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Wrap of the 2018-2019 Alpine World Cup Season: Mikaela Shiffrin & Marcel Hirscher Grabs the Overall Globe

After 76 World Cup Races in 32 venues and 17 different countries, the World Cup season came to an end at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Finals in Soldeu El Tarter (Andorra). Ladies  1st Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) 2204 2nd Petra Vlhova (SVK) 1355 3rd Wendy Holdener (SUI) 1079 Men 1st Marcel Hirscher (AUT) 1546  2nd Alexis Pinturault (FRA) 1145 3rd Henrik Kristoffersen (NOR) 1047 For the third time in her career, Mikaela Shiffrin claimed the Overall World Cup title. Thanks to improved skills i...
Tags: Sport, United States, Skiing, Lindsey Vonn, Sochi, Fis, Andorra, Marcel Hirscher, Henrik Kristoffersen, Vonn, Pyeongchang, Hirscher, Ingemar Stenmark, Mikaela Shiffrin, Ted Ligety, Schladming


International Skiers of the Year

Ingvild Flugstad Østberg(l) and Johannes Høsflot Klæbo (r). (Photos: John Lazenby/lazenbypohoto.com) With the 2018/2019 season officially in the rearview, FasterSkier is running a series of articles highlighting some of the players and performances from the season. This year, the International Skier of the Year awards are nominated to two Norwegians who spent the season at the top of the World Cup ranks, Ingvild Flugstad Østberg and Johannes Høsflot Klæbo. Ingvild Flugstad Østberg Consis...
Tags: Russia, Sport, Racing, Skiing, World Cup, Norway, Quebec, Fis, Seefeld, Nilsson, Quebec City, Lahti, Therese, Federico Pellegrino, World Champs, Stina Nilsson


Lowell Bailey and the High Performance Vision

Lowell Bailey (US Biathlon) leading France’s Martin Fourcade in the men’s 12.5 k pursuit at the 2017 IBU World Cup in PyeongChang, South Korea. Fourcade went on to win after starting third, and Bailey placed ninth after starting second. (Photo: USBA/NordicFocus) For years under the leadership of Bernd Eisenbichler and Per Nilsson, US Biathlon was a polyglot enterprise. It’s often claimed the high performance staff at USBA had a decidedly United Nations vibe. As a sport firmly entrenched in Eur...
Tags: Europe, General, News, Sweden, France, Sport, Skiing, United Nations, Fis, Burke, Bailey, Bozeman, Cobb, Oslo Norway, Clare, Egan


Race to the Outhouse #2 Ushers in Spring Skiing Season

The eponymous outhouse of the Race to the Outhouse #2, Archangel Road, Talkeetna Mountains, Alaska, in April 2018. (photo: Gavin Kentch) ARCHANGEL ROAD, above Palmer, Alaska — The tenth annual Race to the Outhouse #2, held amidst the Talkeetna Mountains on April 6, marked a neat bookend to the 2018/2019 race season in southcentral Alaska, and possibly in North America. While this season’s Race to the Outhouse #1 was held in early December 2018 , roughly one month later than normal, it sti...
Tags: General, News, Minneapolis, Sport, Racing, New Hampshire, Alaska, Skiing, Results, Norway, Iceland, North America, Fis, Svalbard, Anchorage, Scott Patterson


Full Circle: Ida Sargent Begins Her Next Chapter In the Northeast Kingdom

Ida Sargent of the U.S. Ski Team racing in Québec City at the 2019 World Cup finals. (Photo: John Lazenby/lazenbyphoto.com) As winter wanes and spring looms, many athletes choose to announce the bittersweet change of their own season of life, retirement from the sport to embark on a new pursuit. This March, after seven seasons on the U.S. Ski Team, 31-year-old Ida Sargent decided the time had come for something new. “I knew after Sochi that I wanted to go to one more Olympics,” Sargent told ...
Tags: South Korea, Usa, News, Sweden, Retirement, US, Sport, Skiing, Dartmouth, World Cup, Community, Norway, Anna, Sochi, Quebec, Vermont


