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Poltoranin Moves to Estonia, Extends Partnership with Veerpalu and Alaver

Poltoranin Moves to Estonia, Extends Partnership with Veerpalu and Alaver

Kazakh star Alexey Poltoranin already started working with Andrus Veerpalu last season. But he’s now going one step farther, distancing himself from the Kazakh federation by moving to Estonia and working with famed coach Mati Alavar and three Estonian training partners. After disappointment in Sochi, he’s eyeing the 2018 Games.

The Hungry Skier: Pumpkin and Maple-Nut Oatmeal

The Hungry Skier: Pumpkin and Maple-Nut Oatmeal

It’s that time of year, and we’ve got a quick-and-easy recipe for the time-crunched athlete — a spiced-up alternative to traditional oatmeal for those autumn mornings.

New Birkie Ambassador, Brooks Going for FIS Marathon Cup Overall Podium (Updated)

New Birkie Ambassador, Brooks Going for FIS Marathon Cup Overall Podium (Updated)

It’s final. Holly Brooks is tackling the FIS Marathon Cup/Worldloppet series this season, with seven of nine races on her schedule and a goal of an overall top three. “I’m ready for new challenges,” she says. “I’m a competitor and I want to be in races where I’m in contention for a podium.” As the Birkie’s first elite-athlete representative, she’s hoping that will simplify some of the international logistics.

GMVS Focuses on Retention to Build Program’s Future

GMVS Focuses on Retention to Build Program’s Future

The Green Mountain Valley School is welcoming back former junior athlete David Sinclair to the team’s ranks for the 2014/2015 season as part of the team’s attempt at organic development. With several exciting developments for the rural Vermont academy including a new assistant coach, the future is looking bright for GMVS.

NYSSRA Nordic Seeks New Executive Director

NYSSRA Nordic Seeks New Executive Director

The New York State Ski Racing Association – Nordic Division (NYSSRA-Nordic) is seeking a new Executive Director to head up administration and grant writing for the New York nordic-skiing community.

FS is Hiring!

FS is Hiring!

FasterSkier is looking for part-time weekend reporters and contributors for the fast-approaching season. Check out our long list of openings (paid and unpaid) to see which might be the best fit for you!

This Month in Journals: With 2015 WADA Code on Horizon, Compliance with 2009 Code Remains Uneven

This Month in Journals: With 2015 WADA Code on Horizon, Compliance with 2009 Code Remains Uneven

660 organizations, from governments to international sports federations, agreed to the 2009 World Anti-Doping Agency Code. But when it comes to enforcing its guidelines they don’t all take their commitment so seriously, writes Dr. Barrie Houlihan in a new investigation. We ask: can the new 2015 Code do better?

Two Decades and 20+ World Cup Starts Later, Sinnott Retires from Skiing

Two Decades and 20+ World Cup Starts Later, Sinnott Retires from Skiing

Mikey Sinnott grew up in Sun Valley, came up through the junior ranks, excelled at Junior Nationals and reached the highest levels of elite competition on the World Cup. After missing the Olympics last season and feeling like he never hit his stride, Sinnott, 29, had some decisions to make this spring: to keep racing or embark on a new path.

Fletcher Soars to First National Title in Lake Placid

Fletcher Soars to First National Title in Lake Placid

Bryan Fletcher earned his first national title Oct. 12 at the U.S. Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined National Championships in Lake Placid. Now Fletcher and the rest of the U.S. Nordic Combined team will head to Switzerland for a European training block before the World Cup begins Nov. 29.

Six U.S. Biathletes Receive National Team Promotions

Six U.S. Biathletes Receive National Team Promotions

Clare Egan and Max Durtschi have been promoted to the highest rung of U.S. Biathlon’s Development structure, while Patrick Johnson, Kelsey Dickinson, Jakob Ellingson, and Paul Schommer have joined the Development Group.

Wednesday Workout: Power Endurance with Team Hardwood

Wednesday Workout: Power Endurance with Team Hardwood

This week’s strength workout comes from Team Hardwood Head Coach and Technical Director Ron Howden. “Athletes have all said after a couple of weeks, they feel more powerful and learn to pace themselves and work through pain in their upper body and legs,” he explains.

Gallery: USST/NEG Park City Altitude Camp

Gallery: USST/NEG Park City Altitude Camp

Top nordic skiers from around the country converged on Park City, Utah in early October for the U.S. Ski Team and National Elite Group altitude camps. While the NEG camp concluded Oct. 12, the USST is continuing to train in Utah until later this month.

Guest Editorial: Why Norway Withdrew Olympic Bid, and What We Can Learn

Guest Editorial: Why Norway Withdrew Olympic Bid, and What We Can Learn

John Aalberg, senior consultant to the Oslo Bid Committee for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Games, weighs in on why Norway pulled out of the game this month, while encouraging Salt Lake to aim for 2026.

After Skiing Success, Johnson Sets Eyes on 2018 Games – In Biathlon

After Skiing Success, Johnson Sets Eyes on 2018 Games – In Biathlon

After moving to Truckee, California, a little over a year ago to join the Far West Elite Team, Patrick Johnson has picked up biathlon. Now a member of USBA’s Development Team, he has his sights set on IBU Cup racing this year and hopefully an Olympics in the future.

Thompson-Graves Celebrates 26th Season at Dartmouth

Thompson-Graves Celebrates 26th Season at Dartmouth

Cami Thompson-Graves is entering her 26th year of coaching at Dartmouth, making her the longest-serving female head coach on the collegiate circuit. FasterSkier caught up with Thompson-Graves to reflect on the past quarter century of coaching and what inspires her to continue working with promising young skiers.

Skiing in the Dark: After Disconnect, Weston Works to Get Lights Back On

Skiing in the Dark: After Disconnect, Weston Works to Get Lights Back On

The Weston Ski Track just outside of Boston is a busy place, with 1,100 season-pass holders and 25,000 to 30,000 skiers each winter. So when the lights went out last year, the community sprang into action.

Northug Sentence Jeopardizes Falun Goals; Norway Wonders Whether a Felon Should Represent Country

Northug Sentence Jeopardizes Falun Goals; Norway Wonders Whether a Felon Should Represent Country

Norwegian ski star Petter Northug has been sentenced to 50 days of jail, among other punishments, for driving while intoxicated, crashing his car, and then lying to police about what happened. It’s unclear how this will affect his quest for gold at Falun World Championhips in February.

Caldwell Breaks Elbow for the Second Time in Six Months (Updated)

Caldwell Breaks Elbow for the Second Time in Six Months (Updated)

In theater, “break a leg” is an ironic idiom used to wish good luck. While the nordic ski community has yet to adopt a similar saying, “break an elbow” might become the new well-wishing vernacular after Sophie Caldwell’s second fracture in six months.

Wednesday Workout: Sand Dune Sprints with UAA Ski Team (with Video)

Wednesday Workout: Sand Dune Sprints with UAA Ski Team (with Video)

Twice each fall, the University of Alaska Anchorage’s nordic and alpine teams converge on their favorite sandbox for a sufferfest of sand-dune sprinting. “The family that plays together stays together and the ski team that suffers together can win together,” Kastning explains of their larger NCAA goals.

Mansfield Nordic Seeks Development Coach

Mansfield Nordic Seeks Development Coach

Mansfield Nordic Club seeks to hire a Junior Team Development coach to lead our top youth skiers toward higher level skiing on our Junior Competition team. Our new coach will be a high-energy skier with strong communication, leadership and interpersonal skills.