Cross Country Team Kicks Off World Cup Season in Ruka
After a summer of trail running, gym work, and training camps, the roller skis have been put away and the athletes of the Davis U.S. National Cross Country Team Program are ready to kick off the FIS Cross Country World Cup season this weekend in Ruka, Finland.
This weekend’s mini-tour opens Friday with a classic sprint, continues Saturday with a 10k classic for the women, and 15k classic for the men. On Sunday, the women will wrap up the weekend with a 10k freestyle pursuit, and the men will race a 15k freestyle pursuit.
Starting for the U.S. Team are Jessie Diggins, Sadie Maubet Borjnsen, Sophie Caldwell, Rosie Brennan, Caitlin Patterson, Julia Kern, Hailey Swirbul, Rosie Frankowski, Simi Hamilton, Erik Bjornsen, Scott Peterson, Kevin Bolger, David Norris, and Kyle Bratrud.
A few members of the team competed in a three-day Norwegian National race in Beitostølen, Norway, last week in preparation for this weekend's World Cup opener. In the 1.2k classic sprint in Norway, Sophie led the Team with a third-place finish. The next day, Jessie was fourth and Sadie was fifth a 10k classic.
Heading into the 2019-20 World Cup season, Jessie is the only non-European skier to have won at least one World Cup event (including Tour stages and overall Tour wins) in each of the last four seasons. She can become the first U.S. athlete to win a World Cup event (including Tour stages and overall Tour wins) in five consecutive seasons. She currently shares the record of four in a row with former teammate Kikkan Randall.
Two skiers who were a bit under the weather last week, Kevin and Hailey, are back and ready to go for this weekend after participating in intensity workouts the past couple of days.
All events this weekend will be streamed live on both Olympic Channel.com and NBC Sports Gold. NBC Sports Network and The Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, will offer same-day coverage all three days.
HOW TO WATCH
All times EST
Saturday, Nov. 30
3:35 a.m. - Women’s 10k, Ruka, FIN - Olympic Channel.com & NBC Sports Gold
5:20 a.m. - Men’s 15k, Ruka, FIN - Olympic Channel.com & NBC Sports Gold
11:00 a.m. - Women’s 10k, Ruka, FIN - Olympic Channel*
10:00 p.m. - Women’s 10k, Ruka, FIN - NBCSN*
Sunday, Dec. 1
4:00 a.m. - Women’s 10k pursuit, Ruka, FIN - Olympic Channel.com & NBC Sports Gold
5:15 a.m. - Men’s 15k pursuit, Ruka, FIN - Olympic Channel.com & NBC Sports Gold
8:30 a.m. - Women’s 10k pursuit, Ruka, FIN - Olympic Channel*
Note: All televised events to stream across NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app, OlympicChannel.com, and Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA app
Exclusive commercial-free coverage will be available for subscribers of the NBC Sports Gold Pass, available here: https://www.nbcsports.com/gold/snow.