This week, eight USST members returned to Lake Placid, N.Y., to kick off the fall with an intensity camp. They are joined by the SMST2 team, the Sun Valley Gold Team, the NTG and NEG, making for a large group of elite skiers. But because of the shortened camp, the USST will not participate in the Climb to the Castle.
Sam Dougherty, an Alaskan former biathlete with a top-30 World Juniors finish to his name, just graduated from Montana State with a degree in business management. He took that approach and outlook into a coaching internship with the U.S. biathlon team, and has been soaking up knowledge in his time working with the women’s “A” team and coaching staff.
After finding that female cross-country skiers develop airway inflammation and a persistent cough which affects their sleep by the end of the season, Dr. Michael Kennedy explains why it’s such a bigger problem for women: smaller lungs means that there’s much more stress on their airways, which leads to greater injury in the winter months.
Therese Johaug’s summer of bad luck continues: after healing her left hand, which she broke earlier this summer, the Norwegian fell while trail running and broke her right hand. She has returned to Oslo for consultations about the extent of the injury and how she will need to adjust her training for recovery.
A recent study found that taking more frequent feeds – six over the course of a 30 k rollerski time trial – helped maintain higher and more consistent blood sugar levels and minimized gastrointestinal discomfort, even if it didn’t necessarily improve performance times. “Get to know what works best for you,” recommended researcher Ben Stocks.