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Wednesday Workout: APU’s Chelsea Holmes Breaks Down Strength Training

Chelsea Holmes performs a single-leg squat with her back foot on a plyo box. (All photos courtesy of Chelsea Holmes)

One of APU’s newest members, Chelsea Holmes explains what exactly she does for strength training and how she tackles her weaknesses. “My strength sessions often address numerous muscle groups and modes of training and development within a single session,” she says.

Pettersen, Alsgaard Amongst Those in Serious Rollerski Crash

Ooh la la. Near the top of the new rollerski loop at the Olympic Jumping Complex in Lake Placid, N.Y.

A group of 10 to 12 rollerskiers including acclaimed Norwegian skiers Øystein Pettersen and Thomas Alsgaard are OK after a group-rollerski crash Tuesday in Akershus, Norway. Three skiers from the group were sent to the hospital, and two required stays in the ER.

Pros of Tomorrow: Two-Time NCAA Champion Gruber Aims to ‘Blow Them Away’

Anja Gruber (University of Vermont) racing to fourth in Saturday's 10 k classic mass start at Soldier Hollow for her best U.S. nationals result by more than 20 places. (Photo: Bert Boyer/http://bertboyer.zenfolio.com/) All proceeds from photo sales will be directly donated to NNF.

Anja Gruber thought she was done with skiing after finishing high school in her native Germany. However, she received a call from Partrick Weaver of UVM that changed everything. Now, Gruber is a two-time NCAA Champion with eyes on the World Cup.

Ultimate Refueling Contest Winners and Other Entries

FIRST PLACE: Katrina Howe - Energy Bombs

The results are in for the Ultimate Refueling Contest! We had some pretty amazing submissions which made the task of choosing three winners incredibly tough. However, after much deliberation we have chosen the Katrina Howe and her “Energy Bombs” as our grand prize winner!

North American Biathlon Rollerski Championships in Photos

2014 North American Rollerski Championships 7.5 k sprint at Ethan Allen Firing Range in Jericho, Vt.

Lowell Bailey went 2 for 2 on the weekend in Jericho, and two different U.S. women edged Canada’s Rosanna Crawford for victories at the North American Rollerski Championships at the Ethan Allen Firing Range.

U20 National Training Group Camp Underway in Park City

Athletes at the U20 NTG Camp in Park City, Utah rollerski during a recent training session. (Photo: Bryan Fish)

The U20 National Training Group Camp began in Park City August 13 and serves as a strengthening and team building experience for the country’s best U20 athletes.

As IBU Congress Nears, Many Rule Changes Up for Debate

IBU race officials were forced to call off a World Cup relay mid-race last season when fog rolled in and obscured the targets. Now, they are considering rule changes to better deal with these situations in the future.

Up for voting at the IBU Congress in September will be proposals for how to deal with mid-race cancellations, whether to amend the penalty in youth individual races, and whether age limits are appropriate at Open European Championships – as well as the creation of an entirely new junior racing circuit.

Devil’s Thumb Ranch Seeks Instructors

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Devil’s Thumb Ranch in Tabernash, Colorado is seeking Nordic Ski Instructors for the 2014/2015 ski season.

This Month in Journals: Does Birthdate Matter in Winning, or Staying In, Youth Sports?

Lennart Metz (GER) celebrating his win in the men's classic sprint at Junior World Championships. Photo: Liberec2013.

In the 2013 World Junior Championships sprint, half of the male competitors in the final were born in the last five months of the eligibility window. Is this a case of a relative age effect – and what are the implications for elite sports on the whole, or retaining youngsters to be recreational athletes for life?

A Match Made in the Himalayas: Kershaw and Steira Engaged on Nepal’s Mera Peak

Kristin Størmer Steira (l) and Devon Kershaw during a day hike on one of their acclimatization days. The couple got engaged after summiting Mera Peak during a three-week trek in Nepal's Himalayas. (Photo: Devon Kershaw)

Devon Kershaw’s friends said he’d never make it to the summit of Mera Peak — not without popping the question to his girlfriend Kristin Størmer-Steira first. But he didn’t crack in Kathmandu, like they predicted, before their three-week climbing trek in April.

