JP Le Guellec led the Canadians in 13th in Friday’s 10 k sprint at the second World Cup in Hochfilzen, Austria, and Rosanna Crawford took 17th in the women’s 7.5 k on a day where conditions improved then worsened with heavily falling snow and changing winds.
Aided by an early bib and a mid-race snowstorm, Lars Berger – who was left off the Norwegian national team this year – earned his sixth win but the first in three years. He beat Martin Fourcade of France, who had two fewer penalties but was stuck in slow snow conditions. Ole Einar Bjorndalen of Norway was third.
Despite a mid-race snowstorm that put later starters at a serious disadvantage, Lowell Bailey finished 16th and Tim Burke 24th in the 10 k sprint in Hochfilzen. They were the only two Americans, men or women, to qualify for the pursuit races on Sunday. “We can’t control the weather,” shooting coach Armin Auchentaller said.
Switzerland has never won a biathlon World Cup race – and it was especially surprising that the first victory would come from its small women’s team. But Selina Gasparin has been close to the podium before and today she sealed the deal in the 7.5 k sprint, eking out a 1-second victory over Veronika Vitkova of the Czech Republic.
Because the Olympics only come around every four years, domestic races hold even more value in the months leading up to the 2014 Sochi Winter Games. In Canada, they’ll determine who will fill approximately four remaining spots on the Olympic nordic team. The fun starts this weekend at Sovereign Lake, British Columbia.
The owners of Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center are selling their 200 plus acre year round resort. The center is located in the southern tier of New York’s famed Adirondack State Park, 60 miles northwest of Albany. The resort has been continuously and successfully operated for over 35 years by Olavi Hirvonen, a member of the 1960 U.S. Olympic Cross Country Ski Team. The property is listed by CMK & Associates for $1.25 million.
With less than a year of nordic experience, Tatyana McFadden — a three-time Summer Paralympian with 10 Paralympic medals and a marathon Grand Slam to her name — has her heart set on Sochi. “I have to just be relaxed and go with the transitions,” she says. “When it comes time for me to put my skis on the snow, I have to remember everything I’ve learned … and ski as fast as I can and hopefully make people proud.”
Bump up your strength routine with gymnast rings — and no, you don’t need to be the next Arthur Nabarrete Zanetti, (wait, who’s he?). FS contributor Katie Bono writes: “It’s fun, the rings are extremely portable and versatile, and the exercises develop strength, coordination, and stability. However, the main benefit is that ring training is HARD. Like REALLY HARD.”
Nutrition expert Georgie Fear explains how to ward off illness when training volume is at its highest. “As the season approaches, athletes want to be strong, fast, and lean, and putting in the hours to train is essential,” she says. “It’s also critical for good nutrition to be a part of your routine.”
Enjoy Vermont’s Historic Ski Culture at Catamount Trail Association’s 6th Annual Ladies Nordic Ski Expo
Women in the United States are starting to make a name for themselves in the Nordic skiing world. Last winter, two members of the US team took home the top honor at the Quebec World Cup Relays. This summer, Olympian Liz Stephen set a new course record at the Catamount Trail Association’s North Face Race to the Top of Vermont as she began her path to the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. The Catamount Trail Association is welcoming all women to join the Nordic ski world, whether to hone their skate technique, practice their tele turn, or simple learn to kick and glide, at the 6th Annual Ladies Nordic Ski Expo, happening this year on January 11th at Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont. The spectacular location draws participants to the event, and helps women of all ages find their niche within the Nordic skiing culture.
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