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Johaug Bests Bjørgen in Beito FIS Opener

Johaug Bests Bjørgen in Beito FIS Opener

When it comes to opening distance races, Therese Johaug is a gamer. On Friday, she won the first 10 k classic of the season for the fourth year in a row and third-straight Beitostølen distance opener — once again ahead of Norwegian teammate Marit Bjørgen.

Far West Elite Team: Four Years in the Making

Far West Elite Team: Four Years in the Making

As the Far West Elite Team heads into the 2014/2015 season, self-described program “recruiter” Martin Benes and team manager Roger Chaney reflect on the development of the team over the past four years.

10 Questions with Men’s SuperTour Leader Reese Hanneman

10 Questions with Men’s SuperTour Leader Reese Hanneman

Reese Hanneman spent most of last March on the World Cup circuit in Europe, so being in Finland is a little like coming home for the 24-year-old SuperTour leader — except that he’s 11 time zones away from home in Alaska.

Associations, National Teams See Multiple Benefits in Low-Fluoro or ‘Same-Wax’ Race Protocols

Associations, National Teams See Multiple Benefits in Low-Fluoro or ‘Same-Wax’ Race Protocols

For reasons as wide-ranging as fairness of competition, stress on athletes, health of coaches, and saving money, several North American ski and biathlon organizations have policies limiting the use of high-fluoro waxes at some competitions. And they have nothing but positive feedback from their experiences.

Wednesday Workout: Throwback ‘Freaking Hard’ Rollerski Intervals with Kershaw

Wednesday Workout: Throwback ‘Freaking Hard’ Rollerski Intervals with Kershaw

Good workouts never get old. This week, we bring back a Pro Workout of the past, which Devon Kershaw wrote almost exactly four years ago, just before leaving for Europe in early November. “A great workout this time of year – especially if you are coming off some volume (at altitude or not) and feel your body needs that lactate tolerance work to ‘shock’ the system,” Kershaw writes.

Better Late Than Never: Cold Temps and Snow in Southwest Montana

Better Late Than Never: Cold Temps and Snow in Southwest Montana

It has been an unseasonably warm and dry fall in Southwest Montana, with highs well above freezing and no snow events, but race directors are feeling better after the arrival of the first winter weather of the season shortly before the opening SuperTour races in West Yellowstone and Bozeman, Mont.

The Hungry Skier: Pumpkin Pie Alternatives

The Hungry Skier: Pumpkin Pie Alternatives

With Thanksgiving just over a week away, we take some of the research out of making dessert by offering some not-so-mainstream pumpkin recipes (some of which are vegan and grain-free) from POPSUGAR.com.

Devil’s Thumb Ranch Seeks Instructors

Devil’s Thumb Ranch Seeks Instructors

Devil’s Thumb Ranch in Tabernash, Colorado is seeking Nordic Ski Instructors for the 2014/2015 ski season.

Bouchard-Harvey Duo Prep in Switzerland Before Meeting Canadian Team in Sweden

Bouchard-Harvey Duo Prep in Switzerland Before Meeting Canadian Team in Sweden

Alex Harvey and personal coach Louis Bouchard were the first from the Canadian World Cup Team to arrive in Gällivare, Sweden, last Thursday. They spent the earlier part of the month acclimating to altitude in Davos, Switzerland.

Wily Bjørndalen Tops Field in Sjusjøen Mass Start with Monster Last Lap to Catch Birkeland

Wily Bjørndalen Tops Field in Sjusjøen Mass Start with Monster Last Lap to Catch Birkeland

Curved ski poles and all, Ole Einar Bjørndalen picked up his first win of the season. The 40-year-old Norwegian biathlete showed nerves of steel with a clean final shooting stange, then kicked it in on the last lap of the Sjusjøen mass start and pass teammate Lars Helge Birkeland.

Os in From Left Field at Sjusjøen Season Opener; Simon Fourcade 2nd

Os in From Left Field at Sjusjøen Season Opener; Simon Fourcade 2nd

Norwegian veteran Alexander Os, whose last good season (by his own estimation) was in 2008-09, has been training independently for years – and shot to the top in the men’s biathlon season opener today. Simon Fourcade of France was second and Vetle Sjåstad Christiansen of Norway third.

