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Shaw on Leaving Nordic Out of Fall Update: Dismayed That He is ‘Guilty on Omission’

Shaw on Leaving Nordic Out of Fall Update: Dismayed That He is ‘Guilty on Omission’

USSA CEO Tiger Shaw admits he blew a chance to connect with the nordic community when he unintentionally failed to mention cross country in his Fall Quarterly Update. He regrets it – but having already befriended the national team, he wants to reach out to the rest of the nordic world too.

Legkov on Top, Cologna Further Back: Best of the Rest Weekend Roundup

Legkov on Top, Cologna Further Back: Best of the Rest Weekend Roundup

You heard what happened in the opening FIS races this past weekend in a couple of hotspots in Scandinavia (namely Beitostølen, Bruksvallarna and Gällivare), but what about the rest of the skiing world?

People of West Yellowstone: Monday 11/24

People of West Yellowstone: Monday 11/24

While the Yellowstone Ski Festival is a time for team bonding, catching up with old racing buddies, and improving fitness and technique, it’s also a celebration of the nordic community. People of West Yellowstone gives insight into the people who make this yearly event truly special, whether they are nationally acclaimed athletes or employees at our favorite local businesses.

Abundant Snow, Big Smiles at 2014 Yellowstone Ski Festival

Abundant Snow, Big Smiles at 2014 Yellowstone Ski Festival

The trails were bustling in West Yellowstone, Mont., on Monday, as skiers from across the country gathered on the Rendezvous Ski Trails for the 2014 Yellowstone Ski Festival.

UAA Upsets Two-Time Champion Nanooks for Nordic Cup (with Videos)

UAA Upsets Two-Time Champion Nanooks for Nordic Cup (with Videos)

This past weekend’s Alaska Nordic Cup in Fairbanks was about more than early season races: it signified the essence of in-state rivalry between the University of Alaska Fairbanks, going for its third-straight title, and the University of Alaska Anchorage nordic teams.

Bethel Outing Club Seeks Part-Time Community Nordic Coach

Bethel Outing Club Seeks Part-Time Community Nordic Coach

The Bethel Outing Club in Maine is looking for a part-time community nordic coach. Responsibilities include leading Bill Koch youth programs, coordinating and supporting activities and events with nordic teams and programs at local schools, communicating with local community about youth & adult nordic & other athletic events and trainings, instructing technique and waxing clinics.

Russians Go 1-2 in 15 k Classic; Canadians All Land in Top 8 in Gällivare Distance Race

Russians Go 1-2 in 15 k Classic; Canadians All Land in Top 8 in Gällivare Distance Race

Sunday was for the distance racers in Gällivare, Sweden, with five Canadians — four men and one woman — getting a chance to test their form in the 10/15 k classic races. Alex Harvey notched his second-podium performance in third, Emily Nishikawa was fourth, Devon Kershaw fifth, Ivan Babikov sixth, and Graeme Killick eighth.

Kalla Completes Bruks Sweep Despite ‘Early Midlife Crisis’; Halfvarsson Tops for Men

Kalla Completes Bruks Sweep Despite ‘Early Midlife Crisis’; Halfvarsson Tops for Men

Charlotte Kalla is heading home to Sundsvall to eat some smoked salmon and prep for Kuusamo; Calle Halfvarsson survived the prologue despite breaking a pole right out of the start gate, and bested the Poland’s Maciej Starega as well as his Swedish teammates for the win.

Northug Double Poles His Way to First Win of Season in Beito Classic Sprint

Northug Double Poles His Way to First Win of Season in Beito Classic Sprint

Sondre Turvoll Fossli, the runner-up of Sunday’s 1.5 k classic sprint in Beitostølen, Norway, knew Petter Northug was coming for him sooner or later. Sure enough, Northug on skate skis passed him in the final stretch before the finish for a 0.4-second FIS victory.

Jones Tops Gällivare Women’s Classic Sprint; Harvey Second and Three Canadian Men in Final

Jones Tops Gällivare Women’s Classic Sprint; Harvey Second and Three Canadian Men in Final

Regulars for the last week in Gällivare, the Canadians put themselves in the mix in Saturday’s classic sprints with Perianne Jones winning the women’s final, Alex Harvey taking second to Russia’s Sergey Ustiugov in the men’s final, Lenny Valjas placing fourth and Jess Cockney bringing it home in sixth.

