Category Archives: cross country ski racing

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Ski Racing is Back in British Columbia

Last season, there was basically no high-level cross-country ski racing in Canada due to COVID restrictions, so when Western Canada Cup #1 was held this past December 4–5 in Sovereign Lake, British Columbia, it was a celebration as well as a competition. Somewhat accidentally, I happened to be there. Day one featured steady snow for the sprints. Day two brought sun on new snow for […]

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Seefeld 2019: Gallery

Two weeks at the world nordic ski championships in Austria meant a lot of people met, a lot of stories seen and heard, and a lot of photos taken, from the ski jumper, above, flying toward the Alps, to the Seekirchl (church by the lake) in Seefeld by moonlight, below, to all the faces of nordic ski sport. Click here for the gigantic gallery, if […]

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So Long, Seefeld

The 2019 FIS world nordic championships are history. More than 100,000 tickets were sold during the two-week competition in Seefeld, Austria—about 12,000 on the busiest days, according to the organizers. Norwegians, like the fan above, were definitely smiling: They won 25 medals, more by far than any other nation. The Austrian organizers should have been happy with the way the events ran, but undoubtedly they […]

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Warm: Seefeld #4, Women’s Relay

It was this hot during the women’s 4 x 5-K relay at the world nordic ski championships in Seefeld, Austria, yesterday: So hot — temperatures well into the 50s and skiers fighting through slushy, slow snow — that Therese Johaug, top, Norway’s number one skier, collapsed into an instant on-snow cooldown at the finish line. She (and Norway) finished second. Jessie Diggins, the top US […]

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Seefeld World Nordic Championships #3

Catching up with a few days of racing at Seefeld. Above, Norway’s Therese Johaug exults after winning the women’s 15-k skiathlon. She had been suspended (in a baffling move by ski authorities) from competition for 18 months for using a lip cream that contained a steroid, and, in her first world championship since, she was ready to strike back. Below, Sweden’s Maja Dahlqvist embracing teammate […]

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Recent Publications: Faster Skier, Northern Woodlands

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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Super Tour Finals at Craftsbury

The 2018 Super Tour finals brought nordic skiers from across the country to the Craftsbury, VT, Outdoor Center for five days of racing last week. Panning (moving the camera with the action while it is set at a slow shutter speed) is often a matter of luck, and I lucked out on the above photo of the lead pack in the men’s 50-k freestyle race […]

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Ski Orienteering World Cup

If cross country ski racing is a niche sport, then ski orienteering is a niche within a niche. It involves racing on cross-country skis and finding your way to a series of checkpoints scattered around the woods on trails you have never seen before, using a map you only receive 15 seconds before the race starts. It means getting around the route as fast as […]

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Cross Country Skier Cover

.                         US cross country ski team member Jessie Diggins (Afton, Minnesota) leads up the hill above the stadium in Lahti, Finland, in a photo I took at last year’s World Nordic Ski Championships. It’s the cover of the newest issue of Cross Country Skier magazine. Diggins won her first World Cup race of […]

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Craftsbury SuperTour

Kaitlynn Miller (Elmore, VT) and Kelsey Phinney (Sun Valley, Idaho) hug after Miller won the SuperTour sprint race in Craftsbury, VT, Friday. Earlier in the week, Miller was named to the US Olympic team along with six other cross-country or biathlon skiers from the Craftsbury Green Racing Project. Below, the sartorial splendor of Jack Schrupp of the Williams College Purple Cows; Forrest Mahlen (Alaska Pacific […]

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