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Meldonium Suspensions Lifted for Three of Five Nordic Sports Offenders

Meldonium Suspensions Lifted for Three of Five Nordic Sports Offenders

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.

FasterSkier Podcast with New NNF Executive Director, Hennie Kashiwa

FasterSkier Podcast with New NNF Executive Director, Hennie Kashiwa

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.

Berkshire Nordic Ski Club Seeks Head Coach to Lead Summer Program

Berkshire Nordic Ski Club Seeks Head Coach to Lead Summer Program

The Berkshire Nordic Ski Club, based in Williamstown, Mass. is looking for a dedicated, passionate and reliable head coach to lead their summer training program.  The program runs from mid-June through August and meets 3-4 days per week for 2-3 […]

Last Call: U.S. Biathlon Talent Identification Camp

Last Call: U.S. Biathlon Talent Identification Camp

There’s just a few more days for juniors, seniors, and collegiate skiers and biathletes to apply to U.S. Biathlon’s Talent Identification Camp, to be held in Lake Placid, New York, in June with national team athletes and coaches.

Wednesday Workout: Crunched Training with Chris Pappathopoulos

Wednesday Workout: Crunched Training with Chris Pappathopoulos

Pull off a “Clark Kent” with this lunch-hour workout sampling from Chris Pappathopoulos, the inaugural CXC Marathon Cup winner who also doubles as a dad and coach in addition to working full time.

Germany’s Herrmann Makes the Switch to Biathlon

Germany’s Herrmann Makes the Switch to Biathlon

Germany’s 27-year-old sprint specialist Denise Herrmann made a big announcement on Wednesday: she’s going to be a biathlete. “The switch to a new discipline will be a big challenge, I am aware of that, but I am confident that I can do it with diligence, courage, and determination!” Herrmann wrote.

Kristiansen Out, Norwegian Coaching Shuffle Continues

Kristiansen Out, Norwegian Coaching Shuffle Continues

Getting used to seeing the same ol’ Norwegians year after year? Next season will look different, at least on the coaching staff, as the Ski Federation’s men’s and women’s cross-country coaches are both moving on after five and 10 years of service, respectively.

Kalla Leaves Swedish National Team to Train Alone; Richardsson and Olsson Are Back

Kalla Leaves Swedish National Team to Train Alone; Richardsson and Olsson Are Back

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.

Living the Dream: Base Layer Review

Living the Dream: Base Layer Review

The third installment of our gear-review series, Living the Dream, takes a long, hard look at an assortment of base layers provided by several diverse companies, some of which are not-so-nordic inclined.

Trying Not to Break the Piggy Bank: Hosting World Cups in North America

Trying Not to Break the Piggy Bank: Hosting World Cups in North America

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.

FasterSkier’s Cross-Country Skiers of 2016: Alex Harvey and Jessie Diggins

FasterSkier’s Cross-Country Skiers of 2016: Alex Harvey and Jessie Diggins

Canada’s Alex Harvey and American Jessie Diggins take the honor of FasterSkier’s Cross-Country Skiers of 2016. Both are all-arounders encroaching on Norwegian-dominated territory and the overall World Cup podium.

FasterSkier’s Cross-Country Performances of 2016: Harvey, Diggins and Caldwell

FasterSkier’s Cross-Country Performances of 2016: Harvey, Diggins and Caldwell

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.

FasterSkier’s Biathlon Performances of 2016: Dunklee and Canadian Men’s Relay

FasterSkier’s Biathlon Performances of 2016: Dunklee and Canadian Men’s Relay

Looking back on 2015/2016, there were a long list of biathlon results for the U.S. and Canada to be excited about. Here are a few of the best, three of which included medals.

FasterSkier’s International Skiers and Performances of 2016

FasterSkier’s International Skiers and Performances of 2016

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.

Biathlon Canada Names 2016/2017 National Team

Biathlon Canada Names 2016/2017 National Team

Biathlon Canada has named an eight-athlete ‘A’ squad, as well as a ‘B’ team, ‘Z’ team, and ‘2022 squad’.

FasterSkier’s U.S. Continental Skiers of 2016: Caitlin Patterson and Scott Patterson

FasterSkier’s U.S. Continental Skiers of 2016: Caitlin Patterson and Scott Patterson

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.

FasterSkier’s Canadian Continental Skiers of 2016: Andy Shields and Dahria Beatty

FasterSkier’s Canadian Continental Skiers of 2016: Andy Shields and Dahria Beatty

It was a tight race for Canada’s Continental Skier of the Year, with Andy Shields edging out Kevin Sandau by a single point in the overall NorAm standings. Dahria Beatty took her second win of the 2016 FS awards after topping both the NorAm overall and sprint standings.

Wednesday Workout: Basketball ’21’ with CXC’s Kyle Bratrud

Wednesday Workout: Basketball ’21’ with CXC’s Kyle Bratrud

With spring in full swing, FasterSkier presents a workout from CXC’s Kyle Bratrud, who finds making like former NBA star Kobe Bryant is not only important for switching up regular ski-training routines, but also working in early season coordination, competition and college-style fun.

FasterSkier’s Coaches of 2016: Cami Thompson-Graves and Ruff Patterson

FasterSkier’s Coaches of 2016: Cami Thompson-Graves and Ruff Patterson

Cami Thompson-Graves and Ruff Patterson, the coaches of the Dartmouth nordic teams, are FasterSkier’s Coaches of the Year. Dartmouth ended UVM’s nearly four-year college win streak in the East, and eight alums raced in nordic World Cup competition this season, including three who stood on podiums.

FasterSkier’s Canadian Breakthrough Skiers of 2016: Dahria Beatty and Knute Johnsgaard

FasterSkier’s Canadian Breakthrough Skiers of 2016: Dahria Beatty and Knute Johnsgaard

Canada had several breakthrough skiers of 2016, but FS had to decide on just a few. The awards go to two athletes who scored their first World Cup points, and honorable mentions to two more breakout skiers at the Ski Tour Canada.