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Australian Olympian Callum Watson Recovering after Ski Punctures Lung in Sprint Crash

Callum Watson (left) racing in New Zealand in 2012. Photo: Ausxc.com.

When Callum Watson crashed in the sprint at Australian National Championships, it seemed like any other crash. But the consequences were devastating: the other racer’s ski punctured and collapsed his lung. Watson is looking towards the future as he recovers, but is set back by the cost of the ambulance helicopter flight that saved him. This article includes a link to his fundraising page.

Falun World Championships Gain ISO Certification for Sustainability

A photo provided by Falun2015 pictures the jumps that will be used in the 2015 World Championships in February. Falun2015 recently gained ISO 20121 certification for sustainability. (Photo: Falun2015)

Organizers of the 2015 FIS Nordic World Championships in Falun, Sweden announced August 27 that the culminating event of the 2014/2015 ski season has received the ISO 20121 certification of sustainability.

Reliving the FIS World Cup Season in Photos (Part I)

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Looking for motivation to get in tip-top ski shape for next winter? Check out these photo montages of the 2013/2014 FIS World Cup season.

2013/2014 World Cup Season in Photos (Part II)

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Second of two photo montages recapping the 2013/2014 FIS World Cup season.

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.

Russians Dominate Opening Weekend of Rollerski World Cup

Russian Victor Karasev (r) lunges to claim victory over Alessio Berlanda of Italy in the final sprint of the FIS Rollerski World Cup in Oroslavje, Croatia. (Photo: FIS/Flavio Becchis)

All eyes were likely on Brazil this past Sunday to watch the gut-wrenching World Cup soccer game between the U.S. and Portugal. However, FIFA was not the only organization to host a World Cup this weekend. The opening races of the International Ski Federation’s (FIS) Rollerski World Cup in Oroslavje, Croatia began June 20, and unlike the World Cup in Brazil the competition had few surprises.

Ambitious Tour du Canada Scheduled for 2016

The Canmore Nordic Center will host two stages of the 2016 Tour du Canada. The Tour which was recently announced at the FIS Congress in Barcelona, Spain will serve as the finale for the 2015/2016 season.

Canada will be hosting a season-end World Cup tour in 2016. An exciting development for North American skiing, the proposal cleared yet another hurdle at the International Ski Federation’s (FIS) 2014 Congress in Barcelona, Spain after receiving a set program.

New York City World Cup: Down but not Out (Updated)

Could Central Park host a World Cup city sprint? (Photo: Gryffindor, Wikipedia Commons)

While a plan to host a 2016 World Cup in New York City was quickly dismissed when USSA withdrew its bid for the event last week, there is still a possibility that the international racing circuit could come to the Big Apple in the future.

Canada’s Newest Coach, Tor-Arne Hetland Gets Dose of Canadian Ski Life at Sunshine Camp

Tor-Arne Hetland, Swiss sprint coach from 2010-2014 (Photo: FIS) http://www.fis-ski.com/cross-country/news-multimedia/news/article=tor-arne-hetland-nor-become-world-cup-team-coach-for-canada.html

Tor-Arne Hetland is officially part of the Canadian crew after wrapping up his first training camp with the Canadian World Cup Team in May. Onboard since April, he says he’s eager to give the perspective and stability that Cross Country Canada wants. “It is asked for new ideas into the team and I’m ready to give this,” Hetland says. “And also more stability in the World Cup.”

2014/2015 World Cup Schedule Confirmed at FIS Congress, Canadian Tour Slated for 2016

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

Changes are coming to the FIS World Cup schedule in the 2014/2015 season. The schedule was confirmed at the 2014 FIS Congress held in Barcelona, Spain, which concluded Friday June 6th. There were also some exciting new developments for North American skiers as the FIS Congress added the Tour du Canada to conclude the 2015/2016 season.

