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Webster Excells in First XTerra World Champs

Webster Excells in First XTerra World Champs

When Brittany Webster’s name appeared atop a list of results this past weekend, it wasn’t for Canmore’s Frozen Thunder. Instead, Webster replaced snow with sand and finished as the first amateur female in the 2014 XTerra Off-Road World Championships on the north shores of Maui, Hawaii Oct. 26.

More Than Just Sports Fans, It’s Muscle Cells Who Remember Past Doping

More Than Just Sports Fans, It’s Muscle Cells Who Remember Past Doping

Research published last fall found that using testosterone, even briefly, had long-lasting effects on muscle in mice – and extrapolated that in humans, these effects could last decades. The mechanism for this cell memory opens the door to similarly long-lasting effects of HGH or other performance-enhancing drugs.

Wednesday Workout: Over & Under Marathon Prep with Holly Brooks

Wednesday Workout: Over & Under Marathon Prep with Holly Brooks

Wonder how the pros train for marathons? Holly Brooks, who’s gearing up for a full season of marathons on the international circuit, has some tips and a workout to raise aerobic threshold and build speed bursts. “One of my go-to workouts is quick and simple: Over & Under, L3 pace workout with surges,” she explains.

U.S. Biathlon Selects World Cup Team (with Sunday’s Sprint Videos)

U.S. Biathlon Selects World Cup Team (with Sunday’s Sprint Videos)

U.S. Biathlon, unlike some national teams, doesn’t select its World Cup team each spring. Certain team members prequalify, but there were at least two spots up for grabs at the four-race rollerski trials held in August and October in Jericho, Vt. The final team was announced Tuesday, one month before the season starts in Sweden. (Updated)

Kershaw, Crawford Earn Victories in Frozen Thunder Distance Races

Kershaw, Crawford Earn Victories in Frozen Thunder Distance Races

While two Americans won Friday’s Frozen Thunder sprints, Canada had its revenge on Monday, taking four of six podium spots. In the men’s 10.8 k skate race, Devon Kershaw bested Kris Freeman by five seconds to take the win. In the Women’s 7.2 k race, biathlete Rosanna Crawford edged Liz Stephen for the win.

Canadians Visit PyeongChang 2018, Scope Out Next Olympic Venues

Canadians Visit PyeongChang 2018, Scope Out Next Olympic Venues

Cross Country Canada High Performance Director Tom Holland reports back on a trip to South Korea, where he scoped out the site of the 2018 Olympics. “It’s a more simple Games,” he said. The biathlon stadium is in good shape, but some of the cross country ski trails aren’t built yet.

FS is Hiring!

FS is Hiring!

FasterSkier is looking for part-time weekend reporters and contributors for the fast-approaching season. Check out our long list of openings (paid and unpaid) to see which might be the best fit for you!

Sargent, Newell Climb to Top in Frozen Thunder Classic Sprint (with Photo Gallery)

Sargent, Newell Climb to Top in Frozen Thunder Classic Sprint (with Photo Gallery)

There are a couple things one can count on in Canmore, including solid tracks and quality snow, even in October. At the first unofficial sprint of the North American season on Friday, more than 120 racers found both for the Frozen Thunder classic sprint, and organizers added what could be a new tradition to the mix: a zero-elimination format.

An In-Depth Look at the NNF and D25: What You Might Not Know and Didn’t Think to Ask

An In-Depth Look at the NNF and D25: What You Might Not Know and Didn’t Think to Ask

David Knoop, director of the National Nordic Foundation (NNF) in Utah, explains the foundation’s beginnings, how he got involved, how it’s evolved over the years, and how its current fundraiser, the Drive for 25, actually works.

After Turbulent Summer, BSF Rebounds with New Focus

After Turbulent Summer, BSF Rebounds with New Focus

Just a few months ago, the Bridger Ski Foundation elite and postgrad team was without a coach and down to two athletes. Today, the team boasts 14 high-level athletes led by 2014 U.S. sprint champion Jennie Bender.

