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Quick-Draw Wierer Outshoots Dorin Habert for Canmore Mass Start Win

Quick-Draw Wierer Outshoots Dorin Habert for Canmore Mass Start Win

One early miss didn’t bog Dorothea Wierer down. Coming off a podium in Friday’s sprint, the Italian raced to her third-career IBU World Cup victory in Saturday’s mass start, by 20 seconds over France’s Marie Dorin Habert. The lone North American in the women’s mass start, Susan Dunklee missed 10 targets to place 30th.

No More ‘Skiing Into A Race,’ North Americans Reflect on Holmenkollen 50 k

No More ‘Skiing Into A Race,’ North Americans Reflect on Holmenkollen 50 k

Fifty kilometers might seem like plenty of time to ease into a race, but especially in a World Cup race like Holmenkollen, those days are over. “It’s a battle from the start now,” Canada’s Devon Kershaw explained. His teammate Alex Harvey led the North Americans in 20th, Kershaw placed 23rd, Noah Hoffman of the U.S. was 24th, Graeme Killick of Canada 30th, and U.S. skier Scott Patterson 32nd.

Sundby Accomplishes Dream, Dominates Holmenkollen 50 k Start to Finish

Sundby Accomplishes Dream, Dominates Holmenkollen 50 k Start to Finish

Picture little Martin Johnsrud Sundby, “nine years old and tenting in the forest.” That’s when he knew he wanted to win in Holmenkollen. After four podiums in the world-famous 50 k mass start, he won the classic race outside his hometown on Saturday and set a record in the process.

Pidhrushna, Other Late Starters Surprise in Canmore Sprint; Ransom Ties Career-Best 19th

Pidhrushna, Other Late Starters Surprise in Canmore Sprint; Ransom Ties Career-Best 19th

The 43rd starter, Ukraine’s Olena Pidhrushna picked off the places to achieve her first World Cup win in four seasons after “retiring” from racing last year. “I realized how much I miss biathlon and how I need it,” she said.

With Scaphoid Fracture, Tandy’s Season Comes to an End

With Scaphoid Fracture, Tandy’s Season Comes to an End

Canadian biathlete Megan Tandy was set to race her first home-turf World Cup, before a fall on a morning jog left her with a broken wrist. Now her season is over and, having not yet met Sport Canada carding criteria, she’s unsure if she will be able to continue her career. “Iʼm not going to give up on another two years without a fight,” she said.

The Qaniq Challenge: Travelogue Edition

The Qaniq Challenge: Travelogue Edition

The story of why one citizens skier trekked six hours (each way) for a race in a southern port city of Alaska. “Sometimes it’s important to travel for five days so that you can spend less than two hours racing, but do so on a course that goes from a mountain overlook to the shores of the Pacific Ocean,” the author explains.

Another Sprint Win for Fourcade; Burke 23rd, Bailey 24th and Davies Elated with 25th

Another Sprint Win for Fourcade; Burke 23rd, Bailey 24th and Davies Elated with 25th

Martin Fourcade and the rest of the top three agree, something about racing in Canmore is hard. “None of us felt they were skiing really fast,” Germany’s third-place finisher Simon Schempp said. He finished more than 18 seconds behind Fourcade and 3 seconds out of second, which went to Russia’s Anton Shipulin.

IBU Finds Positive ‘A’ Sample, Provisionally Suspends Unnamed Biathlete

An athlete is provisionally suspended after their “A” sample tested positive for either an insulin-mimicking drug or for mildronate, both of which were added to the Prohibited List on January 1. However the IBU hasn’t named the athlete and made the strange move of saying that the finding is “not considered a positive doping case”.

IBU World Cup Comes to Canmore: Training Day Photos

IBU World Cup Comes to Canmore: Training Day Photos

The IBU World Cup is back in North America with races in Canmore starting Thursday and lasting through Sunday, a week before the circuit moves east to Presque Isle, Maine. Here are some photos from official training in Canmore.

Double-Pole Victory for Northug in Drammen; Hamilton Top North American in 11th

Double-Pole Victory for Northug in Drammen; Hamilton Top North American in 11th

Norway’s Petter Northug showed his versatility as an all-rounder, winning Wednesday’s classic sprint in Drammen, Norway. His quick double pole and quicksilver skate skis won out the day. The U.S. Ski Team’s Simi Hamilton placed 11th overall while Canada’s Alex Harvey posted his second-best sprint result of the season in 20th.

