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Webster Excells in First XTerra World Champs


When Brittany Webster’s name appeared atop a list of results this past weekend, it wasn’t for Canmore’s Frozen Thunder. Instead, Webster replaced snow with sand and finished as the first amateur female in the 2014 XTerra Off-Road World Championships on the north shores of Maui, Hawaii Oct. 26.

More Than Just Sports Fans, It’s Muscle Cells Who Remember Past Doping

Testosterone can have long-lasting effects on muscle cells. Photo: wikimedia commons.

Research published last fall found that using testosterone, even briefly, had long-lasting effects on muscle in mice – and extrapolated that in humans, these effects could last decades. The mechanism for this cell memory opens the door to similarly long-lasting effects of HGH or other performance-enhancing drugs.

U.S. Biathlon Selects World Cup Team (with Sunday’s Sprint Videos)

Annelies Cook during the 7.5 k sprint at the 2014 North American Rollerski Championships, also the first set of USBA World Cup trials, on Aug. 16 at the Ethan Allen Firing Range in Jericho, Vt.

U.S. Biathlon, unlike some national teams, doesn’t select its World Cup team each spring. Certain team members prequalify, but there were at least two spots up for grabs at the four-race rollerski trials held in August and October in Jericho, Vt. The final team was announced Tuesday, one month before the season starts in Sweden. (Updated)

Kershaw, Crawford Earn Victories in Frozen Thunder Distance Races

Scott Perras (l) with Devon Kershaw on his heels in Monday's Frozen Thunder distance race at the Canmore Nordic Centre. (Photo: Noel Rogers/Bow Valley Photography)

While two Americans won Friday’s Frozen Thunder sprints, Canada had its revenge on Monday, taking four of six podium spots. In the men’s 10.8 k skate race, Devon Kershaw bested Kris Freeman by five seconds to take the win. In the Women’s 7.2 k race, biathlete Rosanna Crawford edged Liz Stephen for the win.

Canadians Visit PyeongChang 2018, Scope Out Next Olympic Venues

The biathlon and cross country venues at the Alpensia Nordic center for the 2018 Olympic Games in PyeongChang. The photo is taken from the top of the ski jumps. Photo: Tom Holland (CCC).

Cross Country Canada High Performance Director Tom Holland reports back on a trip to South Korea, where he scoped out the site of the 2018 Olympics. “It’s a more simple Games,” he said. The biathlon stadium is in good shape, but some of the cross country ski trails aren’t built yet.

Sargent, Newell Climb to Top in Frozen Thunder Classic Sprint (with Photo Gallery)

Ida Sargent (U.S. Ski Team/CGRP) leads Perianne Jones (Canadian NST) in round 2. The two went on to place first and second among women in the Frozen Thunder classic sprint on Friday. (Photo: Angus Cockney)

There are a couple things one can count on in Canmore, including solid tracks and quality snow, even in October. At the first unofficial sprint of the North American season on Friday, more than 120 racers found both for the Frozen Thunder classic sprint, and organizers added what could be a new tradition to the mix: a zero-elimination format.

After Turbulent Summer, BSF Rebounds with New Focus

Members of the Bridger Ski Foundation elite and postgraduate perform trail maintenance at Bozeman's Lindley Park in September. (Photo: Bridger Ski Foundation)

Just a few months ago, the Bridger Ski Foundation elite and postgrad team was without a coach and down to two athletes. Today, the team boasts 14 high-level athletes led by 2014 U.S. sprint champion Jennie Bender.

After Long Offseason Prep, Frozen Thunder Means the Season’s Here

Frozen Thunder before opening day on Oct. 18. (Photo: CCC/Facebook)

Newly-minted Biathlon Canada national team member Macx Davies talks season prep and Frozen Thunder: “When you have a long ski, catching up with friends is one of the few things that can shorten the long hours on the track,” he writes. “Finally I am skiing. Finally the season is here. Finally it is winter.”

