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2018/2019 FIS World Cup Calendar

Note: This article has been corrected to reflect that Planica, Slovenia, will be hosting 2023 Ski World Championships.

On Friday, the International Ski Federation released its calendar for the upcoming 2018/2019 Cross-Country World Cup season. The schedule, which begins Nov. 24 with two days of racing in Kuusamo (Ruka), Finland, and ends March 23 with World Cup Finals in Quebec, includes a few notable stops.

After the regular early season stops in Finland (Nov. 24-25) and Lillehammer, Norway (Nov. 30-Dec. 2), the World Cup visits Beitostølen, Norway, for distance (15/30 k freestyle) and relay races Dec. 8-9. Racers then head south to Davos, Switzerland (Dec. 15-16), to close out Period 1.

The 13th annual Tour de Ski will start and end in Italy, with the first two stages in Toblach and the last two (of seven total stages) in Val di Fiemme. In between, a skate sprint will take place in Val Müstair, Switzerland, followed by two distance races (10/15 k classic mass start + 10/15 k freestyle pursuit) in Oberstdorf, Germany.

That’s Period 2.

Period 3 of racing takes place over three weekends in January and includes the return of the World Cup to Dresden, Germany, for the second-straight year for an all skate-sprint weekend (individual followed by team sprint) Jan. 12-13. Then it’s off to Otepää, Estonia, followed by the second relays of the season in Ulricehamn, Sweden.

Racers return to a perennial staple, Lahti, Finland, for the start of Period 4, Feb. 9-10. Then they’ll head to a new World Cup stop in Cogne, Italy (Feb. 16-17), for skate sprints and 10/15 k classic races.

2019 World Championships are set to kick off just two days later Feb. 19-March 3 in Seefeld, Austria. (In related news, 2023 World Championships were recently awarded to Planica, Slovenia.)

Period 5 includes the regular stops in Oslo (Holmenkollen) and Drammen, Norway, and Falun, Sweden, in March. The season concludes in Quebec City, with the three-day World Cup Finals mini tour March 22-24.

Complete schedule

Live Coverage of Nordic World Champs on NBC

(Press release)

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 NBCsports.com and for the first time, more than 24 hours of same day televised coverage will be broadcast on NBCSN or Universal HD. In total, NBC Sports Group will present more than 60 hours of Nordic World Ski Championships coverage.

The expanded coverage is a result of a U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) initiative to expand domestic coverage of nordic skiing – cross country, nordic combined and ski jumping. The USSA acquired the domestic rights for the 2015 and 2017 Alpine and Nordic World Championships, subsequently partnering with NBC to carry the programming coverage. The expanded reach through television partners NBCSN and Universal HD guarantees that the events and the U.S. athletes will receive more exposure to American audiences than ever before.

NBC commentator Bill Doleman will provide the daily play-by-play, with World Champion and Olympic medalist Johnny Spillane handling expert analysis. Spillane has provided strong coverage the last few years on both the Tour de Ski and Springertournee ski jumping series.

The World Championships opens Wednesday, Feb. 22 with NBC kicking off its coverage with the first event on Thursday, Feb. 23. On Thursday, NBCsports.com will provide live streaming of the head-to-head cross country classic sprint races beginning at 10:30 a.m. EST. Same day broadcast coverage on NBCSN will begin at 3:00 p.m. EST.

Each day of the Championships, NBCsports.com will provide live streaming with full same-day event coverage of each medal competition on either NBCSN or Universal HD.

“NBC Sports Group has significantly expanded its offering from the past to bring not only live streaming but daily television coverage,” said USSA Chief Marketing Officer Michael Jaquet. “We have a strong team going to Lahti and this is a remarkable opportunity to expose our athletes to the American public a year before the Olympics in PyeongChang.”

The USSA acquired the rights to the World Championships in a first-of-its-kind partnership between the rights-holding European Broadcast Union and a national ski association. In 2015, not only did the USSA expand the live streaming and broadcast coverage, but its distribution of digital highlights brought the events to millions more than ever before.

