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About Audrey Mangan

Audrey Mangan (@audreymangan) is an Associate Editor at FasterSkier and lives in Colorado. She learned to love skiing at home in Western New York.

After Two-Year Apprenticeship, Lemieux Takes Reins from Fisher at Williams

Jason Lemieux (left) and Bud Fisher coached the Williams College ski team together for the last two years. This season, Lemieux has taken over head coaching responsibilities. Photo:

Jason Lemieux was happy living in Oregon. But he took what he considered the opportunity of a lifetime and came East to coach his alma mater, Williams College. Traditions remain in place but Lemieux has added variety to the Williams program, which he hopes will help the Ephs rise to new heights.

Birkie Waves Closing Fast, Register Today

2014 American Birkebeiner (Photo: ABSF/Kelly Randolph)

NEW Updates on Birkie Wave Closures! We’re nearing our cap of 10,500 participants for the Swix American Birkebeiner events taking place February  21, 2015! “Make This Year’s   Birkie, Korte, or Prince Haakon Part of YOUR Story!” Please be aware that overall registrations are nowpast the 9,000 […]

NENSA Announces 2014-15 Masters Racing Calendar with Zak Cup, Club Cup, & New England Marathon Series

(NENSA press release) The 2014-15 season offers a great slate of races combining to fill the calendar with a challenging and fun series of events contested across New England. NENSA is excited to announce the New England Marathon Series, the […]

National Nordic Foundation Launches 2014 D25 With New Platform

We’ve gathered the nordic community under our banner and rallied a better future for skiing. The result of our efforts last year were more athletes competing at higher levels, more team camps and more of the best skiers in the […]

Fischer’s Pros of Tomorrow: Nichole Bathe

Nichole Bathe on a training run at the UAF campus earlier this month.

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.

Bryntesson’s Söckertoppen Camp Takes ‘Best from the Athletic World and Puts That in the Diabetic World’

Robin Bryntesson (front) running with Swedish kids at his camp for diabetic children. Photo: Team Robin.

Despite being diagnosed as a diabetic when he was a kid, Robin Bryntesson is still one of the top skiers in the world. And one of the busiest: in the summer he runs a camp for children with diabetes, he’s constantly producing funny videos, and his downloadable technique app just went live.

GRP Finds Stellar Conditions at On-Snow Camp in Austria

Craftsbury Green Racing Project skiers traverse the Dachstien Glacier in Rasmau, Austria as part of the teams on-snow camp in September 2014. (Photo: GRP Blog)

The Craftsbury Green Racing Project traveled to Ramsau, Austria Sept. 8 for a roughly three week on-snow training camp on the Dachstein Glacier. The 12 member squad has found excellent conditions and an abundance of international skiers on the glacier’s 9 k groomed loop.

With Tour Win Under Belt, Hamilton Looks to Improve in 2015

Simi Hamilton (U.S. Ski Team) celebrates his victory in the third stage of the Tour de Ski. Hamilton is the first American male to win a stage of the Tour. (Photo: Fischer/Nordic Focus)

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.

Burke, Dunklee Edge Teammates in Whiteface Footrace (with Photo Gallery)

Tim Burke

“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.

Swix Uses Exhaustive Testing to Develop New Wax Line for 2014 – 2015 Season

Cera Nova X Swix

HAVERHILL, MA — Swix Sport announced today the US launch of Cera NovaX, a comprehensive update to the world’s best-selling wax system, the Swix Cera Nova line. The redesigned system is the culmination of three years of careful testing from […]

Wednesday Workout: Challenging the Pros


Looking for some extra motivation, what author Francois Léger Dionne calls “a simple spark so many endurance athletes tend to lose along the rocky road to personal gratification”? How about racing against the pros on your schedule and with home-gym advantage?

Despite Post-Olympic Blues, Stephen Motivated to Conquer the ‘Next Step’

Liz Stephen (USST/Burke) sporting pink lightening bolts on her socks as she rockets her way to her fourth Climb to the Castle win in four years.

