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Despite Post-Olympic Blues, Stephen Motivated to Conquer the ‘Next Step’

Liz Stephen (USST/Burke) sporting pink lightening bolts on her socks as she rockets her way to her fourth Climb to the Castle win in four years.

“If you are always getting what you set out to achieve it’s way too easy. [Last season] has motivated me and the team is definitely motivated to go out and kick some butt,” Liz Stephen told FasterSkier. After her team failed to realize its Olympic-year goals, Stephen says that she’s ready to reach for the next level, and it certainly looks like she’s headed in that direction.

Gear West: Tazzari RP23 Q and A

Gear West purchased a Tazzari RP23 to bring our stone grind service to the World Cup level. Matt Liebsch has successfully used Tazzari stone grinding on the majority of his race skis over the past 4 seasons with great results. […]

Don’t Wait for Snowflakes

Mt. Borah Women's OTW XC Jacket

September 15, 2014. Coon Valley, WI. “The time is now,” says Borah’s Production Manager, Raven Stevenson! In lieu of the looming seasonal rush for custom Nordic apparel, Borah Teamwear would like to encourage everyone to get their Nordic order started […]

25 Years In at USBA, Cobb Pushes Comprehensive Rules Reform Through International Biathlon Union

Max Cobb, who besides acting as CEO of USBA also chaired the International Biathlon Union's Technical Committee, receives a hug from a fellow official after U.S. athlete Susan Dunklee placed fifth in the 2012 World Championships.

U.S. Biathlon’s Max Cobb also chaired the IBU Technical Committee for the past several years – and he just passed rule changes at the IBU Congress that include a system-wide qualification points system and added Wild Card entries to major events. “People voted in favor of a more fair, open, and sporting system – I was really gratified,” Cobb said.

From Learning to Shoot to Making the Team, Egan Reflects on Her Biathlon Rise

Clare Egan racing to first in the the 2014 North American Rollerski Championships junior pursuit at the Ethan Allen Firing Range in Jericho, Vt. (Photo: Gordon Vermeer/Flickr) https://www.flickr.com/photos/126844827@N08/sets/72157646342384384/page2/

In her second year of biathlon, Clare Egan is a member of U.S. Biathlon’s development group and already seeing strides this season. In August, she placed third at North American Rollerski Championships for her best-ever biathlon result. “My skiing’s just going to keep getting better … and with the shooting, I have to just put in the time,” she says.

Speed Camp, Fast and Female Engage Locals in Lake Placid

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In between workouts at the 2014 U.S. Ski Team Lake Placid Training Camp, the U.S. Ski Team took some time to give back to the Lake Placid community. With Fast and Female for the girls and Speed Camp for the boys, the September 5th events hosted smiles all around.

After Nearly Two Decades in Hayward, CXC Team Coach Pierce Takes Colorado Job

CXC elite-team head coach Bill Pierce recently accepted a position as nordic director of Snow Mountain Ranch YMCA of the Rockies in Granby, Colo. (Photo: CXC/Facebook) https://www.facebook.com/notes/cxc-skiing/thank-you/809964002358509?fref=nf

CXC elite head coach Bill Pierce announced Thursday that he was leaving Wisconsin for Colorado, where he’ll serve as nordic director at the Snow Mountain Ranch YMCA near Winter Park. “The hard part is leaving the relationships,” he says.

USST Wraps Up Successful Lake Placid Camp

Erika Flowers (SMST2) leads the chase pack. She is followed by Annelies Cook (USBA), Jessie Diggins (USST/SMST2), Susan Dunklee (USBA), Katharine Ogden (SMS), and Mary Rose (SVSEF).

The USST wrapped up its annual Lake Placid training camp September 7. With favorable weather, high-level training, and an encouraging team environment, participants walked away feeling prepared for the next phase of training.

Save the Dates: 2014/2015 NorAm and SuperTour Schedules in a Nutshell

NorAm action in Rossland, B.C., last winter: with Dakota Blackhorse-von Jess  of the Bend Endurance Academy (101) rounding a corner with Sun Valley's Miles Havlik (110) and Graeme Killick (121) of the Alberta World Cup Academy/CNST in the Black Jack NorAm 1.6 k skate sprint semifinals on Dec. 15. Blackhorse-von Jess won the semifinal and went on to place fifth in the A-final. Fourth in the semi, Havlick ended up second overall, and Killick placed 12th.  (Photo: Shelley Peachell/Peachell Photography, http://peachellphotography.com/)

Between the Canadian NorAm and U.S. SuperTour circuits, here’s a rundown of what you have to look forward to this winter, highlighting dates, places and big races.

