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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: 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.

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.

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 Sprint: Randall Delivers Another Win for Home Crowd, Anchorage Mayor Included

Kikkan Randall leads a semifinal heat at Sunday's SuperTour Finals classic sprint race at Anchorage's Kincaid Park. Photo, Bill Roth, Anchorage Daily News

With Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan shouting encouragement, Kikkan Randall won her second straight race in front of a home crowd on a sunny Sunday at Kincaid Park.

Hoffman Works His Way into 15 k Skate, Wins Day 1 of SuperTour Finals

Noah Hoffman (SSCV/Team HomeGrown/USST) racing to a 10.9-second win in Saturday's 15 k freestyle at SuperTour Finals at Kincaid Park in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo: Rob Whitney)

Noah Hoffman knew he had to shake UVM senior Scott Patterson with every ounce of energy he had in Saturday’s three-lap 15 k skate at SuperTour Finals. By the end of the second lap, Hoffman had built a nearly 5-second lead and extended it to 11 seconds through the finish.

Spring Series Preview Video: Back in Alaska

kikkan and liz 2014 supertour finals kincaid park

On a sunny afternoon in Kincaid Park, several World Cup skiers, including three Olympians and three Alaska Pacific University members, took the time to chat on camera between training and testing on Friday.

Final Thoughts from World Cup Finals: Notes & Quotes

Kikkan Randall with her third consecutive Sprint World Cup Crystal Globe. (Photo: Fischer/Nordic Focus)

Still craving more of the World Cup? Here are some comments from a few of the U.S. skiers who closed their international-racing seasons at World Cup Finals last Sunday in Falun, Sweden. (And don’t fear, Spring Series is almost here!)

Three Americans Land Top 20, Four in Top 21 at World Cup Finals Skiathlon

The start of the women's 15 k skiathlon on Saturday at World Cup Finals in Falun, Sweden. (Photo: Fischer/Nordic Focus)

Liz Stephen led the U.S. in 15th to get closer to her overall World Cup and distance-ranking goals, and Noah Hoffman tried to ski more conservatively than usual to secure points in 18th. Kikkan Randall placed 20th and Sadie Bjornsen was right behind in 21st in Saturday’s skiathlon at World Cup Finals in Falun, Sweden.