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Pros of Tomorrow Presented by Fischer: Olivia Bouffard-Nesbitt

Bouffard-Nesbitt racing for Rocky Mountain Racers (RMR) at Frozen Thunder last fall in Canmore, Alberta.

At 22, Olivia Bouffard-Nesbitt hasn’t taken the most conventional road as an up-and-coming Canadian skier, but she’s developed training smarts through experience and is now working toward U23 World Championships, Canada’s 2016 World Cups and the 2018 Olympics with Rocky Mountain Racers in Canmore.

Wednesday Workout: How to Get It Done When You’re Out Straight

Bryan Fletcher gets in some quality jumping in Park City, Utah, the week before his wedding. (Photo: Lauran Krnavek Dubell)

Fresh off his wedding day, Bryan Fletcher gives some advice for how to keep your energy levels high, stay productive and get the most out of your workouts even during the busiest of times.

Biathlon World Cup Preview: Ladies’ Landscape Changes

Kaisa Mäkäräinen, Finland's IBU Overall World Cup champion, with her crystal globe at the IBU's Trophie Night. (Photo: IBU/Evegeny Tumashov)

Retirements were expected after an Olympic season – but the women’s biathlon field will be shaken up even more, as several top competitors are taking the season off for babies or injuries. Plus, Darya Domracheva has switched her coach and Ukraine stars face a funding crisis. All the updates inside – the World Cup is on in less than two months!

Fischer’s Redesigned Boot Prompts New Athlete Partnerships

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(Press release) When asked about her first impressions with new boot sponsor, Fischer, longtime Fischer ski athlete Sophie Caldwell put it succinctly, “My Fischer boots are light, stable, and put me in a good forward position. I feel they’ve helped […]

U.S. Paralympics Stoked But Not Quite Satisfied: Sights Set on Korea

U.S. Paralympics Nordic held its annual weeklong training camp in Lake Placid, N.Y., earlier this month. Eleven athletes attended, plus five coaches and three to four support staff. (Photo: U.S. Paralympics Nordic/Facebook) https://www.facebook.com/USParalympicsNordic/photos/pcb.539270726206620/539269649540061/?type=1&theater

While the three medals U.S. Paralympics Nordic won in Sochi are still fresh, the team’s moving on and doing everything it can with the money it has to be a leading force in Paralympic cross-country skiing and biathlon. “Medals are good, but they’re not critical,” director John Farra explains. “I think they’re going to be more critical in Pyeongchang.”

What Separates the U.S. From Scandinavia? An American Coach in Sweden Weighs In

Kevin Cutts is now

A former top World Junior Championships competitor from Vermont, Kevin Cutts now coaches a ski gymnasium in Sweden. He chatted with FasterSkier about how he sees U.S. skiing, now that he’s living abroad – and concludes that North America isn’t as far behind as we think we are.

Yellowstone Ski Festival Clarifies Policy

YELLOWSTONE SKI FESTIVAL November 25-29, 2014 It has come to our attention that there are many rumors circulating about a “coaching fee” that will be required for the 2014 and future Yellowstone Ski Festivals. First and foremost, there is THERE […]

The Hungry Skier: Fall Single-Serving Smoothies

Seasonal and nutrition-packed smoothies from Runner's World, including an apple crisp smoothie. Pour me a glass now! http://www.runnersworld.com/recipes/runner-friendly-fall-smoothies?cid=NL_Nutrition_1849766_09252014_RunnerFriendlyFallSmoothies

Beets, kale, apple crisp, maple syrup — these are ingredients you could be using in your smoothie this morning, afternoon or evening — before or after your workout. Check out some creative ideas from Runner’s World.

One Wild Ride: U.S. Paralympics Innovates Sit-Ski Treadmill Technique Training (Video)

U.S. Paralympics Nordic director and coach John Farra (l) briefs Oksana Masters before her first-ever time on a treadmill at the Olympic Training Center on Sept. 16 in Lake Placid, N.Y.

Last week, the U.S. Paralympics Nordic Team toyed with a new kind of training at the Lake Placid Olympic Training Center: technique on a rollerski treadmill using live-video feedback. Oksana Masters was nervous before, but ramped it up to 10 mph at a 10-percent incline before the workout was over.