“The USSA has managed to secure electronic media exposure which exceeded our expectations, bringing ski racing broadcasts in USA to a new level,” said EBU/Eurovision Head of Sports Winters/Winter Sports Ingolfur Hannesson. “Eurovision is extremely pleased with our constructive cooperation with the USSA during the period leading to the Championships.”

2017 FIS NORDIC WORLD SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS
Live Streaming and Broadcast Schedule (times EST)

Thursday, Feb. 23
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Classic Sprint – LIVE STREAM
5:30 – 7:30 p.m. – Classic Sprint – TV: NBCSN

Friday, Feb. 24
3:30-4:30 a.m. – Nordic combined HS100m ski jumping – LIVE STREAM
6:30-7:30 a.m. – Nordic combined 10k – LIVE STREAM
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Women’s HS100m ski jumping – LIVE STREAM
1:30-2:30 p.m. – Women’s HS100m ski Jumping – TV: NBCSN
2:30-4:00 p.m. – Daily broadcast coverage – TV: Universal HD

Saturday, Feb. 25
5:00-7:00 a.m. – Women’s skiathlon – LIVE STREAM
7:30-9:30 a.m. – Men’s skiathlon – LIVE STREAM
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Men’s HS100m Ski jumping – LIVE STREAM
8:00-11:00 p.m. – Daily broadcast coverage – TV: Universal HD

Sunday, Feb. 26
5:00-6:00 a.m. – Nordic combined team HS100m ski jumping – LIVE STREAM
6:30-8:30 a.m. – Team freestyle sprint – LIVE STREAM
8:30-9:30 a.m. – Nordic combined 4x5k team event – LIVE STREAM
10:30 a.m.-12:40 p.m. – Mixed gender HS100m ski jumping team event – LIVE STREAM
9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. – Daily broadcast coverage – TV: Universal HD

Tuesday, Feb. 28
6:45-8:45 a.m. – Women’s 10k classic – LIVE STREAM|
5:30-7:00 p.m. – Women’s 10k classic – TV: Universal HD

Wednesday, Mar. 1
5:00-6:00 a.m. – Nordic combined HS130m ski jumping – LIVE STREAM
6:45-8:45 a.m. – Men’s 15k classic – LIVE STREAM
9:15-10:15 a.m. – Nordic combined 10k – LIVE STREAM
7:00-10:00 p.m. – Daily broadcast coverage – TV: Universal HD

Thursday, Mar. 2
8:00-10:00 a.m. – Women’s 4x5k relay – LIVE STREAM
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. – Men’s HS130m ski jumping – LIVE STREAM
1:00-3:00 p.m – Daily broadcast coverage – TV: NBCSN

Friday, Mar. 3
6:30-8:30 a.m. – Men’s 4x10k relay – LIVE STREAM
9:00-10:00 a.m. – Nordic combined HS130m ski jump – LIVE STREAM
11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. – Nordic combined 2×7.5k team sprint – LIVE STREAM
12:00-2:30 p.m. – Daily broadcast coverage – TV: NBCSN

Saturday, Mar. 4
7:30-9:30 a.m. – Women’s 30k freestyle – LIVE STREAM
10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. – Men’s HS130m ski jumping team event – LIVE STREAM
7:30-10:30 p.m. – Daily broadcast coverage – TV: Universal HD

Sunday, Mar. 5
7:00-9:00 a.m. – Men’s 50k freestyle – LIVE STREAM
1:30-3:30 p.m. – Men’s 50k freestyle – TV: Universal HD

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Injured Jönsson Will Not Compete in World Championships

Sweden’s Emil Jönsson will not compete at the 2015 World Championships in Falun, Sweden due to a strained groin muscle. The news comes after the sprinter fell in a quarterfinal of the Östersund World Cup classic sprint, which took place the weekend before the start of Worlds. Unable to stand, he did not finish the race and was forced to be carried off course.

