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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: HollySkis.Blogspot.com/http://hollyskis.blogspot.com/2014/09/awesome-and-more-awesome.html/http://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=28570

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) https://www.facebook.com/maine.Winter.Sports.Center/photos/t.1309153346/10152451352903312/?type=3&theater

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.

Wednesday Workout: How to Get It Done When You’re Out Straight

Bryan Fletcher gets in some quality jumping in Park City, Utah, the week before his wedding. (Photo: Lauran Krnavek Dubell)

Fresh off his wedding day, Bryan Fletcher gives some advice for how to keep your energy levels high, stay productive and get the most out of your workouts even during the busiest of times.

Biathlon World Cup Preview: Ladies’ Landscape Changes

Kaisa Mäkäräinen, Finland's IBU Overall World Cup champion, with her crystal globe at the IBU's Trophie Night. (Photo: IBU/Evegeny Tumashov)

Retirements were expected after an Olympic season – but the women’s biathlon field will be shaken up even more, as several top competitors are taking the season off for babies or injuries. Plus, Darya Domracheva has switched her coach and Ukraine stars face a funding crisis. All the updates inside – the World Cup is on in less than two months!

U.S. Paralympics Stoked But Not Quite Satisfied: Sights Set on Korea

U.S. Paralympics Nordic held its annual weeklong training camp in Lake Placid, N.Y., earlier this month. Eleven athletes attended, plus five coaches and three to four support staff. (Photo: U.S. Paralympics Nordic/Facebook) https://www.facebook.com/USParalympicsNordic/photos/pcb.539270726206620/539269649540061/?type=1&theater

While the three medals U.S. Paralympics Nordic won in Sochi are still fresh, the team’s moving on and doing everything it can with the money it has to be a leading force in Paralympic cross-country skiing and biathlon. “Medals are good, but they’re not critical,” director John Farra explains. “I think they’re going to be more critical in Pyeongchang.”

What Separates the U.S. From Scandinavia? An American Coach in Sweden Weighs In

Kevin Cutts is now

A former top World Junior Championships competitor from Vermont, Kevin Cutts now coaches a ski gymnasium in Sweden. He chatted with FasterSkier about how he sees U.S. skiing, now that he’s living abroad – and concludes that North America isn’t as far behind as we think we are.

One Wild Ride: U.S. Paralympics Innovates Sit-Ski Treadmill Technique Training (Video)

U.S. Paralympics Nordic director and coach John Farra (l) briefs Oksana Masters before her first-ever time on a treadmill at the Olympic Training Center on Sept. 16 in Lake Placid, N.Y.

Last week, the U.S. Paralympics Nordic Team toyed with a new kind of training at the Lake Placid Olympic Training Center: technique on a rollerski treadmill using live-video feedback. Oksana Masters was nervous before, but ramped it up to 10 mph at a 10-percent incline before the workout was over.

This Month in Journals: Aerosol Particles and Wax Tech Health

Peter Johansson works on some of the many U.S. skis in preparation for another day of racing in Gallivare, Sweden, in 2012.

A new study assessed the exposure to airborne particles by 45 different World Cup wax techs across three disciplines – cross country, biathlon, and nordic combined. The results are scary, but the team also demonstrated that a custom-built ventilation system can reduce exposure by 95%.

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: ephnordic.blogspot.com.

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.

USST Seeks Staff for U23/Junior Worlds and U18 Championships

US Ski Team Logo

The U.S. Ski Team and National Nordic Foundation are looking for applicants to staff the 2015 Junior World Ski Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan, as well as the U18 trip in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden. Please see the two press releases below.

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.