At 22, Olivia Bouffard-Nesbitt hasn’t taken the most conventional road as an up-and-coming Canadian skier, but she’s developed training smarts through experience and is now working toward U23 World Championships, Canada’s 2016 World Cups and the 2018 Olympics with Rocky Mountain Racers in Canmore.
Retirements were expected after an Olympic season – but the women’s biathlon field will be shaken up even more, as several top competitors are taking the season off for babies or injuries. Plus, Darya Domracheva has switched her coach and Ukraine stars face a funding crisis. All the updates inside – the World Cup is on in less than two months!
While the three medals U.S. Paralympics Nordic won in Sochi are still fresh, the team’s moving on and doing everything it can with the money it has to be a leading force in Paralympic cross-country skiing and biathlon. “Medals are good, but they’re not critical,” director John Farra explains. “I think they’re going to be more critical in Pyeongchang.”
Heads turned when the first American across the line in the women’s 5-kilometer classic race at the 2014 NCAA Championships in March was an 18-year-old freshmen from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. This year, Nichole Bathe has her sights set on even better results at NCAAs and qualifying for another Junior World Championships.
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FasterSkier caught up with Simi Hamilton during the USST Lake Placid Training Camp to talk with him about his summer training and the winter season ahead. While Hamilton doesn’t plan to change much in his routine, several “gear changes” might allow him to achieve even higher results in the coming months.
“You know we do other workouts,” Tim Burke says with a laugh more than halfway up the 4,867-foot Whiteface Mountain. Minutes before, the U.S. biathlete completed Tuesday’s big effort in 13 minutes, 21 seconds, finishing about 1,300 feet higher than he started for a new record in the hill climb named after him.