Craftsbury is pleased to announce that Anna Schulz and Ollie Burruss will be joining the Craftsbury team as Junior and Masters’ coaches respectively. Both Anna and Ollie have a long history with Craftsbury and Nordic Skiing. Anna grew up skiing for Pepa at the Center, competing at the collegiate level for Harvard where she met Ollie. After graduation, Anna worked for a stint at the Outdoor Center before moving to Bend, Oregon where she coached at the Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation. The past two years she’s been in Burlington, working on a Master’s degree in public administration at UVM, where she has also been researching how to adapt transportation infrastructure to the impacts of climate change. Along with Ollie she’s kept in touch with skiing through coaching at the Mansfield Nordic Club.
Russell Currier, Kelsey Dickinson, and Brian Halligan admit that they didn’t have great results this season – so they understand why they weren’t re-named to U.S. Biathlon Association training groups. But along with Casey Smith, who was also cut from the ‘B’ team, they have few options to improve their results and get back now that Maine Winter Sports Center is defunding travel and competition for senior athletes.
Earlier this month came the news that Will Sweetser was parting ways with the Maine Winter Sports Center and leaving his post as competitive sports director. Meanwhile, the MWSC is restructuring its Olympic Development Team, which means less money for top-tier athletes and more toward the junior and postgrad programs.
When Caitlin Gregg felt a familiar twinge in her left hamstring this spring, she ditched the running shoes and joined the Fix Studio for an Urban Training Camp that featured four days of cycling. Not only were the wheeled workouts were beneficial to her injured leg, but they also pushed her to a new level of interval intensity.
St. Lawrence University is currently seeking applicants for a Graduate Assistant Coach for Nordic Skiing. This 9-month, Graduate Assistant position (August 15, 2015 – May 15, 2016) is targeted toward graduate students seeking a master’s degree. Remuneration includes a very competitive coaching stipend, student health insurance, and eligibility for tuition remission (6 graduate classes per year in the University’s graduate program, some meals are also included.
St. Scholastica Head Coach Chad Salmela shares his timeless and Seinfeld-inspired “Death Blow” workout. “What I love about this workout is the raw intensity and guts required while doing it,” he writes. “… [It’s] primarily for athletes who have raced a bunch but still haven’t seemed to reach into their anaerobic bag of tricks fully.”