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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:

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


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

Alex Harvey (Photo: FIS)

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/

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


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


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.