After several days of extensive evaluation and therapy Jönsson was told that he would be unfit to compete at Worlds. According to the Swedish star, the news was especially difficult given that the year’s most anticipated races are taking place in his home country.

“It has fluctuated emotionally, from hearty pain on race day to positive emotions as rehabilitation happened so fast. I feel pretty good, but there is a difference between living a normal life trying to be the best in the world in Falun,” he said, roughly translated, to the press. 

Although Jönsson will not compete, he said he will be rooting for Sweden to take as many medals as possible throughout the two weeks of racing in Falun.

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Saxton Added to U.S. World Championships Team

 

The U.S. 2015 World Championships roster grew by one Tuesday, with the addition of Stratton Mountain School T2’s Ben Saxton. The 21-year-old will join the 16 other athletes named to the team, making it the largest U.S. team in recent history. Saxton’s selection follows a sixth-place finish in the classic sprint at the U23 World Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

While Saxton did not meet any objective qualifying criteria, the U.S. Ski Team coaches used digression to pick the Minnesota native. (Read more about the U.S. selection process here.) 

“Ben has had another breakout year in sprinting. His sprint result at the U23 World Championships indicates that he is ready to compete with the very best in the world,” USST Head Coach Chris Grover said in a U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) press release.

Grover told FasterSkier in January that any additional picks from the U23 World Championships would be the result of a skier demonstrating they could perform better than a current team member.

“Somebody needs to have a standout performance to demonstrate that they would ski faster than somebody who is already on the World Championship team,” he said.

“I am incredibly honored to be named to the World Championship team in Falun this year. Being a part of the U.S. Ski Team Family has undoubtedly played a significant role in my growth as a skier, and I am very excited to take represent that team, and our country in Sweden,” Saxton said to USSA.

This story is developing…

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U.S. Cross Country Team Named for 2015 World Championships

The USST announced its much anticipated cross country selections for the 2015 FIS Nordic World Championships Monday Jan. 26th. Headlining the large team of 16 athletes are Kikkan Randall and Jessie Diggins, the defending 2013 World Champions in the team sprint. Eight skiers prequalified before Monday’s announcement with eight more added after further selection criteria were taken into account.

The 2015 team demonstrates a mix of 12 previous World Championships competitors and four newcomers, the youngest of which is Northern Michigan University senior Kyle Bratrud.

See the full team roster below. This story is developing…

2015 U.S. World Championship Cross Country Team
(Name, Hometown, Birthdate, USSA Club, Past Championships)

Men

  • Dakota Blackhorse-von Jess, Bend, OR, 3/18/86, Bend Endurance Academy
  • Kyle Bratrud, Eden Prairie, MN, 2/9/93, Northern Michigan University Ski Team
  • Erik Bjornsen, Winthrop, WA, 7/14/91, Alaska Pacific University Nordic (2013)
  • Matt Gelso, Truckee, CA, 7/18/88, Sun Valley Ski Education Founation Olympic Development Team
  • Simi Hamilton, Aspen, CO, 5/14/87, Stratton Mountain School/T2 (2011)
  • Noah Hoffman, Aspen, CO, 8/1/89, Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club (2011, 2013)
  • Kris Freeman, Andover, NH, 10/14/80, Freebird XC, (2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013)
  • Andy Newell, Shaftsbury, VT, 11/30/83, Stratton Mountain School/T2 (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013)

Women

  • Rosie Brennan, Park City, UT, 12/2/88, Alaska Pacific University Nordic
  • Sadie Bjornsen, Winthrop WA, 11/21/89, Alaska Pacific University Nordic (2011, 2013)
  • Sophie Caldwell, Peru, VT, 3/22/90, Stratton Mountain School/T2 (2013)
  • Jessie Diggins, Afton MN, 8/26/91, Stratton Mountain School/T2 (2011, 2013)
  • Caitlin Gregg, Minneapolis, 11/7/80, Team Gregg (2009)
  • Kikkan Randall, Anchorage, 12/31/82 Alaska Pacific University Nordic (2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013)
  • Ida Sargent, Orleans, VT, 1/25/88, Craftsbury Green Racing Project (2011, 2013)
  • Liz Stephen, East Montpelier, VT, 1/12/87, Burke Mountain Academy (2009, 2011, 2013)

