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What Elite Skiers Eat for Breakfast (Hint: More Than You Do)

What Elite Skiers Eat for Breakfast (Hint: More Than You Do)

What do athletes eat for real breakfast on real weekdays? Training day or rest day, at home or abroad, every elite athlete has a food that they’re comfortable with. We started with the APU elite team, asking them what they eat to fuel their day. Here’s a photo gallery of their spreads.

Johaug, Weng and Teammates’ Physiology, Training Described in New Paper

Johaug, Weng and Teammates’ Physiology, Training Described in New Paper

Want to know everything about the training and physiology of the top Norwegian women? A new paper tells all, using training diaries and test data from Marit Bjørgen, Therese Johaug, Heidi Weng, Ingvild Flugstad Østberg, Ragnhild Haga, and Maiken Caspersen Falla.

Back in Bend, U.S. Team Builds Volume, Analyzes Technique (Videos)

Back in Bend, U.S. Team Builds Volume, Analyzes Technique (Videos)

At the first on-snow camp of the season at Mt. Bachelor in Bend, Ore., the U.S. Ski Team aims to jumpstart its training year with high-volume training loads and a series of technique sessions. On Wednesday, they targeted uphill striding and herringboning, using instant videos to provide trailside feedback.

Dear WADA: The Nordic World Needs Answers

Dear WADA: The Nordic World Needs Answers

For Throwback Thursday, we’re reposting a November editorial calling for WADA to investigate doping in winter sports and irregularities at the Sochi Olympics. How many of our questions have been answered in the last six months?

Park City Nordic Ski Club is Hiring

Park City Nordic Ski Club is Hiring

The Park City Nordic Ski Club, located in Park City, Utah, is seeking a Comp Team Assistant Coach and Kickers and Gliders Lead Coach for the upcoming winter of 2016/2017.

Crested Butte Nordic in Need of Operations Manager/Groomer

Crested Butte Nordic in Need of Operations Manager/Groomer

Crested Butte Nordic is looking for an operations manager/groomer who can oversee staff, trail and equipment maintenance, and manage our grooming operations. This is a full-time seasonal position mid-October to mid-April.

FIS Treads Carefully But Confidently in Latest Doping Scandal

FIS Treads Carefully But Confidently in Latest Doping Scandal

“There needs to be an investigation by WADA,” International Ski Federation (FIS) Secretary General Sarah Lewis told FasterSkier in a phone interview on Monday. “FIS totally supports it and we have already expressed that anything we can provide, we will do. And it needs to be done [quickly], but carefully.”

Alaska’s NCAA Ski Teams Hope for Continued Funding as State Budget Uncertainty Enters Final Days

Alaska’s NCAA Ski Teams Hope for Continued Funding as State Budget Uncertainty Enters Final Days

As the 2016 special session of the Alaska Legislature comes down to the wire, it’s clear that state funding for Alaska’s two NCAA cross-country ski programs is going to be substantially reduced as part of widespread cuts to the state university system. But by exactly how much and with what effects are all still up in the air.

The Delicate Case of Russia: Who’s Speaking Out and Why

The Delicate Case of Russia: Who’s Speaking Out and Why

When news broke last week that 14 Russian cross-country skiers may have doped at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, stakeholders in the sport reacted around the globe. Some, like Canada’s then head coach Justin Wadsworth, essentially predicted that two years ago at the Games. Others, like French skier Robin Duvillard, tried not to get too caught up in it, but he might by default.

From Skinny Skis to Ski-Mo: Josh Smullin Goes Big on Verbier Haute Route

From Skinny Skis to Ski-Mo: Josh Smullin Goes Big on Verbier Haute Route

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club coach Josh Smullin mixed it up at the end of the race season this March and ventured to Chamonix, France, where he took himself out of his comfort zone and into a ski mountaineer’s dream trip along the Verbier Haute Route.

