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Koos to Leave Methow Team, Return to Graduate School

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Sprinter Torin Koos is leaving the Methow Olympic Development Project, the club he joined after being dropped from the U.S. Ski Team following the 2010 season.

“I am going back to a combination of skiing and school that I know for me is exactly what I need, from this day going forward,” he wrote in a post on the team’s blog.

In a brief Skype chat on Monday evening, Koos said that while he is returning to graduate school at Westminster College, he isn’t making a shift away from skiing.

“I did the same in the summer of 2005 and 2006,” he said.

He did, however, add that he would likely be attending the fall semester at Westminster this year, in addition to the summer session.

Koos declined an interview request late Monday, though he said he would discuss the changes next week.

Koos to Miss Drammen WC With Shoulder Injury, On Track for World Champs

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Torin Koos (MOD) will miss next weekend’s World Cup races in Drammen, Norway after dislocating his shoulder in the A-Final of the FIS sprint race in Beitostolen on Friday. He is still planning on racing at World Championships.

Koos, a member of the 2011 US World Championship Team, skied well in that race as he tuned up for the bigger events coming up. The three-time Olympian ended up fourth.

“For the last three days getting the shoulder to settle down with inflamation and swelling has been the game,” Koos wrote in an email to FasterSkier.

He has been skiing with one-pole and no poles, as well as riding a stationary bike since the incident three days ago.

He will start physical therapy today, working with exercises sent by his physical therapist back in the states, and he will have an MRI in Oslo at the end of the week.

“Dramman is out for sure, but I look to compete – and race well – in Oslo in ten days time,” Koos said.

In a nice display of international cooperation, Koos wrote, “I would really like to acknowledge the help the Norwegian Ski Team has provided, in particular the physical therapist Elin from Molda.”

Koos Qualifies 17th in Beitostolen, Northug Out

Saturday, November 13th, 2010

Torin Koos (USA) qualified 17th in the 1.4km FIS freestyle sprint in Beitostolen, Norway this morning.  Koos completed the the loop 6.48 seconds slower than top qualifier Anders Gloersen of Norway.

Koos was the top non-Norwegian in qualification and the only North American in the race.

Most of the top Norwegians were present, including two-time Sprint Cup Champion Ola Vigen Hattestad, Olympic medalist Oystein Pettersen, Eldar Ronning, and Johan Kjolstad.

Thomas Northug bested his brother before the heats even start, qualifying in 10th, compared to Petter’s 31st.

Andrew Musgrave of Great Britain followed up a strong performance yesterday with another good race, qualifying 29th, 8.43 seconds back.  Harald Wurm (AUT) was the last qualifier, .01 behind Musgrave and the same margin ahead of Petter Northug.

In women’s qualifying, Maiken Caspersen Falla (NOR) took the top spot 1.9 seconds ahead of veteran Slovenian Vesna Fabjan.  Astrid Jacobsen took the third spot, +3.57 seconds.  Only 25 women started, so all advanced to the heats.  Norway and Slovenian are the only countries represented in the women’s race.

Qualifying Results (PDFs):

Men’s 1.4km Freestyle Sprint

Women’s 1.1km Freestyle Sprint

August 6 Daily Roundup: Koos Profile

Friday, August 6th, 2010

–The Wenatchee World has a profile of former U.S. Ski Team sprinter Torin Koos, who has joined the Methow Olympic Development Project for the coming year.

–FIS has a translation of a quick interview with Russian National Team Head Coach Yuriy Kaminsky, after a camp near Rybinsk. They also have a bit on Polish skier Justyna Kowalczyk.

–USSA’s J2 talent identification camp is underway in Houghton, Michigan. Bryan Fish has a report with photos on the USSA website.

Daily Roundup, Wednesday, April 14

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Not a lot happening in the cross-country ski world right now, but we turned up a couple of things.

First, with Chris Grover being appointed head coach of the U.S. Ski Team, we send you back to a live Q+A that we conducted with him last year. Read it here.