USSA Withdraws Application for 2016 World Cup in New York City

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When the International Ski Federation (FIS) Congress began Sunday in Barcelona, Spain, there was a lot to go over. Not only was the international-racing circuit speculated to come back to North America in the 2015/2016 season, but there was also talk of a World Cup being held in Central Park, New York City.

Is Similä a ‘Black Sheep’? Positive EPO Test Stirs Old Fears for Finland

Finnish cross country skier Tero Similä at Lahti Ski Games 2010. In March 2014, Similä tested positive for EPO. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Finnish skier Tero Similä has tested positive for the blood-doping drug EPO. While the case will likely put Finland back in the spotlight again after the 2001 disqualifications of six top athletes at World Championships for the same offense, Similä wasn’t on the national team and one possibility is that he turned to doping to try to make the Olympic team (he did not).

Swiss Head Coach Since 2010, Guri Hetland at Odds with Swiss-Ski, Contract Not Renewed

Former Swiss World Cup coach Guri Hetland (Photo: FIS)

While Tor Arne Hetland is just starting as Canada’s World Cup coach, his wife, Guri Hetland, is no longer head coach of the Swiss National Team. Swiss-Ski Sports Director Mark Wolf referred to negotiations that “ended in disaster” after Hetland and the association could not agree on team decisions. Dario Cologna had already committed to a new personal coach, Ivan Hudáč.

Swedish and Norwegian National Teams Nominated

The Swedish National Team (Photo: FIS/Swedish Ski Association) http://www.fis-ski.com/cross-country/news-multimedia/news/article=swedish-national-team-for-the-world-cup-season-2014-2015.html

For all the international-racing junkies out there, the Swedish and Norwegian Ski Associations recently announced the nominations to their 2014/2015 national teams: a couple new names, a few departures, but both are back again with depth in numbers.

Johaug and the Future of the Norwegian National Team

Johaug celebrates her second place finish in the 2013 Tour de Ski. (Photo: Fiemme2013)

Therese Johaug could be the Norwegian Ski Federation’s MVP. But can they keep her? “She’s going to make more money than both Petter Northug and Marit Bjørgen,” one expert says. “The girl has everything, so the sponsors will be willing to pay very much.”

Kowalczyk to Stay in the Game, Train Less, Focus on World Champs

Justyna Kowalczyk with her gold from the 10 k classic at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. It was her second gold medal and fifth at the Olympics. Kowalczyk recently announced she plans to continue ski racing, but with modifications to her training. (Photo: FIS/NordicFocus)

Justyna Kowalczyk announced at a recent Polish press conference that she’s going to continue racing at the highest level for another season, but with some changes to her training. “Sixteen years of training left marks on my body and I need a rest,” she said. “The training will be aimed for the World Championships in Falun.”

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!)

Harvey Third Overall in the World Cup; Sundby Wins Pursuit

6.03.2014, Falun, Sweden (SWE): Alex Harvey (CAN)
- FIS world cup cross-country, 15km men handicap start, Falun (SWE). www.nordicfocus.com. © Felgenhauer/NordicFocus.

Alex Harvey started Sunday’s 15-kilometer freestyle pursuit in Falun, Sweden, with one thing on his mind: a first- or second-place finish would put him on the overall World Cup podium. “I’m super stoked,” said Harvey of his podium. “That was a super-nice way to end the season.”

Johaug Fulfills Childhood Dream, Tops Bjørgen for Overall World Cup Crown

Norway's Therese Johaug celebrates a nearly 30-second victory over teammate Marit Bjørgen in the World Cup Finals 10 k freestyle pursuit on Sunday in Falun, Sweden, which sealed Johaug's first overall World Cup title. (Photo: Fischer/Nordic Focus)

Therese Johaug took a 15-second lead and literally ran with it, beating Norwegian teammate Marit Bjørgen by nearly 30 seconds in Sunday’s 10 k freestyle pursuit to win the World Cup Finals and her first overall World Cup title.

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.