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Interview with CXC President Oyvind Solvang

CXC President Oyvind Solvang (Photo: CXC)

By Peter Graves (CXC press release) *** First a bit of background, tell me about your skiing background please. I started skiing as a child. By the time I was in first grade, my brother and I had a 5k […]

Soukalova Back on Top in Pokljuka; Crawford One-Ups Herself with Fourth Place

The podium and flower ceremony, with Gabriela Soukalova of the Czech Republic standing on the top step after winning her first World Cup of the season, and Canada's Rosanna Crawford (3rd from right) in fourth place. Photo: Tom Zidek.

Confidence builds on itself. Despite having a cold earlier this week, Rosanna Crawford took Sunday’s fifth-place finish on the biathlon World Cup and turned it into a fourth-place follow up, finishing the 7.5 k sprint 36 seconds behind winner Gabriela Soukalova of the Czech Republic.

Dreissigacker Career-Best 17th in Pokljuka World Cup, Dunklee Joins Her in Top 20

Hannah Dreissigacker en route to 17th place in the World Cup sprint in Pokljuka, Slovenia, today. Photo: USBA/

Biathlon is a roller coaster, but the beauty is that lows can turn into highs: Hannah Dreissigacker wenf from placing 78th in her last World Cup competition to cleaning all ten targets and finishing 17th in today’s sprint, good for her first top-20. Susan Dunklee placed 19th with two penalties.

A Buffalo On Tour: Du Pasquier Uses Military Service Requirement to Hit the World Cup

Arnaud Du Pasquier, a Swiss member of Colorado University's 2014 NCAA Championships squad, competing in the 15 k classic World Cup in Davos, Switzerland, on Saturday. Du Pasquier is using Switzerland's obligatory military service requirement to ski full-time this year.

Arnaud Du Pasquier, a member of Colorado University’s 2014 squad to NCAA Championships, will be a senior next year. For now, though, he’s taking a year to complete his mandatory military service in his native Switzerland – which he’s doing by skiing full-time, including in the Nations Group at the Davos World Cups.

Ransom Cleans IBU Cup Sprint to Crack Top 10 in 7th, Christian Gow 8th for Canada (Updated)

2014 IBU Junior World Championships pursuit (Photo: Katrina Howe)

Julia Ransom topped her previous IBU Cup career best of 11th, which she set on Tuesday, with clean shooting for seventh on Wednesday in the 7.5 k sprint in Obertilliach. Also for Canada, Christian Gow placed eighth, Scott Gow was 11th and Macx Davies 15th in the 10 k sprint.

Birkie Skiers in FIS Marathon Cup

2014 Birkie leaders (Photo: ABSF)

(Press release) This past weekend saw the start of the FIS Marathon Cup for the 2014-2015 season in Livingo, Italy. Birkie Ambassador Holly Brooks (USA) started the season off right with a podium finish. She finished 2nd to World Cup […]

NNF Announces First Funding Allocations for 2014/2015

NNF U.S. Nordic Funding Distribution

(Press release) SALT LAKE CITY- The NNF Announced today over $90K in funding for grassroots skiing support. “This is only possible through the support of our grassroots donors,” explained Dave Knoop, executive director for the NNF, “The NNF extends a […]

Despite Slow World Cup Start, Gregg Optimistic and Working Toward World Champs

Caitlin Gregg (Team Gregg) skiing to 56th place in the Davos World Cup 10 k classic, Dec. 13. (Photo: Toko)

American Caitlin Gregg had big plans to before heading to the World Cup this winter as the SuperTour leader, with qualification for World Championships at the top of the list. Disappointed in her results the last two weekends, she’s got one more World Cup weekend then will try to make a statement at U.S. nationals.

Wednesday Workout: Race-Ready with Rosanna Crawford

Rosanna Crawford celebrates her IBU World Cup best: fifth place in the women's pursuit on Sunday in Hochfilzen, Austria. (Photo: Andrei Ivanov/Facebook)

After a career-best finish on Sunday, Canada’s Rosanna Crawford takes us through a typical week on the IBU World Cup and explains how and when she fits in intensity sessions, a.k.a. race prep.

Lake Placid Nordic Festival Feb. 27 – March 1

Lake Placid, N.Y. has a well-deserved reputation for world-class alpine skiing, but it also has some of the best Nordic skiing in the United States. The Lake Placid region has plenty to offer Nordic skiers and winter enthusiasts of all ages and abilities with its vast array of groomed and set to its backcountry trails. So whether you’re a beginner skier or an experienced racer, the place to be February 27-March 1, 2015 is in Lake Placid for its first-ever Nordic Festival.

