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Debut Jump Title for Friberg

PARK CITY, Utah (Aug. 3) - Fresh off a pair of top FIS Cup finishes in Europe, St. Paul Ski Club jumper Christian Friberg (St. Paul, MN) picked up his first U.S. title Sunday in the large hill event at the U.S. Ski Jumping Championships at the Utah Olympic Park in Park City. Olympian Jessica Jerome (Park City, UT) won her 11th U.S. crown.

It's definitely cool - kind of an adrenaline rush. This is a big step forward. Things have been progressing well this summer. It's a good steppingstone for the future. - U.S. Champion Christian Friberg

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Christian Friberg's win came on the heels of a pair of strong finishes in FIS Cup events in Villach, Austria earlier in July including a top 10.
  • Friberg soared 130.0 meters on his first ride to take a commanding lead over Olympian Nick Alexander.
  • The 19 year old is a three-time World Junior Team member.
  • Jessica Jerome went 121.5 and 122.5 meters to take her 11th U.S. title.
  • World Champions Sarah Hendrickson and Lindsey Van were both sidelined with injuries.
  • The normal hill U.S. Championship will be held in October during the Flaming Leaves tournament in Lake Placid, NY.

Medalists
Men

1 - Christian Friberg (St. Paul, MN)
2 - Nick Alexander (Lebanon, NH)
3 - Kevin Bickner (Wauconda, IL)
NOTE: Canadian Matt Rowley jumped to second, but only Americans are eligible for U.S. Championships results.

Women
1 - Jessica Jerome (Park City, UT) 
2 - Nita Englund (Steamboat Springs, CO)
3 - Tara Gereghaty-Moats (Fairlee, VT)

QUOTES
Christian Friberg, men's champion

It's definitely cool - kind of an adrenaline rush. This is a big step forward. Things have been progressing well this summer. It's a good steppingstone for the future.  In a couple weeks we're heading back to Slovenia to train in Kranj and some Continental Cups. 

Jessica Jerome, women's champion
It was a great competition today. I wish more of my teammates were here and not injured - I like competing against them and we push each other.

It was nice to see some of the younger development girls step up and have good runs. Nationals is always timed right for me as I start to get a good rhythm this time of the summer. Now it will be interesting to see how I stack up internationally.

Results (NOTE: Canadian Matt Rowley jumped to second, but only Americans are eligible for U.S. Championships results.)
Men's U.S. Championship
Women's U.S. Championship
 

 

Sun, 03 Aug 2014 23:30:18 +0000

U.S. Ski Jumpers Compete for Champs Title

PARK CITY, UT (Aug. 1) – U.S. Ski Team ski jumping and nordic combined athletes will be vying for the title of U.S. Champion this weekend at the U.S. Ski Jumping Championships at the Utah Olympic Park (UOP) in Park City Sunday, Aug. 3. The event is part of the UOP’s 16th annual Springer Tournee. Defending champion Nick Fairall is back to compete along with 2012 Champion Jessica Jerome (Park City, UT), who is looking to earn her 11th U.S. Champion title. Defending Champion Sarah Hendrickson (Park City, UT) and Lindsey Van (Park City, UT) will not be competing this year. Jumping Championships are set to start with the trial round at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 3.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The 2014 U.S. Large Hill Ski Jumping Championships will take place during the summer for the seventh straight year on Aug. 3 at the 2002 Olympic venue in Park City, UT on the HS134 meter hill.
  • Nick Fairall will look to defend his U.S. Champion title after winning the large hill event last year.
  • Olympians Bryan Fletcher, Taylor Fletcher, Nick Alexander and Anders Johnson will also compete.
  • 2012 Champion Jessica Jerome is looking to earn her 11th U.S. Champion title.
  • U.S. Ski Team’s Sarah Hendrickson and Lindsey Van are recovering from surgeries and opted not to participate in this year’s championships.
  • Jumping Championships are set to start with the trial round at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 3.
  • The nordic combined and normal hill ski jumping U.S. Championships will take place at the Flaming Leaves Festival in Lake Placid, NY Oct. 11-12.

