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With Tour Win Under Belt, Hamilton Looks to Improve in 2015

With Tour Win Under Belt, Hamilton Looks to Improve in 2015

FasterSkier caught up with Simi Hamilton during the USST Lake Placid Training Camp to talk with him about his summer training and the winter season ahead. While Hamilton doesn’t plan to change much in his routine, several “gear changes” might allow him to achieve even higher results in the coming months.

Burke, Dunklee Edge Teammates in Whiteface Footrace (with Photo Gallery)

Burke, Dunklee Edge Teammates in Whiteface Footrace (with Photo Gallery)

“You know we do other workouts,” Tim Burke says with a laugh more than halfway up the 4,867-foot Whiteface Mountain. Minutes before, the U.S. biathlete completed Tuesday’s big effort in 13 minutes, 21 seconds, finishing about 1,300 feet higher than he started for a new record in the hill climb named after him.

Wednesday Workout: Challenging the Pros

Wednesday Workout: Challenging the Pros

Looking for some extra motivation, what author Francois Léger Dionne calls “a simple spark so many endurance athletes tend to lose along the rocky road to personal gratification”? How about racing against the pros on your schedule and with home-gym advantage?

Despite Post-Olympic Blues, Stephen Motivated to Conquer the ‘Next Step’

Despite Post-Olympic Blues, Stephen Motivated to Conquer the ‘Next Step’

“If you are always getting what you set out to achieve it’s way too easy. [Last season] has motivated me and the team is definitely motivated to go out and kick some butt,” Liz Stephen told FasterSkier. After her team failed to realize its Olympic-year goals, Stephen says that she’s ready to reach for the next level, and it certainly looks like she’s headed in that direction.

25 Years In at USBA, Cobb Pushes Comprehensive Rules Reform Through International Biathlon Union

25 Years In at USBA, Cobb Pushes Comprehensive Rules Reform Through International Biathlon Union

U.S. Biathlon’s Max Cobb also chaired the IBU Technical Committee for the past several years – and he just passed rule changes at the IBU Congress that include a system-wide qualification points system and added Wild Card entries to major events. “People voted in favor of a more fair, open, and sporting system – I was really gratified,” Cobb said.

From Learning to Shoot to Making the Team, Egan Reflects on Her Biathlon Rise

From Learning to Shoot to Making the Team, Egan Reflects on Her Biathlon Rise

In her second year of biathlon, Clare Egan is a member of U.S. Biathlon’s development group and already seeing strides this season. In August, she placed third at North American Rollerski Championships for her best-ever biathlon result. “My skiing’s just going to keep getting better … and with the shooting, I have to just put in the time,” she says.

Speed Camp, Fast and Female Engage Locals in Lake Placid

Speed Camp, Fast and Female Engage Locals in Lake Placid

In between workouts at the 2014 U.S. Ski Team Lake Placid Training Camp, the U.S. Ski Team took some time to give back to the Lake Placid community. With Fast and Female for the girls and Speed Camp for the boys, the September 5th events hosted smiles all around.

After Nearly Two Decades in Hayward, CXC Team Coach Pierce Takes Colorado Job

After Nearly Two Decades in Hayward, CXC Team Coach Pierce Takes Colorado Job

CXC elite head coach Bill Pierce announced Thursday that he was leaving Wisconsin for Colorado, where he’ll serve as nordic director at the Snow Mountain Ranch YMCA near Winter Park. “The hard part is leaving the relationships,” he says.

USST Wraps Up Successful Lake Placid Camp

USST Wraps Up Successful Lake Placid Camp

The USST wrapped up its annual Lake Placid training camp September 7. With favorable weather, high-level training, and an encouraging team environment, participants walked away feeling prepared for the next phase of training.

Save the Dates: 2014/2015 NorAm and SuperTour Schedules in a Nutshell

Save the Dates: 2014/2015 NorAm and SuperTour Schedules in a Nutshell

Between the Canadian NorAm and U.S. SuperTour circuits, here’s a rundown of what you have to look forward to this winter, highlighting dates, places and big races.

