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Odds + Ends From Kuusamo

Annsi Pentsinen Doogiski over at NordicXplained asked how Pentsinen’s 4.3 second win in qualification on Friday stacks up historically. Quite impressively, it turns out. That’s the second largest qualifying round winning margin for the men’s field in WC, OWG or WSC races. The only larger one was almost 10 years ago, with a 4.7 second […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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Race Snapshot: Kuusamo Classic Sprint

I’ve been saying that in order for Kikkan Randall to have a shot at winning the WC sprint overall title, she’ll have to dramatically improve her classic sprinting. Looks like she may have done just that…

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Flashback: Kuusamo Sprint

This is a bit after the fact, but I can’t let good data go to waste.  Once again, thanks to Jan from for providing the data on times from the heats. Ok, let’s get in our time machine and blast our way back to Finland for the women’s sprint: All of the percent back […]

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Kuusamo WC Recap: North Americans

As always, there’s lots of stuff I could focus on, but we can’t have everything.  As is usually the case, the weekend was a bit of a mixed bag for the North Americans.  Kris Freeman continued to look quite strong despite some bad luck with his poles.  Alex Harvey and Devon Kershaw had much stronger […]

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Kuusamo WC Recap

This recap of this past weekend’s WC races will be a little different than before.  Rather than focus on individual performances, I’d like to look at the races as a group.  Stage race formats are relatively new to the cross country world, and these short stage races are even newer.  Since they are roughly modeled […]

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