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Québec Biathlon National Team Center to Close, Paquet’s Position Eliminated

Canada’s Jean-Philippe Le Guellec (56) leads Norway's Tarjei Bø in the men's Olympic biathlon 20 k individual on Thursday in Sochi, Russia. Le Guellec went on to place 35th and Bø was 26th.

Chris Lindsay and Matthias Ahrens of Biathlon Canada have both confirmed that the national team’s Valcartier training center will be closed down later this spring, and with it coach Jean Paquet’s contract has not been renewed. Ahrens hoped that Paquet would still provide staffing on race tours; Paquet’s athlete Jean Philippe Le Guellec lamented the centralization push that was a major part of the decision.

U.S. Nordic Combined Keeps on Plugging; USSA’s Bodensteiner Explains Decision

Gold and silver: the U.S. earned two medals in the Large Hill competition in Vancouver, from Johnny Spillane and Billy Demong.

More on U.S. Nordic Combined’s predicament after its program lost direct USSA funding earlier this week. We caught up with both Fletcher brothers as well as USSA Vice President Luke Bodensteiner to hear more about the decision and what it means for the sport in the U.S.

USSA to Drop Funding for Nordic Combined, Jarrett Accepts Challenge

From left to right: Todd Lodwick, Billy Demong, Bryan Fletcher and Taylor Fletcher with their bronze medals from Sunday's team event at the 2013 Nordic Combined World Championships in Val di Fiemme, Italy. (Photo: Fiemme2013)

The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association dealt U.S. Nordic Combined tough news on Monday when it informed them funding would cease after July 31, 2014, according to head coach Dave Jarrett, who’s now searching for alternative financial solutions.

Wadsworth Says Nothing’s Final on Hetland, Rest of CCC Team-Staffing Decisions

Justin Wadsworth’s not sure how it got out there, but he said incorrect information reached the press on Tuesday regarding the Canadian World Cup Team’s coaching and waxing staff for the 2014/2015 season.

Fear Not the Training Plan: CXC Academy Explained

CXC Academy video library.

One author shares his uneasiness with training plans and investigates CXC Academy, an online subscription service that provides nordic tips and regimens for skiers of all ages. “You will go faster when you want to go faster and it will be a lot more enjoyable,” founder Yuriy Gusev says.

Canadian National Team Changeup: De Nys No Longer Women’s Coach, Starts Junior Program

Coach Eric Denys and Sara Renner at SilverStar, spring '09

Canadian Women’s World Cup Coach Eric de Nys is in the process of starting a new junior-training program in Canmore after parting ways with the national team. “With the World Cup team being what it will be next year, it just can’t justify having that many coaches there,” he says. “We had to do some restructuring and part of that was eliminating a job.”

Johaug and the Future of the Norwegian National Team

Johaug celebrates her second place finish in the 2013 Tour de Ski. (Photo: Fiemme2013)

Therese Johaug could be the Norwegian Ski Federation’s MVP. But can they keep her? “She’s going to make more money than both Petter Northug and Marit Bjørgen,” one expert says. “The girl has everything, so the sponsors will be willing to pay very much.”

With World Cup Podiums from Three Different Athletes, U.S. Biathlon Gains Stature in 2014

U.S. Biathlon's Susan Dunklee (l), Lowell Bailey (c) and Tim Burke led the team once again this season. (FasterSkier image includes photos from USBA/NordicFocus)

The U.S. biathlon team says that they were far from surprised when Lowell Bailey and Susan Dunklee broke through and onto the podium at the end of this season. That gains the team some recognition: “It’s obvious that we have more athletes that are a threat for everybody now for the top results,” head coach Per Nilsson says.

Downing’s Side of the Story: What Happened to Team Dominica in Sochi

Team Dominica nordic skiers, the oldest Olympians at the 2014 Winter Games, Gary di Silvestri (with flag) and his wife Angelica Morrone (l) at the Opening Ceremony in Sochi, Russia.

More than a month after the Olympics ended, we share a different perspective on Team Dominica’s legitimacy from their coach J.D. Downing. “[That their Olympic experience was an] un-mitigated disaster is completely true,” he says. “I take issue with how this Olympic experience was presented.”

Wednesday Workout: Old School Biathlon with Lex Treinen


What could be more fun than going for a trail run or backcountry ski with a primal purpose, like bringing home dinner? Lex Treinen shares his love of what he calls “old school biathlon,” a hunting-and-gathering workout off the beaten path.

Show Must Go On in Stratton: Head Coach Kaeding Leaving for Grad School

Stratton Mountain School T2 Team Head Coach Gus Kaeding testing skis at SuperTour Finals last month at Kincaid Park in Anchorage, Alaska.