SuperTour Finals Distance National Championship Race Rundown

US Ski & Snowboard SuperTour Finals Presque Isles, Maine 30k/50k Mass Start Freestyle Tuesday marked the last day of SuperTour Finals and with it, the women raced a 30-kilometer mass start freestyle. Sadie Bjornsen (APU/USST) won in 1:21:29.4. Bjornsen was the pacesetter for much of the day. By the 10 k checkpoint, the potential podium challengers had been winnowed down to Bjornsen, Rosie Brennan (APU), Julia Kern (SMS T2/USST), Jessica Yeaton (APU), Katherine Stewart-Jones (NTDC Thunder ...
Tags: News, US, Sport, Racing, Skiing, Fis, Hamilton, Kern, Scott Patterson, Norris, Brennan, Anchorage Alaska, Sadie Bjornsen, Sophie Caldwell, Rumford Maine, Caitlin Patterson


Limiting Factors – A Genesis of Blood Doping

  Åstrand and his co-authors observed in the early 1960s that muscles tended to useroughly 5/6 of all the oxygen delivered at maximal oxygen uptake, and Björn Ekblomwould also pay a lot of interest into the relation between oxygen transport andutilization. (Åstrand et al, 1964) This is part one of a multi-part series titled “Limiting Factors – A Genesis of Blood Doping”. It comes to FasterSkier from Sammy Izdatyev. Sammy Izdatyev is the pen name of a Finnish sports enthusiast and unaffiliated ...
Tags: Europe, Sweden, Sport, Indiana, Harvard, Cologne, Skiing, Fis, Hamilton, Oslo, Douglas, Walsh, Don, Hill, Robinson, Karolinska Institutet


Limiting Factors – A Genesis of Blood Doping (Part one)

  Åstrand and his co-authors observed in the early 1960s that muscles tended to useroughly 5/6 of all the oxygen delivered at maximal oxygen uptake, and Björn Ekblomwould also pay a lot of interest into the relation between oxygen transport andutilization. (Åstrand et al, 1964) This is part one of a multi-part series titled “Limiting Factors – A Genesis of Blood Doping”. It comes to FasterSkier from Sammy Izdatyev. Sammy Izdatyev is the pen name of a Finnish sports enthusiast and unaffiliated ...
Tags: Europe, Sweden, Sport, Indiana, Harvard, Cologne, Skiing, Fis, Hamilton, Oslo, Douglas, Walsh, Don, Hill, Robinson, Karolinska Institutet


Nilsson Makes a Clean Sweep in Québec; Diggins Skis the 4th Fastest Time of Day, Bjornsen 11th

Stina Nilsson of Sweden taking the overall win in Québec City. Here she is crossing the line first in the 10 k skate pursuit. (Photo: John Lazenby/lazenbyphoto.com) It was beginning to seem as though it could not be done, and then it happened.  Norway’s Therese Johaug did not stand atop the podium after the 10-kilometer classic first stage of the women’s pursuit in Québec City. Sprint champion Stina Nilsson did. Not only that, but the bonus seconds garnered from Nilsson’s win in Friday’s skate...
Tags: News, Sweden, Russia, Sport, Austria, Canada, Racing, Skiing, World Cup, Finland, Norway, Quebec, Fis, Sargent, Nilsson, Quebec City


Harvey on the Plains of Abraham: by Bill McKibben

Alex Harvey takes in the cheers after placing second in the men’s 15 k mass start classic in Québec City. (Photo: John Lazenby/lazenbyphoto.com) It’s remarkably sweet when an athletic career ends on a grace note:  Ted Williams lofting a home run in his final game at Fenway, say, or John Elway passing his Broncos to a Super Bowl victory. Or, earlier today, Alex Harvey taking second in front of a levitating crowd of supporters on the Plains of Abraham in the middle of Quebec City. Harvey’s career...
Tags: News, Opinion, Sport, Racing, Skiing, World Cup, Alex, Fis, Bill Mckibben, Quebec City, Broncos, Abraham, Harvey, Ted Williams, John Elway, Fenway


Clutch Down the Finish Straight: Nilsson Edges Johaug in Québec

Taking it at the line. Sweden’s Stina Nilsson (bib 1) wins the 10 k mass start classic in Québec City. (Photo: John Lazenby/lazenbyphoto.com) The build-up was immense. Head to head skiing. A mass start classic race with 10-kilometers to prove world-class stamina with Québec City’s cross-country ski fans lining the course. In a world now rife with data and the application of that information enmeshed in sport, the calculus seemed simple enough. Norway’s Therese Johaug has made a clean sweep ...
Tags: News, Sweden, Russia, Sport, Racing, Skiing, World Cup, Finland, Norway, Quebec, Fis, Nilsson, Quebec City, Theresa, Diggins, Jessie Diggins


