (ITA) were second and third, but the two could touch Northug’s speed.

The U.S.’s Erik Bjornsen was the only North American male to qualify for the heats. He was sitting in third in his quarterfinal coming off the final hill, but was passed by two others in the last corner and ended in fifth. The two skiers ahead of him advanced as lucky losers.

More coverage to follow, including video and photos.