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FS Podcast: The McLaren Report and Beyond

FS Podcast: The McLaren Report and Beyond

A jam-packed episode of the FS podcast — the McLaren report, athlete commission responses and some analysis from FS Editor-At-Large Chelsea Little.

FIS on What’s Next Regarding Russia (Updated)

FIS on What’s Next Regarding Russia (Updated)

On Tuesday, the IOC Executive Board responded to the McLaren report and listed provisional measures for international sports federations moving forward. Fortunately for FIS and the IBU, they’re not on the same timeline as summer sports, and will convene at a meeting in just over two weeks in Rio.

Wednesday Workout: Strong Glutes, A Recipe for Skiing Efficiency

Wednesday Workout: Strong Glutes, A Recipe for Skiing Efficiency

Strengthen the glutes and the skis will follow. Well, maybe it’s not that simple. In this Wednesday Workout, physical therapist Dave Cieslowski, of Bend, Ore., explains how we can build stronger glutes in hopes of becoming more efficient skiers.

Sundby Sanctioned for Asthma Medication Use, Stripped of 2015 TdS and Overall World Cup Titles

Sundby Sanctioned for Asthma Medication Use, Stripped of 2015 TdS and Overall World Cup Titles

News broke Wednesday that Martin Johnsrud Sundby, the three-time defending overall World Cup and Tour de Ski champion, had been handed a two-month sanction and disqualified from two races (and his 2015 Tour de Ski and 2015 overall World Cup titles). “I went into the 2015/2016-season knowing I was innocent, and also that I was acquitted,” he said in a press conference. “I think the verdict is totally unreasonable.”

Best in Show: 35-45 Degrees and Sunny (What to Wear)

Best in Show: 35-45 Degrees and Sunny (What to Wear)

It’s never too early to start thinking about winter, or even those not-so-hot outdoor training sessions in 35-45 degree temperatures. To help you prepare, we’ve outlined the ideal outfit from top to bottom for these conditions.

Russian Doping: McLaren Report Confirms Cover-Up of Positive Samples in Sochi

Russian Doping: McLaren Report Confirms Cover-Up of Positive Samples in Sochi

This morning, Professor Richard McLaren disclosed his findings after looking into claims of Russian state-sponsored doping and its cover-up. Here’s a quick summary of his findings, which were enough to prompt WADA to call for Russian athletes in all sports to be banned from the 2016 Olympics.

The Wedding Proposal: SMST2 Teammates Flowers and Newell Get Engaged

The Wedding Proposal: SMST2 Teammates Flowers and Newell Get Engaged

After four years of dating, Stratton Mountain School teammates and couple Andy Newell and Erika Flowers are engaged. “So much can happen in professional athletics and Erika and I wanted to enjoy each other’s company before we have to grow up and get serious,” Newell said.

If a Skier Falls in the Forest, Does the Sound Scare the Birds?

If a Skier Falls in the Forest, Does the Sound Scare the Birds?

While we think of cross-country skiing as a low-impact sport which enjoys rather than exploits natural areas, research shows that even our small ski trails can impact wildlife through forest fragmentation and stress responses to disturbance by skiers.

Wednesday Workout: Train Like the Pros (Classic Speeds with the USST)

Wednesday Workout: Train Like the Pros (Classic Speeds with the USST)

Anchorage-based reporter Gavin Kentch observes and outlines the ins-and-outs of a U.S. Ski Team classic speeds rollerski. U.S. women’s coach Matt Whitcomb explains how each session is deliberately engineered and how a single workout can vary among individuals. (Includes photos and video clips)

Demong Back Leading U.S. NoCo as Executive Director of USA Nordic Sport

Demong Back Leading U.S. NoCo as Executive Director of USA Nordic Sport

Two years ago, the U.S. nordic combined community suffered a moment of letdown as its major source of funding, USSA, changed course with regard to its sport. Now, the newly formed USA Nordic Sport is spearheading efforts to rejuvenate interest in jumping and nordic combined. Its leader is Olympic gold medalist and former team veteran Billy Demong.

