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Associations, National Teams See Multiple Benefits in Low-Fluoro or ‘Same-Wax’ Race Protocols

What's going on in those wax tents? Depending on the race, ski prep could be a lot less fluoro-intense for some Eastern racers.

For reasons as wide-ranging as fairness of competition, stress on athletes, health of coaches, and saving money, several North American ski and biathlon organizations have policies limiting the use of high-fluoro waxes at some competitions. And they have nothing but positive feedback from their experiences.

For Some Countries, World University Games Offers Bragging Rights; For University of Wyoming, It’s the Trip of a Lifetime

The start of one of the World University Games races in Trentino. Photo: UW Ski Team.

You might see it as a missed development opportunity that the U.S. is the only country not to send its very fastest college athletes to the World University Games (we’ll explain why). But the Univerisity of Wyoming, races their hearts out, and also uses the opportunity for more than skiing: expanding athletes’ horizons, learning, and instilling a lifelong love of sport.

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.

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.

After Coaching Para-Nordic to Three Medals in Sochi, Upham Joins Bates Staff

James Upham (l) and Para-nordic High Performance Director, John Farra,

James Upham had a good run in Sochi: his Paralympic skiers won three medals – the first by U.S. women in 20 years – and before that at the Olympics Susan Dunklee, a college skier he had recruited to be a biathlete, turned in the best performance ever by a U.S. woman. Now he’s returning to his home of Maine as an assistant coach at Bates College.

Post-Biathlon, Studebaker Returns to the College Scene as Assistant Coach at University of Alaska Anchorage

Studebaker competing at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

When Nicole De Yong stepped down from the UAA coaching staff, head coach Andrew Kastning wanted to hire another woman – but female coaches aren’t easy to come by. Luckily, 2010 and 2014 Olympian Sara Studebaker had just moved to town. “I’m really excited to be here,” she told FasterSkier.

From the Arctic Circle to Bozeman: Hagensen Reflects on MSU Coaching Career

Gethe Hagensen runs along former Montana State University athlete Tyler Reinking in the 2012 NCAA Championship in Bozeman, Mont. Grethe was head nordic coach at the university for a decade. (Photo: Stuart Jennings)

Grethe Lise-Hagensen served as Montana State University’s Head Nordic Coach from 2003 to 2014. During her decade as head coach, Hagensen brought the team from a state of near non-existence to ranking third in the nation. In May of 2014, Hagensen’s contract was not renewed by the university’s administration. FasterSkier sat down with Hagensen in July to talk about her time at the helm of the MSU program and the accomplishments she achieved during her ten years as head coach.

Trygstad-Saari Leaves Bridger Ski Foundation for Montana State

MSU Invite, (Men's Start)

Montana State University announced Friday that Kristina Trygstad-Saari will become the school’s nordic ski team head coach starting in August. This is the second job announcement in recent months for Trygstad-Saari as she was reported to be the Elite/Post-Graduate Team Coach of the Bridger Ski Foundation in May. She has since resigned from the position.

Push for Homologation at Williams’ Prospect Mountain

A scene from the Williams' College Winter Carnival at Prospect Mountain in Vermont. (Photo: Jason Lemieux)

An idea from Williams’ associate athletic director came to life with the help of one of the college’s skiers: Will Wicherski. By 2016, Williams could be hosting its Carnival on a homologated 5-kilometer loop at Prospect Mountain in Woodford, Vt.

From The Pack: Kyle Bratrud

"I wouldn’t be the skier I am without Sten Fjeldheim," says Bratrud. The two pose for a photo with teammate George Cartwright at the 2013 NCAA Championships in Middlebury, Vt. (Photo: Karla Bratrud)

At the 2014 NCAA Championships, Kyle Bratrud was the first American in the 15 k classic. The result was the highlight of his college career to date. However, the skier is much more than his results suggest and the Minnesota native’s relationship with the sport shows that several strong influences from his coaches have helped him get where he is today.

