Cross Country Canada announced its national-team nominations Tuesday with little change to the World Cup and Development rosters. The 2015/2016 Senior National Team will feature 12 athletes ranging from the World Cup to U23 Development Teams.
Taylor Fletcher stood on the World Cup podium for the first time since 2013, when he placed third in a 10 k large hill competition in Sapporo, Japan. “My last podium was not a fluke,” Fletcher said. After World Championships, he made it clear that he still wants more: “I’m probably the most competitive guy out there.”
Brendan Green and Rosanna Crawford have been on the move since returning home from Europe in late March. In search of more snow to ski on, they headed west to Sovereign Lake in early April, then south for some R&R in Mexico, and finally north to speak to school children in the Northwest Territories.
Boulder Nordic Sport (BNS) is gearing up for our annual ski picking trip and now is the time to place your pre-order for next season’s hand-selected skis. This June, BNS is sending Nathan Schultz, David Chamberlain and Roger Knight to hand-pick next season’s inventory and to confer directly with the ski manufacturers. This trip not only ensures that BNS has the highest-quality stock available but also enables our staff to have first-hand knowledge of what is going on with the world’s leading ski companies.
With the 2014/2015 season officially in the rearview, FasterSkier is excited to unveil its annual award winners for this past winter. We’re kicking off the series by honoring the youngest skiers of the bunch with Junior of the Year, awarded to one outstanding male and one female in the U.S. and/or Canada.
Last week, Norwegian national-team staple Kristin Størmer Steira announced her retirement following a dozen years on the World Cup. “I’ve experienced so much as a cross-country skier and I love ski racing, but the time has come to find a new track,” she said in a press release. “And that won’t be a ski track.”
Here’s a throwback pro workout from two-time Olympian Simi Hamilton from his days with the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation Olympic Development Team (ODT). It involves classic speeds — short, all-out sprints, each 20 seconds long — on three types of terrain. And if you’re feeling creative, try the skateboard/bungie-cord challenge.
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.