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Double-Pole Victory for Northug in Drammen; Hamilton Top North American in 11th

Double-Pole Victory for Northug in Drammen; Hamilton Top North American in 11th

Norway’s Petter Northug showed his versatility as an all-rounder, winning Wednesday’s classic sprint in Drammen, Norway. His quick double pole and quicksilver skate skis won out the day. The U.S. Ski Team’s Simi Hamilton placed 11th overall while Canada’s Alex Harvey posted his second-best sprint result of the season in 20th.

Falla Sets Record with Third Consecutive Drammen Win; Three U.S. Women In Heats 

Falla Sets Record with Third Consecutive Drammen Win; Three U.S. Women In Heats 

Sweden’s Stina Nilsson retained her Sprint Cup lead despite getting reprimanded for obstruction in the final. And although none of the three American women advanced out of their quarterfinals, the U.S. team declared the day a success with all three skiing blazing qualifier times.

Wednesday Workout: Ski Fartleks With Strava

Wednesday Workout: Ski Fartleks With Strava

Add a little “speed play” into your training, following the natural variation of terrain and conditions, and you could find the less-regimented workout has a lot of benefits. Push yourself and keep track of progress with an app like Strava.

MWSC Seeks Assistant Nordic Racing Coach

The Maine Winter Sports Center (MWSC) is looking for skilled and passionate individuals to assume the role of Assistant Nordic Coaches working with high school athletes in various locations around Maine. These individuals will join a highly motivated and effective staff specializing in outdoor sport education, coaching and development across Maine.

That’s a Wrap: Norwegian Women, Russian Men Win Junior Relays on Last Day in Romania

That’s a Wrap: Norwegian Women, Russian Men Win Junior Relays on Last Day in Romania

On the final day of IBU Youth/Junior World Championships in Cheile Gradistei, Romania, the Norwegian women and Russian men bested the field in the junior relays, while the U.S. women placed 12th and Canadian men finished 14th.

Double-pole Revolution? Thirty Percent of Teams Penalized at Norwegian Nationals Relay

Double-pole Revolution? Thirty Percent of Teams Penalized at Norwegian Nationals Relay

“It was a tough decision,” TD John Aalberg told FasterSkier. “But we wanted to prove a point or put it on the agenda: if everybody starts to double pole, and if you loosen up the rules at the same time, that’s the end of classic skiing.” The race jury released video of the infractions to the public.

Browne Dominates M.S.A. NorAm Distance Weekend; NDC Thunder Bay Tops Men’s Races

Browne Dominates M.S.A. NorAm Distance Weekend; NDC Thunder Bay Tops Men’s Races

Cendrine Browne used home-course advantage to command the women’s classic individual start and freestyle pursuit last weekend at the NorAm at Mont Sainte-Anne, Quebec. She won the latter by nearly a minute and a half. Meanwhile, Bob Thompson led an NDC Thunder Bay podium sweep on Saturday, and Andy Shields skied away to the pursuit win on Sunday.

Norris Makes It a Double; Phinney and Patterson Take Wins at Lake Placid SuperTour

Norris Makes It a Double; Phinney and Patterson Take Wins at Lake Placid SuperTour

David Norris and Kelsey Phinney broke through on Day 1 of the Lake Placid SuperTour this past weekend in the Adirondacks of northern New York, while Caitlin Patterson rolled to another distance victory in the classic individual start on Day 2.

Canada Fifth in Youth Men’s Relay at Worlds; Norwegian Men, Russian Women Tops

Canada Fifth in Youth Men’s Relay at Worlds; Norwegian Men, Russian Women Tops

It was a stretch to reach the podium, but the Canadian team of Teo Sanchez, Adam Runnalls, and Zachari Bolduc were in contention until late in the youth men’s 3 x 7.5 k relay at World Championships, ultimately finishing fifth. The American men placed 15th. The Canadian women were 10th in the 3 x 6 k relay and the American women 16th.

Bryan Fletcher Comes into Form at Seefeld Triple; Germany’s Eric Frenzel Wins Out

Bryan Fletcher Comes into Form at Seefeld Triple; Germany’s Eric Frenzel Wins Out

During three days of competition at the Seefeld Triple, Germany’s Eric Frenzel proved he’s Mr. Consistency, winning all three days for his third-straight Triple crown. In seventh overall, Bryan Fletcher led the U.S. for the third year in a row landing in the top 10 in Seefeld.