After Coaching Para-Nordic to Three Medals in Sochi, Upham Joins Bates Staff

After Coaching Para-Nordic to Three Medals in Sochi, Upham Joins Bates Staff

James Upham had a good run in Sochi: his Paralympic skiers won three medals – the first by U.S. women in 20 years – and before that at the Olympics Susan Dunklee, a college skier he had recruited to be a biathlete, turned in the best performance ever by a U.S. woman. Now he’s returning to his home of Maine as an assistant coach at Bates College.

Wednesday Workout: Classic Speeds from the USST’s Lake Placid Camp

Wednesday Workout: Classic Speeds from the USST’s Lake Placid Camp

Fall is just beginning which means leaf-peeping, cider donuts, and pumpkin spice lattes are likely on your radar. However, once you get your head out of the changing leaves it may be time to focus on some new training goals as winter approaches.

What a Little Success Can Do: Lunder Boosted by World Cup Debut in Push for 2015

What a Little Success Can Do: Lunder Boosted by World Cup Debut in Push for 2015

Emma Lunder placed 30th in her World Cup debut last season. The Canadian biathlete has since gained funding, training partners, and motivation: “Anytime I’m doing a really brutal workout, I just think to myself, if you can get through this, you’re one step closer to racing in Pokljuka again!”

Peter Hale Memorial Scholarship Carries On Madshus Rep’s Work: More Than a One-Time Celebration

Peter Hale Memorial Scholarship Carries On Madshus Rep’s Work: More Than a One-Time Celebration

Peter Hale didn’t just sell skis: he gave them out, discounted them, and made sure that enthusiastic young skiers had them if they needed them. Madshus is offering a scholarship to do the same thing, based not on a young skier’s speed but also on their involvement in the ski community.

Gallery: 2014 Climb to the Castle

Gallery: 2014 Climb to the Castle

Saturday’s Climb to the Castle was a success for both organizers and participants. Despite strong winds, the weather held and skiers were able to ski a challenging 5-mile climb on roads that had been paved just the day before. Take a look at our photo gallery to see the race for yourself.

Stephen, Burke Repeat Wins in Blustery ‘Climb to the Castle’

Stephen, Burke Repeat Wins in Blustery ‘Climb to the Castle’

Liz Stephen is a force to reckon with – even when she’s off her game. Both she and Tim Burke repeated their 2013 performances in windy conditions at NYSEF’s 2014 Climb to the Castle.

Gallery: USST Speed Work in Lake Placid

Gallery: USST Speed Work in Lake Placid

FasterSkier arrived in New York Friday to catch the tail end of the 2014 U.S. Ski Team Lake Placid Training Camp. The camp’s attendees have endured a tiring two weeks of intensity, but spirits were high and smiles were abound as the team sped around the paved trails of the Olympic Jumping Complex for their morning workout.

Gay Junior and College Skiers Face a Community of Acceptance and Solitude

Gay Junior and College Skiers Face a Community of Acceptance and Solitude

FasterSkier examines what it means to be LGBT in the junior and college nordic skiing community by following five unique experiences of athletes who have come out as gay.

NDC Thunder Bay Returns to Birkie Land for Hayward Camp

NDC Thunder Bay Returns to Birkie Land for Hayward Camp

The National Development Centre of Thunder Bay made its way south for its final dryland camp of the year. From Aug. 16 to 27, NDC Thunder Bay athletes could be found rolling along the roads near Hayward, Wis. “There was a nice variety of terrain so we could concentrate on exactly the technique and training aspect we were focusing on for any particular training session,” coach Timo Puiras explains.

Canadians Head South to Stratton for New Camp, Combine with SMST2 (with Photo Gallery)

Canadians Head South to Stratton for New Camp, Combine with SMST2 (with Photo Gallery)

With the help of U.S. Ski Team head coach Chris Grover and Canadian National Team Head Coach Justin Wadsworth, Tor-Arne Hetland and the Canadian World Cup Team ended up in Vermont last month. “Andy Newell can train here for many years … That’s the reason we are here,” Hetland explained.