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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.