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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.

In Their Eyes: A Norwegian Junior Team’s International Exchange with Sugar Bowl

A team photo of the Heming IL junior contingent that competed at 2015 Junior Nationals in Truckee, Calif.., taken in front of Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. (Courtesy photo)

What’s it like hosting a crew of Californians in Oslo, Norway? A junior coach with Heming IL and the Norwegian College of Elite Sports explains. He also brought a select group to the West Coast for U.S. Junior Nationals in Truckee, Calif.

Wednesday Workout: Urban Training Camp with Caitlin Gregg and the Fix Studio

Caitlin Gregg joined the Fix Studio for their Urban Training Camp when her hamstring kept her from running. (Photo: Caitlin Gregg)

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.

An Unlikely King: Ski Classics Champ Eliassen on the Secret to His Successful Rookie Season

Petter Eliassen after double poling his way to a victory at the Norwegian Birkebeiner on March 22. The 29-year-old Norwegian went on to win the 2014/2015 Ski Classics title in his first season on the circuit. (Photo: Kent Murdoch)

FasterSkier tracked down Petter Eliassen, the 2014/2015 Swix Ski Classics overall winner in his rookie season, for an exclusive interview this month. The 29-year-old Norwegian happily shared everything from training and recovery tips, to advice on double poling.

St. Lawrence University Seeks Graduate Assistant Coach

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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.

Gear West Race Ski Selection

Gear West Ski Selection Service

Matt Liebsch will pick your new race skis directly from Fischer’s Salomon’s Atomic’s and Rossignol’s race ski centers. He uses hands, eyes, and Gear West’s signature flex tester to give us accurate, nuanced, repeatable metrics to identify the fastest skis.

‘You Can Just Feel the Energy,’ Wadsworth Says of CCC’s Renewed Coaching Emphasis

Canadian National Team Head Coach Justin Wadsworth works on offset with development skier Jenn Jackson. (Photo: Pavlina Sudrich)

A year after an energy-draining Olympics, Justin Wadsworth said the energy within Cross Country Canada is palpable. He, for one, is ready to get back to co-coaching the World Cup Team, trading weekends on the road with Louis Bouchard and working with up-and-coming domestic coaches in Europe.

Far West Elite Team Looking to Grow

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(Press release) The Far West Elite Team, a post-collegiate senior team based in Truckee, Calif., is looking to support six athletes for the 2015-16 season. Our goal is to develop post-collegiate skiers towards being named to the U.S. Ski Team. The primary […]

Fairbanks XC Junior Racing Program Seeks Assistant Coach

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Fairbanks Cross Country (NSCF-FXC) junior racing program is searching for an assistant coach to work as part of a team of professional and volunteer coaches in helping guide its junior and masters athletes as they pursue their goals and dreams in Cross Country skiing.

Hetland Named Norwegian National Team Coach After One Year with Canada

Tor-Arne Hetland, Swiss sprint coach from 2010-2014 (Photo: FIS) http://www.fis-ski.com/cross-country/news-multimedia/news/article=tor-arne-hetland-nor-become-world-cup-team-coach-for-canada.html

Tor-Arne Hetland, a Norwegian Olympic gold medalist and multiple world champion, will become the Norwegian national team coach this 2015/2016 season after a year as Canada’s World Cup Coach.

U.S. Biathlon to Host Tryout Camp, Following Last Season’s Success

Max Durtschi, who attended last year's tryout camp, racing in his U.S. biathlon duds at a NorAm competition in Canmore, Alberta, this winter. (Photo: Jakob Ellingson)

After last year’s tryout camp netted a national champion (Patrick Johnson), an IBU Cup competitor (Max Durtschi), and some World Youth and Juniors competitors, US Biathlon is doing it again, looking for fast skiers who want to try the sport of biathlon.

Wednesday Workout: The ‘Death Blow’ with Chad Salmela

Former St. Scholastica skiers doing coach Chad Salmela's "Death Blow" workout, running then bounding uphill without poles at the Saints 2010 Scandinavian summer camp in Torsby, Sweden. (Courtesy photo)

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.”

Bjørgen Gives It One More Year, Will Return to World Cup

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. At 35 years old, she has decided to continue racing one more year. (Photo: Fischer/NordicFocus.com)

Norwegian ski star Marit Bjørgen has decided to continue racing for another season. The 35-year-old said at the end of the season that she would have to think long and hard about whether she wanted to continue racing. She was […]

Masters Minds: From a Bum Knee to a 2015 Birkie Age-Group Win

John Wood, of Anchorage, with his first-place hat and cowbell after winning his age group (65-69) in the 2015 American Birkebeiner 54 k classic in February in Hayward, Wis. (Courtesy photo)

Alaskan John Wood, 67, explains his journey in athletics after a serious knee injury at age 21, and how he recovered from a total knee replacement to win his age group at the 2015 Classic Birkie with the help of an Anchorage surgeon, physical therapists and the APU masters program.

A Living Legend’s Final Season: Bill Parks, Glens Falls High School Head Coach

A "vintage" photo of Glens Falls Head Nordic Coach Bill Parks with Doug Gaulin after a sectional victory at Central Park in Schenectady, N.Y., in 1977. (Courtesy photo)

The following is a tribute to a high-school coach who impacted hundreds of young skiers in Glens Falls, N.Y., over the last 30-plus years, submitted by a former athlete.

Brooks Narrowly Misses Overall FIS Marathon Cup Victory, 10th in Ugra

Holly Brooks (2nd from the right) was third in the 2015 FIS Marathon Cup, after finishing 10th in the final event, the 50 k freestyle race Ugra Ski Marathon in Siberia, Russia, on Saturday. Tatjana Mannima of Estonia (center) won the overall Marathon Cup, and Aurelie Dabudyk of France was second (2nd from the left). Photo: FIS/Worldloppet

In a shortened 30 k competition, Holly Brooks of APU placed 10th in the Ugra Ski Marathon in Khanty-Maniysk, Russia, not enough to hold onto the FIS Marathon Cup lead. She finished third overall, the best ranking ever for a North American skier. Tatjana Mannima of Estonia and Petr Novak of the Czech Republic took home the titles.