Category Archives: 2017 Lahti World Championships


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Sweden’s Stina Nilsson, Ebba Andersson, Charlotte Kalla and Anna Haag faced the cameras after winning the silver medal in the relay at the 2017 Nordic World Championships. I really appreciate the recent article the Faster Skier web site did on some of my work covering the nordic ski racing scene. Above, one of the photos from the article, taken in Lahti, Finland, in 2017. You […]

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Ski Race Photos at Craftsbury Outdoor Center

If you happen to get to the Craftsbury, VT, Outdoor Center any time this winter, take a look at the photos in the touring center (open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, all winter). I have an exhibit of 22 16-x-24-inch color prints from some of the racing coverage I did in 2016 and 2017. The photos range from local racers in New England […]

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Lahti #12

A few more Lahti favorites, all from the men’s 50-k, the last event in the competition. Below, Canada’s Alex Harvey, en route to winning the race, and after.


Lahti #11

Favorites from Friday’s men’s 4-by-10-kilometer relay and today’s women’s 30-k at the World Nordic Ski Championships in Lahti, Finland. Long story short, as the two fans above indicate, the Norwegians won them both. They are the people in red and blue. Click here for stories, more photos.

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Lahti #10: Favorites

Favorites from today in Lahti: East Montpelier, VT’s, Liz Stephen, above, charging up the big hills as part of the US women’s 4-by 5-k relay team. Liz hammered the hills to help bring the team to within about 30 seconds of a bronze medal. Other favorites, below: Norway’s Marit Bjorgen waving the flag (again) after Norway won the relay; the Swedish relay team, on camera for […]

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Lahti #9: Iivo!

Iivo! Iivo! Iivo! screamed thousands of Finns as Iivo Niskanen (that’s Eee-voh) sprinted the last hundred meters of the 15-K interval-start world championship race yesterday here in Lahti, Finland. Denied gold in the team sprint on Sunday when he collided with Norway’s Emil Iversen, Niskanen would not be denied again. And he instantly became the most shouted-about man in Finland. The U.S.’s Erik Bjornsen, below, skied […]

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Lahti #8

I don’t know what it’s like to fly, but ski jumpers do. One of the nordic combined jumpers flies after taking off from the 130-meter ski jump at the world championships in Lahti yesterday.


Lahti #7a

One from yesterday: Norway’s Marit Bjorgen, en route to her 16th World Championship medal, first place in the 10-K interval start at Lahti. For details and more photos click here.

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Lahti #7

      One of a group of Finns dressed as part of a Suomi ski team from the 1950s at the World Nordic Ski Championships in Lahti, Finland.

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Lahti #6

More high drama at the Lahti World Ski Championships in Finland yesterday: Americans Jessie Diggins and Sadie Bjornsen, wearing the US women’s team’s trademark striped socks, took third in the Team Sprint, above: Diggins collapsed after outsprinting Sweden’s Stina Nilsson (photo below). Norway’s  Emil Iversen lost first place for himself and his teammate Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo after breaking a pole in a collision with 200 […]


Lahti #5

Men’s and women’s skiathlon yesterday: Racers ski the first section of the race on classic skis and the second on skate skis: 15 kilometers for the women, 30 kilometers for the men on a grueling, hilly course. Also local color, above, and Norway’s Marit Bjorgen, below, with her son after winning the women’s race. The lone skier with the big TV screen in the background […]


Lahti #4

A few from today’s Nordic Combined (ski jumping and cross-country ski racing): top, Germany’s Johannes Rydzek celebrates the win; below, American Bryan Fletcher leads a pack near the start of the race. Skiers start based on the their performance in ski jumping, which results in groups starting at nearly the same time. Fletcher eventually finished 14th. Bottom, Austria’s Bernhard Gruber leads another group.


Lahti #3

Jessie Diggins (left, Afton, MN) and Kikkan Randall (right, Anchorage, AK) with Maiken Caspersen Falla after Falla won the women’s freestyle sprint at the Lahti World Championships and Diggins and Randall finished second and third. Sophie Caldwell (Stratton, VT) was a third American woman to make it into the sprint finals, finishing sixth. For a short gallery, click here.  For a full account of the race, […]


Lahti #2

Today the women’s 5-k and men’s 10-k qualifiers were held, races designed so skiers without World Cup points can compete. Racers from such unlikely ski countries as Iran, Lebanon, Ireland, Brazil, Venezuela and Armenia skied, along with others from countries like Australia, Iceland and Denmark. The top 10 in each race will get to race against World Cup skiers later in the competition. By the […]

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Lahti World Championships #1

Today was the day before official competition begins at the 2017 World Nordic Ski Championships in Lahti, Finland.  It’s cold, sunny and the snow is granular and icy. Teams from around the skiing world were checking wax, practice-jumping the 100-meter “normal” hill,  and generally preparing for the biggest event of the year. Click here for a gallery from the day before the games start. Use the […]

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