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS SCHEDULE
FIS Nordic Ski World Championships Falun, Sweden

Feb. 18 – Opening Ceremony
Feb. 19 – Classic Sprint
Feb. 21 – Skiathlon
Feb. 22 – Freestyle Team Sprint
Feb. 24 – Women’s 10k Freestyle
Feb. 25 – Men’s 15k Freestyle
Feb. 27 – 4X10k Relay
Feb. 28 – 30k Women’s Classic Mass Start
Mar. 1 – 50k Men’s Classic Mass Start

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Bjørgen Edges Østberg to Take Falun Sprint, World Cup Finals Lead

Norway’s Marit Bjørgen and Ingvild Flugstad Østberg battled it out today on the 1.2-kilometer course in Falun, Sweden. Bjørgen won, just barely, edging her teammate by 0.29 seconds.

There was a body length to third-place Stina Nilsson of Sweden, who finished just over a second later, and then a larger gap to the rest of the field. American star and World Cup Sprint Cup winner Kikkan Randall finished fourth just over six seconds behind Bjørgen, followed within the next three seconds by Finland’s Krista Lahteenmaki and American Sophie Caldwell in sixth. World Cup sprint points runner-up Denise Herrmann of Germany just missed the finals and finished seventh overall.

Though Randall clinched her overall Sprint Cup victory last week in Drammen, Norway, she was officially awarded the Sprint Globe today in Falun. This is Randall’s third-straight Sprint Globe victory. Bjørgen has won a total of four times, and retired Norwegian star Bente Skari has five career Sprint Globe wins.

Bjørgen is currently within three points of overall World Cup leader Therese Johaug of Norway.

Other North American qualifiers include US Ski Team Sadie Bjornsen in 13th and Ida Sargent in 20th. Jessie Diggins missed qualification in 34th, Liz Stephen in 44th and Caitlin Gregg in 48th. Andrea Dupont was the lone Canadian to enter, finishing 46th.

Norwegian Astrid Jacobsen finished 22nd after a bad crash in last week’s 30 k in Holmenkollen, Norway, which left her hospitalized with a concussion. Jacobsen is third in the World Cup standings.

Complete Results

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Olsson Breaks Away to Become 50k World Champion

Johan Olsson (SWE) won the World Championship 50 k classic on Sunday after skiing over half the race completely alone. He beat runner-up Dario Cologna (SUI) by 12.9 seconds. Photo: Fiemme 2013.

VAL DI FIEMME, Italy — It was a bold decision for Johan Olsson (SWE) to make a breakaway shortly after the 10 k mark of the World Championships 50 k classic on Sunday, but in an impressive display of tenacity the Swede hung on to his lead, kept challengers at bay and eventually skied nearly 35 k all by himself en route to becoming the 2013 50 k world champion. Dario Cologna (SUI) took silver, 12.9 seconds back, and Alexey Poltoranin (KAZ) moved ahead of Alexander Legkov (RUS) and Eldar Roenning (NOR) in the last kilometer and claim bronze.

“It’s a dream come true! To go solo for more than 35 km and win such a race!” Olsson told reporters shortly after finishing. This is the first and only gold medal for Sweden in Val di Fiemme this week, and Olsson’s first individual championship win.

Norway was completely shut out of the podium; Roenning was fifth, 20 seconds back, and Tord Asle Gjerdalen was sixth. Petter Northug, Jr.(NOR), a pre-race favorite, was 21st.

Noah Hoffman (USA) was the top North American finisher in 27th (+4:19). He skied with the leaders early in the race but eventually couldn’t hold the pace. Alex Harvey (CAN), who was fifth in this event in 2011 and had hoped for a medal, was 28th (+4:31.4).