Newell Rallies Alongside 400,000 at World’s Largest Climate March

Andy Newell (l) holds the Protect Our Winters banner as he joined 400,000 others on the streets of New York City for the People's Climate March on Sept. 21. (Photo: Protect Our Winters)

400,000 demonstrators gathered on the streets of New York City for the People’s Climate March on Sunday, Sept. 21. Amongst the crowd was USST member Andy Newell who has been working to raise awareness surrounding climate change with his organization, Athletes for Action.

This Month in Journals: Aerosol Particles and Wax Tech Health

Peter Johansson works on some of the many U.S. skis in preparation for another day of racing in Gallivare, Sweden, in 2012.

A new study assessed the exposure to airborne particles by 45 different World Cup wax techs across three disciplines – cross country, biathlon, and nordic combined. The results are scary, but the team also demonstrated that a custom-built ventilation system can reduce exposure by 95%.

‘Midwest Might Not be the Most Sexy Training Site’ But It’s Got the Athletes, Says New CXC Team Coach Keller

CXC Team's fall/winter crew working out in Cable, with postgrads Scott Harrison and Sam Boardman, and guest skier Leandro Lutz from Brazil, who will be joining the team for the next couple months. (Photo: CXC/Facebook) https://www.facebook.com/cxcskiing/photos/a.108988649143884.5167.107878629254886/793777080665034/?type=1&theater

You might say the CXC Team is rebuilding, but that wouldn’t sum up what’s entirely going on. “All the coaches agreed, the team needs to get back to the roots of developing athletes,” executive director Yuriy Gusev said. A new head coach, Andy Keller, has been tasked with leading that effort.

Wednesday Workout: 100 k Ski-A-Thon with SMST2

Sophie Caldwell leads a train of SMST2 skiers during the team's 100 k rollerski fundraiser. (Photo: SMST2 Blog)

Saturday marked Stratton Mountain T2 Team’s third annual 100 k Ski-A-Thon. A clever mix between a fundraiser and an over-distance workout, the event is a way for the team to reap both physical and financial benefits over the course of 62.1 miles.

After Two-Year Apprenticeship, Lemieux Takes Reins from Fisher at Williams

Jason Lemieux (left) and Bud Fisher coached the Williams College ski team together for the last two years. This season, Lemieux has taken over head coaching responsibilities. Photo: ephnordic.blogspot.com.

Jason Lemieux was happy living in Oregon. But he took what he considered the opportunity of a lifetime and came East to coach his alma mater, Williams College. Traditions remain in place but Lemieux has added variety to the Williams program, which he hopes will help the Ephs rise to new heights.

USST Seeks Staff for U23/Junior Worlds and U18 Championships

US Ski Team Logo

The U.S. Ski Team and National Nordic Foundation are looking for applicants to staff the 2015 Junior World Ski Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan, as well as the U18 trip in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden. Please see the two press releases below.

Birkie Waves Closing Fast, Register Today

2014 American Birkebeiner (Photo: ABSF/Kelly Randolph)

NEW Updates on Birkie Wave Closures! We’re nearing our cap of 10,500 participants for the Swix American Birkebeiner events taking place February  21, 2015! “Make This Year’s   Birkie, Korte, or Prince Haakon Part of YOUR Story!” Please be aware that overall registrations are nowpast the 9,000 […]

NENSA Announces 2014-15 Masters Racing Calendar with Zak Cup, Club Cup, & New England Marathon Series

(NENSA press release) The 2014-15 season offers a great slate of races combining to fill the calendar with a challenging and fun series of events contested across New England. NENSA is excited to announce the New England Marathon Series, the […]

National Nordic Foundation Launches 2014 D25 With New Platform

We’ve gathered the nordic community under our banner and rallied a better future for skiing. The result of our efforts last year were more athletes competing at higher levels, more team camps and more of the best skiers in the […]

Pros of Tomorrow Brought by Fischer: Nichole Bathe

Nichole Bathe on a training run at the UAF campus earlier this month.

Heads turned when the first American across the line in the women’s 5-kilometer classic race at the 2014 NCAA Championships in March was an 18-year-old freshmen from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. This year, Nichole Bathe has her sights set on even better results at NCAAs and qualifying for another Junior World Championships.

Bryntesson’s Söckertoppen Camp Takes ‘Best from the Athletic World and Puts That in the Diabetic World’

Robin Bryntesson (front) running with Swedish kids at his camp for diabetic children. Photo: Team Robin.

Despite being diagnosed as a diabetic when he was a kid, Robin Bryntesson is still one of the top skiers in the world. And one of the busiest: in the summer he runs a camp for children with diabetes, he’s constantly producing funny videos, and his downloadable technique app just went live.