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And the Winners Are: ‘In The Zone’ Ugly Photo Contest

And the Winners Are: ‘In The Zone’ Ugly Photo Contest

Announcing our picks for the best ugly race photo submissions! Warning: These images may provoke sympathy pains.

Loppet Foundation (Minneapolis) is Hiring

Loppet Foundation (Minneapolis) is Hiring

The Loppet Foundation in Minneapolis is looking to fill the positions of Adventure Center Director, Marketing & Communications Manager and Sponsorship Sales Manager.

Wednesday Workout: Double-Pole Work with Newell and the Norwegians

Wednesday Workout: Double-Pole Work with Newell and the Norwegians

After two weeks in Norway, U.S. Ski Team sprinter Andy Newell returned with some new ideas for double poling and a better sense of why skiing is so huge there. “Maybe the coolest part about training in Norway during the summer is not just the awesome roads and cooler weather but also to get a taste of that skiing culture,” he explained.

FS Podcast: Holly Brooks Retires, Now the Work Begins

FS Podcast: Holly Brooks Retires, Now the Work Begins

During her short time on the U.S. Ski Team, Holly Brooks made the most of it. From the magic of the relay socks to a fifth place in a 5 k World Cup skate race, she put many exclamation points on an unconventional ski racing career. In this podcast, Brooks talks retirement and her new mission to educate female athletes.

Bailey Balances Biathlon, Being a New Dad and BBC Board

Bailey Balances Biathlon, Being a New Dad and BBC Board

The nordic baby boom continues with US Biathlon veteran Lowell Bailey, who welcomed his first child on June 15. On top of being a father, Bailey is also continuing his career as a biathlete with his sights on the 2017 World Championships and 2018 Olympics, as well as recently joining the Bridger Biathlon Club Board of Directors.

Brighton High School (Rochester NY) Seeks Nordic Skiing Varsity Coach

Brighton High School (Rochester NY) Seeks Nordic Skiing Varsity Coach

Brighton High School (Rochester, NY) on the snowy southern shore of Lake Ontario is seeking applicants for the position of Varsity Nordic Coach beginning the 2016-2017 season.

Monroe County (NY) Seeks Chief of Timing

Monroe County (NY) Seeks Chief of Timing

The Monroe County (NY) High School Nordic Ski League based out of Rochester, NY, seeks qualified candidates for the position of Chief of Timing for league and championship meets.

Stepping Up to the Plate, Austin Caldwell New BSF Elite Head Coach

Stepping Up to the Plate, Austin Caldwell New BSF Elite Head Coach

After spending this past winter as a wax technician for Caldwell Sport and previous years coaching juniors, Austin Caldwell is following in the footsteps of his grandfather and father by becoming a full-time coach with the Bridger Ski Foundation in Bozeman, Mont.

Wednesday Workout: Looping L3 Rollerski Intervals with BSF

Wednesday Workout: Looping L3 Rollerski Intervals with BSF

Know a spot where the pavement is ideal for rollerskiing but the loop just isn’t long enough to keep your interest? Austin Caldwell, head coach of the BSF elite team, has the threshold workout for you: 4 x 15-minute intervals on the same loop to track progress.

The U.S. Team’s Quest to be Mentally Toughest: An Interview with Coach Whitcomb

The U.S. Team’s Quest to be Mentally Toughest: An Interview with Coach Whitcomb

During the U.S. Ski Team’s Alaska camp this month, FasterSkier caught the team during a rollerski in Anchorage and chatted with U.S. women’s coach Matt Whitcomb. He addressed everything from the upcoming World Championships to Kikkan Randall’s return, the assimilation of new team members, and what gives the U.S team its competitive edge.

Five Questions for President Bach and the IOC Executive Board (Editorial)

Five Questions for President Bach and the IOC Executive Board (Editorial)

The IOC Executive Board ruled Sunday against a blanket ban on Russian athletes entering the Olympics following the biggest doping scandal in decades. More than the conclusion itself, the guidelines are confusing and unclear — not to mention unfair to Russian athletes and to clean athletes around the world.

West Irondequoit High School Seeks Nordic Skiing Varsity Coach

West Irondequoit High School Seeks Nordic Skiing Varsity Coach

West Irondequoit High School (Rochester, NY) on the snowy southern shore of Lake Ontario is seeking applicants for the position of Varsity Nordic Coach beginning the 2016-2017 season.

FIS Rules and Keeping Quiet: Why You Didn’t Hear About Sundby Sooner

FIS Rules and Keeping Quiet: Why You Didn’t Hear About Sundby Sooner

FIS rules did not require a provisional suspension for Norway’s Martin Johnsrud Sundby after his urine samples came back with high concentrations of salbutamol. And after their hearing panel concluded he had broken no rules – a finding later reverse by the Court of Arbitration for Sport – FIS could only publicize the case with Sundby’s permission. They say he refused.

FS Podcast: The McLaren Report and Beyond

FS Podcast: The McLaren Report and Beyond

A jam-packed episode of the FS podcast — the McLaren report, athlete commission responses and some analysis from FS Editor-At-Large Chelsea Little.

FIS on What’s Next Regarding Russia (Updated)

FIS on What’s Next Regarding Russia (Updated)

On Tuesday, the IOC Executive Board responded to the McLaren report and listed provisional measures for international sports federations moving forward. Fortunately for FIS and the IBU, they’re not on the same timeline as summer sports, and will convene at a meeting in just over two weeks in Rio.

Sundby Sanctioned for Asthma Medication Use, Stripped of 2015 TdS and Overall World Cup Titles

Sundby Sanctioned for Asthma Medication Use, Stripped of 2015 TdS and Overall World Cup Titles

News broke Wednesday that Martin Johnsrud Sundby, the three-time defending overall World Cup and Tour de Ski champion, had been handed a two-month sanction and disqualified from two races (and his 2015 Tour de Ski and 2015 overall World Cup titles). “I went into the 2015/2016-season knowing I was innocent, and also that I was acquitted,” he said in a press conference. “I think the verdict is totally unreasonable.”

Best in Show: 35-45 Degrees and Sunny (What to Wear)

Best in Show: 35-45 Degrees and Sunny (What to Wear)

It’s never too early to start thinking about winter, or even those not-so-hot outdoor training sessions in 35-45 degree temperatures. To help you prepare, we’ve outlined the ideal outfit from top to bottom for these conditions.

Russian Doping: McLaren Report Confirms Cover-Up of Positive Samples in Sochi

Russian Doping: McLaren Report Confirms Cover-Up of Positive Samples in Sochi

This morning, Professor Richard McLaren disclosed his findings after looking into claims of Russian state-sponsored doping and its cover-up. Here’s a quick summary of his findings, which were enough to prompt WADA to call for Russian athletes in all sports to be banned from the 2016 Olympics.

The Wedding Proposal: SMST2 Teammates Flowers and Newell Get Engaged

The Wedding Proposal: SMST2 Teammates Flowers and Newell Get Engaged

After four years of dating, Stratton Mountain School teammates and couple Andy Newell and Erika Flowers are engaged. “So much can happen in professional athletics and Erika and I wanted to enjoy each other’s company before we have to grow up and get serious,” Newell said.

If a Skier Falls in the Forest, Does the Sound Scare the Birds?

If a Skier Falls in the Forest, Does the Sound Scare the Birds?

While we think of cross-country skiing as a low-impact sport which enjoys rather than exploits natural areas, research shows that even our small ski trails can impact wildlife through forest fragmentation and stress responses to disturbance by skiers.