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.
St. Scholastica Head Coach Chad Salmela shares his timeless and Seinfeld-inspired “Death Blow” workout. “What I love about this workout is the raw intensity and guts required while doing it,” he writes. “… [It’s] primarily for athletes who have raced a bunch but still haven’t seemed to reach into their anaerobic bag of tricks fully.”
In a shortened 30 k competition, Holly Brooks of APU placed 10th in the Ugra Ski Marathon in Khanty-Maniysk, Russia, not enough to hold onto the FIS Marathon Cup lead. She finished third overall, the best ranking ever for a North American skier. Tatjana Mannima of Estonia and Petr Novak of the Czech Republic took home the titles.
In the last year since she retired from biathlon, Germany’s Andrea Burke (formerly Henkel) has been in a period of transition, taking classes and preparing for her big move to the U.S. while fitting in quality strength sessions whenever possible. “I really like to do [these] kind of programs for staying in shape and get some heart rate between studying,” she explains.