This Monday the USST announced 16 cross country athletes will represent the U.S. at the 2015 FIS Nordic World Championships in Falun, Sweden. Headlined by defending World Champions Kikkan Randall and Jessie Diggins, a mix of veterans and newcomers will take on the world’s best.
Anti-doping scientists used “data triangulation” to gather many different types of evidence about doping, and concluded that between 14 and 39 percent of elite athletes dope. The number is impressive – in part because estimates of doping are rarely published. But, the authors note, “tools to evaluate the prevalence of doping use in sports are readily available; they only need to be used more often.” So why are we only talking about it?
Auburn Ski Club Training Center on Donner Summit, CA. is currently seeking a program director. The ASC Training Center is a multi-discipline organization that offers Alpine, Nordic, Snowboard and Biathlon programs and competitions. ASC also operates a 20KM XC trail system open to club members and the public.
Susan Dunklee had her best shooting of the year to move from eighth up to sixth in the World Cup pursuit in Antholz, Italy, on Saturday, the best U.S. result of the year. Canada put two women in the top 30, and American Hannah Dreissigacker moved from 60th up to 42nd – beating former star Miriam Goessner on her final loop.
Brendan Green couldn’t say for sure what’s brought him so much success lately — could be the venues or the minor cues he’s been working on — but his coaches have a hunch. The Canadian biathlete became the first man on the circuit in the last two seasons to shoot 50-for-50 in four-straight IBU World Cup races.
For the third time ever, the IPC World Championships are being held in the U.S. and kick off Friday with the opening ceremony in Cable, Wis. Team USA is ready, according to coach Eileen Carey. “We are thrilled to get another chance to test out some of our training and racing strategies,” she says. “Having the opportunity to do that on home snow is a great bonus for us.”
Not only has Norway dominated cross country World Cup podiums, but their skier have also taken home more than half of the available prize money. Marit Bjørgen alone has won 1/3 of the total money available to the women’s field. How does everyone else stack up, and how does this relate to World Cup points?
In her second-ever team sprint (and first one since 2009), Rosie Brennan teamed up with Ida Sargent to advance to the final, where they placed sixth of 10 teams. The U.S. women’s first team, Sadie Bjornsen and Sophie Caldwell placed 11th, as did the U.S. men’s second team (Erik Bjornsen/Matt Gelso), and Andy Newell and Simi Hamilton ended up 19th after a late semifinal crash.
Simon Schempp lives and trains in Ruhpolding, Germany, and now he can say he has won a biathlon World Cup there too – by just 8 centimeters in a three-man photo finish and one of the most exciting races of the season. Brendan Green of Canada completed a perfect 40-shot weekend to snag his second top 20.