Don't Stop Believin'
What a rock `em, sock ` em “golden” season for North American Nordic skiers. Topping the heap are Alex Harvey's historic 50km victory at the close of the Lahti 2017 FIS Nordic Worlds (our cover boy) and Lowell Bailey capturing the U.S.A.'S first-ever Biathlon Championship gold medal in the men's Individual 20km (pictured here with US Biathlon teammates). Next, Susan Dunklee's mass-start silver marked the first Individual Biathlon Worlds medal by an American woman. Add two more World Cup golds for Harvey, one with Len Valjas in the Team sprint and two golds for Jessie Diggins, and you start to get the picture. Canadians Léo Grandbois and Megan Bankes delivered back-to-back golds at the IBU Youth/junior World Championships for good measure. The hard work is paying off, not to mention the slew of silver and bronze medals also captured. Don't Stop Believin' is the new mantra for Canadian and American winter athletes. Enjoy the off-season; you earned it. – BAS
US Biathlon men's squad and crew celebrate at the 2017 IBU Biathlon World Championships in Hochfilzen, Austria where Lowell Bailey captured the U.S.A.'S first-ever Biathlon Championship gold medal in the men's Individual 20km.