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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 […]

Swedish Men’s Struggles

It’s always fun to take one of Devon Kershaw’s rants and make it concrete. In this case, his apparent despair over the struggles of the Swedish men on the international racing scene. He’s ranted about it more than once, but in this particular case he referred to 2019-2020 as being the worst season for them […]

US Development Graphs

I posted these graphs on Twitter a few days ago with basically zero commentary, so I thought I should at least describe what I did in a tad more detail. I make these graphs because they get at an aspect of something the US Ski Team leadership talks about fairly often: being “on track” for […]

National Team Selection & Age

Springtime means national team nominations, which is always one of people’s favorite things to argue about. This has become particularly true in recent years with some national teams having a fairly explicit preference for younger skiers built into their criteria. It seems like every year there are 1-2 skiers pushing 30 (or beyond) that have […]

Do US Women Have Better Results Earlier In The Season?

I received an email recently asking the above question, and since responding to these sorts of things is often kind of challenging in an email I figured I’d just write it up here. I’m sure I’ve written about this sort of thing before, but it was probably a long time ago. Regardless, I’ve been looking […]

Chinese World Cup Performance

I got another friendly homework assignment from The Devon Kershaw Show today. This one was pretty simple, though, as Jason was just wondering about the performance of Chinese skiers on the World Cup (or similar level events). This was prompted by Chunxue Chi finishing 28th in today’s 10k freestyle race in Oestersund. Jason was curious […]

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