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