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USSA Names U23 and Junior Worlds Teams

(Press release)

PARK CITY, UT (Jan. 12, 2016) – After the 2016 U.S. Cross Country Ski Championships presented by L.L. Bean concluded on January 9th, 10 athletes were named to the FIS U23 World Ski Championships Team and 12 U20 athletes were named to the FIS Nordic Junior World Ski Championships Team. The U23 team and Junior Worlds team will represent the U.S. in Rasnov, Romania, February 22-28.

“The U23 and Junior World Ski Championships are our most coveted and most critical development trips of the year,” said U.S. Ski Team Development Coach Bryan Fish. “Our developing American athletes are gaining momentum. This has been a competitive U.S. Nationals with faster race paces and tighter time gaps.”

The FIS Junior Worlds is traditionally run over a week period. The event brings over 400 athletes ranging in age from 16 to 20 years old, from 30 nations to compete in 17 events in cross country skiing, ski jumping and nordic combined. The FIS U23 World Ski Championships include three additional cross country events for both men and women ages 21 to 23.

If skiers perform well at the U23 Championships, they will have an opportunity to join the U.S. Ski Team in Canada for the World Cup, March 1-12.

“The World Junior and U23 Championships are the proving grounds for future World Cup stars,” said U.S. Ski Team Head Coach Chris Grover. “Many of the current U.S. Ski Team athletes have made their marks at these important races. As a national team staff, we’ll be watching the results closely and cheering our talented young skiers on. We have a strong squad this season and we’re looking for some results that surprise the competition.”


The FIS Nordic Junior World Ski Championships (athletes 19 and under) and U23 (under 23) World Ski Championships are taking place in Rasnov, Romania Feb. 22-28.

Athletes were selected based on results at the U.S. Cross Country Ski Championships presented by L.L.Bean in Houghton, MI.

The 2017 FIS Nordic Junior World Championships and FIS U23 World Cross Country Championships will be held at Utah’s Olympic venues in Park City and Midway.

The Junior Worlds has been held only once previously in America, on the Olympic venues of Lake Placid in 1986. It will be the first time in the USA for the U23 Championships.

The National Nordic Foundation provided support for these teams.


Name, Hometown (USSA Club)

Patrick Caldwell, Lyme Center, NH (Stratton Mountain School)
Kyle Bratrud, Eden Prairie, MN (CXC Team)
Logan Hanneman, Fairbanks, AK (Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks)
Akeo Maifeld-Carucci, Bozeman, MT (Bridger Ski Foundation)
Adam Martin, Marquette, MI (Northern Michigan University)

Kristen Bourne, Lake Elmo, MN (Northern Michigan University)
Felicia Gesior, Marquette, MI (Northern Michigan University)
Mackenzie Kanady, Anchorage, AK (University of Alaska Anchorage Ski Team)
Heather Mooney, Craftsbury Common, VT (Craftsbury Nordic Ski Club)
Kelsey Phinney, Middlebury, VT (Middlebury College Ski Team)


Feb. 21 – Official Training
Feb. 22 – Freestyle Sprints
Feb. 23 – 15/10k Classic
Feb. 24 – Official Training
Feb. 25 – Skiathlon

Name, Hometown (USSA Club)

Cully Brown, Durango, CO (University of Vermont)
Henry Harmeyer, S. Burlington, VT (University of Vermont)
Leo Hipp, Wyoming, MN (Northern Michigan University)
Zak Ketterson, Bloomington, MN (Loppet Nordic Racing)
Thomas O’Harra, Anchorage, AK (APU Nordic Ski Center)
Ian Torchia, Rochester, MN (Northern Michigan University)

Sarah Bezdicek, Plymouth, MN (Northern Michigan University)
Vivian Hett, Burnsville, MN (Northern Michigan University)
Julia Kern, Waltham, MA (Stratton Mountain School)
Leah Lange, Park City, UT (Utah Olympic Park Sports Clubs/Park City Nordic Ski Club)
Katharine Ogden, Landgrove, VT (Stratton Mountain School)
Nicole Schneider, Plymouth, MN (Northern Michigan University)


Feb. 21 – Official Training
Feb. 22 – Freestyle Sprints
Feb. 23 – Official Training
Feb. 24 – 10/5k Classic
Feb. 25 – Official Training
Feb. 26 – Skiathlon
Feb. 27 – Official Training
Feb. 28 – 4×3.3 k Relay

Canada Names Youth Olympics Team, U.S. To Select After Nationals

Cross Country Canada has named its two-athlete team to the Youth Olympic Games, to be held in February in Lillehammer, Norway. Athletes born between 1998 and 2000 from around the world will compete for top honors in the second edition of the Games.

