Seven weeks, four countries, one van. For US Biathlon A-team members Leif Nordgren and Sean Doherty, this might sum up their summer, or at least how they spent the last month and a half training. “We wanted to expand our boundaries a little bit,” Nordgren said. “Mostly just get out and experience new stimuli and train in other cool places with new people.”
U.S. Biathlon Association President and CEO Max Cobb will join the International Biathlon Union’s Executive Board, after serving for four years as the head of the Technical Committee. “As biathlon develops even further, the marriage of the technical aspects of the sport with further development… will become more and more important.”
A closer look at the U.S. Ski Team’s new selection criteria for 2017 World Championships, designed to reward the top performers in a given season and discourage points chasing. “Athletes who skied fast in the spring of the previous season no longer have a potential advantage over those athletes skiing fast in the current season,” U.S. Ski Team Head Coach Chris Grover wrote. “…The athlete that is winning races is most likely going to make the Team.”
Everything’s better with a group — at least in terms of threshold interval workouts. In this “Throwback Workout” from three years ago, U.S. women’s coach Matt Whitcomb explains why this was one of the best workouts he had seen back then. “It doesn’t need to be incredibly hard — today was roughly threshold and above during bursts of speed — but it was about the terrain that helped push the pace for us,” he said.
Sixteen years in close to top-form — a grind no matter how you look at it. That’s how long this former U.S. Ski Team member has raced at the top-tier of nordic sport. Despite his near-constant management of his Type 1 diabetes, Freeman, recently married, maintains that he has two more years of racing left.
With plans to begin research this fall, CXC’s Madison-based Center of Excellence is on the brink of bringing new scientific studies to nordic skiing. “Our goal is to have top sports science facility to study latest innovations in the sport, potential application in cross country skiing to improve training, recovery and performance,” CXC Executive and Athletic Director Yuriy Gusev explained.
Facing drastic cuts to Alaska’s state budget, a review team has proposed several options, some of which would end Division I college skiing at one or both of Alaska’s two NCAA schools in Anchorage and Fairbanks. “It’s scary not just for us, but it can start to be scary for the rest of the college ski teams around the country,” UAA Nordic Head Coach Andrew Kastning said.