After moving to Truckee, California, a little over a year ago to join the Far West Elite Team, Patrick Johnson has picked up biathlon. Now a member of USBA’s Development Team, he has his sights set on IBU Cup racing this year and hopefully an Olympics in the future.
Cami Thompson-Graves is entering her 26th year of coaching at Dartmouth, making her the longest-serving female head coach on the collegiate circuit. FasterSkier caught up with Thompson-Graves to reflect on the past quarter century of coaching and what inspires her to continue working with promising young skiers.
Twice each fall, the University of Alaska Anchorage’s nordic and alpine teams converge on their favorite sandbox for a sufferfest of sand-dune sprinting. “The family that plays together stays together and the ski team that suffers together can win together,” Kastning explains of their larger NCAA goals.
Retirements were expected after an Olympic season – but the women’s biathlon field will be shaken up even more, as several top competitors are taking the season off for babies or injuries. Plus, Darya Domracheva has switched her coach and Ukraine stars face a funding crisis. All the updates inside – the World Cup is on in less than two months!
While the three medals U.S. Paralympics Nordic won in Sochi are still fresh, the team’s moving on and doing everything it can with the money it has to be a leading force in Paralympic cross-country skiing and biathlon. “Medals are good, but they’re not critical,” director John Farra explains. “I think they’re going to be more critical in Pyeongchang.”