Posts Tagged: Cross Country Skiing

Liebner wins ski marathon with poles he created

February 9, 2018

When Andy Liebner claimed the Noquemanon Ski Marathon on January 27, he immediately raised his arms in celebration. Clearly visible in his bare hands were the United States Ski Pole Company poles that helped propel Liebner to a six-second victory in the 50-kilometer Nordic freestyle event in Marquette, Mich. Liebner, a Soldotna native, remarkably took… Read more »

Johnson honored as one of the nation’s top nordic coaches

May 6, 2016

In his first year coaching on campus, Matthew Johnson of Anchorage orchestrated the Montana State University cross-country ski team to its greatest season in school history. The Bobcats earned their best-ever finish of fourth at the NCAA Championships and Anika Miller won the freestyle race to give the school its first national champion since 1978…. Read more »

Olympians highlight Fast and Female this weekend

September 21, 2015

Join Olympians Kikkan Randall, Holly Brooks, and Sadie Bjornsen for an afternoon of athletic inspiration and fun on Sunday, September 27th at East Anchorage High School.  No sports experience necessary and there are special sessions for teens. Visit for more information and registration.

Burkholder receives Lifetime Achievement from Western State

August 9, 2015

Even though much of his lifetime’s work with young nordic skiers happened in Alaska, Jim Burkholder’s reach of influence stretched all over the country. It started in Gunnison, Colorado, where he left in 1961 his hometown of Anchorage for Western State College. He was a team manager and varsity skier and later an assistant coach…. Read more »

Three Alaska skiers earn All-East Region honors in New York

February 28, 2015

University of Vermont nordic skier Marion Woods of Anchorage finished third in the women’s Skimeister standings after two days of racing at the NCAA East Regional at Lake Placid. The sophomore finished fifth to earn all-region honors in each of the two disciplines to help defending NCAA runnerup Vermont win the team by an impressive… Read more »

Talbot, Kirk, Woods finish top 10 at Middlebury Carnival

February 14, 2015

Three Anchorage cross-country skiers were among the fastest at the annual Middlebury College Winter Carnival in Vermont. Silas Talbot of Dartmouth College nearly won the men’s 10-K classic race, finishing second among 68 finishers with a time of 26:13. The senior standout turned in another top-10 finish with a ninth-place showing in the 10-K skate… Read more »

Talbot outduels childhood friend Patterson at NCAA Championships

March 8, 2014

Dartmouth College junior Silas Talbot of Anchorage just missed earning All-American honors at the NCAA Ski Championships in Park City, Utah. He may have won something more important, though; like bragging rights over Anchorage’s Scott Patterson of the University of Vermont. Talbot outsprinted his childhood friend by .06 seconds to finish 11th in the men’s… Read more »

Alaskans continue EISA title dominance for Vermont

February 22, 2014

Sophomore Stephanie Kirk of Anchorage has never won a college ski race before the month of February. Now she’s won back-to-back races. One week after helping the University of Vermont women’s 3x5K relay team become victorious, Kirk captured her first individual win today at the Eastern Intercollege Ski Association Championships at Middlebury, Vt. Kirk, of… Read more »

Never mind Sochi, look at what Patterson is doing at Vermont

February 9, 2014

Scott Patterson of Anchorage is making the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association look like child’s play. The University of Vermont senior has won both EISA skate races this season and is one classic victory from a perfect score in NCAA Championship qualification. He returned from Italy, where he competed in the U23 World Championships, just in… Read more »

APU skiers dominate nationals in Utah, claim 3 Olympic spots

January 13, 2014

The Alaska Pacific University ski factory was busy at the U.S. National Championships in Utah, with the elite team winning four titles and earning 10 spots on the podium. Oh yeah, and Kikkan Randall, Holly Brooks and Sadie Bjornsen were named to the U.S. Olympic team for next month’s Sochi Games in Russia. The rest… Read more »