I’m writing this from my desk at the media center in Slovenia, where I’m surrounded by journalists all over the world: Japan, Estonia, Scandinavia.
I am, literally, the only writer here from North America — the U.S. or Canada. In the past week, I’ve helped the FasterSkier team bring you an array of work: in-depth coverage of the American medal-winning performances, podcasts breaking down each race, and features on athletes and family members from the U.S., Canada and across the globe.
This kind of on-the-ground work, geared toward American and Canadian ski fans, is unique. Nobody else does it. But it costs money.
FasterSkier paid for my travel to Slovenia, my lodging here, and for two weeks of work, at a cost in the thousands of dollars. We’re still on a shoestring budget; I’m paying for my own meals and miscellaneous expenses. But FasterSkier is making a considerable investment in this coverage of North American cross-country skiing, with help from advertisers, those of you who subscribed this past year and a generous contribution from Marty and Kathy Hall.
If you have the means, and if you want to see coverage like this of the next World Championships — or of other high-profile races like next year’s Tour de Ski and the Minneapolis World Cup — the single best thing you can do to make sure it continues is to make a donation to FasterSkier’s voluntary membership program. New this year, as a thank you and added incentive, we will send subscribers a unique 10% discount code for one purchase from our longterm industry partner Boulder Nordic Sport.
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Thanks for reading, and enjoy the rest of the show here in Planica.
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Nat Herz is an Alaska-based journalist who moonlights for FasterSkier as an occasional reporter and podcast host. He was FasterSkier's full-time reporter in 2010 and 2011.