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NANANordic on Film: Four Videos from 2013 & 2014

NANANordic on Film: Four Videos from 2013 & 2014

Wishing you were with NANANordic teaching skiing in Northwest Alaska right now — or wonder what the program’s like? Check out these videos.

Paquet: Deprioritizing Québec and the East May ‘Lose a Lot of Athletes Along the Way’

Paquet: Deprioritizing Québec and the East May ‘Lose a Lot of Athletes Along the Way’

Due to some communication miscues, we were initially unable to get in touch with Jean Paquet regarding the elimination of his coaching position with Biathlon Canada. Now we have: here’s his side of the story about how the Valcartier National Team Center is being shut down, and what the centralization push may mean for the future of Canadian biathlon.

Wednesday Workout: Sore-Legs Central (How to Get the Lactate Out) with the Caldwell Sisters

Wednesday Workout: Sore-Legs Central (How to Get the Lactate Out) with the Caldwell Sisters

Two days after nearly 36,000 people ran that Boston Marathon on Monday, we’re willing to bet there are more than a couple still feeling the pain of the 26.2-mile run from Hopkinton, Mass., to Boston. Here are some tips for minimizing post-race stiffness and soreness.

After Funding Loss, the Maine Winter Sports Center Looks to the Community for Help

After Funding Loss, the Maine Winter Sports Center Looks to the Community for Help

It was quite the shock when the Maine Winter Sport Center lost its biggest sponsor, the Libra Foundation, this past February. Now the MWSC is racing to secure funding that they hope will keep the Center alive for years to come.

Québec Biathlon National Team Center to Close, Paquet’s Position Eliminated

Québec Biathlon National Team Center to Close, Paquet’s Position Eliminated

Chris Lindsay and Matthias Ahrens of Biathlon Canada have both confirmed that the national team’s Valcartier training center will be closed down later this spring, and with it coach Jean Paquet’s contract has not been renewed. Ahrens hoped that Paquet would still provide staffing on race tours; Paquet’s athlete Jean Philippe Le Guellec lamented the centralization push that was a major part of the decision.

This Winter in Journals, Part Two: Skis and Boots, Injuries and Eating

This winter, researchers built a rollerski with strain gauges to measure force application and work on technique; studied the microclimate inside your ski boots; put out a consensus statement about overuse injuries in young athletes; and studied the female athlete triad, an energy deficiency syndrome which can lead to bone loss.

Now Hiring: Momentum Northwest

Newly formed Momentum Northwest is seeking a full time Head Nordic Coach/Director to help develop and build a top tier junior racing program for the greater Seattle area.

Now Hiring: Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage

Now Hiring: Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage

The Nordic Skiing Association of Alaska is hiring an Executive Director.

Now Hiring: Craftsbury seeks Biathlon Coach for Green Racing Project & Craftsbury Nordic

Craftsbury seeks to hire a Biathlon Coach to start in the late Spring/early Summer of 2014. This would be a full-time position; the coach will also be expected to participate in other projects and activities at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center as time permits. Compensation could include most meals, and a place to live.

U.S. Nordic Combined Keeps on Plugging; USSA’s Bodensteiner Explains Decision

U.S. Nordic Combined Keeps on Plugging; USSA’s Bodensteiner Explains Decision

More on U.S. Nordic Combined’s predicament after its program lost direct USSA funding earlier this week. We caught up with both Fletcher brothers as well as USSA Vice President Luke Bodensteiner to hear more about the decision and what it means for the sport in the U.S.

Soldier Hollow Legacy Foundation Seeks Executive Director

Soldier Hollow Legacy Foundation Seeks Executive Director

The Soldier Hollow Legacy Foundation (SHLF) Board of Directors is seeking decisive, focused, and visionary leaders to apply for the position of Executive Director.

Wednesday Workout: Hill Climbing and Norpining with the Middlebury Ski Team

Wednesday Workout: Hill Climbing and Norpining with the Middlebury Ski Team

Unless you’re the audacious Liz Stephen or Overall World Cup Champion Therese Johaug, you’re probably not a huge fan of hill climbs. However, when the mid-April temps turn our favorite trails into puddles, nordic ski enthusiasts have to get creative to get their on-snow skiing fix before spring training begins.

USSA to Drop Funding for Nordic Combined, Jarrett Accepts Challenge

USSA to Drop Funding for Nordic Combined, Jarrett Accepts Challenge

The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association dealt U.S. Nordic Combined tough news on Monday when it informed them funding would cease after July 31, 2014, according to head coach Dave Jarrett, who’s now searching for alternative financial solutions.

Wadsworth Says Nothing’s Final on Hetland, Rest of CCC Team-Staffing Decisions

Justin Wadsworth’s not sure how it got out there, but he said incorrect information reached the press on Tuesday regarding the Canadian World Cup Team’s coaching and waxing staff for the 2014/2015 season.

Fear Not the Training Plan: CXC Academy Explained

Fear Not the Training Plan: CXC Academy Explained

One author shares his uneasiness with training plans and investigates CXC Academy, an online subscription service that provides nordic tips and regimens for skiers of all ages. “You will go faster when you want to go faster and it will be a lot more enjoyable,” founder Yuriy Gusev says.

Canadian National Team Changeup: De Nys No Longer Women’s Coach, Starts Junior Program

Canadian National Team Changeup: De Nys No Longer Women’s Coach, Starts Junior Program

Canadian Women’s World Cup Coach Eric de Nys is in the process of starting a new junior-training program in Canmore after parting ways with the national team. “With the World Cup team being what it will be next year, it just can’t justify having that many coaches there,” he says. “We had to do some restructuring and part of that was eliminating a job.”

Job Posting: Biathlon Coach at Canmore Nordic Ski Club

Job Posting: Biathlon Coach at Canmore Nordic Ski Club

The Canmore Nordic Ski Club (CNSC) based in Canmore, Alberta, is seeking applications for a Part-Time Biathlon Coach with the club. This is a contract position at approximately ¾ time from May to March.

Alaskan Winter Ultras and a Wilderness Race

Alaskan Winter Ultras and a Wilderness Race

In a departure from our usual race coverage, here we post another of our occasional first-person staff reports from races we’ve done. This article covers two of Alaska’s 100-mile races and a multi-day backcountry wilderness race.

Johaug and the Future of the Norwegian National Team

Johaug and the Future of the Norwegian National Team

Therese Johaug could be the Norwegian Ski Federation’s MVP. But can they keep her? “She’s going to make more money than both Petter Northug and Marit Bjørgen,” one expert says. “The girl has everything, so the sponsors will be willing to pay very much.”

With World Cup Podiums from Three Different Athletes, U.S. Biathlon Gains Stature in 2014

With World Cup Podiums from Three Different Athletes, U.S. Biathlon Gains Stature in 2014

The U.S. biathlon team says that they were far from surprised when Lowell Bailey and Susan Dunklee broke through and onto the podium at the end of this season. That gains the team some recognition: “It’s obvious that we have more athletes that are a threat for everybody now for the top results,” head coach Per Nilsson says.