From Colorado to Mora, Sweden to UVM: Evelina Sutro

Evelina Sutro during the sprint qualifier at U23 Worlds in Lahti, Finland. (Photo: Doug Stephen) In a year of outstanding performances from junior and under-23 U.S. skiers, Evelina Sutro has been a force to be reckoned with. She had a debut performance of 18 th in the 10-kilometer freestyle at World U-23 Championships in Lahti, Finland and went on to sweep every EISA freestyle race this season. Sustaining that benchmark, Sutro placed third last weekend in the NCAA 5 k skate, a mere 1.09 sec...
Tags: General, News, Sweden, Colorado, Interviews, Sport, Skiing, Ncaa, Fis, Seefeld, University Of Vermont, Burlington, University of Utah, Presque Isle, Nick Brown, UVM


With Several Crystal Globes up for Grabs, Québec Should Offer Some Spicy Racing

Sweden’s Marcus Hellner leads Russia’s Andrey Larkov and others during the men’s 15 k freestyle pursuit at the 2017 World Cup Finals in Quebec City. Here are the basic rules for this week’s World Cup finals in Québec. It’s a three race series: a sprint, a classic mass start, and freestyle pursuit for the final stage.   We’ll get to the import of the World Cup points on offer in a moment and why they add some tension to the weekend. This much is clear: the final standings for the men’s and wo...
Tags: News, Sweden, Russia, Sport, Racing, Skiing, World Cup, Norway, Quebec, Fis, Quebec City, Fischer, Maiken Caspersen Falla, Stina Nilsson, Ingvild Flugstad Østberg, Marcus Hellner


Wrap Up of the Soldeu El Tarter 2019 Alpine Skiing World Cup Finals

The Finals held at Soldeu El Tarter (Andorra) ended on Sunday with the Men's Slalom and the Ladies' Giant Slalom on the slope Avet in Soldeu, with 6,000 spectators watching from the stands, the finish line, the sides of the field and the terraces of the hotels. After seven intense days of training and races on the Àliga piste in El Tarter and the Avet piste in Soldeu, side events and ceremonies, now is time to take a look back at the FIS Ski World Cup Finals Andorra 2019.  The resort receiv...
Tags: Sport, Barcelona, Skiing, Fis, Andorra, Lewis, International Ski Federation FIS, Markus Waldner, Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup, Ski Paradise, Alpine Skiing, Grandvalira, Organising Committee, Jordi Pujol, Soldeu, 2018-2019 Winter Season


U.S. Team for World Cup Finals in Québec

American Jessie Diggins leads Germany’s Stefanie Böhler and others during the women’s 10 k freestyle pursuit on March 19 at World Cup Finals in Québec  City. Heading into the final weekend of World Cup racing, the U.S. Ski Team will be allotted a greater number of starts. Starting with Friday’s sprint, racing will be organized in Québec, Canada. Not technically the U.S., but it is North America. The International Ski Federation’s rules state that when Canada hosts a World Cup, the U.S. is co...
Tags: News, Germany, Sport, Canada, Racing, Skiing, World Cup, North America, Quebec, Fis, Continental, Hamilton, Ogden, McCabe, Scott Patterson, Quebec Canada


The $43 billion combination of FIS and Worldpay could trigger a wave of M&A. Here are the deals that could be next. (FIS, WP)

Fidelity National Information Services (FIS) is acquiring Worldpay for a deal valued at $43 billion the two companies announced Monday. The deal is similar to Fiserv's acquisition of First Data in January 2019, as it involves a financial-technology company (FIS) buying a payment processor (Worldpay).  Traditional players are looking to consolidate power and expand their offerings to fight off competition from newcomers such as Square.  Analysts suggest Jack Henry & Associates, a direct c...
Tags: Amazon, London, Time Warner, Disney, Trends, Walmart, Fox, Netflix, Square, Jack Dorsey, Fis, Business Insider, First Data, Worldpay, Fiserv, Jack Henry Associates


