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After Nearly Two Decades in Hayward, CXC Team Coach Pierce Takes Colorado Job

After Nearly Two Decades in Hayward, CXC Team Coach Pierce Takes Colorado Job

CXC elite head coach Bill Pierce announced Thursday that he was leaving Wisconsin for Colorado, where he’ll serve as nordic director at the Snow Mountain Ranch YMCA near Winter Park. “The hard part is leaving the relationships,” he says.

USST Wraps Up Successful Lake Placid Camp

USST Wraps Up Successful Lake Placid Camp

The USST wrapped up its annual Lake Placid training camp September 7. With favorable weather, high-level training, and an encouraging team environment, participants walked away feeling prepared for the next phase of training.

Save the Dates: 2014/2015 NorAm and SuperTour Schedules in a Nutshell

Save the Dates: 2014/2015 NorAm and SuperTour Schedules in a Nutshell

Between the Canadian NorAm and U.S. SuperTour circuits, here’s a rundown of what you have to look forward to this winter, highlighting dates, places and big races.

After Coaching Para-Nordic to Three Medals in Sochi, Upham Joins Bates Staff

After Coaching Para-Nordic to Three Medals in Sochi, Upham Joins Bates Staff

James Upham had a good run in Sochi: his Paralympic skiers won three medals – the first by U.S. women in 20 years – and before that at the Olympics Susan Dunklee, a college skier he had recruited to be a biathlete, turned in the best performance ever by a U.S. woman. Now he’s returning to his home of Maine as an assistant coach at Bates College.

Wednesday Workout: Classic Speeds from the USST’s Lake Placid Camp

Wednesday Workout: Classic Speeds from the USST’s Lake Placid Camp

Fall is just beginning which means leaf-peeping, cider donuts, and pumpkin spice lattes are likely on your radar. However, once you get your head out of the changing leaves it may be time to focus on some new training goals as winter approaches.

What a Little Success Can Do: Lunder Boosted by World Cup Debut in Push for 2015

What a Little Success Can Do: Lunder Boosted by World Cup Debut in Push for 2015

Emma Lunder placed 30th in her World Cup debut last season. The Canadian biathlete has since gained funding, training partners, and motivation: “Anytime I’m doing a really brutal workout, I just think to myself, if you can get through this, you’re one step closer to racing in Pokljuka again!”

Peter Hale Memorial Scholarship Carries On Madshus Rep’s Work: More Than a One-Time Celebration

Peter Hale Memorial Scholarship Carries On Madshus Rep’s Work: More Than a One-Time Celebration

Peter Hale didn’t just sell skis: he gave them out, discounted them, and made sure that enthusiastic young skiers had them if they needed them. Madshus is offering a scholarship to do the same thing, based not on a young skier’s speed but also on their involvement in the ski community.

Gallery: 2014 Climb to the Castle

Gallery: 2014 Climb to the Castle

Saturday’s Climb to the Castle was a success for both organizers and participants. Despite strong winds, the weather held and skiers were able to ski a challenging 5-mile climb on roads that had been paved just the day before. Take a look at our photo gallery to see the race for yourself.

Stephen, Burke Repeat Wins in Blustery ‘Climb to the Castle’

Stephen, Burke Repeat Wins in Blustery ‘Climb to the Castle’

Liz Stephen is a force to reckon with – even when she’s off her game. Both she and Tim Burke repeated their 2013 performances in windy conditions at NYSEF’s 2014 Climb to the Castle.

Gallery: USST Speed Work in Lake Placid

Gallery: USST Speed Work in Lake Placid

FasterSkier arrived in New York Friday to catch the tail end of the 2014 U.S. Ski Team Lake Placid Training Camp. The camp’s attendees have endured a tiring two weeks of intensity, but spirits were high and smiles were abound as the team sped around the paved trails of the Olympic Jumping Complex for their morning workout.

Gay Junior and College Skiers Face a Community of Acceptance and Solitude

Gay Junior and College Skiers Face a Community of Acceptance and Solitude

FasterSkier examines what it means to be LGBT in the junior and college nordic skiing community by following five unique experiences of athletes who have come out as gay.

NDC Thunder Bay Returns to Birkie Land for Hayward Camp

NDC Thunder Bay Returns to Birkie Land for Hayward Camp

The National Development Centre of Thunder Bay made its way south for its final dryland camp of the year. From Aug. 16 to 27, NDC Thunder Bay athletes could be found rolling along the roads near Hayward, Wis. “There was a nice variety of terrain so we could concentrate on exactly the technique and training aspect we were focusing on for any particular training session,” coach Timo Puiras explains.

Canadians Head South to Stratton for New Camp, Combine with SMST2 (with Photo Gallery)

Canadians Head South to Stratton for New Camp, Combine with SMST2 (with Photo Gallery)

With the help of U.S. Ski Team head coach Chris Grover and Canadian National Team Head Coach Justin Wadsworth, Tor-Arne Hetland and the Canadian World Cup Team ended up in Vermont last month. “Andy Newell can train here for many years … That’s the reason we are here,” Hetland explained.

Two Clubs to Superclub: Despite Wild Success, Loppet Nordic Racing at ‘The Tip of the Iceberg’

Two Clubs to Superclub: Despite Wild Success, Loppet Nordic Racing at ‘The Tip of the Iceberg’

Almost three years ago now, Reid Lutter and Piotr Bednarski decided that rather than watching their two Twin Cities training programs compete for skiers and resources, they should join forces. The results are a lesson in what city-based ski clubs can accomplish: in 2014 Loppet Nordic Racing was the most successful junior team in the country.

Wednesday Workout: Bust Out of the Gate with the U.S. Ski Team

Wednesday Workout: Bust Out of the Gate with the U.S. Ski Team

Want to be faster off the starting line? So does the U.S. Ski Team. Here’s a workout they did last week — rolling speeds and sprint starts — on skate rollerskis, head coach Chris Grover explains.

After Retiring from Pro Cycling, Durtschi Turns to Biathlon

After Retiring from Pro Cycling, Durtschi Turns to Biathlon

Max Durtschi left cross-country ski racing in 2009 for a professional career in cycling. Now that he’s retired, Durtschi has his sights set on a new frontier: Biathlon.

USSA Shares $150,000 Piece of Fundraising Pie with U.S. Nordic Combined

USSA Shares $150,000 Piece of Fundraising Pie with U.S. Nordic Combined

Late last month, Billy Demong spoke on behalf of his sport at the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Foundation trustees’ annual meeting. What came out of it was 15 Gold Passes, valued at $10,000 apiece, which U.S. Nordic Combined is currently trying to sell to help pay for its 2014/2015 season.

Gallery: USST Training Camp Underway in Lake Placid

Gallery: USST Training Camp Underway in Lake Placid

The U.S. Ski Team’s fall training camp is underway at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, New York. Check out some photos of the initial days of the camp provided by USSA.

Australian Olympian Callum Watson Recovering after Ski Punctures Lung in Sprint Crash

Australian Olympian Callum Watson Recovering after Ski Punctures Lung in Sprint Crash

When Callum Watson crashed in the sprint at Australian National Championships, it seemed like any other crash. But the consequences were devastating: the other racer’s ski punctured and collapsed his lung. Watson is looking towards the future as he recovers, but is set back by the cost of the ambulance helicopter flight that saved him. This article includes a link to his fundraising page.

Falun World Championships Gain ISO Certification for Sustainability

Falun World Championships Gain ISO Certification for Sustainability

Organizers of the 2015 FIS Nordic World Championships in Falun, Sweden announced August 27 that the culminating event of the 2014/2015 ski season has received the ISO 20121 certification of sustainability.