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U.S. Eighth, Canada 12th in Sloppy IBU World Champs Mixed Relay

Anais Bescond of France (center, in black) leads the first leg out of the start in Thursday's mixed relay at IBU World Championships in Kontiolahti, Finland. (Photo: Biathlon Canada/NordicFocus)

Slushfest was the word that best described the opening race of the 2015 IBU World Championships, as the mixed relay featured soft, wet snow that made even the most experienced skiers look like beginners. Despite the challenging conditions, both the U.S. and Canadian team skied and shot their way to match their best World Championships results in the event with eighth and 12th place finishes.

Moravec Anchors Czech Republic to IBU World Championships Gold in Mushy Mixed Relay

Ondrej Moravec celebrates a sizable win for the Czech Republic in Thursday's mixed relay at 2015 IBU World Championships in Kontiolahti, Finland.  (Photo: Kontiolahden Urheilijat/Jarno Artika)

The Czech Republic handled the soft-and-slushy conditions on the first day of 2015 IBU World Championships in Kontiolahti, Finland, better than any other team in the mixed relay, winning gold by a comfortable margin ahead of France and defending Olympic champs Norway.

Jackson Hole Ski and Snowboard Hiring Executive Director

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The Jackson Hole Ski and Snowboard Club is seeking an Executive Director with a proven track record in competitive winter sports, k-12 education, fundraising, business development, and community involvement. Positon starts mid-June, 2015

Mansfield Nordic Seeks Development Team Leader

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Mansfield Nordic seeks to hire a Development Team Leader to drive our top youth skiers toward higher level skiing on our Competition Team. This Team Leader will be a high‐energy skier with strong communication abilities among individual athletes, groups, parents and volunteers.

RMISA Season Concludes in Anchorage with Colorado Crowned Season Champs

Colorado University's Mads Stroem on his way to victory in the 7.5 k classic race at Kincaid Park, part of the University of Alaska Anchorage Invitational held last week. (Photo: Tim Whiton)

The University of Colorado was crowned champions of the RMISA college racing scene this season after championships were held in low-snow Anchorage, Alaska, on the back of the UAA Invitational. Mads Stroem and Rune Oedegaard of CU and Emilie Cedervaern of the University of New Mexico dominated the proceedings.

Halvorsen Soars to Success in Scandinavian Junior Racing

Hannah Halvorsen (Sugar Bowl Academy) racing in the 5 k at Norwegian Junior Nationals. (Photo: Skyler Mullings)

Sugar Bowl Academy’s Ambrose Tuscano recounts the recent success U18 skier Hannah Halvorsen found at the U18 Nations’ Cup in Sweden where she landed on the podium in the 5 k freestyle. She followed up the performance with a win in the U17 classic sprint at Norwegian Junior Nationals.

Toko eBlast: Why We Do What We Do

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In the most recent Toko eBlast, this photo was used without giving proper credit to the excellent website skinnyski.com.  Photo credit: Bruce Adelsman/skinnyski.com

(Press release) Ski Vise World Cup and Universal Adapter for Ski Vise World Cup  Universal Adapter for Ski Vise World Cup OK, so you ski, snowboard, and cross country ski — or at least 2 of those three. What to […]

EISA Regionals at SLU Carnival: Mooney, Taylor Continue Battle, Caldwell Returns to Top

An aerial view of the SLU Carnival mass start (photo: Everett Sapp)

EISA racing concluded this past weekend in Lake Placid, NY. These Regional Championships, hosted by St. Lawrence University, featured a festive atmosphere and challenging courses, and served as a precursor to next week’s NCAA Championships, also hosted by SLU. Paddy Caldwell returned to dominant form in the men’s races, while Heather Mooney and Annika Taylor continued to vie for top women’s honors.

NDC Thunder Bay’s TeamUp ‘The Rhythm of Winter’ Campaign

NDC Thunder Bay's TeamUp "Rhythm of Winter" campaign

(Press release) Campaign: TeamUp NDC Thunder Bay is very grateful that Robbie Craig has Teamed Up with us to raise funds by creating this Nordic-inspired original piece of art for this campaign. We have been given the honor to name […]

Classic Northug: Norwegian Appears from Nowhere to Claim Victory in World Champs 50 k

Northug wins, Bauer looks back before finish

Never count Petter Northug out of a ski race. In the final race of the 2015 FIS Nordic World Championships, the Norwegian never cracked the top-10 of the 50 k until the last kilometer where he out-sprinted the competition to take his fourth victory of the Championships.

Harvey Jockeys for Position, Finishes Fifth in Final 50 k Push at World Championships

Canada's Alex Harvey leads Russia's Maxim Vylegzhanin (4) and the Czech Republic's Lukas Bauer (29) up a steep hill around 29 k in the men's 50 k classic mass start at 2015 World Championships in Falun, Sweden.

