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The USA-CAN Men’s Relay Rivalry Has A Very Long History

Warning: this post contains no statistics and virtually no data, but I suspect it may be fairly entertaining! During most of my lifetime, the US & Canadian men’s 4x10km relay teams have not often been in medal contention, although the Canadians definitely had some strong teams for a period with Devon Kershaw, Alex Harvey, Ivan […]

Even Bigger Winner Margins!

Therese Johaug already made me write one post on this topic this championships and now she’s forced me to write another. So I promise I’ll keep this short, unlike the gaps from Johaug to the next skier. Therese Johaug once again won a race by a very large margin, this time in the 30km classic […]

Big Championship Winning Margins

Therese Johaug’s margin of victory today was pretty epic. Epic enough that FasterSkier included a list the winning margins in 10k championship events for the last 20 years or so. I thought it might be interesting to expand on that slightly. The following table lists winning margins for all 10/15km (men’s & women’s) interval start […]

Assessing the USA/CAN Performance in the Oberstdorf WSC Classic Sprint

American ski fans have gotten spoiled this season with some outstanding results. Even allowing for the fact that we probably all know that classic sprints aren’t really one of the stronger events for the US, today’s results might have seemed a bit underwhelming. This sort of situation is what I consider the ideal use of […]

WC Race Speeds Over Time

Someone emailed me with this question, which is a common one that I’m sure I’ve written about multiple times before. But it’s an easy graph to make, and just posting it again is easier than finding one of my old posts. The question is how have race speeds changed over time. As you might expect […]

Top US Results Have A Freestyle Bias

I don’t think it’s any secret that US skiers tend to have somewhat better results on the World Cup (and OWG/WSC/TdS) in freestyle events. Let’s quantify that a bit, starting with distance races: I’ve plotted major international results of both techniques (so no skiathlons) for the US men & women for the last decade or […]

Jessie Diggins’ Best Classic Races

I noticed an interesting Tweet from Chad Salmela regarding Jessie Diggins’ race in today’s Falun 10k classic mass start: Ultimately, of course, Jessie Diggins is the only person who truly knows what her best classic performance is. But for data people like me it’s always a fun game to try to tease out some objective […]