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Defunding Deadline in the Rearview, U.S. NoCo Forges Ahead with USA Ski Jumping

U.S. Nordic Combined skiers tackle a foggy training session near Park City, Utah (including  Bryan Fletcher, Taylor Fletcher, Ben Berend,  Brett Denney, Michael Ward, and Adam Loomis). (Photo: Dave Jarrett/Twitter)

Back in April, July 31 seemed like dark cloud looming in the distance. But it wasn’t that far off, and fortunately for U.S. Nordic Combined, it wasn’t all that dreary. “Things are moving forward for sure, and it’s a little bit more hopeful than in April,” head coach Dave Jarrett says, explaining that he kept his job and hopes to have two other coaches and two wax techs help him this season.

‘You Can’t Get More Biathlon Than Montana,’ Bridger Biathlon Club Brings It Back

The biathlon range at Bohart Ranch in Bozeman, Mont. was installed in 1989 at the hight of the sport in the small mountain town. The Bridger Biathlon Club is attempting to bring Biathlon back to Bozeman and is starting by installing new targets from Norway. (Photo: Bridger Biathlon Club)

Biathlon in Bozeman was booming in the 1980s but in the last two decades, the sport has declined in the mountain town as cross country skiing popularity has grown. However, a group of community members is trying to bring biathlon back to Bozeman with the formation of the Bridger Biathlon Club, and they are off to a good start.

Stephen Crushes Competition in Blink Festival Opener

Liz Stephen and Kristen Størmer Steira congratulate each other after finishing first and second in the 2014 Blink Festival opener. (Photo: Skifestivalen Blink/Facebook)

Liz Stephen already has the reputation as one of the best hill climbers in the world. The trend continued in Thursday’s Blink Festival opener, where Stephen outpaced the rest of the field by 27 seconds.

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

Do you have an amazing pre or post-workout food that hits the spot before or after a long training session? Are you willing reveal your cooking skills so 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 for your chance to win Rottefella bindings and more!

Interview: Sophie Caldwell Reflects on Her Groundbreaking Season

U.S. teammate Kikkan Randall (l) and Sophie Caldwell celebrate the first U.S. women's double podium in a 2014 World Cup skate sprint in Lahti, Finland. (Photo: Fischer/Nordic Focus)

During their recent trip to Bozeman, Mont., FasterSkier sat down with Sophie and Isabel Caldwell to reflect on Sophie’s breakthrough season with the U.S. Ski Team, the sisters’ future plans, and what it means to be a Caldwell.

Mäkäräinen Shows U.S. Biathlon Women the Ropes (and Swimming Holes) in Kontiolahti

The U.S. Biathlon women's team, including Hannah Dreissigacker (l), Susan Dunklee (second from r) and Annelies Cook (r), with Russia's Ekaterina Yurlova (second from l) and Finland's Kaisa Mäkäräinen (c) at the 2015 World Championships range in Kontiolahti, Finland. (Photo: Jonne Kähkönen)

The U.S. Biathlon Women’s A-team has been spending the last two weeks soaking up Finnish life and studying the 2015 IBU World Championships course in Kontiolahti with reigning World Cup champion (and local hero) Kaisa Mäkäräinen.

Thunder Bay Launches ‘TeamUp’ Fundraiser

The Thunder Bay National Development Center (NDC) recently launched a fundraising initiative/website called “TeamUp!“ in an effort to support its 10 athletes training out of Thunder Bay, Ontario. “We have an exciting new fundraising initiative starting here at the National Team Development […]

U.S. Ski Team ‘Man Camp’ a Success on Eagle Glacier (Video and Photo Gallery)

Photo: Simi Hamilton

The U.S. Men’s Ski Team and APU recently wrapped up their summer training camp in Alaska. They spent their final week on Eagle Glacier where they trained hard, cemented technique, and had a few laughs.

Wednesday Workout: Recovery-Week Adventuring with Sophie Caldwell

Sophie Caldwell and cousin Anya Bean make their way down from Sacajawea Peak in Bozeman, Mont.

As nordic skiers we are extremely ambitious, especially when it comes to our training plans. While there’s nothing wrong with aiming for many hours filled with intensity and distance during our volume weeks, it’s important to remember to be just as enthused with our recovery weeks.

Two Dozen Canadians Seek Summertime in Bend

Ivan Babikov (l) and Jesse Cockney during a bounding/trail running workout near Bend, Ore. (Photo: Cross Country Canada)

The Canadian World Cup Team and about 23 training-centre skiers ventured south to Bend, Ore., in late June for a 12-day camp that was more about finding good pavement than snow. “We felt like it was the best place for an all-around camp with a big group,” coach Justin Wadsworth says.

