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Shaw on Leaving Nordic Out of Fall Update: Dismayed That He is ‘Guilty on Omission’

U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association CEO Tiger Shaw (left) and Executive Vice President for Athletics Luke Bodensteiner answer questions at the 2014 USSA Congress. Photo: USSA.

USSA CEO Tiger Shaw admits he blew a chance to connect with the nordic community when he unintentionally failed to mention cross country in his Fall Quarterly Update. He regrets it – but having already befriended the national team, he wants to reach out to the rest of the nordic world too.

An Open Letter to USSA CEO Tiger Shaw from Methow Valley’s Scott Johnston

The following is a letter that Scott Johnston, the coach of the Methow Olympic Development squad that at some points included Sadie and Erik Bjornsen and Torin Koos, and who also coached Team Gregg, shared with FasterSkier. He addressed it […]

Kershaw, Crawford Earn Victories in Frozen Thunder Distance Races

Scott Perras (l) with Devon Kershaw on his heels in Monday's Frozen Thunder distance race at the Canmore Nordic Centre. (Photo: Noel Rogers/Bow Valley Photography)

While two Americans won Friday’s Frozen Thunder sprints, Canada had its revenge on Monday, taking four of six podium spots. In the men’s 10.8 k skate race, Devon Kershaw bested Kris Freeman by five seconds to take the win. In the Women’s 7.2 k race, biathlete Rosanna Crawford edged Liz Stephen for the win.

Sargent, Newell Climb to Top in Frozen Thunder Classic Sprint (with Photo Gallery)

Ida Sargent (U.S. Ski Team/CGRP) leads Perianne Jones (Canadian NST) in round 2. The two went on to place first and second among women in the Frozen Thunder classic sprint on Friday. (Photo: Angus Cockney)

There are a couple things one can count on in Canmore, including solid tracks and quality snow, even in October. At the first unofficial sprint of the North American season on Friday, more than 120 racers found both for the Frozen Thunder classic sprint, and organizers added what could be a new tradition to the mix: a zero-elimination format.

What Separates the U.S. From Scandinavia? An American Coach in Sweden Weighs In

Kevin Cutts is now

A former top World Junior Championships competitor from Vermont, Kevin Cutts now coaches a ski gymnasium in Sweden. He chatted with FasterSkier about how he sees U.S. skiing, now that he’s living abroad – and concludes that North America isn’t as far behind as we think we are.

USST Seeks Staff for U23/Junior Worlds and U18 Championships

US Ski Team Logo

The U.S. Ski Team and National Nordic Foundation are looking for applicants to staff the 2015 Junior World Ski Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan, as well as the U18 trip in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden. Please see the two press releases below.

Canadians Head South to Stratton for New Camp, Combine with SMST2 (with Photo Gallery)

Andy Newell (l) and Alex Harvey (r) lead an over-distance rollerski past the Stratton Mountain School on Aug. 15 in Stratton, Vt.

With the help of U.S. Ski Team head coach Chris Grover and Canadian National Team Head Coach Justin Wadsworth, Tor-Arne Hetland and the Canadian World Cup Team ended up in Vermont last month. “Andy Newell can train here for many years … That’s the reason we are here,” Hetland explained.

VIDEO: Canada/SMST2 Combo Workout

Canadians Alex Harvey (r), Devon Kershaw (front left) lead six others, including Ivan Babikov (third from l), Kris Freeman (second from l) and Andy Newell (l), during a combi over-distance rollerski near Stratton, Vt.

FasterSkier tagged along with the Canadian World Cup Team and Stratton Mountain School T2 squad for a morning over-distance rollerski on Aug. 15 in Stratton, Vt.

Norway’s Brun-Lie Impressed with U.S. Women’s Team: ‘I Think We Have A Lot to Learn’

Norway's Celine Brun-Lie at the NAWTA Eagle Glacier camp last week. (Photo: Chris Hodel)

Norway’s Celine Brun-Lie chatted with FasterSkier while wrapping up her camp with the U.S. Ski Team and APU on Eagle Glacier. She flew home Tuesday, but not before flying around Alaska, visiting cabins, eating salmon, seeing moose, lots of moose — and training 20-plus hours for each of the last two weeks.

U.S. Ski Team Women and Men Among the Masses at Alaska Training Camp

Alaska Pacific University's Kikkan Randall (r) leads fellow U.S. Ski Team member Liz Stephen and Norway's Celine Brun-Lie (l) during a dryland session last week in Anchorage, Alaska, part of the North American Women's Training Alliance. (Photo: Matt Whitcomb)

Anchorage and Eagle Glacier are happening places these days, with the North American Women’s Training Alliance (including Norway’s Celine Brun-Lie and 13 top U.S. skiers), a couple of French biathletes and the U.S. men’s team, which recently arrived for its first unified training camp in Alaska.

Wednesday Workout: Tackling Technique with Visualization (like the U.S. Ski Team)

Andy Newell while training with the U.S. Ski Team last month in Bend, Ore. (Photo: Matt Whitcomb)

This week’s workout comes from U.S. Ski Team Women’s Coach Matt Whitcomb shortly after the team’s on-snow camp in Bend, Ore., where they practiced improving technique after watching video clips, then created some footage of their own.

Sophie Caldwell Fractures Elbow in Bend, Crosses Fingers for No Surgery

Sophie Caldwell (second from r) with her USST teammates, including (from left to right) women's coach Matt Whitcomb, Kikkan Randall, Liz Stephen, Ida Sargent, Sadie Bjornsen, and Jessie Diggins. (Photo: Sophie Caldwell)

Sophie Caldwell broke her funny bone just over a week ago during a team mountain-bike session in Bend, Ore., and while it’s no laughing matter, she’s found humor in the situation. “I actually accidentally found myself in a spin class for senior citizens and it was one of the top ten sweatiest workouts of my life,” she explains. “We did stage 14 of the Tour of Italy.”

Whiteface Road Work Could Impact Climb to Castle

The road well traveled...

Construction is underway on the eight-mile Whiteface Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway, the upper five miles of which the U.S. Ski Team, US Biathlon and NYSEF use for the annual Climb to the Castle rollerski race, set for Sept. 6.

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

Ben Saxton (SMST2), second place. (Photo: 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.

Not on the U.S. Ski Team List, Brooks Still in the Hunt for International Podiums

Holly Brooks, who was first named to the U.S. Ski Team in 2012 at the age of 30.

Holly Brooks was the one well-known name left off the U.S. Ski Team’s nomination list for 2014/2015, and that’s by her choosing, she says. Rather than retire, she’s hoping to tweak her training to get back to podium contention, especially in marathons and distance races.

U.S. Ski Team Nominates 2014/2015 Squad, Brings Back the D-Team

US Ski Team Logo

USSA has announced its nominations to the 2014/2015 U.S. Ski Team, with A-team returners Kikkan Randall, Jessie Diggins, Andy Newell, and Liz Stephen, plus the additions of Sadie Bjornsen, Sophie Caldwell, and Simi Hamilton to the A-team.

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.

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.