• 2018 Winter Olympics

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    Time Out of Mind

    With a gold medal and a grand stage Jessie Diggins wonders “What can I do that’s going to help the most people?” As Bill Koch knows, the answer is as elusive as time itself. This story was originally published in Cross Country Skier Issue 38.1 in autumn 2018. Grab a […]

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    From the Archives: Magnus Opus

    For 19-year-old South Korean Olympic medal hopeful Magnus Kim, his greatest body of work will be in making his country, and other Asian nations cross country skiing nations. But, does the future of cross country skiing for the rest of us depend on him, too? Editors’ Note: This story first […]

    From Koch to Kikkan: Gold Medal sprint team takes on torch from legend

    In Jessie Diggins’s bedroom in Afton, Minnesota, there’s a poster of Bill Koch. In it the 1976 Olympic silver medalist in the 30km is sand skiing against a backdrop of white Hawaiian surf crashing at his feet. Koch was famous enough then, and cross country skiing was big enough in […]

    Cross Country Skier’s Top Seven Olympic Oddities and Observations

    The men’s Nordic combined or the mixed biathlon relay that I watched last night could have been contested anywhere in the world that has a jump, a range and a track. But Cross Country Skier photo editor Cody Downard and me came here, to PyeongChang, South Korea, to watch them […]

    Goals: Reverse Splits—Women wanted relay medal; men had another hope

    American veteran racer Andy Newell was lit up by the lights of the Alpsensia Olympic Stadium on Saturday night. Leaning alone on the railing in the media zone, he looked quietly over the medal celebrations happening below him among the Norwegian, French and Russian teams and fans. To his right, […]

    Matt Whitcomb: good, clean, sport—Outspoken critic of doping, American coach helps fallen Russian in men’s classic sprint

    American women’s cross country head coach Matt Whitcomb is anything but understated in his opposition to the casual penalties handed down to Russian athletes, suspended from the PyeongChang Olympics after being found guilty of doping at the Sochi Games. You could say he’s got a “you’re either with us or […]