Biathlon Canada Wraps Up Trials, Selects World Cup and IBU Cup Teams

Biathlon Canada Wraps Up Trials, Selects World Cup and IBU Cup Teams

Canadian World Cup and IBU selection races wrapped up Friday at Frozen Thunder, with a second-straight sprint determining which eight men and eight women would start the season on the World Cup or IBU Cup. Four were prequalified.

For Some Countries, World University Games Offers Bragging Rights; For University of Wyoming, It’s the Trip of a Lifetime

For Some Countries, World University Games Offers Bragging Rights; For University of Wyoming, It’s the Trip of a Lifetime

You might see it as a missed development opportunity that the U.S. is the only country not to send its very fastest college athletes to the World University Games (we’ll explain why). But the Univerisity of Wyoming, races their hearts out, and also uses the opportunity for more than skiing: expanding athletes’ horizons, learning, and instilling a lifelong love of sport.

Court of Arbitration for Sport Cuts Sachenbacher-Stehle Sentence to Six Months

Court of Arbitration for Sport Cuts Sachenbacher-Stehle Sentence to Six Months

Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle appealed the IBU’s 2-year ban for testing positive for a prohibited stimulant, which she argued was ingested accidentally in a supplement. The Court of Arbitration for sport agreed, saying that a six-month suspension was sufficient. Six months is up and the star can return to competition.

Smith, Crawford Win Opening Sprints of Canadian World Cup/IBU Cup Trials in Canmore (Updated)

Smith, Crawford Win Opening Sprints of Canadian World Cup/IBU Cup Trials in Canmore (Updated)

Temperatures below -20 degrees Celsius didn’t keep Canada’s top biathletes from contending for spots on the World Cup and IBU Cup on Thursday, with Nathan Smith and Rosanna Crawford topping the competition in the opening sprints of trials at the Canmore Nordic Center.

Sweden Debuts Domestic Marathon Series: Björn Dæhlie SKI Challenge

Sweden Debuts Domestic Marathon Series: Björn Dæhlie SKI Challenge

A new ski-marathon series has emerged in Sweden, the five-race Björn Dæhlie SKI Challenge, which kicks off Dec. 28 in Falun and ends Feb. 22 in Malung. According to its founders, the idea is have both elite and recreational skiers racing the same events and cut down on travel. (Updated)

Birkie Survey to Study Health, How Social Support and Interaction Keep Us Going

Birkie Survey to Study Health, How Social Support and Interaction Keep Us Going

Dr. Paul Anderson and World Cup sprint champ Kikkan Randall chat with us about a new study of American Birkebeiner participants. Using 24,000 skiers who have competed in the Wisconsin marathon over the years, they hope to gain valuable insight into what gets people to exercise – and then apply it in a public health perspective.

Wednesday Workout: Olympic ‘Bounding Loops’ with SLU

Wednesday Workout: Olympic ‘Bounding Loops’ with SLU

St. Lawrence University Assistant Coach Adam Terko shares a dryland workout to get you ready for race day, and potentially 2015 NCAA Championships in Lake Placid. “A hard bounding workout with poles, done on the same terrain you race on, develops not only aerobic capacity and strong muscles but confidence and familiarity with a particular course,” he writes.

Pros of Tomorrow Presented by Fischer: Lukas Ebner

Pros of Tomorrow Presented by Fischer: Lukas Ebner

Recent University of Alaska-Anchorage graduate Lukas Ebner discusses his beginnings in skiing, his plans to make the German National Team, and what makes Alaska so special.

Norwegians on Volume: More Isn’t Necessarily Better

Norwegians on Volume: More Isn’t Necessarily Better

Logging too many hours to ski fast? The debate is raging in Norway, where Olympian Frode Estil weighed in last week when he argued that many skiers are obsessed with logging hours at the expense of training quality. Longtime coach Mona Hjellsand strongly agrees.