Race Snapshopt: Kuusamo 5/10k Freestyle

Race Snapshot: WCF Freestyle Pursuit

Race Snapshot: Stockholm Classic Sprint

Race Snapshots: TdS Prologue

Count me among the folks who aren’t sold on the idea of prologues.

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

Race Snapshot: Kuusamo 10/15k Classic Handicap

I can’t remember if FIS even calls these pursuits or handicap starts or whatever anymore. They keep changing the names of things…and they seem pretty confused themselves, as they once again posted the mini-tour stage results for the men in place of just today’s results (but not for the women).

As per usual, with these pursuit style races in stage races, the “stage” results can yield some unusual results, as many top skiers are not racing for the stage win, but their overrall position.

Race Snapshot: Kuusamo 5/10k Freestyle

FIS has decided to make my life more difficult than usual, by not posting the actual results (as of this writing), but only the cumulative tour standings. (And no, putting the real results in a PDF doesn’t count. PDFs are the file format of Satan.) So it took me a while to work around that. Hopefully they get their act together. As a side note, I’m not sure, but I think their FIS point calculations are plagued by rounding errors. I don’t usually calculate them myself, but in this case I had to.

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