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Maine Biathletes Reel from Dual Cuts from MWSC Downsizing, U.S. National Team Roster

Russell Currier out on course. Photo: USBA/NordicFocus.

Russell Currier, Kelsey Dickinson, and Brian Halligan admit that they didn’t have great results this season – so they understand why they weren’t re-named to U.S. Biathlon Association training groups. But along with Casey Smith, who was also cut from the ‘B’ team, they have few options to improve their results and get back now that Maine Winter Sports Center is defunding travel and competition for senior athletes.

End of an Era: Sweetser Leaves MWSC After 15 Years; Club Focus Shifts from ODT to Juniors

Welly Ramsey (r) in the arms of MWSC Competitive Programs Director Will Sweetser, his coach for the last six years, during a season-ending team ski in Fort Kent, Maine, in early April. (Photo: Facebook/Welly Ramsey)

Earlier this month came the news that Will Sweetser was parting ways with the Maine Winter Sports Center and leaving his post as competitive sports director. Meanwhile, the MWSC is restructuring its Olympic Development Team, which means less money for top-tier athletes and more toward the junior and postgrad programs.

First Class of Alaska Cross Country Ski Hall of Fame to be Inducted Thursday

Kikkan Randall (USA) celebrates her victory in the Lahti, Finland, skate sprint on Saturday. Photo: Fischer/Nordic Focus.

After choosing 12 inductees for the Alaska Cross Country Ski Hall of Fame in 1999, Cross Country Alaska is finally recognizing its first class this Thursday. With the addition of Kikkan Randall to the inaugural class, the event will celebrate the pioneers of Alaskan skiing.

In Their Eyes: A Norwegian Junior Team’s International Exchange with Sugar Bowl

A team photo of the Heming IL junior contingent that competed at 2015 Junior Nationals in Truckee, Calif.., taken in front of Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. (Courtesy photo)

What’s it like hosting a crew of Californians in Oslo, Norway? A junior coach with Heming IL and the Norwegian College of Elite Sports explains. He also brought a select group to the West Coast for U.S. Junior Nationals in Truckee, Calif.

‘You Can Just Feel the Energy,’ Wadsworth Says of CCC’s Renewed Coaching Emphasis

Canadian National Team Head Coach Justin Wadsworth works on offset with development skier Jenn Jackson. (Photo: Pavlina Sudrich)

A year after an energy-draining Olympics, Justin Wadsworth said the energy within Cross Country Canada is palpable. He, for one, is ready to get back to co-coaching the World Cup Team, trading weekends on the road with Louis Bouchard and working with up-and-coming domestic coaches in Europe.

Hetland Named Norwegian National Team Coach After One Year with Canada

Tor-Arne Hetland, Swiss sprint coach from 2010-2014 (Photo: FIS) http://www.fis-ski.com/cross-country/news-multimedia/news/article=tor-arne-hetland-nor-become-world-cup-team-coach-for-canada.html

Tor-Arne Hetland, a Norwegian Olympic gold medalist and multiple world champion, will become the Norwegian national team coach this 2015/2016 season after a year as Canada’s World Cup Coach.

U.S. Biathlon to Host Tryout Camp, Following Last Season’s Success

Max Durtschi, who attended last year's tryout camp, racing in his U.S. biathlon duds at a NorAm competition in Canmore, Alberta, this winter. (Photo: Jakob Ellingson)

After last year’s tryout camp netted a national champion (Patrick Johnson), an IBU Cup competitor (Max Durtschi), and some World Youth and Juniors competitors, US Biathlon is doing it again, looking for fast skiers who want to try the sport of biathlon.

Bjørgen Gives It One More Year, Will Return to World Cup

Marit Bjørgen won the overall FIS World Cup title for the fourth time in 2014-2015, also taking home the Sprint Cup and Distance Cup globes. At 35 years old, she has decided to continue racing one more year. (Photo: Fischer/NordicFocus.com)

Norwegian ski star Marit Bjørgen has decided to continue racing for another season. The 35-year-old said at the end of the season that she would have to think long and hard about whether she wanted to continue racing. She was […]

Masters Minds: From a Bum Knee to a 2015 Birkie Age-Group Win

John Wood, of Anchorage, with his first-place hat and cowbell after winning his age group (65-69) in the 2015 American Birkebeiner 54 k classic in February in Hayward, Wis. (Courtesy photo)

Alaskan John Wood, 67, explains his journey in athletics after a serious knee injury at age 21, and how he recovered from a total knee replacement to win his age group at the 2015 Classic Birkie with the help of an Anchorage surgeon, physical therapists and the APU masters program.

Brooks Narrowly Misses Overall FIS Marathon Cup Victory, 10th in Ugra

Holly Brooks (2nd from the right) was third in the 2015 FIS Marathon Cup, after finishing 10th in the final event, the 50 k freestyle race Ugra Ski Marathon in Siberia, Russia, on Saturday. Tatjana Mannima of Estonia (center) won the overall Marathon Cup, and Aurelie Dabudyk of France was second (2nd from the left). Photo: FIS/Worldloppet

In a shortened 30 k competition, Holly Brooks of APU placed 10th in the Ugra Ski Marathon in Khanty-Maniysk, Russia, not enough to hold onto the FIS Marathon Cup lead. She finished third overall, the best ranking ever for a North American skier. Tatjana Mannima of Estonia and Petr Novak of the Czech Republic took home the titles.

