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Stepping Up to the Plate, Austin Caldwell New BSF Elite Head Coach

Stepping Up to the Plate, Austin Caldwell New BSF Elite Head Coach

After spending this past winter as a wax technician for Caldwell Sport and previous years coaching juniors, Austin Caldwell is following in the footsteps of his grandfather and father by becoming a full-time coach with the Bridger Ski Foundation in Bozeman, Mont.

Wednesday Workout: Looping L3 Rollerski Intervals with BSF

Wednesday Workout: Looping L3 Rollerski Intervals with BSF

Know a spot where the pavement is ideal for rollerskiing but the loop just isn’t long enough to keep your interest? Austin Caldwell, head coach of the BSF elite team, has the threshold workout for you: 4 x 15-minute intervals on the same loop to track progress.

The U.S. Team’s Quest to be Mentally Toughest: An Interview with Coach Whitcomb

The U.S. Team’s Quest to be Mentally Toughest: An Interview with Coach Whitcomb

During the U.S. Ski Team’s Alaska camp this month, FasterSkier caught the team during a rollerski in Anchorage and chatted with U.S. women’s coach Matt Whitcomb. He addressed everything from the upcoming World Championships to Kikkan Randall’s return, the assimilation of new team members, and what gives the U.S team its competitive edge.

Five Questions for President Bach and the IOC Executive Board (Editorial)

Five Questions for President Bach and the IOC Executive Board (Editorial)

The IOC Executive Board ruled Sunday against a blanket ban on Russian athletes entering the Olympics following the biggest doping scandal in decades. More than the conclusion itself, the guidelines are confusing and unclear — not to mention unfair to Russian athletes and to clean athletes around the world.

West Irondequoit High School Seeks Nordic Skiing Varsity Coach

West Irondequoit High School Seeks Nordic Skiing Varsity Coach

West Irondequoit High School (Rochester, NY) on the snowy southern shore of Lake Ontario is seeking applicants for the position of Varsity Nordic Coach beginning the 2016-2017 season.

FIS Rules and Keeping Quiet: Why You Didn’t Hear About Sundby Sooner

FIS Rules and Keeping Quiet: Why You Didn’t Hear About Sundby Sooner

FIS rules did not require a provisional suspension for Norway’s Martin Johnsrud Sundby after his urine samples came back with high concentrations of salbutamol. And after their hearing panel concluded he had broken no rules – a finding later reverse by the Court of Arbitration for Sport – FIS could only publicize the case with Sundby’s permission. They say he refused.

FS Podcast: The McLaren Report and Beyond

FS Podcast: The McLaren Report and Beyond

A jam-packed episode of the FS podcast — the McLaren report, athlete commission responses and some analysis from FS Editor-At-Large Chelsea Little.

FIS on What’s Next Regarding Russia (Updated)

FIS on What’s Next Regarding Russia (Updated)

On Tuesday, the IOC Executive Board responded to the McLaren report and listed provisional measures for international sports federations moving forward. Fortunately for FIS and the IBU, they’re not on the same timeline as summer sports, and will convene at a meeting in just over two weeks in Rio.

Wednesday Workout: Strong Glutes, A Recipe for Skiing Efficiency

Wednesday Workout: Strong Glutes, A Recipe for Skiing Efficiency

Strengthen the glutes and the skis will follow. Well, maybe it’s not that simple. In this Wednesday Workout, physical therapist Dave Cieslowski, of Bend, Ore., explains how we can build stronger glutes in hopes of becoming more efficient skiers.

Sundby Sanctioned for Asthma Medication Use, Stripped of 2015 TdS and Overall World Cup Titles

Sundby Sanctioned for Asthma Medication Use, Stripped of 2015 TdS and Overall World Cup Titles

News broke Wednesday that Martin Johnsrud Sundby, the three-time defending overall World Cup and Tour de Ski champion, had been handed a two-month sanction and disqualified from two races (and his 2015 Tour de Ski and 2015 overall World Cup titles). “I went into the 2015/2016-season knowing I was innocent, and also that I was acquitted,” he said in a press conference. “I think the verdict is totally unreasonable.”