Doherty Takes Charge and Pursuit Gold in His Last IBU Junior World Championships Race

Doherty Takes Charge and Pursuit Gold in His Last IBU Junior World Championships Race

Sean Doherty’s just like any 20 year old, except that he has 10 biathlon world junior titles to his name and won the last race of his junior career in Romania on Sunday. “I get nervous just like any other human,” he explained. “There’s a lot of pressure for these races I just did, and I’m really happy with how I performed with it all, but it’s something that’s not that easy to deal with.”

With Ninth Medal, Doherty Makes IBU Youth/Junior Worlds History (with Photos)

With Ninth Medal, Doherty Makes IBU Youth/Junior Worlds History (with Photos)

Sean Doherty locked up silver in Saturday’s junior sprint to become the most decorated athlete ever at IBU Youth/Junior World Championships, and another American, Maddie Phaneuf landed her second-straight top seven of the week.

Sanchez’s Second-Straight Top 20, Moser 19th for Canada in IBU Youth Worlds Sprint

Sanchez’s Second-Straight Top 20, Moser 19th for Canada in IBU Youth Worlds Sprint

The Canadian biathletes are on a roll at IBU Youth World Championships with three athletes in the top 21 on Friday in the youth men’s and women’s sprints. Teo Sanchez led the team in 17th, Nadia Moser broke through in 19th, Adam Runnalls was 21st, and Megan Bankes 26th for Canada.

Välbe’s Asthma Comments Off The Mark, Medical and Scientific Community Says

Välbe’s Asthma Comments Off The Mark, Medical and Scientific Community Says

A few things are clear: athletes, in particular winter endurance and pool athletes, have a high incidence of airway hyper-responsiveness, much of which may be undiagnosed. This can be treated with inhalers, which are not banned by WADA and have been repeatedly shown not to be performance-enhancing. And – those athletes can win.

Back-to-Back Flower Ceremonies: Doherty Third, Phaneuf Fifth for U.S. at IBU Junior Worlds

Back-to-Back Flower Ceremonies: Doherty Third, Phaneuf Fifth for U.S. at IBU Junior Worlds

Sean Doherty reached the podium in his first race of 2016 IBU Junior World Championships, placing third in the 15 k individual. Earlier on Thursday, another U.S. biathlete Maddie Phaneuf finished fifth in the women’s 12.5 k individual. “It’s a prefect day,” stated US Biathlon’s Chief of Sport Bernd Eisenbichler.

Three Canadians in Top 20; IBU Youth/Junior Worlds Open in Romania (with Photos)

Three Canadians in Top 20; IBU Youth/Junior Worlds Open in Romania (with Photos)

Two Canadian men, Teo Sanchez and Adam Runnalls, and one woman, Megan Bankes, notched career-best top 20’s on the first day of IBU Youth World Championships in Cheile Gradistei, Romania.

Living the Dream: Ultimate Puffies Gear Review

Living the Dream: Ultimate Puffies Gear Review

For the second installment of the “Living the Dream: The Gear Review You’ll Actually Enjoy Reading”, columnist and reviewer FBD takes us through an assortment of puffies: the big-boy, hard-hitting and weather-withstanding ultimate puffies, and even a bonus snorkel jacket.

Wednesday Workout: Tad Elliott’s ‘Crumble Workout’

Wednesday Workout: Tad Elliott’s ‘Crumble Workout’

What’s the hardest workout Tad Elliott did before winning the 30 k freestyle mass start at U.S. nationals? The Crumble Workout. It involves all-out intervals and reduced rest in between. The goal: to blow up on the last or second-to-last interval.

Ouch! What You Should Know About Shin Pain

Ouch! What You Should Know About Shin Pain

Shin pain is no joke — shin splints, bony stress injuries and exertional compartment syndrome are becoming increasingly common among cross-country skiers. Here is some help in identifying and differentiating between the three causes of lower-leg pain.

Russia’s Shipulin Prevails Again, Edges Germany for Relay Win; U.S. Ties Season Best

Russia’s Shipulin Prevails Again, Edges Germany for Relay Win; U.S. Ties Season Best

A day after besting Germany’s Simon Schempp on the last loop, Anton Shipulin of Russia did so again — this time beating the German by a second for the men’s relay victory. Schempp partially blamed a lapped skier. The U.S. men ended up sixth, tying their season best from a week earlier, while Canada placed 11th with strong shooting.