Pros of Tomorrow: After Injury-Fraught Year, Lustgarten Ready to Make His Mark with Sun Valley

Ben Lustgarten races in a 2012 EISA carnival at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vt. After a senior year at Middlebury College filled with challenges and injury, Lustgarten is now joining the Sun Valley Gold team in his professional skiing debut.

Ben Lustgarten had a modest start in nordic skiing, but his future in the sport is anything but. Despite a senior year at Middlebury College that was fraught with injuries, the emerging star is ready to excel in the world of professional skiing.

Saxton, Paddy Caldwell Capture U.S. Ski Team’s Attention, Invited to Revived D-Team

Ben Saxton (SMST2), second place. (Photo: http://bertboyer.zenfolio.com) All proceeds from photo sales will be directly donated to NNF.

Ben Saxton and Paddy Caldwell were two new names on the 2014/2015 U.S. Ski Team nominations released last Friday. Both with Stratton ties, the two were asked to join the D-team, an unfunded development squad back after a one-year hiatus.

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.

Gustavus Cuts Ski Team: ‘We Offered to Fund Ourselves, and That Got Shot Down’

Gustavus Adolphus College shocked current skiers and alumni alike, announcing the end of cross-country skiing as a varsity sport. The team will compete as a club for the 2015 season.

Photos: 2014 NCAA Championships

The women's podium in the 15 k freestyle mass start at the 2014 NCAA Championships in Park City, Utah. The University of Denver won the its 22nd NCAA title on Saturday. (Photo: http://bertboyer.zenfolio.com) All proceeds from photo sales will be directly donated to NNF.

The University of Denver won the 2014 NCAA Championships for the 22nd time this past weekend in Park City, Utah. Check out photos of the event taken by Bert Boyer, so you can relive the exciting collegiate action!

Denver Wins 22nd NCAA Championship; Strøm and Severrus Claim Individual Titles

Mads Strøm of Colorado leads the field in the men's 20 k freestyle mass start during the last day of the 2014 NCAA Championships. Strøm handily won after breaking away on the last lap.

The 2014 NCAAs are over and Denver has claimed its 22nd title. In a warm and sunny day at Soldier Hollow, the Europeans ruled again in the exciting mass start races with only one American making the podium. Read more to find out how the action unfolded.

Gruber Returns to Top of 5 k Classic Podium at NCAA Championships

Anja Gruber (UVM) skis her way to the win in the 5 k classic at the 2014 NCAA Championships. (Photo: http://bertboyer.zenfolio.com) All proceeds from photo sales will be directly donated to NNF.

UVM’s Anja Gruber defended her title in the women’s 5 k classic at the NCAA Championships in Soldier Hollow, Utah, today. She was followed by DU’s Sylvia Nordskar and UNM’s Eva Severrus.

Ødegård Defends Title; Denver Dominates at Second Day of NCAAs

Rune Ødegård (Colorado) stands atop the podium for his win in the 10 k classic at the 2014 NCAA Championships. Pierre Guedon (Denver) and Niklas Persson (Utah) followed in second and third for a European sweep.(Photo: http://bertboyer.zenfolio.com) All proceeds from photo sales will be directly donated to NNF.

“It’s almost cheating, having that good of skis,” Rune Ødegård of the University of Colorado joked after winning the men’s 10 k individual classic at the NCAA Championships Thursday. The junior from Molde, Norway, defended his 2013 10 k classic title in spectacular form, with a time of 24:34.5.

2014 NCAA Preview: Colorado, Utah, Vermont, and Others Hungry for Title

Photo: Flyingpointroad.com (All proceeds benefit NNF)

One-hundred and forty-eight. That’s the number of skiers who have descended upon the ski town of Park City, Utah to participate in the 2014 NCAA Championships. The four day event, which consists of two alpine and two nordic races, begins Wednesday and continues through Saturday. Check out our preview, so you know who to watch and what to look for as the event gets underway tomorrow.