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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.

In First Full Season, Canada’s Mark Rajack to Race for Trinidad and Tobago at Worlds

In First Full Season, Canada’s Mark Rajack to Race for Trinidad and Tobago at Worlds

Mark Rajack, a dual citizen of Canada and Trinidad and Tobago, started cross-country skiing just two years ago in 2012, but in the time since, he’s not only learned to ski and compete, but he’s also set his sights higher than many will in their skiing careers: namely world champs and 2018 Winter Olympics.

Rocky Mountain Racers Inspired and Challenged at Soldier Hollow

Rocky Mountain Racers Inspired and Challenged at Soldier Hollow

Rocky Mountain Racer (RMR) skier Maya MacIsaac-Jones recaps her team’s two-week, high-performance camp in Park City, Utah. “Because of RMR’s cross-country/biathlon mix, Soldier Hollow was the perfect place for training,” she writes. “Coaches were able to coordinate shooting practices for the biathletes with simultaneous rollerskiing sessions for the cross-country side of the team.”

Bjørndalen Awarded Best Male Athlete of 2014 Sochi Olympics

Bjørndalen Awarded Best Male Athlete of 2014 Sochi Olympics

Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjørndalen, who became the most decorated Winter Olympian of all time this past winter in Sochi, Russia, was awarded Best Male Athlete of the 2014 Olympics on Friday in Bangkok.

Team HomeGrown, with Hoffman, Elliott, Now SSCV Elite; Focus Shifts to Juniors

Team HomeGrown, with Hoffman, Elliott, Now SSCV Elite; Focus Shifts to Juniors

With two seniors and two postgrads on its elite team this year, Ski & Snowboard Club Vail decided to drop the name “HomeGrown” and call them the SSCV Elite, while spending more time and resources on junior development in Colorado.

Wednesday Workout: Reverse Pursuit Sprints with U.S. Paralympics Nordic

Wednesday Workout: Reverse Pursuit Sprints with U.S. Paralympics Nordic

This week’s workout comes from U.S. Paralympics coach Eileen Carey, who shares a fun head-to-head speed session that works on both technique and tactics. “This type of workout is important for our program because we often have training sessions with athletes with a wide range of experience levels and/or with different impairments competing against one another,” she says.

Latvian Olympic Biathlete Tests Positive for Anabolic Steroids

Latvian Olympic Biathlete Tests Positive for Anabolic Steroids

Latvian biathlete Edgars Piksons, a 2006 and 2010 Olympian, has tested positive for a metabolite of the most commonly used anabolic steroids. The International Biathlon Union is referring his case to its Anti-Doping Hearing Panel.

Demong Braves Wind, Crowd to place 51st in NYC Marathon

Demong Braves Wind, Crowd to place 51st in NYC Marathon

Billy Demong battled blustery conditions to finish the New York City Marathon with an impressive time of 2:33:05. While the 34 year old is in top running form, Demong said he is less prepared for the upcoming ski season than in years past. Still, the 2010 Olympic gold medalist hopes to bring his team back into medal contention at the 2015 World Championships.

Masters Minds: Early Season in Southcentral Alaska

Masters Minds: Early Season in Southcentral Alaska

Part of the joy and the pain and, ultimately, the poetry of a lifetime of skiing is how the sport focuses one’s attention on natural processes that are both cyclical and unpredictable. This year Southcentral Alaska caught its first real snow on Oct. 20, and early season skiing has been great, but not in the usual ways or places.

WWU Runner Max Romey Documents the Challenge of Alaska’s Mt. Marathon

WWU Runner Max Romey Documents the Challenge of Alaska’s Mt. Marathon

“We came into it with the idea of making a really cool video about a race that had never been filmed well before,” Anchorage native Max Romey said. He produced a 43-minute film about the famed Mount Marathon in 2013, but this year, he wanted to outdo himself. The 21-year-old college runner is pioneering race-and-training videos in epic landscapes like Alaska.

Norwegian Birkebeiner Announces Contingency Plans, Backup Trail After 2014 Cancellation

Norwegian Birkebeiner Announces Contingency Plans, Backup Trail After 2014 Cancellation

After a disastrous 2014 event which saw the title race canceled on race morning due to dangerously high winds in the mountains, there has been much soul-searching in Norway as to how the Birkebeiner ski marathon can go forward (or whether the organizers were being wusses).

Pros of Tomorrow Brought By Fischer: Miles Havlick

Pros of Tomorrow Brought By Fischer: Miles Havlick

With a slew of time-trial wins under his belt this summer and fall, Miles Havlick is heading into the 2014/2015 ski season with high expectations. The Sun Valley Gold Team member who is best known for his back-to-back NCAA wins, says he’s more prepared than ever before.

Webster Excels in First XTerra World Champs

Webster Excels in First XTerra World Champs

When Brittany Webster’s name appeared atop a list of results this past weekend, it wasn’t for Canmore’s Frozen Thunder. Instead, Webster replaced snow with sand and finished as the first amateur female in the 2014 XTerra Off-Road World Championships on the north shores of Maui, Hawaii Oct. 26.

More Than Just Sports Fans, It’s Muscle Cells Who Remember Past Doping

More Than Just Sports Fans, It’s Muscle Cells Who Remember Past Doping

Research published last fall found that using testosterone, even briefly, had long-lasting effects on muscle in mice – and extrapolated that in humans, these effects could last decades. The mechanism for this cell memory opens the door to similarly long-lasting effects of HGH or other performance-enhancing drugs.

Wednesday Workout: Over & Under Marathon Prep with Holly Brooks

Wednesday Workout: Over & Under Marathon Prep with Holly Brooks

Wonder how the pros train for marathons? Holly Brooks, who’s gearing up for a full season of marathons on the international circuit, has some tips and a workout to raise aerobic threshold and build speed bursts. “One of my go-to workouts is quick and simple: Over & Under, L3 pace workout with surges,” she explains.

U.S. Biathlon Selects World Cup Team (with Sunday’s Sprint Videos)

U.S. Biathlon Selects World Cup Team (with Sunday’s Sprint Videos)

U.S. Biathlon, unlike some national teams, doesn’t select its World Cup team each spring. Certain team members prequalify, but there were at least two spots up for grabs at the four-race rollerski trials held in August and October in Jericho, Vt. The final team was announced Tuesday, one month before the season starts in Sweden. (Updated)

Kershaw, Crawford Earn Victories in Frozen Thunder Distance Races

Kershaw, Crawford Earn Victories in Frozen Thunder Distance Races

While two Americans won Friday’s Frozen Thunder sprints, Canada had its revenge on Monday, taking four of six podium spots. In the men’s 10.8 k skate race, Devon Kershaw bested Kris Freeman by five seconds to take the win. In the Women’s 7.2 k race, biathlete Rosanna Crawford edged Liz Stephen for the win.