Results.

 

 

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Bjørgen Takes Fourth Gold in Cat-and-Mouse 30k

Marit Bjørgen (NOR) succeeded in equalling her stunning performance at the 2011 World Championships in Oslo on Saturday in the 30 k classic in Val di Fiemme, Italy.

Two years ago, she won four golds and a silver. She was bested by teammate Therese Johaug in the 30 k then; this time around it was Bjørgen’s turn to be the champion in the race she has had her sights on all year. She bested rival Justyna Kowalczyk (POL) in the homestretch and Johaug took third.

It took 10k for Bjørgen, Kowalczyk and Johaug to break away from the pack with Heidi Weng (NOR) and an impressive Nicole Fessel (GER) hanging on for a bit longer.

But the big three could not be contained, and they gradually extended an insurmountable gap. The lead, combined with a gruelling Val di Fiemme course, created the opportunity for some tactics, more often seen on the men’s side.

As the race wound to conclusion, the two Norwegians showed no interest in taking the lead and pushing the pace, leaving Kowalczyk to pull at the front. The Pole responded by moderating her own speed, and it wasn’t until the last two climbs that the intensity reached earlier levels.

Kowalczyk vainly stretched out her stride on the second-to-last hill, but made no headway. Entering the final ascent, Bjørgen glided up next to her competitor, and the two attacked. Johaug hung for 10 meters, but ran out of gas, slipping several times on the steep pitch, and falling out of contention for the top two spots.

Bjørgen easily dismissed Kowalczyk in the long homestretch pulling away on the double pole stretch to win an event that Johaug had claimed two years ago.

Weng crossed in 4th, +1:38  and Fessel was 5th another 11 seconds back.

Liz Stephen led the United States in 16th, just under five minutes behind Bjørgen. Teammate Ida Sargent was 25th out of 37 finishers, +8:27.

The other American in the race, Jessie Diggins, dropped out before the 10k mark after crashing.

Emily Nishikawa, the lone Canadian starter, was lapped and did not finish.

Results

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Norway Dominates For Women’s 4x5k Gold

Marit Bjoergen brings home the gold for the Norwegian women in the 4×5 k relay at World Championships on Thursday. Photo: Fiemme 2013.

VAL DI FIEMME, Italy — Surprising no one, the Norwegian women’s 4×5 k relay team skied to an overpowering victory at World Championships on Thursday. Poland briefly gave them a run for their money in the second leg when Justyna Kowalczyk overtook Therese Johaug, but Kirstin Stoermer Steira promptly took the lead back in the third quarter. Norway had such a big lead at the very end of the race that Marit Bjoergen stopped in the stadium to pick up a flag from one of hundreds in the stands, still able to finish 26.2 seconds ahead of Sweden’s Charlotte Kalla. Russia, with a powerful anchor leg from Yulia Tchekaleva, claimed bronze and the United States took fourth, 26.6 seconds off the podium.

This is Norway’s second-straight victory in the women’s relay at World Championships (they were fourth in Liberec in 2009).

Results.

 

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Northug Clinches Gold in World Champs 15k

Petter Northug, Jr. (NOR) climbing to the high point of the 15 k course in Val di Fiemme on Wednesday. He won the event in 34:37.1 for his eighth career World Championships victory and his first in the distance. Photo: Fiemme 2013.

VAL DI FIEMME, Italy — Denied a gold medal in the skiathlon and classic sprint earlier this week at World Championships, Norway’s Petter Northug, Jr., finally claimed the top of the podium in the 15 k individual freestyle on Wednesday for his eighth career win at World Championships and his first in the 15 k distance. He had the fastest time at every checkpoint and the effort showed as he came into the stadium, staggering over the last hill and collapsing at the finish line. Johan Olsson (SWE) was 11.8 seconds behind for silver and Tord Asle Gjerdalen (NOR), a last-minute replacement for an ill Martin Johnsrud Sundby, took bronze.

