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Abramova ID’ed As Biathlete With Positive Mildronate Test

Abramova ID’ed As Biathlete With Positive Mildronate Test

Olga Abramova, a 27-year-old Russian-turned-Ukrainian, was identified as the mystery athlete who tested positive for a drug recently added to the WADA Prohibited List. Abramova had two top-10s at last year’s World Championships in Kontiolahti, and won double gold at Summer Biathlon World Championships in August.

‘Fake It Until You Make It’, Flowers and Freeman First in Craftsbury SuperTour 10 k Classic

‘Fake It Until You Make It’, Flowers and Freeman First in Craftsbury SuperTour 10 k Classic

A few new competitors broke through on the second day of SuperTour racing in Craftsbury, Vt., in both the men’s and women’s 10 k classic event. In the women’s race, Erika Flowers made a debut SuperTour win, while Liz Guiney and Julia Kern tied for second. Kris Freeman double poled to first in the men’s race, ahead of two UVM skiers.

Crossing Off the List: Anne Hart, Paddy Caldwell Top Craftsbury SuperTour 5/10 k Freestyle

Crossing Off the List: Anne Hart, Paddy Caldwell Top Craftsbury SuperTour 5/10 k Freestyle

In the SuperTour 5 /10 k freestyle events this past Saturday held in Craftsbury, Vt., Anne Hart beat out Chelsea Holmes by less than three seconds for first, and Paddy Caldwell achieved his first victory of the season. “It was my first ever SuperTour win, so it’s nice to cross that off the list,” Hart explained.

Bailey Catches Green, Anchors U.S. to Best-Ever Fourth in Mixed Relay; Canada Ties Best in 6th

Bailey Catches Green, Anchors U.S. to Best-Ever Fourth in Mixed Relay; Canada Ties Best in 6th

Considering anything better than sixth would have been a first-ever for either the U.S. or Canada in Sunday’s IBU World Cup mixed relay, that put Lowell Bailey in a bit of a position heading into the final loop. He ended up catching Canada’s anchor, Brendan Green for fourth and came within 1.7 seconds of third.

France’s Dorin Habert and Fourcade Dominate Single Mixed Relay; Canada 12th, U.S. 16th

France’s Dorin Habert and Fourcade Dominate Single Mixed Relay; Canada 12th, U.S. 16th

France stacked its single mixed relay on Sunday in Canmore, putting Marie Dorin Habert and Martin Fourcade in the team-sprint-like event, and the two got what they set out for: first by 45 seconds over Austria and 55 seconds over Norway in third.

Bjornsen Leads Three Americans in Top 25 at Soggy Holmenkollen 30 k

Bjornsen Leads Three Americans in Top 25 at Soggy Holmenkollen 30 k

Three American women cracked the top 25 in Sunday’s 30 k classic at the world-famous Holmenkollen, finishing within 1.6 seconds of one another. Sadie Bjornsen led them in 22nd, closely followed by Liz Stephen in 23rd and Jessie Diggins in 25th. Rosie Brennan and Caitlin Patterson raced to 33rd and 36th, respectively, and Canada’s Emily Nishikawa was 39th.

Her Biggest Win Yet: Johaug Wins Holmenkollen 30 k by 3:46

Her Biggest Win Yet: Johaug Wins Holmenkollen 30 k by 3:46

At Sunday’s Holmenkollen 30 k classic mass start, Norway’s Therese Johaug dominated. She won by a margin of 3:46.5 over teammate Ingvild Flugstad Østberg. FIS reports Johaug’s margin of victory was the largest ever for a women’s cross-country World Cup.

Burke Nabs Season-Best 7th in Canmore Mass Start; Italy’s Windisch Gets First-Career Win

Burke Nabs Season-Best 7th in Canmore Mass Start; Italy’s Windisch Gets First-Career Win

Despite four penalties, Italy’s Dominik Windisch overcame difficult conditions on the course and shooting range for his first IBU World Cup victory and podium on Saturday. Meanwhile, Tim Burke skied around a sick competitor on the last loop and rose above three penalties for a season-best seventh.

Quick-Draw Wierer Outshoots Dorin Habert for Canmore Mass Start Win

Quick-Draw Wierer Outshoots Dorin Habert for Canmore Mass Start Win

One early miss didn’t bog Dorothea Wierer down. Coming off a podium in Friday’s sprint, the Italian raced to her third-career IBU World Cup victory in Saturday’s mass start, by 20 seconds over France’s Marie Dorin Habert. The lone North American in the women’s mass start, Susan Dunklee missed 10 targets to place 30th.

