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14 Cross Country Skiers Among the Russians Alleged to Have Doped in Sochi

14 Cross Country Skiers Among the Russians Alleged to Have Doped in Sochi

The New York Times reports that dozens of Russian athletes doped at the 2014 Olympics, and that the head of the anti-doping laboratory helped them cover it up. Among those named is Alexander Legkov, the gold medalist in the 50 k freestyle – a race where the Russian men swept the podium.

Biathlon Veteran Perras Ventures Further into ‘Adulthood’ as AWCA HP Coach

Biathlon Veteran Perras Ventures Further into ‘Adulthood’ as AWCA HP Coach

Scott Perras didn’t know that this would be his last season as a professional biathlete, but he’s not stepping away from skiing as the new high-performance coach at the Alberta World Cup Academy. “The last seven years, I kind of got to live like I won the lottery,” he reflected.

McCall Winter Sports Club Seeks Head Coach

McCall Winter Sports Club Seeks Head Coach

The McCall Winter Sports Club (MWSC is a member club in the Intermountain Division) is looking to fill a Head Nordic coaching position. The MWSC is a combined Nordic, Alpine, and Big Mountain program that is based in the mountains of McCall, Idaho.

Lander Valley HS Seeking Nordic Coaches

Lander Valley HS Seeking Nordic Coaches

Lander Valley High School is seeking several assistant Nordic Skiing Coach positions to be filled for the upcoming season (November 2016-February 2017).

Have What It Takes for American Ninja Warrior? Reid Pletcher Takes a Stab at It

Have What It Takes for American Ninja Warrior? Reid Pletcher Takes a Stab at It

After stepping away from skiing in 2013 and shifting his focus to river guiding, Paralympic guiding, speed skating and school, Reid Pletcher is about to test himself in Season 8 of the reality TV show American Ninja Warrior. The Idaho native shares his story and how he could be the next best thing on TV.

Wednesday Workout: Pletcher’s ‘Ninja’ Pull-Ups (with Video)

Wednesday Workout: Pletcher’s ‘Ninja’ Pull-Ups (with Video)

Ever wonder what it takes to be an American Ninja Warrior? A recent conversation with former pro nordic skier Reid Pletcher revealed the answer to be a little balance, a lot of grip strength, and plenty of patience. In this workout, shoot for 100 pull-ups a day, and no, they don’t have to be all at once.

With ‘Bigger Target’ on His Back, Torchia Joins U.S. Ski Team, Sticks with NMU

With ‘Bigger Target’ on His Back, Torchia Joins U.S. Ski Team, Sticks with NMU

After being nominated to the U.S. Ski Team D-team, Northern Michigan University junior Ian Torchia has decided to stay in school while simultaneously accepting the nod to the country’s most-coveted training group. “One of the main reasons why I wanted this to happen is to show that you can do it while you’re in college,” Torchia explains.

Insider Couple Implies Widespread Doping in Russian Sports in 60 Minutes Interview

Insider Couple Implies Widespread Doping in Russian Sports in 60 Minutes Interview

On Sunday evening, 60 Minutes aired a 13-minute interview with Vitaly and Yuliya Stepanov, the whistleblowers who prompted a German documentary on Russia’s systematic doping in track and field and WADA’s resulting ban on the entire team. Vitaly suggests the corruption extends to Russian Winter Olympians as well, including at least four who achieved gold in Sochi with the help of federal agents.

Harvard Seeks Assistant Nordic Coach

Harvard Seeks Assistant Nordic Coach

Harvard is seeking an assistant nordic coach starting fall 2016. Six month position (approx Sept. 15- March 15).

The Woman Behind the Athlete: A Photo Gallery for Mom

The Woman Behind the Athlete: A Photo Gallery for Mom

“What role did you mom play in your development as a skier?” was the single question we raised to North American cross-country, biathlon and nordic combined national-team members. Many of them had a hard time holding back in their responses.

USSA Ends Affiliation With High Plains Division; Western Leaders Ask Why

USSA Ends Affiliation With High Plains Division; Western Leaders Ask Why

Rebecca Watson, the board chair of the High Plains division, was surprised by an email saying that USSA was ending the affiliation agreement with the division – without warning or a probationary period to improve the weaknesses that USSA says it finds in Wyoming. Others on the Cross Country Committee, which is now set to discuss the topic at USSA Congress, said they were also surprised.

Four Sochi Gold Medalists Were Using Steroids, Whistleblower Alleges

Four Sochi Gold Medalists Were Using Steroids, Whistleblower Alleges

In an excerpt from an interview to be aired on Sunday on 60 Minutes, a whistleblower from the Russian Anti-Doping Agency said that four Russian gold medalists from the 2014 Olympics were using steroids during the Games.

Domracheva Worked for KGB Until July 2014

Domracheva Worked for KGB Until July 2014

A triple gold medalist from the 2014 Olympics, Belarusian Darya Domracheva was revealed to have worked for her country’s KGB intelligence agency. According to one journalist, though, all biathletes in the country are employed by the KGB thanks to the structure of sports governance.

Halvorsen Accepts D-Team Nomination, Defers College for a Year

Halvorsen Accepts D-Team Nomination, Defers College for a Year

Opportunity has come knocking for Sugar Bowl Academy’s 18-year-old Hannah Halvorsen. Her recent nomination to the U.S. Ski Team brings Halvorsen closer to her World Cup dreams, but she maintains she’ll continue to take it day by day.

Ten (Plus) Questions with U.S. Ski Team Coach Chris Grover

Ten (Plus) Questions with U.S. Ski Team Coach Chris Grover

Following up on the U.S. Ski Team nominations announced earlier this week, we asked Chris Grover to explain the rationale behind some of the picks and share some insight on the coming season.

Wednesday Workout: Savoring Spring with CU Coach Bruce Cranmer

Wednesday Workout: Savoring Spring with CU Coach Bruce Cranmer

Don’t live in Boulder? No problem. If you have mountains or even hills around, you can follow CU Head Coach Bruce Cranmer’s recommendations for lighthearted spring training. “I recommend first and foremost, make it fun and something you really enjoy doing,” he explains. “I think this is a great time to focus on non-specific training.”

Cross Country Canada Names 2016/2017 National Team

Cross Country Canada Names 2016/2017 National Team

It’s a big day for national-team nominations as Canada released its list of top-tier cross-country skiers — with six men and one woman on the World Cup A and B teams — for the 2016/2017 season.

U.S. Cross Country Ski Team Announces 2016/2017 Nominations

U.S. Cross Country Ski Team Announces 2016/2017 Nominations

The U.S. Cross Country Ski Team has announced its nominations for the 2016-17 season, and the list includes eight A-team members, three B-teamers, and five development-team skiers, including newbies Ian Torchia and Hannah Halvorsen.

Canadian World Cup Veterans on the End of the Wadsworth Era

Canadian World Cup Veterans on the End of the Wadsworth Era

Coaching at the international level beings expectations, personalities to manage, not to mention the nitty gritty of booking plane tickets and travel logistics. When Justin Wadsworth stepped away from Canada’s National Team head coach position this past March, it gave an opportunity for three core skiers from his tenure — Kershaw, Harvey, and Babikov — to reflect on where they have been.

US Biathlon Seeks Coaching Intern

US Biathlon Seeks Coaching Intern

The US Biathlon Association is seeking a coaching intern to work with its national team athletes on a daily basis and live at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, N.Y., where meals and lodging are provided at no cost. The internship begins in early June and continues through October.