FIS Purchase of Worldpay Could Put Fintech ETFs in Play

This article was originally published on ETFTrends.com.
Tags: Finance, Article, Fis, FBN, Fbn/markets, Fox-business/markets, ETF Trends, 39545cab-e3dd-5f3f-9e32-46f2a7dc169e


FIS’s Worldpay Deal Ratchets Up Race for Payments Companies M&A

Fidelity National Information Services Inc.’s $35.5 billion deal to acquire Worldpay Inc., the biggest deal ever in the international payments sector, follows by just two months the previous record-holder -- Fiserv Inc.’s agreement in January to pay $22 billion for First Data Corp. Dealmaking is accelerating as payments companies snap up rivals to grab market share, with investors wondering which firms might be next. Global Payments Inc. and Total System Services Inc. were among stocks that ga...
Tags: Science, Fis, Fiserv Inc, Global Payments Inc, Worldpay Inc, A. Fidelity National Information Services Inc, First Data Corp Dealmaking, Total System Services Inc


Masters World Cup Wraps up in Beitostølen

Winner Aleksandr Pushkarev of Russia (left) leads fellow podium finishers Marco Mosconi of Italy (right) and Christophe Blanchet Nicoud of France (rear) past the flags at the edge of the stadium as they approach the finish line in the M4 10 k freestyle race at World Masters in Beitostølen, Norway, in March 2019. (photo: courtesy MWC 2019) BEITOSTØLEN, Norway — Team USA led the participation numbers while Russia topped the medal table in the 2019 Masters World Cup, the annual competition for sk...
Tags: Usa, General, News, France, Russia, Sport, Thailand, Racing, Skiing, Italy, Norway, Masters, Fis, Canmore, Team USA, Barbara Lewis


U.S. firm FIS buys Worldpay for $35 billion in payments deal bonanza

By Justin George Varghese, Rachel Armstrong and Pamela Barbaglia
Tags: Money, businessNews, Fis, Worldpay, Justin George Varghese Rachel Armstrong


FIS’s $34 Billion Bid for Worldpay Drives Payments M&A Spree

Industrywide revenue is projected to surge to $2.4 trillion by 2027, according to a report from Boston Consulting Group and Swift. FIS, which focuses on the software behind payments for retail and banking, will assume Worldpay’s debt, bringing the enterprise value of the deal to about $43 billion, the companies said Monday. Current shareholders of Jacksonville, Florida-based FIS will own about 53 percent of the combined company, while Worldpay investors will hold 47 percent.
Tags: Science, Fis, Worldpay, Jacksonville Florida, Boston Consulting Group, Swift FIS


FIS’s $34 Billion Bid for Worldpay Drives Payments Deal Spree

Industrywide revenue is projected to surge to $2.4 trillion by 2027, according to a report from Boston Consulting Group and Swift. Jacksonville, Florida-based FIS, which focuses on the software behind payments for retail and banking, will assume Worldpay’s debt, bringing the enterprise value of the deal to about $43 billion, the companies said Monday. FIS’s current shareholders will own about 53 percent of the combined company, while Ohio-based Worldpay’s investors will hold 47 percent.
Tags: Science, Ohio, Fis, Worldpay, Boston Consulting Group, Swift Jacksonville Florida


FIS spends $35B on Worldpay as digital payments surge

CINCINNATI (AP) — Fidelity National Information Services is buying Worldpay for about $35 billion as financial transactions increasingly move online. With Worldpay debt included, the companies on Monday put the deal’s value at $43 billion. Worldpay Inc. shareholders will receive 0.9287 FIS shares and $11.00 in cash for Worldpay share. FIS shareholders will own about […]
Tags: Business, News, Ap, Fis, Cincinnati, Worldpay, Fidelity National Information Services, Worldpay Inc


U.S. fintech FIS to buy payment processor Worldpay for about $35 billion: Reuters

(Reuters) – U.S. fintech group Fidelity National Information Services Inc (FIS) has agreed to buy payment processor Worldpay for about $35 billion, in the biggest deal to date in the booming payments industry. The deal is the latest in a wave of consolidation in the financial software and payments technology sectors as firms bulk up to compete with newcomers seeking to disrupt the way merchants are paid. U.S.-based Fiserv Inc bought payment processor First Data Corp in January for $22 billion. I...
Tags: Europe, London, Trends, London Stock Exchange, Italy, Rbs, M&a, Goldman Sachs, Financial Services, Fis, First Data Corp, Worldpay, Reuters, Fifth Third Bancorp, Fiserv Inc, Vantiv