“If you are always getting what you set out to achieve it’s way too easy. [Last season] has motivated me and the team is definitely motivated to go out and kick some butt,” Liz Stephen told FasterSkier. After her team failed to realize its Olympic-year goals, Stephen says that she’s ready to reach for the next level, and it certainly looks like she’s headed in that direction.

Gear West: Tazzari RP23 Q and A

Gear West purchased a Tazzari RP23 to bring our stone grind service to the World Cup level. Matt Liebsch has successfully used Tazzari stone grinding on the majority of his race skis over the past 4 seasons with great results. […]

Don’t Wait for Snowflakes

Mt. Borah Women's OTW XC Jacket

September 15, 2014. Coon Valley, WI. “The time is now,” says Borah’s Production Manager, Raven Stevenson! In lieu of the looming seasonal rush for custom Nordic apparel, Borah Teamwear would like to encourage everyone to get their Nordic order started […]

25 Years In at USBA, Cobb Pushes Comprehensive Rules Reform Through International Biathlon Union

Max Cobb, who besides acting as CEO of USBA also chaired the International Biathlon Union's Technical Committee, receives a hug from a fellow official after U.S. athlete Susan Dunklee placed fifth in the 2012 World Championships.

U.S. Biathlon’s Max Cobb also chaired the IBU Technical Committee for the past several years – and he just passed rule changes at the IBU Congress that include a system-wide qualification points system and added Wild Card entries to major events. “People voted in favor of a more fair, open, and sporting system – I was really gratified,” Cobb said.

From Learning to Shoot to Making the Team, Egan Reflects on Her Biathlon Rise

Clare Egan racing to first in the the 2014 North American Rollerski Championships junior pursuit at the Ethan Allen Firing Range in Jericho, Vt. (Photo: Gordon Vermeer/Flickr)

In her second year of biathlon, Clare Egan is a member of U.S. Biathlon’s development group and already seeing strides this season. In August, she placed third at North American Rollerski Championships for her best-ever biathlon result. “My skiing’s just going to keep getting better … and with the shooting, I have to just put in the time,” she says.

Speed Camp, Fast and Female Engage Locals in Lake Placid

Lake Placid Speed Camp

In between workouts at the 2014 U.S. Ski Team Lake Placid Training Camp, the U.S. Ski Team took some time to give back to the Lake Placid community. With Fast and Female for the girls and Speed Camp for the boys, the September 5th events hosted smiles all around.

After Nearly Two Decades in Hayward, CXC Team Coach Pierce Takes Colorado Job

CXC elite-team head coach Bill Pierce recently accepted a position as nordic director of Snow Mountain Ranch YMCA of the Rockies in Granby, Colo. (Photo: CXC/Facebook)

CXC elite head coach Bill Pierce announced Thursday that he was leaving Wisconsin for Colorado, where he’ll serve as nordic director at the Snow Mountain Ranch YMCA near Winter Park. “The hard part is leaving the relationships,” he says.

USST Wraps Up Successful Lake Placid Camp

Erika Flowers (SMST2) leads the chase pack. She is followed by Annelies Cook (USBA), Jessie Diggins (USST/SMST2), Susan Dunklee (USBA), Katharine Ogden (SMS), and Mary Rose (SVSEF).

The USST wrapped up its annual Lake Placid training camp September 7. With favorable weather, high-level training, and an encouraging team environment, participants walked away feeling prepared for the next phase of training.

Save the Dates: 2014/2015 NorAm and SuperTour Schedules in a Nutshell

NorAm action in Rossland, B.C., last winter: with Dakota Blackhorse-von Jess  of the Bend Endurance Academy (101) rounding a corner with Sun Valley's Miles Havlik (110) and Graeme Killick (121) of the Alberta World Cup Academy/CNST in the Black Jack NorAm 1.6 k skate sprint semifinals on Dec. 15. Blackhorse-von Jess won the semifinal and went on to place fifth in the A-final. Fourth in the semi, Havlick ended up second overall, and Killick placed 12th.  (Photo: Shelley Peachell/Peachell Photography,

Between the Canadian NorAm and U.S. SuperTour circuits, here’s a rundown of what you have to look forward to this winter, highlighting dates, places and big races.