After Coaching Para-Nordic to Three Medals in Sochi, Upham Joins Bates Staff

James Upham (l) and Para-nordic High Performance Director, John Farra,

James Upham had a good run in Sochi: his Paralympic skiers won three medals – the first by U.S. women in 20 years – and before that at the Olympics Susan Dunklee, a college skier he had recruited to be a biathlete, turned in the best performance ever by a U.S. woman. Now he’s returning to his home of Maine as an assistant coach at Bates College.

Wednesday Workout: Classic Speeds from the USST’s Lake Placid Camp

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Fall is just beginning which means leaf-peeping, cider donuts, and pumpkin spice lattes are likely on your radar. However, once you get your head out of the changing leaves it may be time to focus on some new training goals as winter approaches.

What a Little Success Can Do: Lunder Boosted by World Cup Debut in Push for 2015

Emma Lunder competing in the World Cup pursuit in Pokljuka, Slovenia, in March. Photo: NordicFocus.com

Emma Lunder placed 30th in her World Cup debut last season. The Canadian biathlete has since gained funding, training partners, and motivation: “Anytime I’m doing a really brutal workout, I just think to myself, if you can get through this, you’re one step closer to racing in Pokljuka again!”

Peter Hale Memorial Scholarship Carries On Madshus Rep’s Work: More Than a One-Time Celebration

The legendary Peter Hale, a former U.S. Biathlon member and longtime nordic-ski rep in the U.S. Hale spent the last seven years with Madshus, working until about a month ago. He passed away on Nov. 17 at age 66. (Photo: Master Skier)

Peter Hale didn’t just sell skis: he gave them out, discounted them, and made sure that enthusiastic young skiers had them if they needed them. Madshus is offering a scholarship to do the same thing, based not on a young skier’s speed but also on their involvement in the ski community.

Gallery: 2014 Climb to the Castle

Liz Stephen celebrates her win in the finish area of the 2014 Climb to the Castle. Stephen clocked her fastest climb yet despite a strong headwind and exhaustion from the U.S. Ski Team Lake Placid Training Camp.

Saturday’s Climb to the Castle was a success for both organizers and participants. Despite strong winds, the weather held and skiers were able to ski a challenging 5-mile climb on roads that had been paved just the day before. Take a look at our photo gallery to see the race for yourself.

Stephen, Burke Repeat Wins in Blustery ‘Climb to the Castle’

The women's start of the 2014 Climb to the Castle.

Liz Stephen is a force to reckon with – even when she’s off her game. Both she and Tim Burke repeated their 2013 performances in windy conditions at NYSEF’s 2014 Climb to the Castle.

NYSEF Climb to the Castle UPDATE

WHITEFACE TOLL ROAD CONSTRUCTION UPDATE  New pavement was being put down this afternoon on the final mile climb to the Whiteface Mountain summit. We are hopeful that it will harden overnight and be ready to go in the morning. We […]

Gallery: USST Speed Work in Lake Placid

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FasterSkier arrived in New York Friday to catch the tail end of the 2014 U.S. Ski Team Lake Placid Training Camp. The camp’s attendees have endured a tiring two weeks of intensity, but spirits were high and smiles were abound as the team sped around the paved trails of the Olympic Jumping Complex for their morning workout.

Gay Junior and College Skiers Face a Community of Acceptance and Solitude

Emily Attwood celebrates her final college ski race atop a pyramid of her Middbury College teammates. (Photo: Stella Holt)

FasterSkier examines what it means to be LGBT in the junior and college nordic skiing community by following five unique experiences of athletes who have come out as gay.

NDC Thunder Bay Returns to Birkie Land for Hayward Camp

The start of NDC's swim-run-ski triathlon in Hayward, Wis., which according to Coach Puiras “is a bit of a tradition at the Hayward camp." (Photo: NDC Thunder Bay)

The National Development Centre of Thunder Bay made its way south for its final dryland camp of the year. From Aug. 16 to 27, NDC Thunder Bay athletes could be found rolling along the roads near Hayward, Wis. “There was a nice variety of terrain so we could concentrate on exactly the technique and training aspect we were focusing on for any particular training session,” coach Timo Puiras explains.

NYSEF Climb to the Castle Rollerski Race

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Freestyle Technique. 5-mile hill climb with an average 8% grade up the Whiteface Memorial Highway. Course: start at the Whiteface Toll Booth in Wilmington and finish at the Castle on the summit of Whiteface Mountain (elevation 4,867 ft) Disclaimer: Inclement weather may limit the race distance. Course is closed to rollerskiing before the start.