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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.

‘You Can Just Feel the Energy,’ Wadsworth Says of CCC’s Renewed Coaching Emphasis

Canadian National Team Head Coach Justin Wadsworth works on offset with development skier Jenn Jackson. (Photo: Pavlina Sudrich)

A year after an energy-draining Olympics, Justin Wadsworth said the energy within Cross Country Canada is palpable. He, for one, is ready to get back to co-coaching the World Cup Team, trading weekends on the road with Louis Bouchard and working with up-and-coming domestic coaches in Europe.

Far West Elite Team Looking to Grow

Far West Elite Team 2014/2015

(Press release) The Far West Elite Team, a post-collegiate senior team based in Truckee, Calif., is looking to support six athletes for the 2015-16 season. Our goal is to develop post-collegiate skiers towards being named to the U.S. Ski Team. The primary […]

Fairbanks XC Junior Racing Program Seeks Assistant Coach

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Fairbanks Cross Country (NSCF-FXC) junior racing program is searching for an assistant coach to work as part of a team of professional and volunteer coaches in helping guide its junior and masters athletes as they pursue their goals and dreams in Cross Country skiing.

Hetland Named Norwegian National Team Coach After One Year with Canada

Tor-Arne Hetland, Swiss sprint coach from 2010-2014 (Photo: FIS)

Tor-Arne Hetland, a Norwegian Olympic gold medalist and multiple world champion, will become the Norwegian national team coach this 2015/2016 season after a year as Canada’s World Cup Coach.

U.S. Biathlon to Host Tryout Camp, Following Last Season’s Success

Max Durtschi, who attended last year's tryout camp, racing in his U.S. biathlon duds at a NorAm competition in Canmore, Alberta, this winter. (Photo: Jakob Ellingson)

After last year’s tryout camp netted a national champion (Patrick Johnson), an IBU Cup competitor (Max Durtschi), and some World Youth and Juniors competitors, US Biathlon is doing it again, looking for fast skiers who want to try the sport of biathlon.

Wednesday Workout: The ‘Death Blow’ with Chad Salmela

Former St. Scholastica skiers doing coach Chad Salmela's "Death Blow" workout, running then bounding uphill without poles at the Saints 2010 Scandinavian summer camp in Torsby, Sweden. (Courtesy photo)

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.”

Bjørgen Gives It One More Year, Will Return to World Cup

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. At 35 years old, she has decided to continue racing one more year. (Photo: Fischer/

Norwegian ski star Marit Bjørgen has decided to continue racing for another season. The 35-year-old said at the end of the season that she would have to think long and hard about whether she wanted to continue racing. She was […]

Masters Minds: From a Bum Knee to a 2015 Birkie Age-Group Win

John Wood, of Anchorage, with his first-place hat and cowbell after winning his age group (65-69) in the 2015 American Birkebeiner 54 k classic in February in Hayward, Wis. (Courtesy photo)

Alaskan John Wood, 67, explains his journey in athletics after a serious knee injury at age 21, and how he recovered from a total knee replacement to win his age group at the 2015 Classic Birkie with the help of an Anchorage surgeon, physical therapists and the APU masters program.

A Living Legend’s Final Season: Bill Parks, Glens Falls High School Head Coach

A "vintage" photo of Glens Falls Head Nordic Coach Bill Parks with Doug Gaulin after a sectional victory at Central Park in Schenectady, N.Y., in 1977. (Courtesy photo)

The following is a tribute to a high-school coach who impacted hundreds of young skiers in Glens Falls, N.Y., over the last 30-plus years, submitted by a former athlete.

Brooks Narrowly Misses Overall FIS Marathon Cup Victory, 10th in Ugra

Holly Brooks (2nd from the right) was third in the 2015 FIS Marathon Cup, after finishing 10th in the final event, the 50 k freestyle race Ugra Ski Marathon in Siberia, Russia, on Saturday. Tatjana Mannima of Estonia (center) won the overall Marathon Cup, and Aurelie Dabudyk of France was second (2nd from the left). Photo: FIS/Worldloppet

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.

US Biathlon Names 2015/2016 National Team

Lowell Bailey (US Biathlon) en route to 13th in the men's 15 k mass start for his best result of the 2015 IBU World Championships in Kontiolahti, Finland, in March.

Clare Egan and Sean Doherty have earned upgrades to USBA’s “A” team, while Chloe Levins, Siena Ellingson, and Paul Everett snagged first-time nominations to the National Development Group. 14 athletes in all were nominated to USBA’s various teams.

Northern Michigan University Seeks Assistant Coach

Northern Michigan University Wildcats

The NMU Ski Team is hiring an assistant coach to help the head coach with all assigned duties associated with the Intercollegiate Ski Programs and teach in the Health and Human Performance Department as assigned.

Photos from NANANordic in Noorvik

NANANordic 2015 (Photo: Seth Adams)

An intimate look at first-timer Seth Adams’ adventures with NANANordic, which introduces youth to nordic skiing in remote regions of Northwest Alaska.

Canadian Cross-Country Ski Athletes Suit Up with Swix Through 2018 Season

(Press release) National sport body and Swix launch national contest to design team race suit CANMORE, Alta. — The nation’s best cross-country ski athletes will be sporting new duds on the trails to 2018 thanks to a new partnership established […]

Wednesday Workout: Gym Time with Andrea Burke (with Videos)

Andrea Burke demonstrates a leg raise on a pull-up bar. Do as many as possible to improve core strength. (Courtesy photo)

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.

US Biathlon Team Seeks Coaching Intern


The intern will work with the US Biathlon National Team athletes on a daily basis and live at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, NY where meals and lodging are provided at no cost. The internship begins in early June and continues through early November.

Masters Minds: A Tale of Two Ski Days

Igor Badamshin: photo is titled "Snowflakes, ice cream, and Igor," by former CXC Team elite coach Bill Pierce. Badamshin was the CXC program head coach until his unexpected death in January 2014. (Photo:

CXC masters skier and American Birkebeiner board member Charlie Dee recalls the story of two subsequent days of skiing in 2014 and the memories of late coach Igor Badamshim that came with them.

Brooks’ Season Rolls On, Headed to Siberia to Wrap Up FIS Marathon Cup

Holly Brooks racing to her second Birkie victory in Hayward, Wisconsin, in February. On April 11th, Brooks will try to wrap up the FIS Marathon Cup crown in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. (Photo: Darlene Prois/ABSF)

While most skiers are heading out on vacation, Holly Brooks is en route to Siberia for the last race of the FIS Marathon Cup. She leads the series by four points over Tatjana Mannima of Estonia, meaning that whether it’s in first or in sixth, whoever crosses the finish line first takes the crown.

Best of Canadian Nationals: Photos and Quotes

A happy spectator at 2015 Canadian Ski Nationals at Lappe Nordic in Thunder Bay, Ontario. (All photos: Martin Kaiser)

A collection of some of our favorite photos and soundbites from 2015 Canadian Nationals at Lappe Nordic in Thunder Bay, Ontario, courtesy of Martin Kaiser, Gerry Furseth and François Léger Dionne.