Interview: 1985 Overall World Cup Champion Anette Bøe

Anette Bøe displays her medals from the 1985 World Championships in Seefeld, Austria. She earned two gold, one silver, and a bronze at the Championships and was crowned Overall World Cup Champion later that year. (Photo: Anette Bøe/Facebook)

Norwegian skiing star Anette Bø discusses her introduction to skiing, being the first woman to skate ski on the international racing circuit, her mountain bike World Cup podium, her two national championships in hockey, and a possible move to the U.S.

Ultimate Refueling Contest: Submit Your Favorite Recovery Food and Win Equipment from Rottefella

One-Pot Quinoa Chicken Veggies (Republished with permission of VeloPress from Racing Weight Cookbook. Try more recipes at www.racingweightcookbook.com)

One More Day! Do you have an amazing pre or post-workout food? With a quick submission you can win the respect of the ski community in addition to some Rottefella swag! Submit a recipe and photo of your favorite training food by THIS Friday for your chance to win Rottefella bindings and more!

National Champion Reese Hanneman on Transitioning to Pavement

Reese Hanneman on WoodSkis Rollerskis (Photo: Woodskis)

Reese Hanneman on roller skiing Transitioning from snow to pavement As a professional ski racer, I am lucky enough to have a little bit of a unique problem; I have to switch between training on snow and training on rollerskis […]

Get Ready for the DarnTough Ride!

17 days to go, are you READY for the Darn Tough Ride? Are you ready for your Stowe Adventure – and the Darn Tough Ride?  In a short 17 days, Stowe and the famous Smuggler’s Notch will be the site […]

NYSEF ‘Climb to the Castle’ Set for September 6

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NYSEF CLIMB TO THE CASTLE ROLLERSKI RACE Saturday, September 6, 2014 WILMINGTON, NY — The New York Ski Educational Foundation and the Olympic Regional Development Authority invite athletes to the 8th annual NYSEF Whiteface Climb to the Castle Rollerski Race […]

Wednesday Workout: 5 x 5 Speed Progressions with Sugar Bowl Academy

Far West athletes take advantage of their local terrain to get in a ski bounding workout in July. (Photo: Sugar Bowl Academy/Facebook)

This week’s workout comes to you from Martin Benes, nordic coach of the Sugar Bowl Academy and the Far West Elite Team Administrator. In addition to coaching the Sugar Bowl and Far West teams, Benes has coached for the Auburn Ski Club, Dartmouth College, and Bates College.

Post-Biathlon, Studebaker Returns to the College Scene as Assistant Coach at University of Alaska Anchorage

Studebaker competing at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

When Nicole De Yong stepped down from the UAA coaching staff, head coach Andrew Kastning wanted to hire another woman – but female coaches aren’t easy to come by. Luckily, 2010 and 2014 Olympian Sara Studebaker had just moved to town. “I’m really excited to be here,” she told FasterSkier.

Aspen Valley SC Hiring Nordic Program Manager & Base Camp Directors

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The Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club is looking for a Nordic Program Manager and one or two Nordic Base Camp Directors (one in Aspen and one in Carbondale). All positions are part time and seasonal. For the right candidate, positions could be combined into a part-time/year-round or full-time/6-month position.

Job Posting: Graphic Designer with Craft

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CRAFT Sportswear is seeking a graphic designer with email marketing, print advertising and web development experience. The ideal candidate has at least 2-5 years experience in graphic design.

Defending IBU World Cup Champ Mäkäräinen Hopes for Health and Happiness in 2015

Finnish biathlete Kaisa Mäkäräinen shooting at her home course in Kontiolahti, Finland, where she hosted the U.S. women's team in late July. (Photo: Jonne Kähkönen)

With another World Cup crystal globe in hand, Finnish biathlete Kaisa Mäkäräinen, 31, is gearing up for another season and World Championships at home in Kontiolahti. It hasn’t been easy: she was sick for two months from May through June.