High Plains Remains a Division as USSA Studies Jr. Nationals Qualification

High Plains Remains a Division as USSA Studies Jr. Nationals Qualification

USSA CEO Tiger Shaw explains how the Cross Country Sport Committee unanimously voted to reaffiliate High Plains, while making a task force to examine some of the issues over the summer: “It was democratic, it went to committee, all the major players were there and had their say.”

Scott Urges WADA to Do More, Keep Cheaters Out of Rio and Beyond

Scott Urges WADA to Do More, Keep Cheaters Out of Rio and Beyond

On Thursday, Beckie Scott, a Canadian Olympic gold medalist and WADA Athlete Committee chair, spoke at the WADA Executive Board meeting in Montreal and urged the agency to use its influence now. “If there cannot be a guarantee that athletes [at the Olympics] are professionally clean and not involved in doping activity, then they should not be there,” she said.

Stratton Mountain School Seeks Assistant Coach

Stratton Mountain School Seeks Assistant Coach

The Stratton Mountain School is looking for an assistant nordic coach for the 2016-2017 season. The position will be either during the winter only (4-5 months) or for the entire school year, depending on the availability and qualifications of the applicant.

14 Cross Country Skiers Among the Russians Alleged to Have Doped in Sochi

14 Cross Country Skiers Among the Russians Alleged to Have Doped in Sochi

The New York Times reports that dozens of Russian athletes doped at the 2014 Olympics, and that the head of the anti-doping laboratory helped them cover it up. Among those named is Alexander Legkov, the gold medalist in the 50 k freestyle – a race where the Russian men swept the podium.

Biathlon Veteran Perras Ventures Further into ‘Adulthood’ as AWCA HP Coach

Biathlon Veteran Perras Ventures Further into ‘Adulthood’ as AWCA HP Coach

Scott Perras didn’t know that this would be his last season as a professional biathlete, but he’s not stepping away from skiing as the new high-performance coach at the Alberta World Cup Academy. “The last seven years, I kind of got to live like I won the lottery,” he reflected.

McCall Winter Sports Club Seeks Head Coach

McCall Winter Sports Club Seeks Head Coach

The McCall Winter Sports Club (MWSC is a member club in the Intermountain Division) is looking to fill a Head Nordic coaching position. The MWSC is a combined Nordic, Alpine, and Big Mountain program that is based in the mountains of McCall, Idaho.

Lander Valley HS Seeking Nordic Coaches

Lander Valley HS Seeking Nordic Coaches

Lander Valley High School is seeking several assistant Nordic Skiing Coach positions to be filled for the upcoming season (November 2016-February 2017).

Have What It Takes for American Ninja Warrior? Reid Pletcher Takes a Stab at It

Have What It Takes for American Ninja Warrior? Reid Pletcher Takes a Stab at It

After stepping away from skiing in 2013 and shifting his focus to river guiding, Paralympic guiding, speed skating and school, Reid Pletcher is about to test himself in Season 8 of the reality TV show American Ninja Warrior. The Idaho native shares his story and how he could be the next best thing on TV.

Wednesday Workout: Pletcher’s ‘Ninja’ Pull-Ups (with Video)

Wednesday Workout: Pletcher’s ‘Ninja’ Pull-Ups (with Video)

Ever wonder what it takes to be an American Ninja Warrior? A recent conversation with former pro nordic skier Reid Pletcher revealed the answer to be a little balance, a lot of grip strength, and plenty of patience. In this workout, shoot for 100 pull-ups a day, and no, they don’t have to be all at once.

With ‘Bigger Target’ on His Back, Torchia Joins U.S. Ski Team, Sticks with NMU

With ‘Bigger Target’ on His Back, Torchia Joins U.S. Ski Team, Sticks with NMU

After being nominated to the U.S. Ski Team D-team, Northern Michigan University junior Ian Torchia has decided to stay in school while simultaneously accepting the nod to the country’s most-coveted training group. “One of the main reasons why I wanted this to happen is to show that you can do it while you’re in college,” Torchia explains.