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Cross Country Canada Announces National Team Nominations

Ivan Babikov (Canada) leading around 34 k into the men's 50 k classic mass start at 2015 World Championships in Falun, Sweden. He went on to place 30th.

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.

FasterSkier’s Nordic Combined Skier of 2015: Taylor Fletcher

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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.”

Wednesday Workout: Globetrotting and Roller-Board Training with Brendan Green

Rosanna Crawford and Brendan Green (not pictured) head off to Fort Simpson for Day 4 of their weeklong trip in the Northwest Territories last month. The two spoke at several schools in rural communities about biathlon and achieving dreams from April 20-24. (Photo: Brendan Green/Twitter)

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.

BNS Ski Picking Trip—Free Stonegrind for Skis Ordered Before May 15

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.

FasterSkier’s Collegiate Skiers of 2015: Kyle Bratrud and Veronika Mayerhofer

Kyle Bratrud and Veronika Mayerhofer are FasterSkier's collegiate skiers of the year.

With the 2014/2015 season officially in the rearview, FasterSkier is excited to unveil its annual award winners for this past winter. Tuesday marks the second set of honors, going to outstanding skiers, one male and one female, on the NCAA collegiate circuit.

Johnson and Durtschi Reap National Team Nominations, Seek Higher Biathlon Goals

Patrick Johnson of the Auburn Ski Club (foreground) shooting at IBU Cup Trials in Mount Itasca, Minnesota, in December. (Photo: Jake Ellingson/flickr)

After just one year in the sport, Patrick Johnson and Max Durtschi saw enough success that they were named to the biathlon’s national “X” team to help their further development. “A goal for next year is definitely to have some success on the IBU Cup,” said Johnson, who won two national titles.

FasterSkier’s Junior Skiers of 2015: Katharine Ogden and Sean Doherty

Sean Doherty and Katharine Ogden are FasterSkier's Junior Skiers of the year.

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 of Canada’s World Cup Female Veterans, Jones Plans Her Next Move

Canada's Perianne Jones racing to fifth in the 1.4 k classic sprint at 2015 World Championships in Falun, Sweden. She placed 24th overall. (Photo: flyingpointroad.com)

After feeling like health issues stunted her career two seasons ago, two-time Olympian Perianne Jones decided to give it one more year and go out on a high note. She did so, staying healthy and logging some career-best distance results in her final season with the Canadian national team.

Montana State University Seeks Head Nordic Coach

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The Head coaching position is available for the Montana State University (Bozeman) Nordic Ski team.

Norway’s Steira Retires After 12 years on World Cup Circuit

Kristin Størmer Steira after taking bronze in the 30 k mass start at the 2014 Olympics. (Photo: FIS)

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.”

Wednesday Workout: Throwback Speeds with Simi Hamilton

Former SVSEF team member Nicole Deyong doing some resisted double-pole speeds with Sun Valley Olympic Development Team Coach Travis Jones in the summer of 2010. (Photo: Travis Jones)

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.

Harvey Recovering From Iliac Artery Surgery, Ready to Begin Training

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Canadian star Alex Harvey went under surgery twice this spring to correct a problem with his iliac arteries. Both operations went well and the 26-year-old will return to training May 1.

Join Our Team! Interns Needed

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The FasterSkier team, made up of devoted individuals scattered across North America and Europe, is looking for interns to assist with the daily responsibilities of our site.

New Junior and Masters’ coaches at Craftsbury

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.

Sednev Case Concludes with Two-Year Ban, 22 Months of DQed Results

Sergui Sednev (UKR).

Although he got away with it the first time, Ukraine’s Sergui Sednev did not try to fight the IBU when it re-tested a sample almost two years old and found that it contained EPO. The biathlete was banned for two years, and his results since January 2013 will be scrubbed.

Maine Biathletes Reel from Dual Cuts from MWSC Downsizing, U.S. National Team Roster

Russell Currier out on course. Photo: USBA/NordicFocus.

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.

End of an Era: Sweetser Leaves MWSC After 15 Years; Club Focus Shifts from ODT to Juniors

Welly Ramsey (r) in the arms of MWSC Competitive Programs Director Will Sweetser, his coach for the last six years, during a season-ending team ski in Fort Kent, Maine, in early April. (Photo: Facebook/Welly Ramsey)

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.

Norway, Sweden Announce 2015/2016 National Teams

Marit Bjørgen won the overall FIS World Cup title for the fourth time in 2014-2015, also taking home the Sprint Cup and Distance Cup globes. She will headline the Norwegian National Team in the 2015/2016 season. (Photo: Fischer/NordicFocus.com)

Both Norway and Sweden announced their National Team picks for the 2015/2016 season Friday. The respective teams of the two rivals will see few changes in the upcoming year as both hope to either maintain or improve their team successes.

First Class of Alaska Cross Country Ski Hall of Fame to be Inducted Thursday

Kikkan Randall (USA) celebrates her victory in the Lahti, Finland, skate sprint on Saturday. Photo: Fischer/Nordic Focus.

After choosing 12 inductees for the Alaska Cross Country Ski Hall of Fame in 1999, Cross Country Alaska is finally recognizing its first class this Thursday. With the addition of Kikkan Randall to the inaugural class, the event will celebrate the pioneers of Alaskan skiing.

The University of Maine at Presque Isle Seeks Men’s and Women’s Ski Coach

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The University of Maine at Presque Isle is seeking to fill the position of Head Men’s and Women’s Ski Coach from mid-September 2015 through mid-March 2016.