Poltoranin Moves to Estonia, Extends Partnership with Veerpalu and Alaver

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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.

New Birkie Ambassador, Brooks Going for FIS Marathon Cup Overall Podium (Updated)

Holly Brooks during the Kesugi Ridge Traverse Trail Run in Denali State Park on Sept. 6. She placed second in the 28-mile trail run. (Photo:

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.

Two Decades and 20+ World Cup Starts Later, Sinnott Retires from Skiing

Mikey Sinnott on the World Cup last December in Lillehammer, Norway. (Photo: Facebook/MWSC)

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.

Fletcher Soars to First National Title in Lake Placid

Bryan Fletcher jumping last season.

Bryan Fletcher earned his first national title Oct. 12 at the U.S. Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined National Championships in Lake Placid. Now Fletcher and the rest of the U.S. Nordic Combined team will head to Switzerland for a European training block before the World Cup begins Nov. 29.

Six U.S. Biathletes Receive National Team Promotions

Clare Egan competing at Ethan Allen in Jericho, Vermont, earlier this summer. The Craftsbury Green Racing Project athlete received a promotion from the U.S. Biathlon Association's Development Team to its X Team.

Clare Egan and Max Durtschi have been promoted to the highest rung of U.S. Biathlon’s Development structure, while Patrick Johnson, Kelsey Dickinson, Jakob Ellingson, and Paul Schommer have joined the Development Group.

After Skiing Success, Johnson Sets Eyes on 2018 Games – In Biathlon

Patrick Johnson of the Far West Elite Team rollerskiing at the Auburn Ski Club in June. Johnson recently switched his focus to biathlon. (Photo: Mark Nadell/MacBeth Graphics)

After moving to Truckee, California, a little over a year ago to join the Far West Elite Team, Patrick Johnson has picked up biathlon. Now a member of USBA’s Development Team, he has his sights set on IBU Cup racing this year and hopefully an Olympics in the future.

Skiing in the Dark: After Disconnect, Weston Works to Get Lights Back On

Hamish McEwen and Ian Case train on the illuminated Weston Ski Track in Weston, Mass. (Photo: Jamie Doucett)

The Weston Ski Track just outside of Boston is a busy place, with 1,100 season-pass holders and 25,000 to 30,000 skiers each winter. So when the lights went out last year, the community sprang into action.

Northug Sentence Jeopardizes Falun Goals; Norway Wonders Whether a Felon Should Represent Country

Photo: Fischer / Nordic Focus.

Norwegian ski star Petter Northug has been sentenced to 50 days of jail, among other punishments, for driving while intoxicated, crashing his car, and then lying to police about what happened. It’s unclear how this will affect his quest for gold at Falun World Championhips in February.

Wednesday Workout: Sand Dune Sprints with UAA Ski Team (with Video)

The UAA nordic and alpine teams go head to head in the sand-dune sprints at Kincaid Park in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo: Adam B. Verrier)

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.

Biathlon World Cup Preview: The Men

Norway's Emil Hegle Svendsen (l) celebrates a photo-finish victory over France's Martin Fourcade (r) in the men's 15 k mass start at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Martin Fourcade has mono and Emil Hegle Svendsen lacks motivation. Will new superstars break through this season? The men’s World Cup field has been heating it up this summer with a YouTube shooting challenge, showing that they are just as on-target as ever.

IPC World Champs Return to U.S., Cable to Host at Telemark

Clearing the Telemark trails for  IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships in January 2015.

The U.S. is hosting world championships this year — specifically, Cable, Wis., where the American Birkebeiner starts annually, is gearing up to be the site of the 2015 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Championships from Jan. 22-Feb. 1.

Pros of Tomorrow Presented by Fischer: Olivia Bouffard-Nesbitt

Bouffard-Nesbitt racing for Rocky Mountain Racers (RMR) at Frozen Thunder last fall in Canmore, Alberta.

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.