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Wednesday Workout: Make Every Shot with Norwegian Coach Joar Himle

Wednesday Workout: Make Every Shot with Norwegian Coach Joar Himle

Last month, Norwegian shooting coach Joar Himle, who previously coached biathlon greats like Ole Einar Bjørndalen and Halvard Hanevold, visited the Canadians for a weeklong camp in Canmore. While he mostly worked with individual athletes, he also had them do a few interesting drills, including a sort of ‘shoot ’til you miss’ exercise, which takes about an hour on the range.

FIS Moving, With Care, Toward Harmonization with IOC Blood Passport Testing at Olympic Games

FIS Moving, With Care, Toward Harmonization with IOC Blood Passport Testing at Olympic Games

FIS Anti-Doping Coordinator Sarah Fussek says that her federation is in the very early stages of harmonizing their Athlete Biological Passport testing protocol with other winter sports federations, with a possible end result of the IOC taking over all testing at the Olympics. This would allow FIS to do more testing at other events in Olympic years.

Trygstad-Saari Leaves Bridger Ski Foundation for Montana State

Trygstad-Saari Leaves Bridger Ski Foundation for Montana State

Montana State University announced Friday that Kristina Trygstad-Saari will become the school’s nordic ski team head coach starting in August. This is the second job announcement in recent months for Trygstad-Saari as she was reported to be the Elite/Post-Graduate Team Coach of the Bridger Ski Foundation in May. She has since resigned from the position.

U.S. Ski Team Women and Men Among the Masses at Alaska Training Camp

U.S. Ski Team Women and Men Among the Masses at Alaska Training Camp

Anchorage and Eagle Glacier are happening places these days, with the North American Women’s Training Alliance (including Norway’s Celine Brun-Lie and 13 top U.S. skiers), a couple of French biathletes and the U.S. men’s team, which recently arrived for its first unified training camp in Alaska.

First U.S. Olympic Committee Nordic Coach of the Year, Flora Reflects on APU’s Rise

First U.S. Olympic Committee Nordic Coach of the Year, Flora Reflects on APU’s Rise

APU Head Coach Erik Flora isn’t one to toot his own horn, but when it comes down to it, he’s really in awe of the levels his Anchorage-based program has reached and his recent recognition as USOC Coach of the Year. “I had no idea it was coming,” he says. “It’s such an incredible honor.”

The Hungry Skier: Peaches & Cream Greek Yogurt Popsicles

The Hungry Skier: Peaches & Cream Greek Yogurt Popsicles

Cool off with a protein-packed, peaches-and-cream dessert that you can make in an afternoon and enjoy for the rest of the weekend.

Olympic Biathlete Brian Olsen: Elite & Olympic Teams Should Say ‘You Can Play,’ Promote Inclusivity for LGBT Athletes

Olympic Biathlete Brian Olsen: Elite & Olympic Teams Should Say ‘You Can Play,’ Promote Inclusivity for LGBT Athletes

At age 21, Brian Olsen worried that coming out as gay would negatively affect his performance as a biathlete. Years later, he’s using his position as an athlete rep to advocate for governing bodies in Olympic sports to think more carefully about the environment they’re creating for gay and lesbian athletes. That might start here in the nordic community.

Wednesday Workout: SUP to Improve Balance, Core Strength

Wednesday Workout: SUP to Improve Balance, Core Strength

No, no, it’s not paddle boating: stand-up paddle boarding requires balance, strength and technique, all things that could translate to improved skiing come winter. Plus, it’s a fun cross-training option for oh-so-hot summer days.

Push for Homologation at Williams’ Prospect Mountain

Push for Homologation at Williams’ Prospect Mountain

An idea from Williams’ associate athletic director came to life with the help of one of the college’s skiers: Will Wicherski. By 2016, Williams could be hosting its Carnival on a homologated 5-kilometer loop at Prospect Mountain in Woodford, Vt.

