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March 2

MUEHLEGG
now has lost all three golds

ATHENS, Greece — The IOC stripped three gold medals Saturday from two
cross-country skiers … completed a two-year drug ban imposed by the
international ski …

LOCAL
skiers head for Junior Nationals

Bend Bulletin – Bend,OR,USA
By Keith Ridler. Two possibilities exist: Either Mount Bachelor Ski Education
Foundation cross-country skiers don't like to share, or they're pretty
darn fast. …

INTERVIEW
with Reg Spence: A second chance, Part I of II

The Poles – New York,NY,United States
Just recently, Kelly Perkins, who’s had a heart transplant, has scaled
Kilimanjaro and also the Matterhorn — it’s possible! So we decided
to interview Reg about his idea of skiing to the South Pole and what we soon
learned is that Reg got a second chance at life, and he doesn’t plan on
wasting it.

March 3

IN
farm town of Fort Kent, biathlon no small potatoes

Press Herald – Portland,ME,USA
Six years ago, Kelsy Bouchard could not have known what lay ahead. Bouchard,
the daughter of a local potato farmer, was about to enter Fort Kent High School.
For her, skiing meant barreling down hills fast after being pulled up by machine.

March 6

WHEN
you least expect it . . . decency

The Globe and Mail – Canada
Paul Martin's firing of Via Rail's chairman came quickly down the train track
after he told the chairman to apologize for insulting Canada's beloved Olympian,
Myriam Bédard.

March 7

CROSS-COUNTRY
team combines fun, wins

Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
Nobody's sure when it happened, but it's clear that cross-country skiing at
Dover-Sherborn High School has stopped being an interscholastic sport and morphed
into something completely different.

NORWEGIAN
wins Vasaloppet cross country

San Francisco Chronicle – San Francisco,CA,USA
Vasaloppet is the oldest, longest and biggest cross country ski race in the
world.

LONG
live snow

Canada.com – Canada
… parks, has improved the Park du Mont Albert, reached out to snowshoers,
and, for the first time this year, mechanically groomed certain cross-country
ski …

BLIND
skiers shed fears, find freedom on slopes

Seattle Times – Seattle,WA,USA
On the cross-country ski trail, Bell is not so much a 53-year-old blind
woman as she is an athlete who is acutely aware of her potential and her
senses. …

March 10

A
guy who gets things done

Bend Bulletin – Bend,OR,USA
… Endestad got Hunt onto a pair of “Eggen” wooden race skis, on
which
Hunt competed in 1978 in his first real cross-country ski race, the Boulder
Mountain Tour …

HABERMANN
unsung hero for Stars

Peninsulaclarion.com – Kenai,AK,USA
… t quite pan out for him, but Habermann quickly found a new goal and
a new team, trading in his skates for skate skis and joining Soldotna's
cross-country ski …

COMING
home happy

Michigan Technological University Online Lode – Houghton,MI,United States
On Mar. 1-6 the 2004 United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Championships
were held at the Sugarloaf Resort in Carrabesset Valley, Maine.

March 11

UAA
skiers go against best of the West

Anchorage Daily News – Anchorage,AK,USA
… Hansen emerged during the cross-country running season when she earned
all-region honors for the first time. That success carried over to the
ski season, in …

COOK
County News-Herald

Cook County News Herald – Grand Marais,MN,USA
… In all, 997 skiers turned up for the event, the last official cross-country
ski marathon of the season. Chris Hegg, cross-country …

March 13

THE
mecca of World Cup biathlon is … Ft . Kent ?

VillageSoup – Camden,ME,United States
… out the sport, which originated in Scandinavia, combines the sports
of cross-country … For each target missed the biathlete must ski a 150-meter
penalty loop …

GREAT
expectations

Oregonian – Portland,OR,USA
It may seem a long way off, but the year 2010 is already ticking down for the
Canadian city of Vancouver.
On Feb. 12 of that year, the culturally diverse city in southwestern British
Columbia will welcome the world to the 21st Olympic Winter Games.

March 14

OLYMPIC
venues

Oregonian – Portland,OR,USA
Proposed sites for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver and Whistler,
B.C.:

PHOTOS
by Keith McNeill

North Thompson Times – Clearwater,British Columbia,Canada
… Vernon hosted 22 national cross-country ski teams for training prior
to the Salt Lake City Olympics. Sixteen of them went on to win medals,
he said. …

New
chilled 1.5-kilometre loop to extend skiing season by up to eight weeks

Helsingin Sanomat – Helsinki,Finland
A chilled, 1.5-kilometre cross country skiing track will be built in Kontiolahti,
north of Joensuu in Karelia. The new loop in Kontiolahti, a frequent organiser
of top international biathlon competitions, will help start the skiing season
in Finland 6-8 weeks earlier than usual. The cross country season normally starts
in Kontiolahti around mid-November.

March 16

THIRTY-SEVEN
compete in Kachemak Marathon

Peninsulaclarion.com – Kenai,AK,USA
A field of 37 competitors took to the Baycrest Trails Sunday for the Kachemak
Marathin freestyle cross-country ski race in Homer. …

LOCAL
athletes bring home slew of medals

Brattleboro Reformer – Brattleboro,VT,USA
… The Putney School Nordic Ski team) won five medals last week in the
J2 category (14-15 yrs.) at The Chevy Truck United States Junior Olympic
Cross Country Ski …

OWENS
brings home the gold

Michigan Technological University Online Lode – Houghton,MI,United States
Michigan Tech Nordic skier Kristina Owen had a victorious week winning
a gold and silver medal at the Chevy Truck US Cross Country Junior Olympic
Ski …

Gaumont had to take drugs!
Eurosport
Former Cofidis rider Philippe Gaumont says he would have been kicked out of his team if he had refused to take performance enhancing drugs. “If you did not take drugs, you were just fired after a year,” Gaumont, who is under investigation in an alleged doping scandal involving Cofidis, told Monday's Le Monde newspaper.

SCOTT
wins cross-country gold in Charlo

CBC New Brunswick – New Brunswick,Canada
… it's once again the centre of a big sporting event – National Cross
Country … In the running was Milaine Theriault, who races on Canada's
national ski …

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