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GeneralNewsFasterSkier Awards 2011

FasterSkierApril 27, 20112
Vacation is over for most elite skiers, and the 2012 training season is underway. While most athletes are focusing on the future, we are going to spend another week or so looking back. It is time for the annual FasterSkier awards. We will be handing out virtual medals to the top men and women in the following categories: Breakthrough Skier of the Year Adaptive Skier of the Year Biathlete of the Year Performance of the Year...

GeneralNews2010 FasterSkier Awards

FasterSkierApril 14, 20101
Crust cruising and powder skiing in the west, cycling in the east, and the Euros are finally winding down their race season.  It is time for the third-annual FasterSkier Awards.  Awards are given to the top man and woman in ten categories, three of which are new this year. In the past the Performance of the Year category was presented to a cross-country skier.  We have added two additional awards in this genre, for Biathlon...

GeneralNews2009 FasterSkier Awards

FasterSkierMay 8, 20091
FasterSkier will begin announcing the 2009 FasterSkier Awards next week.  The schedule is as follows: Tuesday, May 12th – Collegiate Skier of the Year Thursday, May 14th – Biathlete of the Year Monday, May 18th – Performance of the Year

NewsFasterSkier Awards Coming Next Week

FasterSkierApril 18, 2008
FasterSkier is pleased to present the first annual FasterSkier Awards. These awards will be given out to the top North American-based man and woman in each of the following categories: Skier of the Year Given to the the top skier in North America for the 2007/2008 season. Performance of the Year Awarded for the best single performance of the 2007/2008 season. Rookie of the Year Rookie is defined loosely, but this award is given to...

GeneralNewsPara NordicFasterSkier’s Para-Nordic Skiers of the Year: Oksana Masters and Brian McKeever

FasterSkierApril 12, 2018
With the 2017/2018 season officially in the rearview, FasterSkier is excited to unveil its annual award winners for this past winter. Votes stem from the FS staff, scattered across the U.S., Canada, and Europe, and while not scientific, they are intended to reflect a broader sense of the season in review. This set of honors goes to outstanding Para-Nordic skiers on the international circuit. Previous categories: Collegiate Skiers of the Year | injured her elbow and...

World CupRandall, Kershaw Repeat as FS XC Skiers of the Year, Harvey Joins the Party

Topher SabotMay 20, 2011
FasterSkier Cross-Country Skier of the Year Cross-Country Skier of the Year (women): Kikkan Randall (USA/USST) Randall has now won the FasterSkier Cross-Country Skier of the Year Award every season since its inception, and 2011 is no different. The choice is easy, as Randall just keeps getting better. She is not just the best woman in North America, she is one of the best skiers in the world. At this point in her career Randall is...

BiathlonGeneralNewsNordic CombinedWorld CupWorld Cup Victory and Gold Medal Headline FS Performances of the Year

Topher SabotMay 17, 20112
FasterSkier Performances of the Year The FasterSkier Performance of the Year Award is presented in three categories – cross-country, biathlon and nordic combined, with men’s and women’s in the first two. We will start with cross-country. XC Performance of the Year (women): Kikkan Randall (USA/USST) In some ways this is the easiest of the Performance of the Year awards – there is no question that it will go to Kikkan Randall. The challenge is picking...

Nordic CombinedFletcher Hits the Big Time, Earns FS NoCo Skier of the Year

Topher SabotMay 10, 2011
FasterSkier Nordic Combined Skier of the Year With Canada supporting a small, and young Nordic Combined team, focus remains on the US squad. And it was an interesting year for the team. Coming off an Olympics with three individual medals, including gold, and a silver in the team competition, it would be easy to understand high expectations, especially with the trio of Billy Demong, Todd Lodwick, and Johnny Spillane returning for another year. But Spillane...

BiathlonRacingBailey, Studebaker Lead US Biathlon, Gain FS Biathlete of the Year Honors

Topher SabotMay 6, 2011
FasterSkier Biathlete of the Year Biathlete of the Year (men): Lowell Bailey (USA/USBA) Bailey was one of several bright spots in a somewhat rocky year for the US men’s biathlon team. Coming off a run of several seasons where expectations continued to rise for the program, what with Tim Burke leading the overall World Cup for a time in 2010, Jeremy Teela reaching the World Cup podium in 2009, and a number of strong relay...