Ivan Babikov (CAN) had the race of his life in fourth place, 53.6 seconds back from Northug’s time and 31 seconds, for the best finish Canada has ever had at World Championships in the 15 k.

Dario Cologna (SUI), winner of the skiathlon and a heavy favorite before the race, finished eighth (+1:21).

Noah Hoffman (USA) finished career-best 15th (+1:50) to lead the Americans.

Results.

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Freeman Skips 15k To Rest for 50k

VAL DI FIEMME, Italy — Kris Freeman (USA) is not on the start list for the World Championships 15 k individual freestyle in order to conserve for the 50 k at the end of the week.

“The coaches and I decided that the best chance for a top result was to rest for the 50 k,” he told FasterSkier.

After placing 40th in the 30 k skiathlon on Sunday, Freeman said he lacked the energy to race hard for the full distance and was looking for much better result in the prestigious 50 k at the end of the championships. He does still plan on being part of the American 4 x 10 k relay on Friday, however, though the full team has not yet officially been named.

“I am doing the relay,” Freeman said. “It was felt that three races in five days would be too much to expect a great race in the 50 k. I didn’t want to bail on the team in the relay so I am resting today.”

The 15 k freestyle starts at 12:45 p.m. CET on Tuesday in Val di Fiemme. Freeman is resting, but Erik Bjornsen, Tad Elliott and Noah Hoffman are starting in positions 25, 28 and 48, respectively for the U.S.

 

 

 

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Johaug Bests Bjørgen For World Champs Gold

VAL DI FIEMME, Italy — Therese Johaug (NOR) often plays second fiddle to teammate Marit Bjørgen, but on Tuesday at World Championships she capitalized on a punishing 10 k course to propel herself to the top of the podium for her first gold medal of the week. Johaug was the 78th starter in a 78-woman field and developed a lead over Bjørgen by the halfway mark; by the time she crossed the finish line she had widened it to 10.2 seconds.

Yulia Tchekaleva (RUS) took bronze (+32.7), biathlete Miriam Goessner (GER) placed an impressive fourth (+33.2) after spending a few minutes in the leader’s chair and Liz Stephen (USA) had the race of her life to finish fifth.

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Kriukov 2-for-2 at World Championships, Wins Men’s Team Sprint with Petukhov

VAL DI FIEMME, Italy — In case people didn’t get the hint on Friday, Russia’s Nikita Kriukov reiterated that he’s the world’s best sprinter on Sunday, overtaking Emil Jönsson of Sweden at the finish to win the men’s 1.5-kilometer freestyle team sprint at the 2013 Nordic World Ski Championships.

The 2010 Olympic sprint champion, Kriukov won his first World Championships gold in Thursday’s individual classic sprint and repeated the feat with teammate Alexey Petukhov on Sunday.

Kriukov edged Jönsson by 0.46 seconds for the win, and Jönsson notched his first medal of the week with Swedish teammate Marcus Hellner. Kazakhstan took third (+0.73) with Nikolay Chebotko and Alexey Poltoranin, the latter of which edged Canada’s Alex Harvey for the bronze.

With Devon Kershaw, the Canadians as the defending team sprint champions were just three-hundreths of a second off the podium in fourth. Italy placed fifth with David Hofer and Frederico Pellegrino.

Results

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Randall, Diggins Capture First World Championships Gold for U.S. in Team Sprint

VAL DI FIEMME, Italy — US Ski Team members Jessie Diggins and Kikkan Randall teamed up for a commanding performance on Sunday, pushing the pace and dropping the field to win the 1.2-kilometer freestyle team sprint at the 2013 Nordic World Ski Championships.

The two opened a gap in the third leg when Diggins took the lead up up the first  major climb. Someone stepped on her pole on the way up, ripping it out of her hand, and she skied over the top without a replacement. Alaska Pacific University coach Erik Flora rushed to give her a spare, and Diggins proceeded to regain the lead and give Randall a sizable gap for the last lap.