Second, Italian skier Antonella Confortola Wyatt is competing in the New Zealand Mountain Running Championships this weekend. She’s married to Jonathan Wyatt, a world mountain running champion. Read that story here.

Finally, for anybody who missed the excellent video of Torin Koos and Andy Newell going head-to-head on the homestretch in the sprint at Spring Series, check it out below.

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The Race – Men’s 4x10km Relay – Sweden is Gold

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010


With wet snow falling one of the must exciting races in Nordic ski racing has started.  Norway has set the pace for most of the first lap, but coming through the stadium Devon Kershaw of the Canadian team decided to take a turn up at the front of the pack.  Andy Newell of the United States is hanging strong a few rows back in this first classic leg.

At 4.3km Daniel Richardsson (SWE) has moved to the front to push the pace. Germany sits second and Norway is hanging in third, while the Canadian team is sitting just behind.  For the most part the skiers have gone from skiing in a pack to a long line as they go out on course for the second lap.

The group is still together after the second lap as they enter the stadium once again.  On their way out onto the third lap the efforts are lifting with the French team’s Jean Marc Gaillard moving to the front to push the pace.  Now at 7.6km the Frenchman is trying to break away from the pack.

Nearing the end of the first lap, about 1km from the finish, Gaillard had built up a large lead (maybe 200m), but crashed and his entire margin disappeared.  The Finnish team tags in first.

Andy Newell (USA) tagged Torin Koos in 12th position.  He was visibly exhausted as he among other skiers collapsed to the ground to recover.


The lead pack is five with France, Finland, Sweden, Germany and Norway all 25 seconds in front of the chase pack which includes Canada and the Czech Republic.

After the first lap the French team led through the stadium, but shortly afterwards as they left the stadium Johan Olsson (SWE) took over the pace setting and has dropped the Finnish team.  Lukas Bauer is attempting to bridge from the chase pack to the leaders and now at 4.3km is only 7 seconds from the back of the four up front.  He has passed the Finnish team.

While the front four double pole with a rhythmic tempo, Bauer is hammering to reach the back of their pack.  He now has, and the lead pack is five.

As they ski up the courses final climb before dropping into the stadium their technique is all very similar.  This is ‘big boy skiing’ at its finest – lots of long poppy striding and snappy double-poling.  Maybe with the exception of Germany’s Axel Teichmann, who displays the upright stance and shorter stride which has become his trademark.

Vincent Vittoz (FRA) has moved to the front to once again push the pace.  The Swedish team has jumped in right behind him following his lead, while the other skiers seem to be struggling to keep pace.  Lukas Bauer has bridged the small gap to France and Sweden with Norway and Germany just behind.

Sweden’s Johan Olsson has made his move and is hammering trying to break Bauer and Vittoz.  Teichmann is off the back and Norway’s Odd-Bjoern Hjelmeset has fallen even further still.

The top three are all separated by just a few seconds now as they tag the skate skiers.  You can visibly see the efforts on the faces of the skiers as they come into the stadium.  This is gold medal is worth more then any other.  This is the biggest deal!

Kazakhstan skier Alexey Poltaranin skied a great second leg, lifting them just past Norway into fifth place after two legs.


Sweden, France and the Czech Republic are skiing together and 1km into the third leg they now hold a 30 second lead over Norway and the rest of the chase pack.

After the first lap the lead three is clear, equally clear is that they are not playing any games.  They know that if they keep the pace high that they will all have a better chance of a medal.  The chase pack includes Norway, Germany, Finland and Russia, all of which have very strong anchor legs, especially Norway – we don’t even have to mention who it is.

The lead three continue to switch the lead each nation helping with the pace setting.  However, the chase pack is led by Norway with the other nations seemingly saying you’re the one with all the pressure to win, bring us up there.  At the 4.3km mark though the margin has increased, now to 35 seconds.

Now at 6.6km France’s Maurice Manifecat sets the pace, the look on his face is one of complete anguish.  Sweden’s Anders Sodergren and the Czech Republic’s Jiri Magal follow right behind.  On the final climb before dropping into the stadium Sweden has opened up a small margin.  France tags 3.5 seconds back and the Czech Republic is 5 seconds off the pace.