Continental CupRacingUS and Canada Share FS Continental Skier of the Year Awards

Topher SabotMay 5, 2011
FasterSkier Continental Skier of the Year With two different continental cup series and two sets of national championships, determining the top domestic racers can be challenging. Head-to-head match ups are usually limited, and it can be difficult to compare field strength. Such was the case this year. A strong argument can be made for both the overall SuperTour winner and the NorAm Cup. Champions. As is sometimes the case, we felt there was no better...

GeneralNewsOtherRacingMcKeever, Barber Lead Canadian Sweep of FS Adaptive Skier of the Year

Topher SabotMay 4, 2011
FasterSkier Adaptive Skier of the Year Adaptive Skier of the Year (men): Brian McKeever (CAN) McKeever continued his dominance of the adaptive skiing circuit, collecting three cross-country golds at the IPC World Championships and a silver in biathlon. All this hardware came without longtime guide, brother Robin McKeever, who suffered an injury not long before the start of the Championships. Long-time friend, and Erik Carleton took over, and McKeever did not miss a beat. McKeever,...

CollegiateGeneralNewsRacingGraefnings, Tarling Win FS Collegiate Skier of the Year

Topher SabotMay 3, 20112
FasterSkier Collegiate Skier of the Year Collegiate Skier of the Year (women): Maria Graefnings (SWE/University of Utah) A senior at the University of Utah, and a native of Falun, Sweden, Graefnings dominated the RMISA circuit during the regular season, winning seven of eight starts. Graefnings transferred to Utah from the University of Nevada when that program was cut. In addition to her success in the western region, Graefnings won the NCAA national title in the...

Continental CupGeneralNewsFitzgerald and Sandau Break Through in FS Awards

Topher SabotApril 29, 20113
FasterSkier Breakthrough Skier of the Year For the first time we are naming a Breakthrough Skier of the Year. The award is even less defined than the Rookie of the Year. Any skier who took a significant step forward is eligible. Though not limited to domestic skiers, we will lean toward such athletes, as the Rookie of the Year has generally gone to the World Cup level. Breakthrough Skier of the Year (women): Kate Fitzgerald...

GeneralNewsDiggins, Valjas Earn FasterSkier Rookie of the Year Honors

Topher SabotApril 27, 20112
FasterSkier Rookie of the Year It is hard to define a “rookie” in cross-country skiing.  First year on the World Cup?  First season as a senior?  First year in college?  First year skiing?  We keep it loose and give the award to skiers who take a major step forward while moving up to a new level of competition. Rookie of the Year (women): Jessie Diggins (USA/CXC Elite) The choice for the female Rookie of the...

Canadian National Ski TeamGeneralNewsRacingUS Ski TeamWorld CupRandall Takes Third FS Skier of the Year Award, Tie for Men

FasterSkierApril 27, 2010
Cross-Country Skier of the Year The 2010 FasterSkier Awards wrap up with the Cross-Country Skier of the Year.  While the women’s winner was a no-brainer, the men’s was not so clear cut. Cross-Country Skier of the Year (women): Kikkan Randall (USA).  Randall is head and shoulders above the rest of the North American women.  She followed up her silver medal at World Championships last season with a stellar all-around campaign. With a focus on the...

BiathlonGeneralNewsNordic CombinedRacingUS Ski TeamWorld CupOlympics Lead 2010 FasterSkier Performances of the Year

FasterSkierApril 26, 20102
Performance of the Year This year we expanded the Performance of the Year Award to include three different categories – cross-country, biathlon, and nordic combined. XC Performance of the Year (men): This season featured a number of outstanding performances, and for the first time we breaking out the award into three categories – cross-country, nordic combined, and biathlon.  The challenge, like in many of the other awards, is how to weigh Olympic results. The Olympics...

GeneralNewsNordic CombinedRacing2010 Nordic Combined Skier of the Year is…Combined…

FasterSkierApril 23, 2010
Nordic Combined Skier of the Year In a year in which the US Nordic Combined Team won five Olympic medals, including gold, and when racing a full squad on the World Cup, was a realistic threat to sweep the podium, how do you pick one athlete. Billy Demong won gold and silver at the Olympics, becoming the first US Nordic athlete to bring home a Championship gold. Johnny Spillane left the Games with three silver...

BiathlonGeneralNewsRacingBurke and Kocher Repeat as FasterSkier Biathletes of the Year

FasterSkierApril 21, 2010
Biathlete of the Year In any normal year, this award would be as straightforward as they come.  On the men’s side, Tim Burke (USA) is head and shoulders above the North American field.  And despite inconsistent performances, Zina Kocher is the only woman who can threaten to crack the top-20. But this was an Olympic year, and Olympic results count more than World Cup or World Championship races – at least to the public.  Neither...