 

Defending Champions

Men’s Large Hill
Nick Fairall, Andover, NH (1 title)

Women’s Large Hill
Sarah Hendrickson, Park City, UT (2 titles)

Schedule
Sunday, August 3th
8:00 a.m. U.S. Ski Jumping Championships (men and women HS 134-large hill)

 


Fri, 01 Aug 2014 20:52:14 +0000

Athlete Spotlight: Erik Bjornsen

As the second half of the Bjornsen nordic clan, Erik Bjornsen continues to carve out his own niche on the U.S. Cross Country Team, making his Olympic debut in 2014 and competing in six events.

In his first Olympic Games, the Washington native helped the men’s classic sprint relay team reach the finals in Sochi. That successful Olympic debut comes on the heels of a breakthrough 2013, where Bjornsen made his World Cup debut, had top-10 and top-15 finishes at U23 World Championships, and earned his first U.S. title in the 15k freestyle. He also skied in his first World Championships, finishing 14th in the team sprint, and then capped the year with two SuperTour Finals victories.

Bjornsen terrorized the SuperTour scene in 2012, with enough impressive finishes to take third overall in the four-part miniseries. He also made his mark on the collegiate scene, earning All-America honors as a freshman at Alaska Pacific University.

ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT

Name: Erik Bjornsen

Sport: Cross Country Skiing

How/when did you decide you wanted to compete: Before I can remember

Biggest accomplishment in your career so far: 6th in the team sprint at the Olympics

Favorite moment from Sochi: My five seconds of glory when when I was leading the Olympics!

Goals for next season: Score world cup points in both disciplines and both techniques

Favorite snow destination: Praz De Lys, France

Favorite non-snow destination: Mazama, Washington

Favorite candy: Sour Skittles

If you weren't a professional athlete what would you be: A professional business man

If you could have dinner with one person dead or alive, who would it be: My grandma

One thing you can’t live without: Chef Rosie Brennan

Favorite USSA athlete outside your sport: Julia Mancuso

Advice to others who want to follow in your footsteps: Nothing special, just train hard and enjoy it!

 


Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:30:41 +0000

2015 Cross Country Team Nominated

PARK CITY, UT (June 2) – World Cup sprint champion Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) headlines a  powerhouse team of women nominated to the 2015 U.S. Cross Country Ski Team. All five A Team women reached the World Cup podium during the 2014 season. On the men’s side, veteran sprinter Andy Newell (Shaftsbury, VT) and rising talent Simi Hamilton (Aspen, CO), who won a Tour de Ski stage last season, anchor the American men for the 2015 World Championship season.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Three-time World Cup sprint champion Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) highlights a powerhouse team of six women nominated to the 2015 U.S. Cross Country Ski Team.
  • Randall, along with Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN), are the defending team sprint World Champions.
  • Veteran Andy Newell (Shaftsbury, VT) anchors a men’s team of six athletes including Olympians Simi Hamilton (Aspen, CO) and Noah Hoffman (Aspen, CO).
  • The 2015 Cross Country World Cup season is slated to open Nov. 29-30, 2014 in Kuusamo, Finland.
  • The 2015 Cross Country World Ski Championships will take place Feb. 18 – March 1, 2015 in Falun, Sweden.