Randall successfully held off her contenders, beating runner-up Sweden (with Charlotte Kalla and Ida Ingemarsdotter) by 7.8 seconds. Finland (Riika Sarasoja-Lilja/Krista Lahteenmaki) was third, Norway (Ingvild Flugstad Østberg/Maiken Caspersen Falla) settled for fourth, and Italy (Marina Piller/Ilaria Debertolis) was fifth.

The gold medal was the first ever to be won by an American individual or team at World Championships.

The Canadians, with Perianne Jones and Dasha Gaiazova did not make it out of the semis after placing seventh and ended up 13th overall.

Results

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Cologna Finally World Championship Golden

Dario Cologna (SUI) finally earned his first World Champinoship medal, casting off the spectre of a disappointing 2011 by winnning the men’s 30km skiathlon.

Cologna attacked hard with several kilometers to go, brekaing apart the reamining pack. With rival Petter Northug stuck further back in the group, Cologna was able to get away with Maxim Vylegzhanin (RUS) and Norwegians Sjur Roethe and Martin Johnsrud Sundby in tow.

Cologna did not let up and increased the pace again on the final climb, creating an insurmountable lead heading into the homestretch.

Meanwhile, Northug battled through traffic, finally getting space on the last hill. He closed up, opening a door to the podium, but he had too little too late, and his teammates captured the final two podium spots, with Sundby outlunging Roethe at the line.

Northug was 4th, just ahead of Vylegzhanin.

Alex Harvey paced Canada in 13th. LIke Northug he was back in the pack when the break occured and was unable to move through.

Ivan Babikov skied toward the front early in the race, but slipped down to 32nd at the end.

Graham Nishikawa was 52nd.

U.S. skiers struggled, led by Kris Freeman in 41st and Noah Hoffman in 43rd.

Tad Elliott was 53rd.

Results

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Norway Sweeps World Championship Women’s Skiathlon

Clearly the dominance of the Norwegian women’s team knows no bounds. Even with Marthe Kristoffersen (5th in the overall World Cup last season) and Vibeke Skofterud (4th in the World Championship 30k in 2011) not present, Norway swept the top four places in the women’s 15km skiathlon to kick of distance racing at the 2013 World Championships.

Marit Bjørgen and Therese Johaug skied away from teammates Heidi Weng and Kristin Stoermer Steira, as well as Justyna Kowalczyk (POL) over the top of the long climb on the last lap.

Bjørgen then struck with a vicious attack on the final hill above the stadium, gapping Johaug and cruising to her second gold in two races.

Johaug was clear in second while Weng outsprinted perennial wooden medal champion Steira.

Kowalczyk limped across in 5th, a promising World Championship already shrouded in disappointment for the Tour de Ski winner and overall World Cup leader.

The U.S. struggled overall, led by Liz Stephen in 20th. Stephen was back in 37th after the classic portion, but excelled in the skate, posting the 7th best time over those last 7.5k.

Sadie Bjornsen and Ida Sargent were 37th and 38th respectively with Holly Brooks rounding out the U.S. quartet in 49th.

Brittany Webster was the lone Canadian finisher, placing 57th. Emily Nishikawa did not finish.

Results

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Hendrickson Crowned World Champion in Val di Fiemme

 

Sarah Hendrickson (USA), 2013 World Champion. Photo: Fiemme 2013.

VAL DI FIEMME, Italy — American ski jumper Sarah Hendrickson, 18, became a World Champion on Friday at the 2013 Nordic World Ski Championships in the HS106 competition. She jumped 106.0 meters and 103.0 meters to best a 43-person field in the only women’s event at the championships, earning 253.7 points in total. Sara Takanashi (JPN) took silver with 251.0 points and Jacqueline Seifriedsberger (AUT) was third with 237.2 points.

Hendrickson led teammate Jessica Jerome to sixth for a strong one-two punch for the Americans. Jerome flew to 100.0 meters and 98.0 meters in her two jumps, earning 224.9 points. Lindsey Van (USA) was 16th and Abby Hughes was 33rd.