Weekend Roundup: ‘Way More is Possible’

Tim Burke on his way to 25th in the IBU World Cup 12.5 k pursuit on Sunday in Hochfilzen, Austria. (Photo: USBA/NordicFocus)

Catch up on what you may have missed this weekend, as nordic competitions across the globe are begging to heat up. Here, we recap everything from biathlon in Austria to the cross country World Cup in Switzerland and everything in between.

FOLJMS Auction – skis, gear, and more

Show your support for cross-country skiing in Greater Boston, while getting your holiday shopping done! The FOLJMS Online Auction is open and running until Sunday, December 21, 2014.

Hanneman, Disappointed But Undeterred, Takes World Cup Experience into World Champs Quest

Reese Hanneman racing the World Cup in Kuusamo, Finland. Photo: Toko.

It’s tough to swallow getting destroyed by Norwegians week after week. Reese Hanneman is still absorbing a huge jump in training hours from the summer and fall, but also: “I think people really underestimate how hard it is to go from racing well in the U.S. to racing well here on the World Cup.”

Canada’s Lunder, Ransom Go 10-11 in IBU Cup Individual

Emma Lunder competing in the World Cup pursuit in Pokljuka, Slovenia, in March. Photo:

After the first race weekend of their European tour was canceled due to low snow, Canadian biathletes finally got started in Obertilliach, Austria, and started out hot: Emma Lunder and Julia Ransom placed 10th and 11th in the women’s 15 k individual, and Christian Gow 18th in the men’s race.

NoCo Continental Cup in Park City: Day 1 and 2 (Photo Gallery)

Day 1 of FIS Nordic Combined Continental Cup in Park City: 10 k race at Gorgoza Park on the morning of Friday, Dec. 12.  (Photo: Rosalie Lipfert)

Park City hosted the first Nordic Combined Continental Cup of the season last week with jumping at Utah Olympic Park and the 10 k races at the Gorgoza tubing hill, moved there because of a lack of snow. Taylor Fletcher posted the two best U.S. performances in fifth and eighth place, followed by Billy Demong.

Eastern Cup Openers Online Registration Deadline 9 p.m. Wednesday

The opening weekend for the NENSA Eastern Cup, made possible with the help of Frost Mountain Nordic and the Rikert Nordic Center, is fast approaching.

(Press release) Don’t miss out! Online Registration closes at 9PM sharp this Wed 12/17. There is NO DAY OF RACE registration for Sunday’s mass start race so if you miss the online deadline you will not be able to race. Click here to register. Read […]

Notes and Quotes: Davos World Cup Sprint

Andy Newell (l) of the USST trails eventual 3rd place finisher Erik Brandsdal of Norway (r) and Alexey Petukhov of Russia (c) who eventually finished fourth in the 1.3 k freestyle sprint in Davos, Switzerland. (Photo: Fischer/Nordic Focus)

Check out the quotes that didn’t make it into our race reports this weekend, from FasterSkier’s on-site coverage from the Davos World Cup 1.3 k sprint.

4 Olympian Skiers that Moonlight as Poker Players

Sweden's Marcus Hellner.

Skiing and poker seem like an unlikely pair, but there are actually several Olympian skiers that play poker for sport, too. Poker doesn’t require the same type of athleticism as skiing, but there is a mental component to both games that pushes these players to outsmart their competitors. Take a look at these four Olympian skiers that moonlight as poker players when they’re not on the slopes.

Østberg Skis Big for First World Cup Victory in Davos Sprint

Ingvild Flugstad Østberg racing to fifth in her first FIS race of the season, the 10 k skate on Nov. 22 in Beitostølen, Norway. (Photo: Inge Scheve)

Which Norwegian and by how much? That seems to be the ongoing question in the beginning of the 2014/2015 World Cup season, with Norwegian dominance for both the men and women since the first race in Ruka, Finland. Sunday in Davos, Switzerland, it was Ingvild Flugstad Østberg who came out on top in the 1.3 k freestyle sprint – and it wasn’t even close.

Crawford Flies from 34th to Career-Best Fifth in Hochfilzen Pursuit; Mäkäräinen Wins Again

Rosanna Crawford with coach Roddy Ward.Such a fun race today, I moved from 34th to 5th for a new personal best with 19-for-20 shooting

Rosanna Crawford had been thinking about this kind of performance for a long time, and even on Friday, after placing 34th in the Hochfilzen sprint, she predicted it was coming. She just didn’t think it would come on Sunday in the 10 k pursuit.