Biathlon Alberta Seeks Canmore-Based Events Coordinator

Biathlon Alberta Seeks Canmore-Based Events Coordinator

Biathlon Alberta, the provincial governing body for the sport of biathlon, is hiring a Canmore‐based Events Coordinator for the 2014‐15 season. This contract position will involve working approximately 40 days between November 24th and March 24th, assisting with the production of Biathlon Alberta events around Alberta.

After Long Offseason Prep, Frozen Thunder Means the Season’s Here

After Long Offseason Prep, Frozen Thunder Means the Season’s Here

Newly-minted Biathlon Canada national team member Macx Davies talks season prep and Frozen Thunder: “When you have a long ski, catching up with friends is one of the few things that can shorten the long hours on the track,” he writes. “Finally I am skiing. Finally the season is here. Finally it is winter.”

As USST Park City Camp Ends, Excitement for Racing Season Builds

As USST Park City Camp Ends, Excitement for Racing Season Builds

Approximately 40 athletes attended the USST Altitude Camp in Park City, Utah which concluded Oct. 19. The camp is a final opportunity of the best skiers in the country to fine tune their skiing before the winter season starts in November.

Wednesday Workout: The Right Way to Recover with Jennie Bender

Wednesday Workout: The Right Way to Recover with Jennie Bender

BSF skier Jennie Bender answers common questions about recovery: “How do you know when to listen to fatigue, and when to slap it in the face?” she writes. “If you take a rest week from training, how should you feel? What does a rest week mean?”

Poltoranin Moves to Estonia, Extends Partnership with Veerpalu and Alaver

Poltoranin Moves to Estonia, Extends Partnership with Veerpalu and Alaver

Kazakh star Alexey Poltoranin already started working with Andrus Veerpalu last season. But he’s now going one step farther, distancing himself from the Kazakh federation by moving to Estonia and working with famed coach Mati Alavar and three Estonian training partners. After disappointment in Sochi, he’s eyeing the 2018 Games.

The Hungry Skier: Pumpkin and Maple-Nut Oatmeal

The Hungry Skier: Pumpkin and Maple-Nut Oatmeal

It’s that time of year, and we’ve got a quick-and-easy recipe for the time-crunched athlete — a spiced-up alternative to traditional oatmeal for those autumn mornings.

New Birkie Ambassador, Brooks Going for FIS Marathon Cup Overall Podium (Updated)

New Birkie Ambassador, Brooks Going for FIS Marathon Cup Overall Podium (Updated)

It’s final. Holly Brooks is tackling the FIS Marathon Cup/Worldloppet series this season, with seven of nine races on her schedule and a goal of an overall top three. “I’m ready for new challenges,” she says. “I’m a competitor and I want to be in races where I’m in contention for a podium.” As the Birkie’s first elite-athlete representative, she’s hoping that will simplify some of the international logistics.

GMVS Focuses on Retention to Build Program’s Future

GMVS Focuses on Retention to Build Program’s Future

The Green Mountain Valley School is welcoming back former junior athlete David Sinclair to the team’s ranks for the 2014/2015 season as part of the team’s attempt at organic development. With several exciting developments for the rural Vermont academy including a new assistant coach, the future is looking bright for GMVS.

NYSSRA Nordic Seeks New Executive Director

NYSSRA Nordic Seeks New Executive Director

The New York State Ski Racing Association – Nordic Division (NYSSRA-Nordic) is seeking a new Executive Director to head up administration and grant writing for the New York nordic-skiing community.

This Month in Journals: With 2015 WADA Code on Horizon, Compliance with 2009 Code Remains Uneven

This Month in Journals: With 2015 WADA Code on Horizon, Compliance with 2009 Code Remains Uneven

660 organizations, from governments to international sports federations, agreed to the 2009 World Anti-Doping Agency Code. But when it comes to enforcing its guidelines they don’t all take their commitment so seriously, writes Dr. Barrie Houlihan in a new investigation. We ask: can the new 2015 Code do better?