2015 U.S. Cross Country Ski Team Nominated Athletes
Name, Hometown, Club, Date of Birth
* Denotes Olympian

A TEAM
Men
Simeon Hamilton (Aspen, CO; SMS T2, 5/14/87)*
Andrew Newell (Shaftsbury, VT; SMS T2, 11/30/83)*

Women
Jessica Diggins (Afton, MN; SMS T2, 8/26/91)*
Kikkan Randall (Anchorage, AK; Alaska Pacific University Nordic Ski Center, 12/31/82)*
Elizabeth Stephen (East Montpelier, VT; Burke Mountain Academy, 1/12/87)*
Sadie Bjornsen (Mazama, WA; Alaska Pacific University Nordic Ski Center, 11/21/89)*
Sophie Caldwell (Peru, VT; SMS T2, 3/22/90)*

B TEAM
Men
Erik Bjornsen (Mazama, WA; Alaska Pacific University Nordic Ski Center, 7/14/92)*
Noah Hoffman (Aspen, CO; Ski and Snowboard Club Vail, 8/1/89)*

Women
Ida Sargent (Craftsbury Common, VT; Craftsbury Green Racing Project, 1/25/88)*

D TEAM
Men
Patrick Caldwell (Hanover, NH; Dartmouth Ski Team, 2/18/94)
Ben Saxton (Lakeville, MN, SMS T2, 6/30/93) 


Mon, 02 Jun 2014 17:56:05 +0000

Bjornsen-Hoffman Claim U.S. Distance Titles

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (March 29) – U.S. Cross Country Ski Team athletes Noah Hoffman (Aspen, CO) and Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) both capped their respective seasons Friday with U.S. distance titles to wrap up the 2014 U.S. Cross Country Championships. Hoffman battled with Finnish skier Aku Nikander (University of New Mexico) throughout the men’s 50k classic, where Nikander took the win but the title went to the top U.S. athlete. Bjornsen teamed up with Liz Stephen (East Montpelier, VT) to lead the women’s 30k and emerged with the victory and distance title.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • U.S. Cross Country Ski Team athletes Noah Hoffman (Aspen, CO) and Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) both capped their respective seasons Friday with U.S. distance titles to wrap up the 2014 U.S. Cross County Championships.
  • Hoffman battled with Finnish skier Aku Nikander (University of New Mexico) throughout the men’s 50k classic, repeatedly trading off the lead on the challenging 10k Spencer Loop course. Nikander eventually took the win but the title went to the top U.S. athlete.
  • It was the second title for Hoffman at 2014 U.S. Championships after his win in the 15k freestyle race last Saturday.
  • Reese Hanneman (APU Nordic; Fairbanks, AK) took the third spot on the podium while Andy Newell (Shaftsbury, VT) skied into sixth and Simi Hamilton (Aspen, CO) seventh.
  • Bjornsen teamed up with Liz Stephen (East Montpelier, VT) to lead the women’s 30k ahead of Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) and Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN). Bjornsen led throughout out the downhill and flat sections while Stephen led the pace on the tough uphill sections.
  • In the end Bjornsen emerged with the victory and distance title with Stephen second, Randall third, Diggins fourth and Ida Sargent (Orleans, VT) fifth. Rookie Sophie Caldwell (Peru, VT) finished sixth to cap an incredible first season with the U.S. Ski Team.
  • It was Bjornsen’s third career title after winning the skate sprint and 20k classic at U.S. Nationals in Midway, UT in 2013.
  • Friday’s event took place on the APU Nordic training site, which meant a hometown advantage for Bjornsen, Randall, Hanneman and other APU athletes.
  • The 2014 U.S. Cross Country Championships mark the end of the competitive season for the athletes, who return home for a break before beginning the training cycle again this summer.

QUOTES
Noah Hoffman
I didn’t really know anything about Aku, I didn’t even know his name. He’s a good skier. I didn’t like my chances coming into the final stretch, but part of me was just glad to be with him. I did try a little bit over the final hills, but I just didn’t have a chance getting away from him.

He was better than me double poling all day. I was struggling and it’s been a long season and he was impressive and I’m glad to be done.

Sadie Bjornsen
This is probably one that I’m going to remember most for the season, this and Holmenkollen, because I feel like it’s the hardest race. Since joining APU I’ve realized I may be more of a distance skier than a sprinter and, you know, I prefer that. I always want to sprint, but distance skiing is so fun for me.

