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News and information from the northern hemisphere over the Australian summer. Also of the Canberra rollerski event coming up at Easter. 2011 World Championship, Oslo, Norway, February 22 – March 6 The general feedback on the 2011 World Championship in Oslo was that it was the biggest most spectacular World Championship ever held. Over 100,000 spectators were in the stands or out around the track each day for the last weekend of competition, and even...

Calgary, Alberta (March 17, 2011) – This past Sunday, Fast and Female hosted its sixth Annual X-Country SkiFest in Canada at the Canmore Nordic Centre in Alberta. Held under clear skies, spring-like temperatures, and highlighted by the impressive Rocky Mountains in the backdrop, the event saw 165 young female X-Country skiers between the ages of 9 to 19 take part in a full day of inspiration both on and off snow. They were joined by...

CANMORE, Alta.—When two-time Olympic cross-country skier George Grey hits the start line for Saturday’s 50-kilometre skate-ski race at the Haywood Ski Nationals, it will be his final competitive trip around thefamed Canmore Nordic Centre. After racing on the World Cup for nearly a decade against the top athletes on the globe, and competing in the Torino and Vancouver Olympics along with five World Championships, the 31-year-old Grey, of Rossland, B.C., has decided to retire. “For...

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Gilford, New Hampshire, March 11-13– This weekend Gunstock Nordic Association (GNA) played host to the 2011 TD Bank J2 Championships, an annual event where top skiers aged 14-15 from Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and representatives from Utah, Colorado, New York and a lone skier from Australia race for three days. The event serves as a stepping stone for young high schoolers to experience higher-level competition and to further develop ski racing in New England....

March 6, Gorham, New Hampshire– Advertised “North America’s Toughest 10 k”, the annual Ski ToThe Clouds race had a record turnout of participants despite the drizzling rain. 66 racers toed the line to ski to and up part of the Mt. Washington Auto Road for bragging rights and $1400 in cash purse for the winners. In the spirit of a true freestyle event, skiers are encouraged to use any ski discipline to ascend 700 meters...

March 5, Rangeley, Maine- On the morning of the 13th Annual Rangeley Lakes Loppet hosted by the Rangeley Lakes Trails Center, dry snowfall around a quarter of an inch, adding an element of difficulty to what is an already challenging race. About 100 freestyle and classic skiers had to change their waxing in order to adjust for the colder and dry snow conditions forecasted. Racers had the option of doing one or two laps of...

Telemark’s rebirth as a destination resort for outdoor enthusiasts will be managed by Telemark Partners, LLC.  Ric Ahern and Steve Kaufman, the principals at Telemark Partners, reported that, “Putting this deal together has been a marathon much like the world famous American Birkebeiner cross-country ski race which calls Telemark home.  The negotiations have had their ups and downs and seemed to be never ending. Now we have reached the finish line in the acquisition and...

Saturday, February 26, 2011: Ripton, VT – Under snow-covered trees amidst skiers, parents, and volunteers of all ages in woodland creature-themed attire, athletes aged 5 to 13 descended upon Rikert Ski Touring Center in Ripton, Vermont today for the annual Bill Koch Cross-Country Ski Festival. The annual event brings youth skiers in New England a weekend of championship races as well as non-competitive open activities for families and festival-goers. With the close of the opening day’s...

Biathlon Alberta is pleased to announce the establishment of the Biathlon Training Centre (BTC) to be located in Canmore, Alberta. The Biathlon Training Centre will commence operations May 1, 2011. The initial plan is to have 10 to 20 athletes between the ages of 18 and 23 years, supported by one to two biathlon coaches. The goal of the Biathlon Training Centre will be to provide affordable year‐round training to committed Biathletes who fit the...

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OSLO, Norway (Mar. 1) – The residence of the U.S. Ambassador to Norway took on a festive atmosphere this week as the U.S. Nordic World Championship Team was hosted by Ambassador Barry White to a reception during the 2011 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Oslo. The historic Villa Otium played host to over 50 athletes, coaches and parents in Norway for the World Championships at Holmenkollen. “It’s a real honor to have the U.S....