Annika Richardson of the Hollyburn Nordic Ski Club in British Columbia won the junior 5 k skate at the Sovereign Lakes NorAm and qualified 16th in the open sprint. The weekend before in Canmore, she placed third in the junior sprint and fifth in the open 5 k classic.

Levi Nadlersmith is a native of Boissevain, Manitoba, and skis for Downtown Nordic. He won the junior 10 k skate at the Sovereign Lakes NorAm and finished third in the junior sprint at the Canmore NorAm, where he was also the fastest qualifier.

The United States will select their two athletes after U.S. National Championships in Houghton, Michigan. Full selection criteria can be found here on the USSA website; the most relevant points are:

“Objective selections shall be based on the results achieved by athletes in the men’s 10km, 15km and first individual Sprint (including Junior Finals, if applicable) competitions and women’s 5km, 10km and first individual Sprint (including Junior Finals, if applicable) at the 2016 U.S. Cross Country Championships, tentatively scheduled for Jan. 3-9, 2016 (the “selection period”).”


“Team selections up to the maximum team size shall be granted to athletes who have achieved the best cumulative total results during the selection period based on a competitor’s best two races (scoring only competitors born between January 1, 1998 and December 31, 2000), using World Cup scoring system outlined in the USSA Nordic Competition Guide.”

850 N.H. High School Skiers in Action in All-State Classic Race (Video)


NHNCA Race #2 WV 2015 from NHNCA on Vimeo.

More than 800 of New Hampshire’s top high school racers gathered on Feb. 5 at Waterville Valley for the All-State meet. The six classic races, organized by the New Hampshire Nordic Coaches Association (NHNCA) and entailing boys and girls A and B races, and boys and girls middle school races, were also qualifiers for the state’s Eastern High School Championships and U16 teams.


Alaska High School Championship – VIDEO

Fire and Ice: The Alaska State Nordic Ski Championships 2015 started with warm, clear weather and ended with soggy rain on the man-made snow at Kincaid Park February 19-21, 2015. Skimeisters are Max Donaldson and Lydia Blanchet with West taking girls 4A and Service the boys. Homer took small school girls while Grace repeated for boys. video credit: George Tsau-Wu. “Start a Fire” by Unbroken.


Junior Nationals Organizers Working to Maintain Snow

The organizers of the the 2015 Junior National Championships in Truckee, Calif. are working to preserve the little snow left on the trails of the Auburn Ski Club training center. Due to an uncharacteristic warm and dry winter, the mountains of western California appear more brown than white.

With the event set to begin in the second week of March, organizers are working to maintain and strengthen a 3-kilometer loop with cutoffs by moving snow from other trails and trucking snow from the local alpine area.

The 2015 Junior National Championships will take place March 8 to 14, and will welcome over 400 junior skiers to the trails of the the Auburn Ski Club training center.

See their progress in the event’s YouTube video update below:

Halvorsen Earns Podium at U18 Nations’ Cup

Hannah Halvorsen (r) of Sugarbowl Academy earned third in the u18 Nations' Cup 5 k freestyle individual start. (Photo: USSA/Facebook)

Hannah Halvorsen (r) of Sugarbowl Academy earned third in the u18 Nations’ Cup 5 k freestyle individual start. (Photo: USSA/Facebook)

American Hannah Halvorsen (Sugarbowl Academy) earned an impressive third-place finish in Saturday’s 5-kilometer freestyle individual start at the 2015 U18 Nations’s Cup Championships in Ornskoldsvik, Sweden. Halvorsen, who had a breakout performance at the 2015 U.S. Cross Country Championships with a fifth in the classic sprint earlier this year, finished 15.4 seconds behind race-winner Karoline Simpson-Larson (Il Vargar).

Teammates Zak Ketterson (Loppet Nordic Racing) and Max Donaldson (Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks) finished sixth and eighth, respectively, in the men’s 10 k also taking place Saturday.

In the previous day’s classic sprint competition Halvorsen finished fifth but was reportedly bumped up to fourth after a competitor was disqualified for skating. Lauren Jortberg (Boulder Junior Nordic) and Leah Brams (Cambridge Sports Union) joined Halvorsen in the heats in 25th and 30th. Ketterson, Kamran Husain (Stratton Mountain School), and Henry Harmeyer (Mt. Mansfield) were 22nd, 23rd, and 24th in the men’s race.

Sunday’s relay saw the two American men’s teams ski to fourth and ninth, while the women’s teams placed fifth and twelfth.