The three skiers that had been battling up front congratulate each other as they all had the same goal, to stay clear of Norway and give their anchor legs a shot over Petter Northug.


At 1km into the final leg the lead three hold a 30 second margin over the chase pack which is still led by Norway.  Germany and Finland are staying right on Northug’s tails, but making him do all the work.

Tobias Angerer has moved to the front of the chase pack to take over some of the load.

As they come through the stadium at 3.3km not much has changed up front, Sweden continues to lead.  In the chase pack Northug has moved to the front and raised the pace.  Now with a 25 second gap in front of him he must go now if Norway has any chance at a medal.

The three nations remained in the lead until Sweden made their move and now has opened up a sizable lead over the other two.  Northug is charging with everything he has.  The gap to the silver is now only ten seconds for the Norwegian.  Both are in danger and it is likely that France and the Czech Republic with not be able to match his finishing move when he decides it is time to move to the front.

Northug bridged the gap to the skiers from France and the Czech Republic going up the final climb before decending down into the stadium.  He seemed to catch his breath for a second before charging to the front of the group where he slowed the pace down with a questionable snowplow at the top of the hill before the final downhill.

Sweden’s Marcus Hellner had enough time to grab one of his nations flag as he celebrated winning the gold down the finish lanes.

In typical Northug fashion he made an explosive move on the other two capturing the silver.  All in all Northug erased a 35 second margin to win silver for Norway.

The Czech Republic fought all day to bring home the bronze medal, while France too battled they ended the day in fourth.  However, the story of the day can not be told with including much of the pace setting done by both the Czech Republic and French teams.  It is unlikely that you could find many people in the world that would have predicted that these two nations would have been battling up front all race for the gold medal.

The Canadian team crossed the line in 7th place, while the United States squad came in 13th.

Complete Results.

U.S., Canada Pick Athletes for Team Sprint

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

The American pairs for Monday’s team sprint have been selected, according to U.S. Ski Team Head Coach Pete Vordenberg.

For the men, it will be veteran sprinters Torin Koos and Andy Newell. For the women, Kikkan Randall and Caitlin Compton will start.

Referring to Koos and Newell, Vordenberg said that “right now, these are the guys with the most experience–that, to us, made the most sense.”

Kris Freeman and Simi Hamilton were both considered for the team, but Freeman has had some issues with blood sugar management, while Vordenberg said that he’s not sure about Hamilton’s health.

As for the women, Randall is a no-brainer, while Compton is also a strong skater.

Late Saturday night, Chandra Crawford tweeted the Canadian selections: Devon Kershaw and Alex Harvey on the men’s side, and Sara Renner and Dasha Gaiazova for the women.

Kershaw had to beat out George Grey for a spot, as the latter matched up with Harvey for a third-place finish in last year’s World Cup at Whistler Olympic Park. Following some lackluster results in the Canmore World Cups two weeks ago, Kershaw sat out Monday’s 15k in order to be fresh for the team sprint, but after today’s pursuit finish behind Grey, he said that he wasn’t sure whether he’d be picked.

Gaiazova had to beat out Crawford, but her sprinting consistency  this season appears to have given the former the edge.

Kuhn, Kershaw, Hamilton Qualify for Heats

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Simi Hamilton was the lone US qualifier for the men’s classic sprint heats.  He is joined by Canadians Stefan Kuhn and Devon Kershaw.

Top American Andy Newell crashed on the corner at the bottom of the course while teammate Torin Koos was unable to repeat his excellent qualification round form a week ago.

Support Your Olympic Heros

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

The Leavenworth Junior Nordic Team sent us this photo to share with their Olympic hero Torin Koos.  So we ask you, who is your hero?  Let them feel the support from back home by sending us a photo or a video to share with them.

You should also feel free to use the comment section of this post to do the same.

As a Nordic community we are all behind our Olympic teams!

Best Wishes Torin!!!

Torin also received these warm wishes and photo from MBSEF.

Go Torin

Ski Fast,

Dan Simoneau on behalf of everyone at MBSEF.