Biathletes Artem Tyshchenko and Eduard Latypov and cross-country skier Kirill Vichuzhanin have had their provisional suspensions for meldonium lifted, as their samples contained less than 1 μg/mL of the drug. Cases for Eva Tofalvi and Olga Abramova are yet to be decided.
Stepping into one of the most crucial jobs in terms of grassroots nordic development in the U.S., Hennie Kashiwa is assuming the role of executive director of the National Nordic Foundation. Tasked with promoting the NNF brand and building its funding base, Kashiwa explains how he plans to grow the organization and the community of cross-country skiers supporting the cause.
Charlotte Kalla is trying the Petter Northug model and will train outside of her country’s national team this season, instead collaborating with her coach Magnus Ingesson at Piteå Elit. Meanwhile, after a year of focusing on Ski Classics, Johan Olsson and Daniel Richardsson are back to the national team.
It’s been 15 years since the U.S. hosted a cross-country World Cup. In that time, Canada has hosted such international races on home snow multiple times, most recently with the eight-stage Ski Tour Canada. The cost of hosting World Cups is high and the benefits are sometimes hard to measure. FasterSkier explores how Canada has pulled it off and why the U.S. avoids the risk.
It was a good year for North American skiers on the World Cup. Boiling down the choices for best North American cross-country performance of 2016 was no easy task. That’s our disclaimer; now the drum roll … our top awards go to Jessie Diggins and Sophie Caldwell (a tie for the women) and Alex Harvey.
In one tidy article, FasterSkier reveals two awards. First up, the International Skiers of 2016: Martin Johnsrud Sundby and Therese Johaug. International Performances of 2016 goes to Federico Pellegrino’s skate sprint streak and Ingvild Flugstad Østberg’s blistering 10 k free win at the Ski Tour Canada.
After notching national titles on the same day and leading Period 1 of the SuperTour, the Patterson siblings continued their season dominance, taking both the men’s and women’s 2016 Continental Skiers of the Year award. Honorable mention goes to the men’s SuperTour winner Eric Packer and Chelsea Holmes, one of the circuit’s most consistent female skiers.