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Canadian Women Dominant in SuperTour Sprint; Bender Barely Claims Third

Alyson Marshall (AWCA/NST) in bid four and Heidi Widmer (AWCA/NST) in bib one lead (from l-r) Rosie Brennan (APU), Eva Severrus (UNM), Chelsea Holmes (APU) and Jennie Bender (BSF) in the women's A-final of the 2014 West Yellowstone SuperTour freestyle sprint. Marshall won the event with Widmer and Bender finishing second and third.

SuperTour racing began Friday with a 1.5 k freestyle sprint in West Yellowstone, Mont. With warm temperatures and strong winds, two Canadians, Heidi Widmer and Alysson Marshall, were able to top the American women’s field led by Jennie Bender.

Blackhorse-von Jess Outlasts CU Skiers to Win SuperTour Sprint in West Yellowstone

Dakota Blackhorse-von Jess of Bend Endurance Academy (r) leads (from r-l) Mads Stroem (CU), Rune Oedegaard (CU), and Eric Packer (APU) in the A-final of Friday's Super Tour freestyle sprint in West Yellowstone.

Men’s SuperTour racing kicked off Friday with a 1.5 k freestyle sprint in West Yellowstone, Mont. Dakota Blackhorse von-Jess was able to outlast the surging Norwegians from the University of Colorado, to claim the first victory of the 2014/2015 season.

Canadian World Cup Preview: Same Faces, Fresh Perspective

Canadians Alex Harvey (r), Devon Kershaw (front left) lead six others, including Ivan Babikov (third from l), Kris Freeman (second from l) and Andy Newell (l), during a combi over-distance rollerski near Stratton, Vt.

The four-man Canadian World Cup Team we’ve come to know over the years is back at it again, and has been training for the last two weeks with four other top domestic skiers — Perianne Jones, Emily Nishikawa, Graeme Killick, and Jesse Cockney. This week, most of the team will test its stuff with the best of them at the World Cup opener in Kuusamo, Finland.

Russian Biathlete Loginov’s Sample from November 2013 Is Positive for EPO

Alexandr Loginov, en route to winning the 2013 World Junior Championship sprint. Photo: Mario Danzl/Obertilliach 2013.

A November, 2013, urine sample belonging to Russian biathlete Alexander Loginov has tested positive for EPO using a new technique. Since the test, Loginov – a double World Junior Champion – competed in the Olympics and had several World Cup podiums, including when he was second and American Lowell Bailey third in Kontiolahti.

Black Friday Sale All Weekend at Gear West

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Take advantage of great prices all weekend at Gear West:

Why Did Germany Flame Out in Sochi – And Will They Be Back?

Germany's Tim Tscharnke (l) after the finish of the 2014 Olympic team sprint with teammate Hannes Dotzler. The two finished seventh after Tscharnke fell a few hundred meters before the finish as a result of a tangle with Finnish anchor Sami Jauhojärvi. Finland took gold and Germany placed seventh.

The 2014 Olympics in Sochi were an unmitigated disaster for German cross country skiing and biathlon. We look back on why, using our own observations and a 235-page Germany Olympic committee analysis of the country’s performance in Sochi. With problems identified, the question becomes: what about now?

U.S. SuperTour Preview: Anyone’s for the Taking

The U.S. women's classic sprint podium with Rosie Brennan (APU) as the top American (second overall), Nichole Bathe of the University of Alaska-Fairbanks (l) in second, and Becca Rorabaugh (APU) in third. (Photo: Tom Kelly/U.S. Ski Team)

How will domestic skiers qualify for World Championships? Who’s racing this year? What an we expect from the 2015 SuperTour? To answer these questions and more here is FasterSkier’s SuperTour preview, which gives you and in-depth look at how competition will shape up on the domestic front.

U.S. World Cup Preview: Seeking Best Season Yet After Olympics

Several members of the U.S. Ski Team lift up Kikkan Randall after she won her third-straight World Cup sprint Crystal Globe on Friday in Falun, Sweden. (Photo: Fischer/Nordic Focus)

As excitement grows for the first World Cup races in Kuusamo, Finland, the U.S. Ski Team stands as one of the most talented and experienced teams America has ever fielded. While only time will tell if the team can live up to their own high expectations, our World Cup preview aims to give you an update and some insight into this U.S. team.

Freeman Back in West for First Time in Nine Years, Primed for Season After Summer of Camp Visits

Kris Freeman at an American Diabetes Association’s Camp Aldersgate in July in Little Rock, Arkansas. (Photo: Lilly Diabetes)

On Friday, Kris Freeman, 34, will start the season in West Yellowstone for just the second time in his life. He’s had quite a journey since his last visit in 2005, and even in the last year, and he explains how he’s recovered from chronic fatigue and two procedures, and kept it all in perspective with his diabetes work.

Podiumwear Black Friday Sales Event to Benefit World Champion and Olympian Jessie Diggins.

