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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.

Wednesday Workout: Ski Walking with Erika Flowers

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This week’s Wednesday Workout comes from Erika Flowers, a member of the SMS T2 elite team. She brings us an early training season workout that develops a strong base and solid technique.

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.

Wednesday Workout: Old School Biathlon with Lex Treinen

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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.

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.

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.

Spring Series in Photos: Mixed Relay

(Photo: Bill Roth/Anchorage Daily News)

Photos from Tuesday’s 4 x 5 k mixed relay, a new event at U.S. Distance Nationals, which was held at 5 p.m. in Anchorage and included 26 teams, 18 of which were vying for a national title.

Business First, But Fun Throughout: APU Dominates Inaugural Mixed Relay at Distance Nationals

(Photo: Bill Roth/Anchorage Daily News)

The 4 x 5 k relay made its way back into U.S. nationals for the first time in about 16 years, but with a new twist of two men and two women per team. APU showed its strength and depth early on, and its winning anchor, Kikkan Randall said she’s hoping the format makes it into the World Cup. She’s not alone.

SuperTour Resumes in Craftsbury; Caitlin Gregg, Scott Patterson Top Podium

Patrick Caldwell leads a group of skier's in Friday's 10-kilometer freestyle race in Craftsbury, Vermont, as part of the USSA SuperTour. Photo courtesy John Lazenby.

Domestic racing continued with the SuperTour this past weekend in Craftsbury, Vt, where Caitlin Gregg podiumed in all three races, twice at the top, and second in the classic race to Rosie Brennan. On the men’s side, Scott Patterson captured two wins in a row, and Sam Naney took a victory in Sunday’s sprint.

Graham Nishikawa, Marshall Win Two of Three Races at Canadian Eastern Championships

Alysson Marshall at the 2014 Canadian Eastern Championships in Cantley, Quebec. (Photo http://shootstories.smugmug.com/Canadian-Eastern-Championships/i-TdxGVQW

The NorAm circuit resumed last weekend with the three-day Eastern Canadian Championships in Cantley, Quebec, where Graham Nishikawa and Alysson Marshall of the Canadian Senior Development Team both picked up two wins. Before the Western Championships Feb. 13-16, some are considering racing over in Europe.

Caitlin Gregg on Her Big Push for Olympics #2, How She and Brian Managed It, and What’s Next

Team Gregg celebrates Caitlin's national title in the 20 k freestyle mass start at 2014 U.S. nationals in Midway, Utah. Earlier in the day, Brian placed second to Sylvan Ellefson (SSCV/Team HomeGrown) in the men's 30 k freestyle mass start. (Photo: Caitlin Gregg/In the Arena)

Regardless of what happens with the official U.S. Olympic Nordic Ski Team naming on Wednesday, Caitlin Gregg says she’s happy. The last four years have been about balance, Gregg explains, and a journey with her husband that she wouldn’t trade for anything. “One of the greatest things though is that anticipation of not knowing that you made it,” she says.

Weekend Roundup: Sprintacular

Sergey Ustiugov (RUS) celebrates his sprint victory. Photo: Fischer/NordicFocus

It was a spectacular weekend for sprinting as the World Cup continued in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic with both a individual and team sprint. FasterSkier was also on site at the 2014 U.S. Cross Country Championships in Midway, Ut., which concluded with a classic sprint on Friday.

Widmer, Cockney, Killick, and Ammar Show Strength at Canadian Olympic Trials

The start of the men's skiathlon at the Canmore Nordic Centre on Sunday. (Photo: Pavlina Sudrich).

Four racers proved they deserve a spot on Canada’s Olympic team this weekend in the freestyle sprints and 15/30 k skiathlons. Heidi Widmer (AWCA/NST) and Jesse Cockney (AWCANST) took home top honors in the freestyle sprint, while Graeme Killick (AWCA/NST) and Amanda Ammar (Team Ninja) won the skiathlon.

Naryshkina Adjusts in Time to Win U.S. Nationals Classic Sprint; Brennan Top American

Rosie Brennan (APU) in second stands up just before the finish as Russia's Natalja Naryshkina (CXC) wins the women's classic sprint A-final by 0.3 seconds. (Photo: Tom Kelly/U.S. Ski Team)

In her third race of the season with CXC after studying, training and racing in Russia, Natalja Naryshkina won the women’s classic sprint at U.S. nationals on Friday with a flawless run through the qualifier and heats. Rosie Brennan (APU) was second for her second national title in two years.

U.S. Nationals: Women’s Classic Sprint Qualifier Photos

Natalja Naryshkina (CXC), 1st

Natalja Naryshkina (CXC) put down the fastest women’s qualifying time by 0.02 seconds in the 1.5 k classic sprint at U.S. nationals on Friday, winning the qualifier in 3:58.20 to advance to the heats, which start with the men at 12:15 p.m. MST.

Crawford, Thompson, McKeever, and Nishikawa Score Big at Canadian Olympic Trials

The final stretch of the men's freestyle sprint. (Photo: Kathy Wylie).

Canada’s Olympic Trials kicked off on Wednesday at the Canmore Nordic Centre with the first of two freestyle sprint races. With perhaps only two spots per gender on the Olympic team up for grabs, there is little room for errors for racers wanting to qualify for the Olympics.

U.S. Nationals Photo Gallery: Men’s 30 k Freestyle Mass Start

Sylvan Ellefson (SSCV/Team HomeGrown) breaks away on the fifth of six laps in the U.S. nationals 30 k freestyle mass start at Soldier Hollow.

Sylvan Ellefson, 26, knew it was going to take some gutsy skiing to win the men’s 30-kilometer freestyle mass start Wednesday at the 2014 U.S. Cross Country Championships, but he didn’t want to go too crazy, too soon. Here’s how he executed to win his first national title by 2.8 seconds.