Sochi recap: Cross-country skiing, women’s skiathlon

No surprise here — Norwegian legend Marit Bjoergen is still going strong, and she never seemed troubled on her way to her fourth Olympic gold medal (third individual). Norway took two medals and showed some tears on the podium as they mourn the sudden death of teammate Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen’s brother. Date: 8- Feb Sport: Cross-country skiing Event: Women’s skiathlon (7.5k classical + 7.5k freestyle) Medalists: Marit Bjoergen (Norway), Charlotte Kalla (Sweden), Heidi Weng (Norway) SportsMyriad projections: Marit Bjoergen (Norway), Therese Johaug (Norway), Kristin Stoermer Steira (Norway) How U.S. fared: Not a factor in the classical phase, but Jessie Diggins pulled out something special in the freestyle and … Continue reading Sochi recap: Cross-country skiing, women’s skiathlon

Monday Myriad, March 4: Nordic state of mind

Headlines from the week: – Slovenia’s Tina Maze is having the best Alpine skiing World Cup season of all time. – Norway’s Maret Bjoergen had one of the best Nordic World Championships of all time. – Shaun White was back in action with another U.S. Open title. – Milers Mary Cain and Will Leer stood out at the USA Indoor track and field championships. – At the same meet, pole vaulter Jenn Suhr broke five meters and the indoor world record. The only other women’s pole vaulter to clear five meters is Russia’s Yelena Isinbayeva. Isinbayeva’s outdoor record: 5.06 meters. Suhr indoors: 5.02. – Speedskaters Brittany Bowe and Brian Hansen won World Cup … Continue reading Monday Myriad, March 4: Nordic state of mind

Monday Myriad, Feb. 25: Nordic gold! Nordic gold!

Headlines from myriad sports this week: – Sarah Hendrickson won the world championship in women’s ski jumping. – Kikkan Randall and Jessie Diggins won the world championship in cross-country skiing’s team sprint, the first skiing title for the USA in Nordic World Championship history. – The USA also won two world titles in the track cycling world championships. Not bad for a one-woman team, Sarah Hammer. – Slovenia’s Tina Maze clinched the Alpine skiing World Cup title with nine races left. – The U.S. men’s freestyle wrestling team went to the World Cup in Iran, building up some diplomatic goodwill but also wrestling pretty well. The videos, features and tweets of … Continue reading Monday Myriad, Feb. 25: Nordic gold! Nordic gold!

Myriad Questions for … Holly Brooks, cross-country skier

The long-awaited second installment of Myriad Questions features cross-country skier Holly Brooks, who has the typical Olympic story: College athlete who never attracted much attention, then found work coaching in Alaska after graduation. Then after a couple of years, she suddenly realizes she’s starting to get pretty good and ends up in the Olympics, then finishing in the top five in a World Cup and third in a relay a couple of seasons later. Wait … maybe that’s not so typical. That’s the winter-sports equivalent of The Rookie. She keeps up a lively blog of the World Cup travel grind, and … Continue reading Myriad Questions for … Holly Brooks, cross-country skier