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For the first time, Podiumwear Custom Sports Apparel will be holding a 4-day sales event starting on Black Friday and ending Cyber Monday. These Black Friday prices will ONLY be available during this sales event. New Gold and Silver nordic race suit designs will be available for both men and women. There will be 7 new suits options, all of which were designed by World Champion and Podiumwear Ambassador Jessie Diggins.

Low-Fluoro Craftsbury Opener on Sunday, Nov. 30

GRP and USBA athlete Hannah Dreissigacker at the Opener, 2012. The Opener field is one of our most diverse! (Photo: Craftsbury Outdoor Center)

Low-Fluoro Craftsbury Opener this weekend! (Press release) We’re excited to invite everyone to the Craftsbury Opener this Sunday, November 30. In a new twist this season, we’re making one change to this traditional early season interval start freestyle race:  we’re […]

People of West Yellowstone: Wednesday 11/26

Molly Susla and the Crested Butte Nordic Team is making a music video to Every Time We Touch by Kaskada this week.

While the Yellowstone Ski Festival is a time for team bonding, catching up with old racing buddies, and improving fitness and technique, it’s also a celebration of the nordic community. People of West Yellowstone gives insight into the people who make this yearly event truly special, whether they are nationally acclaimed athletes or employees at our favorite local businesses.

Wednesday Workout: Early Season Race Prep with MSU

MSU assistant coach Tim skis alongside his athletes during an interval as part of this week's Wednesday Workout.

This week’s Wednesday Workout comes from West Yellowstone, where skiers are adjusting to altitude in order to prepare for Friday and Saturday’s SuperTour races. FasterSkier caught up with the Montana State University Ski Team as they did their first Level 4 workout since arriving in West Yellowstone.

Østberg on Letting Up and Letting Go (Exclusive Interview)

Ingvild Flugstad Østberg in the mixed zone after the 10 k skate FIS race on Nov. 22 in Beitostølen, Norway.  FasterSkier got an exclusive interview. (Photo: Inge Scheve)

One of Norway’s rapidly rising stars, Ingvild Flugstad Østberg, 24, took the time to chat with FasterSkier last weekend after her first FIS race of the season. Here she offers advice for anyone training full time: “You have to go for quality over quantity,” she says. “I used to just want to do more and more and more … but what you do really matters more.”

People of West Yellowstone: Tuesday 11/25

Steve German of Missoula, Mont. has been coming to West Yellowstone for 30 years.

While the Yellowstone Ski Festival is a time for team bonding, catching up with old racing buddies, and improving fitness and technique, it’s also a celebration of the nordic community. People of West Yellowstone gives insight into the people who make this yearly event truly special, whether they are nationally acclaimed athletes or employees at our favorite local businesses.

NNF: Thank You from Executive Director Dave Knoop

Yellowstone Ski Festival First Tracks

A Thank You from NNF Executive Director, Dave Knoop This year the Drive for 25 raised over $215k for Cross Country and Nordic Combined development programs. Every year our Nordic community says YES WE CAN and collectively we come together for our […]

Shaw on Leaving Nordic Out of Fall Update: Dismayed That He is ‘Guilty on Omission’

U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association CEO Tiger Shaw (left) and Executive Vice President for Athletics Luke Bodensteiner answer questions at the 2014 USSA Congress. Photo: USSA.

USSA CEO Tiger Shaw admits he blew a chance to connect with the nordic community when he unintentionally failed to mention cross country in his Fall Quarterly Update. He regrets it – but having already befriended the national team, he wants to reach out to the rest of the nordic world too.

An Open Letter to USSA CEO Tiger Shaw from Methow Valley’s Scott Johnston

The following is a letter that Scott Johnston, the coach of the Methow Olympic Development squad that at some points included Sadie and Erik Bjornsen and Torin Koos, and who also coached Team Gregg, shared with FasterSkier. He addressed it […]

Legkov on Top, Cologna Further Back: Best of the Rest Weekend Roundup

Russia's Alexander Legkov leading into the ski exchange during the 50 k freestyle mass start at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. He went on to win gold.

You heard what happened in the opening FIS races this past weekend in a couple of hotspots in Scandinavia (namely Beitostølen, Bruksvallarna and Gällivare), but what about the rest of the skiing world?

Boulder Nordic Sport West Yellowstone Ski Festival Plans

Boulder Nordic Sport (BNS) is at the West Yellowstone Ski Festival. Our staff will be on-site and focused on education and helping skiers with skis, wax and equipment. BNS will not have a stone grinder on-site this year, but the BNS Mobile trailer will be located at the trailhead and BNS staff will be at the Expo for wax and ski support. BNS staff will also be collecting skis in West Yellowstone to bring back to the Boulder and Minneapolis shops for service work. To arrange pickup or drop off, contact BNS at the in-town trailhead area.