Falla Sets Record with Third Consecutive Drammen Win; Three U.S. Women In Heats 

Falla Sets Record with Third Consecutive Drammen Win; Three U.S. Women In Heats 

Sweden’s Stina Nilsson retained her Sprint Cup lead despite getting reprimanded for obstruction in the final. And although none of the three American women advanced out of their quarterfinals, the U.S. team declared the day a success with all three skiing blazing qualifier times.

Wednesday Workout: Ski Fartleks With Strava

Wednesday Workout: Ski Fartleks With Strava

Add a little “speed play” into your training, following the natural variation of terrain and conditions, and you could find the less-regimented workout has a lot of benefits. Push yourself and keep track of progress with an app like Strava.

MWSC Seeks Assistant Nordic Racing Coach

The Maine Winter Sports Center (MWSC) is looking for skilled and passionate individuals to assume the role of Assistant Nordic Coaches working with high school athletes in various locations around Maine. These individuals will join a highly motivated and effective staff specializing in outdoor sport education, coaching and development across Maine.

That’s a Wrap: Norwegian Women, Russian Men Win Junior Relays on Last Day in Romania

That’s a Wrap: Norwegian Women, Russian Men Win Junior Relays on Last Day in Romania

On the final day of IBU Youth/Junior World Championships in Cheile Gradistei, Romania, the Norwegian women and Russian men bested the field in the junior relays, while the U.S. women placed 12th and Canadian men finished 14th.

Double-pole Revolution? Thirty Percent of Teams Penalized at Norwegian Nationals Relay

Double-pole Revolution? Thirty Percent of Teams Penalized at Norwegian Nationals Relay

“It was a tough decision,” TD John Aalberg told FasterSkier. “But we wanted to prove a point or put it on the agenda: if everybody starts to double pole, and if you loosen up the rules at the same time, that’s the end of classic skiing.” The race jury released video of the infractions to the public.

Browne Dominates M.S.A. NorAm Distance Weekend; NDC Thunder Bay Tops Men’s Races

Browne Dominates M.S.A. NorAm Distance Weekend; NDC Thunder Bay Tops Men’s Races

Cendrine Browne used home-course advantage to command the women’s classic individual start and freestyle pursuit last weekend at the NorAm at Mont Sainte-Anne, Quebec. She won the latter by nearly a minute and a half. Meanwhile, Bob Thompson led an NDC Thunder Bay podium sweep on Saturday, and Andy Shields skied away to the pursuit win on Sunday.

Norris Makes It a Double; Phinney and Patterson Take Wins at Lake Placid SuperTour

Norris Makes It a Double; Phinney and Patterson Take Wins at Lake Placid SuperTour

David Norris and Kelsey Phinney broke through on Day 1 of the Lake Placid SuperTour this past weekend in the Adirondacks of northern New York, while Caitlin Patterson rolled to another distance victory in the classic individual start on Day 2.

Canada Fifth in Youth Men’s Relay at Worlds; Norwegian Men, Russian Women Tops

Canada Fifth in Youth Men’s Relay at Worlds; Norwegian Men, Russian Women Tops

It was a stretch to reach the podium, but the Canadian team of Teo Sanchez, Adam Runnalls, and Zachari Bolduc were in contention until late in the youth men’s 3 x 7.5 k relay at World Championships, ultimately finishing fifth. The American men placed 15th. The Canadian women were 10th in the 3 x 6 k relay and the American women 16th.

Bryan Fletcher Comes into Form at Seefeld Triple; Germany’s Eric Frenzel Wins Out

Bryan Fletcher Comes into Form at Seefeld Triple; Germany’s Eric Frenzel Wins Out

During three days of competition at the Seefeld Triple, Germany’s Eric Frenzel proved he’s Mr. Consistency, winning all three days for his third-straight Triple crown. In seventh overall, Bryan Fletcher led the U.S. for the third year in a row landing in the top 10 in Seefeld.

Doherty Takes Charge and Pursuit Gold in His Last IBU Junior World Championships Race

Doherty Takes Charge and Pursuit Gold in His Last IBU Junior World Championships Race

Sean Doherty’s just like any 20 year old, except that he has 10 biathlon world junior titles to his name and won the last race of his junior career in Romania on Sunday. “I get nervous just like any other human,” he explained. “There’s a lot of pressure for these races I just did, and I’m really happy with how I performed with it all, but it’s something that’s not that easy to deal with.”