There will be a fully funded cross-country ski team at the University of Alaska Anchorage this school year, but all bets are off when it comes to evaluating priorities across the athletic department for next year. That’s the word from University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) officials as the Alaska Legislature drags through its latest special session with no final budget yet approved.
Seven athletes, including five U.S. Paralympians, were announced to the 2016-2017 U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing National Team by U.S. Paralympics, a division of the United States Olympic Committee. The lineup includes two A-teamers, Oksana Masters, coming off her second-straight World Cup overall title, and Andy Soule.
East Coast, West Coast … most often it’s a toss up. But for Dartmouth skier and Bend, Ore., local, Emily Hyde, she’s awaiting a bit of crust-cruising shock therapy when she heads into Broken Top in the Three Sisters Wilderness just outside her hometown. Here’s a Wednesday Workout for those about to “up” the training loads and intensities.
On Wednesday, June 1, U.S. Ski Team veteran Kikkan Randall plans to resume training, six weeks after giving birth to her first child. While she’s admittedly antsy, she also knows it’s wise to ease back into things with a goal of peaking for 2017 World Championships. “I’m really curious to see how it feels,” she said of racing. “My body is refreshed from a little break, my mind is refreshed and that could open totally new doors.”
Do gender equality in sport and race distances go hand in hand? We asked a multitude of skiers and coaches who raced (or are currently involved in racing) at the collegiate level, as well as FIS Cross-Country Committee Chair Vegard Ulvang: should men’s and women’s distances be the same, and if so, how do you go about doing that at every level?
Adam Loomis moved from Wisconsin to Utah when he was 17. His brother Ben was 11 at the time. Together again in Park City, the two U.S. Nordic Combined B-team members try to sync schedules on the weekends whenever possible. “There’s definitely a special competition that provides extra motivation between brothers!” Adam explains.
At the first on-snow camp of the season at Mt. Bachelor in Bend, Ore., the U.S. Ski Team aims to jumpstart its training year with high-volume training loads and a series of technique sessions. On Wednesday, they targeted uphill striding and herringboning, using instant videos to provide trailside feedback.
“There needs to be an investigation by WADA,” International Ski Federation (FIS) Secretary General Sarah Lewis told FasterSkier in a phone interview on Monday. “FIS totally supports it and we have already expressed that anything we can provide, we will do. And it needs to be done [quickly], but carefully.”
When news broke last week that 14 Russian cross-country skiers may have doped at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, stakeholders in the sport reacted around the globe. Some, like Canada’s then head coach Justin Wadsworth, essentially predicted that two years ago at the Games. Others, like French skier Robin Duvillard, tried not to get too caught up in it, but he might by default.