Race Snapshot: 10/15k Freestyle Pursuit

As usual, the pursuit format creates odd incentives for the athletes which usually results better than usual races for many athletes (and worse for others).

Men:

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Women:

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Race Snapshot: Kuusamo 5/10k Classic

Men:

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Women:

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Race Snapshot: Kuusamo Classic Sprint

Men:

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Women:

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Race Snapshot: Kuusamo 10/15k Classic Pursuit

Race Snapshopt: Kuusamo 5/10k Freestyle

Race Snapshot: Kuusamo Classic Sprint

The men:

And the women:

 

Kuusamo Recap: North Americans

A decidedly mixed weekend for the North Americans, something we’re used to by now I suppose. I suppose that Kikkan Randall and Alex Harvey were the main bright spots, as well as Len Valjas’s excellent sprint race.

Let’s start with some of the American women:

Kikkan really has started quite strong in distance races. Many Americans noticed the strong races that Holly Brooks had as well, and as you can see they are clearly a step in the right direction for her. Liz Stephen also had some strong races, but I’d caution that they don’t (yet) suggest a significant improvement over last year. Certainly, even just consistently skiing this well would be excellent progress as well.

I’ve talked a fair bit about how if Kikkan Randall is going to be competitive in the WC sprint overall she’s going to need to improve her classic skiing. I wasn’t just making that up either: Read more

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