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http://www.xcoregon.org. Based on current budget projections and likely retirements by several top athletes, XC Oregon anticipates having the financial resources to support 2-4 new “funded” level athletes interested in racing full 2011/12 regional/national/international schedules. XC Oregon also continues to welcome an unlimited number of “associate” athletes to apply at any time with less stringent racing qualifications and expectations than the funded level. Per the program’s tradition, XC Oregon does not charge fees to any roster athlete...

The Craftsbury Green Racing Project (GRP) is now accepting applications for the 2011-2012 training year. Space will be limited, but we hope to be able to add a few new members to the team. Applications will be due by April 1st and decisions will be made by May 1 at the latest. The Craftsbury Green Racing Project has enjoyed another successful campaign, with a member earning spots on the Senior and U23 Worlds teams, another...

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Recent thaws and frozen nights in the Northeast created icy fast conditions for the final weekend of Eastern Cup racing. The Eastern Cup racing series is the highest level of competition hosted by New England Nordic Skiing Association (NENSA) that allows serious racers and citizens to race against each other in first class settings. The series is used as the seeding basis for the naming of the New England Junior Olympic team that will fly...

February 18, 2011 USA Ski Jumping (USASJ) and Lagunitas Brewing Co. have announced that the California-based brewery will become the official malt beverage of USA Ski Jumping, beginning immediately and continuing through the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. The four-year, six figure agreement gives Lagunitas the rights to domestic event presence, co-branded apparel and product, and use of the USASJ logo in digital and social media outlets. Lagunitas, a Sonoma County, CA brewery,...

The last World Cup weekend before the World Championships takes place only a few kilometers away from the famous Holmenkollen. Harbor town of Drammen will welcome World’s best Cross-Country athletes for the first time at Konnerud, which lies only 6 km from downtown. Drammen has hosted seven World Cup sprints downtown and for the first time will organize a full weekend program. Men will start on Saturday in 15 km Classic and ladies will fight...

February 17, 2011 – The Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS) announced the 12 recipients of the WISE Fund grants, each valued at $900. The Women in Sport Encouragement (WISE) Fund was created to help finance sport initiatives and assist members of the sport community in Canada. The annual grant is primarily to support women leaders develop and organizations that are currently offering or creating sport programs targeted...

PARK CITY, Utah – Five members of the Visa Women’s Ski Jumping Team will compete Friday, Feb. 25, in the 2011 Nordic World Ski Championships in Oslo, Norway — which marks only the second time in history that women have been allowed to jump at Worlds. As for the IOC pending decision, “Honestly, if the IOC is looking for a good competition in Oslo, I think our sport is going to be just fine,” Van said....

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News and information from the northern hemisphere over the Australian summer Four Australian athletes will compete in the World Cup in Drammen in Norway this weekend February 19-20. Ben Sim, Callum Watson and Mark van der Ploeg will compete in the 15km Classic on Saturday and the Sprint Freestyle on Sunday, while Esther Bottomley will race only the Sprint. In the last World Cup competition that Sim contested in Norway he took World Cup points, however in...

Day 1: 5/ 10k classic race Aspen, Colorado-  For what is probably the biggest weekend of racing in Colorado, Denver University (DU) hosted its collegiate invitational double as SuperTour races for the Aspen Nordic Festival. Elite and casual racers all registered to race at one of the most popular ski venues in America for the weekend event. In the mix of skiers from all schools, the University of Colorado (CU) took home the individual victories...

Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association racing resumed after a week break at Red River, New Mexico. The University of New Mexico hosted the weekend event. Day 1: 5/10 k Classic Racing at the season’s toughest venue- 10,000 feet in elevation at Red River, NM-  it was the University of New Mexico (UNM) taking both nordic men’s and women’s top scores for the first day of racing, 225 points over University of Utah’s (UU) 214 points....