After nearly nine years with the Green Mountain Valley School nordic team, Justin Beckwith decided to leave his post as head coach and program director in August and has been aiding in the transition with coach Katrina Howe and new director Garrott Kuzzy.
Henrik Gustafsson, a psychology consultant to the Swedish Olympic Committee and its cross-country skiers, published new research showing that junior athletes who were perfectionists were at greater risk of burnout. The worst risk came when parents emphasized winning over having fun, feeding into these perfectionist tendencies.
Austrian sprinter Harald Wurm is being investigated not by a doping agency, but by criminal prosecutors. His house has been searched and he reportedly possessed a hemoglobin meter. This brings up tough memories for Austrians, whose skiers were banned at the 2006 Olympics for having a setup to do blood transfusions.