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U.S. World Cup Preview: Seeking Best Season Yet After Olympics

Several members of the U.S. Ski Team lift up Kikkan Randall after she won her third-straight World Cup sprint Crystal Globe on Friday in Falun, Sweden. (Photo: Fischer/Nordic Focus)

As excitement grows for the first World Cup races in Kuusamo, Finland, the U.S. Ski Team stands as one of the most talented and experienced teams America has ever fielded. While only time will tell if the team can live up to their own high expectations, our World Cup preview aims to give you an update and some insight into this U.S. team.

Poltoranin Moves to Estonia, Extends Partnership with Veerpalu and Alaver

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Kazakh star Alexey Poltoranin already started working with Andrus Veerpalu last season. But he’s now going one step farther, distancing himself from the Kazakh federation by moving to Estonia and working with famed coach Mati Alavar and three Estonian training partners. After disappointment in Sochi, he’s eyeing the 2018 Games.

Two Decades and 20+ World Cup Starts Later, Sinnott Retires from Skiing

Mikey Sinnott on the World Cup last December in Lillehammer, Norway. (Photo: Facebook/MWSC)

Mikey Sinnott grew up in Sun Valley, came up through the junior ranks, excelled at Junior Nationals and reached the highest levels of elite competition on the World Cup. After missing the Olympics last season and feeling like he never hit his stride, Sinnott, 29, had some decisions to make this spring: to keep racing or embark on a new path.

Northug Sentence Jeopardizes Falun Goals; Norway Wonders Whether a Felon Should Represent Country

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Norwegian ski star Petter Northug has been sentenced to 50 days of jail, among other punishments, for driving while intoxicated, crashing his car, and then lying to police about what happened. It’s unclear how this will affect his quest for gold at Falun World Championhips in February.

This Month in Journals: Aerosol Particles and Wax Tech Health

Peter Johansson works on some of the many U.S. skis in preparation for another day of racing in Gallivare, Sweden, in 2012.

A new study assessed the exposure to airborne particles by 45 different World Cup wax techs across three disciplines – cross country, biathlon, and nordic combined. The results are scary, but the team also demonstrated that a custom-built ventilation system can reduce exposure by 95%.

Bryntesson’s Söckertoppen Camp Takes ‘Best from the Athletic World and Puts That in the Diabetic World’

Robin Bryntesson (front) running with Swedish kids at his camp for diabetic children. Photo: Team Robin.

Despite being diagnosed as a diabetic when he was a kid, Robin Bryntesson is still one of the top skiers in the world. And one of the busiest: in the summer he runs a camp for children with diabetes, he’s constantly producing funny videos, and his downloadable technique app just went live.

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

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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)

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)

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.