Best in Show: 35-45 Degrees and Sunny (What to Wear)

Best in Show: 35-45 Degrees and Sunny (What to Wear)

It’s never too early to start thinking about winter, or even those not-so-hot outdoor training sessions in 35-45 degree temperatures. To help you prepare, we’ve outlined the ideal outfit from top to bottom for these conditions.

Russian Doping: McLaren Report Confirms Cover-Up of Positive Samples in Sochi

Russian Doping: McLaren Report Confirms Cover-Up of Positive Samples in Sochi

This morning, Professor Richard McLaren disclosed his findings after looking into claims of Russian state-sponsored doping and its cover-up. Here’s a quick summary of his findings, which were enough to prompt WADA to call for Russian athletes in all sports to be banned from the 2016 Olympics.

The Wedding Proposal: SMST2 Teammates Flowers and Newell Get Engaged

The Wedding Proposal: SMST2 Teammates Flowers and Newell Get Engaged

After four years of dating, Stratton Mountain School teammates and couple Andy Newell and Erika Flowers are engaged. “So much can happen in professional athletics and Erika and I wanted to enjoy each other’s company before we have to grow up and get serious,” Newell said.

If a Skier Falls in the Forest, Does the Sound Scare the Birds?

If a Skier Falls in the Forest, Does the Sound Scare the Birds?

While we think of cross-country skiing as a low-impact sport which enjoys rather than exploits natural areas, research shows that even our small ski trails can impact wildlife through forest fragmentation and stress responses to disturbance by skiers.

Wednesday Workout: Train Like the Pros (Classic Speeds with the USST)

Wednesday Workout: Train Like the Pros (Classic Speeds with the USST)

Anchorage-based reporter Gavin Kentch observes and outlines the ins-and-outs of a U.S. Ski Team classic speeds rollerski. U.S. women’s coach Matt Whitcomb explains how each session is deliberately engineered and how a single workout can vary among individuals. (Includes photos and video clips)

Demong Back Leading U.S. NoCo as Executive Director of USA Nordic Sport

Demong Back Leading U.S. NoCo as Executive Director of USA Nordic Sport

Two years ago, the U.S. nordic combined community suffered a moment of letdown as its major source of funding, USSA, changed course with regard to its sport. Now, the newly formed USA Nordic Sport is spearheading efforts to rejuvenate interest in jumping and nordic combined. Its leader is Olympic gold medalist and former team veteran Billy Demong.

Vrabcová-Nývltová Gears Up for Marathon at Rio Olympics

Vrabcová-Nývltová Gears Up for Marathon at Rio Olympics

Eva Vrabcová-Nývltová, a Czech World Cup cross-country skier for the last decade, is headed to her first Summer Olympics to run the marathon, and she plans to skip the next ski season. “It’s great challenge and motivation, therefore I decided to focus fully on athletics,” she said.

Rollerski Review: Rundle Sport’s FLEX Rollerski

Rollerski Review: Rundle Sport’s FLEX Rollerski

It’s a tall task to find perfect pavement for rollerskiing, but harsh road vibrations can be a downright downer. Rundle Sport, based in Canmore, sells the FLEX rollerski. In the niche world of rollerski design, they may just have developed a rollerski that makes rough pavement tolerable.

Fifty-Mile Trail Run Champion, Malcolm on Her ‘Sustainable Hobby’

Fifty-Mile Trail Run Champion, Malcolm on Her ‘Sustainable Hobby’

After making the US Biathlon team and later coaching in Bozeman, Mont., Corrine Malcolm has broken out as a trail runner. While earning her master’s degree, she won USATF’s 50-mile trail running championship in May and earned a trip to 2016 Trail World Championships.

Wednesday Workout: Diggins Dives into Norwegian Camp, Leaves with Big Takeaways

Wednesday Workout: Diggins Dives into Norwegian Camp, Leaves with Big Takeaways

After recently returning from a training camp with the Norwegian women’s team, Jessie Diggins describes how the opportunity came about and one of her favorite workouts from her week in Norway. “I’m always looking for ways to make summer training exciting, new and adventurous,” Diggins said.