Ogden 6th, Torchia 11th in World Juniors Skiathlons

After placing 11th in the first World Junior Championships race in her career on Wednesday, Stratton Mountain School’s Katharine Ogden finished sixth in the 10 k skiathlon in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on Friday. The American was ranked ninth, seven seconds behind double gold medalist Victoria Carl of Germany, after five kilometers of classic skiing. In the skate section, the lead pack strung out slightly. Ogden moved up to sixth, and crossed the line 13.2 seconds behind Sofie Nordsveen Hustad of Norway, who passed Carl to take the win.

Katherine Stewart-Jones posted the best result for Canada and Nakkertok, finishing 14th (+1:34) after skiing in 20th through the classic portion of the race. Anne-Marie Comeau followed in 25th (+2:02), Maya Macisaac-Jones in 45th, and Annah Hanthorn in 47th.

Ogden’s U.S. teammate Hailey Swirburl finished 35th (+2:45.4, losing out a photo finish with Slovenia’s Anita Klemencic). Julia Kern was close behind in 38th, and Alayna Sonnesyn placed 50th.

In the junior men’s 20 k skiathlon, Russia again swept the race, with Alexey Chervotkin beating out teammates Ivan Yakimushkin and Denis Spitsov at the line. The trio had a minute lead on the rest of the field by the finish.

Ian Torchia (Northern Michigan University) led the way for the United States, placing 11th (+2:15) just 0.9 seconds out of the top ten. Evan Weinman placed 57th and Thomas Bye 67th. Peter Holmes did not finish.

Alexis Dumas led Canada for the second race in a row, placing 18th (+2:41). Ricardo Izquierdo-Bernier followed in 41st, then Philippe Boucher in 53rd and Zachary Cristofanilli in 60th. The Canadian team said through twitter that three of its team members went down in a major crash off the start, with two of them breaking poles as a result.

Results: men/women

Russia Sweeps 1-4 In World Juniors 10k, Dumas 30th

The Russian men’s team turned heads in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on Wednesday, taking the top four places in the World Junior Championships 10 k freestyle. Alexey Chervotkin won the day in 23:36.4, with Denis Spitsov second (+15.9), Alexander Bakanov third (+34.4), and Ivan Yakimushkin fourth (+36.0). Norway’s Eirik Sverdrup Augdal nearly made the podium, but had to be content in fifth as the first non-Russian (+37.5). Augdal was third early in the race, but faded and lost valuable seconds to the Russians by the finish.

The best North American finish belonged to Canada’s Alexis Dumas who finished 30th (+2:09.3). Teammates Philippe Boucher, Zachary Cristofanilli, and Ricardo Izquierdo-Bernier finished 40th, 53rd, and 54th. All of Canada’s starters in the competition are part of Quebec’s Centre National d’Entraînement Pierre Harvey (CNEPH).

The U.S. team was led by Ian Tochia (Northern Michigan University) in 35th (+2:20.2). Thomas O’Harra (Alaska Pacific University) followed in 49th, then Thomas Bye (Michigan Tech) and Gavin Hess (University of New Hampshire) in 69th and 76th, respectively.


Ogden 11th in World Juniors 5k Skate

Katharine Ogden (Stratton Mountain School) racing to sixth place in the 10 k freestyle at U.S. National Championships n Houghton, Michigan, in January. On Wednesday in Almaty, Kazakhstan, she finished 11th in the 5 k skate at World Junior Championships.

Katharine Ogden (Stratton Mountain School) racing to sixth place in the 10 k freestyle at U.S. National Championships n Houghton, Michigan, in January. On Wednesday in Almaty, Kazakhstan, she finished 11th in the 5 k skate at World Junior Championships.

Katharine Ogden (Stratton Mountain School) raced to 11th place in the 5 kilometer freestyle race at World Junior Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on Tuesday.

14th after 1.7 k, Ogden turned in a fast finish to move up by the time she crossed the line. Her time was 24.5 seconds slower than that of Victoria Carl, who also won the sprint the day before. Anastasia Sedova and Natalia Nepryaeva of Russia took the final spots on the podium, 5.3 and 5.9 seconds back, respectively.

It is Ogden’s first time competing in World Junior Championships, and she did not start the sprint on Tuesday. She finished eighth in the 5 k classic on the U18/Scando Cup trip to Rovaniemi, Finland, last season. So far this year, Ogden has been on a tear of the Eastern racing circuit and finished sixth in the 10 k skate at U.S. Nationals.

She was the first North American finisher but was followed by American teamamtes Vivian Hett (Loppet Nordic Racing/Northern Michigan University) in 46th, Kristen Bourne (Northern Michigan University) in 51st, and Alayna Sonnesyn (Endurance United/University of Vermont) in 52nd.

