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U.S. Nordic Combined Keeps on Plugging; USSA’s Bodensteiner Explains Decision

U.S. Nordic Combined Keeps on Plugging; USSA’s Bodensteiner Explains Decision

More on U.S. Nordic Combined’s predicament after its program lost direct USSA funding earlier this week. We caught up with both Fletcher brothers as well as USSA Vice President Luke Bodensteiner to hear more about the decision and what it means for the sport in the U.S.

Soldier Hollow Legacy Foundation Seeks Executive Director

Soldier Hollow Legacy Foundation Seeks Executive Director

The Soldier Hollow Legacy Foundation (SHLF) Board of Directors is seeking decisive, focused, and visionary leaders to apply for the position of Executive Director.

Wednesday Workout: Hill Climbing and Norpining with the Middlebury Ski Team

Wednesday Workout: Hill Climbing and Norpining with the Middlebury Ski Team

Unless you’re the audacious Liz Stephen or Overall World Cup Champion Therese Johaug, you’re probably not a huge fan of hill climbs. However, when the mid-April temps turn our favorite trails into puddles, nordic ski enthusiasts have to get creative to get their on-snow skiing fix before spring training begins.

USSA to Drop Funding for Nordic Combined, Jarrett Accepts Challenge

USSA to Drop Funding for Nordic Combined, Jarrett Accepts Challenge

The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association dealt U.S. Nordic Combined tough news on Monday when it informed them funding would cease after July 31, 2014, according to head coach Dave Jarrett, who’s now searching for alternative financial solutions.

Wadsworth Says Nothing’s Final on Hetland, Rest of CCC Team-Staffing Decisions

Justin Wadsworth’s not sure how it got out there, but he said incorrect information reached the press on Tuesday regarding the Canadian World Cup Team’s coaching and waxing staff for the 2014/2015 season.

Fear Not the Training Plan: CXC Academy Explained

Fear Not the Training Plan: CXC Academy Explained

One author shares his uneasiness with training plans and investigates CXC Academy, an online subscription service that provides nordic tips and regimens for skiers of all ages. “You will go faster when you want to go faster and it will be a lot more enjoyable,” founder Yuriy Gusev says.

Canadian National Team Changeup: De Nys No Longer Women’s Coach, Starts Junior Program

Canadian National Team Changeup: De Nys No Longer Women’s Coach, Starts Junior Program

Canadian Women’s World Cup Coach Eric de Nys is in the process of starting a new junior-training program in Canmore after parting ways with the national team. “With the World Cup team being what it will be next year, it just can’t justify having that many coaches there,” he says. “We had to do some restructuring and part of that was eliminating a job.”

Job Posting: Biathlon Coach at Canmore Nordic Ski Club

Job Posting: Biathlon Coach at Canmore Nordic Ski Club

The Canmore Nordic Ski Club (CNSC) based in Canmore, Alberta, is seeking applications for a Part-Time Biathlon Coach with the club. This is a contract position at approximately ¾ time from May to March.

Alaskan Winter Ultras and a Wilderness Race

Alaskan Winter Ultras and a Wilderness Race

In a departure from our usual race coverage, here we post another of our occasional first-person staff reports from races we’ve done. This article covers two of Alaska’s 100-mile races and a multi-day backcountry wilderness race.

Johaug and the Future of the Norwegian National Team

Johaug and the Future of the Norwegian National Team

Therese Johaug could be the Norwegian Ski Federation’s MVP. But can they keep her? “She’s going to make more money than both Petter Northug and Marit Bjørgen,” one expert says. “The girl has everything, so the sponsors will be willing to pay very much.”

With World Cup Podiums from Three Different Athletes, U.S. Biathlon Gains Stature in 2014

With World Cup Podiums from Three Different Athletes, U.S. Biathlon Gains Stature in 2014

The U.S. biathlon team says that they were far from surprised when Lowell Bailey and Susan Dunklee broke through and onto the podium at the end of this season. That gains the team some recognition: “It’s obvious that we have more athletes that are a threat for everybody now for the top results,” head coach Per Nilsson says.

Downing’s Side of the Story: What Happened to Team Dominica in Sochi

Downing’s Side of the Story: What Happened to Team Dominica in Sochi

More than a month after the Olympics ended, we share a different perspective on Team Dominica’s legitimacy from their coach J.D. Downing. “[That their Olympic experience was an] un-mitigated disaster is completely true,” he says. “I take issue with how this Olympic experience was presented.”

Wednesday Workout: Old School Biathlon with Lex Treinen

Wednesday Workout: Old School Biathlon with Lex Treinen

What could be more fun than going for a trail run or backcountry ski with a primal purpose, like bringing home dinner? Lex Treinen shares his love of what he calls “old school biathlon,” a hunting-and-gathering workout off the beaten path.

Show Must Go On in Stratton: Head Coach Kaeding Leaving for Grad School

Show Must Go On in Stratton: Head Coach Kaeding Leaving for Grad School

SMST2 Head Coach Gus Kaeding, 29, came to the striking realization this winter that he couldn’t see himself coaching in 10 years. With that in mind, he decided to plot a new future, which could include a master’s in finance. His contract is up at the end of June, but Kaeding plans to help Stratton transition to a new elite-team coach.

This Winter in Journals, Part One: Climate Change Adaptation and the Ski Industry

This Winter in Journals, Part One: Climate Change Adaptation and the Ski Industry

This winter, three teams of researchers investigated attitudes towards climate change within the ski industry. They found huge cultural differences between how Austrians, Finns, and New Zealanders perceived the threat – with the Austrian industry having no adaptation strategy, while New Zealand is ramping up snowmaking – as well as between CEO’s and the skiers themselves.

Skimeisters Iverson, Randall Master Alaska Downhill-XC-Bike Race

Skimeisters Iverson, Randall Master Alaska Downhill-XC-Bike Race

Mark Iverson and Kikkan Randall pulled away from their competition in the AK Skimeister Challenge last Saturday at Alyeska Resort in Girdwood, Alaska, proving they can run, alpine ski, nordic ski, and bike on snow better than anyone else in the second-annual race.

Northug and the Future of the Norwegian National Team

Northug and the Future of the Norwegian National Team

This FasterSkier series will examine the growing challenge to the national team model by privately funded ski teams and independent sponsorship agreements. Will national teams be able to support themselves in the future, or will corporate teams take over cross country skiing? This first article in the series will look at Petter Northug’s record deal with Coop and the implications it has for the Norwegian National Team and the sport as a whole.

Treinen Keeps Competition Season Rolling with Victory in Ski to Sea

Treinen Keeps Competition Season Rolling with Victory in Ski to Sea

Unlike most of the SuperTour field that likely crashed and burned after the last day of the U.S. domestic season in Anchorage, APU’s Lex Treinen packed up the hot tub and headed to Homer for the three-part Ski to Sea race last Sunday. Treinen won it, and his brother placed second.

Stratton Mountain School T2 Seeking Coach

Stratton Mountain School T2 Seeking Coach

The Stratton Mountain School is seeking to hire a full-time coach for their SMS T2 program.

Kowalczyk to Stay in the Game, Train Less, Focus on World Champs

Kowalczyk to Stay in the Game, Train Less, Focus on World Champs

Justyna Kowalczyk announced at a recent Polish press conference that she’s going to continue racing at the highest level for another season, but with some changes to her training. “Sixteen years of training left marks on my body and I need a rest,” she said. “The training will be aimed for the World Championships in Falun.”