On Monday, April 16, 2012, registration opens for all three of the American Birkebeiner's signature cross country ski races on February 23, 2013: the Birkebeiner 50K Skate / 54K Classic, the 23K Kortelopet, and the 12K Haakon.
With the primary responsibility of serving as administrator for the USSA cross country, nordic combined and ski jumping programs, Caterinichio will operate the nordic domestic system, manage internal projects and coordinate nordic sport committees.
Northern Michigan’s Erik Soderman and sister Marie Helen Soderman earned the region’s Most Outstanding Athlete honor. Coach Sten Fjeldheim completed the sweep for the Wildcats, collecting both the men’s and women’s Coach of the Year honor.
UPDTATED: Veteran Kris Freeman capped off the season with his 15th career U.S. title, winning the 50k mass start in Craftsbury. Freeman battled teammate Tad Elliott the entire distance with a mind boggling 32 laps on the 1.5k Craftsbury course.
Overall World Cup sprint champion Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) proved dominance in her repertoire of disciplines as she won the 30k U.S. Championship in Craftsbury, VT. The win marks Randall's 17th U.S. Championship title.
The weather had been sunny, dry and cold, with slow, abrasive snow in the days leading up to the race, but clouds rolled in the evening before, bringing preservation of warmth, humidity, and a bit of fresh snow.
In an effort to partner with The American Birkebeiner, Telemark resort has laid out the following win-win proposal to keep the start and many of the Birkie functions solidly located at its original home at Telemark Resort
American Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) validated another major milestone in her career, collecting a hard-earned Joska crystal globe as the FIS Cross Country World Cup sprint champion at the season finale in Sweden.