Longtime Canadian World Cup skier Ivan Babikov is retiring to take on coaching responsibility for his former teammates Devon Kershaw, Lenny Valjas, Jess Cockney, and Graeme Killick. “Ivan has been in our system and his job is to execute the plans,” Cross Country Canada High Performance Director Tom Holland explains.
Athletes at all levels of the competition spectrum constantly seek the missing piece of their performance puzzle. For many years now, sport psychology has played an increasing role in solving that puzzle. From the World Cup to the junior ranks, FasterSkier explores how some skiers and coaches make use of sport psychology.
On Monday, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association published its 2016/2017 SuperTour calendar, which includes seven stops, not including West Yellowstone. “We’ve rotated a few sites this year and will continue to move around in the future to get the SuperTour to new places,” USSA Nordic Domestic Program Director Robert Lazzaroni explains. “Moving the event around helps stimulate top-level racing in America.”
After delving into the computation-and-analysis side of sports, Brayton Osgood is back and looking forward to his new position as head coach of the Dartmouth men’s nordic ski team. “The opportunity to coach at Dartmouth is a fantastic one and I’m eager to lead the next generation of Dartmouth cross-country skiers,” the 2003 Dartmouth grad said.
The call to climb can be strong, especially if the place to climb is located in your backyard. This week, we caught up with avid rock climber Jason Brenden for a Wednesday Workout that involves traversing the holds and building strength, all on a homemade wall. “I just didn’t want to pay for a gym membership,” he explained.
The International Association of Athletics Federations has banned the Russian track and field team from the 2016 Summer Olympics after a doping scandal. As other federations with doping problems look on, it remains to be seen whether the decision will be upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport and the International Olympic Committee.
FIS Cross-Country recently approved its 2016/2017 World Cup calendar, which includes a lot of the same historical venues plus a few new ones (i.e. Ulricehamn, PyeongChang and World Cup Finals in Tuymen, Russia). It also announced some new rules, including the latest on no-double-pole zones and team quotas.
At the helm of the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team since 2010, head coach Chris Grover sits down with FasterSkier to talk what success might look like in the future and the challenges he faces as a coach. The snow may be gone, but Grover and the team are in full preparation mode for the 2016/2017 World Cup season.
The latest documentary by Hajo Seppelt alleges that Natalia Zhelanova, the anti-doping assistant at Russia’s Ministry of Sport, tipped off skiing and biathlon teams before sample collection. Did WADA’s ADAMS system, where federations are encouraged to pre-register their planned tests, allow this to happen?