You don’t have to be a World Cup racer to ski similar distances on the world’s best courses. While many masters focus on traditional ski marathons, the annual Masters World Cup presents an opportunity for skiers 30 and older to ski up to four races of regular World Cup distances in a week.
This week’s workout comes from Kari Øyre Slind, and it’s one the 24-year-old Norwegian cross-country skier only does once or twice a year. “This workout is really tough, but I also feel that it really lifts me to a new level,” she explains.
The 2016 Ski Classics kicks off this weekend with a doubleheader in Livigno, Italy, and the marathon regulars are chomping at the bit to get started with the long-distance race series.
Ole Einar Bjørndalen has seen a lot in his 20-plus years on the IBU World Cup circuit. “The overall level of the athletes has changed a lot,” he told FasterSkier in a recent exclusive interview in Norway. “When I first started, there were a lot fewer who skied really fast,”
A Norwegian development-pipeline skier, Kari Øyre Slind spent this summer largely training alone, but it’s worked for her. “I choose to think of the Beitostølen weekend as a performance out of the ordinary,” she told FasterSkier about her recent double podium. “But now I know that I can perform with the best on a good day.”
Saturday’s takeaway: don’t tick off Martin Johnsrud Sundby. He will come back with a purpose and has the potential to win big. The 31-year-old Norwegian did so in Beitostølen’s 15 k skate FIS race, and France put two in the top five after a somber evening in Paris.
Therese Johaug proved that no amount of hand injuries (two to be precise) can derail the start to her season as she won her second-straight race in Beitostølen, Norway. “I had to dig deep the whole way, but these conditions are my advantage,” she said of the heavy snowfall.
Therese Johaug rocketed to first in her first race of the season, the FIS 7.5 k classic opener in Beitøstolen, Norway. She did so with the help of perennial rival and teammate Marit Bjørgen, who is due with her first child next month.
At least three popular Norwegian ski destinations are vying for early season cross-country skiers, and its costing upwards of a million dollars between Sjusjøen, Beitostølen and Trysil. In some places, warm temperatures are melting the white gold before organizers’ eyes.
Heidi Weng has some big goals for the 2015/2016 season, and to reach them, she’ll rely heavily on her offseason training. Here are two of her favorite workouts for the fall: one uphill intensity and one easy distance.
XC Oregon founder J.D. Downing was recently elected president of the World Masters Cross-Country Ski Association. While he’ll continue to hold his post as a U.S. national director, Downing has big goals for the international organization, including an increase in participation and keeping skiers under 55 “in the game.”
“I had a lot of good sprint races last season, and there are no championships this season, so winning the overall sprint World Cup is what motivates me the most,” Norwegian national-team member Pål Golberg said in a recent interview with FasterSkier.
Finland will host the Masters World Cup for the fourth time in February 2016, welcoming roughly 1200 master skiers to Vuokatti.
Momentum Northwest, a new junior racing program based in Seattle, picked a tough year to start – warm temperatures brought rain, not snow. Despite more dryland training than ski trips, the team had a great start and almost all the athletes will be back for another go next season.
Last week, Norwegian national-team staple Kristin Størmer Steira announced her retirement following a dozen years on the World Cup. “I’ve experienced so much as a cross-country skier and I love ski racing, but the time has come to find a new track,” she said in a press release. “And that won’t be a ski track.”
FasterSkier tracked down Petter Eliassen, the 2014/2015 Swix Ski Classics overall winner in his rookie season, for an exclusive interview this month. The 29-year-old Norwegian happily shared everything from training and recovery tips, to advice on double poling.
In a shortened 30 k competition, Holly Brooks of APU placed 10th in the Ugra Ski Marathon in Khanty-Maniysk, Russia, not enough to hold onto the FIS Marathon Cup lead. She finished third overall, the best ranking ever for a North American skier. Tatjana Mannima of Estonia and Petr Novak of the Czech Republic took home the titles.
Inge Scheve’s take on racing at her fifth Masters World Cup, which took place last month in Syktyvkar, Russia. In all, eight members of Team USA collected seven medals at this year’s championships.
Caitlin Gregg finished third in her first Engadin Skimarathon in Switzerland on Sunday for another bronze to add to her collection following World Championships. Holly Brooks was the second American woman in the top five and reclaimed the FIS Marathon Cup lead in fifth.
FasterSkier’s coverage of the 2015 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Falun, Sweden, is brought to you by the generous support of L.L. Bean, now featuring a complete line of Kikkan Randall training wear. Norway’s Didrik Tønseth was looking at a podium finish in his very first FIS Nordic World Ski Championships event. Now he’s looking at doing […]