Friday, November 22, 2013
Posted by Kieran at 4:34 PM
Friday, March 15, 2013
The Holmenkollen races are pretty wonderful. This year should be a Norwegian sweep, but I would love to see some North Americans - Harvey, Stephens, Diggins, maybe even Randall and Kershaw - in the top 10. And though the Oslo races always portend the end of the ski racing season, I'm very excited about next season. Good NorAm results, an exciting World Championships, and no doping (so far) means that the year of the Putinolympics should be great.
My picks for Holmenkollen (made, unfortunately, in advance of a final women's start list):
Posted by Christopher Tassava at 5:51 PM
Friday, March 1, 2013
The relays were amazingly fun to watch, more so than in many years thanks to the strong performances by the American women (so close: how many days till the Sochi relay?) and the insane hijinks on the anchor leg of the men's race. And while the relays are great spectacles, I love the long-distance finales. Back in 2005, I started paying attention to ski racing again after seeing the great 30k and 50k at Oberstdorf: Marit Bjørgen skied the rest of the field off her tails to win the women's race, and Frode Estil blew up a big pack in the last 5,000 meters to drag Odd-Bjørn Hjelmeset and Anders Aukland to the podium. Great races, through and through.
I hope the Val di Fiemme equivalents will be half as good. I think Johaug is just too strong right now for anyone to beat. Bjørgen might do it, of course, but I expect a replay of the Olso Worlds: Johaug relentlessly working the hills and getting away fairly late. Not even Kowalczyk will keep up.
Posted by Christopher Tassava at 7:54 PM
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
I am really, really looking forward to seeing what happens in the women's relay at Val di Fiemme. While Norway is obviously the top team, anything can happen in the relay, and the cluster of teams one tier lower than NOR includes the American squad, which will start two Val di Fiemme gold medalists, along with Liz Stephen. Finland, Sweden, and maybe Germany and Russia are right there in the hunt.
- Norway (Weng, Johaug, Steira, Bjorgen)
- USA (Bjornsen, Randall, Stevens, Diggins)
- Sweden (Ingemarsdotter, Wiken, Haag, Kalla)
Posted by Christopher Tassava at 8:07 PM
Monday, February 25, 2013
The last of the (semi) old-school races, the individual start distance races will be dominated by the usual suspects - almost. Petter and Justyna will have to wait for a chance at medals.
|picks from whowins.worldofxc.com|
Posted by Christopher Tassava at 6:29 PM
Sunday, February 24, 2013
|Photo stolen from Audrey Magnan Fasterskier.com|
|Photo stolen from Audrey Magnan at Fasterskier.com|
Posted by Christopher Tassava at 8:58 PM
Saturday, February 23, 2013
The team sprint is always an odd event, since it is relatively rarely contested on the regular World Cup and since it has an especially manic character, what with the super-high sprinting speeds and the constant exchanges. I'm looking forward to this one.
1. USA (Diggins, Randall)
2. Sweden (Kalla, Ingemarsdotter)
3. Finland (Sarasoja-Lilja, Lahteenmaki)
1. Sweden (Hellner, Joensson)
2. Norway (Golberg, Northug)
3. Canada (Kershaw, Harvey)
Posted by Christopher Tassava at 10:29 PM