We were just pushing so hard out there, making sure nobody was catching us. You always go into this race, the last race of the season like, ‘Oh, I hope we don’t go as hard as we can the whole time because I’m so tired,’ but when it comes down to it, it’s always more fun to do that anyway.

Liz Stephen
I was secretly hoping Sadie was going to win this race. I had a feeling a few days ago this was going to be her day.

Kikkan Randall
I certainly felt like today the caliber is the highest it’s ever been for one of these races. I know these guys can ski really well on the Word Cup so it’s like, you know you’ve got to bring you’re A-game on a day like this.

RESULTS
Official Results
(scroll down for men’s and women’s results)

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Sat, 29 Mar 2014 23:36:37 +0000

Jerome Fifth in Large Hill Finale

PLANICA, Slovenia (March 22) – Jessica Jerome (Park City, UT) jumped into the top five Saturday, taking advantage of the second large hill competition of the year and making a statement at the final World Cup of the 2014 season. Jerome soared to 117 and 124 meters, scoring 232 points behind the day’s winner and World Cup champion Sara Takanashi of Japan. Jerome finished the season 10th in the season-long World Cup standings, her third consecutive season ranked in the top 10 in the world.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Jessica Jerome (Park City, UT) jumped into fifth Saturday, taking advantage of the second large hill competition of the year and making a statement at the final World Cup of the 2014 season.
  • Jerome landed 117 and 124-meter jumps, scoring an impressive 232 points.
  • She finished the season 10th in the season-long World Cup standings, her third consecutive season ranked in the top 10 in the world.
  • World Cup champion Sara Takanashi of Japan was the day’s winner, while Japanese teammate Yuki Ito occupied the second spot on the podium with Julia Clair of France third.
  • Takanashi claimed the overall title with 1720 points, a full 914 points ahead of Olympic champion Carina Vogt of Germany in second. Yuki Ito finished third on the season.

RESULTS
Official Results

STANDINGS
Official World Cup Standings

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Sat, 22 Mar 2014 17:07:12 +0000

Randall Tops for USA to Close Season

FALUN, Sweden (March 16) – World Cup sprint champion Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) skied into 13th Sunday in the 10k freestyle pursuit, closing the three-day Falun mini-tour and putting a stamp on another successful World Cup season. In addition to her third-straight World Cup sprint title, Randall finished sixth in the overall standings behind overall champion Therese Johaug of Norway, who also won Sunday’s pursuit. Noah Hoffman (Aspen, CO) topped for the USA in the men’s 15k pursuit, where Norway’s Martin Johnsrud Sundby skied away with the victory as well as both the distance and overall World Cup titles.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • World Cup sprint champion Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) skied into 13th Sunday in the 10k freestyle pursuit, closing the three-day Falun mini-tour and putting a stamp on another successful World Cup season.
  • In addition to winning her third-straight World Cup sprint title last week, Randall took sixth in the overall standings.
  • Liz Stephen (East Montpelier, VT) also put forth a strong effort in the Falun mini-tour, where her 17th-place finish helped her reach the top 15 in the overall distance standings.
  • World Champion Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) ended her season ranked 20th overall, posting 21st in distance and 23rd in sprint. She finished Sunday’s race 36th.
  • Rookie Sophie Caldwell (Peru, VT) climbed to an impressive eighth in the sprint standings during her first year on the U.S. Cross Country Team, which put her into 23rd overall.
  • Overall World Cup champion Therese Johaug of Norway took the victory during Sunday’s pursuit and was joined on the podium by teammates Marit Bjoergen and Heidi Weng. Johaug, Bjoergen and Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen also managed a Norwegian podium sweep in World Cup overall standings.
  • Noah Hoffman (Aspen, CO) led the USA in the men’s 15k pursuit Sunday, as well as pulled out the best U.S. result in the distance standings with 28th.
  • Norway’s Martin Johnsrud Sundby skied away with the 15k victory as well as both the distance and overall World Cup titles. Russia’s Alexander Legkov ended his season ranked second overall after a third-place finish in Falun, while Canadian Alex Harvey took second in Falun and third in the overall standings.

