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Lillehammer’s Pål Golberg on Finding Success at Home, Rollerskiing Year-Round (Exclusive Interview)

Lillehammer’s Pål Golberg on Finding Success at Home, Rollerskiing Year-Round (Exclusive Interview)

Norway’s Pål Golberg tells FasterSkier why Lillehammer has been good to him in the past (and it’s not because he lives there) and why he rollerskis through the winter, at least once a week, and plays golf as much as he can.

Breaking: WADA To Launch Major Investigation of Russian Doping Allegations

Breaking: WADA To Launch Major Investigation of Russian Doping Allegations

A transcript (find a link inside) of the German documentary which exposed systematic doping in Russia reveals an even worse situation than imagined: how easy it is to purchase cheap EPO without a prescription; how Russian officials threaten that any athlete who goes to the press might “have an accident”. Plus, we talk to Lowell Bailey, Nathan Smith, and Max Cobb about the situation.

Wednesday Workout: Mini-Tour Recovery with Alex Harvey

Wednesday Workout: Mini-Tour Recovery with Alex Harvey

What does a World Cup racer do after, say, a mini tour for recovery? We asked Canada’s Alex Harvey, who placed 10th overall in last weekend’s Lillehammer triple. He opted for an hour-and-15-minute run on Monday in Davos, led by coach Tor-Arne Hetland, who lives in Davos.

Photo Galleries: Bozeman SuperTour

Photo Galleries: Bozeman SuperTour

The Bozeman, Mont. SuperTour races have come and gone but you can still re-live them through the two photo galleries featured below. With action Dec. 6-7 at the trails of Bohart Ranch in the form of a classic sprint and 10/15 k classic mass start, the country’s best gathered for the second weekend of domestic racing which proved just as exciting as the first.

Fletcher Skis Impressive 10 k to Earn Eighth in Lillehammer NC World Cup

Fletcher Skis Impressive 10 k to Earn Eighth in Lillehammer NC World Cup

While Bryan Fletcher’s strategy didn’t pan out in Sunday’s Nordic Combined World Cup 10 k in Lillehammer, Norway, he was able to earn the second fastest time to place eighth overall. The result was his best since January, 2014.

Weekly Roundup: Lillehammer Mini Tour, Östersund and Bozeman

Weekly Roundup: Lillehammer Mini Tour, Östersund and Bozeman

The first individual IBU World Cup race took place a week ago in Östersund and wrapped up this past Sunday. Here, we recap everything from biathlon in Sweden and at home in Canmore, to the Lillehammer mini tour and nordic-combined competitions, and second U.S. SuperTour stop in Bozeman, Mont.

Photos Gallery: Biathlon NorAm / WYJC Trials Mass Starts in Canmore

Photos Gallery: Biathlon NorAm / WYJC Trials Mass Starts in Canmore

Photos from an exciting day of mass start racing in Canmore, Alberta, on Sunday. American and Canadian men and women contested NorAms, and Canada also used the youth and junior categories as selection trials for age-group championships in Minsk, Belarus, this winter.

Masters Minds: The Other Thanksgiving Camp in Crested Butte

Masters Minds: The Other Thanksgiving Camp in Crested Butte

While many in the nordic community flock to West Yellowstone each November, this New Mexico master describes what Thanksgiving skiing in Crested Butte is like, with individual attention and a homologated 5 k loop on the edge of town.

After Warm Spell, World Cup Field Leaves Östersund Minus a Few Pounds of Ski Base

After Warm Spell, World Cup Field Leaves Östersund Minus a Few Pounds of Ski Base

Emil Hegle Svendsen talked about throwing out his skis; Ole Einar Bjørndalen didn’t use his best. Nathan Smith hopes for stonegrinding before the next World Cup and Susan Dunklee’s skis might go back to Fischer for care. One thing is certain: Östersund did a number on skis. How do you come back from that?

Strøm Surges Past Havlick to Win Bozeman SuperTour 15 k Classic

Strøm Surges Past Havlick to Win Bozeman SuperTour 15 k Classic

It was yet another men’s SuperTour race that was undecided until the finish line. This time, Mads Strøm came from behind and outsprinted Miles Havlick to win by 0.7 seconds in the Bozeman 15 k classic mass start. Matt Gelso took third for his second podium of the weekend.

Harvey Wraps Up Lillehammer Pursuit in 10th; Babikov Jumps 28 Spots

Harvey Wraps Up Lillehammer Pursuit in 10th; Babikov Jumps 28 Spots

Alex Harvey skied a strong 15 k pursuit Sunday to improve his standing to tenth in the Lillehammer World Cup mini tour. Teammates Ivan Babikov and Devon Kershaw overcame low rankings to place 28th and 41st, leaving the Canadians confident but wanting more as they prepare for newt weekend’s World Cup races in Davos, Switzerland.