No More ‘Skiing Into A Race,’ North Americans Reflect on Holmenkollen 50 k

No More ‘Skiing Into A Race,’ North Americans Reflect on Holmenkollen 50 k

Fifty kilometers might seem like plenty of time to ease into a race, but especially in a World Cup race like Holmenkollen, those days are over. “It’s a battle from the start now,” Canada’s Devon Kershaw explained. His teammate Alex Harvey led the North Americans in 20th, Kershaw placed 23rd, Noah Hoffman of the U.S. was 24th, Graeme Killick of Canada 30th, and U.S. skier Scott Patterson 32nd.

Sundby Accomplishes Dream, Dominates Holmenkollen 50 k Start to Finish

Sundby Accomplishes Dream, Dominates Holmenkollen 50 k Start to Finish

Picture little Martin Johnsrud Sundby, “nine years old and tenting in the forest.” That’s when he knew he wanted to win in Holmenkollen. After four podiums in the world-famous 50 k mass start, he won the classic race outside his hometown on Saturday and set a record in the process.

Pidhrushna, Other Late Starters Surprise in Canmore Sprint; Ransom Ties Career-Best 19th

Pidhrushna, Other Late Starters Surprise in Canmore Sprint; Ransom Ties Career-Best 19th

The 43rd starter, Ukraine’s Olena Pidhrushna picked off the places to achieve her first World Cup win in four seasons after “retiring” from racing last year. “I realized how much I miss biathlon and how I need it,” she said.

With Scaphoid Fracture, Tandy’s Season Comes to an End

With Scaphoid Fracture, Tandy’s Season Comes to an End

Canadian biathlete Megan Tandy was set to race her first home-turf World Cup, before a fall on a morning jog left her with a broken wrist. Now her season is over and, having not yet met Sport Canada carding criteria, she’s unsure if she will be able to continue her career. “Iʼm not going to give up on another two years without a fight,” she said.

The Qaniq Challenge: Travelogue Edition

The Qaniq Challenge: Travelogue Edition

The story of why one citizens skier trekked six hours (each way) for a race in a southern port city of Alaska. “Sometimes it’s important to travel for five days so that you can spend less than two hours racing, but do so on a course that goes from a mountain overlook to the shores of the Pacific Ocean,” the author explains.

Another Sprint Win for Fourcade; Burke 23rd, Bailey 24th and Davies Elated with 25th

Another Sprint Win for Fourcade; Burke 23rd, Bailey 24th and Davies Elated with 25th

Martin Fourcade and the rest of the top three agree, something about racing in Canmore is hard. “None of us felt they were skiing really fast,” Germany’s third-place finisher Simon Schempp said. He finished more than 18 seconds behind Fourcade and 3 seconds out of second, which went to Russia’s Anton Shipulin.

IBU Finds Positive ‘A’ Sample, Provisionally Suspends Unnamed Biathlete

An athlete is provisionally suspended after their “A” sample tested positive for either an insulin-mimicking drug or for mildronate, both of which were added to the Prohibited List on January 1. However the IBU hasn’t named the athlete and made the strange move of saying that the finding is “not considered a positive doping case”.

IBU World Cup Comes to Canmore: Training Day Photos

IBU World Cup Comes to Canmore: Training Day Photos

The IBU World Cup is back in North America with races in Canmore starting Thursday and lasting through Sunday, a week before the circuit moves east to Presque Isle, Maine. Here are some photos from official training in Canmore.

Double-Pole Victory for Northug in Drammen; Hamilton Top North American in 11th

Double-Pole Victory for Northug in Drammen; Hamilton Top North American in 11th

Norway’s Petter Northug showed his versatility as an all-rounder, winning Wednesday’s classic sprint in Drammen, Norway. His quick double pole and quicksilver skate skis won out the day. The U.S. Ski Team’s Simi Hamilton placed 11th overall while Canada’s Alex Harvey posted his second-best sprint result of the season in 20th.

Falla Sets Record with Third Consecutive Drammen Win; Three U.S. Women In Heats 

Falla Sets Record with Third Consecutive Drammen Win; Three U.S. Women In Heats 

Sweden’s Stina Nilsson retained her Sprint Cup lead despite getting reprimanded for obstruction in the final. And although none of the three American women advanced out of their quarterfinals, the U.S. team declared the day a success with all three skiing blazing qualifier times.

Wednesday Workout: Ski Fartleks With Strava

Wednesday Workout: Ski Fartleks With Strava

Add a little “speed play” into your training, following the natural variation of terrain and conditions, and you could find the less-regimented workout has a lot of benefits. Push yourself and keep track of progress with an app like Strava.