QUOTES
Kikkan Randall
I really feel like I left it out there today. I had a chance to catch up to 10th place but unfortunately face-planted with 500m to go. I definitely skied a hard race.

It feels really good to wrap up the World Cup season. I didn't accomplish all the goals I set, but I gave it my best effort and that's what matters most to me. I’m feeling fired up to improve for next year!

RESULTS
Official Men’s Results
Official Women’s Results

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Sun, 16 Mar 2014 18:37:12 +0000

Wind Cancels Jumping in Falun

FALUN, Sweden (March 16) – Strong wind gusts on the jump hill created impossible conditions for the nordic combined and ski jumping athletes Sunday, forcing officials to cancel the final nordic combined World Cup of the season. A women’s normal hill jumping competition was also canceled earlier in the day. Jessica Jerome (Park City, UT) now heads with the women to jump on the large hill in Planica, Slovenia for the final competition of the season.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Strong wind gusts on the jump hill created impossible conditions for the nordic combined and ski jumping athletes Sunday, forcing officials to cancel the final nordic combined World Cup of the season. The event will not be rescheduled.
  • A women’s normal hill jumping competition was also canceled earlier in the day.
  • Jessica Jerome (Park City, UT) now heads with the women to jump on the large hill in Planica, Slovenia for the final World Cup of the season.

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Sun, 16 Mar 2014 17:14:10 +0000

Jerome Soars to Eighth in Falun

FALUN, Sweden (March 15) – Jessica Jerome (Park City, UT) jumped into eighth during the women’s normal hill competition Saturday at the site of the 2015 Falun FIS Nordic World Ski Championships. Jerome’s two jumps were good enough to put her in the top ten behind winner Sara Takanashi of Japan. The women head up to the hill Sunday for another World Cup before heading to Planica, Slovenia for the final jump of the season.

HIGHLIGHTS  

  • Jessica Jerome (Park City, UT) jumped into eighth during the women’s normal hill competition Saturday at the site of the 2015 Falun FIS Nordic World Ski Championships.
  • Jerome’s jumped 84.5 and 87 meters with a combined score of 201.5, which was good enough for the top ten.
  • World Cup champion Sara Takanashi and teammate Yuki Ito went one-two for Japan followed by Julia Kykkaenen of Finland in third.
  • Strong wind forced a lengthy delay to the night event, but they later died down and allowed the athletes to complete both rounds of jumping.
  • The women head up to the hill Sunday for another World Cup before heading to Planica, Slovenia for a large hill jump to wrap up the season.

RESULTS
Official Results

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Sat, 15 Mar 2014 19:36:16 +0000

Fletcher Leads USA in Falun

FALUN, Sweden (March 15) – Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) skied another impressive cross country race Saturday to finish 11th and lead for the USA in the Falun 10k Gundersen, the final individual nordic combined event of the season. Fletcher jumped into 24th and then put down a solid race effort to finish 11th behind winner Akito Watabe of Japan. The final nordic combined World Cup is set for Sunday, when the athletes will compete in a team event on the 2015 Falun FIS Nordic World Ski Championships venue.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) skied another impressive cross country race Saturday to finish 11th and lead for the USA in the final individual nordic combined event of the season.
  • Fletcher jumped into 24th and then put down a solid race effort to finish 11th.
  • Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) finished 28th after his jump put him in 44th at the start of the cross country 10k.
  • Akito Watabe of Japan took the win with Joergen Graabak of Norway second and Alessandro Pittin of Italy third.
  • The weekend serves as both World Cup finals as well as a test event for the 2015 Falun FIS Nordic World Ski Championships. Nordic combined, cross country and ski jumping athletes have all come together this weekend to give the venue a solid test run.
  • The final nordic combined World Cup is set for Sunday, when the athletes will compete in one last team event.

RESULTS
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Sat, 15 Mar 2014 18:49:19 +0000