SMST2 Head Coach Gus Kaeding, 29, came to the striking realization this winter that he couldn’t see himself coaching in 10 years. With that in mind, he decided to plot a new future, which could include a master’s in finance. His contract is up at the end of June, but Kaeding plans to help Stratton transition to a new elite-team coach.

Skimeisters Iverson, Randall Master Alaska Downhill-XC-Bike Race

Mark Iverson (Rossignol) leads Reese Hanneman (APU) in the AK Skimeister Challenge on April 5. A runner-up in the inaugural race last year, Iverson went on to win and the defending champ Hanneman took second. (Photo: Girdwood Nordic Ski Club/Facebook)

Mark Iverson and Kikkan Randall pulled away from their competition in the AK Skimeister Challenge last Saturday at Alyeska Resort in Girdwood, Alaska, proving they can run, alpine ski, nordic ski, and bike on snow better than anyone else in the second-annual race.

Treinen Keeps Competition Season Rolling with Victory in Ski to Sea

Lex Treinen and his brother Nick after placing first and second, respectively, at the Ski to Sea on March 30 in Homer, Alaska. (Courtesy photo)

Unlike most of the SuperTour field that likely crashed and burned after the last day of the U.S. domestic season in Anchorage, APU’s Lex Treinen packed up the hot tub and headed to Homer for the three-part Ski to Sea race last Sunday. Treinen won it, and his brother placed second.

Kowalczyk to Stay in the Game, Train Less, Focus on World Champs

Justyna Kowalczyk with her gold from the 10 k classic at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. It was her second gold medal and fifth at the Olympics. Kowalczyk recently announced she plans to continue ski racing, but with modifications to her training. (Photo: FIS/NordicFocus)

Justyna Kowalczyk announced at a recent Polish press conference that she’s going to continue racing at the highest level for another season, but with some changes to her training. “Sixteen years of training left marks on my body and I need a rest,” she said. “The training will be aimed for the World Championships in Falun.”

In Cutting Ski Team, Gustavus Adolphus Discounts High-Achieving Students, Alumni – And Risks Losing Future Enrollees

The Gustavus Adolphus College ski team out training. Photo courtesy of Tyler Gustafson.

Current and former members of the Gustavus Adolphus ski team – which has a strong tradition of D-III excellence, having qualified a full team of three women to the 2008 NCAA Championships – were shocked when the team’s varsity status was removed last week. They don’t believe there is a compelling social or financial reason for the cuts, and say that without a ski team, they wouldn’t have picked Gustavus.

Wednesday Workout: Rollerskiing Intervals + All-Out Sprints with Aku Nikander

Mats Resaland (front), Christian Otto (c) and Aku Nikander of the University of New Mexico training in early February. (Photo: Aku Nikander)

The Wednesday Workout is back with featured contributor Aku Nikander sharing some of his secrets to success while skiing for the University of New Mexico.

Spring Series Photos: U.S. Distance Nationals 50 k Classic

2014 U.S. Distance Nationals 50 k classic mass start at Hillside trails in Anchorage, Alaska

A look back at the men’s 50-kilometer classic mass start at U.S. Distance Nationals in Anchorage last Friday.

Spring Series Photos: U.S. Distance Nationals 30 k Classic

2014 U.S. Distance Nationals 30 k classic mass start at Hillside trails in Anchorage, Alaska

Scenes from the front of the pack during the women’s three-lap, 30-kilometer classic mass start at U.S. Distance Nationals last Friday at Hillside trails.

Mysterious Man in Red, New Mexico’s Nikander Out-Double Poles Hoffman in 50 k

Winner Aku Nikander of the University of New Mexico (l) and runner-up and first American Noah Hoffman of the U.S. Ski Team congratulate each other after finishing the men's 50 k classic race at U.S. Distance Nationals on Friday.

Aku Nikander was somewhat an unknown in the men’s 50-kilometer classic mass start on Friday at U.S. Distance Nationals. As far as Noah Hoffman was concerned, he was the guy that stood between him and a shot at his second individual victory of 2014 Spring Series.

Sadie Bjornsen Tops Stephen, Randall in Season-Ending 30 k Classic

Sadie Bjornsen (APU/USST) celebrates her third national title and first of U.S. Distance Nationals in the women's 30 k classic mass start on Friday at Hillside trails in Anchorage, Alaska. She dropped USST teammate Liz Stephen in the final kilometers to do so.

Sadie Bjornsen rose to the occasion for the final race of the season on Friday, going hard even when she had hoped she wouldn’t have to, working with Liz Stephen to drop the pack, then attacking to leave Stephen behind in the final kilometers of the 30 k classic at U.S. Distance Nationals.