What’s in an REG? U.S. Ski Team Coach Bryan Fish Explains

What’s in an REG? U.S. Ski Team Coach Bryan Fish Explains

U.S. Ski Team Development Coach Bryan Fish fields questions from the NNF regarding the Regional Elite Group camps, like what are they, when do they happen, and who gets to go.

Brooks Earns Second Mount Marathon Title in Close Race

Brooks Earns Second Mount Marathon Title in Close Race

Holly Brooks understands the hazards of the acclaimed Mount Marathon. Having previously run the race six times the Olympian knew winning her second title wouldn’t be easy. Despite a brutal course, high temperatures, and challenging field of women Brooks was able to claim the 2014 Mount Marathon victory with a time of 52:49.

With USOC Support and Own Foundation, U.S. Biathlon Confident About Post-Olympic Financials

With USOC Support and Own Foundation, U.S. Biathlon Confident About Post-Olympic Financials

This spring, nordic organizations across the U.S. and Canada were hit hard by cuts from their Olympic funding partners. U.S. Biathlon Association President Max Cobb says his group wasn’t one of them: USBA didn’t get its full request, but it got enough. “It’s a relief,” he said. USBA also has the added benefit of a foundation to help with additional fundraising.

From The Pack: Kyle Bratrud

From The Pack: Kyle Bratrud

At the 2014 NCAA Championships, Kyle Bratrud was the first American in the 15 k classic. The result was the highlight of his college career to date. However, the skier is much more than his results suggest and the Minnesota native’s relationship with the sport shows that several strong influences from his coaches have helped him get where he is today.

‘I Want to Be a U.S. Biathlete Because…’ (Video)

‘I Want to Be a U.S. Biathlete Because…’ (Video)

Meet the 11 candidates up for nomination to U.S. Biathlon’s X or development-group teams, from high-school upperclassmen to post grads.

Interview: Former XC Oregon Racer Stephanie Howe Victorious in her first Western States 100

Interview: Former XC Oregon Racer Stephanie Howe Victorious in her first Western States 100

Former cross country ski racer, Stephanie Howe, won the 2014 Western States women’s 100-mile with a time of 18 hours 1 minute and 42 seconds. Not only did she finish with the fourth fastest female time in race history, it was also the first time that she had ever run 100 miles.

Wednesday Workout: Spice It Up with V2 Jumps, Sprints and Stairs

Wednesday Workout: Spice It Up with V2 Jumps, Sprints and Stairs

We practice what we preach! FasterSkier’s François Léger Dionne gives us a taste of one of the variety workouts he used in preparation for the Mount Washington Road Race last weekend. “Summer is the best season to add plenty of variety to your training before the upcoming and more ski-oriented fall,” he says. “I used to do this workout every week.”

Crested Butte Nordic Seeks Recreational Programs Coordinator

Crested Butte Nordic Seeks Recreational Programs Coordinator

The Crested Butte Nordic Team, located in Crested Butte, CO, is accepting resumes for the position of Recreational Programs Coordinator. This is a part-time, seasonal position running from November-March.

XC Ottawa Seeks Part-Time Coach

XC Ottawa Seeks Part-Time Coach

XC Ottawa is looking to hire a part time coach to oversee our athletes’ training and development. Applications must be received by July 15.

Despite Back Injury, Newell Recovers to Win Bozeman Running Race

Despite Back Injury, Newell Recovers to Win Bozeman Running Race

Despite throwing out his back two weeks earlier, Andy Newell ran to first place in the Jim Bridger Trail Run in Bozeman, Mont on June 28. He was joined by SMS T2 teammate Erika Flowers, who won the women’s division of the 10 mile race that boasts over 2,000 feet of elevation gain.

Soldier Hollow Announces Richard Hodges as Executive Director

Soldier Hollow Announces Richard Hodges as Executive Director

The Soldier Hollow Legacy Foundation (SHLF) is excited to announce the hiring of Richard Hodges as its new Executive Director effective July 1, 2014.