Posts Tagged: Nordic Skiing

Month after final cancer treatment, Randall skis in 50K Birkie

February 26, 2019

One month after her final cancer radiation treatment, Kikkan Randall of Anchorage conquered the 50K American Birkebeiner. The Birkie is the largest cross-country ski event in the country, with this year’s long-distance races attracting more than 5,500 participants last weekend in Hayward, Wisconsin. Randall is royalty in the ski world – a five-time Olympian and… Read more »

Randall wins Team USA’s 1st Olympic medal in XC ski since ’76

February 21, 2018

Alaska Sports Hall of Famer Kikkan Randall of Anchorage helped Team USA break a decades-long drought in nordic skiing at the Olympics as she and teammate Jessie Diggins of Minnesota won the team sprint relay at the Pyeongchang Games in South Korea. Randall started and Diggins finished, a devastating 1-2 combo that beat perennial power… Read more »

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 »

Downs, Deprey win medals at World Masters races in Minnesota

January 21, 2018

Seth Downs of Anchorage earned a bronze medal in the men’s 45-49 age group at the Masters World Cup 30K in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He finished third among 30 men as was the top finishing American with a time of 1 hour, 08 minutes, 26 seconds. He was the lone U.S. skier among the top seven…. 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.

Two Alaska skiers find podium at NCAA Championships

March 12, 2015

For the third time in his Dartmouth College ski career, Silas Talbot of Anchorage earned the right to call himself an All-American. The senior finished eighth in yesterday’s men’s 10K skate race on Day 1 of the NCAA Skiing Championships in New York. He was a double All-American as a sophomore [9th, skate, 5th classical]… Read more »

APU leader Flora honored as top U.S. Olympic coach

July 2, 2014

Erik Flora of Anchorage made a little history when he was named U.S. Olympic Committee 2013 National Coach of the Year. He is the first cross-country coach to win the award that dates back to 1996, but the fourth coach with the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association. The Alaska Pacific University coach’s fingerprints were all… Read more »