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Seven Weeks Abroad: The Adventures of Nordgren and Doherty

Seven Weeks Abroad: The Adventures of Nordgren and Doherty

Seven weeks, four countries, one van. For US Biathlon A-team members Leif Nordgren and Sean Doherty, this might sum up their summer, or at least how they spent the last month and a half training. “We wanted to expand our boundaries a little bit,” Nordgren said. “Mostly just get out and experience new stimuli and train in other cool places with new people.”

Irwin and Gelso Win Australian Hoppet; USST Goes 1-2 in New Zealand Marathon

Irwin and Gelso Win Australian Hoppet; USST Goes 1-2 in New Zealand Marathon

Wrapping up their Australian camp, three Sun Valley skiers reached the podium at the 42 k Kangaroo Hoppet, part of the Worldloppet marathon series. Deedra Irwin edged teammate Mary Rose, and Matt Gelso won the men’s race ahead of Australian national-team skiers. One weekend later, the U.S. Ski Team swept first and second New Zealand’s Merino Muster.

Cobb Elected IBU Vice President for Sport, First American on Executive Board

Cobb Elected IBU Vice President for Sport, First American on Executive Board

U.S. Biathlon Association President and CEO Max Cobb will join the International Biathlon Union’s Executive Board, after serving for four years as the head of the Technical Committee. “As biathlon develops even further, the marriage of the technical aspects of the sport with further development… will become more and more important.”

Looking to Lahti: Inside the USST’s World Champs Selection Criteria

Looking to Lahti: Inside the USST’s World Champs Selection Criteria

A closer look at the U.S. Ski Team’s new selection criteria for 2017 World Championships, designed to reward the top performers in a given season and discourage points chasing. “Athletes who skied fast in the spring of the previous season no longer have a potential advantage over those athletes skiing fast in the current season,” U.S. Ski Team Head Coach Chris Grover wrote. “…The athlete that is winning races is most likely going to make the Team.”

UVM Seeks Assistant Nordic Coach

UVM Seeks Assistant Nordic Coach

The University of Vermont (UVM) in Burlington, Vt., is in search of an assistant nordic ski coach to assist the head coach in performing the duties of managing the intercollegiate sport of skiing within the education mission of the University.

Taylor Fletcher Seventh on Day 2 of Summer Grand Prix

Taylor Fletcher Seventh on Day 2 of Summer Grand Prix

It’s a full three weeks until the end of summer, a perfect time for the FIS Nordic Combined Summer Grand Prix. Last Sunday, Taylor Fletcher scorched in the 90-degree heat to ski the fastest time on the day and place seventh overall for the U.S. Racing wrapped up in Austria on Wednesday.

Winter Park Competition Center Seeking Nordic Coaches

Winter Park Competition Center Seeking Nordic Coaches

The Winter Park Competition Center is looking for an assistant nordic coach and part-time coaches for the 2016-2017 season.

Unequal Prize Money at Blink Festival Illustrates Challenges for Women’s Distance Racing

Unequal Prize Money at Blink Festival Illustrates Challenges for Women’s Distance Racing

At Norway’s Blink festival, the women’s winner of the 60 k classic received just one-fifth the prize money as the men’s winner. Smaller women’s fields present a conundrum for long-distance race organizers: how can they promote women’s racing and incentivize attendance, and what constitutes enough effort toward doing so?

Throwback Workout: Pace-Development Intervals with the NAWTA (Remember That?)

Throwback Workout: Pace-Development Intervals with the NAWTA (Remember That?)

Everything’s better with a group — at least in terms of threshold interval workouts. In this “Throwback Workout” from three years ago, U.S. women’s coach Matt Whitcomb explains why this was one of the best workouts he had seen back then. “It doesn’t need to be incredibly hard — today was roughly threshold and above during bursts of speed — but it was about the terrain that helped push the pace for us,” he said.

FS Podcast: Kris Freeman, A Sample Size of One

FS Podcast: Kris Freeman, A Sample Size of One

Sixteen years in close to top-form — a grind no matter how you look at it. That’s how long this former U.S. Ski Team member has raced at the top-tier of nordic sport. Despite his near-constant management of his Type 1 diabetes, Freeman, recently married, maintains that he has two more years of racing left.

