2023 World Juniors/U23 goes to Canada
Recently, Canada was awarded the right to host the 2023 Nordic Junior/U23 World Championships. The hosting club is Black Tusk Nordic which runs much of its ski training out of Whistler Olympic Park in the Callaghan Valley. The venue hosted nordic events that included cross-country, jumping, nordic combined, and biathlon at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
“We are extremely pleased to have the opportunity to bring this prestigious event for aspiring Olympians in the Nordic sports back to North America for just the fifth time ever in its 40-year history,” said Dave Pym, Managing Director & CEO, Canadian Snowsports Association, to the International Ski Federation (FIS).
According to FIS, over 700 athletes from 500 countries should be attending the event. Whistler Olympic Park sits on the Sea to Sky corridor running between the city of Vancouver and Whistler.
U.S. Ski & Snowboard Still Plans to Ban Fluoros for 2020-2021 Season
FIS and the International Biathlon Union have already announced the postponement of their proposed fluoro wax ban until the start of the 2021-2022 season. However, U.S. Ski & Snowboard is moving forward with a fluoro ban for 2020-2021. “U.S. Ski & Snowboard will continue to ban the use of fluorinated ski wax from all non-FIS sanctioned events in the United States for the upcoming 2020-21 ski and snowboard season,” read a statement from the organization.
U.S. Ski & Snowboard also mentioned it intends to enforce the new waxing rules by potentially testing skis: “Random testing may be implemented at select U.S. Ski & Snowboard events to gather information to improve the tracking, measuring, and implementation process. Testing results may be published and sanctions may be applied for positive test results.”
Reports of skiing from across the land have been radioed in. From Duluth to rumors of tracks near Washington Pass: skiing is on for some.