After rebounding from separate scary incidents, APU’s Scott Patterson and Eric Packer showed their desire to be back on top of the SuperTour, placing first and third in Sunday’s 15 k classic mass start in Sun Valley. Patterson won by more than 30 seconds and CU’s Mads Strøm edged Packer for second.
On a bluebird day in Sun Valley, APU’s Becca Rorabaugh skied to her strengths to win the women’s SuperTour classic sprint final, while Craftsbury skiers Kaitlynn Miller and Caitlin Patterson fed off their teammates’ success to round out the podium in second and third.
Liz Stephen has been taking advantage of summer to enjoy another endurance-sports passion of hers: running. By both running casually and in races, like the Trail Run National Championship and Red Bull 400 hill climb late last month, Stephen gets the most out of the popular form of cross training.
This week, eight USST members returned to Lake Placid, N.Y., to kick off the fall with an intensity camp. They are joined by the SMST2 team, the Sun Valley Gold Team, the NTG and NEG, making for a large group of elite skiers. But because of the shortened camp, the USST will not participate in the Climb to the Castle.
Brian Gregg brings another take on a steady state threshold workout with some beyond threshold components. He likes to call the workout over under intensity and it can help improve more than just your threshold buffer.
For this week’s Wednesday Workout, FasterSkier caught up with Tom Smith, the PG coach in Sun Valley, Idaho. He shared his take on a continuous threshold workout that is highly customizable for any time of the year, and perfect for transitioning into fall training.
At the 2015 Blink Festival, Jørgen Grav, an incoming senior at UVM, wasn’t one of the big names, but he was one of the 150 skiers selected to the high-profile event. He finished 45th in the opening hill climb, beating some of the top Norwegians. After graduating, he has his sights set on the Norwegian National Team.
The Toppidrettsveka race series wrapped up yesterday with an exciting pursuit in Trondheim, Norway. While some of the USST racers fell or broke a pole or two, the team as a whole had another successful day and is leaving the camp knowing what they need to do to improve before winter.
The Toppidrettsveka race series continued on Friday with a 15 kilometer skiathlon. The USST had more strong results, with Liz Stephen and Kikkan Randall finishing in 6th and 7th and Andy Newell and Simi Hamilton placing in the top 30.
The Toppidrettsveka race series opened Thursday with a grueling 5.3 k uphill run, which American climbing specialists Liz Stephen and Noah Hoffman placed third in, and continued with afternoon classic rollerski sprints, where another American Sophie Caldwell made the final and placed fifth.
The U.S. Ski Team is in Aure, Norway, for their second training camp of the summer, preparing for this week’s Toppidrettsveka rollerski races. FasterSkier caught up with some of the coaches and athletes to see how they are preparing for the three-day series.
For its first on-snow camp of the summer, the U.S. Ski Team traveled to New Zealand to train at the Snow Farm in Wanaka. With a full 15 days of skiing, the team was able to make some mid-summer improvements to technique while logging some serious distance on skis.
NENSA recently gave its competitive-programs-director position a makeover in creating the new role of high-performance director and hiring Amie Smith, a Cambridge Sports Union volunteer, for the job.
The Stratton Mountain School (SMS) high-school team recently wrapped up a mini camp, with the Vertical Challenge as its pinnacle workout. Program director Sverre Caldwell picked a “gnarly” combo of biking, rollerskiing and running with a lot of vertical gain. “We said, we want you to go hard,” he explains.