CXC’s Center of Excellence Seeks to ‘Study Latest Innovations in the Sport’

CXC’s Center of Excellence Seeks to ‘Study Latest Innovations in the Sport’

With plans to begin research this fall, CXC’s Madison-based Center of Excellence is on the brink of bringing new scientific studies to nordic skiing. “Our goal is to have top sports science facility to study latest innovations in the sport, potential application in cross country skiing to improve training, recovery and performance,” CXC Executive and Athletic Director Yuriy Gusev explained.

Norwegian Ski Team Recommended Nebulizer Use by Healthy Athletes, Say Anonymous Skiers

Norwegian Ski Team Recommended Nebulizer Use by Healthy Athletes, Say Anonymous Skiers

Martin Johnsrud Sundby is beginning the appeals process, seeking to overturn his doping ban by way of the Swiss Supreme Court. Meanwhile, other Norwegian skiers — healthy ones — were allegedly recommended to use nebulizers as well.

FS Podcast: Skiing for the Maple Leaf, Living in Oslo — It’s Devon Kershaw

FS Podcast: Skiing for the Maple Leaf, Living in Oslo — It’s Devon Kershaw

In this episode of the FasterSkier podcast, Devon Kershaw speaks his mind from Oslo, Norway — where he’s living and training. From learning Norwegian to how many more years he plans to stay in the game, it’s all here.

Ski and Work in the Rockies this Winter! 

Ski and Work in the Rockies this Winter! 

Snow Mountain Ranch is hiring Nordic Center Employees and Volunteers to work as instructors and rental staff, along with Snowmobile Grooming Operators.

‘Why not Ishpeming?’ Unpacking the 2016/2017 SuperTour Schedule

‘Why not Ishpeming?’ Unpacking the 2016/2017 SuperTour Schedule

Here’s an in-depth look at the upcoming U.S. SuperTour schedule, addressing why the season’s first races won’t be in West Yellowstone, why some SuperTour races are in Canada, why U.S. nationals are returning to Soldier Hollow so soon, why there is a skiathlon at Spring Series, etc.

Alaska NCAA Skiing Approaches Decision on Its Future

Alaska NCAA Skiing Approaches Decision on Its Future

Facing drastic cuts to Alaska’s state budget, a review team has proposed several options, some of which would end Division I college skiing at one or both of Alaska’s two NCAA schools in Anchorage and Fairbanks. “It’s scary not just for us, but it can start to be scary for the rest of the college ski teams around the country,” UAA Nordic Head Coach Andrew Kastning said.

‘Turning August Into February': Sun Valley Gold Team Spends Month in Australia

‘Turning August Into February': Sun Valley Gold Team Spends Month in Australia

When the SVSEF Gold Team found out that Falls Creek, a ski resort located in Victoria, Australia, had premium on-snow training in August, several team members said yes to the trip Down Under for a monthlong camp.

Stuber Takes Over at St. Scholastica: Program is ‘On the Verge of Something Huge’

Stuber Takes Over at St. Scholastica: Program is ‘On the Verge of Something Huge’

It was a hard decision to leave the Roaring Fork Valley, where Maria Stuber headed the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club nordic team, but the Midwest native is taking the reins at the College of St. Scholastica, and thrilled to build on the program’s young-but-strong legacy.

FS Podcast: APU’s David Norris Ready for the Next Step

FS Podcast: APU’s David Norris Ready for the Next Step

The FS podcast takes you on a mid-August jaunt to Alaska for an interview with Alaska Pacific University (APU) skier David Norris. Having won this year’s Mt. Marathon Race and ending last ski season with a slew of Super Tour victories, Norris is cautiously optimistic about his skiing prospects.

2016 USBA Rollerski Nationals Photo Gallery

2016 USBA Rollerski Nationals Photo Gallery

Photos and high-performance observations from last weekend’s 2016 US Biathlon Rollerski Nationals at the Ethan Allen Firing Range in Jericho, Vt., held in hot and muggy temperatures. “When you stopped the whole body felt like [it was going] to explode,” Bernd Eisenbichler noted.