What could be more fun than going for a trail run or backcountry ski with a primal purpose, like bringing home dinner? Lex Treinen shares his love of what he calls “old school biathlon,” a hunting-and-gathering workout off the beaten path.
SMST2 Head Coach Gus Kaeding, 29, came to the striking realization this winter that he couldn’t see himself coaching in 10 years. With that in mind, he decided to plot a new future, which could include a master’s in finance. His contract is up at the end of June, but Kaeding plans to help Stratton transition to a new elite-team coach.
This winter, three teams of researchers investigated attitudes towards climate change within the ski industry. They found huge cultural differences between how Austrians, Finns, and New Zealanders perceived the threat – with the Austrian industry having no adaptation strategy, while New Zealand is ramping up snowmaking – as well as between CEO’s and the skiers themselves.
This FasterSkier series will examine the growing challenge to the national team model by privately funded ski teams and independent sponsorship agreements. Will national teams be able to support themselves in the future, or will corporate teams take over cross country skiing? This first article in the series will look at Petter Northug’s record deal with Coop and the implications it has for the Norwegian National Team and the sport as a whole.
Justyna Kowalczyk announced at a recent Polish press conference that she’s going to continue racing at the highest level for another season, but with some changes to her training. “Sixteen years of training left marks on my body and I need a rest,” she said. “The training will be aimed for the World Championships in Falun.”
In Cutting Ski Team, Gustavus Adolphus Discounts High-Achieving Students, Alumni – And Risks Losing Future Enrollees
Current and former members of the Gustavus Adolphus ski team – which has a strong tradition of D-III excellence, having qualified a full team of three women to the 2008 NCAA Championships – were shocked when the team’s varsity status was removed last week. They don’t believe there is a compelling social or financial reason for the cuts, and say that without a ski team, they wouldn’t have picked Gustavus.
A FasterSkier investigation has revealed that Johnny Klister, the former internet cross-country ski publishing sensation, has fled his former life and is now living off-the-grid in Fairbanks, Alaska. “Trying to keep up with the output of Noah Hoffman’s blog was impossible,” Klister says. “I was drinking 12 cups of coffee a day, pounding a dozen gels, and huffing xenon gas before bed to keep from losing my edge.”
Biathlon is about to get a lot more interesting with IBU’s incorporation of a new “Stand Your Ground” format, in which relay anchors can take aim at competitors who outshoot them in the range. “If you have a reasonable belief that another team is going to beat your team, of course you are going to do everything you can to stand up to them,” IBU’s Ulrich Untersee says. “Usually this has just meant skiing fast or playing head games. We’re putting more tools on the table.”
Soldier Hollow is seeking to hire an assistant coach for Team Soldier Hollow, a club program serving youth skiers in Midway & Heber Valley, Utah. Team Soldier Hollow is based out of the 2002 Olympic and Paralympic Nordic Venue and consists of 3 different levels of youth programs from the entry level Youth Ski League, Devo and Comp Teams.