For Canada, Katherine Stewart-Jones of Nakkertok skied to 25th place, followed by Anne-Marie Comeau (CNEPH) in 39th, Anna Hanthorn (Whitehorse) in 44th, and Maya MacIsaac-Jones (Rocky Mountain Racers) in 45th.

Stay tuned for detailed reports and interviews with the athletes.


Crested Butte Nordic Team’s West Yellowstone Music Video

CBNT Everytime We Touch from Benjamin Swift on Vimeo.

While at the 2015 Yellowstone Ski Festival in West Yellowstone, Mont., the Crested Butte Nordic Team put some sweat and hard work into filming the above video, directed by Benjamin Swift.

Trouble viewing video? Click here.

U23 World Championships Team Named In Houghton

HOUGHTON, Mich. — Ten athletes were named to the U23 World Championships team after Saturday’s freestyle sprint at the 2015 U.S. Cross Country Championships. Joanne Reid, Annie Pokorny (SMST2), Anne Hart (SMST2), Paige Schember (Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation), and Deedra Irwin (Michigan Techological University) were named to the women’s team, with Heather Mooney (Middlebury College) declining to attend in order to focus on college racing in her senior year.

The men’s team will consist of Kyle Bratrud (Northern Michigan University), Logan Hanneman (University of Alaska Fairbanks), Ben Saxton (SMST2/USST), Patrick Caldwell (Dartmouth College/USST), and Scott Patterson (APU). University of Vermont skier Cole Morgan declined his starting position, allowing for Patterson to attend.

The Junior/U23 World Championships will take place in Almaty, Kazakhstan from Feb. 1 – 8.

U23 Men Day Four Pts 2015

U23 Women Day Four Pts 2015

Gorman, Blanchet Win Junior Sprints at U.S. Champs

HOUGHTON, Mich. –Henry Gorman (Wasatch Nordic Ski Academy) came out on top of the men’s junior heats in Saturday’s 1.5 k freestyle sprint at the 2015 U.S. Cross Country Championships. Crossing the line with a time of 3:46.01, Gorman bested second place finisher Dylan Syben (Unleashed Coaching) who trailed by 2.75 seconds. Seiji Takaji (Alaska Winter Stars) took third, 5.19 seconds back.

Lydia Blanchet (APU) won the women’s junior race with a time of 4:32.05. Emily Hyde of the Mount Bachelor SEF came in a close second just 0.73 seconds behind. Rounding out the podium was Rebekka Scheueder (NMU) who crossed the line 8.37 seconds behind Blanchet.


2015 Junior World/U18 Teams Announced in Houghton

HOUGHTON, Mich. — The 2015 U.S. Cross Country Championships showcased some of the nation’s best junior skiers Thursday, with a 5/10 k classic mass start at the Michigan Tech Nordic Center. In the 10 k men’s race, Ian Torchia of Northern Michigan University came out on top with a time of 30:46.6. He bested second place finisher Thomas O’Harra of APU by 28.5 seconds. Rounding out the podium was Ben Hegmen of the University of Vermont, who finished 29.0 seconds off the winning pace.

In the women’s 5 k Katharine Ogden of Stratton Mountain outpaced the competition to earn a time of 15:35.8. Roughly 16.9 seconds behind Ogden was Julia Kern of the Cambridge Sports Union. In third was Hailey Swirbul of the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club (+21.5).

Results: men’s 10 k | women’s 5 k

Thursday also marked the selection of the 2015 U18 and World Junior Championship teams. The selections are listed below and include the full points list of junior and U18 skiers who competed in Houghton. The U23 World Championship team will be selected after Saturday’s freestyle sprint.

WJC Women Day Three Pts 2015

WJC Men Day Three Pts 2015

U18 Women Day Three Pts 2015

U18 Men Day Three Pts 2015


Zak Ketterson, Ann-Cathrin Uhl Take Junior Titles in U.S. Nationals Classic Sprint

HOUGHTON, Mich. — Zak Ketterson, of Loppet Nordic Racing (LNR), and Ann-Cathrin Uhl, of the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), rose to the top of the junior classic-sprint ranks on Tuesday in the junior A-finals at U.S. Cross Country Championships.

Ketterson, a U18, qualified 65th out of 175 men in the 1.5-kilometer sprint amid heavy snow at times and persistent wind. In the afternoon junior heats, still cold at around 9 degrees Fahrenheit but with less snowfall, Ketterson won his quarterfinal and semifinal and went on to dominate the final, winning in 4:38.6 by nearly three seconds. Thomas O’Harra, of Alaska Pacific University (APU), placed second (+2.93), and Gavin Hess (University of New Hampshire) rounded out the junior podium in third (+5.44).

