While the Yellowstone Ski Festival is a time for team bonding, catching up with old racing buddies, and improving fitness and technique, it’s also a celebration of the nordic community. People of West Yellowstone gives insight into the people who make this yearly event truly special, whether they are nationally acclaimed athletes or employees at our favorite local businesses.
As the Far West Elite Team heads into the 2014/2015 season, self-described program “recruiter” Martin Benes and team manager Roger Chaney reflect on the development of the team over the past four years.
Recent University of Alaska-Anchorage graduate Lukas Ebner discusses his beginnings in skiing, his plans to make the German National Team, and what makes Alaska so special.
Billy Demong battled blustery conditions to finish the New York City Marathon with an impressive time of 2:33:05. While the 34 year old is in top running form, Demong said he is less prepared for the upcoming ski season than in years past. Still, the 2010 Olympic gold medalist hopes to bring his team back into medal contention at the 2015 World Championships.
With a slew of time-trial wins under his belt this summer and fall, Miles Havlick is heading into the 2014/2015 ski season with high expectations. The Sun Valley Gold Team member who is best known for his back-to-back NCAA wins, says he’s more prepared than ever before.
When Brittany Webster’s name appeared atop a list of results this past weekend, it wasn’t for Canmore’s Frozen Thunder. Instead, Webster replaced snow with sand and finished as the first amateur female in the 2014 XTerra Off-Road World Championships on the north shores of Maui, Hawaii Oct. 26.
While two Americans won Friday’s Frozen Thunder sprints, Canada had its revenge on Monday, taking four of six podium spots. In the men’s 10.8 k skate race, Devon Kershaw bested Kris Freeman by five seconds to take the win. In the Women’s 7.2 k race, biathlete Rosanna Crawford edged Liz Stephen for the win.
Just a few months ago, the Bridger Ski Foundation elite and postgrad team was without a coach and down to two athletes. Today, the team boasts 14 high-level athletes led by 2014 U.S. sprint champion Jennie Bender.
Approximately 40 athletes attended the USST Altitude Camp in Park City, Utah which concluded Oct. 19. The camp is a final opportunity of the best skiers in the country to fine tune their skiing before the winter season starts in November.
The Green Mountain Valley School is welcoming back former junior athlete David Sinclair to the team’s ranks for the 2014/2015 season as part of the team’s attempt at organic development. With several exciting developments for the rural Vermont academy including a new assistant coach, the future is looking bright for GMVS.
Bryan Fletcher earned his first national title Oct. 12 at the U.S. Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined National Championships in Lake Placid. Now Fletcher and the rest of the U.S. Nordic Combined team will head to Switzerland for a European training block before the World Cup begins Nov. 29.
Cami Thompson-Graves is entering her 26th year of coaching at Dartmouth, making her the longest-serving female head coach on the collegiate circuit. FasterSkier caught up with Thompson-Graves to reflect on the past quarter century of coaching and what inspires her to continue working with promising young skiers.
In theater, “break a leg” is an ironic idiom used to wish good luck. While the nordic ski community has yet to adopt a similar saying, “break an elbow” might become the new well-wishing vernacular after Sophie Caldwell’s second fracture in six months.
In 1981, Schwartz had no idea where life after college would take him. However, when he was offered the assistant coaching job at the University of New Hampshire, it started an over three-decade journey as head coach of the Wildcat team.
400,000 demonstrators gathered on the streets of New York City for the People’s Climate March on Sunday, Sept. 21. Amongst the crowd was USST member Andy Newell who has been working to raise awareness surrounding climate change with his organization, Athletes for Action.
Saturday marked Stratton Mountain T2 Team’s third annual 100 k Ski-A-Thon. A clever mix between a fundraiser and an over-distance workout, the event is a way for the team to reap both physical and financial benefits over the course of 62.1 miles.
The Craftsbury Green Racing Project traveled to Ramsau, Austria Sept. 8 for a roughly three week on-snow training camp on the Dachstein Glacier. The 12 member squad has found excellent conditions and an abundance of international skiers on the glacier’s 9 k groomed loop.
FasterSkier caught up with Simi Hamilton during the USST Lake Placid Training Camp to talk with him about his summer training and the winter season ahead. While Hamilton doesn’t plan to change much in his routine, several “gear changes” might allow him to achieve even higher results in the coming months.
“If you are always getting what you set out to achieve it’s way too easy. [Last season] has motivated me and the team is definitely motivated to go out and kick some butt,” Liz Stephen told FasterSkier. After her team failed to realize its Olympic-year goals, Stephen says that she’s ready to reach for the next level, and it certainly looks like she’s headed in that direction.
In between workouts at the 2014 U.S. Ski Team Lake Placid Training Camp, the U.S. Ski Team took some time to give back to the Lake Placid community. With Fast and Female for the girls and Speed Camp for the boys, the September 5th events hosted smiles all around.