This is a career first World Championship gold medal for Hendrickson, who was the overall World Cup champion in 2012. She was 16th in Oslo two years ago and 29th in Liberec for her championship debut.

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Bjørgen, Kriukov Claim First Titles at World Champs

VAL DI FIEMME, Italy — Marit Bjørgen (NOR) and Nikita Kriukov (RUS) claimed  the first World Championship gold medals of the week on Thursday in the classic sprint. As new snow gently fell on the 1.2/1.5 k course, Bjørgen dominated the women’s field, claiming the top spot in the final heat by over two seconds over Ida Ingemarsdotter (SWE). NMaiken Caspersen Falla (NOR) took broze to claim two medals for Norway in the opening medal race.

Kriukov had to put up more a fight for his World Champion crown; both Petter Northug, Jr. (NOR) and Alex Harvey (CAN) made moves in the final straight but Kriukov outkicked them both to best Northug by 0.4 seconds. Harvey was 0.84 seconds back for bronze.

Apart from Harvey, no North American advanced past the quarterfinals. Kikkan Randall (USA) took 19th and was Sophie Caldwell 20th after each took fourth in their heats; while Andy Newell was fifth in his heat for 21st overall.

Men’s results

Women’s results

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Lithuanians Go 1-2 in Women’s World Championships Qualifier

VAL DI FIEMME, Italy — Diana Rasimoviciute led a Lithuanian sweep of the top two in Wednesday’s 5 k freestyle individual start, the first race of the 2013 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships. Rasimoviciute was the fastest around the one-lap course in 13:21.3 to secure individual starts at this year’s World Championships. Athletes who did not make the top 10 also have a shot in Thursday’s classic sprint qualifier.

Natalija Kocergina was 20.7 seconds back in second, and Great Britain’s Rosamund Musgrave placed third (+33.8). Emoke Szocs of Hungary was fourth (+40.7) and China’s Liping Guo was 44.9 seconds back from the winner in fifth.

Top 10

1 Diana Rasimoviciute (LTU) 13:21.3

2. Natalija Kocergina (LTU) +20.7

3. Rosamund Musgrave (GBR) +33.8

4. Emoke Szocs (HUN) +40.7

5. Liping Guo (CHN) +44.9

6. Tanja Karisk (BIH) +58.9

7. Ingrida Ardisaukaite (LTU) +1:03.8

8. Niviaq Chemnitz Berthelsen (DAN) +1:05.9

9. Jaqueline Mourao (BRA) +1:09.7

10. Sarah Young (GBR) +1:23.0

Women’s 5 k qualifier results

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Palici Wins 10k Qualifying Race at World Champs

Andrei Viorel Palici (ROU) crossing the line in the 10 k freestyle qualification race at World Championships on Wednesday. He won in 24:53.2, 24 seconds over runner-up Pavel Andreiv (KGZ).

VAL DI FIEMME, Italy — Romanian skier Viorel Andrei Palici won the 10 k freestyle qualifying race on Wednesday afternoon in 24:53.2, safely advancing to the remaining distance races on the World Championships schedule. The top ten men from the race will follow him; Pavel Andreiv (Kyrgyzstan) finished 24.1 seconds behind Palici in 25:17.3.

 

 

Palici after finishing.

10 k Freestyle Qualifier – Top 10

1. Viorel Andrei Palici (ROU) 24:53

2. Pavel Andreiv (KGZ) 25:17

3. Martin Moeller (DAN) 25:28

4. Artur Teghoyan (ARM) 25:35

5. Andrew Pohl (NZL) 25:37

6. Karolis Zlatkauskas (LTU) 25:40

7. Hu Zhou (CHN) 25:42

8. Alexander Standen (GBR) 25:44

9. Mladen Plakalovic (BIH) 25:51

10. Oystein Slettemark (DAN) 26:05

Results.

 

 

 

 

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