In the women’s A-final, Uhl, a U20, outlasted Sarah Bezdicek by 1.29 seconds with the win in 5:28.98. Emily Hyde (Mount Bachelor Ski Education Foundation) was third (+6.34). Uhl was 41st in the qualifying round, and won her quarterfinal and semifinal before taking the top spot in the final.

Junior men’s A-final

1. Zak Ketterson (Loppet Nordic Racing) 4:38.60
2. Thomas O’Harra (APU Nordic Ski Center) 4:41.53
3. Gavin Hess (University of New Hampshire) 4:44.04
4. Cully Brown (University of Vermont) 4:46.49
5. Kamran Husain (Stratton Mountain School) 4:49.04
6. Henry Harmeyer (Mansfield Nordic) 4:55.90

Junior women’s A-final

1. Ann-Cathrin Uhl (University of Alaska Fairbanks) 5:28.98
2. Sarah Bezdicek (Loppet Nordic Racing) 5:30.27
3. Emily Hyde (Mount Bachelor Ski Education Foundation) 5:35.32
4. Kristen Bourne (Northern Michigan University) 5:35.78
5. Lauren Jortberg (Boulder Nordic Junior Racing Team) 5:39.81
6. Nicole Schneider (Loppet Nordic Racing) 5:50.85

Complete results

Video: Eastern Cup Opener Pile-up

The Dec. 21-22 Eastern Cup opener in Rikert, Vt. saw strong competition from junior to elite skiers as they began the season’s racing on the eastern circuit. Sunday’s women’s 10 k freestyle mass start saw impressive performances, including a win from Stratton Mountain’s Katharine Ogden who earned a 4.6-second win over teammate Erika Flowers. The race also saw a large crash that wiped out much of the field, and while we feel for the skiers who were affected, it’s hard to look away…

Check out the pile-up in the video below:

Maine Hosting Junior Nordic Summer Training Camp July 23-26

(Maine High School Skiing press release)

Save the dates: July 23rd-26th at Camp Mechuwana in Winthrop

Maine is hosting a Summer Training Camp for high school athletes who want to use their summer training to get the most out of winter competitions.  For four days, we will run, hike, and roller-ski together and learn about all the different aspects of training effectively for developing athletes.

Athletes will be able to work with different coaches to find the best solutions for their personal challenges, and develop a training plan that works for them and their goals.  We will be releasing a detailed schedule for the week, along with all of the necessary equipment, within the next few weeks.  In the meantime, any athlete who is interested should contact Adam Masterman

This camp will be limited to 30 girls and 30 boys, and preference will be given to skiers who qualified for the Maine Junior II Team or the Maine Eastern High School Team.  All skiers are encouraged to apply, and available spaces will be filled in the order they are reserved.

The full price for the camp will be around $150.oo, which includes meals and lodging.  Any questions you have can also be directed to Adam; we look forward to hearing from any and all skiers who want to take their skiing to the next level.

For more information, click here.

VIDEO: IMD Youth Ski Festival

Check out this fun video sent to us from the IMD Youth Ski Festival in Park City, Utah.  Surely some of these young athletes will be racing the SuperTour Finals before we know it.

Junior Nationals Photo Galleries by MacBeth Graphics

2014 Junior Nationals (Photos: MacBeth Graphics)

2014 Junior Nationals (Photos: MacBeth Graphics)

Thousands upon thousands of photos from 2014 Junior Nationals in Stowe, Vt. — they’re all here at MacBeth Graphics galleries! All the profits from any print sales (and there have been a good amount already) will be donated to the National Nordic Foundation.

Take a look

Junior Nationals Recap Video Collaboration by Mullings and Kerns

STOWE, Vt. — A recap of last week’s 2014 Junior Nationals at Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vt., by Far West’s Skyler Mullings and New England’s Julia Kern.

“Both Julia and I would like to thank every single volunteer out there, all the race organizers and directors, the race sponsors, our teammates, coaches, wax techs and parents!” Mullings wrote. “See everyone next year!

Trouble viewing video? Click here.

Junior Nationals Sprint Video by Skyler Mullings

Far West’s Skyler Mullings of the Sugar Bowl Academy created the following video of the Junior Nationals classic sprints last Wednesday at Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vt. He did so after racing himself, qualifying and placing a notable 18th.

2014 JN CLASSIC SPRINTS from After Hours Productions on Vimeo.

Have a video of your own you’d like to share? Email with the link.