Vrabcová-Nývltová Gears Up for Marathon at Rio Olympics

Vrabcová-Nývltová Gears Up for Marathon at Rio Olympics

Eva Vrabcová-Nývltová, a Czech World Cup cross-country skier for the last decade, is headed to her first Summer Olympics to run the marathon, and she plans to skip the next ski season. “It’s great challenge and motivation, therefore I decided to focus fully on athletics,” she said.

Rollerski Review: Rundle Sport’s FLEX Rollerski

Rollerski Review: Rundle Sport’s FLEX Rollerski

It’s a tall task to find perfect pavement for rollerskiing, but harsh road vibrations can be a downright downer. Rundle Sport, based in Canmore, sells the FLEX rollerski. In the niche world of rollerski design, they may just have developed a rollerski that makes rough pavement tolerable.

Fifty-Mile Trail Run Champion, Malcolm on Her ‘Sustainable Hobby’

Fifty-Mile Trail Run Champion, Malcolm on Her ‘Sustainable Hobby’

After making the US Biathlon team and later coaching in Bozeman, Mont., Corrine Malcolm has broken out as a trail runner. While earning her master’s degree, she won USATF’s 50-mile trail running championship in May and earned a trip to 2016 Trail World Championships.

Wednesday Workout: Diggins Dives into Norwegian Camp, Leaves with Big Takeaways

Wednesday Workout: Diggins Dives into Norwegian Camp, Leaves with Big Takeaways

After recently returning from a training camp with the Norwegian women’s team, Jessie Diggins describes how the opportunity came about and one of her favorite workouts from her week in Norway. “I’m always looking for ways to make summer training exciting, new and adventurous,” Diggins said.

Mt. Marathon Rookie, Norris Blasts Course Record

Mt. Marathon Rookie, Norris Blasts Course Record

Leading up to the prestigious Mt. Marathon footrace in Seward, Alaska, APU teammates David Norris and Scott Patterson, both race rookies, were marked as strong climbers but unproven downhill runners. Would they hold back to avoid injury? They went on to place first and fourth overall on Monday in the 89th edition of the race.

Michigan Tech Seeks Nordic Graduate Assistant Coach

Michigan Tech Seeks Nordic Graduate Assistant Coach

Michigan Tech is seeking a Nordic Graduate Assistant Coach with NCAA Skiing experience that is interested in coaching cross country skiing at the NCAA level. Candidates should be qualified, experienced and highly motivated to assist with NCAA Ski coaching.

FS Podcast: Boom! Babikov Retires, Becomes Canada’s New Coach

FS Podcast: Boom! Babikov Retires, Becomes Canada’s New Coach

Prior to June 24, Canada’s Ivan Babikov was training in Canmore, prepping for the upcoming World Cup season. Then “boom”, he’s retired and named Cross Country Canada’s national-team coach. We caught up with coach Babikov while he was in Quebec, where he is helping lead the national team’s first camp of the summer.

French Biathlete Anaïs Bescond Takes Summer Training to Canada

French Biathlete Anaïs Bescond Takes Summer Training to Canada

France’s Anaïs Bescond has been training with Biathlon Canada for the past two weeks and next two to come. “I think what is really interesting for me is to share our different experience about training,” Bescond said.

Wednesday Workout: Mountain Running with David Norris

Wednesday Workout: Mountain Running with David Norris

David Norris of APU is trying to keep the momentum up and continually build on his achievements from last season. One thing he’s noticed, “In the last few summers my uphill running has improved tremendously.” But what came first, the hill-climb success or leaps in ski training?

CCC on New Coach Babikov: ‘If Anything, We’ll Have to Slow Him Down’

CCC on New Coach Babikov: ‘If Anything, We’ll Have to Slow Him Down’

Longtime Canadian World Cup skier Ivan Babikov is retiring to take on coaching responsibility for his former teammates Devon Kershaw, Lenny Valjas, Jess Cockney, and Graeme Killick. “Ivan has been in our system and his job is to execute the plans,” Cross Country Canada High Performance Director Tom Holland explains.