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Most Surprising Olympic Medalists

Sometimes people you don’t expect race very fast. A reader asked me to look into this general topic, this will be the distance race installment. I’ll do a sprint version in a few days. I’m going to focus here on people who have won Olympic medals in distance events. To measure how “unexpected” it was, […]

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Optimal Norwegian Women’s Relay Team

Now that I have some nifty code for analyzing the optimal relay team given a set of skiers to choose from, I thought I’d have some fun by looking at the Norwegian women. Now, clearly on some level it almost doesn’t matter which folks you put on this team in addition to Bjorgen and Johaug. […]

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Optimal US Women’s Relay Team

Since we in the US now have a relay team that’s doing quite well, that also means we as fans have something new (and fun!) to argue about. Namely, what is the best team we can put out there? Let’s assume that there are seven women who could potentially be placed on the US women’s […]

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Lillehammer: Young podium

What do I notice about the men’s podium from Saturday’s 15k classic race:   Excepting Poltaranin, not much racing at this level between them. In fact, among the youngest men’s distance podiums I have on record (basically since the early 90’s):   Saturday’s race is that unusually low value in the lower right corner. As […]

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Race Snapshot: Kuusamo Classic Sprint

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More strong early season performances from some Americans in Norway this weekend. How strong? Let’s take a look. First up is Sadie Bjornsen who had a very strong 5th in the 10k classic.     Values above zero are good. The grey shaded region and red trend line represent how she has performed against these […]

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Muonio: Petr Sedov

This first batch of races for 2013-2014 are in from Muonio, Finland. As always, it’s difficult to read much into a single race, particularly early season races like these. You never quite know who’s still in the midst of a big training block and how seriously people are approaching them. Still, I thought it was […]

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