Riitta-Liisa Roponen

Doing Things Her Own Way, Erika Flowers is Third at the American Birkie

At the end of the 2018 season after being on the wrong side of the cusp of making the Olympic team, Erika Flowers made a transition in her ski career. She left her Stratton Mountain School T2 training group and returned home to Bozeman, MT where she began a role as the Associate Director at […]

The post Doing Things Her Own Way, Erika Flowers is Third at the American Birkie appeared first on FasterSkier.com.

Read More

Doing Things Her Own Way, Erika Flowers is Third at the American Birkie

At the end of the 2018 season after being on the wrong side of the cusp of making the Olympic team, Erika Flowers made a transition in her ski career. She left her Stratton Mountain School T2 training group and returned home to Bozeman, MT where she began a role as the Associate Director at […]

The post Doing Things Her Own Way, Erika Flowers is Third at the American Birkie appeared first on FasterSkier.com.

Read More

Amidst Full-Time Physical Therapy School, Yeaton Wins the American Birkebeiner

When we reviewed this year’s results for the elite women’s field at the American Birkebeiner, we did a double take. Jessica Yeaton sets a new course record and beats Riitta-Liissa Roponen of Finland, a favorite for the win, by over 40 seconds.  The surprise was not because Yeaton’s name didn’t belong there; the 28-year-old Perth, […]

The post Amidst Full-Time Physical Therapy School, Yeaton Wins the American Birkebeiner appeared first on FasterSkier.com.

Read More

Dyrhaug Outlasts Pack in Sub-2-Hour Birkie; Yeaton Shatters Women’s Record

Several course records were shattered on Saturday in a largely faster-than-ever 46th annual American Birkebeiner, with temperatures steadily rising from the 20s at the start into the 30s by the finish of the point to point race from Cable to Hayward, Wisconsin. Eight men broke the two-hour mark in the Birkie’s 50-kilometer skate race, half […]

The post Dyrhaug Outlasts Pack in Sub-2-Hour Birkie; Yeaton Shatters Women’s Record appeared first on FasterSkier.com.

Read More

Transitions, Training, and Birkie Preparation: A Q&A with Riitta-Liisa Roponen

To view Riitta-Liisa Roponen’s complete FIS profile requires a lot of scrolling and selecting “show more.” The 41-year-old raced her first World Cup in Munio, Finland on November 28th, 1998. More than 20 years later, she raced her final World Cup event, helping the Finnish relay team to 3rd in Ulricehamn, Sweden on January 27th, 2019.  […]

The post Transitions, Training, and Birkie Preparation: A Q&A with Riitta-Liisa Roponen appeared first on FasterSkier.com.

Read More

Norway Wins 11th Consecutive 4 x 5 K Relay; U.S. in Sixth with a Diggins Charge

“We have a strong team, many girls are going fast. We do this together so we are really happy,” Therese Johaug told the International Ski Federation (FIS) after Sunday’s 4 x 5-kilometer relay in Ulricehamn, Sweden. With wind, snow, and crowds lining the course the 4 x 5 k women’s relay appeared to simply be […]

The post Norway Wins 11th Consecutive 4 x 5 K Relay; U.S. in Sixth with a Diggins Charge appeared first on FasterSkier.com.

Read More

Sunday Race Rundown: Ulricehamn, Antholz, and Lake Placid

FIS World Cup Ulricehamn, Sweden 4 x 5 k / 4 x 7.5 k relay The sun rises, the sun sets, and Norway wins the women’s 4 x 5-kilometer relay in Ulricehamn, Norway on Sunday. For the 11th time in a row, a Norwegian women’s team bested the world in the storied race format. Heidi […]

The post Sunday Race Rundown: Ulricehamn, Antholz, and Lake Placid appeared first on FasterSkier.com.

Read More

Sunday Race Rundown: Ulricehamn, Antholz, and Lake Placid

FIS World Cup Ulricehamn, Sweden 4 x 5 k / 4 x 7.5 k relay The sun rises, the sun sets, and Norway wins the women’s 4 x 5-kilometer relay in Ulricehamn, Norway on Sunday. For the 11th time in a row, a Norwegian women’s team bested the world in the storied race format. Heidi […]

The post Sunday Race Rundown: Ulricehamn, Antholz, and Lake Placid appeared first on FasterSkier.com.

Read More

World Cup Preview #4: Finland

  Welcome to FasterSkier’s World Cup Preview, where we check in with the top-10 teams from last year’s FIS Cross Country World Cup tour before the season starts with the Ruka weekend in Kuusamo, Finland, on Nov. 24 with a classic sprint. *** Finland Overall in Nations Cup Last Year:4th Women’s Ranking 2017/2018: 4th Men’s […]

The post World Cup Preview #4: Finland appeared first on FasterSkier.com.

Read More

Norwegian Women Back on Top with First Olympic Relay Gold Since 2010

FasterSkier would like to thank Fischer Sport USA, Madshus USA, Concept2, Boulder Nordic Sport, and Swix Sport US for their generous support, which made this coverage possible. PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Three days before the 4 x 5-kilometer women’s relay event, Norway’s Marit Bjørgen sat in the PyeongChang Olympic press-conference room. A table and a […]

The post Norwegian Women Back on Top with First Olympic Relay Gold Since 2010 appeared first on FasterSkier.com.

Read More