Three Swiss Biathletes, Sochi Olympians, Train with Canadians in Canmore

Switzerland's Benjamin Weger (l), Serafin Wietner, Ivan Joller and Weger's good friend Roman (bottom) during their weekend camping trip on the ice field in  Jasper National Park in Alberta. (Photo: Benjamin Weger)

Three biathletes from Switzerland ventured to Canmore earlier this month for three weeks of training with the Canadian biathlon team. Before heading home, they headed to the Yukon for a little R & R.

Masters Minds: Motivating, ‘Part-Hardcore, Part-Fantasy’ APU Glacier Camp

Helicopter service to and from Eagle Glacier above Girdwood, Alaska. (Photo: Shannon Gramse/Flickr)

From June 28 to July 1, the Alaska Pacific University Nordic Ski Center held its third-annual Masters Glacier Camp, hosting nine skiers ranging in age from their 30s to their early 70s. While Pyeongchang may be decidedly out of reach for these nine older athletes, it could be argued that no group of Eagle Glacier skiers — this month or ever — will have more fun.

Boulder Nordic Jr. Team Seeks Head Development Coach, Assistant Coaches

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(Note: This job posting has been updated to include job descriptions and contact info.) The Boulder Nordic Junior Race Team (BNJRT) is seeking coaches that are able to teach classic and freestyle techniques to athletes from 8-19 years old with varied skiing and athletic backgrounds.

Bryan Fletcher to FIS: ‘New Organization Opens Us Up to New Sponsorship Possibilities’

Bryan Flecher, U.S. Nordic Combined and USSA athlete rep

After July 31 next week, USSA will stop funding U.S. Nordic Combined. Sounds like doomsday, but U.S. NoCo has a plan. Bryan Fletcher explains how they’ve already teamed up with U.S.A. Ski Jumping to form a unified “U.S.A. Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined”.

Behind the Scenes with Canadian Wax Chief Yves Bilodeau (in English)

Canada's Yves Bilodeau at the 1992 Albertville Olympic winter Games. (CP PHOTO/COA/Ted Grant)

From his home in Ruffieux in south-eastern France, Canadian head wax tech Yves Bilodeau talks about retiring from racing and taking a new role as wax technician in 1995, reflects on what he called the “Sochi drama,” and explains who he’ll be working with this World Cup season.

Extirpé de L’ombre: Yves Bilodeau, Technicien en Chef de L’équipe Canadienne

Former Canadian National Team member Yves Bilodeau racing in Calgary. (Photo: Cross Country Canada)

Nous avons joint Bilodeau à sa demeure savoyarde, battue derechef par une forte pluie contraignant le passionné de pêche à délaisser temporairement le Rhône. L’homme revient avec humour sur ses débuts en 1995, nous présente ses compagnons d’armes oeuvrant au sein de l’équipe canadienne et se prononce sans détour sur les déconvenues de Sochi.

Fourcade Focuses on Double World Championships, With Past Duds in Mind


With two biathlon gold medals under his belt from Sochi, France’s Martin Fourcade is setting his sights on competing in both skiing and biathlon World Championships in 2015. It’s not an easy team to join: the French men took bronze in the 4 x 10 k relay in Sochi. So Fourcade is joining them for training camps.

Summit Nordic Ski Club Hires Olof Hedberg as Head Coach

Olof Hedberg begins the head coach position on September 1, 2014.

He is originally from Sweden and started ski racing at age three. For the next 23 years racing became his way of life. Throughout his 20’s he raced professionally and was ranked top 160 in the world on the FIS ranking list. In 2004, he got an offer to work with Fredrik Landstedt and the UNM ski team. This position provided the opportunity to coach and pursue a Master’s degree in finance. During his time at UNM the team finished 2nd and 4th at NCAAs. He graduated with a MBA in Finance with a 4.0 GPA and spent 6 years working for RBC Capital Markets in New York City.

Wednesday Workout: Turning Skills into Habits Via Rollerski Technique Drills

Liz Stephen shows proper technique to the athletes at the 2013 Western REG Camp   (Photo: Joe Howdyshell)

This week’s Wednesday Workout comes from Joe Howdyshell, Executive Director of the Summit Endurance Foundation, who stresses the importance of rollerski drills. While rollerski drills are often simple and quick they can help performance immensely if done before every rollerski.

Norway’s Brun-Lie Impressed with U.S. Women’s Team: ‘I Think We Have A Lot to Learn’

Norway's Celine Brun-Lie at the NAWTA Eagle Glacier camp last week. (Photo: Chris Hodel)

Norway’s Celine Brun-Lie chatted with FasterSkier while wrapping up her camp with the U.S. Ski Team and APU on Eagle Glacier. She flew home Tuesday, but not before flying around Alaska, visiting cabins, eating salmon, seeing moose, lots of moose — and training 20-plus hours for each of the last two weeks.