Who’s Producing Fast Young Female Skiers?

Answer: Norway. And Russia.

Looking forward to the upcoming season, I’m somewhat astounded by the number of talented young Norwegian women on the horizon. Here’s a quick snapshot of what I’m talking about. I took female skiers born no earlier than 1988 who did at least 3 FIS races last season, and averaged their best few results in both sprint and distance. Then grouped them by nation according to the number of skiers with an average of less than 75 FIS points:

14! The Russian women aren’t far behind with 10. And an average of 75 FIS points (among only your best races) isn’t that strict a cutoff, really. Things are a little less lopsided in sprinting, but Norway leads the way there too.

For the record, the American women here are Jessie Diggins and Sadie Bjornsen (distance) and Ida Sargent and Sadie Bjornsen (sprint).

Related posts:

  1. Best Young Distance Skiers: 2009-2010
  2. Best Young Sprint Skiers: 2009-2010
  3. Female Participation In Skiing
  4. Is It Panic Time For The Norwegian Men’s Distance Skiers?
  5. Top Female Juniors

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4 Responses to “Who’s Producing Fast Young Female Skiers?”
  1. Nat Herz says:

    I think a medal tally from the last few years of JWM or U23’s would give you a pretty similar idea. I definitely recall at least one women’s press conference that was all Norwegian women…

  2. Alex says:

    I would tend to suggest that the cap between the Norwegians and the others is even bigger than your data shows. And again bigger between the Russians and the rest. Quite simply, the norwegians dont start racing for points until much later, may 1 or 2 seasons after Europeans. When they do race for points, they dont care about them. For instance in a mass start race, once they have secured a position they are not going to fight for every second to get a score 2 fis points better. There are only a few races that are pointed for juniors in Norway, these have generally high tarifs, as the juniors never race the seniors and so have high listings anyway. Compared to to the OPA cup, where the standard is joke compared to scandinavian or Norwegian cup. At OPA the points are insanely good for the quality of skiers. For instance, there are junior men (i know this is about women) who score sub 40 at opa but at world juniors cant even break into the top 20. I dont know so much about the russians but as the seem to apear on the radar late, and tend to be good, i am imagining it is similar to Norway.

  3. Johnny says:

    Alex, yeah the Russians have the same deal as the Norwegians. I don’t think they care as much for the points, they just want to go as fast they can, everytime they are out there. The seniors and juniors rarely race against each other, and like the Norwegians, their big FIS competitions seem more like invitation only events, because not everyone that races is there, really only the super fast people race there. I agree that the OPA points can be ridiculously low at some races, and it seems to me like it doesn’t quite match up. I mean, last year the Russian sprinters attended a OPA cup in Austria, did the sprint and a distance skate race, but since the penalty is constant, the points were similar to any other OPA race, even though the Russians had super FIS points coming in, so I agree completely about the OPA points.

    • Joran says:

      Thanks to both Alex + Johnny for the discussion. You’ve both given me a good idea for a post that looks at quantifying the difference in quality between OPA Cups and high level (non-WC) Scandinavian races…

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