As news spread of the pending end of Alaska’s two NCAA ski programs, prominent alumni and local skiers begin to weigh in. Brian Gregg, Sadie Bjornsen, Holly Brooks, and others share their reactions.
The 2016/2017 school year will be the final season of NCAA-sanctioned college skiing in the state of Alaska, University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen announced at a Thursday afternoon press conference.
It’s not just a truism that one of the best ways to get good at going fast is to practice going fast. At least that’s the principle that Alaska Pacific University Nordic Ski Center (APU) coach Galen Johnston brings to bear when working with his athletes, no matter their age level or experience.
The University of Alaska president has recommended two options that could preserve the future of intercollegiate skiing at one or both of Alaska’s NCAA member schools – but both options may be without precedent in modern NCAA history. The final decision will be made by the Board of Regents in mid-November.
A closer look at the U.S. Ski Team’s new selection criteria for 2017 World Championships, designed to reward the top performers in a given season and discourage points chasing. “Athletes who skied fast in the spring of the previous season no longer have a potential advantage over those athletes skiing fast in the current season,” U.S. Ski Team Head Coach Chris Grover wrote. “…The athlete that is winning races is most likely going to make the Team.”
Here’s an in-depth look at the upcoming U.S. SuperTour schedule, addressing why the season’s first races won’t be in West Yellowstone, why some SuperTour races are in Canada, why U.S. nationals are returning to Soldier Hollow so soon, why there is a skiathlon at Spring Series, etc.
Facing drastic cuts to Alaska’s state budget, a review team has proposed several options, some of which would end Division I college skiing at one or both of Alaska’s two NCAA schools in Anchorage and Fairbanks. “It’s scary not just for us, but it can start to be scary for the rest of the college ski teams around the country,” UAA Nordic Head Coach Andrew Kastning said.
During the U.S. Ski Team’s Alaska camp this month, FasterSkier caught the team during a rollerski in Anchorage and chatted with U.S. women’s coach Matt Whitcomb. He addressed everything from the upcoming World Championships to Kikkan Randall’s return, the assimilation of new team members, and what gives the U.S team its competitive edge.
Anchorage-based reporter Gavin Kentch observes and outlines the ins-and-outs of a U.S. Ski Team classic speeds rollerski. U.S. women’s coach Matt Whitcomb explains how each session is deliberately engineered and how a single workout can vary among individuals. (Includes photos and video clips)
Leading up to the prestigious Mt. Marathon footrace in Seward, Alaska, APU teammates David Norris and Scott Patterson, both race rookies, were marked as strong climbers but unproven downhill runners. Would they hold back to avoid injury? They went on to place first and fourth overall on Monday in the 89th edition of the race.
David Norris of APU is trying to keep the momentum up and continually build on his achievements from last season. One thing he’s noticed, “In the last few summers my uphill running has improved tremendously.” But what came first, the hill-climb success or leaps in ski training?
There will be a fully funded cross-country ski team at the University of Alaska Anchorage this school year, but all bets are off when it comes to evaluating priorities across the athletic department for next year. That’s the word from University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) officials as the Alaska Legislature drags through its latest special session with no final budget yet approved.
What do athletes eat for real breakfast on real weekdays? Training day or rest day, at home or abroad, every elite athlete has a food that they’re comfortable with. We started with the APU elite team, asking them what they eat to fuel their day. Here’s a photo gallery of their spreads.
As the 2016 special session of the Alaska Legislature comes down to the wire, it’s clear that state funding for Alaska’s two NCAA cross-country ski programs is going to be substantially reduced as part of widespread cuts to the state university system. But by exactly how much and with what effects are all still up in the air.
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