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Two Clubs to Superclub: Despite Wild Success, Loppet Nordic Racing at ‘The Tip of the Iceberg’

Amanda Kautzer (r) of Loppet Nordic Racing crests the final hill in Wednesday's 1.4 k classic sprint A-final before winning her first title at Junior Nationals in Stowe this March.

Almost three years ago now, Reid Lutter and Piotr Bednarski decided that rather than watching their two Twin Cities training programs compete for skiers and resources, they should join forces. The results are a lesson in what city-based ski clubs can accomplish: in 2014 Loppet Nordic Racing was the most successful junior team in the country.

Team Hardwood Seeks Beach Time, Beneficial Training in Tobermory

Team Hardwood explores shipwrecks in Big Tug Harbour. (Photo: Patricia MacDonell)

Team Hardwood President Patricia MacDonell recaps her team’s annual junior camp on Bruce Peninsula in southern Ontario.

This Month in Journals: Does Birthdate Matter in Winning, or Staying In, Youth Sports?

Lennart Metz (GER) celebrating his win in the men's classic sprint at Junior World Championships. Photo: Liberec2013.

In the 2013 World Junior Championships sprint, half of the male competitors in the final were born in the last five months of the eligibility window. Is this a case of a relative age effect – and what are the implications for elite sports on the whole, or retaining youngsters to be recreational athletes for life?

Breakthrough Season Nets New Sponsors, Army Service for Young Swiss Phenom

World Junior men's podium (l to r): Sindre Bjoernestad Skar (NOR) 2nd place, Sergey Ustiugov (RUS) 1st place, Sondre Turvoll Fossli (NOR) 3rd place, Roman Schaad (SUI) fourth place and Emil Vokuev (RUS) fifth place.

What happens when you live in a ski-crazy country and have a breakout race on home soil? We talked to Roman Schaad, a 20-year-old Swiss sprinter who shot into the top 10 in his very first World Cup in Davos last December. That day, it took him 2 hours to finish interviews before he could go home – to his apartment literally next to the finish line. Sponsors and an Olympic appearance followed.

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.

Racing with Olympians: Anchorage’s Gus Schumacher, 13, Youngest at SuperTour Finals

Gus Schumacher, 13, of Alaska Winter Stars, climbs the final hill in the SuperTour Finals classic-sprint qualifier  at Kincaid Park on Sunday. The youngest in the field, he placed 65th. (Photo: Bill Roth/Anchorage Daily News)

Gus Schumacher, 13, doesn’t have any qualms about racing up — even if it is against Andy Newell. He’s met Newell and several other U.S. Olympians in person at the World Cup, but says it’s an amazing experience to race them at home at SuperTour Finals.

U.S. Nationals Video: Relay Wrap Up

Intermountain's U16 women after winning the 3 x 3 k freestyle relay at 2014 Junior Nationals.

Here is the final video in our four-race recap series from 2014 U.S. Junior Nationals at Trapp Family Lodge in early March. Intermountain swept the three-person U16 relays, New England topped the podium in both the U20 men’s and women’s relays, and Alaska got a win in the U18 category.

Junior Nationals Video: Freestyle Mass Starts

Fabian Stocek, Dartmouth freshman from the Czech Republic, after winning the 15 k freestyle mass start at Junior Nationals on March 7.

A look at the action that took place last Friday at U.S. Junior Nationals in the 15-, 10- and 5-kilometer freestyle mass starts in Stowe, Vt.

Photos: Junior Nationals U16 Women’s Classic Sprint Rounds

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Photos: Junior Nationals U16 Men’s Classic Sprint Rounds

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Photos: Junior Nationals U18 Women’s Classic Sprint Rounds

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Photos: Junior Nationals U18 Men’s Classic Sprint Rounds

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Photos: Junior Nationals U20 Women’s Classic Sprint Rounds

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Photos: Junior Nationals U20 Men’s Classic Sprint Rounds

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Junior Nationals: Relay Top-10 Recognition

The U16 women that anchored their teams to the top three on Saturday in the Junior Nationals 3 x 3 k freestyle relay: Intermountain's Leah Lange (r) in first, New England's Leah Brams (c) in second, and Rocky Mountain's Hailey Swirbul in third.

Giving credit where it’s due, a look at the top-10 teams on the last day of racing at U.S. Junior Nationals in Stowe, Vt., in the 3 x 3-kilometer freestyle relays. New England ran away with the Alaska Cup after topping the podium in three out of the six races on Saturday.

Junior Nationals: Mass Start Top-10 Recognition

A massive pileup on the first corner shortly after the start of the U20 men's 15 k freestyle mass start on Friday at 2014 Junior Nationals in Stowe, Vt.

Race highlights, the effects of a major crash, top results, and interesting facts about some of the winners in Friday’s freestyle mass starts — the last individual races of U.S. Junior Nationals.

PHOTOS: Junior Nationals U16 Women’s 5 k Skate

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PHOTOS: Junior Nationals U16 Men’s 5 k Skate

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PHOTOS: Junior Nationals U18 Women’s 10 k Skate

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PHOTOS: Junior Nationals U18 Men’s 10 k Skate

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