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Ev­ery Pic­ture Tells a Story

One look at this fab­u­lous photo of Amer­i­can So­phie Cald­well (l) edg­ing out Nor­way's Heidi Weng for World Cup Clas­sic sprint gold in Oberts­dorf, Ger­many at the Tour de Ski or the dy­na­mite cover shot of Jessie Dig­gins cross­ing the line in Nove Mesto, Czech Repub­lic to claim a best-ever World Cup sil­ver for the U.S. women's re­lay squad stops me in my tracks with gen­uine ad­mi­ra­tion. Ku­dos to the tal­ented pho­tog­ra­phers at Nordic Fo­cus for cap­tur­ing truly mag­i­cal mo­ments in time and to the skiers for de­liv­er­ing ex­cep­tional per­for­mances, brought to life again in the wink of an eye. What makes these pho­tos even more poignant is that both ath­letes made his­tory, with Cald­well be­com­ing the first U.S. skier to win a Clas­sic sprint and, with Dig­gins an­chor­ing the women's re­lay squad, they upped their ca­reer-best bronze to sil­ver – bravo! In­deed, ev­ery pic­ture tells a story. – BAS

The U.S.A.'S So­phie Cald­well (l) out-lunges Nor­way's Heidi Weng in Oberts­dorf, Ger­many at the 2016 Tour de Ski, be­com­ing the first U.S. skier ever to win a Clas­sic sprint World Cup and the sec­ond Amer­i­can woman to win an xc ski World Cup.

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