Fourcade on Fire with Back-to-Back Wins in Östersund; Smith Drops from 3rd to 16th

Fourcade on Fire with Back-to-Back Wins in Östersund; Smith Drops from 3rd to 16th

Martin Fourcade came out firing, missing several of his targets on Sunday, but pulling off a 10-second victory in the men’s 12.5 k pursuit on the last day of the Östersund World Cup nonetheless. Canada’s Nathan Smith cleaned three stages to reach the top three, but missed three on his last stage to finish 16th.

Same Norwegian Men’s Podium, Same Order as Sundby Tops Krogh in Lillehammer Pursuit

Same Norwegian Men’s Podium, Same Order as Sundby Tops Krogh in Lillehammer Pursuit

Finn Hågen Krogh had reason to believe he cold hold off Norwegian teammate Martin Johnsrud Sundby in Sunday’s 15 k classic pursuit, the final stage of the Lillehammer mini tour. And Johnsrud, who won every tour last winter, had a feeling he could catch Krogh, but got a little nervous when it took longer than he expected.

Brennan Rolls To Second-Straight SuperTour Win in Bozeman Classic Sprint

Brennan Rolls To Second-Straight SuperTour Win in Bozeman Classic Sprint

Rosie Brennan dominated the women’s 1.5 k classic-sprint qualifier through the final on Saturday to pick up her second SuperTour win in since owning last weekend’s distance race in West Yellowstone. In the Bozeman classic sprint, Brennan outlasted Jennie Bender and Caitlin Patterson for the win.

Top Canadian, Harvey 33rd in 10 k Skate, Slips to 11th in Lillehammer Mini Tour

Top Canadian, Harvey 33rd in 10 k Skate, Slips to 11th in Lillehammer Mini Tour

Rock-solid and fast conditions on the second day of the Lillehammer mini tour didn’t work to the Canadians’ favor, with Alex Harvey struggling with his left leg about 3 kilometers into the 10 k freestyle and Ivan Babikov feeling like he couldn’t turn it into high gear.

Canada’s Smith, Crawford Tough it Through the Rough to Make Östersund Pursuit

Canada’s Smith, Crawford Tough it Through the Rough to Make Östersund Pursuit

It wasn’t easy, but two Canadian biathletes overcame bumpy conditions to have strong races in the World Cup men’s 10-kilometer and women’s 7.5 k sprints, with Nathan Smith in ninth and Rosanna Crawford in 12th.

No ‘I’ in Team: Sundby Praises Teammates After Lillehammer 10 k Win, Norwegian Sweep

No ‘I’ in Team: Sundby Praises Teammates After Lillehammer 10 k Win, Norwegian Sweep

Martin Johnsrud Sundby is back in the Overall World Cup leader’s bib after a 2.2-second win over teammate Finn Hågen Krogh on Saturday in the men’s 10 k freestyle at the Lillehammer World Cup. For Sunday’s pursuit, he’ll start 20 seconds behind Krogh, who leads the mini tour after two-straight podiums.

Eckhoff Becomes the Second Sibling to Win an Östersund Sprint, Quells the Critics in Norway

Eckhoff Becomes the Second Sibling to Win an Östersund Sprint, Quells the Critics in Norway

When Tiril Eckhoff missed a shot in standing, she assumed she’d have maybe a top ten in today’s World Cup sprint. Instead, she charged to the top of the results sheet, and stayed there despite several clean-shooting challengers. She joined her brother (and coach) Stian on the list of Norwegians who have won in Ostersund, and called out Norwegian journalists for doubting her.

Golberg Trusts Skis for the Win, Harvey Fifth in Lillehammer Skate Sprint

Golberg Trusts Skis for the Win, Harvey Fifth in Lillehammer Skate Sprint

Pål Golberg put every ounce of faith in his boards on Friday in order to overcome Norwegian teammate Finn Hågen Krogh and Russia’s Alexey Petukhov and win the Lillehammer World Cup 1.5 k freestyle sprint. Two-time lucky loser, Canada’s Alex Harvey found himself in contention in the final before finishing fifth on Day 1 of the mini tour.

Bjornsen a Lone Star for USST as Americans Struggle in Lillehammer Sprint

Bjornsen a Lone Star for USST as Americans Struggle in Lillehammer Sprint

The USST came up short in Friday’s freestyle sprint in the first stage of the Lillehammer World Cup mini tour, with only one skier qualifying for the heats. Despite lack of results from the team as a whole, Sadie Bjornsen demonstrated that her training is paying off after placing 16th in qualification and 21st overall.