Alex Harvey stayed at the front of the pack for most of Sunday’s 50 k classic mass start, the final race of 2015 World Championships in Falun, but he couldn’t quite get into the position he needed before a four-man finishing sprint — which he was just behind. Also for Canada, Graeme Killick notched a career-best 19th, and Ivan Babikov placed 30th after leading as well.

‘Nothing Special, Not Terrible’ as Hoffman and Bjornsen Push Through Slush in Grueling 50 k

Hoffman at back of pack at 29 k

The 50 k classic mass start which wrapped up 2015 World Championships was punishing for everyone, and U.S. skiers Noah Hoffman and Erik Bjornsen were no exception. Hoffman didn’t feel his best and Bjornsen said he struggled with the slush and his own technique – but was trying to use the race as a learning experience. “I don’t think there’s any reason to sit out events like this,” he said.

Three in Top 20, U.S. Women Prove Their Mettle With Gritty Results in Worlds 30 k

Rosie Brennan, focused on staying on the tails of Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland at the end of the 30 k classic.

Whether it was Sadie Bjornsen leading the race at 5 k, Liz Stephen scoring the best result ever for a U.S. woman in a World Champs 30 k by finishing 11th, or Rosie Brennan outsprinting Justyna Kowalczyk for 16th, the American women ended World Championships on a high note.

Earlier Than Planned, Johaug Runs Away with World Champs 30 k, Beats Bjørgen by 52 Seconds

Therese Johaug of Norway skiing well ahead of the pack around 19 k into the women's 30 k classic mass start at 2015 World Championships in Falun, Sweden.

Therese Johaug did what she had to do to beat Norwegian teammate Marit Bjørgen on Saturday in the final women’s race of 2015 World Championships: the 30 k classic mass start. She did so by inadvertently attacking around 7 k: “I thought, ‘Oh my God, it’s early. I have 23 kilometers to the end,'” Johaug recalled.

32nd in World Championships, Nishikawa Learning the Ropes in 30 k’s

Canada's Emily Nishikawa skiing to 32nd in the women's 30 k classic at 2015 World Championships.

FasterSkier’s coverage of the 2015 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Falun, Sweden, is brought to you by the generous support of L.L. Bean, now featuring a complete line of Kikkan Randall training wear. FALUN, Sweden — It was another almost-there day for […]

Canada 10th, U.S. 11th as North American Men Duel in World Champs Relay

Lenny Valjas of Canada leads Simi Hamilton of the United States on the last lap of the men's 4 x 10 k relay at World Championships in Falun, Sweden.

Canada and the U.S. men’s teams battled for a close 10th and 11th positions in Friday’s 4 x 10 k relay at the 2015 FIS Nordic World Championships in Falun, Sweden. While both teams acknowledged a desire for improvement, they were pleased with their respective efforts.

Northug Sticks It to Halfvarsson, Edges Swede for Norwegian Relay Win at Worlds

Sweden's Calle Halfvarsson leads Norway's Petter Northug (c) and France's Adrien Backscheider on the second-to-last major hill on the last lap of the men's 4 x 10 k relay at 2015 World Championships in Falun, Sweden. Northug went on to edge Halfvarsson by 0.6 seconds for gold, Sweden took silver and France was 8.9 seconds back for bronze.

After missing out on a podium at the 2014 Olympics, the Norwegian men put themselves back on top in Friday’s 4 x 10 k relay at World Championships in Falun, Sweden. With his characteristic finishing kick, Petter Northug outlasted Sweden’s Calle Halfvarsson for gold, and France took bronze.

From the Land of Alpine Stars, French Win a Relay Medal with No Asterisk

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When the French won bronze in the Sochi relay, it was the first championships-level relay medal ever in their history. But Norway had struggled then. Today they did not, and the French were still bronze. “Maybe we have some place in the newspaper tomorrow, but a little one,” Jean-Marc Gaillard said. “But that’s not the most important for us. The most important is to have fun with the team.”

“No, We’re Not Lost!” Heading North to Traverse City for Spring Break

FIS nordic world ski championships, cross-country, 4x5km women, Falun (SWE)

Every year, millions of Americans travel south on spring break in search of warm weather and sunny beaches.

The 36th Annual Rendezvous Race will be held on March 7, 2015

West Yellowstone Rendezvous

There are just over two weeks until the cannon fires for the 36th annual Yellowstone Rendezvous Race, on March 7, 2015. Skiing on the Rendezvous Ski Trails is FAST and FUN! There is plenty of snow and the trails are skiing with mid-winter conditions. Don’t be sorry you missed the fun!