US Biathlon Names 2015/2016 National Team

Lowell Bailey (US Biathlon) en route to 13th in the men's 15 k mass start for his best result of the 2015 IBU World Championships in Kontiolahti, Finland, in March.

Clare Egan and Sean Doherty have earned upgrades to USBA’s “A” team, while Chloe Levins, Siena Ellingson, and Paul Everett snagged first-time nominations to the National Development Group. 14 athletes in all were nominated to USBA’s various teams.

Wednesday Workout: Gym Time with Andrea Burke (with Videos)

Andrea Burke demonstrates a leg raise on a pull-up bar. Do as many as possible to improve core strength. (Courtesy photo)

In the last year since she retired from biathlon, Germany’s Andrea Burke (formerly Henkel) has been in a period of transition, taking classes and preparing for her big move to the U.S. while fitting in quality strength sessions whenever possible. “I really like to do [these] kind of programs for staying in shape and get some heart rate between studying,” she explains.

US Biathlon Team Seeks Coaching Intern

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The intern will work with the US Biathlon National Team athletes on a daily basis and live at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, NY where meals and lodging are provided at no cost. The internship begins in early June and continues through early November.

Masters Minds: A Tale of Two Ski Days

Igor Badamshin: photo is titled "Snowflakes, ice cream, and Igor," by former CXC Team elite coach Bill Pierce. Badamshin was the CXC program head coach until his unexpected death in January 2014. (Photo: cxcnewsfeed.wordpress.com)

CXC masters skier and American Birkebeiner board member Charlie Dee recalls the story of two subsequent days of skiing in 2014 and the memories of late coach Igor Badamshim that came with them.

Brooks’ Season Rolls On, Headed to Siberia to Wrap Up FIS Marathon Cup

Holly Brooks racing to her second Birkie victory in Hayward, Wisconsin, in February. On April 11th, Brooks will try to wrap up the FIS Marathon Cup crown in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. (Photo: Darlene Prois/ABSF)

While most skiers are heading out on vacation, Holly Brooks is en route to Siberia for the last race of the FIS Marathon Cup. She leads the series by four points over Tatjana Mannima of Estonia, meaning that whether it’s in first or in sixth, whoever crosses the finish line first takes the crown.

Best of Canadian Nationals: Photos and Quotes

A happy spectator at 2015 Canadian Ski Nationals at Lappe Nordic in Thunder Bay, Ontario. (All photos: Martin Kaiser)

A collection of some of our favorite photos and soundbites from 2015 Canadian Nationals at Lappe Nordic in Thunder Bay, Ontario, courtesy of Martin Kaiser, Gerry Furseth and François Léger Dionne.

Masters World Cup 2015: The Russian Experience

The USA bronze medal relay team: Milan Baic, Bob Gray, Steve Smiegel and Kent Murdoch. Photo: Inge Scheve

Inge Scheve’s take on racing at her fifth Masters World Cup, which took place last month in Syktyvkar, Russia. In all, eight members of Team USA collected seven medals at this year’s championships.

Johnson, Egan Sweep U.S. Biathlon Nationals Titles in Truckee

Patrick Johnson of the Auburn Ski Club won two 2015 National Championships titles on home turf in Truckee, California. (Photo: Mark Nadell/Macbeth Graphics)

Over a weekend of racing in sunny Truckee, California, Patrick Johnson (Auburn Ski Club) and Clare Egan (Craftsbury Green Racing Project) each became double national champions in biathlon. The event also introduced a mixed relay format for the first time.

Photo Gallery: U.S. Distance Nationals

Caitlin Gregg (Team Gregg) hugs her husband, Brian, after her large win in the 30 k freestyle mass start at the 2015 SuperTour Finals in Sun Valley, Idaho.

Relive the action at the 2015 U.S. Distance Nationals with our photo gallery of the 30- and 50-kilomter freestyle mass starts that took place at Galena Lodge in Sun Valley, Idaho as part of the 2015 SuperTour Finals.

Six U.S. Women Make Year-End Red Groups, a Record High

Americans Jessie Diggins (l) and Caitlin Gregg (r) share the women's World Championships 10 k freestyle podium with Sweden's Charlotte Kalla (c), who won the race by 41 seconds for her first individual gold on Tuesday in Falun, Sweden. Diggins took second while Gregg took third, 46.9 seconds back. Both finishes were the best distance result in history for a U.S. woman at a World Championships. (Photo: Fischer/NordicFocus)

Despite having eight different women score World Cup points this season and a record six end up in the Red Group (top 30) after period IV, the U.S. women slipped from fourth to sixth in the Nations Cup standings. Alex Harvey, Andy Newell, and Simi Hamilton were the only North American men to attain Red Group status at the end of the season.