Race Snapshot: Oslo 30/50k Classic

 

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Race Snapshot: Drammen Sprints

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Race Snapshot: Lahti 10/15k Freestyle

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Race Snapshot: Lahti Freestyle Sprint

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US Olympic Assessment

So, how did the US do overall at the Olympics this year?

Well, as usual, I’m going to mostly ignore the team events. As I did before, here’s some historical context for our results this time around:

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That’s all WSC and OWG results for Americans stretching back to 1992. It’s still kind of hard to swallow the women’s sprint results as a significant improvement, but there you go.

The men’s and women’s distance results both ticked slightly in the wrong direction. However, my suspicions held true and the women continued their steady improvement at the low end. The men are really just in a holding pattern. Basically nothing has changed on that front for about a decade, really.

A friend phrased the question to me in terms of a grade. Personally, if I’m being objective, I’d give the results a B+. Kikkan’s sprint race was a huge disappointment, to be sure, but four women in the top twenty is still quite good and we did put Sophie in the finals. Liz could certainly have had a better 30k, but beyond that I don’t really think anyone significantly under-performed in the distance events compared to what I expected, or thought was reasonable.

On the other hand, (and it’s very hard for me to say this publicly, because Kikkan Randall has been nothing short of revolutionary for the US skiing community), I find it hard not to consider these Games a pretty huge disappointment. But that’s my heart talking, not my head.

Race Snapshot: 30/50k Freestyle

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Race Snapshot: Sochi 10/15k Classic

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