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Cold Continues, Races Carry On at Middlebury Carnival

Jorgen Grav skates to 3rd place in the men's 10km freestyle event at Middlebury (photo: Silke Hynes)

More cold conditions continued to sweep across New England as EISA racing convened in Ripton, VT for the Middlebury Carnival. Familiar faces topped the field in both classic and freestyle events. This event marked the last regular-season competition before Regional Championships in Lake Placid, NY.

12th in U23 Skiathlon, Bouffard-Nesbitt Makes Case for Senior Worlds

Canada's Olivia Bouffard-Nesbitt (Rocky Mountain Racers) celebrates after finishing 12th in the 15 k skiathlon at Under-23 World Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan. (Photo: Lisa Patterson/CCC)

Olivia Bouffard-Nesbitt (Rocky Mountain Racers) didn’t have a great start, but she held off a charging Russian to finish 12th in the 15 k skiathlon at U23 World Championships. She believes she accomplished something else, too: potentially earning a place on Canada’s team to senior World Championships in Falun.

Patterson 15th, Undone by Warm Snow and Dragging Skis; Caldwell 20th, Reid 22nd in Final U23 Race

(Photo: Bryan Fish/USSA)

Scott Patterson followed up his 13th place in the 15 k skate with a 15th place in the 30 k skiathlon at Under-23 World Championships – a solid showing, according to coaches, but by his own assessment missing the results goals he had set for himself. U.S. teammate Paddy Caldwell placed 20th, and Joanne Reid led the American women in 25th.

Snowstorm and Cold Temperatures Set Backdrop for EISA Racing at St. Michael’s Carnival

Racers line up to begin the 5k classic race at the Saint Michael's College Carnival (photo: Silke Hynes)

A blizzard on day one and frigid temperatures on day two did not slow down EISA racing action at the Saint Michael’s College Carnival in Huntington, VT. Races included individual-start classic events and a 4x3k mixed-gender classic relay

Taylor, Caldwell Shine at UVM Carnival

Women's 10k Classic flower ceremony, UVM Carnival 2015

Exciting racing and close competition in the mountain village of Stowe, Vermont were on display at the UVM Carnival this past weekend. Annika Taylor of UNH and Paddy Caldwell of Dartmouth took top honors in both freestyle and classic events.

EISA Racing Begins in Rumford

Heather Mooney cruises to a win in the women's 5k freestyle (photo: Silke Hynes)

The EISA racing season began this past weekend in Rumford, Maine. Cold weather and fast skiing set the stage for some of the highest level of competition in the country.

A Buffalo On Tour: Du Pasquier Uses Military Service Requirement to Hit the World Cup

Arnaud Du Pasquier, a Swiss member of Colorado University's 2014 NCAA Championships squad, competing in the 15 k classic World Cup in Davos, Switzerland, on Saturday. Du Pasquier is using Switzerland's obligatory military service requirement to ski full-time this year.

Arnaud Du Pasquier, a member of Colorado University’s 2014 squad to NCAA Championships, will be a senior next year. For now, though, he’s taking a year to complete his mandatory military service in his native Switzerland – which he’s doing by skiing full-time, including in the Nations Group at the Davos World Cups.

UAA Upsets Two-Time Champion Nanooks for Nordic Cup (with Videos)

Junior Mackenzie Kanady led the Seawolves in Day 1 with a individual win in the women's 5K race on Saturday. (Courtesy: Sam Wasson/UAA Athletics)

This past weekend’s Alaska Nordic Cup in Fairbanks was about more than early season races: it signified the essence of in-state rivalry between the University of Alaska Fairbanks, going for its third-straight title, and the University of Alaska Anchorage nordic teams.

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) skiing to second place in the freestyle sprint at the 2014 U.S. Cross Country Championships. (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.