FIS is buying Worldpay for $43 billion to form payments giant

Two of the world's top payments companies are coming together in a $43 billion deal.
Tags: Cnn, Fis, Worldpay


Johaug Wins Falun 10 k; Diggins Edges Østberg by 0.5 Seconds for Third

The women’s Top Three from Sunday’s 10 k skate in Falun, Sweden. From left to right, Sweden’s Ebba Andersson in third, Norway’s Therese Johaug in second, and the U.S. Ski Team’s Jessie Diggins in third. (Photo: FIS Twitter Screenshot) In all of the individual distance races she has entered this season, both World Cup and World Championships events, Norway’s Therese Johaug has remained the undeafeated distance winner, with Sunday’s victory in the women’s individual start 10-kilometer freestyle r...
Tags: General, News, Sweden, Russia, Sport, Racing, Skiing, Results, Finland, Norway, Fis, Andersson, Diggins, Jessie Diggins, Sadie Bjornsen, U S Ski Team


Johaug Victorious at Holmenkollen; Americans Land Outside Top 30

Therese Johaug (center) celebrates at the flower ceremony after winning the women’s 30 k classic race at the Holmenkollen. Russia’s Natalia Nepyreava (l) took second, and Sweden’s Ebba Andersson (r) finished third. (Photo: Screenshot FIS-Ski.com) Skies cleared and the sun shined on the 30-kilometer mass start classic at the Holmenkollen. When not surrounded by tall pines, racers were offered beautiful vistas of Oslo and the cold blue fjord on which Norway’s capital is built. While the Sunday c...
Tags: Europe, News, Sweden, Minneapolis, Germany, Russia, Sport, Davos, Racing, Alaska, Skiing, World Cup, Finland, Norway, Dresden, Fis


Russia takes the Podium in Holmenkollen; Harvey 5th, Patterson 19th

A clean sweep for Russia today. From left to right, Maxim Vylegzhanin was 2nd, Alexander Bolshunov was 1st and Andrey Larkov was third. (Photo: Screenshot/ FIS Instagram)   Russian skier, Alexander Bolshunov made history today during the Holmenkollen 50-kilometer classic mass start race. With his win today, Bolshunov became the youngest person and the third Russian to win the storied Holmenkollen 50 k. Bolshunov finished today’s  race in 2:23:49.8 hours. For Bolshunov, who comes off a Worl...
Tags: Russia, Sport, Canada, Racing, Skiing, World Cup, Norway, Patterson, Fis, APU, Oslo, Anchorage, Harvey, Scott Patterson, Norris, Norway Russia


Connecting the Dots: World Cup Finals, Nationals, and Developing the Sport

Norway’s Emil Iversen (16) leads Johannes Høsflot Klæbo (c) and Finn Hågen Krogh during the men’s 15 k classic mass start on March 18, 2017, at World Cup Finals in Quebec City. Klæbo went on to win. (Photo: Dustin Satler) North American World Cups are becoming a fixture on the schedule, with the season ending in Canada in 2016, 2017, 2019, and 2020. In 2020, Minnesota will join in with a city sprint- that race falls between the Quebec City and Canmore events. These races are important for athl...
Tags: Minnesota, California, US, Toronto, Sport, Canada, Racing, United States, Skiing, World Cup, Norway, North America, Montreal, Ccc, Fis, Jones


Norway’s Holund Attacks Way Out and Solos to 50 k Win; Harvey 12th, Norris 20th, Patterson 23rd

Norway’s Hans Christer Holund reaching for a feed during the men’s 50 k skate at the 2019 World Championships. (Photo: John Lazenby/lazenbyphoto.com) The 2019 Seefeld World Championships event came to a close on Sunday, the 11 days of competition capping off with a men’s 50-kilometer freestyle mass start. Unlike two years ago at the Lahti World Champs, when the top six finished within four seconds of each other, Canada’s Alex Harvey ultimately earning the 2017 title, this year’s World ...
Tags: News, France, Russia, Sport, Canada, Racing, Skiing, World Cup, Norway, Patterson, Fis, Hamilton, Seefeld, David Brown, Harvey, Scott Patterson