Updated Feb. 25, 2015

Yesterday, we saw our best World Championship finish, ever. Two american flags were raised through the falling snow in Falun, flanking the golden cross of the host nation, to mark Jessie Diggins and Caitlin Gregg finishing an historic 2-3 for the U.S. Vermont hero Liz Stephen finished close behind, racing to 10th, and Kikkan Randall finished a season-best 15th. Add that up, and TeamUSA took two podium spots with three top tens and put all four starters in the top fifteen! We've been treated to quite a show from World Championships in Falun, Sweden this week. We hope you are all tuning in to the live feed and watching all the action live, thanks to L.L.Bean and USSA! We hope you'll join us and tune in to support TeamUSA. The more viewers we can rally, the more coverage like this we can look forward to in the future. Click here for the live streaming schedule and other information.

I'll see you online & Go USA!

Zach Stegeman | Executive Director
New England Nordic Ski Association

Notes from the Field:

Zak Cup Continues with 42nd Geschmossel at Bretton Woods
The 42nd Geschmossel took place at Bretton Woods Nordic Center on Sunday, Feb. 22. A field of 67 racers ranging in age from teens to M11 raced a one-loop course traveling from the fairways of the Donald Ross Championship golf course to the foothills of Mt Washington and back. The UNH Ski Team gave Zak Cup skiers a run for their money; with Wildcats Peter Holmes and Emily Larson winning the men’s and women’s divisions.  That said, Master’s winners Chris Nice (Ford Sayre) and Sarah Pribham (NWVE) “represented” placing 6th and 4th, respectively, within their races overall and were followed closely by familiar names in the Masters’ circuit. In the men’s master’s division, 2nd through 5th were Eric Darling (NWVE), Kirk Siegel (Bethel OC), Damian Bolduc (NWVE) and Charlie Gunn (Mt. Washington).  In the women’s division, 2nd through 5th were Meredith Piotrow, Tiffany Teaford (West River), Trina Hosmer (Stowe Nordic OC), and Amy Gunn (Mt. Washington). Full Results: OVERALL | CLASS

The "Spirit of Winter" Bill Koch League Festival at Mountain Top - Registration Deadline is This Weekend
The Festival at Mountain Top Inn in Chittenden, VT is March 6-8. Click here to register for all the fun including the Nordic Adventure category, the Pasta Dinner, the Turkey Dinner, the racing, the mini-tour to the Eagle's Nest! Get excited to celebrate the "Spirit of Winter" and create your costume based on your idea of what winter means to you. Click here for more information on the festival website

New Englanders Headline U.S. Biathlon Youth/Junior World Championship Results
Chloe Levins of Rutland, Vermont and Sean Doherty of Center Conway, New Hampshire finished a strong Biathlon Youth & Junior World Championship campaign in Belarus. The U.S. team especially well in the sprint competitions. For Levins, a top 20 in the 6K sprint marked her top result. Doherty earned a bronze medal in his Junior sprint to add to his collection of hardware, including three medals from last year's youth division of these World Championships.

Plenty of Snow and Plenty of Racing Left This Season
We've got a lot of skiing yet to do here in New England, and plenty of snow for it, everywhere! Keep an eye on the NENSA calendar. We have 4 New England Marathon Series events coming up, and for the Masters racers, there's still a couple chances to score Zak Cup and Club Cup points, including the Bretton Woods Double weekend March 7-8. Our juniors are looking ahead to the U16 Championship in Fort Kent, Maine and the Eastern High School Championship at Black Mountain in Rumford, Maine.

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New Snow, Old Snow, Blowing Snow, Cold Snow...
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