Sundby 2 for 2 in Beito, Takes 15 k Skate Despite Feeling in Slow Mo

Sundby 2 for 2 in Beito, Takes 15 k Skate Despite Feeling in Slow Mo

Martin Johnsrud Sundby apparently doesn’t need to be 100 percent on any given day to beat some of his most competitive teammates. The 30-year-old Norwegian national-team member won Saturday’s 15 k skate by nearly 17 seconds despite feeling drained after a long Friday.

Biathlete Lindström Tops Swedish Ski Field in Bruks 15 k; Kalla Dominant in 52-Second Win

Biathlete Lindström Tops Swedish Ski Field in Bruks 15 k; Kalla Dominant in 52-Second Win

Fredrik Lindström, a biathlon World Championships medalist, hadn’t done a ski race in six years. But he beat out the Swedish national ski team in the Bruksvallarna 15 k, and had them joking about adding him to a relay team. In the women’s 10 k, Charlotte Kalla skied to a 52-second win over Maria Rydqvist.

Drama in Bruksvallarna: Olsson Capitalizes on Announcer Error; Jönsson and Haag Swap Chips

Drama in Bruksvallarna: Olsson Capitalizes on Announcer Error; Jönsson and Haag Swap Chips

Johan Olsson reigned supreme in the first FIS race of the season in Bruksvallarna on Friday, edging fellow Swedish national-team member Calle Halfvarsson by 0.4 seconds because of an announcer flub (and a self-described cocky move) at the finish. Charlotte Kalla topped the women’s field by 13.4 seconds with a surprise first-year senior, Sophia Henriksson, in second.

Johaug Bests Bjørgen in Beito FIS Opener

Johaug Bests Bjørgen in Beito FIS Opener

When it comes to opening distance races, Therese Johaug is a gamer. On Friday, she won the first 10 k classic of the season for the fourth year in a row and third-straight Beitostølen distance opener — once again ahead of Norwegian teammate Marit Bjørgen.

Far West Elite Team: Four Years in the Making

Far West Elite Team: Four Years in the Making

As the Far West Elite Team heads into the 2014/2015 season, self-described program “recruiter” Martin Benes and team manager Roger Chaney reflect on the development of the team over the past four years.

10 Questions with Men’s SuperTour Leader Reese Hanneman

10 Questions with Men’s SuperTour Leader Reese Hanneman

Reese Hanneman spent most of last March on the World Cup circuit in Europe, so being in Finland is a little like coming home for the 24-year-old SuperTour leader — except that he’s 11 time zones away from home in Alaska.

Associations, National Teams See Multiple Benefits in Low-Fluoro or ‘Same-Wax’ Race Protocols

Associations, National Teams See Multiple Benefits in Low-Fluoro or ‘Same-Wax’ Race Protocols

For reasons as wide-ranging as fairness of competition, stress on athletes, health of coaches, and saving money, several North American ski and biathlon organizations have policies limiting the use of high-fluoro waxes at some competitions. And they have nothing but positive feedback from their experiences.

Wednesday Workout: Throwback ‘Freaking Hard’ Rollerski Intervals with Kershaw

Wednesday Workout: Throwback ‘Freaking Hard’ Rollerski Intervals with Kershaw

Good workouts never get old. This week, we bring back a Pro Workout of the past, which Devon Kershaw wrote almost exactly four years ago, just before leaving for Europe in early November. “A great workout this time of year – especially if you are coming off some volume (at altitude or not) and feel your body needs that lactate tolerance work to ‘shock’ the system,” Kershaw writes.

Better Late Than Never: Cold Temps and Snow in Southwest Montana

Better Late Than Never: Cold Temps and Snow in Southwest Montana

It has been an unseasonably warm and dry fall in Southwest Montana, with highs well above freezing and no snow events, but race directors are feeling better after the arrival of the first winter weather of the season shortly before the opening SuperTour races in West Yellowstone and Bozeman, Mont.

The Hungry Skier: Pumpkin Pie Alternatives

The Hungry Skier: Pumpkin Pie Alternatives

With Thanksgiving just over a week away, we take some of the research out of making dessert by offering some not-so-mainstream pumpkin recipes (some of which are vegan and grain-free) from POPSUGAR.com.