After starting off last season with a bang — a win in West Yellowstone and a trip to the Canadian World Cups — Ryan Scott finished his 2012-2013 campaign feeling unsatisfied. To reinvigorate his training before the Olympic year, he’s taking a trip to Norway this June to train with friends and compete in a few races.
Most of the U.S. Ski Team reunited this week in Bend, Ore., for their first spring training camp of the year. The group set to work on snow at Mt. Bachelor to get ready for next season, and anticipation for the Olympic Games in February is already building. “It’s definitely a big motivator,” says Andy Newell. “You want to make every interval session count.”
Leaving their rifles at home, the U.S. biathlon team is in Bend and today addresses a question that many skiers face come spring: how do you tackle the first couple overdistance workouts after a break? How long should they be, and what activity is best? Coaches Per Nilsson and Jonne Kahkonen assigned a three to four hour classic OD, and gave us their tips.
The annual USSA Coaches Congress wrapped up this weekend in Park City, Utah, and the biggest decision to come out of the meetings was an overhaul of the U.S. SuperTour calendar so that it makes more athletic and developmental sense nationwide. Other changes include the addition of a mixed club relay at SuperTour Finals and renamed junior age groups.
Sovereign Lake Nordic Center’s annual Summer Ski camp from May 10-19 attracted the usual collection of hard-core skiers, a mixture of teams and day trippers who need a last fix of snow before the inevitable arrival of summer. With the city of Vernon already in full-summer mode in the valley below, Sovereign’s weeklong camp is the last chance for set tracks in the region.
Noah Hoffman’s recent shoulder surgery this has restricted most of his workouts to the gym this spring, but he says his training has been the opposite of held back. In fact, he’s logged more hours than ever before, and in the coming months Hoffman plans to make use of the recovery process to improve his upper body strength.
Auburn Ski Club Training Center on Donner Summit, Calif., is currently seeking to fill the year-round position of Training Center programs manager. ASC-TC is a nationally recognized club that offers a wide range of Cross-Country, Alpine, Snowboarding, Freeride and Biathlon programs with a competition schedule in all disciplines.
Nordic sports are pretty egalitarian, as far as athletics go – but women are still confronted, constantly, with stereotypes about what is and is not appropriate or possible for them to do. In southern France, two researchers are focusing on what effects these stereotypes have on women’s participation and performance in a wide range of sports, and explained their findings in an interview.
The most recognizable name in cross-country skiing and the 2013 overall World Cup champion has decided to ski independently of the his national team next season. Petter Northug, Jr., held a press conference on Wednesday with Norwegian National Team cross-country head Åge Skinstad to announce that he would not sign a contract with the Norwegian Ski Federation in 2013-2014.
The Craftsbury Outdoor Center is excited to offer its first residential ski camp June 17-21. The camp is geared for J2 and J1 skiers and hosted by our sister organization, Hosmer Point. Athletes will get two workouts a day, talks and presentations by coaching staff and GRP skiers, as well as hearty helpings of fun.